The Emporium

4.1
367 reviews
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$30 and under
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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.
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OT
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Husbands Birthday

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RY
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 3ambience 4

The food was horrible. Food presentation was poor. The service was adequate.

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DJ
1 review
Dined on April 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food great prices very clean and friendly service would go back

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JE
Dallas
23 reviews
Dined on March 24, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 1

Have been coming to The Emporium for many years and typically leave satisfied. This visit after the theatre did not produce the same results. Missed on service, cleanliness and qualify of food. Hope they fix things in the near future.

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JR
1 review
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 2

Food and service were great but the noise level was high.

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M
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It is always a delightful experience after going to the Morris for a play. The food never disappoints, and they have the best moscato around. I highly recommend the Emporium.

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CL
Indiana
9 reviews
Dined on March 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Wonderful service, great waiter, and the food on this Friday evening was was excellent and reasonably priced.

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OT
1 review
Dined on March 22, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 5

Good food and a great place to enjoy a meal!

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DS
Indiana
4 reviews
Dined on March 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful food in a great atmosphere. Emporium always delivers.

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S
Chicago
13 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I have been going to the Emporium for years and this is the best service we have ever had. Our server was really attentive and we had a very good time. I would recommend the Emporium.

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Indiana
2 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and good service will go there again

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MS
Indiana
2 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 1food 2service 5ambience 1

The waiter was great weak drinks food tastes great but you dont get enough food for what you paid for

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L
1 review
Dined on March 6, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

One guest commented she hadn't been there in 15 years and couldn't believe the menu had not changed. Two orders seems fine (fried meatloaf and chicken sandwich), but neither the chicken sandwich pita order or the black and bleu salad were things I would order again. Presentation wasn't great on either; the salad was mostly hard iceberg lettuce pieces and the requested "medium" steak was definitely medium well to well done. The shrimp appetizer was good, as was the French onion soup. Server was friendly and responsive, but overall service was slow (though part of our group arrived later than I expected, and this may have thrown off the rhythm). I have really enjoyed my time at Emporium for Wine Walk, but I don't think I'll bring a group back for a special lunch again.

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WR
Indiana
1 review
Dined on February 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food served in a historic environment overlooking the river.

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S
Indiana
2 reviews
Dined on February 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service and excellent drinks. Highly recommend.

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KM
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The selection, staff and overall service at The Emporium is top notch. The brie appetizer is easy to
share and very tasty. Drinks were kept full and our bellies were full ( with some leftovers to take
home).

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OT
Indiana
6 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome place and the food was great.

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VH
Indiana
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing atmosphere, delicious food, friendly staff! Great date night restaurant!

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T
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Anacini was frozen in the middle and waitress(Jessica) took care of it right away. Very Happy with great food and great service.

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PG
Indiana
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

We went to the Emporium for Valentine's Day. Our waitress was excellent. She always kept an eye on us and, as we were leaving, she noticed my husband forgot his take home box and caught up with us! It was a vety enjoyabe evening.

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OT
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 4ambience 4

Valentine’s Day
Ribeye steak meal did not have taste
Filet seemed stringy like a roast

Not good food experience at all

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t
Pittsburgh
99 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Really.good meals for my wife and myself...very friendly also

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OG
1 review
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Plates that the food was served on were not warm. Several of our party had food too cool. One had to send her back to be heated up. Otherwise everything was great and delicious. I did notice that no bread or butter was served with our dinners. I'm the only person who looks for bread and butter ! No one really missed it as we had appetizers and dessert. Otherwise, A great choice for our group after the theater.

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m
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 3

seated, 15 mins later we left without having had a single interaction with a server or otherwise. attempted once (at about the 5 min mark) to get attention, without success. a waitress on two separate occasions was within 2 feet of us. we did not sample the food. however, if the food appeared appealing we may have waited a few more minutes.

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OT
1 review
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Enjoyed dining at the Emporium with several of my girlfriends.

