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Empire Cafe

#84 of 7,374 Restaurants in Houston
Certificate of Excellence
$$
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: Breakfast, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night, Lunch, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Takeout

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  • 74
    Excellent
  • 89
    Very good
  • 19
    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
Great night out with friends

We visited after a yoga class nearby. Although it was cold we sat out on the patio and were surrounded by torches to keep us warm. The food was excellent. The service was good as they were very busy. I had not been in this part of the city before but I am going back on Monday.

4 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
LIETIE
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Houston, Texas
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Houston, Texas
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69 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We visited after a yoga class nearby. Although it was cold we sat out on the patio and were surrounded by torches to keep us warm. The food was excellent. The service was good as they were very busy. I had not been in this part of the city before but I am going back on Monday.

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Thank LIETIE
Dallas, Texas
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27 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Empire café has a neat atmosphere. It's laid back and friendly. The inside is a little small and cozy feeling. You wait in line to order at a register then they bring it to your table. The food had good portions and they have an extensive menu with lots of creative items. I had the Focaccia eggs and it was... More 

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Thank Wesros
Houston, Texas
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72 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We found the food here to be about average in quality and the cost was about ten dollars per entree. We ordered a margarita and it was huge. It was served in a tall water glass and was muy fuerte. The folks working there did not bend over backwards to give great service.

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Thank mariannemmoore
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39 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Food at Empire Cafe is good whether you opt for breakfast or lunch. I usually enjoy the build your own omelet because it's good value and holds me for the rest of the afternoon. Aside from the food, one of the best things about this spot is its indoor and outdoor seating. Both are available even during busy times like... More 

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Thank Peter H
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Good food, good place, good coffee. This is a really good place for brunch and to be relax or just to come and eat. I love the place, it is not expensive and have really good coffee and drinks.

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Thank Rafael R
Houston, Texas
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137 reviews
78 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2015

Love the pasta. It's a really busy place and not super expensive. You line up to place your order, then someone brings it out to you. The food is fun and not super fussy. The coffee is great.

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Thank Mo C
Houston, Texas
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87 reviews
47 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 26, 2015 via mobile

They have samples of their daily specials in the front. Where else could I get a soup and shrimp pasta for $12? The desserts are amazing and there stem any types of coffees. Patio is loud but large.

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Thank C L
Houston, Texas
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276 reviews
225 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 14, 2015 via mobile

We've been here many times for late morning breakfast and have been very pleased. We've been here for lunch a couple of times as well and love everything we've tried. I don't think you will get a meal you don't like. They have very fast service too, but don't make you feel hurried.

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Thank Rosalyn D
Houston, Texas
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6 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 6, 2015

Their cappuccino is amazing, ambiance is nice, and omelets are very tasty. Also, the waffles are very good. One of my favorite places for Sunday brunch!

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Thank Ada1987
Houston, Texas
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38 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 29, 2015 via mobile

I go there regularly for breakfast! I love their oatmeal with brown sugar and fruits but most of all I love their coffee! It is a unique place with lots of personality!!

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