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Empire Cafe

Café, Coffee Shop, and Breakfast Spot$$$$
Neartown - Montrose, Houston
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  • Raul Z.
    "The positano pasta is amazing and so is their Russian java cafe!"(3 Tips)
    Vivian L.
    "Best day to go is monday when they have half priced cakes."(28 Tips)
    Jenn
    "Excellent omelettes and mimosas, too!"(6 Tips)
    James C.
    "Focaccia eggs are absolutely fantastic!"(2 Tips)
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  • Georgia H.
    Georgia HarrisOctober 7, 2013
    Amazing patio and great brunch! I'm a huge fan of their bloody Marys :) looking for a place to enjoy wonderful weather great food and drinks and a laid back atmosphere I def suggest empire
  • Raul Z.
    Raul ZottiMay 8, 2016
    Great breakfast and a very nice patio! The positano pasta is amazing and so is their Russian java cafe! And don't forget to get one of their cakes for dessert - they're amazing:)!
  • Cupcake G.
    Cupcake GuerreroJuly 4, 2015
    OH HOW I LOVE THE CHICKEN CAESAR SALAD (no carb diet) I've had the breakfast, the omelette are amazing, the mimosas are DELISH! This is my go to spot! 4yrs ago w/my Hubbs for our 2nd date was here! =)
  • Jason B.
    Jason BesseyAugust 10, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Build your own omelette with a nice variety of ingredients. Mimosas are great and strong, but can’t get them before noon on Sundays (thanks Texas blue laws).
  • Clifton M.
    Clifton MMarch 25, 2015
    Good place all around. Good food - desserts and coffee for sure - but plenty other food items on the menu worth having. Great place for a date if you want to talk.
  • Colin D.
    Colin DismukeAugust 30, 2014
    The vanilla lattes are huge and come with great little sugar cookies. The French toast is amazing but so is most everything else on their menu. Enjoy!
  • Nik K.
    Nik KAugust 20, 2015
    The Russian Java is the best iced coffee drink I've ever had. Get here early - the line wraps around the building on weekends. Good food too
  • Jenn
    JennNovember 10, 2011
    Their breakfast is incredible. I love their foccacia eggs. Its scrambled eggs, tomato, cheese, bacon and sauce, on foccacia bread. Excellent omelettes and mimosas, too! :)
  • CheapEats InHouston
    CheapEats InHoustonAugust 7, 2011
    Have your cake & eat it too with huge slices for half-price on Mondays. Come during the week for happy hour (4-7) for $1 off beverages and a free appetizer.
  • Don
    DonJuly 24, 2012
    Monday is 'half price cake day', but seriously?? I get home with my piece of tollhouse cake (to go) after eating dinner with a friend only to find this (see pic). Take a bite before boxing much?
  • nicole l.
    nicole lopezSeptember 10, 2014
    Forenza is awesome and their Germany chocolate cake is Devine! !! Also their Italian cream cake is so rich and delicate. ..it's amazing
  • Southern G.
    Southern GalMarch 29, 2011
    Save money on cake slices on Mon. where slices are 1/2 off. Don't see your fave cake on display, ask for it, it may be available. Rosemary vingarette is a must on salad.
  • theChad
    theChadFebruary 24, 2012
    Awesome desserts, beware most of them are huge... a six inch tall piece of chocolate overload! Good coffee and stellar patio when it isn't overflowing.
  • Dyana L.
    Dyana L.October 1, 2014
    Their coconut cake is amazing and they are half of on Mondays. I love their breakfast, the quesadiila one is my favorite.
  • CRATEinteriors
    CRATEinteriorsMarch 31, 2013
    Best all day breakfast in Houston. House made dips and 12oz mimosas -all served up in a sunny boho courtyard....now that's a Crate idea!
  • Van N.
    Van NFebruary 21, 2014
    Try the Daily Pasta Special - Shrimp, portobello mushrooms, and spinach over fettuccine in a tomato cream sauce
  • M G.
    M GDecember 9, 2016
    Best cake in town! Always get the chocolate Italian cream for my birthday!
  • Graham L.
    Graham LawtonApril 1, 2016
    The traditional breakfast is good - my family raves over the other breakfast items - a winner for Sunday brunch.
  • Jacqueline R.
    Jacqueline RamirezJune 25, 2016
    Super cute place and people are just so nice and helpful. Very nice environment
  • Vivian L.
    Vivian LeOctober 28, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Best day to go is monday when they have half priced cakes. My favorite is berry white!!
  • Butt S.
    Butt SaabNovember 29, 2011
    The eggs are great...but the sautéed spinach is some of the best I ever had!! Skip the fruit and get the spinach!
  • Fernando C.
    Fernando CovasApril 12, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    The iced coffee is delicious, as is the mint limeade, which they middle with fresh mint for every order.
  • Hannah P.
    Hannah POctober 14, 2010
    The food and cake here is great but the 'free' internet is so dissapointing. It cuts out all the time and they shut off access on the weekend so less people take up tables.
