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Imperia Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.imperia-austin.com
  • Phone: (512) 472-6770
  • Hours of Operation: Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 4:30pm - 10:00pm, Friday: 4:30 - 11:00, Saturday: 5:30pm - 11:00pm, Sunday: 5:30 - 10:30
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Asian, Sushi, Pan-Asian
  • Executive Chef: Tim Ybarra
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: Please contact us at imperiaevents@gdiaustin.com to help you plan a full service off-site catering or simple and delicious platters for your event.
  • Private Party Facilities: Our private dining room seats up 30+ and accommodates standing cocktail parties of 70+. Private exit and entry available as well as private restroom facilities. Flexible table arrangements allow for multiple uses from banquet dinners to professional presentations.
  • Private Party Contact: Kristin Ott (512) 472-6770

Getting there

  • Cross Street: 4th
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: Full service valet is available 7 days a week, late night on weekends.
A word from Imperia
Complemented by elaborate chandeliers, provocative murals, onyx stone panels and a golden Buddha statue, the restaurant's deep reds and dark woods bring to mind the pomp and polish of an imagined Hong Kong supper club. But the warm and friendly staff is purely Austin. Despite excessively dark corners, pristine padded booths and high-backed leather chairs, the pretty staff dispels any notion of caste systems with their conversation and genuine enthusiasm for the menu.

Complex and flavorful dishes, such as firecracker shrimp and pork belly steam buns, combine flavors popular in Southeast Asia, Japan, Thailand and other Pacific ports of call. The distinct flavors found in the steak and mushroom dish, sauteed in brown butter and tamari with a lobster zu and seasonal mushrooms, are reason enough to visit. Entrees such as Chilean sea bass glazed in Miso (it melts on your tongue), Peking Duck, and pan seared sea scallops are available for those seeking a full meal.
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Diner Reviews
  • "I was very happy to note that the restaurant has vegetarian options. The Vegetarian sushi, however, was not flavorful and was just alright. I would highly recommend complimenting the appetizer menu with veggie options like a cheese rangoon and improving the vegetarian sushi menu."
    Dined on 8/15/2014
  • "This was the best dinning experience, Service was great we got a table right away. The staff was friendly, the food was Awesome I've ate sushi all over town but this is hands down my favorite place. I will recommend this place to everyone I know."
    Dined on 8/8/2014
  • "The rolls we ordered were great, as was the sushi. However, we tried to order two things on the menu, Peking duck and Pork belly sliders, that they were out of. They did comp my wife's entree because of that though, so that was cool. I ordered the steak and mushrooms, I was not asked how I wanted my steak cooked, and it came out almost well done. The steak itself wasn't bad, and actually the lobster sauce was excellent, but it was just over cooked. My wife got scallops and cauliflower and the scallops had absolutely no flavor to them whatsoever. The bottle of sake we got, which admittedly was their cheapest one because the one we normally get at other sushi places was twice as expensive as it normally is, was horrible."
    Dined on 8/6/2014
  • "Imperia did a great job accommodating my party of 7 for my 27th birthday. The place looks great and the server, Frankie, was fantastic. She was also the bartender and took care of our rambunctious crew. We had our own private room in the back and everything we ordered came out fairly quickly. Sake was delicious, try the almond joy. The sashimi dishes are the way to go, and the duck is always fantastic. Some rolls are OK/good. Half baked cookie is killer. Good music in the house too! Only negative is that I have eaten a lot of sushi and this was probably one of the poorer nigiri sushis that I have eaten. Rice was not sticky enough, lots of it given with a thin cut of fish. Taste was still OK, but there's better sushi out there."
    Dined on 8/1/2014
  • "Handed the phone to my friend and told him to pick a place, originally he thought it was a place he'd been before - but upon arrival we realised neither had visited Imperia before. I'm super happy that we went! The inside is neat, service was great, and food was wonderful! Definately going back in the future."
    Dined on 7/20/2014
  • "I booked a table here online before a girls night out. We are not from the area. I scored big with this one. The only problem was that I made a reservation and they didn't have a table for us. I believe they gave it to a bachelorette party who came in before us unknowingly. Therefore they put us in a back room. Great food though."
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "Went in for an early dinner before a movie at Violet Crown. Best idea of the night! The sea bass was exquisite! Everything was fresh and tastey. Our server was knowledgeable and overly kind. Wonderful evening indeed!"
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "I came to Imperia because I had purchased a Groupon and I hadn't been before. I looked at their menu, and being only interested in sushi rolls, I wasn't overly impressed by the menu, the rolls sounded weird. We ordered 4 rolls and was pleasantly surprised! 3 of 4 were AMAZING and 1 was so-so. I expected to like the Mano Tango the most and it ended up being my least favorite (no flavor at all) but the Spicy Tuna and Spicy Yellow Tail were both amazing and best of all was the Pablo Escolar. No part of that roll appealed to me, but my boyfriend wanted it and it was AMAZING. I would highly recommend! The atmosphere was nice, we had a good time, enjoyed the food, and would go back again! Oh, and we had a very attentive server!"
