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 (89 reviews) - 50% of the 89 user reviews for this game are positive.
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
Helpful customer reviews
15 of 16 people (94%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
17.3 hrs on record
Posted: July 3
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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9 of 12 people (75%) 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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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
9.1 hrs on record
Posted: August 7
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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66 of 70 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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35 of 37 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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