  • Fernando C.
    Fernando CovasApril 12, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Good, simple, inexpensive, and casual. The patio is great for people watching!
  • Janice L.
    Janice LopezSeptember 19, 2015
    The Milky Way is my favorite. The coffee is great. I've never had anything bad here.
  • Alejandro M.
    Alejandro MenocalMarch 24, 2016
    Great food! House Salad, Chicken Sandwich, and Roasted Potato Chicken delicious!
  • Henry's Hungry Houston
    Get the Positano: angel hair pasta served with shrimp and sun dried tomatoes. Comes with soup; get tomato basil. Today's specials displayed by register.
  • Andres N.
    Andres NovoaNovember 2, 2015
    Great place to come for breakfast! Only problem: they have way too many delicious choices!!
  • Victoria E.
    This chocolate frozen espresso drink will get your day started alright!
  • Craig B.
    Craig BNovember 17, 2011
    Been here 25+ times
    the Northwest scramble available on weekends if a gym rats dream! high protein/complex carb balanced!
  • Emily M.
    Emily MannJune 23, 2012
    Free cookies with any coffee drink! Make sure you ask for them with your to-go coffee too.
  • Audrey L.
    Audrey LeonDecember 27, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Great mixed coffee drinks, delicious house-made breadsticks, super salad and big portions.
  • Luke B.
    Luke BMay 28
    The pollo piccata came out so soon after I ordered, and it was fantastic! Great value, excellent service
  • Ross P.
    Ross PayanNovember 28, 2016
    Awesome casual spot with something for everyone. Breakfast all day too
  • Kevin C.
    Kevin CopelandAugust 30, 2014
    The great chorizo in this dish puts Empire Cafe's Migas over the top!
  • Mitch S.
    Mitch SawyerAugust 16, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    I always get the almond joy iced coffee. Great with their breakfast or their desserts.
  • Vaidehi K.
    Vaidehi KDecember 22, 2014
    Focaccia eggs - yes! Also the texmex torta is pretty good.
  • Britney S.
    Britney SchildgenMarch 5, 2013
    Get the Milky Way to go and add whipped cream vodka.....supper yummy.
  • Erika M.
    Erika MarcialMarch 1, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    The breakfast quesadilla is delicious. The sugar daddy too
  • Brooke W.
    Brooke WeissingerFebruary 12, 2016
    Been here 100+ times
    I haven't had anything bad here. Everything I try is so yummy
  • Tammy N.
    Tammy NguyenApril 10, 2014
    Chicken roulade is very good. Very good portions too!
  • Ashley M.
    Ashley MessickJanuary 26, 2010
    Although Houston doesn't allow dogs at restaurants - the rules are pretty lax at Empire and you can usually sit outside with your pooch at your feet when eating.
  • Ultimate H.
    Tried their hot chocolate and put up a review and pictures at www.ultimatehotchocolate.com. Loved the hot chocolate
  • Kristal C.
    Kristal CaseyOctober 16, 2013
    The sugar cookies ROCK!!! Best chill spot for coffee, brunch or just hangin' with friends. #MadLOVE for this spot!
  • Damien F.
    Damien FrancoAugust 25, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    You have to get cake. Always fresh. Always good.
  • Carlos V.
    Carlos Von BonnAugust 13, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    During happy hour on the purchase of a drink you get a free appetizer
  • Victoria E.
    Chocolate Chip Cookie is my thing but I'll pass on theirs.
  • Russell G.
    Russell GuessMarch 13, 2015
    Pasta and cake. You can't go wrong.
  • Kelly K.
    Kelly KrohNovember 8, 2015
    Been here 10+ times
    Half priced cake on Mondays! I could eat my weight in that lemon cake
  • Joshua J.
    Joshua JagnananSeptember 7, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    Whatever bread they serve with the salads and pasta is delish.
  • Vi N.
    Vi NguyenJanuary 12, 2013
    The fiorenza pasta is delicious. Very nice staff as well.
  • Juanma C.
    Juanma CantosOctober 25, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Try their caffe latte and their chocolate mousse cake.
  • Dustin L.
    Dustin LydayAugust 19, 2014
    Good food and relaxing patio atmosphere on the street
  • Roxana A.
    Roxana ArcosAugust 9, 2015
    The Roma Eggs are perfection!!
  • Nabil J.
    Nabil JanNovember 21, 2015
    egg omelet with avocado and fresh fruit yummy
  • Jesse F.
    Jesse FewkesApril 25, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    the velvet espresso is almost too incredible. and the MOJITOS!?! perfection.
  • Christine G.
    Christine GaliciaSeptember 21, 2011
    The cafe mocha & the espresso con panna are delicious!
  • CultureMap Houston
    CultureMap HoustonJanuary 17, 2012
    Empire's phenomenal cakes are half-price on Mondays.
  • Kelly H.
