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Empress M, Napa, CA

Empress M

4.4
4.4
383 Reviews
$31 to $50
Chinese
Empress M invites you to a unique dining experience of authentic Chinese food, drinks, with rich culture and stories!

In China, the flavors and textures of the eight greatest regional culinary traditions date back hundreds even thousands of years. The classic dishes have even been carefully refined across changing seasons, political leaderships and societies. With each reimagining, their sensory experience deepens. Empress M brings these unforgettable regional cuisines together at one table for an exhilarating and impressive experience. You will discover classic dishes joyfully brought to life with innovative touches. Here at Empress M you will travel across geography, culture and history with your senses invigorated and your curiosity awakened.

We are now serving our full menu all day.

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2 people

19:00


Booked 1 time today

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Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • Cuisines
    Chinese, Dim Sum, Chinese (Sichuan)
  • Hours of Operation
    Tue–Sun 12:00–21:00 Happy Hour Tue–Fri 15:00–18:00 Sat, Sun 15:00–17:00
  • Phone number
    (707) 927-5485
  • Payment Options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress Code
    Smart Casual
  • Owned/operated by
    Asian and Pacific Islander, Women
  • Executive Chef
    Peter Wong
  • Catering
    we have different catering options available. please call the restaurant for a quote.
  • Private party facilities
    we have our VIP room you can rent out for small gatherings or parties. please call the restaurant to get quotes or ask for a tour.
  • Area
    Napa
  • Cross Street
    we are on the Silverado trail. The closes cross street is Saratoga Drive.
  • Parking Details
    limited parking lot always recommend taking lyft, uber, or taxi like black tie
  • Additional
    Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Delivery, Dog Friendly, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeaway, Vegan, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 383 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.4
4.4 based on recent ratings
  • 4.5Food
  • 4.5Service
  • 4.4Ambience
  • 4.2Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • San Francisco Bay Area

    Chinese

  • Wine Country

    Good for groups

  • Wine Country

    Great for outdoor dining

383 Reviews
  1. StevenR

    San Francisco

    34 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    34 reviews

    Dined on 18 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Lovely dinner. Food was excellent, came at a good pace and service was attentive. Very enjoyable evening.

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  2. AnonEMus

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 27 January 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    Too "touristy" food, both sauces were kind of sweet. Portions a bit skimpy but that might be related to being Resturant Week.

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  3. LindaF

    San Francisco

    68 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    68 reviews

    Dined on 20 January 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    The food was disappointing. Meat was poor quality with a lot of fat and gristle.

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  4. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 1 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food was great. Esp the fried rice.. Highly recommend this place

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  5. TonyA

    San Francisco

    5 reviews

    2.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on 1 January 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 3
    Don’t believe everything you’ve read from prior reviews.

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  6. rcasasjr

    San Francisco

    22 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on 24 December 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The Food and Service was amazing. We had a wonderful pre-Christmas Family dinner there. We will definitely be back and recommend to our family and friends.

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  7. LynnM

    Sacramento

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on 20 November 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This was my second time to Empress M and bringing my husband and our two friends for their first visit. We were able to enjoy more dishes since there were 4 compared to only two the first time. All of the dishes were delicious my girlfrend really loves Mapo Tofu and she totally enjoyed it as well as the rest of us. The Peking Roast Duck, Sausage Sticky Rice, Sichuan Spicy Fish rounded out our dinner and everyone was stuffed and totally enjoyed their dining experience. Highly recommend going and if you are in Sacramento to try Margaret Wong's other restaurant Yue Huang also great dim sum and food.

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  8. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on 25 October 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    You can’t go wrong with anything on the menu, food was fresh and delicious. Staff were very helpful and friendly. We sat outside, very clean and spacious

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  9. DavidA

    San Francisco

    136 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    136 reviews

    Dined on 1 October 2023

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    food except for the soup was all cold. They did bring us the main course after the first serving was cold

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  10. Native

    San Francisco

    150 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    150 reviews

    Dined on 1 October 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 3
    The food is excellent. The soups are a meal by themselves. Unfortunately, they were very under staffed and the service was poor. The staff really tried hard but on a Saturday evening they need more wait staff

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  11. Ruth

    Los Angeles

    116 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    116 reviews

    Dined on 28 September 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I LOVED the dim sum sampler. I had a late lunch while visiting Napa. Enjoyed sitting in the outdoor courtyard. Can’t wait to go back for dinner sometime. Definitely recommend!

