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Empire Szechuan

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115 S Washington Sq, Lansing, MI 48933-1703
+1 517-702-1338
11:00 - 21:30
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Lansing, Michigan
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10 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 October 2015

This is a popular and quick-moving buffet option. You'll often see legislators, legi staffers and lobbyists grabbing a relatively quick bite here, because you can just get your table, go up and fill your plate, and pay pretty quickly whenever you have to leave to get back to work. Because the turnover is good, the food on the buffet (during... More 

Thank Amy B
Midland, Michigan
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461 reviews
274 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 117 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 August 2015

Grabbed a quick bite to eat here and the special fried rice and spring rolls were both good and reasonable portions for the price.

Thank Mikey88
Troy, Michigan
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19 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 June 2015 via mobile

Looking for something quick and filling while spending the day in Lansing? Look no further. Staff is friendly, fast and efficient. It's also a great place to do a little networking. Price is reasonable for the value.

2 Thank Carmen J
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51 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 March 2015

Straight forward Chinese fare in a simple restaurant environment. Great for lunch: The food was fresh and tasty. The cost is $7.40 for the lunchtime buffet, which allows you to sample many of their offerings for a low price. There were a few twists on the buffet, such as Jalapeño Chicken, and Spicy Mushroom Chicken. As well, my understanding is... More 

3 Thank citizen360
Ann Arbor, Michigan
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21 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 April 2014

The lunch buffet is excellent. When I first walked in, I was suprised that there was only one buffet table of food. After I got my first plate, I fully appreciated that there was only one table. Everything was fresh, hot, and delicious. I am so used to buffets with endless amounts of tables and average quality food that this... More 

3 Thank Malarkey4you
St Albans
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28 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 January 2013

Friendly welcome, huge plate of egg foo yung which was interesting enough that I didn't get tired of it by the end - nice fresh ingredients, vegetables inside still crunchy - and tasty soy "gravy" and steamed rice alongside. Great comfort food, just the job after a transatlantic flight! With a large (and not charged-for) pot of jasmine tea, my... More 

2 Thank chasm205
Okemos, Michigan
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1,662 reviews
877 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 455 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 January 2013

Have eaten here a number of times when meeting friends in downtown Lansing. Food is good. A decent selection. Staff is always friendly and helpful. I would recommend eating here when in this area. It can get crowed lunch time suggest getting there by 11:45.

1 Thank Chipperhigh2
Lansing, Michigan
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14 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 September 2012

i've been a million times, and it always impresses; this place is always busy, no matter what time of day. i've even swung by late at night and found a room full of hungry people!

2 Thank kittytwist
Lansing, Michigan
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5 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 January 2011

Empire Szechuan has a great Chinese buffet in downtown Lansing. I'm not sure about dinner time prices, but if you head there at lunch on a weekday they have a "lunchtime special" and the buffet is listed at $5.99, which comes out to just $6.35 after tax. I think it's a dollar or two more if you get a soft... More 

1 Thank JoulesMSU
Williamston, Michigan
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24 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 March 2010

Excellent food. Buffet is good, but ordering from menu is best. Restaurant is overall too quiet -- you can hear everything from every table. They need some music or something. Service is just o.k. -- with an Asian staff, it is somewhat hard to tell what they are saying, and they don't come around too much. Overall though, a place... More 

2 Thank larslentz

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    3 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
Chinese, Asian
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Seating, Buffet
Open Hours
11:00 - 21:30
11:00 - 21:30
11:00 - 21:30
11:00 - 21:30
11:00 - 21:30
11:00 - 21:30
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 115 S Washington Sq, Lansing, MI 48933-1703
  • Location: United States  >  Michigan (MI)  >  Ingham County  >  Lansing
  • Phone Number: +1 517-702-1338

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?