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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: 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
  • 35
    Excellent
  • 22
    Very good
  • 15
    Average
  • 12
    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
Much improved food with Great Common bar/table

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... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed June 6, 2015
David B
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Boulder, Colorado
Good for:
  • Special occasions
  • Local cuisine
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NYC
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81 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 96 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 

Level Contributor
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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242 reviews
190 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 107 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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21 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 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 26 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
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16 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
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 

Louisville, Colorado
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183 reviews
140 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 66 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
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56 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 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
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55 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 39 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 

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Additional Information about The Empire Lounge & Restaurant

Address: 816 Main St, Louisville, CO 80027
Phone Number: 303-665-2521
Location: United States  >  Colorado (CO)  >  Louisville
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
Average Prices: USD 10 - 15
Cuisine: Contemporary

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