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Empire Cafe

Café, Coffee Shop, and Breakfast Spot$$$$
Neartown - Montrose, Houston
  • 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."(26 Tips)
    "Excellent omelettes and mimosas, too!"(6 Tips)
    James C.
    "Focaccia eggs are absolutely fantastic!"(2 Tips)
130 Tips and reviews
  • coffee
  • breakfast food
  • cake
  • casual
  • good for dates
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  • Raul Z.
    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:)!
  • 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
  • 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
    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!
  • 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.
  • 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?
  • 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.
  • 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! :)
  • 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.'s amazing
  • Chad O.
    Chad OstroffFebruary 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Graham L.
    The traditional breakfast is good - my family raves over the other breakfast items - a winner for Sunday brunch.
  • CRATEinteriors
    CRATEinteriorsMarch 31, 2013
    Best all day breakfast in Houston. House made dips and 12oz mimosas -all served up in a sunny boho 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
  • Jacqueline R.
    Super cute place and people are just so nice and helpful. Very nice environment
  • 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!
  • Vivian L.
    Vivian LeOctober 28, 2013
    Best day to go is monday when they have half priced cakes. My favorite is berry white!!
  • Fernando C.
    Fernando CovasApril 12, 2014
    The iced coffee is delicious, as is the mint limeade, which they middle with fresh mint for every order.
  • Alejandro M.
    Great food! House Salad, Chicken Sandwich, and Roasted Potato Chicken delicious!
  • Janice L.
    Janice LopezSeptember 19, 2015
    The Milky Way is my favorite. The coffee is great. I've never had anything bad here.
  • Andres N.
    Andres NovoaNovember 2, 2015
    Great place to come for breakfast! Only problem: they have way too many delicious choices!!
  • Miranda
    MirandaFebruary 7, 2010
    The hibiscus mint ice tea is phenomenal. Favorite lunch is the eggplant panini. Unique and very filling.
  • Fernando C.
    Fernando CovasApril 12, 2014
    Good, simple, inexpensive, and casual. The patio is great for people watching!
  • Victoria E.
    This chocolate frozen espresso drink will get your day started alright!
  • Craig B.
    Craig BNovember 17, 2011
    the Northwest scramble available on weekends if a gym rats dream! high protein/complex carb balanced!
  • Melissa S.
    Melissa SeuffertFebruary 17, 2010
    Happy hour gets you $1 off each drink and a free appetizer that is *always* delish! 4-7 pm!
  • Mitch S.
    Mitch SawyerAugust 16, 2011
    I always get the almond joy iced coffee. Great with their breakfast or their desserts.
  • Audrey L.
    Audrey LeonDecember 27, 2011
    Great mixed coffee drinks, delicious house-made breadsticks, super salad and big portions.
  • Emily M.
    Emily MannJune 23, 2012
    Free cookies with any coffee drink! Make sure you ask for them with your to-go coffee too.
  • Vaidehi K.
    Vaidehi KDecember 22, 2014
    Focaccia eggs - yes! Also the texmex torta is pretty good.
  • Brooke W.
    I haven't had anything bad here. Everything I try is so yummy
  • Kevin C.
    Kevin CopelandAugust 30, 2014
    The great chorizo in this dish puts Empire Cafe's Migas over the top!
  • Ultimate H.
    Tried their hot chocolate and put up a review and pictures at Loved the hot chocolate
  • Britney S.
    Britney SchildgenMarch 5, 2013
    Get the Milky Way to go and add whipped cream vodka.....supper yummy.
  • Priya N.
    Priya NathJuly 29, 2010
    The mint lemonade is a MUST at brunch on a hot weekend...morning.
  • Jesse F.
    Jesse FewkesApril 25, 2011
    the velvet espresso is almost too incredible. and the MOJITOS!?! perfection.
  • Victoria E.
    Chocolate Chip Cookie is my thing but I'll pass on theirs.
  • Tammy N.
    Tammy NguyenApril 10, 2014
    Chicken roulade is very good. Very good portions too!
  • Kelly K.
    Kelly KrohNovember 8, 2015
    Half priced cake on Mondays! I could eat my weight in that lemon cake
  • Liz S.
    Liz SandersDecember 23, 2010
    Best salad I've ever had. Everything I've had here is good, but the salad...yum!!
  • Russell G.
    Russell GuessMarch 13, 2015
    Pasta and cake. You can't go wrong.
  • 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!
  • Carlos V.
    Carlos Von BonnAugust 13, 2013
    During happy hour on the purchase of a drink you get a free appetizer
  • Erika M.
    Erika MarcialMarch 1, 2014
    The breakfast quesadilla is delicious. The sugar daddy too
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