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The Empire Lounge and Restaurant, Louisville, CO

The Empire Lounge and Restaurant

4.2
4.2
237 Reviews
$30 and under
American

The Empire Lounge & Restaurant, located in Historic Old Town Louisville, has been a staple on Main Street since 2008. Serving American Comfort Food, with a style of its own, The Empire has something for just about anyone. The Empire was opened by Chef Jim Cohen and managed by his daughter, Lexi Scott, until renovations and a partial ownership change in Summer 2019. The Empire continues the tradition of excellent food in a comforting yet upscale environment under Chef Jeff Osaka. Jeff Osaka, like Jim, is also a James Beard nominated chef, who continues the Empire business partnership with Ken Wolf. Jeff Osaka also owns several Denver restaurants, including Sushi Rama and Osaka Ramen.

The Empire Lounge and Restaurant provides hometown hospitality with professional knowledge and passion. Relax amongst your closest friends or entertain your most important client. Either way, our doors are open for you.

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  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    American, Gastro Pub

  • Hours of operation

    Lunch Daily 11:00 am–3:00 pm Dinner Daily 3:00 pm–9:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (303) 665-2521

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive chef

    Bobby Garcia

  • Private party facilities

    Rooms available for up to 50 people.

  • Private party contact

    Lexi Cohen: (303) 665-2521

  • Neighborhood

    Louisville

  • Cross street

    Spruce

  • Parking details

    Parking available behind restaurant at the library.

  • Public transit

    One block from RTD bus stop serving both Denver and Boulder.

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wine

Menu

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What 237 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.2
4.2 based on all time ratings
  • 4.1Food
  • 4.1Service
  • 4Ambience
  • 4Value

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  1. JN

    JamesN

    Denver

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 20, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    I was excited to check this spot out after their summer renovations and we had such a nice dinner. I really enjoyed the gazpacho soup after a hot day. It was really balanced and delicious. The roasted romaine salad was excellent as well. Sierra helped us out and did and amazing job. I loved this experience and will be back again soon! The burgers here are outstanding!

  2. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on June 16, 2017

    overall5food4service5ambience5

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

  3. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Denver

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 10, 2017

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    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.

  4. FR

    FrontRangeTraveller

    Denver

    22 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on May 26, 2017

    overall4food4service5ambience4

    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

  5. IL

    ILoveLafayette

    Denver

    22 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on May 25, 2017

    overall4food3service5ambience3

    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.

  6. VR

    VicR

    Denver

    8 reviews

    4.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on May 19, 2017

    overall4food4service4ambience3

    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.

  7. F

    Foodie

    Phoenix

    40 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    40 reviews

    Dined on May 14, 2017

    overall3food4service1ambience4

    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.

  8. D

    David

    Kansas City

    23 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    23 reviews

    Dined on May 14, 2017

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Terrific service, good food, pleasant patio.

  9. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Western NC

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on May 13, 2017

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    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.

  10. a

    amandalien2008

    Denver

    12 reviews

    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on May 13, 2017

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    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 :)

  11. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Denver

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on May 12, 2017

    overall5food5service5ambience5

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

  12. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Denver

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 26, 2017

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    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.

  13. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Denver

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 26, 2017

    overall5food5service5ambience5

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

  14. ON

    OldNYer

    Denver

    99 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    99 reviews

    Dined on April 22, 2017

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    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.

  15. C

    Cathyod

    Denver

    12 reviews

    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on April 22, 2017

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great food! Service was wonderful! Would highly recommend

  16. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Denver

    16 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on April 14, 2017

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    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?!

  17. DF

    DiningwithFido

    Los Angeles

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on March 17, 2017

    overall5food4service5ambience5

    Fun evening at the Empire with friends. Always a good time - great atmosphere and service!

  18. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Denver

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 27, 2017

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Excellent food and service. Great dining experience.

  19. CF

    ChuckFromBoulder

    Denver

    15 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on February 15, 2017

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    We always love the Empire. Their staff is excellent and many have been there for years, which is always a good sign. Be careful when they offer you bread. It is freshly made and you can easily fill up on bread before your meal gets there!

  20. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Denver

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 14, 2017

    overall3food1service5ambience4

    We went on Valentine's Day. We were sat immediately as we had an Open Table Reservation. The staff was very friendly. The ambience is great; local, casual with good energy. However I thought the pricing was over the top for the portions and quality of preparation. Small plates and happy hour seem to the best value at this restaurant.

  21. FR

    FrontRangeTraveller

    Denver

    22 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on February 3, 2017

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Always a delight.

  22. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Denver

    6 reviews

    2.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on January 7, 2017

    overall2food3service2ambience2

    Booked a table for 6 before 9 pm on a Saturday. Our waiter was only okay but the kitchen was out of many of the entrees and the kitchen staff left before we got an opportunity to look at the dessert menu. Basically got kicked out of the place by 10:30 on a Saturday night. Won't be going back.

  23. IL

    ILoveLafayette

    Denver

    22 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on January 7, 2017

    overall2food1service4ambience4

    It is a beautiful space and they have one of the best bartenders in East Boulder County, but over and again the food totally disappoints. I ordered crab cakes, a special entree. $27 for four greasy, pancake thin, nasty tasting crab cakes, that had all-too-obviously been cooked on a dirty greasy flat top and smooshed with a spatula. Terrible. Husband had the burger, which was overcooked AND cold, a truly unhappy combination. This place makes me sad because I want to like it, need a place like this in my 'hood, but the food is just over priced and inconsistent.

