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The Empire Lounge & Restaurant

816 Main St, Louisville, CO 80027
303-665-2521
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Ranked #17 of 81 Restaurants in Louisville
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Price range: $10 - $15
Hours:
Sun 4:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Tue - Thu 4:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Fri - Sat 4:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Cuisines: Contemporary
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Good for: Local cuisine, Special occasions
Dining options: Reservations
Dining style: Casual Dining
Cross street: Spruce
Transit: One block from RTD bus stop serving both Denver and Boulder.
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.
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Arlington, Tennessee
Senior Contributor
41 reviews 41 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2014 NEW via mobile

Great drink selection, food is good albeit a bit eclectic. Had a plate of assorted meat, cheese, and pickled vegetables for an appetizer which was excellent. Had the fish special of the day (a dill salmon dish) that was very good. Service was good (had a trainer shadowing an experienced waitress.)

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New York City, New York
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4 reviews 4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

Our first visit to The Empire will certainly not be our last! With a seasonal menu centered around a charcoal grill, Chef Jim Cohen turns his talent to preparing Just Great Food, the kind that you'd want to have at home but you don't know how to make it: Buratta crostini with sliced, vine-ripe Heirloom tomatoes and a generous sprinkling... 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 awesome review, Floy! We hope to see you again very soon! More

Durango, Colorado
Senior Contributor
35 reviews 35 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2014

A lovely place for a date on the patio outside on Main Street or sit in a cool setting inside. The restaurant/bar seems more of an upscale restaurant than a bar to me, but offers a great ambience. We love their salads, burgers, drinks, appetizers, and entrees. The service is good and the prices are reasonable. It is a fun,... More

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

Thank you very much for coming in & for your kind words! Glad you had a wonderful experience with us - your feedback is helpful! Thanks again and hope to see you soon! More

Boulder, Colorado
Top Contributor
199 reviews 199 reviews
163 restaurant reviews
54 helpful votes 54 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2014

First visit to The Empire, which had been on my "to try" list when in downtown Louisville. As we sat down, we were presented with both the regular dinner menu and a "chef's menu", which included two entrees. However, neither entree on the chef's menu was available that night ... at 6:30pm. Odd ... but no worries. Items on the... More

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Broomfield, Colorado
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109 reviews 109 reviews
71 restaurant reviews
55 helpful votes 55 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2014

My wife and I went to the Empire for the first time on a slow Wednesday evening, and have to say we were underwhelmed by the food and service. We started with an order of raw oysters and, although quite good, at $3.50 per oyster, we found the price not in line with other restaurants. I had the grilled cheese... More

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

Hi George, I'm terribly sorry that we didn't impress you on your last visit. I'd certainly like to show you that we're capable of awesome food and fantastic service. We'd love to make this up to you. Can you please email us at our social account so that we can rectify this situation? empirelouisville@gmail.com. Hope to hear from you soon... More

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18 reviews 18 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

We heard a lot of great reviews so we tried Empire for dinner on Father's Day after living in Louisville for 10 years. Unfortunately, it was a disappointing dinner. Nothing fancy, very limited menu. My sandwich was tasteless and my husband's burger was ordinary. Not going back. Sorry.

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

Hi Tess, Thank you for your feedback. We'd greatly appreciate more detail from your visit so that we can make sure to improve our services in the future. If you wouldn't mind emailing our social account so that we can ask more questions, we'd greatly appreciate it: empirelouisville@gmail.com. Thank you! More

Denver, Colorado
Senior Contributor
40 reviews 40 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2014

I met a friend for a business dinner and was pleasantly surprised by the variety and complexity of The Empire's menu. We both started with the Caprese salad with heirloom tomatoes...the homemade Mozzarella was the softest, creamiest I've ever tasted. The tomatoes seemed to be bits and pieces from leftover tomatoes used elsewhere and the light Olive Oil vinegarette was... More

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

Thank you for your detailed feedback and kind review, we're very glad you enjoyed dinner & hope to see you back again soon! More

Sidney, Nebraska
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4 reviews 4 reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 11, 2014

Great atmosphere, food and service. Down town Louisville is very charming. Calamari salad is amazing!

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

Thank you for the kind review, so happy you enjoyed your dining experience at Empire and the town of Louisville! We hope to see you back soon! More

sarasota
Top Contributor
70 reviews 70 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2014

This is a place frequented by members of my family for a number of years, Its cuisine is unfailingly excellent; the wine offerings are seemingly limitless and the service is prompt & courteous.

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

Thanks so much for your kind words, we hope to see you back here very soon! More

Louisville, CO
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31 reviews 31 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014

Chef Jim Cohen has cooked at some of Colorado's finest restaurants. For his own, he wanted to create a great "neighborhood joint". He succeeded. The food is first rate with very good service in a casual, comfortable atmosphere. Lot's of places for a burger/pizza/taco in Louisville and we go to all of them. But, for a dinner, it's always The... More

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

Thanks so much for your review, we very much appreciate the time you took to leave us the feedback. Hope to see you again soon! More

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