    Dined on 7/13/2014
  • "Excellent dining experience. The white fish skewers are fabulous"
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "Had an amazing time! Prices are decent, there is a ton of awesome stuff to do right around this restaurant, and great service!! Food is amazing and drinks are yummy!"
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "Some fun fusions of Chinese. Japanese. Korean. We really enjoyed. Ambience needs some upgrades."
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "I've been to Imperia a few times before, but I must say I loved our service this time! We went for the Chef's choice menu, being presented unexpected and delicious dishes. We arrived just before it got too busy, so it was a nice atmosphere. Our server, Maysie, was truly wonderful, very kind and a pleasure to work with. She made our experience so much better!"
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "The restaurant itself was very good. Our waitress was fantastic. She knew the menu forwards & back, & had some great recommendations. The food itself was not the best sushi I've ever had, but still definitely worth the trip. The sake selection was great as well. The noise level was very low and the lighting soft & romantic. Overall, a great date night out."
    Dined on 6/6/2014
  • "Sushi rolls, calamari, lo mein and curry offerings were really good! Nice presentation also with excellent service from Ky. The happy hours specials are great value."
    Dined on 6/3/2014
  • "Great food but everything else was mediocre. Also my wife is gluten free and their selection for that was minimal. Good if you have a coupon/discount but I wouldn't pay full price for the food. "
    Dined on 6/2/2014
  • "Our server made the experience so wonderful! The food was amazing and the items he recommended were spot on. The wine was delicious and the ambiance was fantastic! I can't wait to come back."
    Dined on 5/22/2014
  • "I read on Yelp that the service wasn't very good. We had the same experience but when we spoke to the manager about it suddenly service got a lot better. That said our waiter was super nice just a slightly unattentive. The food however is AMAZING!!!so if you're not in a rush and want a great meal, check it out. "
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "The food was delicious, very flavorful and tasty, almost like a little explosion for your taste buds. The waiter was awesome, he recommended different dishes on the menu and he knew what he was talking about. Overall it was a really good experience!!"
    Dined on 5/10/2014
  • "The drinks are tasty, the food is delicious and the servers are great."
    Dined on 4/11/2014
  • "Showed up and ordered appetizers and drinks as soon as we sat down. Took 30 minutes to get the drinks. Once drinks arrived someone ordered a roll. We finally got our food order in 45 minutes after we arrived and still had not received our appetizers. Edamame doesn't take 45 minutes to make. Once they finally brought the Edamame all of our food came out. Minus the first roll that was ordered at beginning of night and cucumber salads which came out last. I was excited about the red devil roll. Presentation was horrible. Looked like a mayonnaise bottle exploded on the plate and the actual roll was fishy. Very disappointing meal. I will not be going back. I should also note that it was not busy when we went. Only 5 tables in the restaurant."
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "The food was average to good - the service was terrible!!!! We waited 20minutes for first round of drinks to arrive, which was just in time for the delivery of the appetizer and ALL of the other sushi we ordered - the table was sooo crammed, it was ridiculous!! The server acted as though she couldn't see it, despite her failed tetris-style attempt to place every single dish on the table at the same time!!! I expect more when we are presented with a $200bill - All-in-all it was a missed opportunity!!"
    Dined on 4/4/2014
  • "Used to be a real nice sushi bar. Several months ago, Imperia split into two different names: Imperia and something else, stopping short of physically dividing the two spaces entirely. One side is the louder "club" side and the other side is the "restaurant". Consequently they killed the restaurant ambiance. (We sat on that side a month or so ago and this time we sat on the "club" side). Turns out this just means you get slower food while listening to music that's way too loud for a total of 5 people in 2400 sq ft. Sushi bar got moved to kitchen. Apps came out same time as rolls. To top it off, a woman making balloon animals was walking around to tables on both sides of the restaurant hustling for dollars at each table."
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "The server was an untrained noob who did not even bring wasabi and ginger with a sushi order, then disappeared for 10 minutes. Honestly made an expensive meal disappointing."
    Dined on 3/1/2014
  • "Top notch food with the freshest ingredients. Because I was here on business and was a party of 1, I sat at the sushi bar and the sushi chefs were very engaging. Very laid back and hip. Great spirits as well. Only drawback is you couldn't split a check...other than that. AMAZING"
    Dined on 2/25/2014
  • "Food was more than excellent, service really sucked. We were seated and after 20min our server asked us to hold on even longer :( my date was upset because it seem they did not want to serve us and kept passing us through."
