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Empire
Empire

Empire Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://bostonempire.com
  • Email: info@bostonempire.com
  • Phone: (617) 295-0001
  • Hours of Operation: Dining Hours: Sunday - 5PM-10PM, Monday - 5PM-12AM, Tuesday & Wednesday - 5PM-11PM, Thursday & Friday - 5PM-12AM, Saturday - 5:30PM-1AM

    Bar Hours: Sunday - 5PM-11PM , Monday - 4:30-1AM, Tuesday & Wednesday - 4:30PM-12AM, Thursday - 4:30PM-1AM, Friday - 4:30PM-2AM & Saturday - 5PM-2AM
  • Payment Options: AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Contemporary Asian, Sushi, Bar / Lounge / Bottle Service
  • Executive Chef: Kevin Long
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes

Getting there

  • Public Transit: Silver Line: Courthouse Station
    Red Line: South Station
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: Valet and discounted parking available.
A word from Empire
Operated by the award-winning Big Night Entertainment Group, Empire is a 14,000-square-foot boutique Asian restaurant and lounge located in the Seaport area of Boston, just steps from the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center. Empire offers a tantalizing menu from executive Chef Kevin Long (Tosca, Shrine, Red Lantern, GEM, Scorpion Bar), stylized interior and ethereal atmosphere that will transport guests to another world. With a capacity of 600 guests and three 40-seat private dining rooms that open up to one large private event space, Empire can accommodate groups of all sizes for receptions and seated dinners. Continued
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Diner Reviews
  • "Quite the scene that's very good for groups and for an all-in-one dinner and drinks night. Food is overpriced and a bit vulgar for my taste, heavy sauces cover up the taste of the fish, but the sushi is still enjoyable. I might recommend opting for the simpler sushi dishes. Service is quite good--we received a free appetizer of wagyu beef tartar since it was our first time dining at Empire. "
    Dined on 4/19/2014
  • "Always a fabulous time at Empire. Service is always top notch. Food fresh and delicious. Chef Kevin Long does an amazing job. Some day I'll save room for the Big Kahuna drink, served in a full watermelon!"
    Dined on 4/15/2014
  • "This was my second time at Empire, but the first time for my wife and another couple we brought with us. The Asian inspired food was delicious. The service was timely and friendly . The drinks and apps were our favorites. Well worth the extra $$$ . Later that night the night life definitely blossomed, and the bar became packed with a varied age group of well dressed people. It was a lil too crowded for my tastes, but it happened to be the first warm night of the spring on a weekend in Boston. Great food , great people watching. A plus in the seaport district."
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "Attentive and fashionable staff, food was delicious, atmosphere was large and busy. It's more see and be seen than intimate."
    Dined on 4/9/2014
  • "Bartender made an idiot out of me. I've been here a couple times and knew what drink I wanted. She charged me $3 more than the listed price. Only found out after I sat down at my table from the bar. Ruined my whole night. I don't like people making a fool out of me and that's what Empire is. You go to Empire NOT for the food, but for the ambiance and the experience. Well, they completely failed on the experience so there's no reason to pay for overpriced mediocre Asian food."
    Dined on 4/7/2014
  • "The food was ok. Service below average. My entree was served 10 min after the rest of the table . Nothing like eating your good along. Pricing here always surprises me on upside. 4 people with modest drinks was 280. No wine. For that price I expect more. I've had much better good , better service at nicer restraunts for much less."
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "My girlfriends and I went to Empire on a random Wednesday night, no special occasion, and the experience was phenomenal. From the waiter, to the busboys and management, everyone was kind, diligent and patient at the same time. The food was delicious - everyone was happy with everything we got. I can imagine going to Empire for many different types of dinners - work, date, big group of friends, etc. - and can't wait to go back!!"
    Dined on 4/2/2014
  • "Definitely one of the trendiest ambiances I have witnessed in Boston. The food was great, the drinks were fun and fancy. The bar is huge. Fit for many occasions.. sit down dinner or high-top quick sushi. Worth checking out."
    Dined on 3/28/2014
  • "The food was really good, I work in Korea and have seen some authentic dishes at Empire and that was impressive. We always had someone come by and offer to take our empty plates or re-fill our glasses without it being annoying and everyone was super friendly. Our waitress was really good and spot on with suggestions. That was the strongest point for me. The only small problem was that the music got a little too loud and bumpy as the night went on. I got in around 1915 and left by 2130 and it was already a little difficult to talk to my date. Not a huge issue and I'm well aware that scene is advertised on the website, I wish there were an area a little more removed from the noise. That was my second time there, will recommend to others."
