We have been going to the
We have been going to the Empire since it opened finding that it improves like fine wine. Always great food, solid service, good value, and yet each new visit brings out another flavor, a positive change, a little more refinement, a need to come back again. Oysters are always on our mind when we stop by; no it's not a seafood house; but they found the right mix and bring it consistently. Traditional cocktail sauce is left sitting on the outside, as there is always a new refreshing twist to compliment the oysters. Great salads and sides that often make for dinner themselves when combined; our choice this time around with some great wine. The best thing about this place, same menu with a great beer and you would leave just as happy.
3/29/2013 5:00:00 PM
Booked reservation for a business
Booked reservation for a business dinner, and although I was not there, those who were had nothing but positive things to say about the food and the overall experience. We will definitely be coming back again.
4/15/2013 4:00:00 PM
Very nice find in downtown
Very nice find in downtown Louisville. The food and service were excellent. Loved the menu.
4/17/2013 4:00:00 PM
Food was interesting and tasty.
Food was interesting and tasty. Service was noticably slow. Nice atmosphere and easy parking. Will go again.
5/2/2013 4:00:00 PM
First time, but not the last
This place has really good food. Big, fresh oysters. Perfect risotto. Shrimp and grits. Well-grilled duck breast. Nice extra touches not just for show -- they work. And even really tasty desserts. Service was attentive and timely. Six people happy with their choices and the evening.
5/10/2013 4:00:00 PM
I've visited several times and am always surprised how good the food is for a low-profile neighborhood restaurant. Dessert was unbelievable.
5/11/2013 4:00:00 PM
We went to the Empire Lounge for my girlfriend's birthday. Because we had a reservation, they asked if we were there for a special occasion, and from that point on, our waiter really made it a special night. He knowledgeably answered all our questions and made great recommendations. The food was delicious and you have to try the beignets with marscapone ice cream. Delectable!
5/30/2013 12:00:00 AM
Have a specialty cocktail on the patio! The Empire Mule was great.
5/30/2013 4:00:00 PM
Great food! Great Wait Staff!
We love the food here! Notable dishes are the Calamari Salad and Shrimp and Grits.
This Louisville Main Street gem has a great summer ambience And we love sitting out on the sidewalk to eat on the weekends.
Friendly and knowledgeable waitstaff is terrific and some of them have been there for years.
Great for a quick bite to eat ahead of the street fair or a longer romantic dinner.
6/21/2013 4:00:00 PM
Sweet Surprise In Louisville
I met a friend for dinner here. I made the reservation online and it was confirmed within minutes. We asked for a quiet booth in the back and that is exactly what we got. The food was superior, the service delightful, the wine list had some great choices. Would definitely return and recommend to others.
6/24/2013 4:00:00 PM
High quality food, nice atmosphere
Brought a group for casual business dinner, were not disappointed overall. Appetizer menu features the usual tapas plus a variety of cheese options. Server very focused on upselling specials of the day. We ordered three dips for 7 people and received a very small portion of grilled bread (not even 2 pieces each) that quickly got eaten. Server could have noted this on the first round. We also asked for a beer glass which took about 15 minutes to arrive. Perhaps they were a bit understaffed at the time because as the meal went on there was more help at the table with faster turnaround for requests. Entrees were delicious with no room for dessert. Appreciated server running after me with wrapped item I forgot. Will come back again.
7/10/2013 12:00:00 AM
We always enjoy the Empire! The staff is super friendly and the place is welcoming and fun. The menu could be more diverse...what they do, they do well!
9/4/2013 12:00:00 AM
Yay for Empire Lounge
I am among the growing new community of people with food sensitivities. Currently I always figure I'll have a bad day after eating out but I'm very pleased to say that the chef at Empire Lounge took excellent care with my food. I had a very tasty dinner--as did my non food-challenged companions. And no belly ache the next day. Kudos and many thanks! Service was excellent as well.
9/4/2013 12:00:00 AM
Neighborhood gem for sure
We have frequented The Empire since it opened. The ambience is so warm, buzzing, welcoming, all-inclusive, that we are drawn back for every celebration worth a very special time. The wonder of it is how anyone feels welcome here - kids, adults old and young - for me, it has a laid-back trattoria feeling. It will always be a favorite, and that is saying something in a town and community full of good eateries.
9/26/2013 12:00:00 AM
A Louisville Staple
Delicious food prepared well. Reservations are highly recommended, and though it can be full due to it's popularity the tables are well spaced so that you don't feel like you are bumping elbows with your neighbor. Would recommend, and will be sure to go back.
9/27/2013 12:00:00 AM
Worth a drive
This is our favorite spot in the area. We live in Boulder, but if we want to treat ourselves, we make the drive to Louisville to go to the empire lounge. The thing that stands out the most is the service. We've been twice now, and it has been the top two experiences in terms of happy, insightful service I've had in Colorado. The servers know the menu and appear to genuinely enjoy explaining it to you. The menu is unique and we have thoroughly enjoyed everything we've tried. The burrata (it was essentially a deconstructed bruschetta) was my favorite, but the duck enchiladas were not far behind. Another note, they serve their beer at the right temperature, so it's a good spot for that as well.
9/27/2013 12:00:00 AM
We have dined at The Empire on a number of occasions (special and spur of the moment) and have found the food, service and ambience to always be very good. Plus, its an extra treat to be greeted by the owner.
10/4/2013 12:00:00 AM
The place to eat in Louisville
The Empire is consistently excellent! The service fantastic! The ambiance cool!
11/15/2013 4:00:00 PM
My go to place
I love going to the Empire!
Their food is excellent. It is fresh and often local and thoughtful. I have never had anything bad there. The food is fantastic and interesting without being pretentious. My 11 yo daughter loves to go.
My husband and I enjoy the bar and wine selection. The bartender there is truly one of the best.The service is variable - sometimes perfect and once and a while just ok.
It is our go to spot. We go just cause we cant figure out dinner or for a special occasion. I take people there for proffesional dinners and interviews.
12/10/2013 4:00:00 PM
Great dining in downtown Louisville
Our first visit - the ambiance was great, the menu innovative and widely varied and all well prepared and presented. The bacon-wrapped dates and deviled eggs were just the right start to a late night dinner. The Brussels Sprouts salad was a delight, the Empire grilled cheese was perfect and the shrimp and grits were delicious. Cocktails were great ( pins& needles) and the wine suggested by the server was just right. We will return!
12/12/2013 4:00:00 PM
Nom Nom Nom
The Empire is a must is must if you love food prepared to bring out the best in it's natural flavors. We love going for a great dining experience( just went for our one year wedding anniversary this past week and frequent multiple times throughout the year). Reservations are suggested. It has a vibrant atmosphere but at the same time when at your table, you are able to fully immerse yourself in the conversation of your companions. We haven't had one thing on the menu that we haven't enjoyed and the cocktails are delish(+ there is always a few local beers on tap). Must tries are the calamari along with the duck enchiladas. The pork chop is also always great. Don't forget to save room for desert! The lemon tart is out of this world.
10/31/2013 5:00:00 PM