The Emporium

4.2
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$30 and under
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American
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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4.2based on recent ratings
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4.1
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ME
Indiana
1 review
Dined on December 3, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

I have always loved eating there the food is good and the location is better yet.

DL
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2019
Overall2food2service4ambience2

Had reservations for 5 pm on 11/29. Asked for a window seat which they honored. The server was fine. However a "mixup" in the kitchen meant that my french onion soup came out at the same time as my entree. Same with my table mate. The server did not charge us for the soups which I appreciated. My burger was good but the fries were limp and lukewarm. All in all a very expensive hamburger.

M
Indiana
4 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2019
Overall3food4service1ambience3

Service was horrible. The wait staff tried but very understaffed. Had to go downstairs to bar to order drinks. It took almost an hour to take our order.

KW
1 review
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience3

I took my husband here for his 30th birthday dinner. I made reservations and our table was ready right when we got there. It took a while for our food to come out but luckily we were not in any rush. When the food finally came, it was hot, fresh and delicious! We will definitely be recommending the Emporium to all our family and friends!

CC
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall3food3service5ambience5

Wonderful facility, great waitress, food is just so-so, won’t go back anytime soon.

AC
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Server very friendly and accommodating. There was a mix-up in the kitchen that led to rolls being delayed .. and then delivered under-baked. Restaurant wasn’t crowded, but took a while to get food, too. We have been here before — and would try it again. May have just been an off night.

DB
Indiana
2 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Lovely restaurant with great views of the river, good drinks, and delicious food. Our waitress was attentive, and also personable.

P
New England
19 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall3food2service2ambience5

Ordered MED Rare Prime Rib, came rare and bloody. Ordered Seared Tuna...had great taste but Noodle were over cooked and mush

HD
Indiana
28 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Prime rib very flavorful and tender. Green beans cooked just right so were crisp without being rubbery. Staff very attentive and noise level just right. Excellent meal.

V
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We choice to sit outside because it was a lovely evening and not disappointed. Inside was a little nosier but outside was perfect where we ate.

VI
1 review
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall1food1service5ambience1

It was very loud and the menu online said they had duck and when we got there the waitress said they haven't had duck on the menu in 3 years. Very disappointed

FG
1 review
Dined on September 3, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience3

I am really surprised with being a better quality dining establishment that I was handed a Dirty paper menu. That kinda turned me off. The menu's had stains all over them and no way to clean them. My suggestion would be to laminate them so they can be wiped down with sanitizer wipes.

OT
Louisville
8 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Vacation dinner w/family. We also enjoyed their rooftop bar with beautiful view of the sunset, great ambiance, live music.

AB
Indiana
5 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2019
Overall4food4service2ambience5

Limited menu but worked out for my son with food allergies. Waitress was very abrupt.

a
Cincinnati
4 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall3food2service2ambience3

Nothing special. Food was bland. We ate outside so I can't say what the noise level was inside. Our waitress was a little slow.

VH
1 review
Dined on August 19, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

We had a wonderful meal. My family took our parents their for my moms 81st birthday and she loved it

LG
1 review
Dined on August 12, 2019
Overall2food3service4ambience2

It doesn't look like you have invested any money back into your business. Anyway, the table we had the table top was flaking and peeling. It was raining, so didn't get the view we had anticipated, but that wasn't your fault.

M
Indiana
28 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2019
Overall3food3service5ambience3

We would have enjoyed it much better if we weren't fighting to keep a fly off of our table and food. We thought we would try the Emporium again, as we hadn't been here in a few years and thought we would give it another chance. The best part of our meal was our server. She was terrific. But, we battled a pesky fly throughout the entire dinner. Our swordfish was quite fishy and a little tough. All three of us wanted the apple dessert but there was only one left. We wanted to like it, as we had in years past really enjoyed the atmosphere and the food at the Emporium. Sadly, it isn't anywhere near what it used to be.

MC
Indiana
5 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful place to enjoy a meal and relax with friends and family.

OT
Detroit
3 reviews
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Food was ok. Noise level was high. Everything looks old and outdsted. The waitress was super nice and sweet.

S
1 review
Dined on July 18, 2019
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Food and service were good. Atmosphere was great. Enjoyed our experience and will be back.

LH
Indiana
1 review
Dined on July 8, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Always been such a nice place to have a wonderful, relaxing meal.

