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The Empire Lounge and Restaurant

250 reviews
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$30 and under
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  • Neighborhood Gem (372)
  • Fit for Foodies (279)
  • Good for Groups (159)

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Located in the heart of Historic Downtown Louisville, Empire Lounge and Restaurant offers seasonal, classic American bar food and inspired handcrafted cocktails.

Featuring local, organic ingredients whenever possible, award-winning Owner Jim Cohen & Chef Bobby Garcia use a mesquite wood fired grill resulting in dishes that have an incredible depth of flavor. Bar, lounge, dining and private party options available.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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American, Gastro Pub
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Hours of operation
Lunch: Tuesday-Saturday 11:00am-2:00pm
Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 4:00pm - 9:00pm, Friday - Satruday: 4:00pm - 10:00pm
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Phone number
(303) 665-2521
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Jim & Connie Cohen
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Private party facilities
Rooms available for up to 50 people.
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Private party contact
Lexi Cohen: (303) 665-2521
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Cross street
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Parking details
Parking available behind restaurant at the library.
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Public transit
One block from RTD bus stop serving both Denver and Boulder.
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Wine
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4.2  based on all time ratings
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OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on June 16, 2017

It was really nice and the we especially love the manager she is so amazing.

OpenTable Diner (Denver)
5.0  Dined on June 10, 2017

Top to bottom amazing experience at Empire. The food was outstanding, cocktails perfect, and service was spot on. My wife and I had never been before, but now it is sure to be a go-to spot for us. The Ruby Red Trout and Saffron Risotto were divine. I can't wait to go back and explore the menu further. It is well worth the cost, everything is handmade with care from the taste to the plating it was on point. Looking forward to our next trip over. The Empire has won over these two foodies.

FrontRangeTraveller (Denver)
4.0  Dined on May 26, 2017

A local favorite -- for a reason. Good food, warm hospitality, great outdoor patios and a casual atmosphere make The Empire one of our favorites. Never disappoints with a good and varied menu. Well worth the drive if you're not a local

vipOpenTable Diner (Denver)
4.0  Dined on May 25, 2017

A great daily stand by. I appreciate the consistency and basically good team that is running the place these days. A solid choice for dining out in Lafayette/Louisville.

OpenTable Diner (Denver)
4.0  Dined on May 19, 2017

Just checking out Gluten free rest and saw this pop up on open table nearby. For starters we had the figs wrapped in bacon sitting on top of some soft goat cheese. That was great. Bacon was crisp, figs were sweet and the goat cheese just helped it melt in your mouth. Wife had the saffron risotto and for dinner it was very good. I had the "fried chicken". Wow, had 2 legs/thighs and a huge chicken breast. Was lightly bread crumbed by very juicy and tasty. Came with mashed potatoes. Urp (I had to bring the breast home it was so much). Service was good, pretty fast, food was excellent.

vipFoodie (Phoenix)
3.0  Dined on May 14, 2017

Calmari salad, duck hash, crepe, eggs and home fries were excellent. However bacon soggy, and service poor. We got a dirty spoon ask hostess to fix and she NEVER CAME BACK EVEN AFTER WE MADE EYE CONTACT WITH HER WHEN SHE SEATED ANOTHER PARTY FIVE MINUTES LATER. WE WERE OVERCHARGED TWICE AFTER ASKING WAITRESS TO FIX IT. WE GAVE UP AND LEFT. WAS NOT SUPER BUSY SO NO EXCUSE.

vipDavid (Kansas City)
5.0  Dined on May 14, 2017

Terrific service, good food, pleasant patio.

vipOpenTable Diner (Western NC)
5.0  Dined on May 13, 2017

We were visiting the area. Empire had great reviews on line so we decided to give it a try. It did not disappoint. Great service, food and cocktails.

amandalien2008 (Denver)
5.0  Dined on May 13, 2017

It was great! Fast service good food and loved that they used local ingredients. The bacon wrapped dates and bison short rib tacos are a must try :)

OpenTable Diner (Denver)
5.0  Dined on May 12, 2017

Wonderful meal..the trout special, the mussels, meal balls, brussel sprouts salad,and calmari salad, all great, and the waitress was just a joy!

OpenTable Diner (Denver)
5.0  Dined on April 26, 2017

The ribeye steak was excellent. The meal came with sweet potatoes which also were super good. And of course the desserts were to die for.

OpenTable Diner (Denver)
5.0  Dined on April 26, 2017

We were a party of 8 and the food and service were great!

vipOldNYer (Denver)
5.0  Dined on April 22, 2017

The Empire Continues to Please

The menu was updated again with lot of new treasures to sample. The short-rib tacos and the Reuben were outstanding additions this time around.

We went in support of the Earth Day event that the owners of The Empire put together for downtown restaurants to make a donation to an environmental cause, and very much appreciate their community-mindedness. thank you!

The staff is always friendly and service is spot-on without being overbearing.

Cathyod (Denver)
5.0  Dined on April 22, 2017

Great food! Service was wonderful! Would highly recommend

vipOpenTable Diner (Denver)
5.0  Dined on April 14, 2017

I've have been coming to the Empire for years with my family and friends and it has always been a great venue but they have just revamped the menu and KAPOW! - It has taken a stratospheric leap in the right direction.
Go try it.
Friendly servers, buzzing bar area, booth seating in the main restaurant and high tops by the huge front windows - in good weather these are removed for a complete indoor/outdoor viewing experience. Summertime there's patio seating on the street. What more could you want? This place has it all. Did I mention the fantastic cocktails too?!