Metascore
64

Mixed or average reviews - based on 10 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 10
  2. Negative: 1 out of 10
  1. 69
    Restaurant Empire 2 is a little tricky to evaluate. On one hand, you’re getting two games that give you glimpses of what it’s like to run dining establishments, both of which manage to essentially get the job don and pack in a story to boot.
  2. Restaurant Empire II's biggest failing is that it missed the opportunity to iron out some of the major flaws from the first game, including buggy AI, sometimes-clunky interface and less-than-impressive graphics.
  3. Restaurant Empire doesn't offer a main course very different from the first episode, but is certainly a good management game. The two campaigns are long and challenging but the game leaves a strange taste in your mouth, you definitely like it but actually you think that something special is missing.
  4. Despite some flaws and the fact it gets repetitive after a while, the game manages to bring some freshness to the management strategy game genre.
  5. I wasn’t thrilled with Restaurant Empire II, but I didn’t hate it, either. There is a lot of content to the game, with 34 scenarios to play, six types of restaurants to run, and hundreds upon hundreds of recipes to learn, but the game leans more towards quantity than quality, and I prefer the leaning to go the other way.
  6. Restaurant Empire II is an engaging enough management sim that can be enjoyable and even occasionally challenging at times, and with the wealth of options available offering huge variety in the gameplay, if you become hooked then it will last a while.
  7. You can admire the complexity and new ideas in Restaurant Empire 2, like cafés or patisseries but you can’t deny the confusing controls and the fact it soon gets repetitive and boring. [Aug 2009]
  8. If you are looking for a tycoon style meal then chow down on this because you won’t find a better restaurant management game out there.
  9. Somehow or other Enlight managed to gather enough fresh ideas for an expansion pack, but they believe that they made a breakthrough. Dreamers!
  10. While much of the time you’ll wonder how you managed to progress to the next level based on the complexity of the game, many will ultimately find the game to be very thorough and addictive.
User Score
7.7

Generally favorable reviews- based on 16 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 2
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 2
  3. Negative: 0 out of 2
  1. RavinH
    Jul 26, 2009
    10
    I'm really tired of these reviewers review new games based on old games. They have lost the ability to review unbiasedly. I review each I'm really tired of these reviewers review new games based on old games. They have lost the ability to review unbiasedly. I review each game based on what that game does not what some other game did before it. This game is excellent and excellent fun and challenging to boot. Graphics are excellent and the new recipes and things to pretty up your restaurants are awesome looking. It's on sale at Gamersgate right now for $4.99 so you can't cry about the pricing you are getting waaaay more game than it costs you. Full Review »
  2. Jul 28, 2013
    7
    Got this as part of a bundle with 5 other games for 3 bucks. This game is unique in that as a tycoon game it actually has a story that doesn'tGot this as part of a bundle with 5 other games for 3 bucks. This game is unique in that as a tycoon game it actually has a story that doesn't just seem jammed in there because they have to, it's there to actually show you the game. The menu system is pretty in depth. I like the game, it's not a must own as there are some flaws (it can be hard to get into) but if you want something that has decent depth and is pretty unique than this is a game that can help you pass some time. Full Review »