575 Congress Street | Portland, Maine ♦ (207) 747-5063
I am the Emperor, and I want dumplings!" -Ferdinand I
Once the site of Portland's first deluxe Chinese Restaurant, The Empire (1916-1953), our doors are open once again to serve authentic Chinese food of the finest quality. Our kitchen specializes in Dim Sum, a style of Chinese brunch comprised of delectable dumplings and savory small dishes meant to be leisurely eaten family-style. The menu also features traditional and modern Chinese soul food, sourced locally, taking advantage of Maine’s amazing natural offerings. We invite you to join us in the true spirit of Dim Sum, to have a nourishing meal in the company of friends and family.
Bangor Daily News
September 12, 2013
Picking up where The Empire Restaurant left off when it closed in 1953 are Theresa Chan and Todd Bernard. Portland’s newest power duo bring authentic Chinese food and an artistic eye to the growing dining scene in the heart of the arts district. read more...
Booze Fish and Coffee
October 16, 2013
Once the site of Portland’s “first deluxe Chinese restaurant” (also named Empire, 1916-1953), this new spot mixes dim sum with a few familiar favorites. Best items on the menu: pastrami egg roll, green beans, spinach dumplings. 575 Congress St. in Portland. read more...
The Blueberry Files
September 13, 2013
First Look at Empire Chinese Kitchen.
Map and Menu
September 17, 2013
The new owners of Empire have done an awesome job with the renovation. Long before our meals had arrived, Meredith was happily snapping photos of all the details of the dining room and gushing about the natural light, open space, and relaxed feel of the room. We arrived right as the doors opened and were lucky to get a booth by a window before the room (and waiting list) quickly filled up.