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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
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch

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Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    3.5 of 5 stars
Great pizza

This is a small bar/diner just before entering the park. The staff was friendly and the pizza was great. Just the thing to fill you up before heading off to the dunes.

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 13, 2015
mike and jen h
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West Bend, Wisconsin
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Holland, Michigan
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14 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2015

Ordered take-out twice while staying down the road. Pizza was good, very greasy though. They forgot the dressing on our salad the second order. And gave us the wrong side with the kids meal. Food hit the spot after a long day hiking and sight-seeing, but it's nothing spectacular and a little overpriced, but it's to be expected in a... More 

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West Bend, Wisconsin
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2015

This is a small bar/diner just before entering the park. The staff was friendly and the pizza was great. Just the thing to fill you up before heading off to the dunes.

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

Thank you for your generous review of the Empire Village Inn. We hope you visit our are again and give us another opportunity to serve you. More 

Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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5 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2015

Wow, the parmesean crust pizza was so delicious! We were pleased to have great food available for take out, something we could pick up after a long day on the beach and take with us back to our resort, which was just minutes away. They had our food ready within 15 minutes of calling in the order, everything was fresh... More 

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

Wow, thank your for your very kind review of The Empire Village Inn. We are glad you enjoyed our food and service. We hope you visit our area again. More 

Grand Rapids MIchigan
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245 reviews
152 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 99 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2015

being a way out of the way did not expect something this good. Had the pizza and breadsticks but after talking with the waitress after we ordered wish we order the American burger (burger, pulled pork and bacon topped with onion rings). Did notice they had rootbeer on tap too late but were going to return later unfortuanely took a... More 

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

Well you'll just have to visit the Sleeping Bear dunes again so you can have a shot at the American Burger. Glad you enjoyed our pizza. We look forward to serving you again. Thank you. More 

Las Vegas, Nevada
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9 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2015

Summer season prices! but the food is delish! Good burgers ($14.00) Pizzas have fresh ingredients, unique toppings if desired. good service, friendly staff

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

Thank you for telling the Trip Advisor Community about the Empire Village Inn. We hope we see you again. More 

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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2015

We had ordered pulled pork, dunes burger and two kids menu chicken nugget and fries. Pulled pork wasn't seasoned at all. Lucky they had salt and tabasco on the table so i made it spicy. Burger was dry. Fries with cheese and bacon on top was good. Kids food was average. The only good food was fries and onion rings,... More 

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

Sorry you had such a negative experience with us but thank you for letting us know where we fell short. All customer feedback is important and useful to us, the negative as well as the positive. More 

Michigan
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37 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2015

Small hometown restaurant/bar with exceptional pizza. Lots of tourists here, but it's worth any wait you might encounter for the fabulous pizza.

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

I'm a little biased but I have to agree, the pizza at the Village Inn is awesome. Thanks for spreading the word. More 

Arlington, MA
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84 reviews
64 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2015 via mobile

We needed a mid-afternoon lunch for a large group, and this worked perfectly. It's attached to a bar and a coffee/ice cream place, and it has TV's, but with the sound off. We had big and good sandwiches (steak and cheese, jerk chicken, BLT), and they also have pizza, burgers, etc. Kids' meals were good and substantial as well. Note:... More 

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

Thank you for telling the Trip advisor community about The Village Inn and Gemma's. Glad we were able to take care of your crew. Unlike many other restaurants in the area, the Village Inn does not add an automatic gratuity on large groups and you can have your tab on as many separate checks as you like. We hope we... More 

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5 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015

While on vacation in Empire, we brought the family out to eat for pizza. 2 - 16" pizzas loaded with toppings and soft drinks (free refills) for our party of 6 cost $66+ tip. Pizza was excellent (and filling) and service was the best we have had anywhere in quite some time. A word about the prices - we had... More 

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

Thank you for choosing the Empire area for your vacation destination and thank you for sharing your experience at The Empire Village Inn. A word about our prices; we think you will find that we are pretty much in line with the other restaurants in our area. As far as Traverse City being a better bargain....yes and no. TC has... More 

Kanab, Utah, United States
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53 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015

Their "Thing" pizza is unreal. And the Cheeseburgers ae the best I've ever eaten. Super food at a homey atmosphere. Just the ticket.!!!

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

You had "The Thing"! I'm impressed, that one is not for culinary cowards! Thank you for telling the Trip Advisor community about our Pizza and our Burgers (which we grind fresh daily in our own butcher shop). We hope we get the opportunity to serve 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, Pizza
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 allow dogs on the outdoor patio?