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Empire Village Inn

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American, Bar, Pizza, Pub
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11601 S Lacore Rd, Empire, MI 49630-9402
231 326 5101
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11:00 am - 1:00 am
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Sun 11:00 am - 11:00 pm
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Orland Park, Illinois
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44 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

The dinner spot was great, prices were fairly reasonable and the service was fast and attentive. Burgers were delicious and Kids menu was nice with some different items on there. Very family friendly yet had a full bar and good local beer selections.

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Thank EarthBaby
Lynchburg, Virginia
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44 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Just an average experience ! Food was fine but not great! Lots of large families so very loud at the time of our visit! There are not a lot of places to pick from but might be worth it to drive on t next town!

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Thank kprice90
Villageinnempire, Public Relations Manager at Empire Village Inn, responded to this review

Loud with lots of large families pretty much describes Leelanau county in the summer. We are glad you found our food to be ok and we hope you visit our area again. More 

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10 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Hubby and I stopped here for lunch one day after heading south from Sleeping Bear Dunes. We were sat right away and had great service throughout the meal. Lots of burgers and sandwiches on the menu but also pizza and some lighter options. Hubby had the dunes burger and loved it while I had the pulled pork sandwich - yum!... More 

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Thank Jennifer S
Villageinnempire, Public Relations Manager at Empire Village Inn, responded to this review

Thank you visiting the Sleeping Bear Dunes and for choosing The Empire Village Inn for your dinning destination. Glad you were pleased with your choice. Please visit us again when you are in our area. More 

Grand Rapids, Michigan
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67 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

What a cute/nice restaurant! We had been told about it so thought we would stop for dinner. We had pizza and it was very very good! Bread sticks were tasty as well. The staff was very accommodating to my picky eater and over the top friendly. We will definitely be back next time we are in the area.

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Thank Kristin C
Villageinnempire, Public Relations Manager at Empire Village Inn, responded to this review

Thanks for spreading the word about The Empire Village Inn. We look forward to your return. More 

Cleveland, Ohio
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110 reviews
55 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Our family of 9 had a terrific lunch. All of the items we had were ample, well prepared and delicious. Service was excellent. Would definitely return if in the area.

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Thank SabaF
Villageinnempire, Public Relations Manager at Empire Village Inn, responded to this review

Thank you, we look forward to seeing you again when you return to our area. More 

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11 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Had lunch here on the way to the Dunes. Our family of vegetarians had no trouble finding entrees we all liked. Many pizza options, grilled cheese sandwiches ("classy" version has apples, tomatoes and onions), and a delicious salad of fresh greens, dried cherries, pecans and feta with a cherry vinaigrette. Not 5 star dining, but totally hit the spot for... More 

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Villageinnempire, Public Relations Manager at Empire Village Inn, responded to this review

Thank you for dinning with us at The VI, we are glad you enjoyed. A note on our "awesome locally made root beer".....if you just can't get enough, you can now take home Joe's Friendly Tavern Draft Root Beer in a convenient 1 gallon growler or in 12oz bottles. Once again, thank you for your generous review, we hope to... More 

St. Louis, MO
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39 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We were staying in Traverse City, arrived at our hotel too early to check in, so headed to Empire to visit the park. In our haste, we did not stop for lunch and were quite hungry when we arrived in Empire. We saw the Village Inn and decided to give it a try. My very picky son and I shared... More 

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Thank hlbrink
Villageinnempire, Public Relations Manager at Empire Village Inn, responded to this review

Thank you for telling the TA community about our area and about The Village Inn (and about Gemma's, next door). We hope you enjoy your stay and that you will dine with us again. More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Honestly it is. Great American pizza and surprisingly a good selection of beer. Good place must stop after the dunes

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Thank Dave M
Villageinnempire, Public Relations Manager at Empire Village Inn, responded to this review

Thank you for dinning with us and for your generous review. We hope to see you again, soon. More 

Lakeville, Indiana
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51 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Ate here for lunch. We had a small sausage pizza. It was enough for 2 people. The pizza was good. We also had the rootbeer. This was great. I would definitely recommend this place.

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Thank Kristen N
Villageinnempire, Public Relations Manager at Empire Village Inn, responded to this review

Thank you for visiting the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore and for choosing The Empire Village Inn as your dinning destination. Again we thank you for your generous review and we hope to see you again in the near future. More 

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14 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2016 via mobile

...given the somewhat disappointing exterior. Good lake perch and great pizza. Good selection of local beers and soft drinks.

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Thank Carmen M
Villageinnempire, Public Relations Manager at Empire Village Inn, responded to this review

It's true....you can't judge a book by it's cover. There's something tasty going on behind that "quaint" exterior. Thanks for dinning with us, we look forward to seeing you again. More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    3.5 of 5 stars
Cuisine
American, Bar, Pizza, Pub
Meals
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Television
Good for
Families with children, Dining on a budget
Open Hours
Sunday
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Monday
11:00 am - 1:00 am
Tuesday
11:00 am - 1:00 am
Wednesday
11:00 am - 1:00 am
Thursday
11:00 am - 1:00 am
Friday
11:00 am - 1:00 am
Saturday
11:00 am - 1:00 am
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 11601 S Lacore Rd, Empire, MI 49630-9402
  • Location: United States  >  Michigan (MI)  >  Leelanau County  >  Empire
  • Phone Number: 231 326 5101

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Typical questions asked:
  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?