The Emporium

4.2
248 reviews
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$30 and under
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Contemporary American
Inspired, passionate on-point cooking is served up daily at The Emporium restaurant. Using locally-sourced items whenever available, combined with "Fine dining without the attitude service," our goal is to completely transport you to your culinary happy place!

Whether seated in our Brasserie dining room, at our marble-topped bar or on our wraparound patio, you'll want to experience our breakfast, lunch, brunch, happy hour and dinner options.

Looking for that ultimate badass burger? We got it.
Just want to relax with friends over perfectly done bowls of mussels and piping hot fries? We got that too.

Located on Walnut Street in Old Town, The Emporium is easy to get to with plenty of street and garage parking available.
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Valentine's Day Special Menus & More

This Valentine's Day, The Emporium is offering a $55 per person 4 course Prix Fixe menu with optional coursed wine pairing for an additional $25 per person. Our regular a la carte menu will also be available. Reservations are highly recommended.

Thursday, February 14, 2019

What 248 People Are Saying
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C
Portland
96 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was our first time at the Emporium. It was so convenient as it's in the same building as the Elizabeth Hotel. The atmosphere is great and décor wonderful.
We had the Berkshire pork chops with the lentil and carrot side which was cooked to perfection. The quality of the food is fantastic. The soup of the evening was homemade and well flavored. They also serve local Lucky teas which are wonderfully flavored - Egyptian herbal.
Veronica's service and advice was perfect. She was very attentive and thoughtful - a delightful person who made our evening.
We look forward to returning on our next visit to Ft. Collins.

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Indiana
14 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service and food

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GS
Denver
5 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 2food 1service 4ambience 3

Server was really good but hostess was rude!!! Food was awful! Very bland! Sent back appetizer! Very loud too! Should be so much better for boutique hotel in Fort Collins!

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RC
Houston
14 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 4

We were one of only a few tables, but service was slow, both bar and food. There were mistakes on drink orders and food orders which caused more delays, and food was barely warm when finally served. The service was almost comical in how poor and unprofessional it was.

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SS
1 review
Dined on January 13, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

The staff seemed a little discombobulated the night we went to eat. We were out for a friend’s birthday and they struggled to find our reservation at first, then once we got our table it took about 15 minutes for anyone to acknowledge us or even get us water. I was a little disappointed with the experience and I think my friend from out-of-town left feeling slightly underwhelmed by the experience. I hope it’s better next time.

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s
Denver
64 reviews
Dined on January 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our server was outstanding. (Veronica)

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Denver
1 review
Dined on January 8, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

It was great

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TF
Denver
14 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

The food was excellent and the service was fantastic. The wine list is extensive. We had a couple of wonderful chicken dishes.

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SB
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

When our server first introduced herself, we were told that the table was reserved for 7pm. We were there for our 5:30 reservation. To have a time looming over us that we needed to leave by did not make for an enjoyable time.

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K
1 review
Dined on January 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We celebrated our 43rd wedding anniversary here. A unique setting for Fort Collins dining! The staff were attentive but not intrusive.

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s
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 3

Too loud with the tiles have to shout at the people with you and New Year’s Eve dinner started with canned beets. The steak was good and the dessert was delicious service is good but not worth the money for that dinner at least. I like that you could pick out your own wine and the servers are very attentive

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DO
New Orleans
2 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

We went to the Emporium for a prix fixe 3 course dinner for New Year's Eve. They were able to make the kid's menu available for our daughter, which was helpful as she would not have eaten the other dinner. The amuse bouche was a small spoon of gazpacho. It was good, but so quickly gone. It seemed a little out of place in the menu. The first course was a beet salad which was unremarkable. However, the main course was a delicious and perfectly cooked filet mignon with yummy mashed potatoes. It was a large piece of meat and very filling. We were worried after the first course we would be going home hungry, but there was no need to worry. The final dessert course was also very good. It was a hard covered chocolate mousse served with delicious ice cream and a delicate crisp. All in all, it was a good meal, and was an okay price considering it was New Year's Eve and most of the finer places in town had similar or more expensive meals available. It was a little noisy and difficult to have conversation across the table, but easy to talk to the person next to you. The service was very good and attentive.

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Denver
3 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 2

Overrated! The food was prepared well and was tasty, but very expensive for such little portions. Opted for asparagus over frites and literally got 4 stringy, skinny pieces. No bread or salad prior to the meal of $25+ per plate. You could purchase a basket of bread for $9 🙄. The waitress was prompt about ordering our cocktails, but then we had to track her down after nearly 15 min to order our food. All of us left still hungry, felt the service was mediocre at best. $112 plus tip and ended up at the Rio to get chips & guac. Never again!

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JO
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

Not our first time. Had the Bison ribs, one of the signature dishes. Unfortunately it did not live up to prior occasions. It was fatty and under cooked. The wait staff, though, was outstanding.

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RG
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Choice of food was limited but the ones we ordered were very good. Lamb pasta was pretty nice.

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RA
Denver
6 reviews
Dined on December 26, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 3ambience 2

The Tuesday "Daily Special" was "Rack of Lamb", which was actually just two lamb chops with a lot of fat and little meat. Not a good value for $28. My wife's Bouillabaisse was also quite small for the money. The atmosphere was rather hectic with constant traffic of wait staff streaming through - not at all a fine dining experience.

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KL
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a lovely Christmas Day meal at The Emporium. Delicious food!

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OT
1 review
Dined on December 25, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

We went on Christmas Day. Made reservation a week in advance. Nice atmosphere. Food was good. Service was good. Had to ask for butter for bread and refills on tea. Nice place to go. The greeter seemed stressed and not overly friendly. And she is the first person one sees!

