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About The Emporium

Shortly after the construction of the Jefferson Street Bridge in 1912, Chris Anwonder built the first tavern to grace our building. During the era that followed industry and commerce built upon the banks of the river. Our building has a history that somewhat parallels the economic ups and downs of this area. It has been a porcelain works, tombstone factory, and sign company. Fifteen years prior to the October 1, 1980 opening of our restaurant, it was an empty warehouse. The reconstruction of our building uses artifacts collected from the area, and most of the restored oak pieces have been uniquely located to provide the atmosphere that is the Emporium. The grand staircase, the Deacon"s bench, and the oak doors used as paneling are all from an old church. The antique light fixtures, railings, spindles, and oak columns are authentic and add to the beautiful ambiance and dining experience.

121 S Niles Ave
South Bend, IN 46617
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
American

Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Everyday: 11:00am - 4:00pm; Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 4:00pm - 9:30pm, Friday & Saturday: 4:00pm - 10:30pm, Sunday: 4:00pm - 9:00pm

Cross Street:
Niles & Jefferson

Dress Code:
Business Casual

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(574) 234-9000

Website:
http://eastbankemporium.com/

Entertainment:
Thursday....Live Mo-Town & Golden Oldies BBQ on the patio 6PM-9PM.

Executive Chef:
Ryan Shriver

Private Party Facilities:
Private parties up to 60 people.

Private Party Contact:
Amy Grundgen: (574) 234-9000

Additional:
Bar Dining, Entertainment, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Takeout

The Emporium Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.1

service

4.1

ambience

4.0

value

4.1

Noise

Moderate

76% would recommend it to a friend

Waterfront (8)
Great for Outdoor Dining (7)
Special Occasion (7)
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Good for Birthdays (6)
Good for Anniversaries (5)
Comfort Food (5)
Good for a Date (5)
Good for Groups (5)
Neighborhood Gem (5)
Scenic View (5)
Casual (5)
Cozy (4)
Business Meals (4)
Kid-friendly (3)
Creative Cuisine (3)
Fun (3)
Great for Lunch (3)
Quiet Conversation (3)
Authentic (2)
Fit for Foodies (2)
Great Beer (2)
Late-night Find (2)
Notable Wine List (2)
Romantic (2)
Sunday Lunch (2)
Worth the Drive (2)
Paleo Friendly (1)
Bar Seating (1)
Gluten Free Options (1)
Handcrafted Cocktails (1)
Healthy (1)
Hot Spot (1)
Disabled Access (1)
People Watching (1)
Quick Bite (1)
Seasonal (1)
Spicy (1)
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 (Indiana)·Dined on November 23, 2017

Nice waiter—very busy—good food—lots of patrons

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 (Indiana)·Dined on October 25, 2017

The food was okay. I wouldn't say exceptional. We ordered a shareable of garlic mashed potatoes and they definitely lacked seasoning. We were there around 5:30 and there were very few people.

Tags: Scenic View
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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on September 30, 2017

We were seated by the window and there was a constant cold draft. We waited for about 10 minutes before another server brought us waters and another 5 minutes for our server. We ordered immediately. We were promised bread that never arrived. We had the Pumpkin Soup and Emporium salad... both were good. We both ordered meatloaf and it was satisfactory.
In summary I hope we did not catch them at their best.

Tags: Casual, Comfort Food
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 (Chicago)·Dined on September 22, 2017

When we arrived the table was wet [had not been cleaned or dried off] and unstable. Needed to have something put under the leg to stabilize. Food was only fair. Salmon was overcooked and the steak that one of us had was over seasoned. Frankly kind of disappointed. Have had good experiences before but certainly not this time. Probably will not go back. To many other nice places to eat.

Tags: Casual
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·Dined on September 16, 2017

Great outdoor dining experience, great food and price value.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (Seattle)·Dined on September 8, 2017

Don't know how it had the rating it had. The food was just okay not what I was hoping for. Place was dead and service was still slow. Would not go back.

Tags: Waterfront
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 (Chicago)·Dined on August 31, 2017

Nice menu. Good specials. Great service. Right on the water.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Quick Bite, Fit for Foodies, Great for Lunch
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·Dined on August 31, 2017

The service was terrific and the food was delicious!!!

Tags: Late-night Find, Bar Seating, Good for Anniversaries, Great for Outdoor Dining, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Neighborhood Gem, Healthy, Spicy
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 (Dallas)·Dined on August 27, 2017

The East Bank Emporium's glory days are long gone. The place looks tired and sad and much in need of an update. It appeared that the seats had new cushions but the chairs and tables both need refinishing. The server was nice but it was apparent that she had not been trained on the menu as she was unable to answer the questions we asked. The food was slightly above mediocre. My steak was overdone and one of my forks was dirty. My husband's fish had batter that was too thick making it crunchy on the outside and mushy on the inside and his fries had no seasoning. The iced tea had a "muddy" appearance indicating it was not fresh. It was depressing to be there as I remember how nice it used to be back when I was in college. My family will not return to this restaurant.

