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 (74 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
8 of 10 people (80%) 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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6 of 8 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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6 of 8 people (75%) 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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5 of 7 people (71%) 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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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
7.2 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
Waffles©
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