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Empire Cafe

#56 of 7,035 Restaurants in Houston
Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
Neartown/ Montrose
American, Cafe, Diner
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1732 Westheimer Rd, Houston, TX 77098-1623
7:30 am - 11:00 pm
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Sun - Thu 7:30 am - 10:00 pm
Fri - Sat 7:30 am - 11:00 pm
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Guadalajara, Mexico
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19 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

I was pleasantly surprised by this place. Its pleasant and welcoming interior is matched by good coffee and some of the most delicious cake I've ever had. EVER.

Thank Allison J
League City, Texas
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11 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Ever since this cool place has opened, I've been their loyal customer for 20 years. I just love everything about them - from fabulous coffee, breakfast/brunch menu and cakes to their light meals - all is delicious and you'll get to see such beautiful people there as well!

Thank Connie L
Houston, Texas
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67 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Love, LOVE the Empire. Great coffee and coffee drinks, terrific breakfast menu. My favorites are the Verdi, the oatmeal (sometimes a bit runny but usually Outstanding), and the omelette to order. I don't eat waffles and other such fab things but other people can't get enough of them. Note: Empire is usually packed for weekend breakfast/brunch. And, the happy hours... More 

Thank BabyBlueOwl
Houston, Texas
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24 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Wife and brother in law and his wife went with me and really had a great time on that nice weather last Sunday... perfect food portions, and deserts are the best thing ever!

Thank GustavoRaymundo
Wake Forest, North Carolina
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428 reviews
200 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 119 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

In town for a conference and found this amazing place walking distance from where I was staying. Had a very healthy irish oatmeal with strawberries and bananas and great Guatemalan coffee. YUM1

Thank LPLoveToTravel
Houston, Texas
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150 reviews
104 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Of all the breakfast spots around town, this is one of my favorites. The food is so good and the coffee delicious. On a nice day enjoy the patio!

Thank Tom D
Houston, Texas
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109 reviews
73 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 21, 2016 via mobile

Empire Cafe has a cozy dining room and a large comfortable patio. Ordering is done at the counter but food is delivered to your table. The food is good as are the drinks; the service is very good. Pricing is reasonable. Large crowds on the weekends for brunch, so expect a short wait at those times. I would definately recommend... More 

Thank Huynh912
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4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 5, 2016 via mobile

We stopped by for coffe and cake. The place has great ambience. Service is friendly and although the wait could be long, it is worth the wait. Everything is delicious!!

Thank Hanneh B
Harlingen, Texas
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103 reviews
87 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 1, 2016 via mobile

Maybe it was due to the time, we waited for a while, on the positive side there are no servers, you order at the counter and the food is delivered to you. The food was great, second time here I love it.

Thank Jose_R62
South Houston, Texas
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8 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 23, 2016

Food and service was excellent, just a 15 minute wait in a unusually long line. After ordering, food arrived fairly quickly. Just a long line out the door. (The food and service were worth the wait.

Thank steve n

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
American, Cafe, Diner
Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Parking Available, Serves Alcohol, Wheelchair Accessible, Free Wifi
Good for
Kids, Families with children, Dining on a budget, 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

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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?