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
159 reviews since June 2, 2014
Overall Rating4.1
  • Food4.2
    Service4.2
  • Ambiance4.3
    Noise LevelEnergetic
89% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
good for groups (100)vibrant bar scene (91)hot spot (78)special occasion (74)fit for foodies (62)late-night find (46)romantic (38)neighborhood gem (20)notable wine list (9)scenic view (5)kid-friendly (3)great for lunch (3)great for brunch (2)Show More
  • Awesome experience!!
    Shirlzcurlz
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    Definitely going again!!! Absolutely no complaints! Fast friendly service. Great food. Beautiful venue. Will definitely go again!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, late-night find, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • too hip for its own good
    Lucy3
    Dined on 9/25/2014
    This place was too "hip" and "fusion-y" for its own good. Honestly, it was annoying and just didn't work. Everything felt fake, and I much prefer authinticity. The food was overpriced and over complicated, and not that good. I will not be going back here. Empire is trying too hard, it just doesn't work...some things are better left simple.
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  • Very good food and music
    BCeagle
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    Went here on a Friday night and had a blast. Food was great and the atmosphere was energetic.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Loved Empire
    FoodieVIP
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    The atmosphere is very lively. The decore reminds me of NYC or South Beach. The food and service were both excellent. I highly recommend.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • interested to try again
    Mish2702
    Dined on 9/16/2014
    I had been excited to try Empire after hearing about it and seeing it on Chronicle. I didn't think the menu had as many options as I would've liked, but the food I got was good. We had a really nice waiter, who did not rush us and was helpful with our questions. The decor is beautiful and it is gigantic - so if you are having a large group or private party, they have lots of options. I am scheduled to go back in a few weeks for their sushi Monday, which I think is an awesome deal. Obviously, I would go back here again
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • ldub10
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    The food here was fantastic, and we received excellent service. It's a little loud for just a date night, but seems to be great for large groups of people. We let our server pick our meal, and we were not disappointed!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Enjoyed the visit
    shags
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    Visited Empire for my anniversary. The menu offered a good selection, the meals we selected were very good, the service was great, the environment was loud but in a way that was more energetic than annoying. My wife and I are not drinkers but the coctain menu looked awesome.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Unexpected Asian Treat
    Dinerkj
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    I expected sushi but found it to be so much more. The photos on the website don't do the décor justice. Loved the ambiance, service was very good & our server made some great suggestions. To start, we enjoyed the pot stickers (which were beautifully presented, but not very special) and the lobster cupcakes which were a unique must try (but expensive). My husband ordered the stir fried beef with pea pods which was delicious/very fresh tasting, but he was a little disappointed because he expected the dish to be a little spicy and it was not. Next time we will ask to have it kicked up a notch or two. I enjoyed the black cod which was prepared perfectly but the bok choy was too bland and too much was presented with the dish.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Eat here if you have money to burn.
    zen2goVIP
    Dined on 9/3/2014
    Another well-funded, Seaport overpriced tourist trap. Conventional menu; inferior ingredients; bland, sweet, uninteresting food; expensive bar; ordinary service. Probably a better investment than dining destination.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • well named
    finediningwithfriends
    Dined on 9/3/2014
    i took my girlfriend and her brother to Empire for their 30th birthday. the service is unmatchable, the atmosphere impressive, all aspects of high-end fine dining. the menu is impressive and the meals are cooked perfectly presentation also 10 out of 10, we had a memorable experience and I absolutely recommend Empire.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • On the fence
    Nichan
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    My wife and I went for dinner. We had the crab rangoon, house special fried rice and the Korean spice rubbed sirloin. While we enjoyed everything we had and the service is great I can't justify giving more than 3 stars. This is just outrageously priced Asian cuisine and drinks. With so many other Asian restaurants close by with food as good if not better it will be our first and last visit to Empire. Some tables can be close together so you will be hearing other conversations as well as your own.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Kman25
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    Food was nice. Enormous portions. The pork dumpling pot stickers and beef moo shu particular favourites. Wait staff were v friendly but obviously quite focused on turning the table over - there was literally almost no time between courses and plates were being cleared as individual diners finished. Didn't bother us, but may get on some diners' nerves.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot, late-night find, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Simply fantastic!
