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The Empire Lounge & Restaurant

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816 Main St, Louisville, CO 80027 (Spruce)
One block from RTD bus stop serving both Denver and Boulder.
303-665-2521
Today
4:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Closed now
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Hours:
Sun 4:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Tue - Thu 4:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Fri - Sat 4:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Dining options: Reservations
Description: Located in the heart of Historic Downtown Louisville, Empire Lounge and...
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 Executive Chefs Jim & Connie Cohen use a mesquite wood fired grill resulting in dishes that have an incredible depth of flavor. Empire recently received Zagat ratings that places them in the top ten restaurants on Colorado’s front range. Bar, lounge, dining and private party options available.
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Good for:
Casual Dining
Local cuisine
Special occasions

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Visitor rating
  • 32
    Excellent
  • 17
    Very good
  • 15
    Average
  • 12
    Poor
  • 7
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Most recent review
hit or miss

I've eaten at Empire frequently and found that it varies a lot, some times it is great, and other times it is so-so. They need to improve the consistently. It has a great location and atmosphere.

3 of 5 starsReviewed March 17, 2015
genevakiwi
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Louisville, Colorado
Good for:
  • Casual Dining
  • Local cuisine
  • Special occasions
  • Reservations
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Louisville, Colorado
Senior Contributor
41 reviews 41 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
55 helpful votes 55 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

I've eaten at Empire frequently and found that it varies a lot, some times it is great, and other times it is so-so. They need to improve the consistently. It has a great location and atmosphere.

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Boulder
Senior Contributor
45 reviews 45 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 11, 2015

I met a friend here for dinner 2 weeks ago on a very snowy night. We had a reservation although with the weather we wouldn't have needed one. I really like that they keep a big bottle of water on your table so you can refill your water, or they can. The food here is delicious- you can design your... More 

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Sani G, Guest Relations Manager at The Empire Lounge & Restaurant, responded to this review

Thank you so much for coming in, your kind words, and your support! We greatly appreciate the feedback and look forward to your next visit!! More 

Louisville, Colorado
Contributor
11 reviews 11 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

We take out of town guests here because the food is really excellent. Service is good. Very nice urban-comf upscale atmosphere. I can never resist getting the calamari salad as an appetizer or share -- unique lovely flavor and texture. I've even ordered it as a main dish. Excellent menu of fresh wonderfully prepared unique items. Consistently good. Last summer... More 

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Sani G, Guest Relations Manager at The Empire Lounge & Restaurant, responded to this review

Emilie, thanks so much for your kind review and continued support. We very much look forward to your next visit - we'll have the calamari salad waiting for you! ;) More 

Broomfield, Colorado, United States
Top Contributor
61 reviews 61 reviews
46 restaurant reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 14, 2015

Dined at the Empire Lounge last Sunday with my in-laws. It was very slow in the restaurant (I'm guessing due to the Broncos loss) but our waitress was very pleasant and attentive. The rustic bread they start you with is absolutely delicious and we had an array of meals and salads brought to the table. Everything was very flavorful and... More 

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Sani G, Guest Relations Manager at The Empire Lounge & Restaurant, responded to this review

Thanks so much for coming in & for your awesome review. We appreciate your support! More 

Lafayette, Colorado
Senior Contributor
48 reviews 48 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2015

We frequent the Empire when we are wanting a good meal and a good cocktail. The Empire consistently delivers on both each time. We love the energetic vibe of the bar area and we can always find something we love, whether it is their blackboard specials or their season changing menu. In the summer, it is one of the hotspots... More 

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Sani G, Guest Relations Manager at The Empire Lounge & Restaurant, responded to this review

Thank you so much for your kind review, we appreciate the support and hope to see you again soon! More 

Denver, Colorado
Top Contributor
81 reviews 81 reviews
56 restaurant reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2014

Usually have fairly good meals at Empire. Nice atmosphere, great cocktails and beer selection. Salads are tasty, especially the kale. This time ordered the beef short-rib special as my entree. Had to send back as it was all visually all fat. Should never have been plated. Service is always attentive.

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Sani G, Guest Relations Manager at The Empire Lounge & Restaurant, responded to this review

We appreciate the feedback very much, thank you for your continued patronage and support & we look forward to making sure you receive 100% satisfaction at your future visits! More 

Superior, Colorado
Top Contributor
125 reviews 125 reviews
54 restaurant reviews
70 helpful votes 70 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2014

I really like the Empire, though I like it best in the summer so the windows and doors are open & it just feels a little more open and airy. This is an old town, so the buildings are old an small which makes it quaint. The food is really good, I like the Blackboard fish, its ever changing, the... More 

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Sani G, Guest Relations Manager at The Empire Lounge & Restaurant, responded to this review

We appreciate the kind words & feedback, Ross, & hope to see you again very soon. Take care! More 

Denver, Colorado
Senior Contributor
39 reviews 39 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2014

The Empire is a great local gathering spot where even non locals feel welcome. Warm atmosphere and a varied menu to suit anyone looking for something light to heart warming. Years ago this was a family Italian place and under new management, they have kept the Italian style and yet yielded to other varied tastes. The wine list could use... More 

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Colorado
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15 reviews 15 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2014

This restaurant is way overpriced for what you get. The food is okay, the service is okay, the ambience is fine, but those prices are absolutely ridiculous.

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Senior Contributor
28 reviews 28 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

Thanks to Empire's invitation to visit their place again, so we did! We chose better this time, I had meatballs and husband had the lamb, both tasted great! Service is excellent as usual. The menu could use some addition, maybe some seafood? The place is packed, so there's something that brings people to Empire, I suggest to give it a... More 

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Sani G, Guest Relations Manager at The Empire Lounge & Restaurant, responded to this review

Thank you for coming in again to see us, Tess, we appreciate your support and feedback! Hope to see you again soon! More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 816 Main St, Louisville, CO 80027
    (Spruce)
  • Public Transportation: One block from RTD bus stop serving both Denver and Boulder.
  • Location: United States  >  Colorado (CO)  >  Louisville
  • Phone Number: 303-665-2521

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 10 - 15
  • Cuisine: Contemporary

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Good for: Local cuisine, Special occasions

Description

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 Executive Chefs Jim & Connie Cohen use a mesquite wood fired grill resulting in dishes that have an incredible depth of flavor. Empire recently received Zagat ratings that places them in the top ten restaurants on Colorado’s front range. Bar, lounge, dining and private party options available.
Open Hours
Sunday
4:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Tuesday
4:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Wednesday
4:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Thursday
4:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Friday
4:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Saturday
4:00 pm - 10:00 pm

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  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?