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RL
Denver
12 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

The food and atmosphere is great. Our server was good, the only complaint was how long it took to get our drinks. I finished my meal before he brought my drink which was a bummer.

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LB
1 review
Dined on December 25, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

We felt the service and ambiance was very nice. The disappointing part was that the hot cocoa an$ our breakfast was not very hot. It did come out in a timely fashion, just cold. No need to send back, restaurant was hopping. The table of 4 next to us was a bit loud, but then again we were just a table I’d 2. We will give it another chance next time we are in FirtbCollins. The restaurant space is very nice. Smiles.

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U
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 1ambience 5

It will be interesting to see if this restaurant is still here in two years. Clearly, a huge investment has been made, remarkable kitchen, interior details mostly thought out and of high quality, and the food to match. Everything good about it stops there though, as some of the most fundamental service requirements are being missed. This was a surprise, as there was quite a large staff on the floor at the time of our dining experience.

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RC
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

A fitting addition to The Elizabeth. Was in town briefly for the holidays and was able to catch up with a dear friend here. The value, menu and ambiance are incredible. I was also blown away by the service (which is usually the lynchpin of my review). Friendly, helpful, kind, attentive and warm are only a few choice words to describe the team at The Emporium. Thanks for delightful visit!

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GH
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on December 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My husband and I stayed at the Elizabeth for3 nights and the service all around was exceptional. We ate breakfast every morning and had dinner with several family members joining us. Service and food were outstanding, was a bit noisy for our dad, but worked out okay. Our only complaint and this is isolated to our last morning breakfast on the 23rd was our server got involved with the next table sharing stories about remodeling their homes and while my husband got our bags and checked out, she ignored me, 1 foot away from her kneeling to chat. I went to the host to ask for our check. I could’ve tapped her on the shoulder to remind her that she was at work, but that would’ve been rude. Very unfortunate that after a fabulous stay and several meals and several hundred dollars spent there that our last experience was this. She was very rude when she finally gave me my check. I hope the manager addresses her performance as I believe it brings the rest of the really great service down. I still tipped her 18% because it was the right thing to do. The prior breakfast servers we tipped 35%. You get what you give.

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S
Denver
4 reviews
Dined on December 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place we will be back.

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l
Denver
5 reviews
Dined on December 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went on a Sunday night. It was fairly quiet. We had the Sunday special of chicken pot pie which was delicious. The happy hour drink and food specials are great.

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Denver
8 reviews
Dined on December 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very cool space, with a cute coffee bar area and seating. Was impressed with the brunch menu options and the food was excellent. Dining area is comfortable and the patio is likely a great place to sit during the warmer months.

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g
1 review
Dined on December 16, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 3

Half of our group really enjoyed their meal. The other half not so much. It wasn't bad, but it wasn't very flavorful. I know it can be hit or miss trying something new. I think the Emporium is worth a try, but I probably will not go back except for the gelato bar!

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CK
1 review
Dined on December 16, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Great place but would prefer more vegetarian options

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WD
Denver
4 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 1ambience 4

We were doing fine until the waiter spilled an entire bowl of ketchup on me. It was a holy mess--big dry-cleaning bill. What was worse was the fact that the staff seemed to be rather indifferent. The manager did not come to the table to offer apologies.

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M
1 review
Dined on December 12, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 2

I have visited the Emporium a few times now and always leave underwhelmed. This most recent visit, for dinner, was probably my least favorite and overall disheartening. There are extremely limited options for those with dietary constraints - outside of salad there was not a vegan option, limited to only flatbread if vegetarian, and everyone unsure of what items were gluten free. The food for the most part was quite good, pricey for the area but this was to be expected. We had a large party and it all of the food came out at one time and all of the meals were hot (nothing had been sitting waiting for the other meals to be finished before they served). Our server was excellent and very attentive. The dining room itself is very loud and it was near impossible to hold a conversation over the background noise. While they are going for the old hotel look, I would recommend they take steps for noise control - the loud environment really ruins the atmosphere.

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C
Denver
11 reviews
Dined on December 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

They gave us a beautiful dessert for my birthday.

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RR
Denver
17 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 3

The food was good, the wines by the glass nothing special. The server was pretty good but one of us never got the salad he ordered. All that would have been ok, but the room was much too loud for us to be able to visit in anything but raised voices.

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M
Denver
14 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Nice neighborhood gem. Good for a casual business lunch.

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OT
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 2

Christmas function with coworkers - staff seemed a little slim and the dining 1sr floor is always pretty loud. Had to ask bartender for wine opener so we could enjoy our $100 cab with our steaks we ordered. Perhaps the menu $$ and fare could be lowered in order to go with the bar casual atmosphere

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D
Denver
16 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

I love the fact that we now have an actual French restaurant with a real chef. The ambiance is terrific and service is good. They also have a nice wine and drink list that isn't overpriced. The only complaint we both had was the fact that our food was overly salty. But I will tray again and get a daily special.

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Denver
1 review
Dined on November 18, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

Everything was great. The only drawback is that it is incredibly loud in the main dining room.

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TB
Denver
5 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What a find in Fort Collins! This sweet spot brings its swagger from what you would expect in a big city to a great town. Cooking "Finesse & Nuance" always results in Delicious satisfying results. The decor is amazing - almost a San Francisco feel to me. Fantastic!

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AS
1 review
Dined on November 17, 2018
Overall 2food 4service 4ambience 2

Super expensive. The portions are tiny and way over priced for a downtown restaurant in Fort Collins.

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SF
Denver
1 review
Dined on November 13, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

What a nice surprise! Authentic, casual, friendly and great service. The setting is ideal for any occasion; comfortable and spacious seating; great concept and artistically pleasing environment. Will go back next time I'm in Fort Collins.

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Denver
2 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

The beef Wellington special (Saturday’s only) was superb.

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