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Empire Cafe

#68 of 7,114 Restaurants in Houston
Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
Neartown/ Montrose
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1732 Westheimer Rd, Houston, TX 77098-1623
+1 713-528-5282
07:30 - 22:00
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Sun - Thu 07:30 - 22:00
Fri - Sat 07:30 - 23:00
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Missouri City, Texas, Usa
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3 reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We recently discovered Empire Cafe and have visited four times in the past two weeks. The servings are very generous and very tasty.. a few of the must try's: The Italian Toast The almond crusted chicken salad The chicken salad The made to order omelettes The coconut cake Every thing we have eaten has been fabulous!

Thank LynetteMiller
Houston, Texas
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268 reviews
164 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Been here many times over last ten years, for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Robust menu with many great dishes. Funky ambiance - great people watching, not pretentious. Breakfast favorite: Italian Toast with berries. Taste and texture superb. I've probably had it over 50 times and it always delights. Coffee from Katz Roasters and far above average. Lunch and dinner pasta... More 

Thank marko18745
Pearland, Texas
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135 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We enjoyed a nice breakfast outside. I am a coffee person and was floored by how good their coffee was. Roasted just right so you can taste the blueberry in the African coffee. Their South American coffee was also excellent. The breakfast tacos were huge. So we split them. Their bakery items were so fresh. Excellent spot!

Thank Brian C
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15 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Place is packed for Sunday Brunch. I had the spinach frittata. It was ok. Nothing to write home about. It is a nice location to meet up with friends and chat. Sit outside if the weather allows. Dog friendly as well.

Thank jackie m
Lake Jackson, Texas
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15 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We all had pasta dishes and they were great. The chicken florentine was tender and tasty. The shrimp are fresh and cooked just right. Sitting outside on a nice day was a lovely option.

Thank King97
Houston, Texas
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171 reviews
123 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 January 2017 via mobile

Empire has a nice coffee bar with a variety of coffee selections. Breakfast food selections are limited and average fare.

Thank jswflights
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9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 November 2016 via mobile

Needed a treat before heading home for the evening. Delicious carrot cake, ate it too fast couldn't take a photo.

Thank Deborah D
Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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5 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 November 2016 via mobile

Loved the almond Encrusted chicken salad. Hubby had turkey club. Both delicious. Love the patio. Make sure u order at counter then sit down. We didn't realize that at first. We were waiting at table for a server.

Thank bramanrmma
Harlingen, Texas
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107 reviews
91 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 November 2016 via mobile

I love this place since my daughter brought me one time, I love Their coffee and I like that they have plates of their menu on display so you can see what you can get . Will keep coming back.

Thank Jose_R62
League City, Texas
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241 reviews
135 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 101 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 November 2016 via mobile

This is a combination breakfast / brunch / lunch / coffee shop / dinner / bar restaurant. Seriously something for everyone and every time. Walk up counter service then your order is delivered. The atmosphere is artsy counter culture. The menu is varied and high quality. The code is top notch and they serve an incredible variety of coffee drinks...... More 

Thank Brenda M

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
USD 20
American, Cafe, Vegetarian Friendly
Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Free Wifi
Good for
Cheap Eats, Kids, Child-friendly
Open Hours
07:30 - 22:00
07:30 - 22:00
07:30 - 22:00
07:30 - 22:00
07:30 - 22:00
07:30 - 23:00
07:30 - 23:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1732 Westheimer Rd, Houston, TX 77098-1623
  • Location: United States  >  Texas (TX)  >  Texas Gulf Coast  >  Houston>  > Neartown/ Montrose
  • Neighbourhood: Neartown/ Montrose
  • Phone Number: +1 713-528-5282

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