About Empire

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.

One Marina Park Drive
Boston, MA 02210
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Contemporary Asian, Sushi, Bar / Lounge / Bottle Service

Hours of Operation:
Dining Hours: Sunday - 5PM-10PM, Monday - 5PM-12AM, Tuesday & Wednesday - 5PM-11PM, Thursday & Friday - 5PM-12AM, Saturday - 5PM-1AM

Bar Hours: Sunday - 5PM-11PM , Monday - 4:30-1AM, Tuesday & Wednesday - 4:30PM-12AM, Thursday - 4:30PM-1AM, Friday - 4:30PM-2AM & Saturday - 4:30PM-2AM

Closed Thursday 10/26/2017

Dress Code:
Smart Casual

Price Range:
$31 to $50

Payment Options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(617) 295-0001

Website:
http://www.empireboston.com/

Parking Details:
Valet and discounted parking available.

Public Transit:
Silver Line: Courthouse Station
Red Line: South Station

Executive Chef:
Kevin Long

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Chef's Table, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Wheelchair Access

Special Events & Promotions:
For private event please call Kerry Lynch at 617.262.3908 or email kerry@bneg.com to learn more.

Private Dining

With a capacity of 600, our space is divided into aesthetically distinct rooms including our Bar and Lounge, Salon, Imperial Dining Room, Persimmon Room, three private dining rooms served by a private bar, and an Asian awe-inspiring open kitchen at the heart.

Empire Ratings and Reviews

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4.5

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.5

service

4.4

ambience

4.6

value

4.0

Noise

Moderate

87% would recommend it to a friend

Good for a Date (29)
Good for Groups (28)
Special Occasion (24)
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Hot Spot (24)
Fun (22)
Good for Birthdays (19)
Vibrant Bar Scene (16)
Creative Cuisine (14)
Bar Seating (13)
Romantic (13)
Handcrafted Cocktails (12)
Happy Hour (9)
Good for Anniversaries (9)
Casual (8)
Waterfront (8)
Worth the Drive (8)
Fit for Foodies (7)
Late-night Find (7)
Authentic (6)
People Watching (6)
Cozy (5)
Pre/post Theatre (5)
Business Meals (3)
Gluten Free Options (3)
Seasonal (3)
Tapas (3)
Good Vegetarian Options (3)
Healthy (2)
Live Music (2)
Great for Lunch (2)
Neighborhood Gem (2)
Scenic View (2)
Spicy (2)
Afternoon Coffee (1)
Notable Wine List (1)
Organic (1)
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vip
 (New England)·Dined 3 days ago

Out standing from beginning to end. Delicious foo, great service, energetic vibe.

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 (New England)·Dined 3 days ago

Our server couldn’t have been nicer and the feel of the restaurant was exactly what we were looking for but the food was not great. We ordered off of the Valentine’s Day specials menu. I ordered lobster fried rice and my boyfriend ordered the sea bass. Both meals were $30+. My rice was over cooked and flavorless and there was maybe 8 tiny pieces of lobster meat in it. Certainly not worth $32. The sea bass was tasty but it was a very small portion with no side for $35. I mean a very small portion to the point that he ordered a roll of sushi after our meal to eat more food. The best thing I had was my cocktail. I’m wondering if maybe the normal menu is where this restaurant succeeds but after tonight I probably won’t be back to find out.

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 (New England)·Dined 3 days ago

Overall experience was great, loved the ambiance 😊

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 (New England)·Dined on February 10, 2018

I was really looking forward to having dinner here considering it was a special occasion (close friends birthday). It is an overpriced menu for food you can simply get in Chinatown. However, the restaurant is beautiful and it is is seaport so I guess you pay for the ambiance. The cool thing is that some dishes have different sizes in case you want to share the food and do family style. Unfortunately the service was horrible. Our server took almost 20 minutes to come greet us from the time we were seated. Then when we had our food, she never checked on us or came to ask if there was anything we needed. She paid no attention to us and it really bothered me.

Tags: Fun
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 (New England)·Dined on February 10, 2018

We loved the atmosphere. Food a little pricey, but great quality. Staff was very attentive and nice. Our waiter was awesome!!

