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Empress Chinese Restaurant

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

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Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    3.5 of 5 stars
Nice People, Good Food

My vegetarian son ate very well here. He enjoyed a hearty grilled cheese sandwich with french fries for lunch and happily ate the green curry with tofu at dinner. Portions were good and prices were appropriate.

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 7, 2015
Craig M
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Anchorage, Alaska
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Anchorage, Alaska
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35 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2015

My vegetarian son ate very well here. He enjoyed a hearty grilled cheese sandwich with french fries for lunch and happily ate the green curry with tofu at dinner. Portions were good and prices were appropriate.

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Morgantown, West Virginia
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015

I lived in Kotzebue and always enjoyed their menu. A little treasure in the frozen north. Stop by while you're in Kotzebue.

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Juneau, Alaska
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 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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13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 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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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 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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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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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 47 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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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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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 193 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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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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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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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?