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“a big disappointment”

Imperium Food & Wine
Ranked #6 of 34 Restaurants in Celebration
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $6 - $25
Cuisines: Wine Bar, American, International
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Restaurant details
Good for: Romantic, Families with children, Bar scene, Special occasions
Dining options: Brunch, Breakfast, Drinks, Lunch, Dinner, Late Night, Full Bar, Outdoor Seating, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Dining style: Casual Dining
Cross street: Celebration Ave
Description: It is a Wine bar with very good and affordable menu items! Imperium Food And Wine is contemporary restaurant and wine bar located in the heart of Celebration Florida. Join us as we serve our creative cuisine with our extensive wine list of over 80 wines by the glass. On Thursday, Friday & Saturday nights we spice things up by adding special appetizers, entrees and desserts (Check the web site for weekly menu) and bring in some of the best local entertainers to add to our already lively atmosphere. Sunday brings a chance to enjoy our unique brunch menu and the great weather on our two patios while listening to the soothing guitar of Mike Petrovich. Our Happy Hour is from 4pm - 7pm Monday - Friday $2 off all beer, glass wine & appetizers
Boston, Massachusetts
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
“a big disappointment”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 1, 2012

This place sounded so much better in reviews on OpenTable and Trip Advisor that we were quite disappointed. It was an beautiful Weds evening and there were ncie tables facing the street as well as small patio in the rear. Too bad the patio seating there was so close to another restaurant's open deck - loud voices and screaming babies. The wine list was adequately interesting, with a selection of wines by the glass, however the food was incredibly uninspired, blah and worst of all, not wine friendly. The shrimp tempura wrap had almost no shrimp, which was just as well as they were heavily battered. All flavors were lost due to the generous slathering of sweet chili sauce straight from the bottle. A flatbread was almost identical except for an alternative delivery - naan, plus the same butterflied battered shrimp, cut in half to look like more pieces. A salmon sushi tower was amazingly bland- at times I could not tell if I was eating raw salmon strips or mealy tomato. Canned fried chopsuey noodles layered with more chili sauce and ripe avocado completed the tower. Since I could not truly taste what this fish was, I stopped after a few bites, afraid that I might get sick during vacation from this. The server did not inquire "how things were" when this plate was barely touched and my daughter's wrap picked open, but uneaten.
What an unfortunate waste of a lovely space and location - might be fine if I could bring my own food and drink their wines and use their tables.

  • Visited April 2012
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Thank zinfulone
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English first
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
“Lovely place to sit outside with glass of wine”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 19, 2012

We stumbled upon this little restaurant on a visit to Celebration and enjoyed a lovely glass of wine sitting outside. The waitress was very nice and there was no rush in us leaving. The menu looked very nice but we had already eaten. A couple beside us had had the baked brie which looked very nice and they said that they really enjoyed it. This seemed more like a wine bar with some food rather than the other way around. We asked about a dinner menu and the waitress said they only offered one at weekends

Visited April 2012
Thank ingy79
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 1, 2012

Okay, so we came here on a Sunday afternoon and started with the mimosas. Very generous pour of champagne for $5.00. But the Ruben was nothing more than lunch meat corned beef that was micro waved. It was rubbery. Sent it back and ordered the Thai chicken flatbread. Not much better.
The music is nice, nice selection of beer and wine but would never eat here again. The bartender was very nice as well.

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Thank goldenflashes77
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ringwood hampshire uk
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 67 helpful votes
“Music magic inn celebration Florida”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 30, 2012

Real pleasant week end special meal blackened mahi mahi. Wonderful Brie in puff pastry. Music by a great guitarist. Must try it if you go to Celebration.

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Thank aliwoollacott
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Houston, Texas
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“Hate to give this wonders location away”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 27, 2012

We had passed by the Imperium last night but only stop to catch a glimpse of the menu. Tonight we ate there and will definitely be going back. IT WAS WONDERFUL!!! I chose the Tuna Tartare and my husband had the Ying Yang(chicken plate) with a glass of wine. Both were fantastic in taste and presentation. We were still a little hungry so opted for the apple blossom which comes with ice cream. INCREDIBLE TASTING!!! All the right flavors and spices. Only con was no Espresso...but that won't stop us. Good job!!!

  • Visited March 2012
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Thank Dalgal2
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