Since 1900

The original EMPIREHOUSE was a boarding house, restaurant, and bar in Rome New York owned by Joseph O’Brien, the great, great grand-father of the owners. Established in 1900 and operated into the 1970’s. The original EMPIREHOUSE offered travelers and locals an escape from everyday life.

EMPIREHOUSE urban palate is a collaboration of owners Larry Malone and Rika Malone. With a passion for food and quality service, Larry and Rika were seeking to create a neighborhood bar with great food, creative ambiance, and uncompromised service.

Award winning menu

Voted Best New Restaurant of 2011 by the readers of San Diego City Beat Magazine!

Our signature Seared Ahi Fish Taco was profiled by the San Diego Union Tribune as one of the most memorable fish tacos in San Diego.


EMPIREHOUSE urban palate is and will continue to be known for its uncommon level of superior customer service. This means every customer every day will be treated like family without exception. Our high quality food with an approachable price will be unrivaled. These together will create an atmosphere unlike anything available. The EMPIREHOUSE mission is to be a destination where our customer are our friends want to return day after day.

EMPIREHOUSE serves familiar comfort food in a way that you’ve never before experienced in a uniquely urban environment. EMPIREHOUSE urban palate is a premier brunch, lunch and dinner destination, catering to those who want to enjoy high quality food and drinks in a casual, clean, fun atmosphere.

We welcome you into our kitchen.