Empire Brewing Company

Empire Brewing Company

Brewery, Bar, and American Restaurant$$$$
  • Michael "ToTs" H.
    "Try the unique deep purple (made with conchord grapes)"(12 Tips)
    Cindy M.
    "Tumbleweed burger with sweet potato fries"(6 Tips)
    Sebastian Z.
    "White Aphro beer and the fish tacos make for the perfect meal"(10 Tips)
    Mike F.
    "Southern deliciousness + 3 fat slices of Empire's Blue Cornbread"(5 Tips)
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  • Greg T.
    Great beers and tasty food. They'll keep you happy and fill you up a growler to go.
  • Michael W.
    Cheddar burger and the beer selection :-)
  • Linda V.
    Fish tacos were wonderful!
  • Holly D.
    Holly DMay 30, 2016
    trendy syr decor & fast service. food is ok -- very filling & salty
  • Eric S.
    Eric ShineMarch 25, 2016
    Underground awesome brewery. Entrance is under the neon sign.
  • Vasily M.
    Vasily MMarch 20, 2016
    Local brews taste good
  • Kavan L.
    Kavan LathamJanuary 17, 2016
    Waited 30 minutes for a take out order.. Definitely forgot about us.. Food was ice cold... Would not return
  • Gabriel H.
    Gabriel HayesSeptember 6, 2015
    Awesome place to go to dinner in Syracuse.
  • Gabriel H.
    Gabriel HayesSeptember 6, 2015
    Brews some of the better craft beers in Central New York.
  • Ross R.
    Ross RobertsonJuly 26, 2015
    Great brews. The menu looked good.
  • Hollie S.
    Hollie SickJuly 2, 2015
    Never had a bad meal here. Save room for dessert.
  • Ernie H.
    Ernie HuberMay 15, 2015
    Good selection of their own beers. Food was even better than I thought. The fish tacos were grilled and the toppings were very fresh.
  • loran j.
    loran jonakMay 1, 2015
    This is a nice restaurant/brewery. Lots of beer choices (not just their own) and tasty food.
  • Lillian
    LillianMarch 7, 2015
    Burgers are solid here (particularly the tumbleweed and elk burgers). Fish tacos too. And good beer!
  • John T.
    John TowleFebruary 2, 2015
    Deep purple: it's the opposite of bad.
  • Robert P.
    Robert PritchardJanuary 31, 2015
    Decent burger joint.
  • Amalia B.
    Amalia B.January 26, 2015
    Yummy fish tacos!
  • Violeta
    VioletaDecember 27, 2014
    Can't remember what is good because I haven't eaten here since my cousin found a fried mouse in his nachos
  • Dana P.
    Dana PadillaDecember 26, 2014
    Place was bigger than I imagined. Flight seems to come be set, stunk since I had already had a few of their beers before. Beers and food were both good.
  • Allen S.
    Allen StalkerDecember 11, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Great beer and great food! Be sure to try the Pub pretzels!
  • Believe in Syracuse
    Believe in SyracuseSeptember 6, 2014
    One of the best places to eat in Downtown Syracuse and they brew have some of the local beer! You can't go wrong with empire!
  • TV Food Maps
    TV Food MapsSeptember 2, 2014
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  • Michele H.
    Michele HoxieAugust 29, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    come for a beer! their burgers are great, too!
  • Just Jax
    Just JaxAugust 16, 2014
    Craft beer
  • Sebastian Z.
    Sebastian ZarAugust 6, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    White Aphro beer and the fish tacos make for the perfect meal
  • Brian B.
    Brian BassettJuly 22, 2014
    Brewpub with rave reviews in Syracuse. Be sure to check out their purple beer brewed with Concord grapes ... known as "Deep Purple."
  • Joe H.
    Joe HankoMay 12, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    The Local Grind seasonal beer is amazing. It's aroma consists of strong coffee notes, beautifully spicy taste, & delicious coffee finish. Highly recommend pairing with the Chili Burger here at Empire!
