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
139 reviews since May 2, 2014
Overall Rating4.2
  • Food4.3
    Service4.3
  • Ambiance4.4
    Noise LevelEnergetic
89% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
vibrant bar scene (84)good for groups (83)hot spot (67)special occasion (63)fit for foodies (54)late-night find (38)romantic (30)neighborhood gem (19)scenic view (7)notable wine list (6)kid-friendly (4)great for lunch (4)great for brunch (2)Show More
  • open kitchen
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    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
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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
  • 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
    • Food
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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
    • Ambiance
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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
    • Food
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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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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • 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
    • Food
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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
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Upscale Chinese
    Debbie
    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
    • Food
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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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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • 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.
  • beevt
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    Our waitress was outstanding. Food was very good. It was a little too loud in background
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, late-night find, scenic view, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • AYCE Sushi
    Mons090
    Dined on 7/14/2014
    Beware that it is a limited menu but that being said the sushi that is available really is great!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Unfriendly host
    hungryasianVIP
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, late-night find, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • great food and lots of fun
    IlovespicyfoodVIP
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Imaginative food, top-notch service
    TheDish
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • 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
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    • 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
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    • 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
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    • 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
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    • 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
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    • 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
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    • 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.
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  • 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
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    • 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
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    • 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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  • 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
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    • 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
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    • 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
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    • 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
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.