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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” (68 reviews)
Open Now
11:30 AM - 9:00 PM Hours
Chinese, Asian, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
575 Congress St, Portland, ME 04101-3308
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Reviewed yesterday

Empire Kitchen is definitely worth the trip if you are a Chinese food lover. Spring rolls had a terrific crispy coating and other dishes were delicious and served attractively. Beware, though, that drinks like soft drinks and iced teas have no free refills. I had...More

Thank starstruck101
Reviewed 3 days ago

We love to order all their appetizers and share. EVERYTHING is fantastic and comes out as it is prepared... no sitting under a heat lamp waiting for all the items to be done, here. This is a very busy restaurant, rightfully so! It may be...More

Thank David3731
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

It’s as Chinese as you can get in Portland Maine. As a NY & SF Chinatown food snob, it’s sort of hard to wow me for “Chinese” food. Pork pot stickers were good. Orange beef was good. Spring rolls were good. Service was ok. Worth...More

Thank Christopher L
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

One of the local shopkeepers recommended Empire when we asked about a place to get lunch. Otherwise we might have walked right by the unassuming façade. Great all-around experience, from our personable and knowledgeable waitress to our outstanding food. No frills, down-to-earth, family friendly, casual,...More

Thank Jewelorama
Reviewed 3 February 2018

I wish I liked this place more than I did-the decor is lively and hip and it's a great concept. Service was slow and unattentive-we had to ask multiple times for the menu and ended up walking up to get our check after waiting for...More

Thank Naomi F
Reviewed 28 January 2018

We had to wait a bit for seats and there was no place at the bar, but it was worth the wait. A good variety of choices all well prepared. They are brought from the kitchen as they are ready, so it does no good...More

Thank kennebunklegal
Reviewed 22 January 2018

Our meal included honey walnut shrimp, Kung Pao chicken, steamed pork dumplings and bacon fried rice - and all were enjoyed by our party. The service was excellent, and the plates arrive from the kitchen as they're prepared - but it lends to sharing tastes....More

Thank LuckyLobsters
Reviewed 4 January 2018

Staff are welcoming and friendly. Very willing to explain the menu to newcomers. Great variety of dishes, including vegetarian options. Plenty of seating including a large bar area where you can order dishes. Typically a wait of 20-30 minutes after opening.

Thank MQS
Reviewed 25 December 2017

I don't know why we only seem to go to the Empire around the Christmas holidays because their food is great anytime of the year. Maybe it's the way their hot and sour soup takes the winter chill out of your bones and puts a...More

Thank realmainiac
Reviewed 25 December 2017

On a busy night we didn't feel at all rushed. The server was attentive and friendly. Started with excellent hot & sour soup and everything after stayed at a high level. Particularly enjoyed the Chive Shiitake Dumplings and the Garlic Green Beans. Probably wouldn't get...More

Thank km109
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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
Special Occasion Dining, Child-friendly, Kids
Open Hours
11:30 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 - 10:00 PM
11:30 AM - 10:00 PM
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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