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  12. LisaF

    San Francisco

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on 27 September 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The service was amazing and the food was great. The wait time on the food was quick

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  13. FoodE

    San Francisco

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on 1 September 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    The meal was excellent and warrants a return visit as we look forward to exploring the rest of their menu.

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  14. SuzieC

    San Francisco

    6 reviews

    3.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on 26 August 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 3
    The food was very good but the service was very chaotic. server could not get our order right. Kept bring us items we didn’t order. Main course came first and appetizer came afterwards one by one. Server always had an excuse why the food was served in the wrong order. Was not like this before, something has changed to have such bad service. Not sure I would come back.

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  15. servicechargeissue

    New York City

    11 reviews

    3.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on 26 August 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    Ok food Compared to good east coast restaurants Good Chinese food is hard to find

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  16. JulieH

    San Francisco

    24 reviews

    5.0

    24 reviews

    Dined on 23 August 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great place to get Chinese food in a nice setting.

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  17. JoeyV

    Central Coast

    35 reviews

    3.0

    35 reviews

    Dined on 20 August 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    The dining room was nicely decorated and the service was good. The food seemed to need a little more of something; good variety though. Good wine list. Good parking

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  18. napabubbles

    San Francisco

    50 reviews

    5.0

    50 reviews

    Dined on 19 August 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food - nice staff! Dim sum menu is really good and affordable; main menu very tasty.

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  19. MaricrisW

    Greater Boston

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on 19 August 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We were a bit late to the restaurant but they were very gracious about it. The food was fantastic. The service was top notch. The restaurant was very clean, quiet and presented very well.

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  20. LadiesWhoLunch

    San Francisco

    40 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    40 reviews

    Dined on 12 August 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Delicious - although I wonder if the dim sum is made in house ❓‼️❓Some of the items we ordered seemed as if they were bought frozen and reheated prior to service - I’d appreciate knowing - the honey chicken with walnuts was a smash hit - so, so yummy ‼️🥢

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  21. impressed

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 10 August 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great service, clean and elegant place and food was exceptional Craving to come back

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  22. MarkL

    Palm Springs

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 23 July 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Excellent food and extremely good service. Next time we visit Napa ,we will definitely visit again

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  23. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 23 July 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Service was outstanding possibly due to early hour don’t care they did an excellent job.

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  24. Brian

    San Francisco

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 7 July 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    Bok Choy with Shitake Mushrooms was scrumpuous as was the Mongolian Beef. Next time we will order the Dim Sum buns in bamboo steamer.

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  25. SoniaC

    Hawaii

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 2 July 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Food and service were terrific. We are coming back!

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  26. JMC90

    New York City

    114 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    114 reviews

    Dined on 28 June 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    Although the food was delicious, the restaurant was trying to close early. Thankfully we arrived early for our reservation and the gates were still open but had we been on time, they would have canceled the res and locker their doors! We enjoyed the food but wasn’t a great experience overall.

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  27. MeiTsu

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 25 June 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Their Dim Sum is excellent, albeit I am used to smaller bite size portions, and theirs is quite large.

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  28. KenD

    San Francisco

    39 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    39 reviews

    Dined on 25 June 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    For Napa, this is straight-up the best traditional Chinese restaurant. Quality food prepared well. Especially important, from a take-out perspective, they have thought through the packaging, so that it travels well and is not smashed into small containers that ruin most Chinese takeout. The common criticism is price - which I think is somewhat misguided. When I think of many Chinese restaurants, the quality of the ingredients is second rate - here they pay attention to quality - and that costs.

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  29. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 19 June 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    My favorite at this last visit were the sausage sticky rice and (as always) the wood ear mushrooms!

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  30. BottlerockBust2023

    San Diego

    13 reviews

    3.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on 30 May 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    We usually enjoy this establishment when visiting the Napa region, however, this visit was below par. Inventory was diminished due to a recent "Bottlerock Party" resulting in some drink choices not being available. The biggest disappointment was ordering an entree where a staple ingredient was not available, yet the dish was prepared and served anyway as if we were not supposed to notice. The service staff tried to be accommodating and were generally pleasant on this slow day. The dish in question was comp'd upon request which was simply good customer service. Based on past experiences, I am not writing Empress M off yet - but I will ask some pointed questions if visiting around the same time frame as this year.

