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The Empire Lounge and Restaurant

4.2
250 reviews
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$30 and under
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American
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  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Good for Groups

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About

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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Cuisines
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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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Spruce
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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.
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Wine
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4.2based on all time ratings
4.1
food
4.1
service
4.0
ambience
4.0
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90% of people would recommend it to a friend
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5.0Dined on June 16, 2017

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

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5.0Dined 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.

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4.0Dined 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

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4.0Dined 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.

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4.0Dined 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.

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3.0Dined 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.

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5.0Dined on May 14, 2017

Terrific service, good food, pleasant patio.

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5.0Dined 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.

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5.0Dined 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 :)

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5.0Dined 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!

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5.0Dined 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.

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5.0Dined on April 26, 2017

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

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5.0Dined 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.

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5.0Dined on April 22, 2017

Great food! Service was wonderful! Would highly recommend

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5.0Dined 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?!

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5.0Dined on March 17, 2017

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

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5.0Dined on February 27, 2017

Excellent food and service. Great dining experience.

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5.0Dined on February 15, 2017

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!

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3.0Dined on February 14, 2017

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.

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5.0Dined on February 3, 2017

Always a delight.

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2.0Dined on January 7, 2017

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.

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2.0Dined on January 7, 2017

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.

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2.0Dined on December 31, 2016

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.

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5.0Dined on December 31, 2016

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

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3.0Dined on December 31, 2016

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

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4.0Dined on December 31, 2016

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!

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5.0Dined on December 31, 2016

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!

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2.0Dined on December 31, 2016

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.

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5.0Dined on December 24, 2016

Great customer service

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5.0Dined on December 24, 2016

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!!!

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4.0Dined on December 9, 2016

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

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5.0Dined on December 2, 2016

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

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3.0Dined on November 26, 2016

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.

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3.0Dined on November 10, 2016

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.

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5.0Dined on November 5, 2016

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

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2.0Dined on November 3, 2016

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.

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3.0Dined on October 24, 2016

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.

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5.0Dined on October 22, 2016

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

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5.0Dined on October 6, 2016

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

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1.0Dined on September 30, 2016

It must have been a very off night... They ran out of almost every main dish on the menu. And on a Friday? Service was obnoxiously slow because the did not let us know about the food shortage until 30 minutes after we ordered. The pork was overcooked and dry; paella, dry and tasteless. The bright spot was the 33% off discount on their (excellent) bottled wine list. What's happening, Empire?

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