The sequel to the widely popular Restaurant Empire game takes you further into the depths and delights of the culinary universe than ever before. Take part in an exciting world where the customers are fickle and the bounty in your cash register changes as quickly as their tastes.
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Release Date: May 27, 2009

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The sequel to the widely popular Restaurant Empire game takes you further into the depths and delights of the culinary universe than ever before.
Take part in an exciting world where the customers are fickle and the bounty in your cash register changes as quickly as their tastes. With two handfuls of cash and a dream of stamping a legacy, build, cook and hire your way to the very top of the gastronomic biz, where tasty food is king and smart management reels in the cash. And if you're lucky, you just may go further than any other before you and cement your status as a true legend of cuisine...
Key features:
  • A brand-new 16-mission campaign that gives us a look at the ongoing story of the Leboufs, as they try to tiptoe through the minefield of marriage and the unique circumstances of professional success.
  • A superior graphics engine brings to life the cities, characters and restaurants that populate the world of cuisine using advanced techniques such as real-time reflections to give unprecedented realism. Food has never looked so good.
  • Two new enterprise categories: Coffee Shop and Dessert House that complements the existing Restaurant enterprise; with each category having over 130 unique delicacies, beverages and recipes to choose from.
  • New themed restaurants ranging from the aquatic deep, exotic rainforest and motor racing takes the idea of "themes" to unprecedented heights. You've never seen restaurants looking this amazing before.
  • Over 700 new interior objects, bringing the total number to 1400. There is more variety and fun than ever before in setting up, decorating and managing your very own restaurant.
  • Introducing the new German cuisine category of restaurants complimenting the existing foods and architectures of the French, Italians and Americans. Over 600 total recipes.
  • Munich, in addition to the triumvirate of Paris, Los Angeles and Rome is now yours to select as a destination to set up shop and expand your burgeoning business.
  • Hire live performers to perk up your restaurant's atmosphere, varying from concert soloists to rock bands and indoor circus performers, and set up their scheduled stints to entertain your valued guests at the right time of day.
  • With the new Recipe Research feature you can now actively invest into improving the quality of your food as well as gain invaluable knowledge in the formulation of new delicious recipes.
  • And finally, Armand awaits for you with a secret mini-game inside.

System Requirements

    • Operating System: Windows® 2000/XP/Vista/Windows 7/Windows 8
    • Processor: 1 GHz CPU or above
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Hard Disk Space: 2 GB
    • Video Card: 128 MB 3D card compatible with DirectX9
    • Sound Card: DirectX compatible
    • DirectX® Version: DirectX® 9.0c
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79 of 83 people (95%) found this review helpful
36.6 hrs on record
Posted: January 1, 2014
It's a dated game, yeah. But for those who like to play tycoon games where they are in control of everything in a restaurant, it gets pretty addicting to check profits and figure out how to reach the goals in each scenario. The first campaign starts a bit hard because not everything is accessible and the player is expected to play with whatever the tutorial gives. I had to fire more than 5 servers before I found two that wouldn't be rude to customers because I didn't have access to staff training yet. Managing the restaurants is no easy task as the player is expected to know how to be successful in finances and food.

Players could easily cheat by using codes that are readily available, but where's the fun in that? Some might complain about the super bright glowing effects when they first play the game, but that can be remedied by turning off all glow features in "Settings". Eventually, the player will be in control of what s/he wants to put in the restaurant as well as serve in the restaurant while keeping in mind of ratings. There's a little bit of free customization for the floors, walls, and employee outfits.

Time passes in a day in the game's universe, meaning the restaurant operates within 24 hours and every minute counts. At the end of the day, whatever money that is generated is multiplied by 30 or 31 to represent monthly revenue or profits. Therefore, the player should avoid wasting too much time by letting the minutes pass while deciding how to arrange furniture or improve recipes, but that's why the pause button is there!

Overall, someone who is easily enticed by tycoon or management games can get easily stuck in his or her seat for a few hours trying to get perfect ratings or avoiding debt (at least... I did.)

