The Emporium

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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, dinner and late night 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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C
Denver
1 review
Dined on January 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Birthday brunch for my Mom. Great food and service !

SG
Denver
1 review
Dined on January 5, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience3

My friends and I came here for brunch and had a good time. The only hiccup was when I ordered the quiche of the day as described by the server, and when it arrived it was a totally different quiche. Our server was quick to offer the other dish I was considering before settling on the quiche so that was nice. Everybody enjoyed their food and the service was good as well. Good brunch spot in Fort Collins. It is nice they take reservations as well.

OT
Houston
1 review
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Meeting friends before a concert and really enjoyed their wine list and charcuterie board. Great atmosphere and exceptional service!

OT
1 review
Dined on January 2, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We were disappointed that one of our gift cards would not work that we got as a e-gift card. There was no online place to figure out why.

GS
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience3

New Year’s Eve. Too loud and menu was too limited on meat side as elk sausage wasn’t a good option and my guest doesn’t do seafood.

AG
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went there for NYE. Food was perfect. Service great and the place is gorgeous!

OT
Denver
16 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall3food3service5ambience5

Went for the New Year’s Prix Fixe dinner. Our food here in the past has been notable, creative and delicious. We were not as happy with the new chef and this meal was good but not memorable. I sent my salmon back because it was dry and flavorless. The next was more moist, not medium rare, still little flavor, no sauce, dry lentils and nominal. The other courses were better—liked the escargot calzone and the crab cakes were good. Vegetable layered hash, not terribly appetizing. Dessert was pretty and nice. WAY too many micro greens! Overall, not a good value at $65.
It was fun to be there on New Year’s Eve and everyone was nice, service good.

DR
Denver
3 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Had Christmas dinner at The Emporium. It was busy and they were a bit short staffed so it took awhile but the server tried to keep up with everyone as best he could. They offered their Brunch menu for the day so the selection was modest but everyone found something they could enjoy. We will for sure return to try out their dinner menu.

CK
Denver
16 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience4

We were glad that the Emporium was open on Christmas Day. Thank you! We had a nice meal, and we’re happy to know about this place. We hadn’t been up to Ft. Collins in quite a while. We would definitely eat there again. It’s quite a concept.

OT
Western NC
1 review
Dined on December 25, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

You'll get good food, courteous service, and excellent drinks here.

PG
1 review
Dined on December 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a delightful experience! Our first time here. Everyone we came in contact with was very pleasant and accommodating. It was busy, but not crowded and not noisy. Even though we were early, we were seated right away and there was no waiting for service. The waiter was great - we shared two dishes, & the food was served already split onto separate plates. The prices are just right.
It's a lovely space, I can't say enough - we thoroughly enjoyed it & I look forward to returning again soon.

X
Western NC
3 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience5

Great ambiance! ....we had high hopes for Xmas eve dinner to celebrate our anniversary. However, salmon was undercooked and while staff kindly offered to redo the dish, that meant that my husband and I had to eat in shifts - not ideal or festive. I would have appreciated a discount on the meal, considering...

OT
Denver
1 review
Dined on December 23, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Christmas dinner!!!!

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R
Denver
4 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall2food2service5ambience1

Service excellent. Drinks were excellent but took a minimum of 10-15 minutes to arrive after each order. We were surprised to find out our table was in a meeting room not the restaurant proper. Two dishes were good but most was pedestrian . Desserts were good. Unfortunately not the value I expected. Many better places in NoCo.

CR
Denver
35 reviews
Dined on December 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were celebrating a graduation and arrived early for our reservation. They were very accommodating and were able to seat us early. The food and wine were excellent and service was great. I will gladly be coming back.

JB
1 review
Dined on December 19, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Really lovely lunch at the Emporium. The food quality is very good, as are the cocktails.

LW
1 review
Dined on December 16, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Really enjoyed our time at the Emporium. It would be nice to be introduced to the entire building and what it has to offer to understand the full spectrum. It was slightly chilly so we keep our coats on, I was hoping for a warmer ambiance in the winter. Food and drink was terrific. It is slightly noisy even without a full crowd.

KS
1 review
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very nice place! Great wait staff and food. Well prepared and presented dishes. Great wine selection!

TA
Denver
33 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

For our Saturday brunch/lunch time meal it was not too full so not too noisy. A friend and I spent a long, relaxed time at our table eating lunch and sipping our respective coffee and tea. We both loved our tomato soup and large crab cake. There was no pressure to leave and we were able to have a comfortable conversation since it was not too noisy and there was a good distance between tables at the window. Having not been to the Emporium for a while I must confess to a bit to sticker shock when I got my check, but good crab cakes - ones that are crab, not breading - are always a pricey item. Service was excellent - attentive but not intrusive.

OT
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on December 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic as always! The Emporium never disappoints. Personal favorites are the Friday and Saturday specials. Great selection of wines. The cocktail “autumn in fort pimm’s” is delicious!

