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The Empire Lounge and Restaurant
The Empire Lounge and Restaurant

The Empire Lounge and Restaurant Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.theempirerestaurant.com/
  • Phone: (303) 665-2521
  • Hours of Operation: Dinner: Sunday, Tuesday - Thursday: 4:00pm - 9:00pm, Friday - Satruday: 4:00pm - 10:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: American, Gastro Pub
  • Executive Chef: Jim & Connie Cohen
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wine
  • Private Party Facilities: Rooms available for up to 50 people.
  • Private Party Contact: Lexi Cohen (303) 665-2521

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Spruce
  • Public Transit: One block from RTD bus stop serving both Denver and Boulder.
  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: Parking available behind restaurant at the library.
A word from The Empire Lounge and Restaurant
Located in the heart of Historic Downtown Louisville, Empire Lounge and Restaurant offers seasonal, classic American bar food and inspired handcrafted cocktails.

Featuring local, organic ingredients whenever possible, award-winning Executive Chefs Jim & Connie Cohen use a mesquite wood fired grill resulting in dishes that have an incredible depth of flavor. Empire recently received Zagat ratings that places them in the top ten restaurants on Colorado’s front range. Bar, lounge, dining and private party options available.Continued
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerNeighborhood Gem
Diner Reviews
  • "The menu sounded exciting with some interesting sounding offerings. However, we found the execution to be uninspired - even bland. The server was fine and the online reservations were convenient, but not enough for us to return. Sorry guys, but for $120 + for a party of four (no drinks), the value just wasn't there."
    Dined on 8/22/2014
  • "The food selection was fantastic. There were five of us. Everyone ordered something different and it was all excellent. The cocktails and beer selection was very good. We met in the lounge area for an hour prior to dining and it was perfect. Excellent customer service also."
    Dined on 7/15/2014
  • "Menu offerings are unique, locally fresh and unbelievably tasty. Always a pleasure eating here because it's delicious and feels healthy."
    Dined on 7/8/2014
  • "Whenever I aim to please and impress friends or colleagues or customers...!"
    Dined on 7/1/2014
  • "great neighbor find. good food. walkable from neighborhood"
    Dined on 6/29/2014
  • "We've been to Empire Lounge a number of times. In the past, we always walked away very happy. I'll say this last trip left something to be desired. Both my wife and I thought our food was "Meh", with the portions severely lacking. We've had friends tell us of similar experiences but we didn't believe them. Now we do. For the price I paid, I certainly did not get the representative quality and quantity of food. We feel bad enough about the visit that it will likely be our last visit to Empire Lounge."
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "This is the third time we have tried this restaurant. Still not impressed. And when I asked for a slice of onion for my hamburger they charged me 50 cents! This was on a more than $100 tab for two people including wine. Couldn't believe it."
    Dined on 6/19/2014
  • "The Crispy Calamari salad, their signature dish, still rocks! The lamb meatballs, which were a special item, were tender and beautifully seasoned in a delicious tomato-based sauce, served with a perfectly poached egg and thick Greek-style yogurt. The steak fries couldn't be any better."
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "Empire was noisy, food not great, and entrees very expensive for the food we got."
    Dined on 6/13/2014
  • "We found the food to be tasty, and well presented. Had a good menu selection."
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "I can't believe I lived in Colorado for a year and a half and didn't know about The Empire! I'll have to make up for lost time!"
    Dined on 5/30/2014
  • "We like the Empire for its friendliness, solidly good food and nice wines. They have tables out on the sidewalk for summer now which is great. Alex is our favorite server - she's awesome. The duck breast with tamales is very good. And the hot beignets for dessert are yummy."
    Dined on 5/24/2014
  • "Always enjoy the dining experience at the Empire. Great vibe and food"
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "The service and staff is always great here --- fantastic food knowledge and super friendly. Always a good vibe here. Dont miss the Calamari salad. Pork Chop entree was disappointing --- miss on the onion sauce. "
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "Every time I go to The Empire I'm reminded why I go. Dishes always have an extra imaginative element that makes me see what really can be done with food. Eating here is such an enjoyable experience."
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "This was my first dining experience at The Empire Lounge and Restaurant. The menu offers something for everyone. You had me at "house-made potato gnocchi" - it was delicious! I'm looking forward to going back so I can enjoy some of the other great dishes!"