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OT
Indiana
4 reviews
Dined on January 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful dinner

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TS
Indiana
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Comfortable casual

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SJ
Nashville
3 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, great service! Very unique and historic venue! Recommend dining here for any occasion!

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SG
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Staff had confusion on where our table was. After being sat we had to find someone to serve us. We were still not getting much service, finally after becoming uncomfortable we canceled our meal and left with out eating. With no apology or thank you the sever said okay goodbye, seemed as though we were more of a nuisance than costumers. Felt like we were not welcome there and it was quite humiliating.

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LH
1 review
Dined on December 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

went there for our staff Christmas lunch. Everyone enjoyed the ambiance and the food was delish.

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FM
1 review
Dined on December 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Enjoyed our total experience. Food was much better than the last visit. Have gone there for years and the new menu has a nice variety. Love the atmosphere. Bonus was an extraordinary sunset!

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JS
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 2ambience 3

Very poor experience. The most expensive glass of red wine on the menu was not fresh. Tasted like it had been sitting around open for to long. The food was not well prepared. They brought it out within 5 minutes of ordering which tells me the ingredients were prepared ahead of time and just kept cold or hot. Dishes could not have been prepared in any other way. The chicken in all of our dishes was way overdone and almost impossible to eat. Tough and tasteless. The pasta in one of our dishes was cold on top and very hot on the bottom and the asparagus in the pasta was almost raw. The fish and chips had so much batter on them that you could not even taste the fish. One of the worst meals all 4 of us have had. Certainly not up to the standards the restaurant would want for their customers. We have eaten here many times before but it will be quite awhile before we will consider returning.

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R
1 review
Dined on December 12, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 4

Overall experience was very good. Wobbly table fixed with a napkin. Bathrooms were not impressive. One person did not get their coffee and one plate was not removed. Waitress did a good job with a celebrated birthday. 😋

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M
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

We go after attending shows at the Morris. It is always a nice treat.

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OT
Indiana
2 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was a great choice to come here for dinner! The service was great, the food was amazing, and the setting was fantastic! Definitely recommend.

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OT
1 review
Dined on November 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had an absolutely terrific time at The Emporium for a family get together. Our table was excellent; our server was the best we've ever had. The food for every single member of our party was outstanding, delicious, and fresh. It was really perfect.

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P
Los Angeles
138 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 1ambience 3

Service was pretty bad—I’m not going to lie. The waitress brought the menus then disappeared for about 20 minutes at a time on several occasions. I asked for a glass of wine, lucky it ever came. Food was not that great. Hot food was not hot (my pet peeve since I want hot food to be served hot.) My son ordered a steak but it was of such poor quality (mostly fat) that it was essentially inedible. Prices were not commensurate to the quality of the food, but were inversely proportional. Don’t think I can go back.

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DS
Indiana
1 review
Dined on November 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Dinner before a concert at the Morris Civic

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NM
1 review
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

This restaurant said that they could handle gluten free but they can’t. I have celiac and can’t have cross contaminated food. The fryer is shared with breaded items and the buns are cooked directly on the grill making those insafe also. When I addressed this with the manager on duty, he laughed at me. I would not recommend this restaurant.

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M
Toledo
1 review
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 4

There were 3 of us dining, we were in town to catch a concert so I made our reservation in an earlier time slot, definitely not during the dinner rush. The restaurant wasn’t busy, so there should have been no excuse for the way our visit turned out. Apps and drinks were fine, but that’s where it ended. I ordered fish tacos that were painfully dry and over cooked with little slaw or sauce, my husband had the grilled shrimp and our friend ordered a medium-well filet. Everything came out cold and way overdone. The filet looked like a hockey puck, done way past medium-well, and the sides were wrong. My husband’s shrimp were rubbery and didn’t have much flavor. Our server was MIA for probably 10-15 minutes after our food was brought out. We sent the steak and my tacos back when he finally came back, spoke to a manager and had our entrees comped. The manager was accomodating but he also tried to pass the filet as medium-well. The food is definitely not worth the high price tag, find somewhere else to go. It’s a shame that such a beautiful building houses such a sub-par restaurant.

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