About Empire

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Brother to Crackers, Empire is a little bigger with a nice downtown feel. Frequented by the after-work & late-nite crowd, Empire is the perfect spot to start off or finish a night out on the town.

ta · pas [ t á a p a à s ] plural noun
Spanish snacks; small savory snacks that are often served as an appetizer along with alcoholic drinks, originally in Spain [Mid-20th century. Plural of Spanish tapa “cover, lid.”]

cock ·tails [ kók tàyls ] plural noun
gathering to consume alcoholic beverages; a gathering where alcoholic beverages are consumed, sometimes with light snacks, often taking place before another planned event [Early 17th century. Originally “having a tail like a cock,” later “horse with docked tail (that sticks up)” (used for carthorses), hence “non-thoroughbred racehorse,” hence “mixture.”]

Customer Reviews

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My husband and I were visiting for the weekend and were looking for a nice, reasonably-priced restaurant within easy walking distance from the Marriott hotel. We found Empire and it was utterly delightful. Service was knowledgeable, prompt, attentive. Small plates (we ordered 4 to share) were varied, imaginative and delicious. It was a holiday weekend so no wait to sit or eat. We liked it so much we went back again our second night. Our check was $35.00 total each of the two meals (no drinks) and we were full. When we return to Norfolk we will return to Empire. Highly recommended.
Elizabeth R., Richmond, VA
I live downtown and this is always a bar that I find myself at. Tasty tapas and great beer collection. I really liked the last location but this is just as nice :)
Kim N., Norfolk, VA

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  • Artisanal Cheeses$14
  • Hamachi$12
  • Edamame$5
  • Virginia Goat Cheese$8
  • Assorted Lettuces$6
  • Radish Tartine$7
  • Togorashi Seared Beef$9
  • Kale Caesar$6

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