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·Dined on August 24, 2017

Love the the service and my waiter.. Me and my boyfriend can't wait to come back

Tags: Comfort Food, Good for Anniversaries, Fun, Great for Lunch, Quiet Conversation, Good for a Date, Paleo Friendly, Authentic, Cozy, Tasting Menu, Romantic, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for Groups, Scenic View, Great Beer, Worth the Drive
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·Dined on August 20, 2017

Great food, would go again, very clean. Waitress staff was amazing

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Notable Wine List, Business Meals, Waterfront, Late-night Find, Disabled Access, Kid-friendly, Sunday Lunch, People Watching, Cozy, Special Occasion, Hot Spot, Good for Anniversaries, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Groups, Quiet Conversation, Worth the Drive, Creative Cuisine, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for a Date
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·Dined on August 5, 2017

Highly disappointed with the food. Tasteless and overpriced, we will not be back.

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 (Baltimore)·Dined on August 4, 2017

My rib eye came with chimichuri sauce. It was only purée of parsley with no taste. The bearnaise sauce I asked for (and paid extra for) tasted like it came out of a can.

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·Dined on July 24, 2017

We eat there at least once a year for our office birthday celebration. We have been doing this for years. At least 3 members of our group always order the chicken salad pita. It is the reason we keep coming back. However, this year, one member of our group sent back her pita as inedible. She said it was mushy and tasted like paste. The other 3 group members who ordered the pita stated that it was also unusually mushy. The server removed the returned pita from our bill and offered to replace it with something else, but our member did not want anything else. We will be back, but were very disappointed in the meal.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Casual
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 (Indiana)·Dined on July 22, 2017

Mediocre service, terrible food. Sent back twice and received the third time looking like someone had already partially eaten. Will NEVER return!

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 (Chicago)·Dined on July 21, 2017

Been awhile since we've been there. Salads no longer included. Changed salad dressings and the croutons that were fabulous our waiter was great. Food was ok but not for the prince compared to other restaurants

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 (Indiana)·Dined on July 16, 2017

We go here fairly regularly and do like it very much.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Special Occasion
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 (Indiana)·Dined on July 3, 2017

Slow service and food (chicken pita and spicy shrimp) were just ok.

Tags: Waterfront
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 (Chicago)·Dined on June 26, 2017

I went to the Emporium for dining days. My appetizer was great my entrée was just OK and vegetables were cold. Disappointing.

Tags: Waterfront, Scenic View, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (Chicago)·Dined on June 23, 2017

My fries were not hot. But overall it was a great experience great wait staff and the other food was good.0

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on June 16, 2017

The only bright spot of the meal was the Filet Mignon. Pretty much everything else was unsatisfactory to ordinary, starting with The embarrassingly short wine pour on the two glasses of Sonoma County, CA Cabernet Sauvignon that we ordered. Not only was the pour about 3 ounces, which we brought to the attention of our waiter, who failed to offer to do anything about it, but there was a fair amount of sediment at the bottom of the glass, which indicated any of several possible issues with wine and/or it's storage. Plus the green beans were tasteless and tough. I will not return.

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 (Indiana)·Dined on June 14, 2017

FOOD WAS AMAZING. I HAD THE STEAK FRITES AND ABSOLUTELY LOVED IT. ALSO HAD THEIR HOUSE MADE COCKTAIL AND IT WAS ALSO AMAZING. GREAT ATMOSPHERE. LITTLE BIT PRICEY, BUT I BELIEVE IT IS WORTH IT.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Lunch, Business Meals, Bar Seating, Good for a Date, Waterfront
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 (Indiana)·Dined on May 28, 2017

Was a bad night for food at The Emporium...chef charred beyond recognition a Pittsburgh style filet...it was rare in the middle, which was good, but the char was so strong, that's all you could taste. Everyone's steaks were well-done and we ordered one of them medium and another one medium rare. There was NO pink in the medium rare. The coffee rubbed ribeye was okay, a little overdone but the person had ordered it with just a slight pink center. Waitress very friendly, and knowledgeable of some things, but not everything for sure. Garlic mashed potatoes tasted like anything but mashed potatoes. Tasted like boxed something with no savory potato flavor. Red pepper potatoes were awful as well. Waitress overheard us discussing the "mess" and offered to send steaks back but honestly, our get together with guests from Dallas TX we had not seen in a long time, stayed the focus of our dinner. It would have even more frustrating to sit and wait while they screwed things up a second time. That's the importance of getting it right the first time. I will say, the Brie appetizer was AMAZING and the green beans were pretty good. Meat and potatoes were really awful. We frequent the restaurant fairly often; but not sure when and if we will return. Longhorn food, where we went the following night, was delicious! Sad.

