Empire

4.5
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$31 to $50
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Contemporary Asian
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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TT
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.

AP
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

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

Food and service good, music too loud

RC
Pittsburgh
1 review
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.

R
New England
19 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!

LC
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.

OT
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

OT
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

V
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.

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Great food and atmosphere, service was slow

Z
New England
1 review
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.

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

Really cool restaurant. We ordered several food items.. Most of the food was a hit.. a few of the items were a bit chewy (i.e. salt pepper calamari, steak frites). But all in all, we enjoy the place.

OT
New England
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The restaurant was beautiful and clean. The food was delicious. I definitely will come back.

OT
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall3food4service2ambience1

SO LOUD , couldn’t hear anything. We had to FaceTime each other across the table just to talk

MH
New England
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Empire is one of my favorite places in Boston. The food is always amazing and I love bringing people here who haven’t tried it (my friends think I’m a restaurant connoisseur, becuase i always bring them to the best places!) and i never have a problem recommending Empire to anyone.

OT
New England
20 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing sushi!!! Amazing drinks!!! And amazing vibe!!! VERY pricey.

OT
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place to hit on a Saturday night!! We both had the salmon which was excellent and a accompanied with a wide selection of drinks!! As I said, it was a Saturday night and the atmosphere was quite energetic so be forewarned

OT
1 review
Dined on February 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing service from all employees. Chic and cultural-feeling space. Great location to bring friends for birthdays or anytime! Lounge was great

OT
New England
1 review
Dined on February 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Incredible food and service! We can’t wait to return.
The Corn Rangoon are worth their weight in golden deliciousness!

OT
New England
1 review
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall3food5service2ambience3

We sat at the counter for the first time. I’m not sure if we had a new (green) waiter but ALL of our food came out at the same time. We had no space for it all and some of it was hot. We also had difficulty getting our waiter’s attention. The sushi was delivered without any soy sauce and we had to ask our neighbor to share his. We ordered saki and were almost done eating by the time it arrived. The waiter tried to pour the saki into my husband’s glass and spilled it all over the counter. He just walked away without even apologizing or trying to clean up the mess. We love Empire but I don’t think I would sit at the counter again.

OT
New England
6 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Empire has a great menu. Everything is fresh and delicious but I always look forward to the specials. The spicy tuna, and the Wagyu beef sliders are amazing! We also friend the calamari, a tuna sashimi and garlic green beans. Everything comes when ready. Cocktails are a perfect addition. Get a reservation early because it gets crowded in an instant. They also turn into a lounge/nightclub.

BB
New England
9 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall3food4service2ambience2

Basically a glorified cafeteria... you order and they have it ready to go out back and arrives at your table within minutes.

SS
1 review
Dined on January 22, 2020
Overall3food3service2ambience4

Nice ambiance. Service that rushed us with no need. Food was good if pricey.

OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Sushi Cupcakes were incredible

OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

If you book

OT
Columbus
7 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was delicious and chic! We got the Singapore noodles and they were soo good and there was so much we ate for the whole evening off of one plate for my husband and me!

A
Philadelphia
11 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Nice decor, attentive service. The food need a bit attention, it's very good but 2 dishes were cold.

BF
New England
19 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Everything was great but it was a surprise that our Opentable reservation defaulted to lounge seating. We had appetizers in the lounge and luckily moved to a table after something opened up in about an hour. If we knew we were sitting in the lounge we would have looked at alternate restaurants.

W
New England
37 reviews
Dined on January 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Annie is awesome lady

OT
New England
1 review
Dined on January 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I always come to Empire on Wednesday nights because they have the best unlimited sushi in Boston! The staff always treats you like royalty and are always checking in to make sure you are all set.

OT
Salt Lake City
1 review
Dined on January 7, 2020
Overall2food4service1ambience2

Said it was for daughters birthday, they didn’t acknowledge that. Hostess was unfriendly. All around just didn’t care to make our night special .

OT
1 review
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

AMAZING SUSHI & service!!!!!!!!! A little pricey but worth it.

CH
New England
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was delicious and wait staff was helpful and friendly

L
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service and atmosphere was amazing...go to empire u will love the food and the music

OT
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

I wish I could’ve paid for something. Also I wanted coconut serbet

OT
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

New Year’s Eve

OT
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was amazing, server was attentive and the music was great!! Overall, service was top notch!

j
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Food was excellent, innovative and flavorful. There was some euro trash music playing rather loudly in the background the whole time. The kitchen being open is a cool thing to watch.

GF
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Always a fun time at Empire. Great food, fun drinks and atmosphere. Right by Snowport too!

OT
New England
1 review
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great time. Decor is terrific. Staff was attentive. Atmosphere was alive but not too loud. Food was great. Drinks were generous. Can’t miss.

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