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Empire Garden

Boston , MA

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Boston, MA US
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Cheryl
Wedding:
11/2/2013
0.5/5.0
We had a half-Chinese, half-Western wedding on November 2, 2013.
Here was our experience:
We were engaged in October 2012 and knew we wanted our wedding in the Fall of 2013, so we started looking at different venues in the Boston Area. We decided to have a traditional Christian ceremony at a church in Boston and then have a Chinese reception/banquet in Chinatown. We scoped out different restaurants in Chinatown and found options to be limited. There are only 3 large Chinese restaurants in Boston’s Chinatown: Hei La Moon, China Pearl, and Empire Garden.

Our guests list was approximated to be around 120 people and Hei La Moon and China Pearl do not have smaller rooms to accommodate parties of that size and we did not want a divider between the restaurant and our wedding so we decided to go with Empire Garden. Empire garden has both a very large dining area and a smaller private room with a bar that is suitable for parties of around 150.

We had trouble from the beginning trying to reserve the room all the way to the week before the wedding. We wanted to make a deposit to reserve the room, but the manager was reluctant to take our money. He gave the impression that if someone came in with more money to reserve the room he would take that party instead; a poor way of doing business, but most Chinatown restaurants work this way so keep that in mind.

Wedding Day - List of disasters:

The space is not kept clean. While this is nothing too out of the ordinary for Chinatown, it would seem some basic dusting and glass cleaning could be done for a private party room. Dirty glass and dusty Chinese lanterns could easily be cleaned/replaced. Low maintenance standards in the dining room perhaps hints at potentially low standards in the kitchen. The entrance to this restaurant looks like the establishment is perpetually closed. Some lighting, clean
We had a half-Chinese, half-Western wedding on November 2, 2013.
Here was our experience:
We were engaged in Read more...
We had a half-Chinese, half-Western wedding on November 2, 2013.
Here was our experience:
We were engaged in October 2012 and knew we wanted our wedding in the Fall of 2013, so we started looking at different venues in the Boston Area. We decided to have a traditional Christian ceremony at a church in Boston and then have a Chinese reception/banquet in Chinatown. We scoped out different restaurants in Chinatown and found options to be limited. There are only 3 large Chinese restaurants in Boston’s Chinatown: Hei La Moon, China Pearl, and Empire Garden.

Our guests list was approximated to be around 120 people and Hei La Moon and China Pearl do not have smaller rooms to accommodate parties of that size and we did not want a divider between the restaurant and our wedding so we decided to go with Empire Garden. Empire garden has both a very large dining area and a smaller private room with a bar that is suitable for parties of around 150.

We had trouble from the beginning trying to reserve the room all the way to the week before the wedding. We wanted to make a deposit to reserve the room, but the manager was reluctant to take our money. He gave the impression that if someone came in with more money to reserve the room he would take that party instead; a poor way of doing business, but most Chinatown restaurants work this way so keep that in mind.

Wedding Day - List of disasters:

The space is not kept clean. While this is nothing too out of the ordinary for Chinatown, it would seem some basic dusting and glass cleaning could be done for a private party room. Dirty glass and dusty Chinese lanterns could easily be cleaned/replaced. Low maintenance standards in the dining room perhaps hints at potentially low standards in the kitchen. The entrance to this restaurant looks like the establishment is perpetually closed. Some lighting, clean Read less
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mattiqw
Wedding:
5/1/2010
3.8/5.0
For personal reasons, we chose to use this venue. The large dining hall is converted from a theater so has extremely high ceilings and is very large and open. That being said, since it is a Chinese restaurant, it has an eclectic mix of Asian and European decorations. There is also a nice stage area and audio/video hookups, but it tends to be unreliable, so it's not something you can count on. They were also pretty flexible in allowing us to arrange things as we wanted. The lighting is also a bit dim, but it is definitely a place to consider if you're looking for a nice Chinese restaurant in Boston.
For personal reasons, we chose to use this venue. The large dining hall is converted from a theater so has extremely high Read more...
For personal reasons, we chose to use this venue. The large dining hall is converted from a theater so has extremely high ceilings and is very large and open. That being said, since it is a Chinese restaurant, it has an eclectic mix of Asian and European decorations. There is also a nice stage area and audio/video hookups, but it tends to be unreliable, so it's not something you can count on. They were also pretty flexible in allowing us to arrange things as we wanted. The lighting is also a bit dim, but it is definitely a place to consider if you're looking for a nice Chinese restaurant in Boston. Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
2+ years ago
4.2/5.0
Tasty food, helpful banquet organizer/head, flexible with details down to the last week. They don't plan far ahead, but work well at the last minute. Great stage at the front.
Tasty food, helpful banquet organizer/head, flexible with details down to the last week. They don't plan far ahead, but Read more...
Tasty food, helpful banquet organizer/head, flexible with details down to the last week. They don't plan far ahead, but work well at the last minute. Great stage at the front. Read less
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