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425 Clifty Dr, Madison, IN 47250-1607
812-273-6868
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11:00 am - 2:30 pm
4:30 pm - 10:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Mon - Thu 4:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Mon - Fri 11:00 am - 2:30 pm
Fri 4:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Sat 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Dining options: Dinner, Reservations, Takeout

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  • 25
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  • 4
    Very good
  • 4
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  • 0
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  • 3
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Frequent lunch spot

The place for those of us who don't like the popular Chinese buffet. This place serves the best Chinese food in Madison, period.

5 of 5 starsReviewed October 20, 2015
blichlyter
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Hanover, Indiana
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Hanover, Indiana
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39 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2015 via mobile

The place for those of us who don't like the popular Chinese buffet. This place serves the best Chinese food in Madison, period.

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Thank blichlyter
Madison, Indiana
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12 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2015

When we're hungry and don't want to make something this is one of the first places we think of. Much better than the local Chinese buffet and the service is outstanding. The spicy dishes are "Madison spicy" so fee free to tell them to kick it up, especially the Thai dishes, which are excellent. This is a good place to... More 

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Thank Whoday53
Scottsburg, Indiana
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126 reviews
87 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 26, 2015 via mobile

Lunch with co-workers, seated when we walked in and well attended to. The food is ok, but we all have had much better Chinese food.

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Thank Scott R
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94 reviews
56 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2015 via mobile

Empress is out go to stop any time we are in Madison. Food is great and portion sizes are more than enough. Highly recommended.

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Thank Wdavis80
Louisville, Kentucky
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33 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 3, 2015

We took a drive to beautiful, picturesque Madison one pretty afternoon. We felt like good Chinese, not the fast food kind. I had looked up Chinese restaurants in Madison before we left Louisville and this one sounded good. Good!?? It was great!! We are very picky and pretty knowledgeable about Chinese food and sadly this is one area that Louisville... More 

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Thank MrsFoodieLouisville
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37 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 6, 2015 via mobile

The lunch specials are very good and well priced. The hot and sour soup is the best I've ever had. I would recommend the General Tao chicken with hot and sour soup. This is probably the best restaurant in Madison.

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Thank Ryan E
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14 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 6, 2015

I grew up in the area and Empress was our go-to for special occasions. I've since moved to the Indy area, and it has been very difficult to find a nice sit-down Chinese restaurant of the same caliber of Empress. The only food that I've had which has come close to surpassing Empress was prepared from a Chinese classmate of... More 

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Thank reagan2013
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 31, 2015

Sometimes you don't always appreciate what you have until it is gone. We just moved from Madison,IN to New Albany, IN. Here in New Albany, good Chinese food is a myth. It could be because we have eaten at Empress for so long that we expect all Chinese to taste this way, but I can't express how much we miss... More 

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Thank Mary M
Madison, Indiana
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25 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2015

The Empress Of China is by far the best Chinese restaurant in Madison! Everything is good, but I especially like the Mo Shoo Chicken.

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Thank Sandy B
Madison, Indiana
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90 reviews
79 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2014 via mobile

I cannot say enough good things about this place. My husband and I eat here often and have never been anything close to disappointed. Their food is fresh, delicious and served very fast! The owner and staff are very courteous and polite. I just moved here from Louisville, KY last year and worried I wouldn't be able to find a... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 425 Clifty Dr, Madison, IN 47250-1607
  • Location: United States  >  Indiana (IN)  >  Madison
  • Phone Number: 812-273-6868

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Chinese, Asian
Open Hours
Sunday
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Monday
4:30 pm - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 2:30 pm
Tuesday
4:30 pm - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 2:30 pm
Wednesday
4:30 pm - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 2:30 pm
Thursday
4:30 pm - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 2:30 pm
Friday
11:00 am - 2:30 pm
4:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Saturday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm

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