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "The food was very good, fresh fish! We had a reservation booked but were seated in the lounge at a couch that would seat 10 and had to eat off a table at knee level, not great for chop stick eating. Frankie, our server was what made the experience so much better and took our mind off the less than stellar seating. Marco"
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "My friends wife got her entree 10 minutes before we got 3 of our 4 sushi rolls that we were having for our entree. Around 10 minutes later our fourth sushi roll came out. We finished our sushi rolls and his wife finished her entree and had it in a BOX before we had to ask our waitress where my friends entree was. At this point she said "its almost out" but we said don't bother. The bar was also slow for a non busy night. It took 15 minutes to get our first drink. I had my third drink almost gone before I had to hand my two empty drink glasses to the waitress to take them away. However, the food was great. The sushi rolls were delicious. The timing, poor drink service, and lack of table clearing makes it an overall not-recommended place."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "We love Imperia! The sushi is always wonderful. Great choices, too. I love the ambience. Kind if sad that half the restaurant is now a night-club, but I quests that only makes it that much more interesting and adds variety. We'll have to try the other side one weekend."
    Dined on 2/9/2014
  • "Got the bank and loved it. Best sushi at reasonable prices."
    Dined on 2/1/2014
  • "It was a good place to eat, and i loved the atmosphere but I really disliked the fact how you could make reservations for dinner all the way up to 11pm but yet the kitchen closes at 11. I got out of work late and I wanted to have dinner with my friends but when I found out that we only had a couple minutes to order, i clearly felt rushed and wasn't able to enjoy the overall experience. Waitress was excellent though."
    Dined on 1/25/2014
  • "Imperia was yummy! Fresh sushi...good service great atmosphere I had Tuna sashimi 5 nice size pieces very fresh. We also enjoyed the Spicy Roll which was was 8 pieces along with a large hot saki. I was very pleased and look forward to my next encounter with Imperia! Thanks I loved it!"
    Dined on 1/18/2014
  • "We had the edamame with red peppers and prepared in a wok. It was excellent. We also had the Red Devil Roll which was excellent as well. The two other rolls we had were average. It took us forever to get our drinks, but they didn't charge us for those drinks. Overall it was a nice evening, but not outstanding."
    Dined on 1/11/2014
  • "Took 3 clients there last Thursday night and they were very disappointed in the quality and selection. They were out of 4 of the 5 first things we ordered. Food was not worth the cost. The server was new and didn't have much knowledge of the menu. It was so bad that I am now sceptical of other options on Open Table. I can see me using Open Table less and less in 2014 out of concern that they don't hold their options to a higher standard. When I have to apologize all through the dinner it's an issue!"
    Dined on 1/9/2014
  • "Overall good experience, kitchen a bit off in getting food out, and did not have table ready for group of 8 with a reservation. Food was fairly good and waiter attentive."
    Dined on 12/30/2013
  • "The food was good, ordered the Peking Duck, it was basically cold when it made it to the table and I mean almost ice cold. Their combination rice was amazing, but again was barely warm. Service for a basically empty restaurant was very poor, long waits and didn't come back enough till close to the end of our meal. I would try it one more time, but I wouldn't go out of my way to go there."
    Dined on 12/18/2013
  • "I'm always notably timid of going downtown to have a nice dinner with my girl, but this is the 2nd time I've been here and I just dig the atmosphere and food. And who ever caters the music playlist know what's up!"
    Dined on 12/3/2013
  • "We had taken some out of town guests from LA to Austin (from Houston) and wanted to be sure that they , and we, had a rewarding dining experience. Imperia did not disappoint. We had a mix of sushi and the Peking duck. all of which was excellent."
    Dined on 11/30/2013
  • "I took my wife to Imperia as a surprise dinner for her pre-birthday, before going to see a play. The rating as "Austin's top Asian" was not wrong: the sushi, sashimi and delicate but flavorful whitefish skewers were delicate, fresh and of very high caliber. The service was an ideal match: Tracy was very helpful, funny without being intrusive, and made our dining experience a joy! And the huge fortune cookie which he arranged to celebrate my wife's birthday was a very mic touch! All and all, an exquisite evening -- we WILL return!"
    Dined on 11/27/2013
  • "Though the menu does not include a "cheap item", everything I ate there tasted fantastic. The fish was fresh and the waiter seemed to know his stuff and made some great suggestions. Went on a Monday night and had great service, I could imagine the restaurant being loud on a weekend. Overall I had a great experience and great meal"
    Dined on 11/4/2013
  • "Went here on a whim. Went early too, sat at the sushi bar and had a great experience with the attention of 3 sushi chefs. The salmon was only ok but the albacore was spectacular."
    Dined on 10/23/2013