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Empire Village Inn

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$$ - $$$
American, Bar, Pizza
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11601 S Lacore Rd, Empire, MI 49630-9402
+1 231-326-5101
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11:00 - 01:00
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Sun 11:00 - 23:00
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Saline, Michigan
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5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

My husband and I visited during the winter, and the inn was recommended to us for breakfast. We had the best meal in a friendly atmosphere and the price was so affordable!

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Thank weirbarbara
Bloomington
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6 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 October 2016

Not sure if it was because of the all-day hiking we had just finished, but the pizza here was SO GOOD! We ordered a pepperoni pizza. It really hit the spot. Had a few slices left over, and man did they taste good the next day! After all the years of coming up here, I've never once been in this... More 

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Thank kaite5028
Villageinnempire, Public Relations Manager at Empire Village Inn, responded to this review

No, it's not you imagination....the Empire Village Inn pizza is really that good! Thank you for sharing your experience, we look forward to seeing you again. More 

Grand Rapids, Michigan
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12 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 September 2016

Go here for a big pizza and beer it's very good👌👌👌 nice variety of beers and the staff is friendly.

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Thank Michael F
Villageinnempire, Public Relations Manager at Empire Village Inn, responded to this review

The staff is very friendly because the Village of Empire is very friendly. Glad our pizza and selection of Michigan craft beer satisfied. Thank you for your review, please visit us again. More 

Grosse Ile, Michigan
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27 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 September 2016

We have been coming to the Homestead for four years and decided to try this place after driving by a hundred times! We were pleasantly surprised. The pizza was awesome and the burgers were great too. They have a good drink menu with a lot of local beer choices. We are glad we stopped and the place was 100x better... More 

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Thank Brad_Lazorka
Villageinnempire, Public Relations Manager at Empire Village Inn, responded to this review

Thank you for finally stopping in for a visit, we are glad we didn't disappoint. We look forward to seeing you again next year.....and don't tell Art's we are 100x better than them, they are kinda touchy about that sort of thing. :) More 

Lisbon, Maine
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10 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 August 2016

Made Empire our home base for 4 days. Ate here for lunch and dinner. Unassuming exterior, impressive food, friendly service. Prices on par with other restaurants in this tourist area. Found the menu extensive and everything we sampled was terrific. First visit shared the Mediterranean Pizza, really enjoyed. Second visit had the BBQ pork sandwich. Having eaten BBQ north to... More 

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Thank Molly S
Villageinnempire, Public Relations Manager at Empire Village Inn, responded to this review

Thank you for spending your vacation time with us here in Empire, we hope you found the rest of the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore as enjoyable as you found our restaurant. If you ever moved here we'd be delighted to have you as 'regulars'. Once again, thanks, we look forward to the opportunity to serve you again. More 

Orland Park, Illinois
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44 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 August 2016

The dinner spot was great, prices were fairly reasonable and the service was fast and attentive. Burgers were delicious and Kids menu was nice with some different items on there. Very family friendly yet had a full bar and good local beer selections.

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Thank EarthBaby
Villageinnempire, Public Relations Manager at Empire Village Inn, responded to this review

Thank you for bringing your family to The Empire Village Inn during you visit to the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Shoreline. We are glad you enjoyed, we hope to see you again, soon. More 

Lynchburg, Virginia
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44 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 August 2016 via mobile

Just an average experience ! Food was fine but not great! Lots of large families so very loud at the time of our visit! There are not a lot of places to pick from but might be worth it to drive on t next town!

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Thank kprice90
Villageinnempire, Public Relations Manager at Empire Village Inn, responded to this review

Loud with lots of large families pretty much describes Leelanau county in the summer. We are glad you found our food to be ok and we hope you visit our area again. More 

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11 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 August 2016 via mobile

Hubby and I stopped here for lunch one day after heading south from Sleeping Bear Dunes. We were sat right away and had great service throughout the meal. Lots of burgers and sandwiches on the menu but also pizza and some lighter options. Hubby had the dunes burger and loved it while I had the pulled pork sandwich - yum!... More 

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Thank Jennifer S
Villageinnempire, Public Relations Manager at Empire Village Inn, responded to this review

Thank you visiting the Sleeping Bear Dunes and for choosing The Empire Village Inn for your dinning destination. Glad you were pleased with your choice. Please visit us again when you are in our area. More 

Grand Rapids, Michigan
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73 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 August 2016

What a cute/nice restaurant! We had been told about it so thought we would stop for dinner. We had pizza and it was very very good! Bread sticks were tasty as well. The staff was very accommodating to my picky eater and over the top friendly. We will definitely be back next time we are in the area.

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Thank Kristin C
Villageinnempire, Public Relations Manager at Empire Village Inn, responded to this review

Thanks for spreading the word about The Empire Village Inn. We look forward to your return. More 

Cleveland, Ohio
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116 reviews
61 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 August 2016

Our family of 9 had a terrific lunch. All of the items we had were ample, well prepared and delicious. Service was excellent. Would definitely return if in the area.

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Thank SabaF
Villageinnempire, Public Relations Manager at Empire Village Inn, responded to this review

Thank you, we look forward to seeing you again when you return to our area. More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
Cuisine
American, Bar, Pizza
Meals
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Television
Good for
Cheap Eats, Groups, Child-friendly, Kids
Open Hours
Sunday
11:00 - 23:00
Monday
11:00 - 01:00
Tuesday
11:00 - 01:00
Wednesday
11:00 - 01:00
Thursday
11:00 - 01:00
Friday
11:00 - 01:00
Saturday
11:00 - 01:00
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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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?