Empire

22 recent ratings
$$ • Chinese Restaurant
Reported to have a gluten-free menu
94% of 18 votes say it's celiac friendly
575 Congress St
Portland, ME 04101

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Celiac

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Review


Servers were incredibly knowledgeable. The food was really good! When we got our recipe, it clearly mentioned celiac disease and gluten allergy all over.

Safety


How confident are you that this establishment takes safety precautions against cross-contamination?

— Very

Safety Feature Ratings
  • Dedicated gluten-free space in the kitchen

Quality & Quantity


Is there a gluten-free menu?

— Gluten-free items are marked on the main menu

How much of the menu is available gluten-free?

— Most

How would you rate the taste and quality of the gluten-free food you tried?

— Excellent

Updated 3 days ago read full review

Overall Rating

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Takeout only but I was able to mark when ordering online that I was a celiac for each item. The eggplant was especially delicious!!

Safety


How confident are you that this establishment takes safety precautions against cross-contamination?

— Very

Safety Feature Ratings
  • Staff is knowledgeable and can answer questions
  • Food comes out flagged or marked gluten-free

Quality & Quantity


Is there a gluten-free menu?

— Gluten-free items are marked on the main menu

How much of the menu is available gluten-free?

— Some

How would you rate the taste and quality of the gluten-free food you tried?

— Excellent

Updated 3 weeks ago read full review

Overall Rating

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Incredible dumplings. Soft and flavorful. Orange beef, garlic green beans, eggplant, bacon fried rice; everything was amazingly tasty! Currently only providing takeout but we brought an insulated bag and drove it 30min away. It was still hot when we got home. Totally worth the drive!!

Safety


How confident are you that this establishment takes safety precautions against cross-contamination?

— Very

Quality & Quantity


Is there a gluten-free menu?

— Gluten-free items are marked on the main menu

How much of the menu is available gluten-free?

— Some

How would you rate the taste and quality of the gluten-free food you tried?

— Excellent

Updated 3 months ago read full review

This establishment is NOT a dedicated gluten-free facility and may not be safe for those with celiac disease. Please contact the establishment directly to inquire about safety precautions.

Gluten-Free Features

  • Gluten-Free Menu

Categories

  • Allergy Friendly
  • Asian
  • Bar
  • Chinese
  • Dairy-Free Friendly
  • Dinner
  • Healthy
  • Kid Friendly
  • Lunch
  • Online Ordering
  • Restaurant
  • Takeout
  • Vegan Friendly

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Shrimp dumplings (peep those gf soy sauce packets!)
Always reassuring to see "Allergy" on a receipt! 🙂
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Celiac

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Absolute awesomeness. I am a very sensitive celiac and did just fine! Try the scallion dumplings.

Safety


How confident are you that this establishment takes safety precautions against cross-contamination?

— Somewhat

Quality & Quantity


Is there a gluten-free menu?

— Gluten-free items are marked on the main menu

How much of the menu is available gluten-free?

— Some

How would you rate the taste and quality of the gluten-free food you tried?

— Excellent

Updated 3 months ago read full review

Celiac

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So many gluten free options. Easy online ordering. Fast service.

Safety


How confident are you that this establishment takes safety precautions against cross-contamination?

— Somewhat

Quality & Quantity


Is there a gluten-free menu?

— Gluten-free items are marked on the main menu

How much of the menu is available gluten-free?

— Some

How would you rate the taste and quality of the gluten-free food you tried?

— Excellent

Other


Other Characteristics
  • Good for dinner
  • Good for lunch
  • Good for takeout
  • Good selection of healthy options
  • Good vegan options
  • Offers online ordering
Updated 4 months ago read full review

Celiac

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The last few times we’ve gotten takeout so many items tested positive (strong positives) for gluten on my Nima sensor that my son and I were left hungry. I don’t know what changed in the kitchen as a result of the pandemic but I don’t feel safe eating here anymore.

Safety


How confident are you that this establishment takes safety precautions against cross-contamination?

— Not at all

Quality & Quantity


Is there a gluten-free menu?

— Gluten-free items are marked on the main menu

How much of the menu is available gluten-free?

— Some

How would you rate the taste and quality of the gluten-free food you tried?

— Good

Updated 5 months ago read full review

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Some creative items, not just the typical american-Asian fare. The gf dumplings are a treat and if your take out order is gf, they include gf soy sauce.

Safety


How confident are you that this establishment takes safety precautions against cross-contamination?

— Very

Quality & Quantity


Is there a gluten-free menu?

