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Empire Cafe

#67 of 6,989 Restaurants in Houston
Certificate of Excellence
$$
Neartown/ Montrose
Coffee Shop, Dessert, Bakeries, Diner
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1732 Westheimer Rd, Houston, TX 77098-1623
713-528-5282
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7:30 am - 11:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun - Thu 7:30 am - 10:00 pm
Fri - Sat 7:30 am - 11:00 pm
Dining options: Coffee & Tea, Lunch, Dinner, Breakfast, Brunch, Late Night, Outdoor Seating

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  • 65
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  • 80
    Very good
  • 18
    Average
  • 2
    Poor
  • 5
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Quick and Delish

Visited for Saturday brunch with two couples and 3 young kids - although bustling, we were able to find parking and a table fairly quickly. Ordered the Italian toast which was a delicious alternative version of French toast with fresh berries on top and a Milky Way iced coffee. Very sweet but oh... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed June 29, 2015
AdventrGrl
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Texas
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  • Large groups
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English first
Houston, Texas
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23 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015 NEW

Four of us went in on a week night last week (not a busy weekend). The place was very busy and I have always heard good things about it so we thought it would be good. We ordered 5 total dishes, 3 entrees and 2 desserts. We waited almost 30 minutes for our food, which you order yourself at a... More 

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Houston, Texas
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22 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015 NEW

Empire is a classic old restaurant with surprising ambience and a walk-up counter to order. Food is great and they have a happy hour with free appetizers. We go there often on weekdays when we are not in the mood to cook. Watch our for the tremendous display of cakes as you are waiting to place your order. They look... More 

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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 NEW

Several family members and I have been here three times this month and haven't been unhappy with our choice. Their coffee is delicious and you can't go wrong with any breakfast choice, as we've had several selections. The outdoor seating is very pleasant even if the weather is a bit muggy.

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Texas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2015 NEW

Visited for Saturday brunch with two couples and 3 young kids - although bustling, we were able to find parking and a table fairly quickly. Ordered the Italian toast which was a delicious alternative version of French toast with fresh berries on top and a Milky Way iced coffee. Very sweet but oh soo delicious - a chilly mix of... More 

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Houston, Texas
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48 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2015 NEW

First visit here while looking for coffee & WiFi in Montrose. What a shady, cool, relaxing oasis for mid-afternoon coffee and cookies ($3.75 total with free refills and 2 small shortbread cookies on the side!) Didn;t know that when I ordered the oatmeal raisin cookie (a little more cake-like than mine yet delicious, moist and fresh $1 or 2/$1.75). Very... More 

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Confines of Texas
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99 reviews
56 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2015

Empire Cafe is located in a walkable area of town close by several antique / flea market stores that are perfect for browsing on a Sunday. They serve some great brunch options, such as a classic eggs Benedict. We also tried the Roma with eggs brunch option. Both plates were a perfect amount of food for a Sunday brunch -... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2015

Had lunch on a Monday-(which is 1/2 price cake day). Shared a Greek pizza ( on whole wheat crust, very tasty) with a Empire chicken salad-nice amount of chicken salad with greens,hard boiled eggs and pita chips) More then enough for two to share. Very friendly staff. Nice patio, can get noisy being on Westheimer. Parking lot in back and... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2015

Came for Sunday brunch, order first then grab your table, really cool place, easy parking, didn't wait long for food at all easy to get a table ( open seating ) dog friendly side patio, WiFi, huge breakfast menu with lots of variety, homemade, reasonable prices, pretty good actually - extremely busy place so food could have been hotter but... More 

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Rochester, New York
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2015

Lovely eatery. Stopped for breakfast. Folks had mimosas bloody Mary's. Baileys in coffee. Great fresh fruit. Very eclectic menu. We had frittatas. Omelette. Eggs Benedict . Free news papers. Fast friendly service.

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Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2015 via mobile

Empire is large, spacious and well organized. It has a superb food collection. The atmosphere is friendly and engaging. In fact it's perfect, except the coffee is too large and feels "machine made". It certainly doesn't live up to expectations. Australians would be disappointed by the coffee, but enthralled with the food!

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Additional Information about Empire Cafe

Address: 1732 Westheimer Rd, Houston, TX 77098-1623
Phone Number: 713-528-5282
Location: United States  >  Texas (TX)  >  Texas Gulf Coast  >  Houston>  > Neartown/ Montrose
Open Hours:
Sunday 7:30 am - 10:00 pm
Monday 7:30 am - 10:00 pm
Tuesday 7:30 am - 10:00 pm
Wednesday 7:30 am - 10:00 pm
Thursday 7:30 am - 10:00 pm
Friday 7:30 am - 11:00 pm
Saturday 7:30 am - 11:00 pm
Average Prices: USD 20
Cuisine: Coffee Shop, Dessert, Bakeries, Diner

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 1732 Westheimer Rd, Houston, TX 77098-1623
  • Location: United States  >  Texas (TX)  >  Texas Gulf Coast  >  Houston>  > Neartown/ Montrose
  • Neighborhood: Neartown/ Montrose
  • Phone Number: 713-528-5282

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 20
  • Cuisine: Coffee Shop, Dessert, Bakeries, Diner

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Large groups
Open Hours
Sunday
7:30 am - 10:00 pm
Monday
7:30 am - 10:00 pm
Tuesday
7:30 am - 10:00 pm
Wednesday
7:30 am - 10:00 pm
Thursday
7:30 am - 10:00 pm
Friday
7:30 am - 11:00 pm
Saturday
7:30 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?