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Empire Tea & Coffee

22 Broadway, Newport, RI 02840-2938
401-619-1388
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Ranked #69 of 206 Restaurants in Newport
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- Sep 18, 2014
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English first
G'boro NC
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70 reviews 70 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2014 NEW

Such a prime location, outdoor seating, but cold austere atmosphere inside and not a good selection of fresh pastry.

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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2014

We gave this place the benefit of the doubt going back a few times (we live next to it). Expensive and mediocre. Teas are the only ok thing. Not to be pretentious, but watching the "trained" barista do an espresso or cappuccino is like watching my 90 year old grandma play computer games. ~4 minutes for each cappuccino btw -... More

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Newport, Rhode Island
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25 reviews 25 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2014

A hip spot that once served coffee almost equal to the iconic sites in Portland, Oregon or San Francisco, California has expanded beyond its means. Once luscious, memorable espressos, cappuccinos and macchiatos have turned into slapdash, bitter concoctions at the hands of poorly trained barristas randomly posted to their two other Empire branches a few blocks away. A trip to... More

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Top Contributor
60 reviews 60 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2014

Love their ginger tea and the gluten free granola!! Very nice. A very nice place to grab a cup of tea and sit outside watching the newport traffic. Do not like when they automatically ask for a tip and "how much" when paying by credit card. A bit presumptuous.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

Such an awesome place to get a tea or coffee. food to go also. some different eats I've never had before. starbucks and other coffee spots I don't do so this was perfect. I love finding different genuine coffee spots!

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Senior Contributor
24 reviews 24 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014

Great spot to grab a (good!) coffee and a snack to munch on - very chilled atmosphere with wifi means you don't need to take your beverage to go. The staff are super helpful and they have a really impressive selection of tea's which you can purchase pre-packaged or by the ounce - tr them!!

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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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80 reviews 80 reviews
56 restaurant reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014

A wonderful place where you can find all kinds of people. It is relaxed, friendly and serves great food and coffee. A gem.

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Boston
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159 reviews 159 reviews
47 restaurant reviews
65 helpful votes 65 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2014

A cute place. with a good variety of tea to drink in-store and an amazing selection of teas for purchase. The coffee drinkers in the group were very impressed with the quality, If you need a snack, the baked goods are delicious.

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Columbia, Missouri
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10 reviews 10 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014

Great cute Tea and coffee place. Way back when, my first trip to Newport, I had my first bubble tea there! That alone shows the variety of their selections. If you can, hit this place up instead of the Starbuck's!!!

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Newport, Rhode Island
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66 reviews 66 reviews
44 restaurant reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2014

I really like this place - it's probably a big pricey, but everything is custom made to order and it's all fresh. The breakfast sandwiches are very good and their coffee is excellent. I haven't had any tea, but they have that as well. Large open area to work if you'd like to do that - can't go wrong here.

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