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Empire

4.5
947 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Contemporary Asian
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  • Good for Groups
  • Good for a Date
  • Fun
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.
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Private dining
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Contemporary Asian, Sushi, Bar / Lounge / Bottle Service
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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
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Phone number
(617) 295-0001
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Payment options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Executive chef
Kevin Long
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Neighborhood
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Parking details
Valet and discounted parking available.
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Public transit
Silver Line: Courthouse Station
Red Line: South Station
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Special events & promotions
For private event please call Kerry Lynch at 617.262.3908 or email kerry@bneg.com to learn more.
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

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.

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What 947 People Are Saying
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4.3
service
4.5
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89% of people would recommend it to a friend
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5.0Dined 4 days ago

Awesome food, just wish they would serve about 1/4 of the food and charge 3/4 - I would pay it and feel better about the obvious waste.

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5.0Dined 4 days ago

Last minute decision to go and grab drinks. Didnt want to go to the club side so made a reservation about 10 minutes before arriving to ensure a seat. Great place

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3.0Dined 5 days ago

Good place for hanging out with friends and enjoying a quality DJ. Food was average and nothing special to talk about.

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3.0Dined 5 days ago

Food good. Ambiance a hoot. Service good. But it really comes across ultimately as a crazy large pan-Asian food court w very overly-priced (on a comparative basis) food. Paying for the decor and location. As regards location, convenient to ICA, where we had an event afterwards

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5.0Dined 6 days ago

Good food and great ambiance

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5.0Dined 6 days ago

Birthday was an absolute blast

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5.0Dined 7 days ago

Our waitress was AMAZING. Very nice. I would love to see her again.

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2.0Dined on April 14, 2018

We were very unhappy with our Waiter, Ryan? He's kind when he shows up at the table, but he didn't deliver and basically ignored us. It took forever to place an order, our water glasses were empty, just never around... and we spent over $300. This was our 3rd time at Empire in the past 5 weeks. Our experience this past time was not nearly what we expected. We spoke so highly of Empire to our friends. It was a bitter disappointment after our 2 prior experiences. Food was good, but not what we had experienced.

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5.0Dined on April 13, 2018

Always have a great time at Empire! Food is amazing, ambiance is fun/dark/loud, great for a girls night out!

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5.0Dined on April 13, 2018

It was wonderful I took my boyfriend for his birthday and we loved the food

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3.0Dined on April 8, 2018

It’s pretty lame and stupid that you have to stay outside in a long line with a bunch of people that are trying to get in to have drinks when you have a dinner reservation.
Why not make a separate entrance or have people show their dinner reservation at the front.
Also, they may want to train their outside bouncers to be less arrogant and more polite and friendly like greet people, smile and say hello back. They are not a police officer.

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5.0Dined on April 8, 2018

Amazing food and ambiance. Definitely coming back

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4.0Dined on April 8, 2018

Pros: Waiter was engaging and timely, appetizers, campfire s’mores and cocktails were great
Cons: House maki roll was a little surprisingly sweet; duck breast over-cooked; music too loud to hear my fiancée, lessening the overall experience

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4.0Dined on April 8, 2018

The service was great and decor was stunning. Drinks were satisfying. Typical Boston parking 15/20 dollars, unfortunately no valet. Food is high price, kinda dark inside people use there flashlights on their phone to read menu. Even though there was good music it was too loud and made it to hard to conversate. The Korean rubbed sirloin had no flavor very disappointing. Calamari was good, lobster sushi as well.

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5.0Dined on April 8, 2018

Everything about this place is amazing. Just be warned that the music is played loud everyone trying to talk over it can make it hard to hear.

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5.0Dined on April 7, 2018

Always delicious and always friendly staff, Mcmillen was great

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5.0Dined on April 6, 2018

Excellent food and service. Ambience was perfect for a late-ish Friday night dinner with friends. It is pricey, so be prepared to spend a good amount of money, but the quality of the food and service is worth it.

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5.0Dined on April 2, 2018

It was a strange easter day, when many of us needed to work, more then half of us didn’t make it to afterwork easter dinner. But couple of us spend a great evening and it was surprisingly relaxing. We did not know that the kitchen closes earlier so the rest of us got to meet somewhere else later. The dinner that we had at empire was amazing as always and lively service. We come there at list ones or twice a week with my family and get a round or top hidden table away from the corporate crowd. Service and people working there is always the top. Management is very friendly too. Cooks are doing the art work , not just food. Food taste is great. The variety of sakes - one of the best in town, including unfiltered. Cocktails - its the only failure: design is great and idea, but they don’t taste even close to what they supposed to. Rest of the things - great.

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1.0Dined on April 1, 2018

They didn't give me 100 points for booking through Open Table.

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5.0Dined on April 1, 2018

OMG! I think one of the best if not the best Asian restaurant we have ever been. Sooooo delicious. And portions are very generous. Dream to go back.

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4.0Dined on April 1, 2018

The music was so loud it was hard to hear my date but the food was so good.

