Empire
Empire

Empire

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://bostonempire.com/
  • Phone: 6172950001x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Dining Hours: Sunday - 5PM-10PM, Monday - 5PM-12AM, Tuesday & Wednesday - 5PM-11PM, Thursday & Friday - 5PM-12AM, Saturday - 5PM-1AM

    Bar Hours: Sunday - 5PM-11PM , Monday - 4:30-1AM, Tuesday & Wednesday - 4:30PM-12AM, Thursday - 4:30PM-1AM, Friday - 4:30PM-2AM & Saturday - 4:30PM-2AM
  • Payment Options: AMEX,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Sushi, Bar / Lounge / Bottle Service, Contemporary Asian
  • 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.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerHot Spot
  • Diners' Choice WinnerLate Night Find
  • Diners' Choice WinnerVibrant Bar Scene
Empire reviews from OpenTable diners
162 reviews since May 21, 2014
Overall Rating4.2
  • Food4.2
    Service4.3
  • Ambiance4.4
    Noise LevelEnergetic
91% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
good for groups (103)vibrant bar scene (95)hot spot (83)special occasion (77)fit for foodies (69)late-night find (45)romantic (39)neighborhood gem (20)notable wine list (8)scenic view (6)kid-friendly (4)great for lunch (4)great for brunch (2)Show More
  • CaroclepVIP
    Dined on 7/10/2014
    We were celebrating my birthday and really enjoyed ourselves thanks to great service and awesome food!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wow!
    Mike
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    Empire was incredible. Unbelievable Asian-fusion food & impeccable service. Our waiter provided great recommendations, and then timed the arrival of all the dishes perfectly. I can't believe we waited so long to try it.
    Special Features:
    hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food
    roncVIP
    Dined on 7/4/2014
    Excellent food go with an empty stomach and empty frige for leftovers tons of food
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2010VIP
    Dined on 7/3/2014
    Over priced for the food, but I think it would be a fun bar scene in the evening
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Eatoutalot
    EatoutalotVIP
    Dined on 7/2/2014
    It was ok. I think it's very pricy for Asian food. Food was just ok, nothing outstanding. Great venue for big parties, great atmospher. No parking.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Awesome dinner
    rzerVIP
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    This is a fantastic place to eat. Our food was delicious and fresh and our waiter was awesome! Was a birthday dinner and we were given some extra treats. What a nice touch. Can not say enough good about this place. We went early but I do know that the bar scene is hopping later on
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • food never wows me
    cbbbb
    Dined on 6/26/2014
    This is my third time at empire and the food is always so so. Not the best place to get a great meal that is delicious. The drinks however are really good and the decor is amazing, can't say that about the quality of the meals.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great food, drinks and fun
    MarkVIP
    Dined on 6/20/2014
    Great atmosphere, food and very good service! We were treated to a complimentary appetizer because I am an OpenTable user. Lively place but not at the expense of great service or quality food!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • JimmieVIP
    Dined on 6/18/2014
    We have been to the Empire quite a few times over the last two years. The quality of the food isn't as good as it use to be. The waitress was excellent but we noticed that there were quite a few wait staff and helpers but our table wasn't cleared that quickly.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food just so-so, service great
    ellenglovskyVIP
    Dined on 6/17/2014
    The food at Empire was just OK, and VERY expensive. We ordered the lobster scallion pancake, which had no lobster and very little flavor. They very graciously removed that item from our bill. The chicken and veg dumplings were delicious, hot and crispy and the short rib moo shu was moist and flavorful. All in all, I'd say the food is OK, and the service was excellent, attentive and gracious.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • JKris
    Dined on 6/15/2014
    Great food. Great service. Music could have been a bit less thumping base but overall a good time.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Scarlett
    Dined on 6/12/2014
    It was a nice experience. Great food, drinks and music. The club/lounge style music gives you an impression of this place as a nice lounge place to hang out.