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "Stopped by since I was in this neighborhood and in the mood for sushi. Tried the Thai scallop soup to start which was amazing. Just a hint of spice, fresh herb flavors. Really well done. I went with the Red Dragon roll, with the BBQ Eel and Wagu nirigri. All three were fresh and tasty."
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "Went with my friends for the first time and loved it!"
    Dined on 3/18/2014
  • "This was our third time at Empire and we were happy to go back. We started with a glass of champagne - they have a nice wine selection. We shared 3 things - pork dumplings, fried rice and lo mein. The portions are very generous and we had lots of left overs for the next day. The fried rice is outstanding! The wait staff are great and it has a vibrant atmosphere. If you don't have a reservation eat at the bar and the menu is the same. It's a bit pricey but worth it. We will definitely go back."
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "Everything about our visit exceeded expectations, the service was excellant, the food was amazing."
    Dined on 3/19/2014
  • "We always have an awesome time here! Food was fabulous, LOVE LOVE the sushi rolls. The drink menu was new and also awesome. This time we ended up dancing there late night, which is not common but no one complained! LOL!! Can't wait to go back."
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "A lot of fun. Fish dishes were very good, but meat dishes just ok"
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "Having been to sister restaurant Red Lantern, I would say the food is a step up in general at Empire. So are the prices tho, including for items (e.g. Sushi) that are seemingly the same. Had a wonderful mooshoo tho, and overall a fantastic night!"
    Dined on 3/14/2014
  • "Awesome food and it was great to sit at the counter to watch the cooks! It's a well-oiled machine."
    Dined on 3/14/2014
  • "food was good....very loud...enjoyed there sister restaurant The red lantern much better......not a lot of options"
    Dined on 3/14/2014
  • "We have been to Empire a few times since it has opened and we are always impressed with the food and the service. It is fantastic."
    Dined on 3/11/2014
  • "Excellent food, though a bit pricey. It was also too noisy in the back room we were in. I would however go back again."
    Dined on 3/10/2014
  • "Had a table of 3 for an early dinner and loved the lobster 'cupcakes' among the other asian fusion tastes we sampled. The shrimp shu mai is delicious. The manager let us try one of their signature tuna rolls, which my eats-no-fish teenage daughter ate and enjoyed. Its also worth a trip to see how this area of Boston is transforming into a destination."
    Dined on 3/10/2014
  • "Had appetizers, calamari was Salty ,Lobster/Crab Rangoon hardly any meat , Salmon sushi was good. Beer $6 but bottles and Glass warm no excuse ."
    Dined on 3/7/2014
  • "Empire is a really large restaurant with a cool asian fusion vibe. Had no issues at all during a Friday night dinner. Was not too crowded and were seated right away (with reservations). Enjoyed all the drinks and good food. They even gave us a free app for it being our first time there."
    Dined on 3/7/2014
  • "Empire was a great experience. I honestly didn't know what to expect. A recent promotion on travezoo is what prompted my visit. My first impression from scouting the site was that this was a pricy and somewhat posh establishment and that it would be a little bit of my league - meaning I was worried it would have a showy elitist type of feel. The place is beautiful and has a great vibe and atmosphere. The staff was great. Despite the impressive and fancy look and feel, everyone from the hostess to the bartenders was very down to earth and made my girlfriend and I feel totally welcome. The food was delicious. The wait staff was friendly and knowledgeable. I would go back without a groupon, no doubt. Worth every penny."
    Dined on 3/7/2014
  • "I went to Empire last November, and loved it, and was looking forward to returning there. The food was disappointing this time around. The apps and drinks were fine, but my main course was just awful. I am a pho junkie, so I was excited to see it on Empire's menu. I'm sorry to say that it was awful. I understand that each place will have their own interpretation, but Empire's was not remotely similar to what real pho would taste like: the broth was over seasoned and noodles were thick and undercooked--nothing like the thin and tender noodles that are normally found in traditional pho. The creme brule was tasty, but sat too long, as the custard was eggy and not smooth. If we come back here again it will only be for drinks and appetizers."