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3.0Dined on March 31, 2018

Honestly, the food was pretty good, I have no complaints on the quality. However, I think that the prices are ridiculous. Nothing on the menu warranted its price, to the point where my date and I ordered based on what seemed to be acceptable (which was a difficult task). HOW is it acceptable to charge $25 for a maki roll with CRABSTICK, perhaps consider using some good crab meat for those prices. None of the sushi rolls sounded impressive enough to warrant ordering for their prices (which is unfortunate since I went there expecting to eat sushi). Everything else is just as expensive for very small portions. Would not return. I can get food that is up to par (and likely better) for much better prices. Plus, the atmosphere is cool, but then there is a large bright kitchen in the center which completely takes away from the rest of the dining environment.

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5.0Dined on March 31, 2018

I would love to return and try other items on the menu - the food was very fresh and very delicious. The decor and atmosphere is absolutely perfect.

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1.0Dined on March 29, 2018

our waitress could not care less about her tables, saw her maybe 3 times. I am gluten free and we stated that multiple times but because she was too busy standing at desk with other waiters and waitresses, she seemed to have forgot. Food was just placed at our table without any explanation or even "this is this dish". We asked every time if it was gluten free and got an answer 1/5 times. I got very very sick afterwards. Part of me believes that they did not take my allergy seriously because of the appearance of me and my date. Even if were young, you do not take an allergy lightly or as a suggestion. Very very very disappointed and do not recommend if you are diagnosed gluten free. Huge waste of money and time.

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4.0Dined on March 25, 2018

Empire is fantastic with amazing food and fantastic service. However, if you're not into a wild and crazy "club" scene avoid it on a Friday or Saturday evening. It's packed full of scantily clad 20-somethings who are bombed, loud and don't care who's watching. The music is so loud, you can't hear your waiter or anything else for that matter. Add to that, the kids screaming to communicate with each other.

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4.0Dined on March 24, 2018

It was great in terms of food and service. But felt rushed by the server, my number one “not-to-do” when dining out!

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1.0Dined on March 18, 2018

Worst experience ever!! Was treated horribly by their management, wrongfully accused of being an ‘irate’ and drunken customer. My date and I were seated at the kitchen counter, only to wait about 20 minutes before we finally flagged down a server. They said we weren’t assign a server but they’d get someone over right away. As we waited we saw one of the special table cocktails, a half watermelon which typically serves 4ppl. When our server finally came around we asked her if we could get one. She said she’d check. When she came back she said no, since there was only two of us. The drink was $72! We wanted to splurge for a special evening and get the fancy cocktail, even if they only filled it halfway. I asked if there was anyone else we could speak to so she sent over a manager. We mentioned we had been waiting a while for a server only now to be told we can’t order the beverage of choice. He then replied that we actually cannot be served any alcohol! That we were being irate and were clearly drunk. In no shape or form were we ever irate or showing any signs of being drunk. Our jaws dropped! We gathered our items and headed to the exit. We stopped another supervisor and he confirmed we were neither irate nor drunk, but he couldn’t overturn his managers decision. Stopped at another manager at the door who also refused to make it right! I wouldn’t recommend this restaurant to anyone who’s looking for a great experience, as ours was definitely ruined! I’ve never been treated so poorly at a restaurant!

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5.0Dined on March 18, 2018

Awesome sushi and amazing music. Later on at night, this place really heats up and becomes a party. Love coming here every single time!

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5.0Dined on March 17, 2018

Food and service was great. This was our first time at Empire and we enjoyed it.

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5.0Dined on March 17, 2018

Outstanding Asian cuisine in a beautiful setting. The restaurant itself is beautiful in design and architecture. They have rooms for private group events, and this is a wonderful option for business or larger gatherings. Sushi, Pad Thai, and traditional Chinese dishes served with top notch ingredients, and a different flair. A fabulous drink menu...the Painkiller, Mai Tai, and martinis were all tried with our group, and all delicious. Highly recommend!

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5.0Dined on March 15, 2018

Great food, great atmosphere. Will be back for sure.

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3.0Dined on March 5, 2018

We went for the sushi unlimited on a Monday, but unfortunately for us, this was the first week that it has been moved to Wednesdays. We ordered anyway, and the food was wonderful. The waitress was knowledgeable about the rest of the menu and very nice --but where was she hiding all night? The bus staff cleared our table efficiently, but when we wanted to add to our order and later get our check, we had to ask the bus staff to please find her. As it wasn't a busy night, I'm not sure where she was. The bar staff was the same. I'll keep coming back for the food (on Wednesdays now), but I wish the service was better.

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5.0Dined on March 3, 2018

Love empire always my go to spot. Food, drinks and ambience is amazing

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5.0Dined on February 27, 2018

It was an amazing unlimited sushi day

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5.0Dined on February 26, 2018

This was my first time at EMPIRE. We went for the Monday night special of unlimited Sushi for $29 per person. This is fantastic deal. The selection of Sushi offered on this special was quite extensive, and it was some of the best Sushi that I’ve had in a long time. The atmosphere and the service were also of the highest quality. We will definitely be back!

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3.0Dined on February 23, 2018

Birthday surprise didn’t happen which was disappointing for the kids

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5.0Dined on February 18, 2018

Great service, amazing food!!!

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4.0Dined on February 18, 2018

Great atmosphere. Variety of food from different regions in Asia. Maki rolls flavorful. Very good service. Loved the open kitchen design.

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1.0Dined on February 15, 2018

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.

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5.0Dined on February 14, 2018

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

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