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Empress Restaurant

$$ - $$$
Downtown Honolulu
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100 N Beretania St Ste 205, Honolulu, Oahu, HI 96817-4709
+1 808-521-5055
08:00 - 21:00
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Nashville, Tennessee
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721 reviews
372 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 179 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

When we are on Oahu and even an hour from downtown, wouldn't go anywhere else for dim sum! There isn't anything they don't have or won't make for you . Whether it is right off the cart or the menu, you can't go wrong here. Even if you are gluten free there are plenty of options. I do bring my... More 

Thank fizzy1991
Kaneohe, Hawaii
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28 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 February 2017

Our club had it annual banquet at the Empress Restaurant. They have a number of differrent menus (7-9 courses) for tables of ten. They are amenable to making course changes to the "menu package" tosuit the diners, with minimal additional charges. Outstanding items on the menu include the Peking Duck (first with the buns, and second for the rest of... More 

New York City
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18 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 December 2016 via mobile

We regularly visit Honolulu from NYC. Figured that we'd try this restaurant for dim sum. Mistake. It wasn't busy, and the staff swarmed us with their 2 dim sum carts. They quickly opened each container, trying to get us to accept each. That was uncomfortable given the number of containers and the general lack of appeal of each food. We... More 

Thank MikeJM-NYC
Nashville, Tennessee
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721 reviews
372 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 179 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 August 2016

Classic dim sum with lots of variety. Our server was very helpful in suggesting the gluten free item. I did bring my own gluten free soya sauce with me though. The place is getting a little tired looking but we continue to come back.

Thank fizzy1991
Tokyo, Japan
1 review
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 May 2016

The waiter was very helpful - He patiently answered our questions regarding the steamed fish & we didn't feel pressured to leave.

Thank Tadashi_Harada
Honolulu, Hawaii
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50 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 April 2016

Always impressed with large Chinese association banquets at the Empress Restaurant. Not an easy task to serve a large number of tables in an efficient manner. Food comes out hot in a relatively good pace. Attended a banquet last night with about 25 tables. Food was great. They get the food to you, they fill the water glasses, and they... More 

1 Thank ch0ng118
Honolulu, Hawaii
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493 reviews
214 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 149 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 February 2016

We celebrated Chinese New Year eve with dinner at the Empress Restaurant at the Chinese Cultural Plaza. The food was good and the service was efficient but not friendly. It was standard Chinese food, but nothing special. The dining area is showing it's age and was filled with large family groups celebrating various occasions. There was one wedding party with... More 

Thank CKT808
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95 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 September 2015

This restaurant has seen its hay days. The food is not as good as it was 20+ years ago. Stale shrimp chips with the roasted chicken.

Thank Helen1201
Tehachapi, California
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418 reviews
314 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 150 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 February 2015

Dim sum and everything else, top notch. Very friendly staff. VERY Chinese. Love this place a lot! Mostly Chinese folks dine here. Very friendly and clean.

Thank Frank S
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55 reviews
50 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 December 2013

This is my favorite dim sum restaurant in Honolulu. I have eaten dim sum at other places in Honolulu and San Francisco and I must say this place has the friendliest staff and the best tasting and best selection of dim sum. I have been here a few times and always for lunch. The restaurant is located on the 2nd... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    3 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    2 of 5 bubbles
Chinese, Asian
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Seating, Reservations, Waitstaff
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Open Hours
08:00 - 21:00
08:00 - 21:00
08:00 - 21:00
08:00 - 21:00
08:00 - 21:00
08:00 - 21:00
08:00 - 21:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 100 N Beretania St Ste 205, Honolulu, Oahu, HI 96817-4709
  • Location: United States  >  Hawaii (HI)  >  Oahu  >  Honolulu>  > Downtown Honolulu
  • Neighbourhood: Downtown Honolulu
  • Phone Number: +1 808-521-5055

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?