Empire

4.7
1425 Reviews
$31 to $50
Contemporary Asian
Takeout and Delivery now available 7 days a week. For Takeout, please give us a call at 617-295-0001 or visit empireboston.com to place an order for self pick up. For Delivery please find us on Doordash or Caviar.

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, 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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Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 1425 people are saying
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4.7based on recent ratings
4.6
food
4.5
service
4.7
ambience
4.2
value
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92% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipOpenTable Diner
New England
17 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall3food3service3ambience3

This place fell off! Maybe it’s COVID haven’t been in about a year and don’t plan on going back.

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Klaus
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall1food1service1ambience2

Deeply disappointed. I had been waiting many years to try empire out and finally did on my partner’s birthday. Initially the service was great, jack was our server. When the people started sitting down, we were forgotten. We decided to get all you can eat sushi. The only one that tasted fresh and good was the yellow tail. My partner and I went in with bigger eyes than our stomachs, so we both filled up after 3 small rolls of sushi. We didn’t really use the all you can eat sushi to its max advantage. Nor did we abuse this deal. When we were checking out, we had about 5 tiny rolls of sushi that we were going to take home. Jack told us we couldn’t get take it home because of the all you can eat deal. I explained to him that we were abusing this system, but this food shouldn’t just be thrown away. Being in a pandemic or not, this disgusted him. I don’t like to see food go to waste. We didn’t even order $29 worth of sushi, which was the price of the deal and we were forced to trash this food that we didn’t take for granted. For that, I can only get this is a 1 star. I was really hoping to love my time at empire, I had always admired from outside for years.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My partner and I visited Boston and good friend recommended dining at Empire! The dress code made the night feel extra special and our waitress Nicole provided AMAZING service. She made the experience that much more special. The drinks were great and the food was amazing. I ordered the Korean rubbed steak and my partner ordered the steak and frites, both steaks came out perfectly cooked and were amazing! I would definitely dine at empire again!

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OpenTable Diner
New England
2 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had the beat date night! It was soooo yummy! We had about 7 apps between the two of us because we just couldn’t decide! We ended up filling up on the apps and sushi but we will def be back to try all the mains! Our waiter was awesome! Can’t remember his name, (I blame the masks and the delicious spicy marg in a cantaloupe), he was direct, on top of our needs and wasn’t over bearing. There when we needed him, busy when we didn’t. Can’t wait to go back!

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vipMarriah
Orlando
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2021
Overall4food3service4ambience5

Used to be one of my favorite restaurants in Boston but no longer is. You can tell that the quality of food and menu change has gone down. They changed their menu to save money and you can tell. I ordered the kimchi fried rice and the quality of beef was awful. I also tried ordering the seared sliced ahi tuna crispy rice bites which they changed to a cold mayo based tuna and it was awful. The seared sliced ahi tuna crispy rice bites were the best thing on their menu and they no longer offer them. Such a disappointment.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New England
5 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place. Tad overpriced.

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LorenaA
New England
1 review
Dined on January 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great vibe, great food, great service

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vipBostonian
New England
22 reviews
Dined on January 30, 2021
Overall4food3service4ambience4

First- If Open table states no reservation - call them. They were very accommodating and got us in. Unfortunately we sat near the front door which does not have any protection from the outside air- maybe install some sort of curtain system. It was FREEZING!!! everyone in the little area near the door had winter coats on while having dinner- not cool when you are paying for high end.
Other than that the food is pretty good although you have to make sure you only order one thing at a time (apps/meal) as it ALL came out at the same time! we couldn't fit it on the table. The waitress was great, accommodating, polite etc..
Less cream cheese in the rolls :-) but some may like it that way.

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AdamK
1 review
Dined on January 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Big place, great vibe. Portion sizes are relatively big so order accordingly. The decor is marvelous. You'll feel transported to a different place, a different time.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on January 22, 2021
Overall5food2service5ambience5

They got rid of the seared ahi tuna rice bites. Worst decision by far.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on January 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It wa great!

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vipraidersix2002
New England
126 reviews
Dined on January 21, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Woman at the next table reeked of marijuana so badly that even with 6' distancing it was unpleasant.

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StephanieS
New England
1 review
Dined on January 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our waiter was phenomenal. Unfortunately, I don’t remember his name but he was very knowledgeable in the menu. The sushi cupcakes are a must!

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2020
Overall1food4service1ambience4

Had reservations and was seated after people who came in later. Bar tender barely provided any service. Was charged for $36 dollars worth of drinks that I didn’t order. Only positive was the fact that the manager removed the extra drinks from tab.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Scallion pancakes and mai tais were awesome. Sat at the bar, 4 drinks total. Didn’t realize prices - wasn’t expecting about 100 tab for that but otherwise experience was enjoyable.