    Special Features:
    late-night find
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Highs & Lows
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 6/10/2014
    A decent enough place and worth checking out. Some of the dishes were outstanding: Pot Stickers, Crisy Rice Salmon, Torched Yellow Tail, Soft Shell Maki, Lobster Cupcakes, Singapore Street Noodles. Some just OK: Chicken & Mushroom Dumplings, Rangoon, Lobster Scallion Pancake, Seaseme Chicken. Drinks were strong...which is always a plus. The Scorpion Bowl is beyond crazy. Service was quite friendly and lively. The place is HUGE, so don't get lost.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Love Empire
    Maxxie5VIP
    Dined on 6/6/2014
    Have been here many times. Drinks are inventive, food is outstanding and also inventive. Love the ambience, location in the Seaport and always have a great meal. From appetizers to sides and entrees, all are amazing and we have ordered different things each time and all are good which is hard to do at any restaurant anywhere. It is not just Chinese or sushi, it is a blend of all Asian dishes. Service is also very attentive yet not pushy or invasive.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, scenic view, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Vibrant meeting spot with friends
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 5/31/2014
    Friendly and knowledgable bartenders, attentive wait staff. Noisy, if you are trying to carry on a conversation. Sushi was delicious, pad-tai was mediocre.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Becoming a go to spot
    MIckJVIP
    Dined on 5/31/2014
    Had a great table in the corner, solid service, food was very good, even though potstickers are so simple they just taste better at Empire. Portions are pretty large, some are definitely big enough to share.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Yum
    kristenlpierce
    Dined on 5/31/2014
    We had the potstickers, lobster scallion pancakes, pad thai and crab & lobster rangoon. The sauce for the scallion pancakes was too spicy...ask for a sweet one. The pad thai wasn't extremely flavorful. The potstickers were to die for as were the rangoons-I would definitely get those again. The wait staff was extremely attentive and pleasant. I definitely would go here again
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • fantastic
    sportsound
    Dined on 5/31/2014
    everything we ordered was outstanding. Even our leftovers were great the next day. Not the place for quiet conversation, though. This place is loud.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Thoughtful and attentive
    Sheilz
    Dined on 5/31/2014
    I had a great first time experience at Empire. I filled out the Open Table reservation and made a note that we were going there to celebrate a recent graduation - my friend had just earned her PhD. At the end of the dinner, our server brought over champagne and could not have been nicer about congratulating my friend....it really made her night. Really fun atmosphere for a Saturday night!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Ric
    LoveNewPlaces1VIP
    Dined on 5/29/2014
    My FAVORITE asian fusion spot in Boston. Love everything about this place. The menu is varied enough that when I go I can be tempted from sushi to steak. If you are in a mood for Pad Thai it's awesome. Highly recommend it. While its a bit price you definitely get your money's worth.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always a great time at Empire
    ccpf444
    Dined on 5/24/2014
    Some of the best sushi I have had. Would highly recommend the Salmon shashimi, its like butter.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIP
    Dined on 5/23/2014
    Asian pear martini was delicious as were the specialty rolls. Service was great. Would go back again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • good food and service
    chuckmac07VIP
    Dined on 5/21/2014
    nothing really memorable (except the outfits worn by the bartenders and hostess...), but varied, expansive Asian menu prepared well and served in nice atmosphere. pretty pricey for Asian fare. not "WOW!" food-wise, but not bad at all.
    Special Features:
    hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 99 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 21, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.3
    • Food4.3
    • Ambiance4.4
    • Service4.3
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 361 reviews are from the Empire reviews archive.