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40 of 42 people (95%) found this review helpful
72.7 hrs on record
Posted: October 13, 2014
Overall, it's a fun game but there are some negatives to it.
Its fun setting up the restaurant. Placing the tables just right so there are no traffic issues. That way people don't have to wait too long for their food. Decorating the inside and outside of the restaurant so your place looks classy. Entering the cooking contests to climb the chef ranks. Being able to control every aspect of your restaurants and watching them make money is gratifying.

There haven't been updates or improvements to this game from the first Restaurant Empire. Heck, you could probably consider this a long delayed expansion pack to the first one. Armand, the main character is still wearing the same pants. They were ugly then and they're still ugly today! If you didn't like the first Restaurant Empire, you won't like the second one. The AI of your employees is still really frustrating. Your restaurants are still not going to be perfect. And no matter what you do or how well you do it, customers are going to complain. They're never happy! (and I do mean never!) Some of the scenarios can be maddening to try and complete. Despite all this, the game does keep me entertained.
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33 of 38 people (87%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
59.1 hrs on record
Posted: October 27, 2013
This game has two storyline campaigns:
1. An improved version of Restaurant Empire 1 where you build French, Italian, and American resturants
2. The actual sequal to the first game's storyline where you build desert and coffee houses as well as French, American, German resturants

The scenarios were really easy to beat such as get X revenue/profit and/or Y customers in the allocated time. All you need to do is align your tables to maximize your servers' mobility and put a bunch of decorations everywhere to boost your restaurant's rating.


I've played a lot of tycoon games in my childhood and it's saddening to see this genre die. After playing this game, I can see why. The concepts are great but the execution is terrible.

Gameplay in a nutshell:
1. Pause game
2. Place tables and decorations in your restuarant
3. Hire staff
4. Add recipes to the menu
5. Save game
6. Fast forward time
7. ???
8. Profit!

My biggest complaint with this game is that whenever you get access to a higher quality ingredient supplier, you need to go into EACH recipe to change your supplier. Once you've done that, you have to adjust the price of that recipe in EACH resturant. If you don't do these, your food rating will suck and/or your profit margins will drop. I guess the developers wanted to allow more micromanagement but it's annoying when you just want to update all of your resturants.

Other things to consider:
- There's no 16:9 support
- The textures/models are outdated (this game was released in 2009)
- The auto save for the campaign doesn't work for me
- You have a finite number of chefs in the campaign so don't fire them!

Overall, I still think it's a decent tycoon game. If you're bored with the other popular tycoon games (SimCity, Game Dev Tycoon, Eve Online), give this game a shot if it's on sale.
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22 of 24 people (92%) found this review helpful
9 people found this review funny
27.7 hrs on record
Posted: July 3, 2015
Let me start with a story;

A long time ago, back when Waffles© was just a wee lad, he had a grand total of ten dollars and fifty cents. Being the spendthrift little boy as he was, he ventured into the local Walmart store to find a jolly old game to play on his parents computer. Little boy Waffles© soon found a cheerful looking game by the name of Restaurant Empire that he immediantly began to want for. The total price of the game? $10.00 (and 50 cent tax). He gleefully skipped to the check-out counter where he paid his ten and fifty and ran home to enjoy his new-found game. Ohh but what fun he had playing this joy of a game! Hours upon hours where spent building restaurants, organizing menus, and hiring staff. The young boy who was Waffles© was overjoyed at this seemly limitless game!

A dozen years later, grown man Waffles© browses the Steam store to find another game to review in a dire attempt to become noticed by the Steam community. Startled, he runs across a familiar title: Restaurant Empire II. What? Was he being decived? His childhood game had a sequel? And was on Steam? Thanking Gaben, Waffles© quickly bought the game instead of Super Noah's Ark 3D, downloaded, and installed it. A couple hours later, here he is, ready to give his honest opinion on the game.