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  31. elital

    San Francisco

    13 reviews

    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on 29 May 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    The food here is very, very good. Currently in Napa this is the only restaurant that serves quality Chinese food, because of the quality expect to pay more than your usual Chinese place. The cost value to quality is there. This was our second visit and it did not disappoint. We will be back.

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  32. DeniseT

    Central Coast

    21 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on 19 May 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food and service were great. The walnut shrimp was the best! Potstickers were good as well.

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  33. GenaY

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 14 May 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    The green beans are fantastic- tasty and spicy. The Sesame Balls are to die for. Everything we ordered was wonderful. Highly recommended!

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  34. 1202435

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 14 May 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 2
    We ordered food and anticipated that it would arrive in appropriate order (soup, dim sum, entrees). We ended having soup at the end. Additionally we had a big party and was hoping that the host could provide recommendations on the amount of food we ordered vs. how many people were in our party. I would come back if I were in a 4 top or less. Anything greater than that would be too difficult to support.

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  35. Winevalley55

    San Francisco

    53 reviews

    4.0

    53 reviews

    Dined on 13 May 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 2
    Probably the best place to stop in Napa Valley if you’re yearning for Chinese food. Don’t expect a dim sum experience like in SF, better off ordering items you would at your go-to Chinese restaurant. Food slow to emerge from kitchen, offset by pleasant waitstaff. Kind of pricey, not a “wow” experience, but straightforward.

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  36. JohnH

    San Diego

    18 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on 8 May 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 2
    We have enjoyed Empress M many times. The food is consistent with excellent Dim Sum. Portions are generous. The rooms have poor acoustics so it is difficult to talk about others. Of note, their tables for large parties are huge so don’t think you can have conversation across the table for parties of 6-8.

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  37. OKIE

    San Francisco

    14 reviews

    3.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on 7 May 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    Good food and service . Keep up the good work ! We enjoyed everything .

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  38. CharleneS

    San Francisco

    190 reviews

    5.0

    190 reviews

    Dined on 8 April 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Wonderful Chinese food -- best in Napa. We love this place. Peking Duck yum, wood oyster mushrooms great, etc.etc. All excellent.

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  39. Lalex

    Central Coast

    11 reviews

    4.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on 7 April 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    I've eaten here before the pandemic and thought it was just OK. I was pleasantly surprised as everyone enjoyed the food more this time. Were the portions bigger as well? It seemed that way to us. The Mongolian Beef I ordered was plentiful and delicious! I also appreciated the large spacing between tables for someone like me who can not afford to get COVID. Yes, the prices are too high, but this is way more palatable when the food is enjoyed this much. I will return...

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  40. shellye

    Tahoe

    17 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on 29 March 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had a delightful evening at Empress M. Ordered 2 of the Dim Sum sampler plates, Calamari, Fried Shrimp with Walnuts, 1/2 Peking Duck, Chow Fun with Beef, Green Beans and the delicious Egg Custard Tarts for dessert. It was a great meal enjoyed by all.

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Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitising

    • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

FAQs

You can order delivery directly from Empress M using the Order Online button. Empress M also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (707) 927-5485.

Empress M is rated 4.4 stars by 383 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a booking

2 people

19:00


Booked 1 time today

Order delivery or takeout

Google Map for Empress M

221 Silverado Trail, Napa, CA 94559-4015

Additional information

  • Cross Street
    we are on the Silverado trail. The closes cross street is Saratoga Drive.
  • Area
    Napa
  • Hours of Operation
    Tue–Sun 12:00–21:00 Happy Hour Tue–Fri 15:00–18:00 Sat, Sun 15:00–17:00
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • Cuisines
    Chinese, Dim Sum, Chinese (Sichuan)
  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Dress Code
    Smart Casual
  • Parking Details
    limited parking lot always recommend taking lyft, uber, or taxi like black tie
  • Payment Options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Owned/operated by
    Asian and Pacific Islander, Women
  • Executive Chef
    Peter Wong
  • Additional
    Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Delivery, Dog Friendly, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeaway, Vegan, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Phone number
    (707) 927-5485
  • Catering
    we have different catering options available. please call the restaurant for a quote.
  • Private party facilities
    we have our VIP room you can rent out for small gatherings or parties. please call the restaurant to get quotes or ask for a tour.
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