    campmom22VIP
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    A favorite of ours for its delicious food and drinks, ambiance, service! It's a must go to place while in Boston!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, notable wine list, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great menu and drinks
    Lincoln
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    I found Empire to be a great location for a Friday night date after the ICA. Ambiance is great, the food is fantastic and the drink menu creative.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Love Empire
    LoveNewPlaces1VIP
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    I've been to Empire for both work related events and social dating. Always lively, food is awesome. I have never had anything bet a great experience. While I'm not a fan of Sushi my friends rave about it. I love the Korean Steak and am a fan of their Pad Thai.
    Special Features:
    hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food is fantastic!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    My boyfriend and I went to Empire this past weekend and had a fantastic meal! I've been once before so I had an idea what to order this time around. The portions are very large so we decided to order a handful of appetizers as opposed to apps and entrees. The lobster cupcakes were incredible! Heavy at that, but still delicious. We also ordered the dumplings, chicken lo mein, and wagyu beef appetizer which was plenty of food for the two of us. Overall, the food is really great and it's a really fun dinner spot for groups, dates and girls night out. Keep in mind that you will be paying a LOT for cocktails- some great, some not so much. But you get that great metropolitan environment which is rare in Boston- and very refreshing.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Really great food, a bit pricey
    hrainVIP
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    Had the Dine Out menu and was impressed. Great apps and meal, dessert was just average. Atmosphere is fantastic downbtobthe bathroom. Place could be a bit cheaper, $24 for pad Thai is a bit high ( although it is particularly good!)
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Empire was GREAT!
    Lovetodine
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    Our Server Nicholas was excellent and probably made our experience what it was. He was very helpful with menu selections and very energetic about them. Every item we tried was outstanding along with the Saki. I had asked ahead of time for a romantic setting and they accommodated that as well. Truly was an awesome experience. Only item of note - music was too loud in restaurant and got louder the later it got. It was dance music and would have preferred a softer something. We were not there for the club scene. But that is the only thing we made note of. We will be back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, late-night find, scenic view, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • open kitchen
    luvnewplaces
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    We sat at the open kitchen bar. ..dinner and a show. Food was great.hot and sour soup was amazing. The cocktails were yummy. Complimentary dessert was a nice touch too.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food, not my vibe.
    JOHN02155VIP
    Dined on 8/25/2014
    Food was good pan-Asian, but not stand-out excellent. Price was reasonable. Vibe was noisy young professionals, looked like a lot of "meet and greet." Music (not my taste) pretty loud. Hard to talk even at a table for 2. Service was very good, with good recommendations. Valet parking was excellent too. Good bar too, so I'm sure many people will like the place, but just not my ambience.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Empire
    MortonsVIP
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    The first time we went to Empire the food was good and the service needed work. The food was adequate based on the price, the waitress disappeared even though we mentioned we had tickets to a show, and a waiter dropped oil that went everywhere and hit our legs which we had to have cleaned. Empire is expensive for what we received this time.
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  • Great birthday night!
    Sushi4SuzyPlzVIP
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    Went with a few friends to celebrate my birthday. Our server Zoe (maybe Zoey?) helped us through the menu and answered our questions accordingly. Sushi was great, portions were very large but you certainly get what you pay for with the prices. Even though I didn't get dessert, they brought out a scoop of sorbet with a "happy birthday" cookie & a candle. I thought that was really sweet since they didn't have to do that! Overall nice night and it looks like they have an awesome bar and lounge area so I'd go back for some nightlife action some time too.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, late-night find, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great service
    MMConnor
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    Our waitress was excellent. Really attentive without being intrusive. Kindly asked if we were ready for our next course, before bringing to the table. That is so rare! Food was good. Music was a bit loud for easy conversation (early on a Wednesday evening).