Restaurant Empire II is a restaurant tycoon simulator where you take control of a young chef, fresh out of culinary school and ready to take on the Omnifood corporation. The game plot is rather simple, and most of the mechanics are even more so. The main goal of the game is to keep your customer satisfaction level high in order to maintain a five stay rating. You do so by selecting dishes that have high ratings, updating your furniture to increase comfort levels, placing decorations to... well, increase your decoration level, and hiring and training staff to provide the best customer care possible. In the sandbox mode, this is actually quite easy as you start out with a large building and you cannot start out with lower than $500,000. I simply furnished the bottom floor, hired my staff and spent $10,000 a month on training them (after several months there were virtually no complaints about them), added only dishes that had a 75% or above approval rating, and decorated the floor so extravagantly that a four star rating was achieved in a few months in game time. The five star rating took only about a year!

Really, the main strength of the game is the original campaign which only gives you $40,000 to start out with. Although you also begin with a fully decked out kitchen, dining room, and restrooms, you still have to add decoration, add dishes, hire staff, etc. Several of the options (such as advertising and training) are blocked so the jerks who are your staff act all high and mighty for the first dozen challenges without the ability for you to stop them. To throw a curveball when you least expect it, a well known character in the game gives you $250,000 to set up and maintain his nephew's new restaurant, which has no kitchen or restrooms. Meaning you have to set up everything with the money you've saved up to that point. The challenge is real and completing all objectives can be difficult but fun.

Because the mechanics are so simple, I really have to look at the game as a whole in order to give my full opinion on it, and frankly, there is not much to see. Perhaps if the game had a fancy HD remastering, or an ambitious remake, the appeal would be greater. The game feels pulled out of it's time in the steam market with fancy titles like Prison Tycoon, or Tropico V to keep it company, but without the aesthetic of it's counter parts it largely goes unnoticed. Despite this, I wholeheartedly recommend Restaurant Empire II to the individual looking for such a game. Maybe it's the nostalgia kid in me happy to play this game once again, but REII is a joy to play and quite simply a time waster for tycoon fans to enjoy.

I rate this game 6.5/10, would loose childhood in again.

Thank you for your time!

The Older but not Wiser
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16 of 16 people (100%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
14.8 hrs on record
Posted: August 7, 2015
First of all i don't know what's wrong with this game....

It's really really genius

I... I.... ok lets be serious now.

I have played this game enough to know that this game is a master-game, so to speak. I see no problem with it, the graphics are ehhh but the gameplay and the campaigns are good, the ways and things you can make your restaurant is amazing and controlling the restaurant is even more amazing. The campaign Scenario's can be hard, but if you just want to play this game for killing time or something, you can go with the Sandbox Mode!! This game provides everything for every type of player. You can change the dishes in your menu, you can even give discounts when you want, you can increase/decrease the money you spend on a dish i.e you can raise or decrease the Quality of a dish. You can assign a chef to every particular dish and if you don't have time to do that any of your chef creates the recipe and serves it. You can hire people to work for your restaurant like Servers, and Captains who take orders, Receptionists etc etc... You can participate in a cooking competition. You can do almost EVERYTHING you can do in a real life restaurant as its owner. I really recommend this game, it's worth more than it's price. The amount of people who play this game is low because it's too old but i think if people become aware of this game, It could be in the list of the top sellers.
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21 of 25 people (84%) found this review helpful
3.6 hrs on record
Posted: December 27, 2013
LOVE it ! It has everything I loved about the first RE and more, including different restaurant options and many chef avatars to choose from. Also features apprenticeships, where chefs can learn from you. I like the extended zoom out so I can view the whole restaurant.
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44 of 66 people (67%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Not Recommended
55.1 hrs on record
Posted: March 28, 2013
Restaurant Empire II is the sequel to Trevor Chan’s Restaurant Empire which was released back in 2003 and although I have not played the original fans of both games give you the distinct impression that Restaurant Empire II is really just a glorified expansion to the original. Taken on it's own merits however, it's a decent enough management game that unfortunately gets bogged down in minutia and micromanagement rather quickly.