    Kelly HammondOctober 2, 2013
    Well they don't have my spinach & mushroom pizza anymore but you can build your own....
  • Augustine V.
    Augustine VNovember 12, 2014
    The brunch menu here is awesome, lots of great options!
  • Maaria Y.
    Maaria YasinAugust 9, 2015
    Best Appetizer = Dips of the World w/ Spinach Artichoke!
  • Jessica H.
    Jessica HampsonJuly 30, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Order the iced milky way...sugar, chocolate and caffeine= perfection
  • Tina M.
    Tina MJanuary 29, 2012
    You must try a slice of cake with your coffee!
  • Liz S.
    Liz SandersDecember 23, 2010
    Been here 25+ times
    Best salad I've ever had. Everything I've had here is good, but the salad...yum!!
  • Nabil J.
    Nabil JanNovember 21, 2015
    pizza margarita smells so fresh and good
  • Miranda
    MirandaFebruary 7, 2010
    The hibiscus mint ice tea is phenomenal. Favorite lunch is the eggplant panini. Unique and very filling.
  • Melissa S.
    Melissa SeuffertFebruary 17, 2010
    Been here 10+ times
    Happy hour gets you $1 off each drink and a free appetizer that is *always* delish! 4-7 pm!
  • Cary Michael C.
    Great place for desert and coffee after dinner. Cary Michael Cox
  • Vince F.
    Cakes are great, but they have some cleanliness issues.
  • Priya N.
    Priya NathJuly 29, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    The mint lemonade is a MUST at brunch on a hot weekend...morning.
  • Ermelinda C.
    Ermelinda CuellarMarch 2, 2012
    The coffee is great and fruit is good.
  • Shunte' W.
    Shunte' WAugust 11, 2011
    Try the hummingbird cake when the have it.
  • Kimberly R.
    Kimberly RandleMay 29, 2011
    Love the cookies served with coffee and milky way is cool
  • Ashley A.
    Ashley A.April 10, 2015
    Relaxed atmosphere. Like to work here.
  • John M.
    John MauroJune 10, 2012
    Bring your own sriracha for their delicious omelettes.
  • Hunter E.
    Hunter EstradaMarch 27, 2015
    Great atmosphere, but the coffee could be better.
  • James B.
    James BrownMay 25, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Cakes are half-price on Mondays
  • Courtney K.
    Courtney KaramMarch 21, 2012
    Free coffee and tea refills. It's magical!
  • Danielle S.
    Danielle SNovember 25, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Daily pasta and soup specials are a must.
  • Lisa K.
    Lisa KSeptember 7, 2014
    Try the frozen espresso drink!
  • Yuqing L.
    Yuqing LeiJanuary 24, 2016
    Very cheap brunch
  • Thiago L.
    Thiago LeiteJuly 17, 2012
    Awesome breakfast on the weekends!
  • Emily W.
    Emily WheatonSeptember 11, 2015
    The Milky way is amazing!!
  • Vlad D.
    Vlad DavidiukJune 13, 2016
    Good sandwiches.
  • JD H.
    JD HarringtonJune 24, 2014
    Delicious café cubano!
  • Nabil J.
    Nabil JanNovember 21, 2015
    good cup of cappuccion
  • Antonio D.
    Antonio DelacernaAugust 5, 2012
    Cafe con leche is coffee flavored water..:-(
  • Yuqing L.
    Yuqing LeiJanuary 24, 2016
    Refillable coffee
  • Candice R.
    Candice RazoJuly 4, 2014
    Big girl mimosa
  • Patricia F.
    Patricia FereiraOctober 23, 2014
    Whit my boy
  • Alessandro N.
    Alessandro NaninSeptember 6, 2016
    Everything!
  • Joseph E.
    Joseph ElkhademMarch 25, 2012
    The Milky Way is a delicious coffee drink.
  • Henry C.
    Henry CadenaFebruary 12, 2015
    Sunglasses and advil...last night was mad real
  • Kelly H.
    Kelly HammondOctober 2, 2013
    Broccoli & Cheese soup yes please!
  • Adam C.
    Adam CooperAugust 6, 2014
    Breakfast, coffee
  • Colin K.
    Colin KinseyFebruary 20, 2012
    Great food!!! Try a slice of cake
  • Ashley R.
    Ashley ReinerSeptember 10, 2016
    Been here 5+ times
    Almond joy☕️
  • Sandy F.
    Sandy FiasApril 15, 2013
    Try the giant mimosa!
  • Howard R.
    Howard RobertsonApril 14, 2014
    Peruvia coffee is great!
  • Carlos V.
    Carlos Von BonnJuly 22, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Hefeweizen beer, serve here!!
  • Adriana G.
    Adriana GonzalezMarch 27, 2016
    Debes pagar y ordenar en caja los pacakes son muy buenos
  • Adriana G.
    Adriana GonzalezMarch 27, 2016
    En desayuno muy bueno
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