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.
User reviews: Mixed (68 reviews)
Release Date: May 27, 2009
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February 15

Restaurant Empire II version 1.11 now available

Restaurant Empire II v1.11 has been released.

It fixes a compatibility issue with Windows XP.

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February 3

Restaurant Empire 2 version 1.10 has been officially released

Restaurant Empire 2 version 1.10 has been officially released. It supports up to 1920x1080 resolution on the full screen, and improved display scaling on the window mode.

To change the screen resolution, select “Options” from the main menu to go to the video options page. First select whether you want the game to run in Window mode or not as this affects the list of available screen resolutions. (e.g. 1920x1080 is only available in the full screen mode.)

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About This Game

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
Helpful customer reviews
5 of 6 people (83%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
26.6 hrs on record
Posted: February 20
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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16 of 28 people (57%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
76.1 hrs on record
Posted: December 31, 2014
With this, I made Stuffed Lamb in a Potato Crust with Truffles. The juicy and tender Sisteron lamb slices served as the base for the A-grade foie gras and freshly-dug truffles, which were wrapped with potato julienne.
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4 of 5 people (80%) found this review helpful
25.2 hrs on record
Posted: February 22
Review: A little over complecated in some respects and over simplistic in others, but this game certainly has its own unique charm that definatly makes it worth playing over and over.

Background history: Found this game advertised in a game called "Capitalism II" (lot of fun what it was). I downloaded the demo embeded in the capitalism game, and played it over and over, meanwhile searching for a copy of it in stores for months. Thankfully i finally found it and played the game to death years ago, until i found this one recently on steam. Essentually the same game as the origional but with some new features and slightly better graphics (THANK YOU).
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4 of 5 people (80%) found this review helpful
143.4 hrs on record
Posted: May 4
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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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
32.7 hrs on record
Posted: February 6
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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65 of 69 people (94%) 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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34 of 36 people (94%) 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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31 of 36 people (86%) 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.

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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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18 of 21 people (86%) 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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31 of 45 people (69%) found this review helpful
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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9 of 12 people (75%) found this review helpful
24.0 hrs on record
Posted: February 28, 2013
it is fun and comes with the first game so you get two games for the price of one
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10 of 14 people (71%) found this review helpful
8.4 hrs on record
Posted: August 15, 2014
I played the orginal and liked it however it seems on steam that after a good bit of gameplay it goes white and I can't make out a thing even if the game is still going and customers still eating as from the actuall game I never had this problem on older systems that when it was not on steam. I don't know if it could be steam or that it just doesn't work with a windows 8.1 os as many old games seem to do these days unless the code was rewritten some how and some way. Heck I bought Rise of Nations from the store and my mouse wouldn't move an inch. Comes to find out it is the Windows 8.1 os as many games. The highest many games go to is 7 or lower. So a lot of games are just not os friendly for new os's. Heck I would love to play some fallout and the same issue many others were having it just doesn't work on our OS as the games are out dated and not a soul is revamping many for new os's. Sad but I know. This game is a good game otherwise back like in 95. I really liked it though. So maybe I am just an ole gessure lol...
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12 of 18 people (67%) found this review helpful
34.4 hrs on record
Posted: September 5, 2013
play now if you like this type of game. good simulator
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12 of 20 people (60%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
6.9 hrs on record
Posted: November 24, 2014
ENG:

This is all well and good and functional restaurant simulation game. I've played the previous game version, when I own it. The game is easy to learn and be able to play with this a while. The game is playing by the worm can be difficult and boring at first, like a dictionary to learn things as tutorials will be a bit difficult to follow. I recommend the game anyway. :3


FIN:

Tämä on ihan hyvä ja toimiva ravintola simulaatiopeli. Olen pelannut edellistä peli versiota kun omistin sen. Peli on helppo oppia ja tätä jaksaa pelata tovin. Peliä pelaamatomalla voi olla hankalaa ja tylsää aluksi opetella erillaiset asiat, koska tutoriaalit tahtoo olla vähän hankalia seurata. Suosittelen peliä joka tapauksessa. :3
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13 of 28 people (46%) found this review helpful
1.9 hrs on record
Posted: June 16, 2014
its 2009, obviously it not new.
but i got this game on sale. lol

and i do love simulations and tycoon games.

XD its like the sims open for buisness but just running a buisness part.

i digg it~
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1 of 4 people (25%) found this review helpful
0.2 hrs on record
Posted: June 5, 2012
Do not waste your precious money on this. I bought it for 6 dollars when it was on sale once and that was still a giant ripoff. I have only 4 minutes played for a good reason: it's TERRIBLE.
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1 of 7 people (14%) found this review helpful
60.5 hrs on record
Posted: April 11
The game crashes at the very first screen. I get a black screen with the cursor and music, but no overlay window.
No developer ever responded to my question how to fix it, so i suppose it cannot be fixed.

DO NOT BUY this game until the create a patch.
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1 of 7 people (14%) found this review helpful
2.4 hrs on record
Posted: February 14
This game is very bugged and you get very bored fast. I wish I could take my money back. Terrible game.
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0 of 5 people (0%) found this review helpful
1.1 hrs on record
Posted: May 8
Bought a bundle just to play this game. I set the resolution to the 1920 x 1080 and I get a black screen now when I launch. Waste of money since I didn't even get to play it.
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6 of 18 people (33%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
0.3 hrs on record
Posted: July 24, 2013
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