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Empire Brewing Company

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120 Walton St, Syracuse, NY 13202-1179
+1 315-475-2337
11:30 - 21:00
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Sun - Tue 11:30 - 21:00
Wed - Thu 11:30 - 22:00
Fri - Sat 11:30 - 23:00
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Endwell, New York
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75 reviews
53 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Empire Brewing has found the secret to a successful business by combining all the winning ingredients under one roof. The old brick atmosphere adds to the unique ambiance. Then add in a huge selection of home brewed beers, a friendly and attentive staff, and top off your visit with any of their scrumptious food items and you will leave smiling... More 

Thank deeleft
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38 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We stopped in for a beer, as other places were closed on Sundays. My friend didn't care for the beer he ordered, the bartender offered another selection and was more than happy to get him a new drink. I had the Cranbaby..... So good. I ended up getting a growler to go.

Thank mildredmurph
Bernardsville, New Jersey
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4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

The warm weather encouraged a large crowd. Super fun music with the band makes for a lively Sunday! Awesome list of beers & love that they use No Wait for a table! Service could be a little better & the kitchen was a bit slow.

Thank DelilahMarie70
Buffalo, NY
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5 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We had poutine tater tots, a mix of Cajun foods and the chimichanga special - ALL delicious!! The atmosphere is awesome too!!

Thank formerbak
Hudson, Ohio
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45 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Cold beer, hot food - what else can you ask for on a chilly Syracuse evening? Beer selection is great and the few we sampled were excellent. The basement location is cool and funky. The service was prompt and friendly, the food was on the good side of OK but the portions were large. Go for the beer and maybe... More 

Thank OhioLaxDad
Clifton Park, New York
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51 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Ate at the bar and tried a few of their beer samplings. Split a burger which was fantastic. Server was very friendly and kind. She shared with us a few of the highlights of the neighborhood.

Thank Sandy P
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81 reviews
67 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

No doubt about it, they make a bunch of great beers. Definitely worth a visit. Cool setting and feel to the place. One suggestion however, if you want more than a decent burger eat before you go. It's generally not a good sign when the fried pickles are the stand out dish.

Thank Eric L
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18 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Over the years have been to the Empire and it never disappoints. The variety of brews is great, with flavors/ seasonals for all to enjoy. The food is a step above your bar food, little variances/seasonings make it enjoyable. If you get a chance sit at the bar, they have some excellent bartenders who know their product and have great... More 

Thank terrymR3609FK
Syracuse, New York
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37 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The food was very good for brunch. I do wish there were more breakfast type choices included in the brunch menu and the service was a little slow but all in all an enjoyable meal with live music. Very reasonable cost for brunch cocktails as well as the meal overall.

Thank EWING529
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8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

While empire has fantastic brews (their own and other local craft beers) they are lacking in the kitchen. I've eaten here twice and each time left disappointed. The food is bland, flat bread was soggy, burgers were cooked to the wrong temperature. I'll go there to have a couple beers with friends or buy their beer at other venues, but... More 

Thank Elizabeth G

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
USD 10 - USD 15
American, Bar, Pub, Cajun & Creole, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours, Drinks
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi
Good for
Groups, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Bar Scene, Child-friendly
Open Hours
11:30 - 21:00
11:30 - 21:00
11:30 - 21:00
11:30 - 22:00
11:30 - 22:00
11:30 - 23:00
11:30 - 23:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 120 Walton St, Syracuse, NY 13202-1179
  • Location: United States  >  New York (NY)  >  Finger Lakes  >  Syracuse
  • Phone Number: +1 315-475-2337
Empire Brewing Company is a contemporary downtown bar and grill with a brewery on the premises. Here, we aspire to provide customers with the best food and libation available by utilizing fresh locally sourced ingredients. Whether it is vegetables and herbs grown in our garden, hops grown by our brewer, locally raised grass-fed Angus beef, or original music performed by our friends, we give our patrons an experience that can only be had at Empire Brewing Company.

The moderately priced and eclectic food menu is complemented by a diverse selection of hand-crafted ales and lagers. In addition to beer, Empire offers cocktails and a large selection of wine.

The atmosphere is casual and festive. The brewing facility is housed in a glass-enclosed work area which provides a view of the massive copper and stainless steel brewing vessels. The food is prepared in a handsome open-performance kitchen allowing patrons visibility of the chef and his assistants.

The interior decor highlights the industrial elements of the microbrewery, the drama of the performance kitchen, and the architectural nuances of the building. The understated design - featuring exposed brick walls, wood beams, and columns - pays homage to the brewing tradition and the pre-existing architecture. With clarity the aim and materials and ambient lighting the accent, a warm and inviting environment has been created for customers to enjoy the music, food, and beverages.

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?