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301 Front Street, Kotzebue, AK 99752
(907) 442-4304
Today
10:00 am - 11:00 pm
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Hours:
Mon - Fri 10:00 am - 11:00 pm
Sat - Sun 11:00 am - 10:30 pm

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Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    3.5 of 5 stars
Most recent review
Great Thai food hidden in a run down looking building

I had green curry. The food was great, with large portions (probably too much because I didn't want to waste it and ended up eating the whole thing). Food was spicy, which was what I was hoping for. The building itself (as in much of Kotzebue) looks pretty run down from the outside, but cozy on... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 14, 2014
austin a
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Juneau, Alaska
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Juneau, Alaska
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26 reviews 26 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2014

I had green curry. The food was great, with large portions (probably too much because I didn't want to waste it and ended up eating the whole thing). Food was spicy, which was what I was hoping for. The building itself (as in much of Kotzebue) looks pretty run down from the outside, but cozy on the inside. It also... More 

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Banbridge, Co Down
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41 reviews 41 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 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
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
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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244 reviews 244 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
213 helpful votes 213 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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74 reviews 74 reviews
47 restaurant reviews
40 helpful votes 40 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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26 reviews 26 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
34 helpful votes 34 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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Alaska
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215 reviews 215 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
186 helpful votes 186 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
11 helpful votes 11 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
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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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42 reviews 42 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
23 helpful votes 23 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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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 301 Front Street, Kotzebue, AK 99752
  • Location: United States  >  Alaska (AK)  >  Kotzebue
  • Phone Number: (907) 442-4304

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Chinese
Open Hours
Sunday
11:00 am - 10:30 pm
Monday
10:00 am - 11:00 pm
Tuesday
10:00 am - 11:00 pm
Wednesday
10:00 am - 11:00 pm
Thursday
10:00 am - 11:00 pm
Friday
10:00 am - 11:00 pm
Saturday
11:00 am - 10:30 pm

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