Portland >Restaurants > The Empire Room Bistro & Bar
Cute place. My friend and I were in search of a good place for Happy Hour and decided to try the Empire Room. The place itself is cozy, cute, and somewhat romantic. We went during a time when business was slow, so the service was fairly fast. I ordered a lemon drop and felt it tasted a little watered down. My friend ordered the Butter Pecan which I thought was much better. We ordered artichoke dip and quesadillas. I thought the quesadillas were very tasty, however the artichoke dip was just so-so. We had a good time, the atmosphere was great, but it wasn't the greatest food/drink I've ever had (at least as far as Happy Hour goes). Maybe I just ordered the wrong things.
Nice quaint place. Great meeting place! 3 sisters own this quaint and relaxing bar. They are extreamly nice and helpful. The $3 martinis are outstanding as well as the other items on the menu. When I'm here, I feel as if I'm at a friends house. This place offers great customer service and a friendly atmosphere!
Thick Wine Glasses.
I don't consider myself a wine snob, but if I'm paying for wine at a wine bar then I think I should be drinking from a proper wine glass. Instead, what you get is a very thick, "Denny's Grade" wine glass. Hope you love the feel of heavy worn glass on your lips as you drink that special bottle with your mate. I've had better glassware in sports bars.
The food is mediocre to acceptable for a wine bar, but is that what this place is?
Were we in a different Empire Room????. After reading the other positive reviews we were looking forward to a tasty meal, nice bottle of wine and a wonderful experience....talk about being disappointed. We arrived at 7:00 on a Saturday evening and almost every table in the place was empty...and dirty....not with dishes, just crumbs, water rings and other vestiges of previous diners. In the front of the restaurant was a group with kids who seemed to think they were in their own backyard....yelling so loudly it reverberated off the empty walls. The menu was meager, if you weren't interested in pasta. I found this restaruant by doing a search for tapas so I was confused when there wasn't much in the nature of small plates. We ordered a bottle of Pinot Gris from the wine list, were then told they weren't carring that particular wine, but it had been replaced with a better vintage. Ok, we went with that. After watching both ladies search in vain in the cooler I watched our waitress go to the wine display and take out a bottle. She then went behind the bar, opened it, put some ice cubes in two wine glasses and poured our first glasses over the ice. So much for ambiance and good wine. On to the food. I ordered a Lebanese Salad and chicken skewers, my companion orderd spinach salad and chicken quesadilla. Salads were nice, but the chicken dishes were horrible. The skewers were dry, barely warm and served with a bizarre creamy peanut sauce. The quesadilla was too cheesy with very little chicken. The best thing I can say about the place is that the waitress was very pleasant. Needless to say we will never be going back.
Definitely a new favorite! Friendly, cute, and tasty.. My boyfriend and I tried this place for Happy Hour and it was great! We tried almost all of the martinis and they were wonderful as well. We ordered three or four of the small plates and enjoyed each one. Happy Hour was just starting and no one else was there, so we got to chat with one of the sisters for a while. She told us all about the restaurant, that it can be rented out for special occasions, shared a couple of stories, etc. There was no music that night but she let us know when there would be, and welcomed us to come back. I am already looking forward to it.
Relaxed, European-themed wine bar with desserts, light food and cocktails..
In a small, warmly lit space, this welcoming cafe aims to re-create a European-style bistro and wine bar. The extensive wine list features the fruits of France, Spain and Italy. It's more comfortable for students of wine rather than polished connoisseurs. Combination plates of cheese, fruit, spreads and chocolate are just right for sharing, while salads, pastas, desserts and French-pressed coffee round out the offerings.
A Great Date Night.
We ventured into SE and weren't disappointed. It's a very cozy, open and clean space with good food and good ambiance. The happy hour was awesome--good cocktails and yummy food at very cheap prices. We stayed for the live jazz and sipped wine. Service was a touch slow for how many customers were in the restaurant, but employees were very friendly. Try the spinach salad!
We'll definitely be repeat customers!
Disappointing. I was seeking a romantic wine bar that had musical entertainment that I could take my date to and was able to talk to her while the music played. I heard that the Empire Room offered all that I wanted. I found out that there is occasionally music on certain weekend evenings. So if you go you should call first to find out when there is music. Well my date and I visited and the music was nice. However, the service was terrible. They took order and did not see again until the food arrived and that was it. This is supposed to be a classy little wine bar cafe but the service resembled a truck stop. I had to go to the bar to get my own drinks. The food was expensive and not very good (bland). I don't recommend. .
Dear Chuck12, We are very sorry you felt that way about our place. We pride ourselves on our customer service, my sisters and I try to make sure everyone that comes in gets our special attention and if we didn't we apoligize. we looked back to when you were there and we were very busy that night. We are sorry you found our food bland and expensive, in the 2 years we have been here we haven't had one complaint on our food. We would like to invite you and your date back to have dinner and a drink on us. We like to have everyone that comes into The Empire Room to have an enjoyable evening.We hope to hear from you. And again we are very sorry your evening wasn't what you expected I hope you let us make it up to you. Sincerely, Cathy, Cindy, Christy Langan
Best bar in town. They really just do it best. Decent priced drinks, friendly service, and a quiet place to chat. My favorite spot by far.
The food at The Empire Room is fabulous! I haven't found anything that I didn't like. It is cooked as you order on a 1940's gas stove. The Alfrado is to die for, the sisters make it from scratch. The service is wonderful and the atmosphere is so friendly.
They have wonderful Desserts. And great Martinis. If you haven't been there lately you've got to go back the 3 Sisters are doing a great job.
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