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Empress Chinese Restaurant

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301 Front Street, Kotzebue, AK 99752
(907) 442-4304
11:00 am - 10:30 pm
Open now
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Mon - Fri 10:00 am - 11:00 pm
Sat - Sun 11:00 am - 10:30 pm
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Springfield, Illinois
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20 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Food has to be imported. Limited menu and high prices, but no different from the rest of rural Alaska. Nice Asian menu.

Thank trevans625
Charlotte, North Carolina
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232 reviews
102 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 116 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2016 via mobile

Kotzebue is not a place for a cheap meal. The portions were big and it lasted for 2 meals but cost was high. Nice view of water from our table.

Thank SueMC_56
Juneau, Alaska
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53 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 5, 2016

It was surprising to get above the arctic circle and find authentic - and good oriental food - along with a great selection of other entrees as well. Good customer service and was not as high priced as one might expect in the far north. Located with good views (if there's still light :o), and easy to get to on... More 

Thank AKTraveler2012
Palmer, Alaska
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58 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2015 via mobile

The Asian food here is excellent, always fresh ingredients. Service is fast and very friendly. Definitely the best in Kotzebue. And there's a TV just in case you might want to catch a game.

Thank brookshaines
Anchorage, Alaska
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81 reviews
46 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2015

My vegetarian son ate very well here. He enjoyed a hearty grilled cheese sandwich with french fries for lunch and happily ate the green curry with tofu at dinner. Portions were good and prices were appropriate.

1 Thank Craig M
Morgantown, West Virginia
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196 reviews
136 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015

I lived in Kotzebue and always enjoyed their menu. A little treasure in the frozen north. Stop by while you're in Kotzebue.

Thank Austin W
Juneau, Alaska
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52 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2014

I had green curry. The food was great, with large portions (probably too much because I didn't want to waste it and ended up eating the whole thing). Food was spicy, which was what I was hoping for. The building itself (as in much of Kotzebue) looks pretty run down from the outside, but cozy on the inside. It also... More 

2 Thank austin a
Banbridge, Co Down
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40 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2014

Chinese food so far north, what a treat. Not exactly what I had been expecting during my first walk around after flying in from Anchorage. And the food was excellent, spicy and all the better for being so unexpected.

1 Thank Paul M
Seward, Alaska
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4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 17, 2013

I currently live out in one of the villages in the NWAB, so whenever I'm flying to or from it, I stop in Kotzebue. And when I stop in Kotzebue, my mouth is watering for spicy pepper chicken! The Empress restaurant is cute inside, however a little small when the place is jumpin' (not a great deal of seating). However,... More 

1 Thank MT_in_AK
Alamogordo, New Mexico
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405 reviews
63 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 297 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2013

We did not expect much in this town that is way out nowhere. However, the food and service is really pretty good. It seemed popular with the locals.

Thank ChuckBrooks

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    3.5 of 5 stars
Chinese, Asian
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Seating, Delivery, Takeout
Open Hours
11:00 am - 10:30 pm
10:00 am - 11:00 pm
10:00 am - 11:00 pm
10:00 am - 11:00 pm
10:00 am - 11:00 pm
10:00 am - 11:00 pm
11:00 am - 10:30 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 301 Front Street, Kotzebue, AK 99752
  • Location: United States  >  Alaska (AK)  >  Kotzebue
  • Phone Number: (907) 442-4304

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?