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

4.5

value

3.9

Noise

Moderate

86% would recommend it to a friend

Good for Groups (32)
Good for a Date (31)
Special Occasion (30)
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Hot Spot (27)
Fun (22)
Vibrant Bar Scene (22)
Good for Birthdays (22)
Creative Cuisine (21)
Bar Seating (17)
Handcrafted Cocktails (17)
Good for Anniversaries (14)
People Watching (13)
Romantic (13)
Casual (10)
Waterfront (10)
Business Meals (8)
Authentic (7)
Fit for Foodies (7)
Happy Hour (6)
Late-night Find (6)
Cozy (5)
Worth the Drive (5)
Gluten Free Options (4)
Neighborhood Gem (4)
Tapas (4)
Healthy (4)
Great for Lunch (3)
Pre/post Theatre (3)
Quiet Conversation (3)
Seasonal (3)
Spicy (3)
Notable Wine List (2)
Scenic View (2)
Vegan (2)
Good Vegetarian Options (2)
Afternoon Coffee (1)
Live Music (1)
Organic (1)
Sunday Lunch (1)
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 (New England)·Dined 2 days ago

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 3 days ago

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 3 days ago

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

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 (New England)·Dined 6 days ago

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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·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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·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

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 28, 2017

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

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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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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 18, 2017

The food did not match the decor. We were disappointed and paid a lot for a so so dinner

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 (New England)·Dined on October 16, 2017

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.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Vibrant Bar Scene, Good for Groups
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on October 16, 2017

Really great atmosphere, amazing sushi. Good drinks too!

Tags: Great for Lunch, People Watching, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Handcrafted Cocktails, Special Occasion
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 15, 2017

Very poor and trashy clientele but nice design

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 (China)·Dined on October 14, 2017

Singapore noodle is super. Sushi is not v authentic though. Pepper calamari is good but the portion is quite big. Good for 5-6 people.

Tags: Hot Spot
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 14, 2017

Really enjoyed the experience. Reminded us of TAO in NYC.
Will return.

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·Dined on October 12, 2017

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.

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 (New England)·Dined on October 7, 2017

Amazing, they have something for everyone! Great mix of sushi, Chinese and Thai! It’s very hard not to enjoy it here, although a bit loud it was still fairly easy to have a conversation. I’d definitely go again!

Tags: Casual, Special Occasion, People Watching, Quiet Conversation
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 (New England)·Dined on October 4, 2017

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.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Late-night Find, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Bar Seating
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 (New England)·Dined on September 30, 2017

Empire is a fantastic restaurant with an Asian Fusion type of menu! The food is excellent and the service is also excellent.

Tags: Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Good for Birthdays, Business Meals, Special Occasion, Hot Spot, Bar Seating, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Anniversaries, Fun
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·Dined on September 27, 2017

Inbound attendees. Back for second year to empire - definitely amazing food!!!

Would have liked to split checks - wish that was an option.

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 (New England)·Dined on September 21, 2017

It was an amazing time

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 (New England)·Dined on September 16, 2017

A wonderful birthday for me and my wife! Excellent service and over all experience.

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for Groups, People Watching, Vibrant Bar Scene, Hot Spot, Healthy
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 (New England)·Dined on September 16, 2017

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.

Tags: Bar Seating, Hot Spot, Gluten Free Options, Good for Birthdays, Good for Groups
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·Dined on September 14, 2017

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???

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene
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