    Dined on 4/30/2014
  • "Our group of 6 came after a concert and Empire was the perfect late night dining spot. At 9:00 there were still plenty of customers so we did not feel like we were keeping the place open. The shared snacks of devilled eggs (spicy but great) and the bacon wrapped dates were perfect starters. The wine list offered affordable selections. All entrees - the pork chop, Asian chicken, mac-n-cheese, risotto, rigatoni and the grilled cheese were well presented and delicious. The Brussels sprouts salad was great - as always. the server was very patient with taking our order amidst plenty of conversation, she checked back often and handled doggy-boxes and splitting the check in thirds with grace and aplomb. Great after show dining spot!"
    Dined on 4/25/2014
  • "An unexpected gem in a new hip part of north Denver. Will definitely be back. Best cup of coffee I ever had. Unreal! Great sides -- grits and grilled broccoli. "
    Dined on 4/25/2014
  • "We were seated in the back room with two large parties and a screaming child. Our waitress was not friendly and only came by twice after we ordered. We ordered dinner and our salad came right away. Then 2 minutes later, our entrees came. We told the runner that we just got our salads and he continued to just set the entrees down. Our waitress finally came by and did offer to take the entrees back until we finished. We asked for bread and it came in a paper bag with a foil wrapped butter pad. The bread was cold and hard and the butter was mushy. He table seated next to us asked for extra bread and they told her it was an additional charge! We gave her our extra bread and butter. The waitress came back once more and was still very grumpy."
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "Everything was a very nice mix of great and fantastic. As a vegetarian I would frequent there. Grandma had a great birthday dinner and a coffee mug for momento and present. Grandma also had the best burger in eons! Not many places have vinegar for fries too. Thank you for a great feast!"
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "Did not feel that there was a lot of variety to the menu. Was very over priced for the amount of food you received. Chicken for $23.00 with French Fries. Steak salad $17.00 with mixed greens, some pieces of steak, 4 croutons and some feta cheese. The salad was served in a wooden bowl and everything was mixed together so couldn't really tell how much meat there was, not a good presentation. We wouldn't go back to this restaurant."
    Dined on 4/4/2014
  • "We went back to Empire to celebrate our first date 3 years ago. The food was fabulous, the service was perfect. We had the lamb and duck, both of which were excellent along with oysters as an appetizer. Their small plates/appetizers are perfect for sharing if you went for happy hour."
    Dined on 4/2/2014
  • "This is the first time I had been to the Empire, and it was a great experience. The service was great, and so was the food. A great place for a date."
    Dined on 3/30/2014
  • "Thank you, Empire! On my last visit the waitstaff didn't tell me all the dinner specials as soon as I had sat down and before I had even ordered a drink. Much appreciated! Now, the next thing that you can do is to give more than 1 drink menu at a table. When 2-4 (or more!) people sit down and there's only 1 drink menu, the first person starts looking,,,the rest of us wait...at some point the 2nd person gets to look...inevitably at this point, the waiter comes back to take drink orders. People 1-2 may be ready, but the rest of the table hasn't even looked yet and has to either hurry up and choose or ask the waiter to come back, prolonging the whole experience. If you just put 2 or 3 drink menus on the table, the process will be smoother."
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "This is the third time we have visited Empire restaurant The menu was extensive The service was very bad The kitchen was backed up but the server refused to have I contact with our table during the time Drinks are very tardy coming to our table This is a very special night and I was embarrassed we chose this restaurant"
    Dined on 3/8/2014
  • "My husband and I tried the Empire Lounge out, due to a recent mention in Sunset magazine. We were not disappointed. It is a cute place, the service was good, the food was tasty. They had plenty of gluten-free options, which appealed to us. The major frustration we had was that the bartender kept throwing empty bottles into the trash can with a crash! bash! clang! sound which made us think he used to work in a dive bar. It was completely off-putting to a romantic dinner. We told our waitress this, but she did nothing to rectify the situation. We also told the hostess on the way out, but we could tell she was not going to do anything about it."
    Dined on 2/19/2014
  • "The food was great, I had the pork chop and my friend had the duck. I especially liked that they served the pork chop medium rare, most places tend to way overcook pork and make it dry. I sure you can get it overcooked if you like it that way. The only issue is we were seated by a large group and they were loud, so it made it a little hard for an old guy like me to hear our conversation with all the background noise. This was my first time to visit and I will be back."
