We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.
Book On TripAdvisor Bonus Book your hotel on TripAdvisor — then save 20% on things to do for your trip. Use code BOOKTOSAVE.

Empire Cafe

#65 of 7,027 Restaurants in Houston
Certificate of Excellence
Neartown/ Montrose
American, Cafe, Diner
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
Get directions
1732 Westheimer Rd, Houston, TX 77098-1623
7:30 am - 10:00 pm
Open now
All hours
Sun - Thu 7:30 am - 10:00 pm
Fri - Sat 7:30 am - 11:00 pm
More Info
Add Photo Write a Review

214 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

Traveler rating
Traveler type
Time of year
Showing 212: English reviews
Houston, Texas
Level Contributor
127 reviews
94 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We had salads - a simple chicken salad dressed with a light vinaigrette and plated with olives, hard boiled eggs, toasted pita quarters. My husband's had an almond crusted chicken breast with lots of fruit ... He really liked it. Empire has great coffee and a good selection of iced tea, including an non- caffeinated hibiscus- mint blend. You can... More 

Thank L C L
Henderson, Kentucky
Level Contributor
46 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We enjoy eating at local restaurants when we travel. We had eaten here on a previous visit to Houston and the great cakes put it on a must return list for us. The menu is varied with a standard menu of salads, sandwiches, and fresh pizza combined with daily specials. Our party had almond chicken salad, the club sandwich, and... More 

Thank Nomad721
League City, Texas
Level Contributor
188 reviews
104 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 85 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This is a combination breakfast / brunch / lunch / coffee shop / dinner / bar restaurant. Seriously something for everyone and every time. Walk up counter service then your order is delivered. The atmosphere is artsy counter culture. The menu is varied and high quality. The code is top notch and they serve an incredible variety of coffee drinks...... More 

Thank Brenda M
Houston, Texas
Level Contributor
14 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Great atmosphere. Food is dependably good. The cake is the best in Houston- worth every penny and calorie. It is nice to sit outside.

Thank IndianTraveller56003
Houston, Texas
Level Contributor
87 reviews
55 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We really like this restaurant. The food is very good and we often enjoy the salmon special. There are all kinds of drinks, good coffee and wine too. The food is a terrific value. As you wait in line to order you pass by some of the most beautiful and tasty cakes in town. Plus, there is parking in the... More 

Thank 970marya2014
Montgomery, Texas
Level Contributor
155 reviews
110 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Had not been here in a long time and stopped in during the running of errands for a light bite for lunch. All still very good, and the desserts and just as big as they have always been. The trees and bushes have grown up quite a bit, and the patio is very pleasant.

Thank SPK1951
New Orleans, Louisiana
Level Contributor
206 reviews
140 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 101 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Breakfast and perfect place to read the paper - inside or out. They catered our order to amend to what we wanted - e.g. just one plain pancake please - lo cal syrup, etc. Perfect place to read the paper with free coffee refills.

Thank NolaGal_2
Level Contributor
100 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2016 via mobile

One of the best stops in Houston if you are craving a delicious piece of cake! The are mondo huge and always moist and delicious!

Thank RichFamily6
Level Contributor
33 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2016 via mobile

Empire Cafe is the perfect place to meet up with friends and enjoy coffee or s great meal. The patio is huge and well covered. They even allow your furry friends to sit with you outside. Every lunch and dinner they offer a variety of specials that are delicious. It's one of the few restaurants I go to and won't... More 

1 Thank Jennilue
Vancouver, BC, Canada
Level Contributor
66 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2016

We are glad we came across this restaurant with a very diverse menu. When you enter the restaurant, the first thing seen are plates, on the counter, with a display of the days specials. Well worth the visit for dinner.

Thank bob p

Travelers who viewed Empire Cafe also viewed

Houston, Texas Gulf Coast
Houston, Texas Gulf Coast
Houston, Texas Gulf Coast
Houston, Texas Gulf Coast
Houston, Texas Gulf Coast
Houston, Texas Gulf Coast

Been to Empire Cafe? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Is This Your TripAdvisor Listing?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing
Improve this listing

Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
Average prices
American, Cafe, Diner
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Parking Available, Serves Alcohol, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Families with children, Large groups
Open Hours
7:30 am - 10:00 pm
7:30 am - 10:00 pm
7:30 am - 10:00 pm
7:30 am - 10:00 pm
7:30 am - 10:00 pm
7:30 am - 11:00 pm
7:30 am - 11:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1732 Westheimer Rd, Houston, TX 77098-1623
  • Location: United States  >  Texas (TX)  >  Texas Gulf Coast  >  Houston>  > Neartown/ Montrose
  • Neighborhood: Neartown/ Montrose
  • Phone Number: 713-528-5282

Questions & Answers

Questions? Get answers from Empire Cafe staff and past visitors.
Posting guidelines
Typical questions asked:
  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?