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Empire Brewing Company

120 Walton St, Syracuse, NY 13202-1179
+1 315-475-2337
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  • Excellent38%
  • Very good38%
  • Average17%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible2%
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“brunch” (26 reviews)
“truffle fries” (16 reviews)
“elk burger” (15 reviews)
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American, Bar, Pub, Cajun & Creole, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
120 Walton St, Syracuse, NY 13202-1179
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Reviewed 2 days ago

After seeing this on tv,we decided to try it.It wasn't what we were expecting.We waited a short time to be seated. We were placed next to people who were so loud,we could not to hear each other.we finally asked to be seated at the bar!we...More

Thank sandy c
Reviewed 1 week ago

The good: Loved the decor. Very cool. The bad: The waitress was an absolute B_ _ _ H!!! The beer: Cannot tell you as they were out of their famous stout. The food: Asked for a medium rare burger. Got a lump of charcoal.

Thank John H
542social, Other at Empire Brewing Company, responded to this review

Hi John, thank you for taking the time to give us your feedback. Can I have your email so we can reach out to you privately. Cheers!

Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Recent visit was not as good reviews led me to believe. Salmon and fish tacos left a lot to be desire. Not well seasoned salmon and fish tacos had very little fish but a lot of cabbage. Nothing special here from food perspective. Specialty beers...More

Thank ScottgNJ
542social, Other at Empire Brewing Company, responded to this review

Hi Scott, thank you for taking the time to give us your feedback. Cheers!

Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Stopped by this Brew pub after leaving another spot that did not have a working bathroom. This place turned out to be fantastic the light beer was delish!! And the food smelled amazing bar tender was awesome highly recommend.

Thank limdsaymartus
542social, Marketing at Empire Brewing Company, responded to this review

Hi, thank you for taking the time to give us your feedback. Cheers!

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Came here on a Sunday at shortly after 10 as the Starbucks in our hotel, Courtyard Marriott, was closed by the time we arrived. The place was two blocks from the hotel. We were one of the first customers in the morning. Food was fresh,...More

Thank idanaLongIsland_NY
542social, Marketing at Empire Brewing Company, responded to this review

Hi, thank you for taking the time to give us your feedback. Cheers!

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The suds are great, but the food is really average at best. The dining area is a very noisy place with everyone talking.

Thank Fuzznuts1
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

New York now has many fabulous micro-breweries with restaurants and this is one of the best. Their beers are excellent and they have a diverse menu. Brunch alone is worth the trip. Their prices are very reasonable, too.

Thank Choose2BKind
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Restaurant was busy but only had to wait 20 minutes to get a table. Food was great I opted for the special beer soak bratwurst topped with bacon mustard and crispy fried onions. Beer selection is good but they always seem to be out of...More

Thank Bgravy80
Reviewed 19 April 2017

Great Food, Service and I love the atmosphere. Finding a good place to park is a little difficult, but it is worth it. I don't drink beer, but I was happy to find out they had 1911 hard cider on draft! I will be back!

Thank Navarath
Reviewed 13 April 2017

Good Beer.. good food! Good Beer.. good music! Good Beer.. good service! Good Beer... good prices! GOOD BEER.... did I mention the Good Beer!

Thank John D
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we are coming to Syracuse Friday october 14 and wanting to watch the Blue Jays/Cleveland baseball game. Is this a good place to watch it? will it be on tv? Thanks.
12 October 2016|
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Response from 542social | Property representative |
Hello! The game will definitely be playing on the bar TV's. If not, please ask the bartender to turn it on and they will be happy to help. Cheers! Hope to see you Friday.
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$10 - US$15
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, After-hours, Drinks
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi
Good for
Child-friendly, Bar Scene, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Groups
Open Hours
11:30 - 21:00
11:30 - 21:00
11:30 - 21:00
11:30 - 22:00
11:30 - 22:00
11:30 - 23:00
11:30 - 23:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 120 Walton St, Syracuse, NY 13202-1179
  • Location: United States  >  New York (NY)  >  Finger Lakes  >  Syracuse
  • Phone Number: +1 315-475-2337
  • E-mail
Empire Brewing Company is a contemporary downtown bar and grill with a brewery on the premises. Here, we aspire to provide customers with the best food and libation available by utilizing fresh locally sourced ingredients. Whether it is vegetables and herbs grown in our garden, hops grown by our brewer, locally raised grass-fed Angus beef, or original music performed by our friends, we give our patrons an experience that can only be had at Empire Brewing Company.

The moderately priced and eclectic food menu is complemented by a diverse selection of hand-crafted ales and lagers. In addition to beer, Empire offers cocktails and a large selection of wine.

The atmosphere is casual and festive. The brewing facility is housed in a glass-enclosed work area which provides a view of the massive copper and stainless steel brewing vessels. The food is prepared in a handsome open-performance kitchen allowing patrons visibility of the chef and his assistants.

The interior decor highlights the industrial elements of the microbrewery, the drama of the performance kitchen, and the architectural nuances of the building. The understated design - featuring exposed brick walls, wood beams, and columns - pays homage to the brewing tradition and the pre-existing architecture. With clarity the aim and materials and ambient lighting the accent, a warm and inviting environment has been created for customers to enjoy the music, food, and beverages.