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Empress Chinese Restaurant

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301 Front Street, Kotzebue, AK 99752
(907) 442-4304
10:00 am - 11:00 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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Palmer, Alaska
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76 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The Empress still exists. I went the for dinner just tonight. Excellent food and perfect service. It's a very small restaurant on the waterfront next to Bayside and the hotel. I like their Asian food better than anywhere else in Kotzebue. They have 1 TV so you can catch the news or sporting event with dinner.

Thank brookshaines
Mount Vernon, Illinois
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349 reviews
215 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I drove around Kotzebue for 45 minutes looking for this place, no luck. If anyone knows Kotzebue, it takes 10 minutes to drive completely around town.

Thank Michael H
Springfield, Illinois
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23 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 22, 2016

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 bubbles 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 bubbles 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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76 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles 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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99 reviews
56 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles 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
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5 of 5 bubbles 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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60 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles 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 

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Banbridge, Co Down
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40 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles 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

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
Chinese, Asian
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Seating, Delivery, Takeout
Good for
Families with children
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?