  • Morgan N.
    Morgan NandinMay 8, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Great sweet potato fries!
  • Michael B.
    Michael BradleyFebruary 20, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Elk stew will blow your mind! Not gamey at all...
  • SyracuseFirst
    SyracuseFirstNovember 24, 2013
    Amazing craft beer, Nawlin's inspired menu. The liveliest Sunday Brunch this side of Nashville. Get your LOCAL on at Empire
  • Mark S.
    Mark StrongNovember 2, 2013
    Been here 25+ times
    The beers are very approachable, don't be afraid because its not a beer brand you know.
  • Becca C.
    Becca CastegnerNovember 2, 2013
    White Aphro. You can't go wrong
  • Mike F.
    Mike FriedmanOctober 26, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Try the Big Mamou: sampler of Jambalaya, Gumbo & Shrimp Nola. Southern deliciousness + 3 fat slices of Empire's Blue Cornbread
  • Patrick S.
    Patrick ShawOctober 15, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    Awesome! The Feta Chicken Flatbread! My fav!
  • Susan M.
    Susan MurthaOctober 13, 2013
    The Shandy here is very well done, nice job brew master.
  • JenKudu
    JenKuduSeptember 25, 2013
    Jumbalaya yes please!
  • Scott F.
    Scott FriedbergSeptember 8, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    Kobe beef burger with grilled mushrooms and onions on a gluten free bun with a side of coleslaw. Add some tabasco to the ketchup and lather it on your bun. Optional: put the cole slaw on your burger.
  • Dee N.
    Dee NanceSeptember 5, 2013
    I love the Amber ale.
  • Autumn
    AutumnAugust 21, 2013
    The female bartender is horrible. Innattentive 2 evryone. The guy bartender will b nice if u r a 21 yr old dolt. Thats @ the bar... however~the lobster bisque soup is 2 die for, so its kinda worth it!
  • Allie V.
    Allie VillaAugust 18, 2013
    The lobster bisque is delicious- and it has blueberry cornbread croutons!
  • Kate P.
    Kate PavlackaAugust 17, 2013
    The chili cheddar burger was awesome and their cheesecake with fresh blueberries was also tasty. The cheesecake tasted like it had lavender in the crust or something it was a unique flavor twist.
  • Trisha B.
    Trisha B.August 11, 2013
    Don't go on a Saturday evening unless you have lots of time...otherwise decent place
  • Matt F.
    Matt FeibertJuly 28, 2013
    Fish Tacos is where it's at, absolutely awesome.
  • Complex B.
    Complex BitchJuly 25, 2013
    Try the kobe burger med rare w/sweet potato fries.. along with the empire ale.. Awesome
  • AJ S.
    AJ SinghaJuly 18, 2013
    The foods awesome n the portions are huge. Try the pig burger n the chorizo
  • Laura P.
    Sit at the bar and socialize with the awesome bartender Kyle!
  • Mark H.
    Mark HoxieJune 30, 2013
    The EBC T is the best Bourbon cocktail I've ever had.
  • Ray F.
    Ray FossJune 2, 2013
    Tofu flat bread, Falafel flatbread, or the mediterranean platter... all are good. The waiters are knowledgable and the decor is well done. It has an atmosphere like no other in Syracuse.
  • James D.
    James DeRosiaMay 20, 2013
    Everything my group had was good. But the elk burger was not good, looked and tasted like a frozen patty and with just cheese and onions for toppings it doesn't work.
  • Hue N.
    Hue NguyenMay 10, 2013
    Always pack for lunch. Will go over the 1hour lunch limit. Always get my tumbleweed burger and sweet potato fries.
  • Barbara E.
    Barbara ElizabethMay 1, 2013
    Been here 25+ times
    Apparently they have started serving food until only 9 PM....which means they're going to lose a lot of our business, since we typically don't get down here until 9-930.
  • Diane N.
    Diane NastriApril 15, 2013
    Been here 25+ times
    Get the dragon-berry martini
  • Jason S.