Tags: Live Sports, Bar Seating, Happy Hour, People Watching, Good for Anniversaries, Fun, Kid-friendly, Cozy, Casual, Good for Groups, Late-night Find, Pre/post Theatre, Business Meals, Romantic, Notable Wine List, Waterfront, Good for Birthdays, Disabled Access, Great for Brunch, Afternoon Tea, Special Occasion, Afternoon Coffee, Quiet Conversation, Quick Bite, Scenic View, Good for a Date, Great for Lunch
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 (Indiana)·Dined on May 28, 2017

As always, the setting and decor at the Emporium were fantastic! The food was delicious and nicely presented. The service was good. It was a very pleasant dining experience!

Tags: Scenic View, Good for Groups, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date
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 (Indiana)·Dined on May 28, 2017

We dined at 5 PM on a Sunday. The view of the St Joseph River and waterfall was beautiful. Food was great! My husband ordered the Fish n Chips, which cost $13, and came with 2 very large fried loins, a cup of coleslaw, and fries. I ordered a cheeseburger for $11, and it came with a generous portion of fries. We ordered from the classic menu, but they have much more creative food choices on the dinner menu. They serve complimentary rolls, which are delicious. Our waitress was very sweet, and our food arrived within 10 minutes of placing our order. If you are restricted from using a few steps, then I would call ahead and check on their accessibility options as I did not see a ramp to get to the main level of seating, but that's not to say there isn't one, or perhaps dining elsewhere that didn't require the use of steps. On a busy day, there may be a parking issue here. They have limited street parking and a small lot for the restaurant and park that sits along the river. That area of the park has many events such as white water rafting, so I'd imagine parking would be limited if an event was going on (although there are a handful of spaces marked "Emporium Parking Only."

Tags: Waterfront, Scenic View, Tasting Menu, Worth the Drive, Hot Spot, Afternoon Tea, People Watching, Great for Outdoor Dining, Quiet Conversation, Special Occasion, Sunday Lunch, Creative Cuisine, Good for Groups, Business Meals, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Notable Wine List, Authentic
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 (Tampa)·Dined on May 20, 2017

Great atmosphere and nice view of the river. The menu has something for everyone. Very large portions!

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 (Indiana)·Dined on May 20, 2017

Tempura green beans are delicious as well as the bake Brie. Food was very good.
I asked for table by the river, even though there were empty tables, the hostess didn't want to give me a table until
I asked twice.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Cozy, Worth the Drive, Waterfront, Scenic View, Casual
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 (Indiana)·Dined on May 15, 2017

I had the special which was walleye which was very good. The waitress was very attentive, and helpful with suggestions.

Tags: Quiet Conversation
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 (Indiana)·Dined on May 14, 2017

the service was great the atmosphere nice but the food was over charged and found it a bit greasy and too much seasoning on the seafood

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 (Indiana)·Dined on May 13, 2017

Very nice atmosphere, food was excellent and creative.

Tags: Waterfront, Neighborhood Gem, Quiet Conversation, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date
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 (Indiana)·Dined on May 12, 2017

The ambiance was cute

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 (Indiana)·Dined on May 6, 2017

The food was a little bland. Neither the salmon nor steak tasted seasoned. I expected a rub on the steak.

It made me feel like I was eating geriatric food.

Good portions, though. The pre-dinner desert sample was a treat. The cheesecake was very good.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on May 4, 2017

Service was prompt and courteous. Food was absolutely excellent! Highly recommend.

Tags: Special Occasion, Pre/post Theatre, Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries, Notable Wine List, Sunday Lunch, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Scenic View, Great Beer, Quiet Conversation, Romantic, Waterfront, Good for Groups
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on April 29, 2017

The food was good, not spectacular, but good. The portions were large. The French onion soup was very good. The nights special of walleye could have been cooked at little longer. Prices were reasonable.

Tags: Scenic View, Cozy, Waterfront
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 (Indiana)·Dined on April 29, 2017

I was pleasantly surprised with everything about the Emporium! The staff was very personable and the food was absolutely incredible. I loved the overall feel of it as well. The menu is a bit high in price, but it is well worth it. I would argue that it is Downtown South Bend's best local restaurant. I will definitely be back soon!

Tags: Casual, Special Occasion, Comfort Food, Romantic, Scenic View, Business Meals, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Waterfront, Fun, Kid-friendly, Sunday Lunch, Great for Lunch, Worth the Drive
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 (Indiana)·Dined on April 28, 2017

Our server was very, very nice and attentive!! She helped make our dining experience very pleasurable! Food was very good too! We'll be back!!

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on April 19, 2017

Ok food, good views on the river

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (Indiana)·Dined on April 19, 2017

We went for Lunch, our waitress was rarely seen. Our food was not good, the quiche was rock hard. French fries were cold, and when I paid with a gift card, there was no place to put a tip on it. So I went to ask them to take $6 off the gift card for the tip, they took the full $16 that was left on the card, but I didnt find out about that till the next time I went to use it. Very disappointing. Will never return.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on April 16, 2017

Easter dinner with my wife, seated early and opted for a table in the bar, Justin the bartender was great and was also our wait person.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on April 8, 2017

Filet was undercooked, ie. raw in the center. Portions were stingy, and prices too high for what you receive. We went based on reviews, but my experience was underwhelming.

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