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Empire Brewing Company

120 Walton Street, Syracuse, NY 13202
+1 315-475-2337
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Ranked #18 of 598 Restaurants in Syracuse
Price range: $10 - $15
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Good for: Families with children, Romance, Bar scene, Large groups, Doing business, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
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.
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English first
Syracuse, New York
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81 reviews 81 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
86 helpful votes 86 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014 NEW

Place was jumping for the Sunday blues brunch with live music . However the menu really wasn't a brunch but just regular menu items. The Cajun Bloody Mary is very good , spicy with a kick. Food was hot, delivered quickly but in my opinion just average nothing special . Music was great. Try it !!

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4 reviews 4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014 NEW

Enjoyed the music. The beer choices are as awesome as the beer is. I tried the black magic stout. The meal was good the gumbo was enjoyable. Will come back

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Senior Contributor
33 reviews 33 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2014 NEW

I'm beginning to wonder if I can trust reviews on Tripadvisor any more! We decided to try Empire before a show at the Landmark Theatre after reading great reviews. We were told the wait would be 30 minutes, so we grabbed a beer at the bar. I had a raspberry cider, which tasted more like cranberry juice than cider. My... More

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Syracuse, New York, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2014

Over the years I have been a fan of Empire Brewing; it's not just their interesting brews that drew me in but the eclectic menu keeps me coming back. They offer a wide variety of menu items with nothing that could be labeled 'normal'. My all time favorites include the falafel flatbread and moroccan chili. The Empire Pale and India... More

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Rockaway Park, New York
12 reviews 12 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014

The food was reasonably priced, and tasted AMAZING!! HOWEVER, the waitress staff needs a MAJOR overhaul - very disappointing face on a great restaurant.

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Oak Park, Illinois, United States
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53 reviews 53 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

Fish tacos were missing their sour cream, but the server brought more. Mussels were very tasty as was the lamb burger. Beer flight was interesting.

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Napanee, Canada
13 reviews 13 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014

We saw the Empire Brewing company on Triple D and thought we would give it a try while we were in Syracuse for the weekend. We were not disappointed. Great food, great atmosphere, great location. We visit Syracuse a few times a year and don't normally venture downtown but it was a great evening and worth the deviation from the... More

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Rochester Ny Area
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323 reviews 323 reviews
107 restaurant reviews
86 helpful votes 86 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2014

Hard to find and hard to find parking; was a few blocks away on street parking...The foods were great; lots of choices; and their beers!!! Wow;; we had a flight of maybe 8 varieties...all were superb...

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Gansevoort, NY
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2014

I love the fish tacos with the Java slaw!!! I also love their blue corn bread!! Beer is great too! They have a decent beer selection!!

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Los Angeles, California
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73 reviews 73 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
54 helpful votes 54 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014

We had Sunday Brunch here and everything was great. In addition to the great ambiance, service and food around noon the live music started. I would highly recommend this restaurant.

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