  • Perfect Birthday Evening
    jcjannie
    Dined on 5/16/2014
    We were a party of party of five for Dad's Birthday. Our server suggested that we order Tapa's style which suited everyone and allowed us to unwind by tasting the creative cocktails with each new course. The menu selections were innovative and everything was beautifully presented and flavorful. We were seated in an alcove which allowed us plenty of room to open gifts and to hear each other without staining. The rest of the dining room offered plenty of variety to suit any occasion and the open kitchen added excitement to the surroundings.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Food and Librations at Empire
    SusaaanVIP
    Dined on 5/15/2014
    We celebrated 2 birthdays at Empire and it provided the perfect backdrop for a celebration - fantastic food, wonderful waitress Yvonne, large and delicious cocktails!! We loved it and will return!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Unlimited Sushi amazingness
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 5/12/2014
    My girlfriends and I wanted to come here for the unlimited sushi and great drinks. IT was $25 for all you can eat on Monday nights. I was NOT disappointed .. so delicious. You can order one plate at a time and its served super fast. Also the fried strawberries were to die for... The drinks are always a good bet and the bar scene is always pretty much full... We then left our table and sat over in the couch area.. very relaxed... the service was impeccable... at the table and at the bar. Keep up the nice work!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great food and service
    MikeFVIP
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    Food was fantastic. Service was even better. Waiter helped us customize what we ordered to meet exactly what we wanted.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Meh
    JKLALG1
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    My bf and I really likes the decor of the place. The waitress recommended the sangria for two which was really good (even though it was a little weak). She also recommended the bibimbap which was bland without the sauce and the rice was very watery which we ended up not eating. The sashimi roll was mediocre as with the presentation of the sushi. Overall, my boyfriend and I would probably not come back for the dinning maybe just for the night life as the food was overly priced for the quality.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Fun night out
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 5/3/2014
    We enjoyed Empire this past weekend. The decor is great, as are the staff and food. I would highly recommend Empire to go for a fun night out with friends or on a date. The location is easy to reach and there is plenty of parking.
    Special Features:
    Good for Groups, Late-Night Find, Hot Spot, Vibrant Bar Scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lobster Cupcakes 😘
    NapaFoodieVIP
    Dined on 5/2/2014
    The food is outstanding, the drinks are unusual and fun for four. The service from the manager to the bus person were top notch making the entire experience amazing.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, special occasion, Hot Spot, Vibrant Bar Scene, Notable Wine List
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent
    Empire
    Dined on 4/30/2014
    I really was surprised by the level of food and service at Empire. I knew the group owned a couple night clubs and restaurants in Foxwoods, but this was no theme restaurant. Well trained staff delivered food with meticulously detail and it was selections. The salmon rangoons, which were sent to us for being first time diners, were like nothing we had ever tried (in a good way!) The ambiance was fantastic but nothing compared to the fact a place this large could offer this personal of an experience. We will be back.
    Special Features:
    Good for Groups, Romantic, special occasion, Late-Night Find, Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot, Vibrant Bar Scene, Notable Wine List
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Awesome!
    StarchildVIP
    Dined on 4/26/2014
    Really enjoyed dining here... The hostesses get you coming back because the look spectacular... Food was awesome. Great flavors, not the usual bland tastes you get at Asian restaurants... Cambodian noodles is a big hit with me!!!
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Romantic, special occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot, Vibrant Bar Scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great ambiance
    Aloha
    Dined on 4/25/2014
    Great food great fun! Could use quicker service when told it was going to happen
    Special Features:
    Great for Brunch, Fit For Foodies, Good for Groups, Romantic, special occasion, Late-Night Find, Hot Spot, Vibrant Bar Scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • LOVE LOVE LOVE Empire - Red Lantern
    DaveVIP
    Dined on 4/21/2014
    We have been to both Empire and Red Lantern and enjoy the entire experience time and again. Chef Kevin Long keeps the kitchen humming along with terrific food which the servers love to sell - great execution on both ends. Recently we took advantage of Boston restaurant week at Empire and were very impressed. YUM!!! Lemon grass wonton soup was to die for. We love the location and vibe at Empire and it is now our Asian go to restaurant. Specials are always well thought out- one stand out was the Spring Fried Rice with peas,chives and asparagus. EXCELLENT. Perfectly prepared food is made to look very casual here but don't be fooled - there is plenty of expertise behind every dish. Great music over an excellent sound system is just an added bon
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Late-Night Find, Hot Spot, Vibrant Bar Scene
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    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Go for the experience, not the food
    PilotJonesVIP
    Dined on 4/19/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    Good for Groups, Hot Spot, Vibrant Bar Scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Best Asian Food Around
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 4/15/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Good for Groups, Romantic, special occasion, Late-Night Find, Hot Spot, Vibrant Bar Scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 4/12/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene, late-night find, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Beautiful and busy
    RogerO
    Dined on 4/9/2014
    Attentive and fashionable staff, food was delicious, atmosphere was large and busy. It's more see and be seen than intimate.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Watch Out
    Cheated
    Dined on 4/7/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, late-night find
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Service needs improvement
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 4/5/2014
    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.
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    • Noise LevelModerate