— Gluten-free items are marked on the main menu

How much of the menu is available gluten-free?

— Some

How would you rate the taste and quality of the gluten-free food you tried?

— Excellent

Other


Other Characteristics
  • Good for takeout
Updated 8 months ago read full review

Celiac

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Hands down one of my favorite spots in Portland. They take Celiac very seriously and have items labeled that are Celiac safe. The dumplings are amazing as is the fried rice. They are currently take out only due to COVID but still 1000% worth it.

Quality & Quantity


Is there a gluten-free menu?

— Gluten-free items are marked on the main menu

How much of the menu is available gluten-free?

— Most

How would you rate the taste and quality of the gluten-free food you tried?

— Excellent

Updated 8 months ago read full review

Celiac

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Everything was delicious. Especially the GF dumplings. The Orange Beef was amazing.

Safety


How confident are you that this establishment takes safety precautions against cross-contamination?

— Very

Quality & Quantity


Is there a gluten-free menu?

— Gluten-free items are marked on the main menu

How much of the menu is available gluten-free?

— Most

How would you rate the taste and quality of the gluten-free food you tried?

— Excellent

Updated 10 months ago read full review

Overall Rating

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Such a treat to have gluten free steamed dumplings! I can’t speak to other dishes since I was just so excited about their dumplings but what I had was fantastic and they even gave me gluten free soy sauce packets 🥲

Safety


How confident are you that this establishment takes safety precautions against cross-contamination?

— Very

Safety Feature Ratings
  • Staff is knowledgeable and can answer questions

Quality & Quantity


Is there a gluten-free menu?

— Gluten-free items are marked on the main menu

How much of the menu is available gluten-free?

— Some

How would you rate the taste and quality of the gluten-free food you tried?

— Excellent

Other


Other Characteristics
  • Good for dairy-free
  • Good for lunch
  • Good for takeout
  • Good vegan options
  • Offers online ordering
Updated 10 months ago read full review

Celiac

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I got the green beans, pork dumplings, and chicken skewers and did not get sick. My first time eating from a Chinese restaurant since being diagnosed with celiac disease, and it was delicious!

Safety


How confident are you that this establishment takes safety precautions against cross-contamination?

— Somewhat

Quality & Quantity


Is there a gluten-free menu?

— Gluten-free items are marked on the main menu

How much of the menu is available gluten-free?

— Some

How would you rate the taste and quality of the gluten-free food you tried?

— Excellent

Updated 11 months ago read full review

Celiac

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Amazing Chinese food. Dumplings were great. Didn’t get sick.

Safety


How confident are you that this establishment takes safety precautions against cross-contamination?

— Very

Quality & Quantity


How much of the menu is available gluten-free?

— Most

How would you rate the taste and quality of the gluten-free food you tried?

— Excellent

Updated 12 months ago read full review

Celiac

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We ordered bacon fried rice and pork dumplings. They are fantastic! The owner was very helpful. She only uses gluten free tamari. They specifically ask if you are celiac and it even asks in their online ordering app. You can’t currently eat in, but I still recommend it highly!

Safety


How confident are you that this establishment takes safety precautions against cross-contamination?

— Very

Safety Feature Ratings
  • Dedicated gluten-free space in the kitchen
  • Staff is knowledgeable and can answer questions
  • Food comes out flagged or marked gluten-free

Quality & Quantity


Is there a gluten-free menu?

— Gluten-free items are marked on the main menu

How much of the menu is available gluten-free?

— Some

How would you rate the taste and quality of the gluten-free food you tried?

— Excellent

Updated 12 months ago read full review

Celiac

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It’s been so long since I’ve had dumplings… I ordered one of each GF option. Pork were the best but everything was delicious.

Safety


How confident are you that this establishment takes safety precautions against cross-contamination?

— Very

Quality & Quantity


How much of the menu is available gluten-free?

— Most

How would you rate the taste and quality of the gluten-free food you tried?

— Excellent

Updated 1 year ago read full review

Celiac

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This was my favorite thing we ate while in Maine! They have gluten free dumplings and many other menu items were marked gluten free. They even have you choose celiac with each food item when you order online so that was very reassuring. My boyfriend is celiac and I have an intolerance and we felt great after eating these dumplings and they were so good! I definitely will go back here whenever I’m in Portland!

Safety


How confident are you that this establishment takes safety precautions against cross-contamination?

— Very

Quality & Quantity


Is there a gluten-free menu?

— Gluten-free items are marked on the main menu

How much of the menu is available gluten-free?