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NickSully
Orlando
5 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great timo

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on December 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was a great time and great food!

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vipDave
New York Area
21 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great vibe, a lot of energy in the place but it’s large enough so it’s still a place you can enjoy you’re meal and drinks with friends. Food and service are first rate.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on November 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always amazing to be there !

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vipOpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on November 13, 2020
Overall1food1service2ambience3

Completely new menu and it was awful.

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LoraW
1 review
Dined on November 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was amazing and my boyfriend had the steak. I enjoyed the flavorful Thai food and I love that they took extra precaution to be safe during covid .

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RK13
New England
4 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience3

It's an upscale place with in a loud and energetic environment. You can find better sushi somewhere else, but the appetizers were very good. The wait staff seemed to be rushing guests, and were not too particularly friendly.

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vipFan0Food
New England
11 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

We are big sushi fans and this place ranks highly in our view. Actually we like most/all of the Big Night offerings here in Boston. They always have cool, clean decors, excellent wait staff and of course the food comparatively speaking is outstanding. On this night it was slow/quiet which is not the norm but with Covid lurking we were ok with it. We sampled a half dozen apps, all excellent. The dumplings, meat sticks and spicy tuna were aces and the Sesame Beef and Alaskan Cod were both sublime! One last mai tai anyone?

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic!!!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2020
Overall4food5service2ambience5

Restaurant was understaffed. Jake had too many tables but remained calm and composed throughout. Managers could have went on a wait or waited on tables themselves to ensure good service. Food was great. Drinks for comped for the long wait time. Appreciate that. Would go back again.

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vipAndria
New England
4 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was delish. I had my 2 way rangoons it is a must when I visit, tried the scallion pancakes and they are amazing!!!. I had the spicy tuna and my friend had the red dragon roll, our usuals and amazing. We also had some of the Halloween drinks which were great as well

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vipOpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on October 30, 2020
Overall5food4service4ambience5

great time!

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on October 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My group and I had a menu mix-up upon arrival where we were expecting one thing and the restaurant was serving another. The restaurant staff was SO kind and understanding, and went above and beyond to make our dinner outstanding. I can’t thank the manager, waiter, and kitchen staff enough for accommodating us on the misunderstanding.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
3 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had fun night

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TyTy
New England
2 reviews
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Must make a reservation; this restaurant is always super busy. I haven't been here for dinner for a few years but it was still exactly what I remembered- fair to large portions, good drinks, and tasty. The House fried rice is my favorite.

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AshleyP
1 review
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall3food5service3ambience5

Overall the venue and food were amazing. It was not clear when we made reservations for the bar/lounge that we would not be at a table, and we had planned to go with a group for dinner. We were able to resolve this but the staff was not super helpful in that. Once seated the foot and drinks were wonderful. I would go bac

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SergioP
New England
2 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and service good, music too loud

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RobbieC
Pittsburgh
2 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always, everything about Empire was excellent. I asked for a quiet table since I was there with family and we were seated in one of the private rooms with very little noise, even after 10 on a Friday. All of the benefits of Empire without the energetic lounge atmosphere of the main room.

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vipRiker
New England
22 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Enjoyed counter seating where we enjoyed watching the chefs prepare many courses. We inhaled multiple appetizers and chilled sake! Absolutely delicious!

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vipLuisCajamarca
New England
36 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This place is simply fantastic. Food is great and the atmosphere is incredible. Try the noodle with shrimp. Also the fried shumai.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall4food3service3ambience4

I got an email saying I did not show up for my reservation when in fact I was there. Could this please be fixed. Thx

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vipOpenTable Diner
Central Coast
2 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall1food4service1ambience4

Great food poor service ..went there Saturday night with a friend great ambience but very poor service my food got lost took forever to come my second sushi ,told my waitress I was going to the bathroom on my way back to the table my food and drink was gone ..even got charged for it ..VERY POOR MANAGEMENT

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Vadim
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall4food3service4ambience5

While the Maki roll we ordered was fantastic, ordering any of the main dishes was like ordering the same Chinese food I get locally except paying ten times more for it.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Great food and atmosphere, service was slow

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Ziggy
New England
3 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

If you love sushi, this is the place for you. The sushi tastes really fresh. Our appetizers came out relatability quick (less than ten minutes) even though the place was crowded. Drinks were delicious. Service was great for a Valentine’s Day weekend.

FAQs

Empire offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (617) 295-0001.

Empire is rated 4.7 stars by 1425 OpenTable diners.

Empire does offer gift cards which you can purchase here http://bignight.com/giftcard.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.

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