    Dined on 3/8/2014
  • "The ambience is beautiful but the food quality can be improved. Overall it was a good experience and I would def return to try it again."
    Dined on 3/8/2014
  • "I love Empire and every time I go it does not disappoint. If you like lobster, you must get the Lobster Cupcakes. They always have it on the special menu rather than the regular menu, hoping they put it on the regular menu soon! The Crab and Lobster Rangoons are always a great choice. We also got the Toro from the special menu last night per the waiter's suggestion and it was phenomenal."
    Dined on 3/6/2014
  • "Server recommended the lobster cupcakes, ended up being our least favorite and the most expensive item we ordered. Food came out quickly - almost too quickly to be of good quality. Wasn't anything we couldn't order at Pan Asia for the price of Red Lantern. Cool atmosphere but wouldn't return."
    Dined on 3/5/2014
  • "What a pleasant surprise. The food was incredible. Daniel, our server, was on top of everything and he did an amazing job. We would definitely go back to eat at Empire."
    Dined on 3/5/2014
  • "This was a great restaurant for a girls night out. It just opened last year and I've always wanted to try it. It is pricey, but for those special occassions it was a great venue. Although my party was a little late, I waited at their bar and enjoyed a delicious lychee martini. We had one individual who couldn't have dairy products. The waitress was very generous and worked with the chef to see what items/options were available to her. After trying a little bit of everything, we completed our dinner with the delicious creme brulee. This restaurant is a modern version of Asian cuisine. It doesn't have an exhaustive list of what you normally see at Sushi restaurants, but the food is good as well as the drinnks. Excellent service and ambiance."
    Dined on 2/28/2014
  • "This was my first time at Empire and it won't be the last by far. Exceptional sushi and terrific warm house saki! The Empire Gimlet is my new favorite drink. The wait staff are all friendly, helpful, and very pleasing to the eye. The piped in music kept the place jumping. Next time I'll sit at the sushi bar."
    Dined on 3/1/2014
  • "We were WAY too old for this place !! This is a 20-30 something hot night spot.. My ears were ringing by the time we left.. , but we had fun..."
    Dined on 3/1/2014
  • "Service was great, place is starting to work out some of the earlier issues with a new place, serving many people at the same time in such a large space (I think it holds over 600 when full) leads to some mistakes but I haven't been disappointed yet. Not the cheapest but that's what Chinatown is for."
    Dined on 2/28/2014
  • "The food was delicious. Highly recommended the beef hot app. It's pricey. I went with a travel zoo deal and would probably go back with another one."
    Dined on 2/28/2014
  • "Review says it all! Bibimbap was worst I've ever had, and all food generally rather "blah". Way overpriced."
    Dined on 2/22/2014
  • "Wanted to try a new sushi place a bit more energetic and fun than the typical sushi places. Walked in and liked the setup. Host/hostess was nice and prompt to seat us but we passed all the excitement and was placed more in the back room with a bunch of empty tables and only 1 other group sitting. It was much quieter and felt like we weren't a part of the rest of the bar/restaurant. That right away was a really bad experience. The tuna tartar was over priced for $18 for not much tuna and and lots of cucumbers to build it up. The lobster cup cake was a nice idea and sold us "lots of lobster" but when came out, very little lobster and lots of rice."
    Dined on 2/21/2014
  • "The food was good, but overpriced in comparison to other food of that quality. Lobster Cupcakes were delish, but quite expensive. Look of restaurant was beautiful, wait service was very good. Biggest complaint was the volume of the club-like music. I couldn't have a conversation, or hear the waitor speak to us. Loud music ok for a bar area, but not in the dining area."
    Dined on 2/20/2014
  • "Fun and adventure. We drank champagne at the bar before dinner. Great setting. I experienced sushi for the first time and the waitress was helpful in describing the items Music was good and energetic Why is the ladies room so far away? Hah."
    Dined on 2/19/2014
  • "Steak we sent back a couple of times. Once overcooked other time completely raw It was purple inside. Told is supposed to brew like that sent it back after a few bites to cook longer then it came out right pink inside. They Gave us potstickers complimentary for the mistake after the second send back they comped the steak plus our dessert and appetizers which was sweet. Great service and management. The other meals were great no complaints."
    Dined on 2/19/2014
  • "We had the starter and they took 1 hour to serve the main course. Otherwise, the quality of the dishes was magnificent"
    Dined on 2/17/2014