The game starts you off with the campaign from the original game, a new campaign based more around Desert House's and Coffee Shops and a sandbox mode. The sandbox mode however is pretty barebones and many of the staples from the campaigns, such as the minigames, chef reputation, cooking contests etc are removed. Add that to the fact that in Sandbox you start with pretty much everything already unlocked it becomes a rather futile experience.

The campaigns start you off as a small restaurant owner and slowly unlocks content and areas as you progress through various scenarios with pre-set goals. A small dash of storyline is thrown in but it can be safely ignored. Your goals throughout the campaign vary rather wildly in difficulty and it's often best to delay winning the easier scenarios until the very last moment so that you can use the extra time for your chefs and staff to get more skilled and more money to flow into your bank account.

The game at it's core is simple enough, you start a restaurant, place a kitchen, some bathrooms, furnish the seating area, hire some staff, pick a menu and off you go. However once you get going the game becomes anything but simple. The game will often tell you that you have trouble serving meals on time but doesn't give you any information as to why that is. Should you hire more servers? Hire more chefs? Move the tables closer to the kitchen? Solving problems with your restaurants quickly becomes purely trial and error until you get that perfect setup that you will never have to change. It doesn't help that the AI path-finding is nothing short of atrocious.

And that brings us to the menu. As you progress through the game you will start to unlock specialty ingredient suppliers which allows you to increase the quality of your meals at a cost, however using these new high quality ingredient's have to be done individually for each recipe in each restaurant and likewise for changing the price making it an incredibly frustrating experience.

All in all Restaurant Empire II is a game with a few good ideas that are unfortunately marred by it's many design flaws and it's not really a game I'd recommend to anyone but extreme fans of management simulations. If you have a burning desire to play a game that lets you build and manage a chain of eateries I suppose this is really your only choice but if not, then you can find better entertainment elsewhere.
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20 of 26 people (77%) found this review helpful
32.7 hrs on record
Posted: February 6, 2015
One of your usual Tycoon games, telling the story of Armand LeBoeuf: a young french chef who just graduated from culinary school. We play through the basics of financial management, collect recipes of world cuisine and train other chefs to challenge the authority of OmniFood, a corporate firm that monopolized food industry years ago. Aside from side goals being a bit challenging to accomplish, the actual campaign is easy to get done. All you have to do is get things in order and wait till the end of month, which makes this game real casual and relaxing, more like a simulation even.

So far, I can count this game as one of my favorite tycoon games, aside from old classics like Theme Hospital or Zoo Tycoon. It gives you a perspective on food business and presents the basics of becoming a restauranteur. It is fun, and educating in a manner. Never have been a good cook myself, I get to stumble upon some really cool recipes that I'd like to try someday :) If you're into the subject, it's a neat game.
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15 of 18 people (83%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
26.6 hrs on record
Posted: February 20, 2015
hadnt played this game since it originally came out but when i saw it pop up on steam for a bargain price i thought why not give it ago. i did expect a few improvements to the game to make it easier to pick up and play (like making your menu's quicker) but as you can see by my game time, its still gets you hooked and playing
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14 of 18 people (78%) found this review helpful
143.4 hrs on record
Posted: May 4, 2015
Great Game, I wish more of these games were made as it actually requires you to think about what you are doing. Yeah sure, it would have been nice if you could pack the tables in tighter and hire more Captains. But this drawback means you have to find a solution which is part of the principle of a good biz strat.

I hope they make a 3rd installment and recommend this game highly.
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98.7 hrs
Posted: October 17
As a fan of the first Restaurant Empire game, at first I was disappointed with this one. A lot of the animations are the same, and this game adds coffee and dessert shops, so you have customers eating sandwiches and cookeis with forks and knives. Also, all the customers are talking on cell phones and using laptops now, which is annoying when you're waiting for a chance to click on them. I actually quit the game for a long time because of these irritations.

However, I recently came back to it and I'm glad I did. It's a lot of fun as a strategy game, and still fun just to tinker around with the restaurants and watch the chefs cook. The first game lacked female chefs, aside from Delia, but this time there are plenty of them, and that's a welcome change too. The game isn't very difficult, but it has some challenge to it, and it's hard to find challenging strategy games these days.