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    Great food great service I would recommend this restaurant to all my family and friends
    Special Features:
    late-night find, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great spot for a group
    KellyIVIP
    Dined on 8/18/2014
    We went for the Monday night sushi special and were intrigued by the price. The sushi was fresh and very good. The menu for the Monday night special was pretty standard but heavy on the spicy options, so if you prefer more creative or less spicy options, this may not be the best process.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • everything good except food!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 8/18/2014
    We went for the all you can eat sushi and it was clear it wasn't fresh. Its a shame, maybe its my own fault for expecting something different but $25 is still a decent amount of money and I should expect some quality. Instead it was all about quantity with this deal. I wouldn't go back.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Forgot dessert
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/18/2014
    We went for one reason, to celebrate my friends engagement. After leaving a note on the reservation and double checking with the hostess twice that the dessert with a "congratulations" was coming, nothing came. I was very disappointed in their attention to detail.
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  • OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    love the dynamics of the restaurant design; conducive to have a good dining experience and fun gathering....
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, late-night find, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lousy food and service
    SeaportGuestVIP
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    I eat out often (more than 5 x per week) and have been to Empire before. Last time I felt that I went to an overpriced Red Lantern with lower quality food and service. After my recent experience I felt the same. The ambiance at Empire is nice. But everything else is weak. If you are seeking a high quality dining experience in the Seaport area Legal harborside (second floor) or Del Friscos are much better options. I don't mind paying up for a great experience, but I don't like wasting money at places like Empire. Fortunately, my date and I ended the evening on a nice note by taking a cab to the Four Seasons and splitting the Tower cake for dessert.
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  • Great Flavors But....
    JemmyVIP
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    The Flavors for very traditional Asian cuisine was exquisite but extremely over-priced. Can get food just as good if not better in Chinatown for a fraction of the cost!
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Nice club with bad food
    BostonphotobillVIP
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    We have eaten at Empire several times. When they first opened the food was fairly good. Our last visit was just bad.they seem to have evolved into a club that pretends to be a restaurant early in the evening.
    Special Features:
    romantic, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Unforgettable dining experience
    DSKramerVIP
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    We were in the area and wondered about a wise choice for dinner. Open Table presented several restaurants in the vicinity, but as a vegan this looked great. It's simply amazing! There's an open kitchen which bustles with apparent organization and energy. The dishes are so uniquely beautiful that it forces us to chat with people next us; "wow. What is that? I'll have one of those!" We were a bit over zealous and took a bag of leftovers home; they were still decadent morels the following day! We highly recommend that you get in on this!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Must try
    SLLFVIP
    Dined on 8/6/2014
    Great cocktail list and outstanding food make Empire a must try. Also good for groups and late nite and has a vibrant bar crowd.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 7/31/2014
    Great and creative food along with some of the nest desserts you will have anywhere
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • very good
    welltravelledfoodie
    Dined on 7/30/2014
    White sangria not great. ... service fair. .. waitress was inexperienced. Did not appreciate NOT being offered tap water..ended up paying 10 dollars for plain bottle of water EOS we were coaxed into when offered plain or sparkling water. However. ...food was excellent!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • 1 of the best restaurants in Boston
    Love2dine
    Dined on 7/28/2014
    Love Empire! It's one of my favorite places to hang out in Boston! If you're up to a nice fancy dinner or stopping by for a couple of drinks & appetizers or looking for a Saturday night fun experience... You can never go wrong! Awesome interior space, pleasant atmosphere and yummy food!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Chic
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    Love it here. Food is delicious, the service was outstanding. The music was much too loud to have a conversation without straining your voice.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Upscale Chinese
    DebbieVIP
    Dined on 7/23/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 7/22/2014
    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!
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  • norma286
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    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
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, special occasion, late-night find, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.