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Empress Chinese Restaurant

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301 Front Street, Kotzebue, AK 99752
+1 907-442-4304
10:00 - 23:00
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Mon - Fri 10:00 - 23:00
Sat - Sun 11:00 - 22:30
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11 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
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Reviewed 17 November 2016

I ordered from Empress when I arrived in Kotzebue, I really wanted to eat Chinese food, and was a bit skeptical of Asian food in the arctic. I found that Empress was an awesome place to order food. I would recommend the chicken Pad Thai. I called to order because I had a problem finding the restaurant's location

Thank Holly S
Wasilla, Alaska
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30 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 November 2016

The Empress has a large menu, serving Thai, Korean, Chinese, and general American food. It is located right on the ocean boulevard and has a beautiful view of the water and sunset. The Empress is centrally located to Kotzebue's main drag and can easily be walked to from almost everywhere. The staff was very friendly and smiled, and they made... More 

Thank Lyssah V
Palmer, Alaska
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95 reviews
54 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 October 2016 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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403 reviews
251 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
Reviewed 7 October 2016

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 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 22 August 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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236 reviews
104 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 123 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 July 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 38 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 March 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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95 reviews
54 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 November 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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121 reviews
69 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
Reviewed 7 July 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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195 reviews
136 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
Reviewed 25 March 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

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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
Open Hours
11:00 - 22:30
10:00 - 23:00
10:00 - 23:00
10:00 - 23:00
10:00 - 23:00
10:00 - 23:00
11:00 - 22:30
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 301 Front Street, Kotzebue, AK 99752
  • Location: United States  >  Alaska (AK)  >  Kotzebue
  • Phone Number: +1 907-442-4304

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?