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Empire Tap Room - CLOSED

651 Emerson St, Palo Alto, CA 94301-1610
+1 650-321-3030
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  • Excellent16%
  • Very good35%
  • Average27%
  • Poor11%
  • Terrible11%
12 Apr 2013
“Try the ribs”
12 Oct 2012
“Nice garden and bar, relaxing”
Restaurant Hours Closed
American, Bar, Pub
651 Emerson St, Palo Alto, CA 94301-1610
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Reviewed 12 April 2013

We also enjoyed the outdoor seating on a warm weeknight and didn't find it crowded at all. The rack of ribs were fall off the bone good though the fries that came with them had no taste and served primarily as a ketchup delivery system....More

Thank Nathaniel H
Reviewed 13 October 2012

Many people come for the outdoor setting and relaxing fountain. We like sitting at the bar with the affable bartenders and enjoying the beers on tap like Maredsous or Speckled Hen, the vegetarian Benedict, the burgers, the specials. I especially like Dean the bartender. AVOID...More

Thank AnnetheRaven
Reviewed 17 September 2012

This is one of those places where you walk in, and "this is going to be great" Then you look at the wine and beer list, and something's not right. The choices aren't well chosen. But the bartender and server is very friendly, so you...More

Thank bbulkow
Reviewed 29 March 2012

When there's great weather, you can't beat the outdoor seating area.

1  Thank jgarciajr45
Reviewed 1 March 2012

We stop in often for a nice weekend brunch or weekday lunch. When the weather is good, we enjoy sitting in their courtyard. Inside, it's fun to catch a game on one of the TVs behind the bar.

Thank AnitaMW
Reviewed 6 February 2012

This might be the Palo Alto version of the American Tap Room, but it's very Cheesecake Factory-ish. Pros: good service. Cons: really close quarters/crowded, loud, food is okay, not great and kind of overpriced.

Thank Guest469
Reviewed 15 November 2011

Interesting selection of beers on tap and in bottles. We had superb service. The dish we ordered for brunch was lukewarm and a little bland, but the fresh fruit served with it was nice. The main area is a long, narrow bar with a row...More

Thank pachamama57
Reviewed 14 October 2011

The concept is solid, the outdoor patio seating is perfect. The foliage gives the patio terrific atmosphere. The interior decor is classy and without being stuffy. The menu is solid, with a combination of grill items, pizza, and pastas. Perfect, in theory. In practice, it's...More

Thank smadison
Reviewed 30 September 2011

From the outside this place doesn't look so great, however once you get inside, you can tell this is a great place to hunker down for a beer or some food. There is a long bar that stretches the entire length of the building. It...More

Thank trifocal3
Reviewed 11 January 2011

I've been to ETR for lunch, dinner and drinks many times. Watched almost all of the SF Giants playoffs and world series here and had a blast. I could be biased because I love Dean. Nice guy, great Boston accent, makes a good drink. So...More

Thank GoesTo11
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Restaurant Details

American, Bar, Pub
Good for
Child-friendly, Romantic, Groups, Bar Scene
Open Hours
11:00 AM - 9:00 PM
11:30 AM - 10:00 PM
11:30 AM - 10:00 PM
11:30 AM - 10:00 PM
11:30 AM - 11:00 PM
11:30 AM - 11:30 PM
11:00 AM - 11:30 PM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 651 Emerson St, Palo Alto, CA 94301-1610
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Palo Alto
  • Phone Number: +1 650-321-3030
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