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Empire Cafe

#74 of 6,987 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 - 10:00 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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South Houston, Texas
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8 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

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
Katy, Texas
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99 reviews
79 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This is a goes place for lunch in the Montrose area. They have a great menu and daily specials. We enjoyed the special which was chicken and spinach with mixed vegetables. Excellent. We saved room for red velvet cake!! Yummy.

Thank Heather B
Houston, Texas
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13 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We have visited Empire frequently in the past few years. We always have a great lunch. Trust the specials. Large portions. Cakes have changed a bit, used to be better...but if you like HUGE slices - you will like these. The lemon raspberry poppy seed is fabulous!

Thank Jaja19314
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6 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Good parking for Houston. Great food! I had the breakfast quesadillas, yummy! Very busy 11-1, so be ready to stand in line.

Thank ButlerKing
Houston, Texas
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141 reviews
105 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2016 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
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46 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2016

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
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189 reviews
106 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 86 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2016 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
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19 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2016

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
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93 reviews
59 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2016

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
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166 reviews
116 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2016

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

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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
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Parking Available, Serves Alcohol, Wheelchair Accessible, Free Wifi
Good for
Large groups, Families with children
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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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?