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Empire Chinese Kitchen

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575 Congress St, Portland, ME 04101-3308
+1 207-747-5063
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  • Excellent70%
  • Very good24%
  • Average3%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible1%
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Chinese, Asian, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
575 Congress St, Portland, ME 04101-3308
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

My son really wanted to return to Empire after he'd enjoyed an amazing brunch on his last visit to Portland. We drove in from Yarmouth without a thought to Empire's popularity on a Saturday night. There was a 45-1:10 minute wait for a table for...More

Thank Julie S
Reviewed 1 week ago

This is my all-time favorite restaurant--anytime, anywhere--and my wife and I have traveled fairly extensively. On top of that, my favorite food ever is the Spicy Pork Belly buns. The combination of spicy and sweet coupled with the crispy Asian pickles and the soft and...More

Thank Paul M
Reviewed 1 week ago

Unable to book a table for less than four people. Bit of a challenge being seated (approximately 30 minutes, not bad given the large number of guests). Christine took great care of us, ensuring my starter and main were promptly delivered and hot! My colleague...More

Thank Ghost4314
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A bunch of us came here for lunch yesterday and had a feast - everything was delicious. There's a lot of really good places to eat in Portland - and we've tried some of the best - this was the best meal we have had...More

Thank RCP012
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The food was exquisitely fresh and inspired in a casual atmosphere. The dumplings were seriously the best I have ever had. I would recommend this restaurant highly. We went at lunch and got a table easily.

Thank monarchmax
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

What a great choice!!!! Trish, our server was awesome! She had such great energy! Food was sooooo good!!! Highly recommend the Spicy Pork Belly Buns! They are to DIE for! Also had the Shu Mai and Duck Fried Rice. Delicious! Can't wait to go back

Thank Jennifer C
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Best Chinese I have ever eaten! Shrimp dumplings are amazing. Was a bit of a wait but not a bad. Weekday eve. Would be well worth a long wait.

Thank lov2cruise
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Had to wait for a table as we were 6 and there were already a few large parties. So worth the wait. Food was exceptional and reasonable for what it was. We ordered many small plates, fun way to eat with family.

Thank katefoleyfresh
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Just ate here on Sunday night. The food was incredible - lobster, shrimp, and spinach dumplings and ginger rice that were all clearly marked on the menu as being available gluten free! I drove from Boston to Portland essentially to have dinner with a friend,...More

Thank AlexaRoams
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I noticed Empire after we had enjoyed a morning at the nearby Portland Museum of Art, and I'm so glad I did. We were seated right away for lunch in a comfy booth. The cold peanut noodle special caught my eye, and they were wonderful....More

Thank RinfromMA
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January 24, 2015|
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Response from Mary L | Reviewed this property |
The above are the closests, hovever there are. several more in the Old Port, only a 5-10 minute walk away: the Portland harbor Hotel, The Hyatt Place, courtyard on Commercial Street, the Regency.
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Reservations
Good for
Families with children, Special occasions, Kids
Open Hours
11:30 am - 9:00 pm
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 575 Congress St, Portland, ME 04101-3308
  • Location: United States  >  Maine (ME)  >  Portland
  • Phone Number: +1 207-747-5063
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