Empress Theatre

Dining Options

Dinning, Coffee Shops & Cafes

There are many fantastic dining options near the theater as well as a number of cafes and coffee shops.  Some of these establishments offer special dinner and a show packages in conjunction with the Empress.

Nearby Options:

Empress Theatre: Coffee, pasteries, and concession snacks
330 Virginia Street * 707-552-2400
Distance to Theater:  Inside the Empress Theatre

You may not realize it, but the Empress has an impressive array of tasty options.  While we have the famously addictive theater popcorn and concession drinks and snacks you'd expect, we also proudly serve Duvall's Coffee from Benicia, freshly made cookies and bakery items from Vallejo's Dillon Bread Company and our own signature non-alcoholic mixed drinks available nowhere else.  In addition, beer and wine are served for some special events.

Havana Sol: Cuban Fusion Food, Full Bar
324 Virginia Street * 707-554-3777 * Website
Distance to Theater:  Next door to the Empress

Havana Sol is located in Historic Downtown Vallejo, next to the Empress Theatre. A cool upscale place to eat exciting, authentic and flavorful Cuban Fusion Food. Our Executive Chef creates daily changing Seafood Specials and exhilarating homemade desserts. Try one of our Classic Mojitos or our refreshing Signature Drinks at our full bar under the gentle breeze of fans surrounded by tropical foliage. Observe one of a kind art pieces on display by local artist while listening to and enjoying soulful Latin and Afro-Cuban Jazz, live every Saturday Night. Or visit our Parties on Fridays, starting at 10 pm. We are looking forward to seeing you at Havana Sol!


China Wok: Fine Chinese Cuisine
512 Sacramento Street * 707-645-2008

Distance to Theater:  1/2 block, between Georgia & Virginia Streets

China Wok is arguably one of the East Bay's best Chinese restaurants.  The secret is in the sauce--any of them.  For China Wok is one of the few that makes all of their own sauces.  This lends a much richer flavor to all of their signature dishes.  With fine presentation, lots of seafood, traditional and vegetarian choices, there's something wonderful in store for everyone in your party.

Georgia Street Grill: American & Polynesian
314 Georgia Street * 707-557-4745

Distance to Theater:  1/2 block, cross parking lot, take paseo to Georgia St

With a wonderfully varied menu of American favorites and a splash of the Islands, this has become a beloved local haunt.  Serving Breakfast (voted best breakfast in an informal poll by a local blog), lunch and dinner, the Grill takes on a different, though equally charming, character for each of the three meals.  Try them all and decide on your favorite!

Gracie's Family Barbeque: Hardwood-smoked barbeque
1801 Sonoma Blvd * 707-552-2254 * Website
Distance to Theater:  1 1/2 blocks up Virginia St, corner of Sonoma Blvd

A Vallejo favorite, Gracie's serves up gracious portions of hearty barbeque accompanied by fresh home-made cornbread and red beans & rice.  Also available are supurb dinner salads and sandwiches.

Java Jax: Coffee shop & cafe
1700 Sonoma Blvd * 707-645-9556
Distance to Theater:  2 blocks at the corner of Sonoma Blvd & Georgia St

A Vallejo gathering place, more business is conducted at Java Jax than in most of the offices around town.  Jax is a fun and funky old-fashioned filling-station-turned-cafe with amazing baked goods and sandwiches and a whole menu of espresso drinks.


Front Room at the Wharf: Steaks, pasta, pizza
295 Mare Island Way * 707-649-8889 * Website
Distance to Theater:  0.35 miles -- Next to the Ferry Terminal

With incredible waterfront views, and delectible food, this is Vallejo's spot to see and be seen.  The bar is the after work watering hole for ferry commuters and the city hall crowd alike.

Zio Fraedo's: Continental Cuisine
23 Harbor Way * 707-642-8984 * Website
Distance to Theater:  1.15 miles -- at the Vallejo Marina

With easy access by land and by sea, this dockside restaurant boasts the freshest of ingredients and a spectacular sports bar.  It is well worth the voyage whatever your mode of transport.

Sardine Can: American & Seafood
0 Harbor Way * 707-553-9492 * Website
Distance to Theater:  1.2 miles -- at the Vallejo Marina

Casual waterfront dining is the order of the day at this long-standing Vallejo tradition.  Famous for their clam chowder and crab louie salad, there are plenty of other tasty offerings from steak to pasta to choose from.