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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
  • 20
    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
Delicious Fine Dining

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... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 11, 2015
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Denver, Colorado
Good for:
  • Local cuisine
  • Special occasions
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Denver, Colorado
Senior Contributor
49 reviews 49 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
21 helpful votes 21 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 

Erie, Colorado
Contributor
16 reviews 16 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2015

I have driven past this place for years but one evening my wife and I decided to check it out. Its old looking and very unassuming but what a nice surprise. The staff and owner is very friendly and fast. The food was outstanding. We have been back several times and each time the dinners were prepared perfectly! Don't drive... 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, Guy! Glad to hear you were pleasantly surprised. Thanks again for the support - hope to see you soon! More 

Fayetteville, Arkansas, USA
Top Contributor
171 reviews 171 reviews
130 restaurant reviews
56 helpful votes 56 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2015

First visit to the Empire. Visited on a night where they had a whole fish special (mediterranean sea bass). It was prepared with many herbs and grilled. It was one of he best pieces of fish I've ever had! Everyone else seemed to enjoy their meals as well, and the portions looked big (too big, I'm sure). We also sampled... More 

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

Russell, thanks for such a wonderful review! We're so happy you were pleased with the Mediterranean Sea Bass - it's a favorite of ours too! Thanks again, and we look forward to your next visit! More 

Louisville, Colorado
Senior Contributor
46 reviews 46 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
61 helpful votes 61 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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Sani G, Public Relations Manager at The Empire Lounge & Restaurant, responded to this review

Thank you very much for your feedback. We'll definitely take your thoughts under advisement and examine where we can be more consistent with our practices. Hope to see you again soon! More 

Boulder
Top Contributor
50 reviews 50 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
34 helpful votes 34 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
63 reviews 63 reviews
48 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
89 reviews 89 reviews
63 restaurant reviews
25 helpful votes 25 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
158 reviews 158 reviews
70 restaurant reviews
81 helpful votes 81 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 

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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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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?