— Some

How would you rate the taste and quality of the gluten-free food you tried?

— Excellent

Other


Other Characteristics
  • Good for takeout
  • Good selection of healthy options
  • Good with other allergies
  • Offers online ordering
Updated 1 year ago read full review

Not celiac

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Yum!! The menu was easy to navigate which items were GF. When ordering online, you can denote if you are Celiac. I assume that would mean they would take extra precautions. I ordered the pork dumplings and am very happy with my selection. They were delicious! I am already looking forward to my next trip to Portland to try the shrimp dumplings!

Quality & Quantity


How much of the menu is available gluten-free?

— Some

How would you rate the taste and quality of the gluten-free food you tried?

— Excellent

Updated 1 year ago read full review

Celiac

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Really good steamed pork dumplings! Also shared the fried rice with my husband - it was a large portion and delicious. Their menu has items marked as gluten free, and it even has a drop down to specify “celiac” when ordering online

Safety


Safety Feature Ratings
  • Staff is knowledgeable and can answer questions

Quality & Quantity


Is there a gluten-free menu?

— Gluten-free items are marked on the main menu

How much of the menu is available gluten-free?

— Some

How would you rate the taste and quality of the gluten-free food you tried?

— Excellent

Updated 1 year ago read full review

Celiac

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Amazing dumplings!! We got the steamed pork and the har gow. Some of the best I’ve had gluten free or otherwise. They also included gluten free soy sauce and were knowledgeable about celiac over the phone.

Safety


How confident are you that this establishment takes safety precautions against cross-contamination?

— Very

Quality & Quantity


Is there a gluten-free menu?

— Gluten-free items are marked on the main menu

How much of the menu is available gluten-free?

— Not Much

How would you rate the taste and quality of the gluten-free food you tried?

— Excellent

Other


Other Characteristics
  • Good for takeout
  • Offers online ordering
Updated 1 year ago read full review

Celiac

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This was the best Chinese food that I have had in a very long time! It was the first time I've had dumplings, and they were incredible. Everything we tried was outstanding.

Safety


How confident are you that this establishment takes safety precautions against cross-contamination?

— Very

Quality & Quantity


Is there a gluten-free menu?

— Gluten-free items are marked on the main menu

How much of the menu is available gluten-free?

— Some

How would you rate the taste and quality of the gluten-free food you tried?

— Excellent

Updated 1 year ago read full review

Not celiac

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At the moment, only provides take out. We ordered dumplings, garlic green beans, and orange beef. Would order it again and kids loved it. Pork better than shrimp dumplings. Very helpful staff in phone.

Quality & Quantity


Is there a gluten-free menu?

— Gluten-free items are marked on the main menu

How much of the menu is available gluten-free?

— Some

How would you rate the taste and quality of the gluten-free food you tried?

— Excellent

Other


Other Characteristics
  • Good for dairy-free
  • Good for kids
  • Good for lunch
  • Good for takeout
  • Offers online ordering
Updated 1 year ago read full review

Celiac

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Great GF dim sum. Many options for Celiacs and the dumplings were fantastic. Takeout was super hot and ready exactly when it said.

Safety


How confident are you that this establishment takes safety precautions against cross-contamination?

— Very

Quality & Quantity


Is there a gluten-free menu?

— Gluten-free items are marked on the main menu

How much of the menu is available gluten-free?

— Some

How would you rate the taste and quality of the gluten-free food you tried?

— Excellent

Other


Other Characteristics
  • Good for dairy-free
  • Good for kids
  • Good for lunch
  • Good for takeout
  • Offers online ordering
Updated 1 year ago read full review

Celiac

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I would eat the gluten free bacon fried rice once I week if I lived here! Menu is clearly marked and food is delicious

Safety


How confident are you that this establishment takes safety precautions against cross-contamination?

— Very

Quality & Quantity


Is there a gluten-free menu?

— Gluten-free items are marked on the main menu

How much of the menu is available gluten-free?

— Some

How would you rate the taste and quality of the gluten-free food you tried?

— Excellent

Other


Other Characteristics
  • Good for takeout
  • Offers online ordering
Updated 1 year ago read full review

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Freaking yum! This place is super popular so call ahead but the pork dumplings and orange beef were delicious! And the staff was knowledgeable!

Celiac friendly?

Yes

Updated 2 years ago read full review

Celiac

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No reaction. The dumplings were good, but their take on orange beef is quite odd.

Celiac friendly?

Yes

Updated 2 years ago read full review

Celiac

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Loved the Bacon Rice... also the Kale Noodles. The train was excellent too!