  24. E

    Elle

    Denver

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 31, 2016

    overall2food1service2ambience4

    We have always loved the Empire but its been pretty hit or miss over the past year. This past visit may be our last sadly. The food at times is really quite poor, being half cooked or completely unappetizing. After waiting an hour for a lackluster meal we were presented with our (expensive) check with all of our dirty dishes stacked on the table in front of us. Friendly but poor service.

  25. A

    Alwaysgreat

    Denver

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on December 31, 2016

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    The service and food here are consistently great. I am a regular and always find something new or a familiar favorite.

  26. B

    Boulderblogger

    Los Angeles

    7 reviews

    3.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on December 31, 2016

    overall3food2service5ambience4

    Happy hour menu is limited.... food is just not worth the pricey bill. Super nice service, friendly bar staff.

  27. b

    btmdemo

    Denver

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on December 31, 2016

    overall4food4service4ambience4

    We went here for a New Year Birthday dinner. The first place we picked was booked solid, this was a fall back. I am very glad we couldn't make the first choice work. I've been by this place a dozen times and never went in because I assumed it was a typical bar and grill. It has the comfortable feel of a bar and grill, but the food and atmosphere are really top notch. Cheers!

  28. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Denver

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 31, 2016

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    The staff, Jim, Lexi, and our server Emily were OUTSTANDING. Knowledgeable about all the ingredients and menu items, and when something wasn't right, they went above and beyond to fix it. Reasonably priced and DELICIOUS and the service was extremely attentive but not intrusive. The house cocktails are impressive! Thank you! Our favorite restaurant in Louisville hands down. We will be back!

  29. MB

    MamaBird

    Denver

    5 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on December 31, 2016

    overall2food1service1ambience3

    We hadn't realized there was a modified New Year's Eve menu despite having days-ahead reservations; hostess and wait staff treated us like we were imposing on them at 5 pm (lots of "getting ready:" carrying up wine and beer, glasses, drying plates, which made for painfully slow service, we were never asked about having another drink, slight eye roll when I had to stop our server to ask for the check, when we'd been completely finished for 15 minutes and in our booth for over an hour total); mediocre food (house-cured bacon, rubbery mushrooms and lemon make for a strange confit); prices, at least for what we received, were high. Won't be back.

  30. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 24, 2016

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great customer service

  31. d

    dceater

    Washington DC

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on December 24, 2016

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    What fantastic service!!! The hostess was generous and incredibly helpful with a elderly handicapped individual. The waiter was exceptional and very kind. Really wonderful food and outstanding service. Love this restaurant!!!

  32. BM

    BroomfieldMom

    Denver

    15 reviews

    4.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on December 9, 2016

    overall4food4service3ambience4

    Service was strained on a very busy night, but an enjoyable night out nonetheless.

  33. BR

    BigRRW

    Denver

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on December 2, 2016

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    The food was excellent, server was very helpful and took great care of us

  34. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Denver

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 26, 2016

    overall3food3service5ambience2

    Great service. Food great but portions tiny. I had the $16-19 rice dish which although tasty was appetizer sized. Windows need replacing was a breeze from outside and freezing before they moved us.

  35. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Denver

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 10, 2016

    overall3food4service3ambience3

    I can't put my finger on it but they just seem to be trying to be something they are not. Food was good, service was okay but have no plans to go back.

  36. b

    bobbi

    Denver

    46 reviews

    5.0

    46 reviews

    Dined on November 5, 2016

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    Good food, great service, great location in heart of downtown Louisville

  37. B

    Blue

    Denver

    10 reviews

    2.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on November 3, 2016

    overall2food2service5ambience4

    Disappointed. Sorry. Our waiter was wonderful and the place is always so comfortable. But they have a new chef and there are menu problems. I spent $40 on mediocre food. None of the staples from the original Empire are on the menu. It is a very simple and unimpressive menu. It used to be a place for foodies and families. It is overpriced for what it is now.

  38. PS

    PassiveSolar

    Denver

    7 reviews

    3.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on October 24, 2016

    overall3food2service3ambience4

    I Have been to Empire at least 5 times in the last 9 months. This visit had way to many shortcomings. Food on the menu was not available, food ordered ran out before we were served. In general a mediocre experience and I can get that anywhere I go to empire to enjoy the oysters and everything else they do so well. What has been one of my go to places just completely under performed this time.

  39. TB

    TomB

    Denver

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on October 22, 2016

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Good food and Great service. Our waiter Daniel was excellent!

  40. MA

    MugsyAdair83

    Atlanta

    21 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on October 6, 2016

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Daniel was nicest provider ever. Great menu and food. Delicious.

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The Empire Lounge and Restaurant is rated 4.2 stars by 237 OpenTable diners.

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816 Main St. Louisville, CO 80027

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Spruce

  • Neighborhood

    Louisville

  • Hours of operation

    Lunch Daily 11:00 am–3:00 pm Dinner Daily 3:00 pm–9:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    American, Gastro Pub

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    Parking available behind restaurant at the library.

  • Public transit

    One block from RTD bus stop serving both Denver and Boulder.

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Bobby Garcia

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wine

  • Phone number

    (303) 665-2521

  • Private party facilities

    Rooms available for up to 50 people.

  • Private party contact

    Lexi Cohen: (303) 665-2521

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