D
Portland
52 reviews
Dined on December 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

While staying at The Elizabeth I made it a practice to eat breakfast, lunch (when possible) and dinner at The Emporium. It was just a short walk from my room, so very convenient. :)

I have to tell you that the Hotel, food, employees, management and staff delivered the most amazing experience that I have had in a long time. Everyone went out of their way to make me feel not only at home, but very special.

First thing in the morning I would hit the Bowerbird coffee bar for a hot cup of java while I waited for the Restaurant to open. There is a comfortable seating area to sit, relax and browse the web. Plus, all the staff was more than happy to engage in a conversation.

Time for breakfast and the choices were many but not too many. Of course, I am a bit of a health nut so the kitchen staff was more than happy to customize my order exactly to my liking.

After a little work, I would return for a light salad for lunch, again the staff customized my meal.

Then a bit more work and back for dinner....I usually started at the bar. The bar staff was truly amazing, funny and engaging. It was interesting to learn each of their histories and how they came to work at the hotel.

As with Breakfast and Lunch, I asked the kitchen to prepare a slightly modified meal for my way of eating and again they always came through with flying colors.

I know that this is a review of the restaurant, but I just have to say a few things about my room, all the rooms actually. Each room comes with a record player and there is a huge assortment of albums to choose from, what a nice touch. Bed was comfortable and the internet was fast. The room was very home like, just seemed to fit like an old shoe, if you know what I mean.

I will finish the review on Yelp

OT
1 review
Dined on December 6, 2019
Overall2food4service4ambience4

Food is good but portions are small and the prices are very highly for what you get.

KH
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on December 6, 2019
Overall3food5service5ambience5

The food and table service were fantastic. The hostess was a bit overly controlling and even though the restaurant was nearly empty around us and we had early reservations she refused to sit us in a more comfortable table for our needs. Someone else stepped in and moved us per our request. The restaurant was still half empty when we left. It seems the hostess practices are disconnected from the rest of the restaurants five star level.

NS
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on December 5, 2019
Overall4food3service4ambience4

There are very limited appetizers on this menu. Also not many gluten free options they are not even identified. The wine market is the best part of the restaurant. My bison short ribs were a very small portion .

TC
1 review
Dined on December 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I had a wonderful dining experience with the family and part of what made that experience so enjoyable was the friendly and attentive waiting staff. Thank you Kayla.

h
Kansas City
27 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Nice place in nice hotel. Classy. Parking on street or in garage.

BB
1 review
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Another excellent meal! We ate here for Thanksgiving. The food was great as was the wine pairing. I love the service here because it's an excellent combo of professional, friendly and unpretentious. Can't wait to come back.

DT
1 review
Dined on November 24, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Brunch was just fine and we all liked what we had. There were enough choices.

DS
Denver
1 review
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall4food4service2ambience4

Good food and ambiance. Food arrived in a timely manner. Seating is very close. Would be difficult to have a private conversation. The service was marginal. Waitstaff seemed uninterested. We have dined at the Emporium a number of times and this is the first time service has been less than excellent.

O
Los Angeles
26 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2019
Overall3food2service3ambience3

We had great expectations for this meal but unfortunately they were not realized. The onion soup was visually appealing but slightly underwhelming. The flavors just were not as integrated as they could have been.

Those warning signs were truly revealed in the mains. The Coq au van was truly disappointing. The chicken was over cooked, the noodles under and the red wine sauce overly peppery. Very disappointing. The fish and chips (daily special) was a just trying too hard. The batter was heavy and overpowering and the fish was underwhelming (when did real cod come in tubes?).

Decor was modern bistro and the staff were adequate. Kudos to the maitre de for talking the time to seek and accept constructive feedback. Ultimately this is a restaurant inside a hotel with all the attendant problems.

J
Denver
8 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2019
Overall4food5service2ambience3

We have dined here several times. The food is always excellent. This time we decided to order happy hour drinks but were informed that if we wanted those, or the happy hour menu, we had to move from the dining room to the bar area. This policy strikes me as ridiculous. Our server offered to seek permission from the manager on duty, who approved our request.

M
Denver
14 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Food was good although I thought it was very pricey. Our service was impeccable. Atmosphere is nice nothing special .

WD
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience4

The crab cake Appetizer was very good, served a bit cold though.
Two items not available off the entree menu unfortunately Made us compromise on our choices, for a Saturday night, that was disappointing.

OT
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Was there for my husband’s birthday. Always great food and friendly service.

CC
Denver
1 review
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service

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AR
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was very good and enjoyed by all three in our party.

ES
Denver
1 review
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall3food4service2ambience2

Food was okay but totally overpriced. It’s also very loud out there so it wasn’t possible to talk, had to yell

KA
1 review
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall5food4service2ambience3

Food was very good. Waitress was GREAT! Seemed very slow to get food, and we had a couple of managers come by to give us "late" updates. otherwise we felt it was a very nice experience for our family reunion.

AW
1 review
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

More of an upscale restaurant. Very stylish ambiance. Not the biggest menu by everything was delicious and the service was amazing.

AS
1 review
Dined on October 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Nice evening with very few people in the restaurant; they must have been out to Halloween parties! Perfect for a quiet dinner since it can be noisy in this space.