    Jason SmithApril 13, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    Deep purple. Beer brewed with grapes. Get it. It's amazing!
  • Joe G.
    Joe GunningApril 13, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    Get beer. A lot of beer. And the tumbleweed burger is heaven in cow form. Amber ale, Belgian tripel. Yes.
  • Cheryl N.
    Cheryl NovinsApril 9, 2013
    The hummus rocks!
  • Katie B.
    Katie BApril 8, 2013
    Mmmmm burgers....beer....#yummy
  • Dareth M.
    Dareth McKennaApril 2, 2013
    Excellent food! Truffle fries are to die for! Shrimp Nola and blue corn bread are amazing too! Pico de gallo was good, nachos a tad less crispy than I'd prefer.
  • John T.
    John TaborosiMarch 6, 2013
    All around good food with locally sourced ingredients.
  • Adam Z.
    Adam ZmudzinskiFebruary 24, 2013
    Don't order the Deep Purple, it tastes like grape soda mixed with alcohol, not a beer. Everyone else was great. Cream Ale and the Black magic stout were my favorites.
  • Stephen S.
    Stephen StromanFebruary 22, 2013
    Don't overlook the pasta Siena.... A good alternative on a Lent Friday
  • Michele H.
    Michele HoxieFebruary 21, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    The "big mamalou" is a tasty starchy platter that is easy to share with 2-4. Grab fork, take bite and rotate dish.
  • Philip K.
    Philip KostkaFebruary 17, 2013
    Get a flight of the beers...so bomb
  • Ben S.
    Ben StaffordFebruary 16, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    Gotta try the #localgrind #empirebrewing
  • Chelsea O.
    Chelsea OrcuttJanuary 22, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Lobster bisque. You won't regret it.
  • Robert P.
    Robert PritchardDecember 31, 2012
    Deep Purple. Essence of Concord grape. But not too grapey (e.g., Nehi)
  • Gina W.
    Gina WilkersonDecember 26, 2012
    The flat bread pizza is awesome!!!
  • David C.
    David CDecember 16, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    For a quieter Blues Brunch ask for a table in the back room but expect to wait. Try the breakfast pizza it's huge!
  • Rob T.
    Rob TDecember 1, 2012
    Many nice micro-brews in Syracuse.
  • Sarah R.
    Sarah RocheNovember 21, 2012
    Been here 25+ times
    The Downtown Brown gets me every time. Their dark beers are very tasty.
  • Amanda L.
    Amanda LeeNovember 4, 2012
    Been here 25+ times
    Probably one of my favorite places. The lobster bisque and gumbo are both great to start. I love the fish tacos! Although my all time favs are the antioxidant martini and mojito! Great brunch too!
  • Brian G.
    Brian GravelleNovember 1, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Don't be scared to try something new. They offer a taste of anything you want to try before you buy the glass.
  • Brian N.
    Brian NorrisOctober 28, 2012
    This place is pretty lame. Food is blah, and their beer selection sucks. You won't see another check in from me here.
  • isaac b.
    isaac budmenOctober 11, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Grab the fish tacos with a side of sweet potato fries and a pint of White Afro, it will be the best decision you have made in a week.
  • Matthew H.
    Matthew HoltOctober 9, 2012
    The Pumpkin bisque is awesome
  • Patrick S.
    Patrick ShawAugust 18, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    The Best Cajun Bloody Mary's!
  • emma t.
    emma tangorenJuly 24, 2012
    blues brunch on sundays, great burgers and beer always.
  • Richard S.
    Richard SullivanJuly 13, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Fish tacos are the best!
  • SyracuseFirst
    SyracuseFirstJuly 7, 2012
    This locally-owned restaurant/brewery will serve you up slammin' food and delicious beer. Say hey to the Empire crew from SyracuseFirst :)
  • Mike W.
    Mike WheelerJune 26, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    Just can't seem to get the service right.... 45 minutes to get my lunch??? I don't think so...
  • Lorrell W.
