Shortly after the construction of the Jefferson Street Bridge in 1912, Chris Anwonder built the first tavern to grace our building. During the era ... More
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.
The Emporium is a very classy place to eat. The service and food are great! While sitting outside, the view of the river is absolutely spectacular. The food is a little out of my price range, but it's still good food!
This place used to be so good. I visited a month ago and my medium rare filet was well done and tough. I decided to give it another try today. Where do I begin? Maybe the gnat infestation? As our salads were served, I noticed a swarm of gnats. I quietly asked the wait staff if they had a fly swatter or something. She stated that they had a gnat infestation but they were working on the problem. I had asked about the menu items I was ordering and if the item was plain or what seasonings they had on them. I recited what the menu said and she answered yes it was served as the menu stated. I asked for my filet medium rare and the pork tenderloin medium. The chicken was supposed to be a plain chicken breast but came Hawaiian style. My filet was RAW! She argued that it was what I ordered - medium rare. After eating half the pork tenderloin, I discovered that it was not cooked inside. She proceeded to tell me that it WAS cooked to medium, pink in the middle. It was RED in the middle. She took all the items back and had the manager serve me the tough as hockey pucks re-cooked items. The manager explained they decided to cook everything well done to satisfy me. I don't think I need to go any further. The manager was supportive of her server. She offered me a free dessert which I refused. When I came to the front desk to pay my bill, she offered me a measly $15 gift certificate for my next dining experience. Of course I refused. I spent over twice that amount on this so called meal. What an insult. I will NOT be going back ever again. I hope they get closed down for health code violations which I will be reporting tomorrow.
The food was way over priced. I ordered a well done steak what I got was not done and flavorless, the rice as hard(not sure if it was over cooked or under), my partner who ordered broccoli with butter received frozen butter on the broccoli. we just had to laugh because the butter was so frozen you could not cut it with a knife. my Caesar salad tasted like salad with mayonnaise on it his house salad he thought was old the leaves wilted. overall I was disappointed with the food, service was OK but not great. my vote is never again! if you want a good steak at a good price look somewhere else.
This place is spectacular! The atmoshpere is the best in town, the food was great, and the service was terrific. I would highly recommend this place, and I will go there the next time I am in the area.
The food was excellent and so was our service! Our server was prompt, professional, and polite. The atmosphere is clean and relaxing. We loved our experience at the East Bank Emporium and are excited to go back!
Whomever writes that the Emporium has poor food, poor service, and low quality need to stick to McDonalds. I have eaten at the Emporium with family and friends for 20 years and find that in an area, with a large collection of franchises and national chain restaurants, the Emporium is one of the best restaurants in South Bend. I have not had one bad meal or poor service at the Emporium in 20 years. Friends from out of town, to whom I've recommended the Emporium, have always indicated that they were impressed with the restaurant. During the warmer months, they have a setting outside that faces the river and the Century Center that is always relaxing. Do go to the Emporium for your next dinner in South Bend.
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