Tags: Cozy, Late-night Find
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 (Orlando)·Dined on February 9, 2018

It was an experience and I am glad that I tried it. Nothing we ordered was bad but none of it was outstanding. Some of the chair placements were a bit cramped.

Tags: Tapas
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 (New England)·Dined on February 4, 2018

Our server jack was awesome! Thanks for taking care of us!

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 (New England)·Dined on February 4, 2018

Great dinner and drink. Sushi roll we had as appetizer was to die for

Tags: Hot Spot, Bar Seating, Tapas, Good for a Date, Fun, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (New England)·Dined on February 1, 2018

Outstanding! Food was delicious, outstanding service and ambiance. Highly recommend.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 1, 2018

Decor was good, but music was too loud to hear each other around the table. One does not hear such high decibels in restaurants in HK; sounds are usually from "silverware" hitting the dishes or people talking.

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vip
 (New England)·Dined on January 31, 2018

A stunning place! The beautiful decor and large open kitchen set the stage for this dining experience. We enjoyed a shared appetizer of delicious potstickers. He enjoyed the duck entree and I took advantage of General gau chicken that was a special. We shared sautéed veggies as a side. It was all very good. The chicken dish was so generous that it made me two lunches. The broccoli was amazingly fresh and cooked just right. We shared the desert special and it was good.

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·Dined on January 30, 2018

This was one of the best restaurants I have been too. The food was amazing and the ambiance was even better.

Tags: Fun, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, Hot Spot, Happy Hour, Late-night Find, Pre/post Theatre, Romantic, Bar Seating, Vibrant Bar Scene, Good for Groups, Good for a Date
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 (New England)·Dined on January 27, 2018

the food was excellent, loved the presentation and it was delicious.
the lounge part was crowded, but it was ok.

We will defiantly come back.

Tags: Good for Groups, Romantic, Good for a Date
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on January 20, 2018

Empire is more of a scene than a restaurant, intentionally so, probably. It is large but nicely decorated, very dark, with thumping background of pop music and a club vibe. If you are looking for good Asian food, however, this is not the place to come. Dishes were pretty expensive and not very authentic or even well prepared. I would come back to go to the bar, but not for dinner.

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vip
 (New England)·Dined on January 19, 2018

We had a great experience. The cocktails were excellent. We even had a scorpion bowl and it was enormous :)
The duck dish and lo mein were excellent. The chicken Bao was outstanding.
Our server did great keeping up with us.
Looking forward to our next visit!

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vip
 (New England)·Dined on January 19, 2018

Food and service was outstanding!

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 (New England)·Dined on January 14, 2018

Great food and ambiance but indifferent service.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on January 14, 2018

After a friend referred us and reading the menu, we were looking forward to our meal. We ordered the Empire roll - which was amazing- but everything after that was just fair. We ordered two cocktails, two apps and two entrees and the bill with tip was $180. For $180, I'd like to be "wow-ed", and we just weren't. We ordered the steamed short rib buns which we oversauced and meh, the black cod which had more baby bok choy than anyone could reasonably eat, plus a bone in the fish, and the short rib entree which, while flavorful, was just okay. The meat was more like sliced steak than tender short rib. Our server and cocktails were great, and the ambiance was fun and upbeat. The food just didn't knock our socks off for what we spent.

Tags: Creative Cuisine
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 13, 2018

It was my birthday dinner. Everything was really great

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on January 2, 2018

Excellent food and just ok service. Slow night and had to flag staff down for refill on water and to order additional food.

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 (New England)·Dined on December 27, 2017

Food was very good. Appetizers were the best and impacted our appreciation for dinner. We should have just had more appetizers. Portions were ample and all the food was tasty. Music was a bit loud, and it was difficult to have a conversation with a group of 6.

Tags: Happy Hour
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on December 27, 2017

Always excellent service and excellent food no matter what day of the week you go.

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 (New England)·Dined on December 21, 2017

The food was really good but our hostess? Not so much. There was a confusion in our table and they made us move (and put drinks on the house for that, so I guess that’s nice) and got really edgy for us to leave once we ordered the entree.