Celiac friendly?

Yes

Updated 2 years ago read full review

Not celiac

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Excellent food and very knowledgable staff. I got the orange beef and hot and sour soup and they were great.

Updated 2 years ago read full review

Celiac

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One of my favorite restaurants in Portland! Not only can they make most dishes gluten free, they can make them safe for celiacs. There is a hefty amount of gluten free options. Also, the orange beef is a must try🤤

Celiac friendly?

Yes

Updated 3 years ago read full review

Celiac

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Wow how did I not know we had this, I always avoid Chinese food with celiac. The food was amazing, staff were so knowledgeable. I didn’t get sick and I’m so sensitive. Orange beef was outstanding. Thanks Find Me GF!!

Celiac friendly?

Yes

Updated 3 years ago read full review

Not celiac

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Dumplings?! Are you kidding me? I haven't had restaurant dumplings in years. Amazing! GF hot and sour soup as well. Yum!

Celiac friendly?

Yes

Updated 3 years ago read full review

Celiac

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Celiac friendly?

Yes

Updated 3 years ago read full review

Celiac

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100% awesome. Get all the things!

Celiac friendly?

Yes

Updated 3 years ago read full review

Celiac

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Went for lunch so didn’t have to deal with the wait. Felt pretty safe eating there and they even had gluten free dumplings! Yummy and fresh. It was great for vegetarians too!

Celiac friendly?

Yes

Updated 3 years ago read full review

Celiac

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Worth the long wait- but some times it happens. I don’t fault them for a wait because clearly it’s for a reason. I was really satisfied with my skewers and dumplings and it was all reasonably priced. It’s not cheap Chinese that I kinda miss - but it’s good.

Celiac friendly?

Yes

Updated 3 years ago read full review

Celiac

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Great food, GF is clearly marked on the menu. We got chicken skewers, pork dumplings, kale noodles and bacon fried rice. Definitely looking forward to going back!

Celiac friendly?

Yes

Updated 3 years ago read full review

Celiac

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Great attention to gluten free. Always feel safe eating here and waitstaff are super kind about GF. Highly recommend the garlic green beans!

Celiac friendly?

Yes

Updated 3 years ago read full review

Celiac

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Very delicious and they have gluten free dumplings! I got the bacon fried rice and lobster dumplings and it was amazing! There is a long wait but 100% worth it.

Celiac friendly?

Yes

Updated 3 years ago read full review

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Food was good, staff understood. Dumplings were over cooked and everything felt a little pricey. Overall, we recommend.

Updated 3 years ago read full review

Celiac

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Staff was very helpful and brought me tamari to have with their numerous gluten free dumpling options. Very tasty.

Celiac friendly?

Yes

Updated 3 years ago read full review

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Recent review of 1 star was bogus. There is a 1 page menu. 12 items on that menu are GF. Food is amazing, and the crowd waiting is further proof that this is one of the best restaurants on the street. Waiter was knowledgeable and gf tamari was provided.

Updated 4 years ago read full review

Celiac

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Celiac friendly?

Yes

Updated 4 years ago read full review

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Don’t advertise GF when you only have 3 things on the menu. One of the GF things was cucumbers !Very disappointed !

Updated 4 years ago read full review

Celiac

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Bacon fried rice and dumplings were absolutely amazing. Fried rice was a large enough portion to share. Waitress was knowledgeable and very helpful.

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Celiac

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Oh my goodness so yummy! Staff is knowledgeable.

Updated 4 years ago read full review

Celiac

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Super knowledgeable staff! Amazing food. Had delish dumplings! Lots of vegan options too! Will definitely be back!!

Celiac friendly?

Yes

Updated 4 years ago read full review

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The food is AMAZING! Staff is too. Bacon fried rice, pork dumplings with Tamari & green beans... yowsah!!

Celiac friendly?

Yes

Updated 4 years ago read full review

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Celiac friendly?

Yes

Updated 4 years ago read full review

Celiac

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Celiac friendly?

Yes

Updated 4 years ago read full review

Celiac

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Omg!!! First time here, and it's amazing! Menu clearly labels gf foods. They have gf soy sauce, dumplings and rice dishes. Seriously amazing food with very knowledgeable staff. Very authentic. Highly highly recommend!!

Celiac friendly?

Yes

Updated 5 years ago read full review

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Amazing food, knowledgable and prepared staff. Gluten free options well marked and servers were reassuring about kitchen facilities. Had a wonderful meal here and no problems!

Celiac friendly?

Yes

Updated 5 years ago read full review

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