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

4.4

service

4.4

ambience

4.6

value

4.0

Noise

Moderate

86% would recommend it to a friend

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Good for a Date (26)
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Good for Anniversaries (11)
Casual (10)
Romantic (10)
People Watching (10)
Fit for Foodies (9)
Worth the Drive (9)
Happy Hour (8)
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 (New England)·Dined 2 days ago

Great food and ambiance but indifferent service.

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 (Chicago)·Dined 2 days ago

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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 (New England)·Dined on December 28, 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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 (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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·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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 (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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 (New England)·Dined on December 18, 2017

Delicious! Great service.

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·Dined on December 17, 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 17, 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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·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 16, 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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 (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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·Dined on December 3, 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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 (New England)·Dined on November 28, 2017

Service is great. Food is excellent served quickly.

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·Dined on November 26, 2017

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

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·Dined on November 26, 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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 (New England)·Dined on November 25, 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 21, 2017

Enjoyed every minute

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 (New England)·Dined on November 18, 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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·Dined on November 18, 2017

I loved everything, the service was fantastic, music was perfect. We really appreciated everything on this place. Thanks

Tags: Hot Spot, Good for Groups, Vibrant Bar Scene
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·Dined on November 18, 2017

Food is fresh and delicious. Service is good, a little slow on the drinks, but courteous and functional. Good atmosphere. Valet parking a plus.

Tags: Good for Groups
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 (New England)·Dined on November 17, 2017

The calamari is the best around. Light with a little of spice twist. Can't seam to go to dinner and not order it.

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·Dined on November 12, 2017

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!

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 (New England)·Dined on November 11, 2017

Solid food and service and lo mein was a little dry. But the potstickers and entrees were outstanding!

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·Dined on November 11, 2017

It’s not what I expected after looking up the restaurant online. The food was good just very pricey and I thought there were way more options than what was on the menu.

Tags: Good for a Date
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 (London)·Dined on November 10, 2017

Love Empire. The food is amazing. We have eaten there numerous times with the same group of friends everyone loves it.

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·Dined on November 10, 2017

The food at Empire is delicious even though it is cavernous. Our waiter McKinnon was fantastic. Really as good as it gets for sweet personality and impeccable service.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (New England)·Dined on November 10, 2017

Singapore noodles are addictive. They are so consistently great no matter how many times we order them.

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 (New England)·Dined on November 10, 2017

Wonderful large restaurant with different options for seating a dinners party large or small. Love the bar stools overlooking the busy kitchen. Fabulous pear salad but my stirfry was bland. I will be back though!

Tags: Waterfront, Authentic, Hot Spot, Good for Birthdays
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·Dined on November 5, 2017

Great food and the service was even better. Will definitely be back again.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Scenic View, Romantic, Good for Groups, Hot Spot, Late-night Find
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·Dined on November 5, 2017

The waiter was nowhere to be found; waited 45 minutes to order main course after we waited 30 minutes to get our drinks.

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·Dined on November 5, 2017

The food was excellent, along with the service. Would recommend!

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (New England)·Dined on October 31, 2017

Beef skewers are among the best. Juicy on the skewer and slightly seasoned.

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 (New England)·Dined on October 28, 2017

Food I️ thought to be really average. Sauces were to syrupy food seems cold to touch

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 (New England)·Dined on October 25, 2017

Can't get enough of the Singapore noodles. Fresh light taste with a little heat. Very well done.

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·Dined on October 23, 2017

excellent food and fantastic service; a little on the noisy side but comfortable

Tags: Seasonal, Live Music
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 20, 2017

My 28th bday party

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