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Empire Brewing Company

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120 Walton Street, Syracuse, NY 13202
+1 315-475-2337
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11:30 am - 10:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun - Tue 11:30 am - 9:00 pm
Wed - Thu 11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Fri - Sat 11:30 am - 11:00 pm
Dining options: Brunch, Breakfast, Drinks, Lunch, Dinner, Late Night, Reservations
Description: Empire Brewing Company is a contemporary downtown bar and grill with a...
Empire Brewing Company is a contemporary downtown bar and grill with a brewery on the premises. Here, we aspire to provide customers with the best food and libation available by utilizing fresh locally sourced ingredients. Whether it is vegetables and herbs grown in our garden, hops grown by our brewer, locally raised grass-fed Angus beef, or original music performed by our friends, we give our patrons an experience that can only be had at Empire Brewing Company. The moderately priced and eclectic food menu is complemented by a diverse selection of hand-crafted ales and lagers. In addition to beer, Empire offers cocktails and a large selection of wine. The atmosphere is casual and festive. The brewing facility is housed in a glass-enclosed work area which provides a view of the massive copper and stainless steel brewing vessels. The food is prepared in a handsome open-performance kitchen allowing patrons visibility of the chef and his assistants. The interior decor highlights the industrial elements of the microbrewery, the drama of the performance kitchen, and the architectural nuances of the building. The understated design - featuring exposed brick walls, wood beams, and columns - pays homage to the brewing tradition and the pre-existing architecture. With clarity the aim and materials and ambient lighting the accent, a warm and inviting environment has been created for customers to enjoy the music, food, and beverages.
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Good spot for business lunch

Stopped in Empire for a business lunch. It was a fairly busy day and we were seated in the indoor dining area opposite the bar. The menu definitely has something for everyone and some interesting specials. The gumbo and chilli are different than what you expect, but very good. The sandwiches... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 20, 2015
LMT777
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Syracuse, New York
Good for:
  • Romantic
  • Special occasions
  • Doing business
  • Local cuisine
  • Bar scene
  • Families with children
  • Large groups
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Troy, Ohio
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35 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015

Went for dinner got a flight of 6 beers nothing really stood out they all had a similar taste. Food however was local fresh and good. Location is right downtown so paying for parking at 5-7 dollars seems extreme. Should offer some sort of validation.

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Charlotte, NC
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 114 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2015

The Empire Brewing Company came pretty highly recommended by some local friends and family. I think it is a great place to meet folks for a drink and to visit and catch up....if you can find a 'kind of' quiet corner. Three of us were there for dinner and to reconnect after a long time between visits. The beer choices... More 

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Syracuse, New York
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19 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2015

Stopped in Empire for a business lunch. It was a fairly busy day and we were seated in the indoor dining area opposite the bar. The menu definitely has something for everyone and some interesting specials. The gumbo and chilli are different than what you expect, but very good. The sandwiches, salads, and burgers are all tasty and well portioned.... More 

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Westport, Connecticut
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45 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2015

Came twice was that good. Burgers, salad, tacos, and the beer....all great. Very casual and priced well

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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2015

Always enjoy a stop here when traveling, staff is very nice, food is good and close to everything else n Armory Square.

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Syracuse, New York, United States
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7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2015

I have always has a great experience coming here. Waitstaff to the food it is very enjoyable. Their burgers are probably the best in town! Great beer!

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Fairport, New York
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63 reviews
57 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2015

Empire's brewed beer has something for all tastes. The brewery pub is located in downtown Syracuse with ample parking nearby. It is in the basement that was formerly and old factory. They have managed to retain enough of the old with some newer touches to be quite nice and a great place to have a beer, relax and meet friends.... More 

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Allentown, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2015

Had a great lunch and some great beers. Our server was fun and recommended some great beers. Will return!

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Finger Lakes
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10 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2015

We were on a Sunday, and the food and beer were excellent. Our burgers were cooked to perfection, and the Skinny Atlas lager was delicious. Great service from friendly staff as well. My only complaint was the volume of the live music, which was so loud that my husband and I actually could not shout loudly enough to be heard.... More 

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Washington Township, New Jersey
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2015

Great staff, very helpful on beer knowledge an allowing for tasting. Great menu, my wife was happy and I had an unbelievable pork burger with jalapeno sauce that was just great! Enjoy with a wide selection of beers.

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 120 Walton Street, Syracuse, NY 13202
  • Location: United States  >  New York (NY)  >  Finger Lakes  >  Syracuse
  • Phone Number: +1 315-475-2337

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 10 - 15
  • Cuisine: American, Cajun & Creole, Pub

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Romantic, Special occasions, Doing business, Local cuisine, Bar scene, Families with children, Large groups

Description

Empire Brewing Company is a contemporary downtown bar and grill with a brewery on the premises. Here, we aspire to provide customers with the best food and libation available by utilizing fresh locally sourced ingredients. Whether it is vegetables and herbs grown in our garden, hops grown by our brewer, locally raised grass-fed Angus beef, or original music performed by our friends, we give our patrons an experience that can only be had at Empire Brewing Company. The moderately priced and eclectic food menu is complemented by a diverse selection of hand-crafted ales and lagers. In addition to beer, Empire offers cocktails and a large selection of wine. The atmosphere is casual and festive. The brewing facility is housed in a glass-enclosed work area which provides a view of the massive copper and stainless steel brewing vessels. The food is prepared in a handsome open-performance kitchen allowing patrons visibility of the chef and his assistants. The interior decor highlights the industrial elements of the microbrewery, the drama of the performance kitchen, and the architectural nuances of the building. The understated design - featuring exposed brick walls, wood beams, and columns - pays homage to the brewing tradition and the pre-existing architecture. With clarity the aim and materials and ambient lighting the accent, a warm and inviting environment has been created for customers to enjoy the music, food, and beverages.
Open Hours
Sunday
11:30 am - 9:00 pm
Monday
11:30 am - 9:00 pm
Tuesday
11:30 am - 9:00 pm
Wednesday
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Thursday
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Friday
11:30 am - 11:00 pm
Saturday
11:30 am - 11:00 pm

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