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Empress Chinese Restaurant

301 Front Street, Kotzebue, AK 99752
(907) 442-4304
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Ranked #2 of 3 restaurants in Kotzebue
Cuisines: Chinese
Most recent review
- Jun 16, 2014
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66% Recommend
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Banbridge, Co Down
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35 reviews 35 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2014

Chinese food so far north, what a treat. Not exactly what I had been expecting during my first walk around after flying in from Anchorage. And the food was excellent, spicy and all the better for being so unexpected.

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Seward, Alaska
4 reviews 4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 17, 2013

I currently live out in one of the villages in the NWAB, so whenever I'm flying to or from it, I stop in Kotzebue. And when I stop in Kotzebue, my mouth is watering for spicy pepper chicken! The Empress restaurant is cute inside, however a little small when the place is jumpin' (not a great deal of seating). However,... More

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Alamogordo, New Mexico
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208 reviews 208 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
157 helpful votes 157 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2013

We did not expect much in this town that is way out nowhere. However, the food and service is really pretty good. It seemed popular with the locals.

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Plainfield, Indiana
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60 reviews 60 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2013 via mobile

I had the chicken sate. It was good, nothing special. I did find the fried rice to be a little greasy. A local recommended the hospital cafeteria and I would agree. Best prices, better quality and they have an excellent display of carving, etchings, clothing, etc.

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Kotzebue, Alaska, United States
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24 reviews 24 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2013

American, Chinese, Korean and Thai. Good black pepper chicken, pad Thai, BBQ burger. Food quality and taste really fluctuates. I've had bad luck with delivery, food arriving cold and inedible, or incorrect order, or missing items.

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Top Contributor
133 reviews 133 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
132 helpful votes 132 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2013

Empress has great food and average, (for Kotzebue) prices. They are open for lunch and dinner. Seating can be a problem at times, because of the size of the building. There is a very good selection of American and Korean dishes.

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Laurel, DE
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9 reviews 9 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 6, 2012

Of all the restaurants that I have eaten in here, this has been my least favorite. The sit-down service is okay and the view of the water is nice (except for the dumpster in front of the restaurant). I had Mongolian Beef which had an odd texture...flavor was ok but meat was tough and coarse. Steamed rice comes as a... More

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Kotzebue, Alaska
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2012

The breaded pepper chicken alone deserves this rating but their other food is just as good. Owner is very friendly.

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Great White North
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41 reviews 41 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 31, 2012

This is the Plan B for Kotzebue dining...they'll deliver anywhere, anytime. Especially good if you're waiting for that Bering Air or Alaska Airlines flight and the planes are delayed for weather. They'll also deliver to the Nullagvik later at night, which is a nice in-room option.

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2011

I liked the first bite of the food.. but then second and 3rd bite, I knew that the dish was "FULL OF MSG". I called watress and asked her if the dish contained MSG, she confirmed it. If you are reading this, please find out what is M.S.G.(monosodium glutamate) All the restaurants in big cities don't use it anymore because... More

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