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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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  • 11
    Excellent
  • 18
    Very good
  • 4
    Average
  • 5
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  • 0
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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
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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38 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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Romulus, Michigan
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4 reviews 4 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015

I always eat supper at the Village Inn when in the area. The staff is friendly and they have wide choice of good food at reasonable prices.

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

Thank you for telling people in the Trip Advisor community about The Empire Village Inn. We like having repeat, satisfied customers. We look forward to seeing you again the next time you are up here. More 

Manassas, Virginia
Top Contributor
102 reviews 102 reviews
51 restaurant reviews
58 helpful votes 58 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 9, 2015

OMG, all I wanted was a quick salad, and the order was taken quickly. But it set the kitchen staff to scramble to see if anyone present knew how to make the cherry vinaigrette salad dressing that goes on the featured (and relatively pricey) Michigan Salad. Three employees scurried around, one suggested how it might be made, and another went... More 

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

We are very sorry about your negative experience at Village Inn. Though there really is no excuse, in a way of explanation I'd like to say that We hire quite a few young students for the busy summer months (for many, this is their first job). We are making sure that, in the future, we will always have a veteran... More 

Oakley, California
Top Contributor
117 reviews 117 reviews
79 restaurant reviews
69 helpful votes 69 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 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
163 reviews 163 reviews
129 restaurant reviews
26 helpful votes 26 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 

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6 reviews 6 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
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
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119 reviews 119 reviews
80 restaurant reviews
64 helpful votes 64 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
Top Contributor
50 reviews 50 reviews
31 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
Senior Reviewer
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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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

Questions & Answers

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