I’d like to add a little to Josh’s review of the Empire Tap Room. The main problem with the place as a bar is that it’s really not a bar. Despite what the name suggests, it’s more of a restaurant where patrons can find rich food in a fancy pub setting. Tables with tablecloths take up more of the room than bar seating. On one occasion, I actually went there for lunch and enjoyed a really lovely warm goat cheese salad and polenta (this expedition documented on my food blog). On warm afternoons, you can sit in the courtyard, where there are sunshine, vines and a fountain.
And if you’d like a beer with your meal, by all means…
Empire Tap Room
651 Emerson St
Palo Alto, CA 94301