Tags: Casual, Good for Groups, Bar Seating, Special Occasion
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on December 21, 2017

Always great! Food is terrific. My party all raved and can’t wait to get back there.

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vip
 (New England)·Dined on December 18, 2017

Delicious! Great service.

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 (New England)·Dined on December 16, 2017

I had arranged a surprise birthday dinner for my wife and her friends. It turned out to be more than expected. The drinks, food and music were awesome. The staff was so courteous and attentive ins spite of restaurant being packed. They raved about it for a long time after they were done. I would recommend this as "the place" for a good time.

Tags: Bar Seating, Live Music, Waterfront, Good for Anniversaries, Vibrant Bar Scene, Good for Birthdays, Hot Spot
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 (New England)·Dined on December 16, 2017

Food, cocktails and table service were very good for dinner. The ambience is very nice and the space is quite large. However, the manager on the lounge side was unaccommodating. There is $50 per person minimum to sit down in the lounge and despite having just had a $500 dinner for 8 on the other side of the restaurant we were told a new minimum would apply. The tables in the lounge remained unoccupied right up until we left at midnight, so no benefit to either party.

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 (New England)·Dined on December 16, 2017

When we arrived I was really concerned about the very loud music and crowd. So it was a great surprise to get to the dining room, which was comfortable and where it was easy to have a conversation. A rare find!
The server was helpful and available without being intrusive.
The food was interesting and excellent, if a bit pricey.
We had a great time there, I will go back.
Just one thing puzzled me: our entrees were served on normal sized plates but there were large serving utensils on the plates. There was no other plate to serve to, just a normal entree with huge serving utensils stuck in it.....

Tags: Hot Spot, Fit for Foodies
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 (New England)·Dined on December 16, 2017

First time in the restaurant and we loved it. Food, service and low noise level were fantastic.

Tags: Good for Groups, Good Vegetarian Options
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 (New England)·Dined on December 15, 2017

Super fun with familiar Asian fare at reasonable prices but served extra well prepared with fine service and ambiance. Try the chef's specials for something really outstanding.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Fun
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 (New England)·Dined on December 15, 2017

Great food. Pretty restaurant. Nice people and service. I would like to come again.

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 (New England)·Dined on December 12, 2017

I would not recommend this resaurany to anyone. The prices were ridiculously high and the food mediocre. Our waiter was good but the kitchen service very slow.

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vip
 (New England)·Dined on December 10, 2017

We came early on a Sunday (and one other time as well) as we had tickets for an event at 7. Super fast service and excellent food. The place is enormous but is broken up into various rooms quite nicely to not feel so vast. Great service... AND gluten free menu is top notch.

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 (New England)·Dined on December 2, 2017

Wow, this place is worth every penny. Expect to spend 150$ for two people but the portions are huge. It's very different but just a wonderful vibe. I really enjoyed having my birthday here and would love to come back again with a group of friends.

Tags: Special Occasion, Worth the Drive, Good for Groups, Romantic, Good for Birthdays, Waterfront, Hot Spot, Good for a Date, Handcrafted Cocktails
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on November 28, 2017

Service is great. Food is excellent served quickly.

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 (New England)·Dined on November 25, 2017

Very good food but expensive. Don't think it was worth all the hype

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 (New England)·Dined on November 25, 2017

Gorgeous restaurant. Nightclub atmosphere. Felt like I was in Vegas! Food was fabulous as was the service. Will be back!

Tags: Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Bar Seating, Hot Spot, Good for a Date, Vibrant Bar Scene
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on November 24, 2017

First time dining at Empire and loved it! Fresh sushi, superb service, and great vibe in the dining room. Will definitely be back!

Tags: Hot Spot, Good for Birthdays, Handcrafted Cocktails, Happy Hour, Good for Groups, Healthy, Special Occasion, Fun, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine
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 (Tampa)·Dined on November 20, 2017

Enjoyed every minute

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 (New England)·Dined on November 17, 2017

We were receiving one of our cousins for the first time in Boston. She loved Empire just as much as we do! We were in Asia for the night and great music!

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