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Empire
Empire

Empire Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://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 - 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: 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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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerHot Spot
  • Diners' Choice WinnerLate Night Find
  • Diners' Choice WinnerVibrant Bar Scene
Diner Reviews
  • "Love it here. Food is delicious, the service was outstanding. The music was much too loud to have a conversation without straining your voice."
    Dined on 7/25/2014
  • "Walking in there was a great vibe. The food was very good and ideal for large groups interested in sharing. The portions are very generous. The dumplings were the best I have had. A great twist on Chinese food!"
    Dined on 7/23/2014
  • "Went here for my birthday with a Gilt offer- was really excited to try Empire. The food was a disappointment. We order two appetizers, sushi and fried rice. The calamari didn't even come with a dipping sauce and the fried rice was nothing special. For the price we paid, I would have at least expected the service to be better. We ended up having to pay for an extra hour of parking because our waitress was so slow!"
    Dined on 7/22/2014
  • "the food was wonderful. Service fabulous. Our waiter Robert, was very helpful, in choosing our dinner. Request for seating in the upper area was honored. We had a great. PS... The vodka was great"
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "Our waitress was outstanding. Food was very good. It was a little too loud in background"
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "Beware that it is a limited menu but that being said the sushi that is available really is great!"
    Dined on 7/14/2014
  • "The restaurant is great for late night scene with friends. Our server is very nice and the restaurant gave us their signature dish to try for free. It was a good night, until my friend forgot her credit card at the restaurant, that we had to go back to the restaurant to retrieve it. One of the hostess was not helpful and seem annoyed that my friend asked for them to check for her credit card. My friend eventually got her credit card back but not without being given a snide look and unfriendly gesture by one of the hostess. Disappointing."
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "food was delicious, especially lobster cupcakes and the spicy shrimp sushi dish. love the drinks here. After dinner, stayed on to hang by the bar, people watch, and dance, definitely will come back soon."
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "Date night. We ate in the lounge so we could relax and take in the scenery. The furniture and decor are luxurious and beautiful. Our server Julia really knew the menu and offered great suggestions. She never disappeared for long but didn't rush us between plates, either. We had the spicy salmon rice bites, a wagyu beef teppanyaki app, dragon roll, Singapore street noodles, and a divine chocolate nut raspberry dessert that blew our minds. Fun, imaginative cocktail menu. Highly recommend."
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "We were celebrating my birthday and really enjoyed ourselves thanks to great service and awesome food!"
    Dined on 7/10/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "Excellent food go with an empty stomach and empty frige for leftovers tons of food"
    Dined on 7/4/2014
  • "Over priced for the food, but I think it would be a fun bar scene in the evening"
    Dined on 7/3/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 7/2/2014
  • "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"
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 6/26/2014
  • "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!"
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 6/18/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 6/17/2014
  • "Great food. Great service. Music could have been a bit less thumping base but overall a good time."
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 6/12/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 6/10/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 6/6/2014
  • "Friendly and knowledgable bartenders, attentive wait staff. Noisy, if you are trying to carry on a conversation. Sushi was delicious, pad-tai was mediocre."
    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."
    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"
    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."
    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! "
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 5/29/2014
  • "Some of the best sushi I have had. Would highly recommend the Salmon shashimi, its like butter."
    Dined on 5/24/2014
  • "Asian pear martini was delicious as were the specialty rolls. Service was great. Would go back again."
    Dined on 5/23/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 5/21/2014
  • "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. "
    Dined on 5/16/2014
  • "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!"
    Dined on 5/15/2014
  • "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! "
    Dined on 5/12/2014
  • "Food was fantastic. Service was even better. Waiter helped us customize what we ordered to meet exactly what we wanted."
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "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. "
    Dined on 5/10/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 5/3/2014
  • "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. "
    Dined on 5/2/2014
  • "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. "
    Dined on 4/30/2014