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Empire Cafe

#97 of 7,015 Restaurants in Houston
#102 of 7,565 Places to Eat in Houston
Certificate of Excellence
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Neartown/ Montrose
Cafe, 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: Lunch, Brunch, Breakfast, Dinner, Outdoor Seating

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Visitor rating
  • 67
    Excellent
  • 81
    Very good
  • 18
    Average
  • 2
    Poor
  • 5
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Good and Super Fast

I'm new to the Houston area and was looking for a good brunch place with some friends. Someone else recommended this place so we visited on a Saturday just after noon and ordered mimosas and specialty egg dishes. You order at the counter and then find a table. There's indoor and outdoor seating... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 25, 2015
Dee B
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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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  • Large groups
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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2015 NEW

I'm new to the Houston area and was looking for a good brunch place with some friends. Someone else recommended this place so we visited on a Saturday just after noon and ordered mimosas and specialty egg dishes. You order at the counter and then find a table. There's indoor and outdoor seating available and even though it looked like... More 

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Houston, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2015

The coffee is good, the staff is friendly, nice outdoor space, good food choices. Great eggplant parmesan, shrimp and angel hair pasta, nice salads. Known for their huge slices of cake. It's been around forever and popular for weekend brunch, weekday lunch and all week dinners. I go there all the time. My neighborhood favorite.

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Houston, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2015

One our favorite breakfast stops. Always packed on Saturday mornings but food has always been perfect and coffee is always hot and fresh, quality coffee. Counter service is quick, staff know what they are doing and quickly move the line. Always friendly and act with a sense of urgency.

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Houston, Texas
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015

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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015

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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015

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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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2015

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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2015

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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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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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: Cafe, 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: Cafe, 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?