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Empire Village Inn

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11601 South Lacore Rd, Empire, MI 49630
231 326 5101
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11:00 am - 1:00 am
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Hours:
Sun 11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Mon - Sat 11:00 am - 1:00 am

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  • 9
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  • 18
    Very good
  • 4
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  • 4
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    3.5 of 5 stars
Most recent review
Exceeds expectations

From the outside the Empire Village Inn isn't impressive but it's actually a professionally run pub masquerading as a small town sandwich shop. During a busy lunch service we found our server to be quick and friendly and there were a couple of local craft brews on tap. I had New Holland Palooza... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed September 12, 2014
Michael K
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Oakley, California
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Oakley, California
Top Contributor
112 reviews 112 reviews
74 restaurant reviews
66 helpful votes 66 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2014

From the outside the Empire Village Inn isn't impressive but it's actually a professionally run pub masquerading as a small town sandwich shop. During a busy lunch service we found our server to be quick and friendly and there were a couple of local craft brews on tap. I had New Holland Palooza - made with locally grown hops (we... More 

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3 reviews 3 reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2014 via mobile

We ordered a deluxe pizza, nachos, and spicy buffalo wings to go. The pizza was hot but tasted average. The wings were pretty good but definitely spicy. They forgot the dipping sauce for the wings. The nachos were just okay- the meat was cold and there wasn't much of it, mostly cold melted cheese and a pile of lettuce. $12... More 

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Grayling, Michigan
Top Contributor
127 reviews 127 reviews
103 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2014

Went here to get a pizza which was very good. Fast service and friendly help and just a nice feel inside good sized menu wit a large variety of options

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Villageinnempire, Public Relations Manager at Empire Village Inn, responded to this review

Thank you for taking the time to share your experience at the Empire Village Inn. We are glad you enjoyed both our food and service. Please come back and visit us again soon. More 

Senior Reviewer
6 reviews 6 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2014

Food was filling. Price was right. Service fast. 5 stars for that. Its a mom n pop on the middle of Empire, dark inside, decor os dated. But quaint amd satisfying. Would eat here again.

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Villageinnempire, Public Relations Manager at Empire Village Inn, responded to this review

We are happy you enjoyed visit to our admittedly "up-north" little restaurant. Thank you for your review, we look forward to chance to serve you again. More 

Fairfax, Virginia
Top Contributor
105 reviews 105 reviews
73 restaurant reviews
57 helpful votes 57 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2014

We drove from the south to Empire on Michigan highway #22 to visit Sleeping Bear Dunes and came upon this bar and pizza place just when we needed it because the highway south from Empire is much lacking in facilities, though it is a very scenic route. The place is very popular, at least in the summer. In fact, it... More 

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Villageinnempire, Public Relations Manager at Empire Village Inn, responded to this review

Thank you for your kind review of the Empire Village Inn. I will pass the word on to Colleen and let her know that her meatballs where a hit. Thank you for choosing us, we hope we get a chance to serve you again. More 

Michigan
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14 reviews 14 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2014

We stayed in Empire for a long weekend and visited this restaurant on more than one occasion. Service was excellent, people were courteous and food was delicious (especially breakfast). This place is visited by locals and tourists both and can get very busy. Prices are very reasonable.

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Villageinnempire, Public Relations Manager at Empire Village Inn, responded to this review

Thank you for sharing your experience. We look forward to serving you again. More 

YPSILANTI
Senior Contributor
47 reviews 47 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

After a day on Sleeping Bear Sand Dunes and a dip in Lake Michigan, the kids were ravenously hungry. The consensus was pizza. Fortunately awesome thin crust pizza is served at Empire Village Inn, a local bar just around the corner from the National Park Service visitor center in Empire. Enjoyed pitchers of micro brewery root beer and plates of... More 

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Villageinnempire, Public Relations Manager at Empire Village Inn, responded to this review

Thank you for visiting the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore and for choosing the Empire Village Inn. And thank you for your enthusiastic review of our pizza. High praise to have your family members of Italian decent give a "thumbs up" to our thin crust pizza. It is great to hear from other fans of the "thin crust" (not that... More 

Stevens Point, Wisconsin
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10 reviews 10 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

We picked up 2 pizzas. Not the greatest tasting. Service wasn't good, but they were busy. There are not many options, and all run by the same group anyway.

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Addison, Illinois
Senior Contributor
26 reviews 26 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2014

We stopped here after Sleeping Bear Dunes on way back to hotel. Food was good, waitress very nice and informative about area, little pricey but generous portions.

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Villageinnempire, Public Relations Manager at Empire Village Inn, responded to this review

Thank you for making Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore and The Empire Village Inn part of your vacation. We are pleased to hear that you had a pleasant experience in our restaurant. We look forward to serving you again. More 

West Coast, Michigan
Senior Contributor
23 reviews 23 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

We ate Dinner here and watched the Tigers game. Very nice service and great food menu. Not very busy. It also has a Ice Cream/Deli next door.

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Villageinnempire, Public Relations Manager at Empire Village Inn, responded to this review

So you have found our other two businesses in Empire. Thank you for sharing your experience at the Empire Village Inn. We look forward to serving you again. More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 11601 South Lacore Rd, Empire, MI 49630
  • Location: United States  >  Michigan (MI)  >  Leelanau County  >  Empire
  • Phone Number: 231 326 5101

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: American
Open Hours
Sunday
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Monday
11:00 am - 1:00 am
Tuesday
11:00 am - 1:00 am
Wednesday
11:00 am - 1:00 am
Thursday
11:00 am - 1:00 am
Friday
11:00 am - 1:00 am
Saturday
11:00 am - 1:00 am

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?