Dinner is excellent! Brunch, not anything to right home about. Great service at dinner. Subpar at breakfast. Dinner, two thumbs up!👍👍
The food was great as was the service. However, it is very loud in the restaurant so anyone with hearing problems would have a very hard time participating in conversation.
The food was great and the price was reasonable. However, the atmosphere was not so good. Very noisy, could not carry on a conversation, so our date night was compromised. The quality of food did not jive with the atmosphere. They need some soundproofing.
What a fantastic dining experience. Everything we were served was unique and delicious. We are foodies and this hit the mark. I love the tile floor, but it makes the space very load as everything sort of echos. Don't let that hold you back though...just don't bring your def mother.
This was our second experience. If the noise level here bothers you, a weeknight is better than a Friday or Saturday. We still find it too noisy, but it was tolerable. Our other main gripe was the tiny tables too small to hold dinner and drinks. On the plus side, the food was very good and the cocktails imaginative. The cod fritters were nicely fried and tasty and both the steak frites and hunter's chicken were excellent.
Great food. Great service. Great atmosphere. We went here for a friend's birthday and everything was perfecto. Will definitely be back.
I liked the Menu of farm to table creative dishes. The Buffalo was excellent. I asked about where the food was sourced and the servers were informative. The restaurant may want to do a little more to feature the farmers and ranchers who produced the food. Overall we will be back....enjoyable experience.
The service by Mike was excellent. The food was good but nothing spectacular. The menu is limited for entrees. We probably won't return for dinner as the restaurant was so loud that it was difficult to have any type of conversation between 4 people. Might try it again for lunch or brunch. Not sure why every new restaurant in Fort Collins seems to make it a point to have terrible acoustics.
Amazing food and great atmosphere.
We love this restaurant but this is the second time we have gone and I have gotten sick from the food and I have ordered something different each time. As much as I want to recommend, I can only assume I'm not the only person this has happened to since it has happened twice now to me. :(
Would not recommend ever (nor will I ever return). I was very disappointed with this restaurant from the moment we walked in the door. It was my birthday, I had made a reservation (so I was really looking forward to this). Firstly, we were not greeted--we walked up to the hostess stand and were hastily informed they would be with us shortly. After 5-10 mins of waiting, no one did anything. So we re-approached the hostess and she reprimanded us for being late to our reservation (mind you we were waiting for them). We were finally seated and I hoped that our waiter/dining experience would make up for the uncomfortable situation (who was great besides what I'm about to explain). The food was good. However, everyone's food came out and mine did not (the waiter had forgotten to put in my order and it came out 10-15 mins later than everyone else's meal). Then, we got the bill and it seemed outrageously high--the wine pricing in the market had been mismarked (we chose a $29 bottle of wine and the bill stated it was a $58 bottle of wine). Luckily, the waiter comped the wine and we paid for what we thought we were paying for. I must express that the waiter really did his best to fix these mistakes. He also brought out a complimentary birthday desert. However, in general, I was very disappointed with the entire experience (especially because it was my birthday and this is not an inexpensive place). Definitely not returning (which is too bad because the aesthetic/idea of this place is really cool). Will be going to Jay's Bistro from now on!
Suzanne was great and very welcoming
Food and Service were excellent. Food was scrumptious and wait staff attentive. The issue was the noise level. Could not carry on a normal level conversation as background noise level was too high. We went with friends assuming we could converse. Normal conversation was not really possible.
Food was very average especially for the high prices. Service was subpar- waiter had to take orders multiple times and things were still forgotten and were unable to get anyone's attention for long periods of time. (It was not a super busy night- a lot of open tables and not a weekend night. The ambience is nice but the room is very echo-ey. At a four person table, it was often impossible to hear the person across from you and when I spoke it felt like I had to yell to have others hear me. There are plenty of great restaurants in Fort Collins and it seems like this restaurant is riding the hype of being new. Will not be coming back and would not recommend.
We love our dinner and our server. Hubby had the mushroom soup and the pear salad. They worked well together. I had the steak frite and the chef hit medium exactly. The bernaise was not put on the side as I requested...that was the only thing wrong.
Food was delightful
But service started off good but ended terribly. Had to flag down server for water, wine and check. Next morning we went for breakfast and host/manager could not have been more rude telling us that we missed the 8:30 breakfast cutoff, we could only sit and order at market or wait until brunch was ready - 45 minutes. Really poor customer interaction.
Disappointed with the quality of the food. French fries were not crisp. Mussels were not fresh. Brenaise sauce on the steak frites was gloopy and flavorless. The wine specials, however, were en pointe. Will not be returning given that there are so many options at the same price point with much better food.
Great wine, nice dinner
A very “yummy” meal indeed. The pork chop and chicken were cooked perfectly (the chicken breast was probably the most moist I’ve had anywhere). The accompanying sides were delicious and unique and full of flavor. The wine selection is expansive at nice price points and the wait staff was helpful in helping us make a selection.
We really enjoyed ourselves and the waitress was fantastic! My one and only gripe was that the chair I had was very uncomfortable, it was meant for leaning back poolside not sitting at a table.
Our server Conner was amazing, top notch service. My husband had the Elk Wellington and said it was delicious, I had the Mushroom Veloute and a salad, both were good. Ambiance was nice and we had a great date night. I absolutely love The Elizabeth and we are so happy to have a place like this in Ft. Collins.
Loved this unique restaurant and market place, we'll definitely be back!
The service was great the drinks were just okay the food was overpriced and the noise was totally unacceptable and the place smelled like fish. Way too much going on for me.
