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Empire Village Inn

11601 S Lacore Rd, Empire, MI 49630-9402
+1 231-326-5101
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Overview
  • Excellent48%
  • Very good36%
  • Average10%
  • Poor5%
  • Terrible1%
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“pizza” (61 reviews)
“breadsticks” (3 reviews)
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CUISINES
American, Bar, Pizza, Pub, Vegetarian Friendly
PRICE
$$ - $$$
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Value
Atmosphere
LOCATION
11601 S Lacore Rd, Empire, MI 49630-9402
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41 - 50 of 109 reviews

Reviewed 7 August 2016 via mobile

Had lunch here on the way to the Dunes. Our family of vegetarians had no trouble finding entrees we all liked. Many pizza options, grilled cheese sandwiches ("classy" version has apples, tomatoes and onions), and a delicious salad of fresh greens, dried cherries, pecans and...More

Thank Lisa B
Villageinnempire, Public Relations Manager at Empire Village Inn, responded to this reviewResponded 9 August 2016

Thank you for dinning with us at The VI, we are glad you enjoyed. A note on our "awesome locally made root beer".....if you just can't get enough, you can now take home Joe's Friendly Tavern Draft Root Beer in a convenient 1 gallon growler...More

Reviewed 6 August 2016

We were staying in Traverse City, arrived at our hotel too early to check in, so headed to Empire to visit the park. In our haste, we did not stop for lunch and were quite hungry when we arrived in Empire. We saw the Village...More

Thank hlbrink
Villageinnempire, Public Relations Manager at Empire Village Inn, responded to this reviewResponded 7 August 2016

Thank you for telling the TA community about our area and about The Village Inn (and about Gemma's, next door). We hope you enjoy your stay and that you will dine with us again.

Reviewed 4 August 2016 via mobile

Honestly it is. Great American pizza and surprisingly a good selection of beer. Good place must stop after the dunes

Thank Dave M
Villageinnempire, Public Relations Manager at Empire Village Inn, responded to this reviewResponded 7 August 2016

Thank you for dinning with us and for your generous review. We hope to see you again, soon.

Reviewed 26 July 2016

Ate here for lunch. We had a small sausage pizza. It was enough for 2 people. The pizza was good. We also had the rootbeer. This was great. I would definitely recommend this place.

Thank Kristen N
Villageinnempire, Public Relations Manager at Empire Village Inn, responded to this reviewResponded 27 July 2016

Thank you for visiting the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore and for choosing The Empire Village Inn as your dinning destination. Again we thank you for your generous review and we hope to see you again in the near future.

Reviewed 15 July 2016 via mobile

...given the somewhat disappointing exterior. Good lake perch and great pizza. Good selection of local beers and soft drinks.

Thank Carmen M
Villageinnempire, Public Relations Manager at Empire Village Inn, responded to this reviewResponded 17 July 2016

It's true....you can't judge a book by it's cover. There's something tasty going on behind that "quaint" exterior. Thanks for dinning with us, we look forward to seeing you again.

Reviewed 24 June 2016 via mobile

Food was ok. The food here used to be very good but seems to have fallen off in recent years, although the pizza is still very good. The prices are quite high in the summer months, but I guess that is to be expected. My...More

1  Thank Scruffs15
Villageinnempire, Public Relations Manager at Empire Village Inn, responded to this reviewResponded 27 June 2016

We are glad you enjoyed our service at The Empire Village Inn. Providing feedback, letting us know when our food does not deliver is important to us and we thank you. Steps will be taken....once again thank you, we hope to see you again.

Reviewed 16 June 2016 via mobile

Stopped here multiple times during our visit. Really good salads, pizza and burgers. Food was super fresh and tasty. Homemade root beer was excellent. Great service.More

Thank Thea M
Villageinnempire, Public Relations Manager at Empire Village Inn, responded to this reviewResponded 20 June 2016

Thank you for choosing The Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore as you vacation destination. We are glad you enjoyed our food and our Joe's Friendly Tavern Draft Root Beer. The root beer is exclusively our own, you can only find it here in Empire. You...More

Reviewed 14 June 2016

Great food, great service, great atmosphere! Had a vegetarian appetizer and it was outstanding. My son had the curly fries with his grilled cheese which were also delicious. Bravo!

Thank gina208
Villageinnempire, Public Relations Manager at Empire Village Inn, responded to this reviewResponded 20 June 2016

Thank you for sharing your experience at The Empire Village Inn. We look forward to the opportunity to serve you again.

Reviewed 7 June 2016

The homemade root beer was good, and they offer 1 free refill, which is rare to find. We got a vegan pizza & found that the vegetable on the pizza were not seasoned & therefore tasted like raw veggies (not good). Had they been cooked...More

Thank BrittonG
Villageinnempire, Public Relations Manager at Empire Village Inn, responded to this reviewResponded 8 June 2016

Thank you for telling us about your experience at The Empire Village Inn. It's very helpful for us to find the areas we need to improve. We hope you visit our area again and when you do please join us to see the improvements we've...More

Reviewed 30 May 2016

Stopped here for the pizza and it did not disappoint! Ordered the pizza with prime rib, onion, asparagus and horseradish sauce....so good! Atmosphere is typical bar/grill, outside makes you wonder if it would be a good place to eat, but don't let that stop you....More

Thank travel-lady2270
Villageinnempire, Public Relations Manager at Empire Village Inn, responded to this reviewResponded 3 June 2016

Thank you not letting our 'tired old building' discourage from discovering the great food inside. We are one of the areas 'official' sunset watchers dinner stop. We are only blocks from the Empire Beach and we do offer our food to go. We look forward...More

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    Service
  • Value
    Atmosphere
Cuisine
Meals
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Highchairs Available
Good for
Kids, Groups, Child-friendly
Open Hours
Sunday
11:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Monday
3:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Tuesday
3:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Wednesday
3:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Thursday
3:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Friday
3:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Saturday
11:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 11601 S Lacore Rd, Empire, MI 49630-9402
  • Location: United States  >  Michigan (MI)  >  Leelanau County  >  Empire
  • Phone Number: +1 231-326-5101
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