Empire Grill

4.7
125 Reviews
$41 to $100
Modern Australian
The Empire Grill Restaurant for over 30 years now has always been known as an establishment where one expects the finer touches to be an everyday standard and at the Empire Grill the very highest standard of individual attention is maintained.

The menu is a mix of modern Australian with European & Asian influences, utilising the finest & freshest of what the Geelong region has to offer.
What 125 people are saying
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4.7based on recent ratings
4.6
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4.9
service
4.4
ambience
4.4
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98% of people would recommend it to a friend
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JennyV
1 review
Dined on June 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Wedding anniversary dinner, haven’t been to Empire Grill for many years. Our experience was wonderful,the meal and service was exceptional.
Our dining experience made our night feel special.
Highly recommend, we will definitely be back very soon !

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PeneS
1 review
Dined on May 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As a group of 5 we had a very nice dining experience. The food is excellent and the staff are very attentive and pleasant. I would recommend it as a lunch venue and we have now been a couple of times and its always good.

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KGeeBee
1 review
Dined on May 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was outstanding. Highly recommended. Lunch exceptional value and quality.

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MaggieM
2 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

It's a special place, has never failed to provide an excellent meal to us and the service is excellent

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JodieL
1 review
Dined on May 2, 2021
Overall3food1service5ambience3

Service was great

Initially served flat Prosecco.

Food lacking delish flavours. :-(

JR
JulieR
1 review
Dined on April 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is fine dining at its best. We totally enjoyed 3 courses, so much better than other restaurants. The service was second to none. We are looking forward to returning in the next few weeks to explore some of the other menu options. Highly recommend the duck, a melt in your mouth experience.

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JanetS
2 reviews
Dined on April 16, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Wonderful ambiance, service was friendly and professional. Only a few minor errors with our food, e.g for main, veggies very hard to eat as they were under cooked, our meat and jus however, were perfect and full of flavour. The lemon tart was zingy and light, but the creme brulee was terrible and had to be sent back, BUT, we will gladly return as I am sure the hiccups were a one off. A very enjoyable evening, happy to recommend.

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CarolynR
1 review
Dined on April 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had the best meal and the service was great! Bit pricey but great for special occasion dining.

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SeanD
1 review
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great place, value and food. Well stocked wine cellar with a strong focus on local and sustralian wines.
I highly recommend this venue

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DavidW
1 review
Dined on April 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Has been our favorite special occasion restaurant for many years, hence we continue to keep going back.

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Stolky21
3 reviews
Dined on April 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Just a wonderful establishment that provides the best dining experience with fantastic personal service from the staff.

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LindaM
1 review
Dined on March 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic meal and great service. The waitress was exceptional

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Pickles
2 reviews
Dined on March 26, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Was pleased with an exceptional lunch , great value and delicious

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KirstenG
1 review
Dined on March 25, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Mushroom starter was amazing! Lamb back strap was fab too!

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Jacqueline
1 review
Dined on March 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love the duck !!!
Everything about our meal was perfect!
Can’t wait to go back!

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ANNEA
3 reviews
Dined on March 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

So thrilled to find a restaurant that will accomodate all of our food "challenges" - they even have a separate menu for Coeliacs. Quiet enough to hear our companions' conversations... Service, food and ambience were perfect and made for a memorable dining experience. Highly recommend.

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JarrodH
1 review
Dined on March 20, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Beautiful food and great service. Restaurant is looking a bit tired and dated though.

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BarryD
1 review
Dined on March 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a family celebration dinner. The senior waitress was amazing and the food was sensational.
The whole family had a great night.

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Mary
1 review
Dined on March 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were looking for fine dining to celebrate a special occasion in Geelong, not elsewhere but Geelong. It's really hard to find a place that fits celebrating something special that's also local without travelling to Melbourne or the one or two places in the Bellarine. This is a beautiful environment with beautiful food. Presentation, atmosphere, elegance... it's all there. The prices are not over and above other local establishments that are noisy and overpriced for what they offer. I would like to bring a couple of friends there to enjoy some time together just for the experience.

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OpenTable Diner
Toronto
1 review
Dined on March 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great ambiance and service

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IreneF
2 reviews
Dined on March 10, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

This is our second visit to Empire Grill, (we don't often get to Geelong) , and it did not disappoint. We had three different mains and all were excellent. Try it once and you will come back.

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Benjamin
1 review
Dined on March 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food and exceptional service. We will be back.

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ChrysC
1 review
Dined on February 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Never been here before but I’ll definitely be back! Amazing staff amazing food one of the best places I’ve been!

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JustineS
1 review
Dined on February 26, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

We always have excellent service at Empire Grill. Food was lovely as usual and our family all enjoyed our meals.

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vipDavidM
14 reviews
Dined on February 18, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Consistently good food. Efficient service. Reasonably priced wine list. Good gluten-free options.

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MargaretW
1 review
Dined on February 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The staff were helpful and knowledgeable and attentive . The food was delicious.

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Monika
1 review
Dined on January 28, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Great service and wonderful meal. Nice and quiet and intimate inside. Reasonably priced compared to like restaurants

MW
vipMarkW
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on January 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always an excellent dining experience such a wonderful staff and excellent food choices...always get a pesto roll and this restaurant never disappoints...must dine here when I’m in Geelong👍

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CarolS
1 review
Dined on January 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Empire Grill restaurant was everything that my wife and I wanted it to be to celebrate her birthday

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MarjorieB
1 review
Dined on January 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful food and se service as it has been for many years.

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LongV
1 review
Dined on January 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Delicious foods and friendly customers service. Love to come back again.

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Natalie
6 reviews
Dined on January 7, 2021
Overall3food4service5ambience3

The food was delicious. The chef didn’t have any jus for the steak but the other sauces were still delicious. The steak meals came with 6 potato wedges...I was expecting a little more for the price but was yummy all the same

The restaurant itself is tired and smells like it was smoked in back in the day. It’s attached to a motel so maybe that’s why...

The service was good but there were only 3 tables dining for lunch.

I found it a little odd that they played the radio, it did kill the dining vibe. I was hoping for a fine dining expierince as advertised but having the 80’s mix on was unusual. The waitress said the Spotify cuts in and out all the time, maybe the owner should download the playlist if there are internet troubles of seek alternative ways of proving music

Overall we were relatively satisfied with the food but we felt it was overpriced for the experience we received.

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IreneF
2 reviews
Dined on January 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Fabulous, well-presented food served by friendly and efficient staff.

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NevilleF
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

The young waitress who served us was outstanding - we loved the food, service, locality, everything on our 30th wedding anniversary.

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ReneW
1 review
Dined on December 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and knowledge of wines matching food.

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Lyndell
1 review
Dined on November 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Highly recommend to anyone looking for a a delicious meal

MW
vipMarkW
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on November 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always, Empire Grill doesn’t disappoint. Nicki our server, is best in class. Service is a high standard here and the dining experience, food quality and variety is a must dine experience when in Geelong. Highly recommend!

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CindyF
1 review
Dined on October 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Hands down the best meal we have had in years. Service was impeccable and food even better. My husband and I had the best 'date' night. Thank you

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GerardC
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We have been going to the Empire Grill for 30 years. Always excellent!

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julief
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Great food and service
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FAQs

Empire Grill is rated 4.7 stars by 125 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.