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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
My reservation was for 9pm and they could not fulfill the reservation. I had called to confirm 9pm would work and showed up early. I waited over an hour past my reservation time until I decided to go elsewhere. The staff was overwhelmed and completely overbooked. Several customers were waiting and wanted answers. Terrible experience.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.....
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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