The food at The Emporium is an example of the resurgence of classic cuisine created in excellence. Definitely recommend this restaurant to anyone living in or visiting Ft. Collins. The atmosphere is vibrant and charming, and holy cow, AMAZE wines. The staff was charming and knowledgeable. My three-star rating is due to two issues: if you are entering the restaurant from the hotel, there is no hostess stand. You either have to walk halfway through the restaurant to the hostess stand (located past the bar near the street entrance), or hope for a helpful passing staff member. Additionally, when full, it is VERY noisy.
The Emporium has a variety of seating options that make this one of the coolest corners in Fort Collins. The elk Wellington I had the first time we ate here is awesome. The mussels we had the second time were the biggest, fluffiest I think I’ve ever had. Then, the pork chop was huge and perfectly cooked, and the bison Bourguignon melts in the mouth. Boom
Food was good, very noisy and food was rushed with drinks, salad and entree all appearing at once.
For the four of us the overall experience was very pleasant, with interesting and enjoyable food, attentive but not over- attentive service, seating at our table of choice, and no feeling at all that we were being rushed out. We sat over dinner for close to 3 hours. The chicken dish was delicious, with a very generous assortment of chicken parts, sauce, and some vegetables. We would have appreciated more vegetables. The oxtail ragout was as described and quite rich. Its rigatoni was absolutely irresistible to this usually low-carb eater who didn't read carefully enough to know she was ordering a pasta-based dish. Yum!
Everyone who reads reviews of Emporium already knows that it is too noisy, making conversation difficult. This is true of more restaurants than not these days. My only other criticism is upsetting. I have the impression that the wait staff is encouraged or even required to upsell. We were encouraged to order our server's favorite appetizers. We were steered to the bottles of wine. We were asked if we wanted salads with our entrees without their being any attempt to clarify that they were not included. If I am right about this, and intuition and experience tell me that I am, then I am sorry for a waitstaff that has to work under this kind of pressure and with such expectations from their manager.
The menu was very original, the service good, and my dish (vegetable pasta) was very tasty. We also ordered the bread and were treated with three tasty spreads none of which I’d had before. Others had commented on the noise level being great for young people seekkng a lively atmosphere, but a bit more challenging for groups wanting extended conversations even at 5:30 on a Tuesday evening. I believe it’s due to the hard surfaces on the floor and the ceiling. But, overall, it’s a nice addition to Fort Collins dining with a wonderful selection of wines displayed so patrons can walk around and view them.
Flatbreads (a variety was ordered), all had a baseline strange sweetness which was not desirable and would never order them again. A specialty pear and radicchio salad was so awful that if I were developing the menu or looking to change up the menu, I would recommend the removal of that particular salad. Management needs to increase the variety of available cocktails. A huge plus was our very pleasant and knowledgeable waitress named Veronica! Lastly, I do not mind paying a premium price for an upscale dining experience, however, this was not that. Charging exorbitant prices because the restaurant is housed inside an upscale boutique hotel, and expecting dining customers to not catch on to the lack of quality is an insult to discerning folks.
It was our first visit to The Emporium and we’ll definitely be back. We loved the menu options and it was all good.
I've seen quite a few reviews of this restaurant knocking the atmosphere and the level of noise at The Emporium and I have to admit I'm a little frustrated with what I'm seeing. If a lively, energetic atmosphere is not your thing, then yes this restaurant might not be the best choice for you. But just because a restaurant is loud and energetic does not mean that the experience is somehow sub-par compared to a quieter, more subdued dining experience. Noise level and atmosphere is strictly a matter of preference, and I for one was in the mood for a more frenetic dining experience and that is exactly what I got. They allow you to walk right up to the wine racks to pick & choose which kind of wine you would like to drink which I found added a welcome hint spontaneity to the dining experience. The food was phenomenal, I had the Steak Frites and it was cooked exactly to my preference. The only issue I had with this restaurant is that it didn't seem that the wait staff realized they needed to speak up due to the high level of volume, also the food did take a while.
But this is more of review of all the reviews criticizing the noise.. Yes the restaurant is loud and energetic, not your cup of tea? Perfectly fine, but know that this is only your personal preference, and that doesn't have to be anybody's problem but yours.
Bison was tasty but too little of it. Two pieces with the bone-in leaving a little more than 4 man-sized bites. Date had the Beef Wellington which was very good as it should be at $32.
Great place to eat great food and people watch in Fort Collins!
My wife and I celebrated our late Valentine's Day here. We really enjoyed the food and ambiance. We are sure to return.
The food was ok. Not a lot of Gluten Free options. The waiter was very nice but not very good. Slow service and not super competent. The noise level is pretty high but the atmosphere is fun and it is a nice place. The hotel it is attached too is beautiful.
Food was excellent. The atmosphere is good. I was surprised as noisy as it seems, when your sitting talking, it's not bad. Service was good although they try to take it away too soon. The chairs are very uncomfortable.
Fantastic food and service. Prices are reasonable for the quality. Great environment, but a little noisy. This has become our go-to spot for special occasions and date night.
Great food, good service, but not the place to go for a quiet romantic meal.
Amazing dinner last night! Welcome to Fort Collins! We had the salmon rillettes to start. I ordered the Gun smoke cocktail. For entrees, our group of three ordered the salmon en papillotte, bison buorginon, oxtail ragout with rigatoni. All were excellent and portion sizes were perfect. Our server was friendly and routinely checked on us. For dessert we shared the Tarte Tatin and the Chocolate pave. Perfect way to end our meal.
First time here, will definitely be back. Good food and drink, great ambience, good prices.