    Lorrell WalterJune 1, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Chick beers = deep purple & Critz red barn raspberry
  • David P.
    David PiattMay 31, 2012
    The fish tacos are wonderful!
  • Matt L.
    Matt LapsleyMay 27, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Cajun bloody Mary's are great and make sure to get the huevos rancheros for Sunday brunch. They are amazinging tasty
  • Xander H.
    Xander HoltonMay 14, 2012
    Beer's pretty good, bartender was a complete dbag... too bad, it's a place I'd come back to if not for him!
  • Adam W.
    Adam WishneuskyApril 15, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Why is nobody mentioning here that mimosas on Sunday are in PINT GLASSES and only SIX BUCKS
  • Trill S.
    Trill ScottApril 8, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    The brunch special entrees on Sundays from 11:30am-2:30pm are huge! Share with a friend/significant other.
  • Chris J.
    Chris JohnsonMarch 24, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    Gumbo, Tumbleweed Burger and Amber Ale. Good stuff all the way around.
  • Kevin S.
    Kevin SamolisMarch 23, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    Griffen is a great waiter!
  • Morgan H.
    Morgan HancockMarch 23, 2012
    Deep Purple is awesome, tastes like grape juice
  • Larry W.
    Larry WeinbergMarch 19, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    Food's great here. Have the Meatloaf BLT or the chili. Outstanding!
  • Dawn D.
    Dawn DeBartoloMarch 18, 2012
    Been here 25+ times
    Empire brunch is BANGIN!
  • Susan T.
    Susan TsoFebruary 29, 2012
    Blue corn bread nom nom
  • Cindy M.
    Cindy MaFebruary 16, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    Tumbleweed burger with sweet potato fries and empire state ale = pure love.
  • Alex
    AlexJanuary 20, 2012
    Very cool place great beer selection. You Gota love a bar that you have to go down on to get to
  • John G.
    John GanotisJanuary 17, 2012
    Been here 100+ times
    Go Thursday night for $3 pints. It's the best deal around.
  • Sunny
    SunnyJanuary 4, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    Hit up this local brewpub spot for their infamous Blues Brunch on Sundays. Delicious breakfast pizza and live music!
  • Rachel C.
    Rachel ClarkDecember 27, 2011
    The cheddar & ale soup is amazing.
  • CollegeCandy
    CollegeCandyDecember 1, 2011
    Great beer!
  • Katie F.
    Katie FilipponeNovember 27, 2011
    Been here 50+ times
    The ceasar salad with tofu is delicious
  • Nicole H.
    Nicole HeringNovember 26, 2011
    One of my favorite restaurants in Syracuse. Solid microbrewery, try their brunch too!!
  • Sam F.
    Sam FederNovember 12, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Never getting anything but pieroges at brunch again.
  • Je D.
    Je DoubleveNovember 2, 2011
    Make shoah tah odah the labstah eggrolls
  • Joe D.
    Joe DeLeoOctober 27, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    In the fall, try the headless horsemen beer!
  • Steven F.
    Steven FlemingSeptember 27, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Thursday $3 pint night
  • Armando
    ArmandoSeptember 4, 2011
    Been here 100+ times
    Awesome staff, awesome beer, awesome food.
  • Sean P.
    Sean PlaceAugust 31, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    The Catfish Rocks!!!
  • Nicole S.
    Nicole SamolisAugust 24, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Love that Empire has n environmental conscience. No Styrofoam take home box.
  • Eric H.
    Eric HinmanAugust 12, 2011
    Been here 50+ times
    Sunday brunch is a must. Their Bloody Mary in known to instantly cure hangovers
  • Nicole S.
    Nicole SamolisAugust 8, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Quite a few gluten free options here.
  • Matthew P.
    Matthew PrzydroznyJuly 20, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Incredible house-brewed beer and top-notch locavore menu. You can't go wrong for drinks or food here, period. (Try the catfish burrito...delicious)
  • Becky D.
