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Empire Chinese Kitchen

575 Congress St, Portland, ME 04101-3308
+1 207-747-5063
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  • Excellent72%
  • Very good23%
  • Average3%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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“dim sum” (69 reviews)
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Chinese, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
575 Congress St, Portland, ME 04101-3308
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Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

This is THE place to go for Chinese food in Portland. Despite being crowded and having a wait, servers and greeters were very nice. I ate at the bar to avoid the wait for a table, as the wait for bar seating was shorter. I...More

Thank Marian T
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

It’s small, crowded, service is odd but makes sense once you’ve been there! If I lived in Portland I would eat here all the time. The food is just that good. My only regret is that I didn’t order everything on the menu because I...More

Thank dljns
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We enjoy eating out a lot and we were really excited for Empire! Told 1hr 15 min wait for a table on a Friday night, but got in a lot sooner -people obviously put their names on the list then go elsewhere, so if you're...More

Thank merrykat
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is one busy restaurant. We checked in and headed over to Otto for a drink while we waited for our table (mental not to try Otto out next time - it looked good too). Our waitress was efficient and helpful. We had the Peking...More

Thank MarkfromtheIsland
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Dropped in for lunch on a Monday and it was moderately crowded. The orange beef was fantastic! Lobster dumplings were also a hit. Both the shu mai and char Siu bao were tasty and wonderful. We will *definitely* go back again next time we’re inPortland!

Thank Travis B
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

On a Monday night this place was full and we waited for 30 minutes with a drink at the bar for a table to be free so it would be worth booking. Service was efficient and helpful. The fluffy duck buns to start with were...More

Thank jamesmb155
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We had lunch here on our way to Bar Harbor. It was so amazing, we’re still talking about it 2 weeks later. Only disappointment is that it’s so far away, idk if we’ll ever make it back! Being gluten free, it is not likely to...More

Thank Bobbi F
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

I really enjoyed the food, the baos and dumplings were superb. The service was very good, both friendly and efficient.

1  Thank Kim R
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Days later, my mouth still waters when thinking about those Singapore Rice Noodles -- easily one of the best dishes I've had in a while. Extremely flavorful and surprisingly light. The BBQ pork buns were also delicious!

Thank EML1308
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Edamame boa, lobster dumplings and other small plates were great. Fast, friendly service. Reasonable prices. 6 small plates and tea for $50.

Thank Gina T
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January 24, 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
Kids, Child-friendly, Special Occasion Dining
Open Hours
11:30 a.m. - 9:00 p.m.
11:30 a.m. - 10:00 p.m.
11:30 a.m. - 10:00 p.m.
11:30 a.m. - 10:00 p.m.
11:30 a.m. - 10:00 p.m.
11:30 a.m. - 10:00 p.m.
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 575 Congress St, Portland, ME 04101-3308
  • Location: United States  >  Maine (ME)  >  Portland
  • Phone Number: +1 207-747-5063
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