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Empire Chinese Kitchen

575 Congress St, Portland, ME 04101-3308
+1 207-747-5063
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  • Excellent70%
  • Very good24%
  • Average3%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible1%
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“dim sum” (66 reviews)
Open Now
11:30 - 22:00All hours
Chinese, Asian, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
££ - £££
575 Congress St, Portland, ME 04101-3308
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Reviewed 12 October 2017 via mobile

We had to wait an hour for a table but it was worth it. The dim sum are fantastic and we had salt cod with fried rice, also delicious. Good, buzzy atmosphere and friendly waiting staff.

Thank twyn2000
Reviewed 11 October 2017 via mobile

The Old Port has many restaurants offering a range of dining experiences. Some long established favourites and quite a few new ones. On this occasion we chose the Empire. They don't accept advance reservations - just show up. We were there on a busy Saturday...More

Thank Celtvistor
Reviewed 2 October 2017

I typically do not care for Chinese food, but since it is my husband's favorite, I agreed to give Empire a try on our last visit to Portland. It truly is amazing! Everything is carefully prepared to offer very original flavors and combinations. I prefer...More

Thank Heidi M
Reviewed 26 September 2017

Although we sampled just a few small plates, the offerings were fresh and enhanced by the genuine flavors of Cantonese cuisine. We thoroughly enjoyed and looking forward to our next visit.

1  Thank charles a
Reviewed 24 September 2017

Apparently, this is the hot ticket in Portland. I dropped in here for dinner and was told that there was only bar seating available due to the number of reservations. No worries. I strolled on over to the bar area, copped a window seat and...More

Thank ms90
Reviewed 23 September 2017 via mobile

Refreshingly different Chinese food. Creative twists on traditional dishes. New flavor combinations. Knowledgeable server who made great suggestions. Orange beef was to die for. Wish I was nearby so I could patronize it frequently.

Thank Betsy H
Reviewed 17 September 2017 via mobile

Centrally located. Busy, so definitely a local fav Not typical Chinese restaurant with combo plates. It's more of an a la carte. Service friendly. Nothing fancy or extra clean, Very very tasty. I would definitely return.

Thank SusannJohn
Reviewed 9 September 2017 via mobile

Lots of great options! If you're a working professional, out with a bunch of friends, almost everything on the menu is great. If you're a college student with only $5 to your name, get the sticky rice pocket and you'll feel like you just ate...More

2  Thank kelliec812
Reviewed 6 September 2017

We liked every dish, very tasty and high quality, will return again for sure. The shrimps are just awesome.

Thank Montrealonthego64
Reviewed 6 September 2017

We were a group of four adults and five kids and came for a late lunch over Labor Day Weekend. The restaurant was extraordinarily accommodating and reserved us a long table in the front. First off, the beer selection is great (for the adults, of...More

Thank LesChoux
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25 January 2015|
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Response from Mary L | Reviewed this property |
The above are the closests, hovever there are. several more in the Old Port, only a 5-10 minute walk away: the Portland harbor Hotel, The Hyatt Place, courtyard on Commercial Street, the Regency.
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Child-friendly, Kids, Special Occasion Dining
Open Hours
11:30 - 21:00
11:30 - 22:00
11:30 - 22:00
11:30 - 22:00
11:30 - 22:00
11:30 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 575 Congress St, Portland, ME 04101-3308
  • Location: United States  >  Maine (ME)  >  Portland
  • Phone Number: +1 207-747-5063
  • E-mail
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