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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.
Boston, MA 02210
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
$31 to $50
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
Valet and discounted parking available.
Silver Line: Courthouse Station
Red Line: South Station
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 email@example.com to learn more.
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
Never take a large party here!!! I booked a reservation for 14 people for dinner and had people come from out of town for a moving away dinner. We had such a negative experience that we got up and left this restaurant and took our party elsewhere.
We grabbed some drinks at the bar and waited to be seated. Once we were seated the waitress said she needed to check our IDs- so we all gave our IDs. She then said that anyone from out of state needed to provide backup cards with your name on them. As the NYC crew in our group presented their IDs and backup the waitress decided to take their IDs to scan them. Again, no problem. One of our friends from NYC's ID wouldn't scan - a large red X came through which means that the card's scanning chip is broken. The manager came over and rudely and aggressively told him that the cannot serve him due to his ID not scanning. Our friend offered up 6 forms of backup ID with his name, and we even asked if he could run it through the local PD so that he could drink. Not only was the manager not willing to try to solve this problem with us, he also handled it in an extremely rude manner. Our group is all 28-34 years old and very easy going, so after realizing that he wasn't willing to try to find a solution we said okay fine, he wouldn't drink and we would stay enjoy our dinner. Then we ordered two large cocktails for the table, at which point the manager said he wouldn't serve those to our entire party due to the one ID not scanning. Again, the manner in which all of this was communicated by the manager was extremely rude and unapologetic. At this point we decided we wanted to spend our money somewhere where they actually wanted our business and where we weren't being spoken to in a rude and disrespectful manner.We walked down the street and went to a different restaurant and the food was amazing! They also made us several large cocktails and we had zero issues with our IDs scanning and we absolutely had an amazing experience!
We went for the sushi unlimited for my boyfriend’s brithday. The sushi was great and service was too. The food came out quickly- almost too quickly. We were in and out in under an hour and it didn’t make the occasion feel special. I asked a hostess to bring over a candle at the end of the meal for my boyfriends birthday, but they never did which was disappointing.
Made a reservation. I walk in, sat down at the bar waiting for the rest of my friends to arrive..got three drinks in total, two for me, one for my girlfriend. $50. I asked for the house prosecco and was charged $14 a glass. Then we want to be sat and it took the hostess forever to seat us even though we had a reservation and the place was dead. Then when we sit down, the server didn't come for 10 minutes and we order a drink and he asks for another form of id even though my id isn't vertical and is a mass id and walks away to scan my id. I've never been to a restaurant where they do that. Maybe at the door on weekends but this was middle of the week. Overall I felt uncomfortable and I tried to talk to a manager and there was nothing done about it. The food was ok but the way I was treated was not.
The menu was a lot different than last time I came so it took some getting used to . Fewer "Chinese" dishes, more Asian influenced. The food was good, I especially liked the curry lo mein. Portions were bigger than expected. Elegant décor. Bar section was hopping after 10ish, we sat in dining room. Server was very attentive. Good for our after ICA reception, as only a few minutes walk and stays open until 11pm, while most close at 10pm. Valet parking was convenient and reasonably priced, as we parked here, then went to ICA and came back for dinner.
Birthday dinner, group of 6, and we wanted to try for a 2nd time after a large group dinner of 13 previously. Food was mediocre for gluten free options. Service could have been more attentive and helpful with menu. Staff seemed annoyed with questions. Our table was stuffed against a large buffet so serving was awkward. Drinks are overpriced for size. Bar area is nice, and I recommend for couples, reservations are encouraged. Gets pricey for large group, and food is not that good.
Sushi was low quality... Toro was not fatty... in fact it was not from the cheek or belly of the fish. Pink in color it was likely Seshimo (nearer to tail). Not veins of fat or even specks were discernable... Rip off!
Specialty rolls were very basic and did not have depth and breath of flavor.
For a sophisticated consumer of Japanese food, especially sushi it is way overrated!
Out of Yellow Tail the night we dined there... Really???
You won't be disappointed at Empire! They offer valet for $18 which is a great deal for Seaport! I made reservations and was seated in sort of the back private room for our special occasion dinner. The place is gorgeous and the ambiance is amazing. Everything is cooked in an open kitchen and the music was awesome too! The food was orgasmic for us, we were literally swooning over every single bite. The waitress also comp'd our Fried Ice Cream! Such a nice experience and treat for our special day! Will be going back soon. :-)
We've been to Empire twice in the past couple of months. Although we've enjoyed it each time, there is one thing that will most-likely keep us from returning - the cost of the food. The food is pretty tasty, but the prices are a little steep. If you're willing to pay a little more to try some adventurous flavors, give this place a try.
Great spot for a fun dinner with friends - so many delicious options to share. Service is always good, and the location is perfect. Brought friends from out of town and they all loved it! Don't like the 1 check / 4 credit card per table policy though, seems silly.
This was our first time at Empire (party of five). The restaurant decor was very nice and the layout and table placement was comfortable. The service started good but tapered off as the restaurant got busy (to be fair, our server was doing the best she could). The food was hit or miss -- some loved their selection, others did not, and one steak dish came out cold. The food dislikes were unanimous among our group as we shared food with each other. The food cost is a bit pricey for a 50% chance of getting something fair (selections off the specials seemed to be better). The wine selection was nice but again, the prices were over the top. I do not mind spending money on wine but there was very few reasonably priced bottles (under $50). Also we went on a Saturday night and it must have been bachelorette party season because there were at least 4 to 5 different party groups. We really did not mind the bachelorette party groups but when they started getting loud when chugging scorpion bowls -- there were people around us that seemed put off by it. As long as you are not going for a quiet romantic dinner, you can be as loud as you want and it's fine.
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