The storyline is entertaining. Armand gains some fame as a celebrity chef and gets a big head, putting his marriage in jeopardy. I've only played through once, so I don't know if there's a different outcome for different choices. I'll probably play again just to find out. And I hope there will be a Restaurant Empire III because I'll buy it. Yes, the game is old and clunky looking, but it's still great to play.
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Felix Mage
0.5 hrs
Posted: September 17
I own both the first game and the second one as physical copies, hence my Steam playtime being nonexistent.

Fun game that could have been so much better.
It is basically just the first game with enhanced graphics and some new stuff.

The game is pretty in depth, restaurant management-wise, and it is pretty fun, if you are into tycoons, however it lacks many features which would push it from just being a fun game into being an overall good game. Here is my list of features that would make the game much better:
Being able to do cooking contests outside of the campaign.
The ability to mod the game.(it would improve upon the relatively small ammount of maps, cuisines, recipes etc.)
Less cartoony artstyle(the first game had a satisfactory one)

I am sure I could come up with more, if I tried, but I will leave it at this.

In conclusion, the game, while it is fun, leaves much to be desired, the sandbox mode adds a little more replayability, but also lacks some features of the campaign.
Buy only if you are a fan of tycoons.
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163.6 hrs
Posted: August 12
Fun game, epecially for those who work in the restaurant industry. Only flaw is captial is tight and it doesn't allow too much freedom in the game as you would seem when you get further in. A couple crashes here and there so save your progress!
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0.6 hrs
Posted: June 21
Product received for free
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0.9 hrs
Posted: May 14
An old but good game. Spent a lot of time playing this before it was on steam. Runs very well on a brand new alienware laptop with UHD display.
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Azog The Difiler
133.8 hrs
Posted: May 5
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113.0 hrs
Posted: April 29
This is my first review so please bare with me. What I liked about the game is that I really had to think, I had to think about what kind of servers I wanted, and whether or not I wanted to open the upstairs dinning area or not. I had to use the chefs that was available very wisely, of course once your reputaion is high enough then you get chefs that ask to join you. If I am honest I had to play through a number of times to get it right for myself. Graphics are a little dated but that is not a big thing with me. Its story mode is very good and I liked how Restaurant Empire 1 and 2 tie in together, in other words if you have never played a simulator game then its best to start with one and go from there. All in all if you really like to play simulator games and don't really care for graphics or if you want to try something new I recommend this game but wait for it to go on sale.
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18.0 hrs
Posted: April 29
This was working till I got a new computer and a bigger monitor faster graphics card too?? So I would say I liked it now not so sure
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29.5 hrs
Posted: April 1
If you loved the first one you will love this mostly cause its the first plus what should have been expansion content. i do however have a few issues i hope the fix if the add a third or an expansion. (otherwise i doubt they will be adressed) first off they should have a mode between story and sandbox where you should be able to do as you wish but have challenges and the oppertunity to do cooking tournaments/shows. second there should be a multiplayer option for people to play against thier friends. last but not least they should add player modding. other then those three issues the game is great. if you love tycoon type games this is definately worth getting.

i give this game a 8/10
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2.1 hrs
Posted: March 18
I spent many a time playing this game a while back. I had a crappy computer that wasn't built for gaming but that didn't matter to me at at the time and I played this game alot! I restarted alot and tried different techniques. it was awesome.

Now when I saw it on steam I was really excited and happy because I never heard that they made it for steam or that they made a sequel so I purchased it right away and went right back into enjoying every second. I even stopped playing the game I was mildly obsessed with just to get back into this game. I nailed every challenge perfectly and made it to my second resturant and saved the game so I could get my kids to bed. I was a happy camper.

As soon as I had enough time to jump back into my game I logged on immediately to continue my journey and EVERYTHING I HAD ACCOMPLISHED WAS GONE! I had to start all over again and it's happened 3 times to it's safe to say I probably wont be playing this game again.....very disappointed. It's a great game if you don't mind restarting every SINGLE time you load your game.
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