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "I had to make last minute Valentine reservations, so we were able to get a reservations at this highly-rated restaurant (very deservably so!) at 4:45PM. It was Valentine's day I realized that restaurants are extremely busy & rushed..but were greeted by a not so very friendly host (at this time of the day, I would think that he wasn't tired?) who setted us at the back of the restaurant even though most of the tables & booths were empty. However, despite this, that was the ONLY disappointing thing about our otherwise EXCEPTIONAL dinner! Everything was over-the-top Fantastic! I had the pork chops and every bite was a bit of heaven! I will go back again & bring guests, but next time I will make reservations way ahead of time."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "I always enjoy the food. It's well priced and the servers are attentive. Note to the waitstaff - you're almost there. Please, please, don't read me all of your specials as soon as I've just sat down and am reading the drink list. I want to choose a drink first...I am not ready to hear about the dinner specials! Wait until we start looking at the dinner menu. And a note to the bartender - your martinis are good, but please strain the ice chips out of them before serving. I don't recall that I'm supposed to chew ice chips while sipping a martini."
    Dined on 2/7/2014
  • "Great service and atmosphere! The food was wonderful and had something on the menu for everyone. It was a very relaxed atmosphere."
    Dined on 1/28/2014
  • "The food is great and the atmosphere is very welcome on a cold winter's evening. They almost have it there with the service...a note: if I'm just sitting down and say that I want a few minutes to look over the drink menu and I'm clearly not in a hurry, don't rattle off the dinner specials. I'm not listening, I just sat down, and I haven't even ordered a drink yet. Wait."
    Dined on 1/24/2014
  • "The food at Empire is excellent. The pork chops were delicious, but needed steak knives to cut - none were offered. The brussels sprout salad is a nice unique option. Deviled eggs and bacon wrapped dates were perfect shared appetizers. Very good steak salad. When I ordered a mule cocktail, I was told they needed to hold a photo ID as security for the copper mug - really? - I was not comfortable releasing my Driver's License to the staff - which left a bad taste in my mouth. I selected a Rye Manhattan instead - three of us ordered this and loved them - the bartender is very skilled. The beignets for dessert were heavy - more like donut holes and lacked the light fluffy texture a good beignet needs, but marscapone ice cream saved it!"
    Dined on 1/12/2014
  • "I had not dined at any Louisville restaurants and I must say it was very good. The ambiance was relaxed, not too loud and the service was friendly. It was a group of young moms who joined me and the sat us at a back table secluded from everyone else. I would definitely go back."
    Dined on 1/9/2014
  • "5 of us spent NYE together. We had a great time at the restaurant until we were asked to wrap it up and leave because they had people coming (not there, they were "coming"). After spending $300 and already paying the bill, it was pretty insulting as we had just had minutes before received our last round of drinks. We understand it was New Years but there were 2 tables open down from us and since there was no one waiting, why did you have to ruin the experience that started so well by asking us to hurry along? The food was mediocre but could have been worth another try, but since it left a bad taste in our mouth after spending so much, we will give it to someone who appreciates income and provides great service. Zucca, here we come!"
    Dined on 12/31/2013
  • "Dinner is always good here. They miss the mark on the hostess everytime. This is such a big part of being welcomed into a restaurant and never have they had someone up there who makes you want to come back. The back of the house does great consistently."
    Dined on 12/27/2013
  • "Brought the family for Christmas Eve dinner. All 4 of us had nothing but wonderful things to say about our meal choices, and our waiter was knowledgable and very friendly. Should have come here a long time ago!"
    Dined on 12/24/2013
  • "We went on Christmas Eve a Tuesday. The place was almost full and had groups, couples, and families. The food was excellent and an excellent value. The place is very interesting. Bread is homemade and great. Oysters were excellent including the vinegar dip. Although they have salads, they are really large enough for lunch, not really a salad as a side unless shared by 4. The Crispy Calamari salad was very different, but way too much for two people as a side. The sides are also huge, we had the roasted squash, grilled broccoli, and homemade fries, all of which were some of the best any of us ever had. Excellent homemade meatballs, grilled skirt steak ,and the mussels were wonderful. My only complaint was the food came too fast."
    Dined on 12/24/2013
  • "The Empire is one of my go-to places when I want a really good meal in a great environment. The calamari salad is terrific - order them with a side of fries (the best I've had in the metro area by far) and your taste buds will be very happy!! The meatballs are so light and tasty that it's worth ordering one as a side dish to share!! Good service from always happy waitstaff."
    Dined on 12/20/2013
  • "this is and continues to be a favorite of ours. The food is fantastic and the service is very good. Don't be afraid... Eat here!!"
    Dined on 12/14/2013
  • "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!"
    Dined on 12/13/2013