    Becky DanielsJuly 15, 2011
    The deep purple seasonal is sweet but excellent!
  • Rachel B.
    Rachel BaronJune 29, 2011
    Deep purple and empire summer ale are good!
  • Paul F.
    Paul FogelJune 25, 2011
    Beer is ok nothing special. Nice place inside!! Cool vibe friendly staff.
  • Deb P.
    Deb Pang DavisJune 24, 2011
    Try the Jamaican Jerk chicken. Nice blend of spices. It's a Thursday supper special.
  • Jeff K.
    Jeff KrygerJune 5, 2011
    Sunday Blues Brunch is fantastic. Bloody Marys are amazing too. Love this place!
  • David R.
    David RosenMay 1, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Breakfast tacos on Sunday for the Blues Brunch are a must!
  • Brian D.
    Brian DMay 1, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Tumbleweed Burger was awesome Deep Purple beer and Blue Cornbread for dessert...wicked good!
  • Matthew G.
    Matthew GonioApril 2, 2011
    Cream ale and creamy tits
  • Michael "ToTs" H.
    Michael "ToTs" HeagertyMarch 31, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Tater Tip: Live music on Friday Nights & Sunday Morning fir the blues brunch. Brewmaster Tim & apprentice John make delicious craft brews. Try the unique deep purple (made with conchord grapes)
  • adam e.
    adam eaganMarch 18, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Fish and Chips and New England Clam Chowder today!! Reissues tonight!!
  • Joanna
    JoannaFebruary 27, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Antioxidant Martini. You have to try it.
  • VisitSyracuse
    VisitSyracuseFebruary 14, 2011
    Part of Dining Week in Downtown Syracuse - February 15-26, 2011. Offering 3 courses for $25 or less. A great opportunity to try something new! Read more
  • James B.
    James BassJanuary 19, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    meatloaf blt on flat bread, you'll love it!
  • Heather B.
    Heather BatemanJanuary 13, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Don't expect to be in and out quick
  • Eric T.
    Eric TNovember 23, 2010
    Been here 25+ times
    I'm hooked on the crawfish nola and the ipa. Great place.
  • 🌻Annie B.
    🌻Annie BoardmanNovember 20, 2010
    Try the Critz's Apple Ale if you're a chicj
  • Christina M.
    Christina M.November 20, 2010
    Try their grape martini, its amazing.
  • Jim W.
    Jim WalterOctober 7, 2010
    Been here 10+ times
    I Love the Empire State Pale Ale. Very nice.
  • Armando
    ArmandoOctober 2, 2010
    Been here 100+ times
    Tumbleweed burger, u won't be disappointed.
  • Chad M.
    Chad MeigsSeptember 24, 2010
    Been here 25+ times
    Local CNY hops in some of the beers. Go TIM!
  • maren g.
    maren guseAugust 18, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    Always a great meal - always exceeds expectations! It has a brewery atmosphere, great beer, and a worldly menu. My tip: don't be afraid to try something new, it'll be delicious!
  • Chris B.
    Chris BuddeAugust 14, 2010
    Try the Deep Purple.
  • Dustin M.
    Dustin MeyerJune 22, 2010
    Try the summer pale ale :)
  • Chris M.
    Chris MunizJune 6, 2010
    Check out the empire summer brew delicious and refreshing
  • Mike
    MikeApril 26, 2010
    Grab a few pints and eat an amazing chimichanga for lunch.
  • Troy S.
    Troy ScullyApril 18, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    Check out the amazing brunch on Sunday morning. Get there before noon or expect a wait. Read more
  • Troy S.
    Troy ScullyApril 15, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    Need to check out the "Sunday Blues Brunch" this weekend. Read more
  • daniel
    danielMarch 20, 2010
    Outrageously good brews. Beer that is. . .
  • Beth E.
    Beth EischenFebruary 20, 2010
    Fantastic place for kids! Always pleased that I have as much fun as the kids when we go! Great beer, great food, great to head out to a local establishment instead of the dread chains!!
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