OT
Indiana
1 review
Dined on July 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a very nice evening

LS
2 reviews
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall2food2service1ambience4

Personnel
Nice but meals unsatisfactory. Greek
Chicken dry and so tough even a steak knife provided hardly cut it; union soup tasted by
3 of our party rated too salty to drink; emporium gave a discount but comments from our friend said we will
Not come back. Too bad As we have had good experience in the past. Very embarrasing to us:

RF
1 review
Dined on July 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I went here on a date and couldn't have dreamt of a better experience. My meal, the ribeye with mashed potatoes and green beans, was incredible! The steak was cooked to medium rare, as per my request, but was more tender and juicy than some raw steaks! Our waitress was very helpful, stopping by not too frequently, but still enough to tend to any need. I would absoloutely reccommend!

PM
1 review
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience1

I made a reservation for Saturday night for three people only to arrive at the reservation time to be told that they were closed, and that the door should have been locked. No one seemed to care, apologize, or try to figure the situation.

JN
Nashville
1 review
Dined on June 28, 2019
Overall1food1service3ambience3

The French Onion soup was very short on onions or cheese. Mostly a watery concoction with a few croutons thrown in. Certainly not worth $6. My companion ordered the burger medium rare. It was served well done. She returned it and the replacement was even closer to well done. Last stop at this establishment for me.

m
1 review
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Nice view from outside, good food, good veg options.

SS
1 review
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Enjoyed the atmosphere. The food was prepared just the way we requested it. Our server (Adam I believe was his name) was great. He was friendly and funny. We really enjoyed our dinner and it was worth the drive. We would and have recommended it to friends and family.

DC
Indiana
2 reviews
Dined on June 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We always enjoy going to the Emporium. Food is delicious and service is excellent.

FM
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience5

This was the second time that we were there. Love the building. Very disappointed in the variety of food available. Did not feel the value of the food for the money was appropriate. Felt that you are paying for more of the atmosphere than the food. The quality of food was not great. Someone had the Shrimp Pasta meal. There was hardly any shrimp - maybe 4-5.

OT
St. Louis
1 review
Dined on May 19, 2019
Overall3food2service5ambience3

We were celebrating a graduation and had hoped Emporium on the river would be nice. I am generous w ratings but ... We were seated at a great table overlooking the river but the windows were quite dirty. Blinds were crooked and pulled to multiple levels in all windows and looked sloppy. Appetizers of baked Brie and arancini were quite good. Three of four of us ordered the prime rib which we ordered medium rare. It came out grey. Our attentive and very nice waitress Jessica asked us to cut into them because they did not look medium rare - grey all the way through. She took them right back to the kitchen where they finally told her that all they has was well to medium well prime rib. The three of us reordered. Two of us ordered different steaks medium rare. They came out on the well side of medium. Because we had already been there for some time, we did not send them back. We were offered credit toward our bill which was appropriate. Emporium has potential but for us, it was no more than 3 stars. Thank you, though, to Jessica who did her best to take care of us!

AG
1 review
Dined on May 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really great food, the service wasn’t super fast but I get it, it was prom night. The restaurant itself is really pretty definitely recommend it

B
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall2food2service3ambience4

90 minute delay for the meal, overcooked food, chairs being stacked all around us as we tried to eat our meal quickly. My order for a digestif was declined because it was “too late” at 8:30pm. The experience was ended with a panhandler in the lobby asking for money.

CT
Indiana
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall2food2service3ambience2

Not for Mothers Day. we were in a corner with dark marred walls. Our 8 yr old grand child wanted to leave . The waitress was busy so our wait during the entire meal was lengthy. Our Grandchild ordered fries which were very dark in color. I ordered a Cajun salad that shrimp so mushy I could not eat them. The cajun sausage was 3 raggedly cut chunks. There was nothing special about this salad. My daughter ordered Tilapia which was so fishy, we could smell it coming. It was gray in color with uncolorful rice blend. It was an ugly looking plate. My husband ordered steak and fries. He brought half his steak home and did not eat the dark fries. We were so disappointed. There was no Mothers Day menu printed on line , soe we thought we would have multiple choices. The way the food was prepared it probably would not make any difference. No dessert on menue and none was offered

JH
1 review
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience1

steak was awful. server only came by once, didn't even ask us how our food was. awful service and food

AM
1 review
Dined on May 7, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Good service & enjoyed views of river with art installations. Friendly service. Filet was great. Partner ordered fish & chips. Fish portion small, fries with too much salt. Meal discounted by 50%.

GG
Indiana
2 reviews
Dined on May 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great Food and Great Service! Our server was very personable and accommodating.

JU
1 review
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience5

Beautiful place, exceptional food. But we did have to wait on our server a few times. Maybe they were short staffed. It was not a busy time.

OT
Chicago
14 reviews
Dined on May 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent steak and shrimp dinners!