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Empire Village Inn

11601 South Lacore Rd, Empire, MI 49630
231 326 5101
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Ranked #4 of 7 restaurants in Empire
Cuisines: American
Most recent review
- Aug 15, 2014
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English first
Michigan
Senior Reviewer
9 reviews 9 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 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
41 reviews 41 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 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
25 reviews 25 reviews
6 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
22 reviews 22 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 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

Grand Blanc, Michigan
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3 reviews 3 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2014

The food is great! Good chili and pizza. I was charged $4.50 for a very tiny side of bad coselaw. They put my name in as " no name" and didn't tell me when my food was ready. Me and my bf were really insulted: (

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

Thank you for your input about the Village Inn. We are constantly striving to improve our business & we find feedback like yours very valuable. I surmise from your review that you had a bad experience with ordering takeout because "no name" was on your order. On in-house orders the servers name and table number are recorded. The staff member... More

Senior Reviewer
10 reviews 10 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2014

My boyfriend and I stopped in to order a pizza to go last weekend, the service was good and fast. The pizza was very delicious after a few hikes!

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

Thank you for sharing your experience at the Empire Village Inn. We look forward to seeing you again. More

Traverse City, Michigan
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2014 via mobile

This was my first time here and I would come back again. Ordered the Italian Stromboli and a small pizza. Food was great and the bartender was friendly. Some of their prices were a little high, but not ridiculous. They have a decent beer selection with Bell's on tap. The place doesn't look appealing from the outside, but the inside... More

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East Lansing, Michigan
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11 reviews 11 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2013

We stopped here for lunch after making the drive from downstate. They have a large TV in view of the booths and tables, so we were able to watch the Michigan State game without having to sit at the bar. (Nothing was wrong with the bar; it was just mostly locals in for a drink.) The pizza was greasy and... More

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Beijing, China
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12 reviews 12 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2013

The waitress was super busy as there wasn't an empty table, but she was on the ball. Service was great, as was the pizza, calzones and burgers. Great food after the Sleeping Bear Dunes hike.

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