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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
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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: Dinner, 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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Visitor rating
  • 36
    Excellent
  • 24
    Very good
  • 15
    Average
  • 13
    Poor
  • 7
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
One of our favorite spots in Louisville

This is one of our favorite restaurants in downtown Louisville. It has some great signature dishes, fish and meat options, and wonderful Mojito's! Also, their house wine is very good and a great value.

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 5, 2015
Bette H
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Colorado
Good for:
  • Special occasions
  • Local cuisine
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English first
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6 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2015 NEW

It was recommended to get the Hoisin Ribs and that was a good recommendation for sure. Loved them. We also enjoyed the calamari and the kids really enjoyed their meals too. Fantastic. I would definitely go back!

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

Thanks so much for the kind words, Lisa. I'm glad you enjoyed the Hoisin Ribs and calamari - great choices! I hope you'll come see us again. Have a wonderful day! More 

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2015

Beautiful night great drinks, but appetizers were not good. Also the waitress was very rude and impatient when we didn't order entree. Hey, if appetizers not good then why order more food?

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

Stephen, thank you so much for bringing these issues to our attention. Your feedback goes a long way in helping us improve our service. Can you please let us know who your waitress and what your appetizer was, so that we can resolve the problem? Please email us at our social account, empirelouisville@gmail.com so we can arrange a gift card... More 

Colorado
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11 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2015

This is one of our favorite restaurants in downtown Louisville. It has some great signature dishes, fish and meat options, and wonderful Mojito's! Also, their house wine is very good and a great value.

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

Bette, thanks so much for the great review. We're honored to be your favorite & look forward to you coming back. Have a great day! More 

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38 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2015

This is a good little spot for an excellent burger. The highly-touted Mac and cheese isn't remotely related to the Kraft version - if you are expecting a mild taste, you'll be disappointed. First time I've ever seen my foodie husband fail to come close to finishing a dish. Pungent and bitter; but if very serious cheese flavor is what... More 

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

Thank you for the kind words & feedback. I'm glad you enjoyed your burger and that your overall experience was worthwhile. We look forward to your next visit - take care! More 

NYC
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83 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 97 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2015

A friend of a friend who lives in Louisville recommended this place. Nice menu with a great waitstaff and really good food. The pork ricotta meatballs on polenta were amazing and the lumacha pasta was delicious and cooked perfectly!! Great little "boards" at $6 a pop let you sample a lot of the choices. Highly recommended!

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

Thanks for the awesome review and compliments! I'm glad your friend suggested us and that you enjoyed everything. We look forward to taking care of you again - take care! More 

new york
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15 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2015

5 adults and 1 child went here, 3 of us visiting from NY. We ordered various appetizers to share, a couple of entrees and 2 desserts. Everybody LOVED everything and the meatballs were particularly outstanding. 1 person said his chick pea pasta dish was one of the best pasta's he'd ever eaten. Beautiful atmosphere with rustic feel. Service was excellent.... More 

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

Thanks for the great review & feedback! We're glad that everything was up to your standards and I'm happy to know that everyone enjoyed the visit. We appreciate the compliments on the meatballs! We hope to see you again soon, take care! More 

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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2015

The quality of food and service in this restaurant is beyond compare. I love that they use local fresh ingredients, everything was really top notch. I really can't say enough about this place. A little tip; go on Sunday. You never have too much trouble getting a table. Also if you sit in the bar you get happy hour deals... More 

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

Thanks so much for the feedback & compliments! We really appreciate your support and I'm happy to hear that everything was up to your standards. Thanks again and we look forward to seeing you again. Have a great day! More 

Boulder, Colorado
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261 reviews
208 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 110 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 6, 2015

Louisville has become this incredible place for sidewalk cafes, restaurants and events. We were there for "Art Walk" where galleries and shops display local artists work and serve wine, cheese, crackers. We stopped in to the Empire for drinks and dinner. We were seated at the bar/table in the front of the restaurant that is open to the sidewalk, sitting... More 

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

Thanks so much for the kind words, David. I'm so happy to hear that you're pleased with what our restaurant has become. We appreciate your continued support and look forward to seeing you again. Take care! More 

Kansas City, Missouri, United States
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22 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2015

I love Mom & Pop restaurants, especially those that have been around awhile. The Empire has all the indications that it meets these requirements. I was in the area last weekend and had the pleasure of discovering old town Louisville. The menu offered a good range of cuisine but was not necessarily large. The also had several daily specials. I... More 

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

Thanks so much, Harry! I'm happy to hear that you were satisfied with the Coal Miners Mac & Cheese- that was a great choice. We look forward to seeing you again, take care! More 

Denver, Colorado
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48 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2015

I've been here multiple times for business dinners and have liked most of what I've ordered. All the salads are unique and tasty (Calamari salad is the best of the bunch), the Lamb and Duck are the best entrees, I've also had the mussles and the risotto but those were a bit salty. Great place to hold business dinners, warm... More 

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

Thank you for the kind words! I'm happy to hear that you enjoy our unique salads - the Calamari Salad is a great choice! We appreciate you taking the time to review our business. We look forward to seeing you again, take care! 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: Special occasions, Local cuisine

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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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?