Empire Tavern

4_half star rating 11 reviews

Telephone 09-373 4389

137 Victoria St West
Auckland Central
Auckland City

Gastro Pub Food
Mon - Fri 7am - Late
Sat & Sun 11am - late

Le Rendez-Vous Cafe Hours:
6am-5pm Mon-Friday, 7am-2pm Saturday
Provided by business


The iconic Empire Tavern offers the largest Garden Bar in Auckland’s CBD, with lots of greenery. New owners, new management, new attitude! Tuesdays – Quiz Night from 6:30pm hosted by Jan Maree(free entry) Wednesday – Open Mic Night Thursday Friday and Saturday: Live Bands Venue hire is available in any of our 4 function spaces – see our website for details. Le Rendez-Vous Cafe Hours: 6am-5pm Mon-Friday, 7am-2pm Saturday Now Shane Craven is the new owner, and together with the staff the team are putting new vigour and life back into the magnificent Empire establishment. Newly renovated, The Empire today is no longer a ‘run of the mill’ pub: it’s now separated into different areas, so the Empire is a very versatile venue. It has “an ardent and awesome feeling”. The Empire now also hosts big name bands, and is nicely aligned with today’s mix of vibrant people who make up today’s Auckland City. https://www.facebook.com/EmpireTavern https://twitter.com/EmpireTavern


Photo of Empire Tavern
The New Garden Room
Hot Smoked Chicken Salad

More Information

Restaurants, Bar & Brasseries, Bistros, Cafes
Pay, Pay & Display
Price Range:
Moderate, $15 - $25
Smart casual
Good For Groups:
Good For Children:
Beer, Wine, Spirits, Cocktails
Wheelchair Accessible:
Takes Reservations:
Dietary Restrictions:
Gluten-free, Vegetarian
Meals Served:
Dessert, Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch, Dinner, Late Night
Payment Types:
EFTPOS, Visa, MasterCard, AMEX
Seating For:
Outdoor Seating:

Reviews for Empire Tavern

5 star rating
by Steve B.
18th June 2014

What a great place, great food, great location.
I will be going to the Empire Tavern now on a regular basis.
They have great food great service very nice staff, the seating out the back is orsum.
Well done team keep up the great work.
I can not wait to see you again.

5 star rating
by Matt M.
8th June 2014

My colleagues and I meet here regularly and the food and service is always fantastic its a really busy place during lunch times. The meals are great and really good value. Fish and chips is a favourite as is the the bacon factory.The makeover has definitely been a great idea.

5 star rating
by Adeline
6th June 2014

Oh wow – how did we ever miss this pub in the city (and we just live several metres away). Visited today for the food and wow – very impressive for a wee pub tucked away in a busy corner of Victoria Street. The outdoor area was welcoming (and warm enough during winter), and the staff was very welcoming. The owner/manager was this friendly old chap who got us a table and popped by to see if we liked our food… and even stayed a while for a wee chat. You’d think most pubs in the city would be so busy they’d have no time for you and dish out the standard service, but not Empire. Good on you, guys.

We ordered the black pepper squid – omg, it was very well marinated and soft enough to literally melt in your mouth (most black pepper squid dishes we had were always either rubbery or lacked taste). The seafood chowder was equally as tasty.. and the $10 steak is definitely good value for money. Big chunk of meat – yum yum! Highly recommended!

If only I had space in my tummy for more food… we’d have ordered the desserts… :)

5 star rating
by Franko H.
10th April 2014

The Empire is the best “Pub” in the central city. Their new makeover is outstanding. The food is brilliant as well as the service. Every night has something different on too! I especially love the Open Mic Nights on Wednesdays.. :-D

5 star rating
by Kristina L.
28th March 2014

Excellent staff awesome host Jan-marie. Food is equally awesome definitely be going back and recommend to everyone. The steak cooked exactly how I like it and service was fast and efficient. The outdoor garden was amazing to sit and eat our meal in.

5 star rating
by Dave A.
20th March 2014

Haven’t been to The Empire for a while. Visited today and they made me feel like a long lost friend. It’s still got the great welcoming atmosphere, staff are great and couldn’t do enough for me.. Food and service is great. $10 steak great value. Will be back again soon, and will recommend to my friends. Cheers, guys.

5 star rating
by Peter L.
19th March 2014

I’ve had Empire’s steak special a couple of times over the last couple months, always ordered a medium rare one with a pint. My first was literally the best steak I’d ever had. The second time the steak was so thick it ended up being a little less cooked than I’d have liked but it was still delicious and worth the $10 price.

The staff were very friendly, even asked how my steak was both times and I told them the same as above. They took the feedback well which was very reassuring.

The Empire has great live music, one of the few places in Auckland, and even though there could be more to keep me staying longer (e.g. a pool table or something), I’ll definitely be back for more steak and music! 9/10

5 star rating
by David W.
11th March 2014

A great local establishment built in the heart of the Auckland CBD. Hosts Aucklands biggest outdoor garden bar. The service is impeccable and all staff are trained in the art of liquor handling.
The Empire Tavern serves from a fully internal kitchen located in the garden bar. The menu ranges from finger food to a full scotch fillet plate. Topped off with a huge range of tap beer, ciders, wine and spirits. The Empire also hosts a range of events during the week with Aucklands Richest Quiz every Tuesday night from 6:30 and live music Wednesday to Saturday. Not to mention they also have 3 separate rooms for higher. All round my favorite place to relax, have great food, great beer and a good time.

5 star rating
by John H.
16th May 2013

Went there over the weekend for the special, they have a lamb shank meal for only $5 with any drink purchase. So I ordered a coke and got the special.
Impressed! You could not even buy that yourself for that much and boy it was good!
Love the look of the place, The Garden Bar is pretty open and a nice place to dine.
Staff were great and friendly.
Definitely be back and that special is a must!

5 star rating
by Jessica G.
12th May 2013

I have been in there a few times now to get coffee in the mornings on the way to work, as a self confessed coffee connoisseur i can honestly say that the coffee is up to standard.
The staff are really friendly and I like that they have remembered my usual order. Its a small thing but its the small things that make the biggest difference.

Yesterday I went there for the first time for lunch and ordered a “lady Killer” pizza – delicious. It was quite busy and the order arrived in a reasonable time frame.

The staff are very friendly and welcoming.

Love the new look with the renovations that have been done.

Will be back for sure. Well done Empire.

1 star rating
by Robin B.
7th April 2013

Seriously peeved. Decided to try out the $5 steak meal they were advertising. Arrived, sat down, and after about 10 minutes managed to get a waitress’ attention.

For some reason, while we were waiting the waitress came up and told us to pay immediately, which was strange because at sit-down places you generally expect to pay afterwards. We’d soon find out why.

When the steak arrived, it wasn’t the 250g advertised portion, but AT BEST around 120g. A table near us was served one more than twice the size. My steak in particular was burnt black all over on the outside and well-done beyond recognition, despite asking for medium rare. It was cut in half down the middle, clearly so someone could check its doneness, and despite this I was still served a far too overdone steak. The ‘chef’ kept staring out the service window to peek at our table, and upon making eye contact with me withdrew his head so fast behind the counter he hit his head.

Not worth the $5 (yes, literally) and I’m not going back.

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