ONE18 EMPIRE

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Contemporary American
ONE18 EMPIRE is a whiskey inspired bar and restaurant with a strong focus on shareable, locally inspired cuisine, masterfully paired with our select onsite reserve. ONE18 EMPIRE fosters a communal atmosphere for its guests through an array of chef-created dishes designed for sampling and sharing in a unique and spirited local setting.



With over 300 whiskeys, ryes, bourbons and scotches served by our seasoned bartenders, ONE18 EMPIRE cultivates an engaging and activated bar experience for locals and out of town patrons alike. Along with our vast collection of whiskey, ONE18 EMPIRE also offers a wide range of craft beers, wine on tap and a selection of whiskey tailored cocktails.

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Daily 8:30PM - 11:45PM

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Calgary
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were very impressed with ONE18 Empire! The food was perfectly cooked. Every item on our plates, from the bacon-wrapped dates to the 16ox Rib Eye was delicious and full of flavour.

Our server was super friendly and knowledgeable about the menu AND the drinks. She introduced us to Old Fashioneds and we had a great time.

The restaurant was very busy, but I never felt I couldn't hear my wife from across the table, as in the case in some of the other popular places.

We will definitely be back!

JT
Calgary
11 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was great and the staff was friendly. It was an amazing experience and they made celebrating my friend's birthday dinner a wonderful time!

i
Dallas
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place with the option to either have a quiet dinner in the dining room or catch a game at the bar. Cocktails are on point. Kalli and Rita were great servers!

PA
Calgary
3 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall2food1service4ambience2

I ordered the winter roast root vegetable salad with chicken. It was the most unappetizing meal. All white vegetables, no colour and no taste. A red beet would have helped with colour. There was supposed to be a vinagrette dressing, but could taste no vinegar at all. I asked the waitress for more vinagrette and what she brought tasted of oil only. My friend had the ribeye and enjoyed the meal. We had dessert and both enjoyed.

WB
1 review
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall3food2service2ambience3

We (2) ordered different salads which were OK but not great compared to their price. The bottle of wine we shared was good but expensive. We each had a whiskey cocktail, nicely presented, but $15 each (2oz.) .

OT
1 review
Dined on November 5, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Had a great experience watching sports in this establishment. Our waitress Rita was exceptional!

OT
Houston
1 review
Dined on November 5, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Where do I start. The food was great and the drinks were excellent. But what really made our day was your wait staff. Specifically Rita and Kalih. They were on time with every item we asked for. By far the best service that we have received. Great Job ladies!

NL
Calgary
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Food, ambience, cocktails were all fantastic. Service was good, however we were left waiting in between getting seated, ordering and once finished eating. Also, I have a gluten sensitivity and our order was not adjusted as per request and had to be sent back a few times over the course of our meal.

OT
Calgary
1 review
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a great time!

s
Vancouver
3 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience3

The stuffed prunes as an appetizer were wonderfully innovative; highly recommend the Steak Tartare and also the Duck Confit. Our server was excellent and his recommendations were dead on. We look forward to returning.

OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on October 29, 2019
Overall3food2service3ambience3

Great cocktails, as always, but we must have hit an off night on the food front.

The charcuterie board consisted of a vast amount of extremely fatty Italian ham, and a generous serving of 4 near-identical hard cheeses. The ham had been sliced then re-formed into a substantial clump. It took us for ever to separate it. Not that it was worth it.

The cheeses were just plain dull.

Some delicious tuna had been hit by the most pungent wasabi known to man.

It was possible to avoid the wasabi, but only just.

Honey-bourbon chicken wings had the consistency of day-old tarmac. Too long under the heat lamps.

We have enjoyed eating at 118Empire on previous occasions.

On this showing, it would be cocktails only in future.

Give the kitchen a shake, guys.

OT
Calgary
1 review
Dined on October 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful lunch options, including for vegetarians. Size of dish was a bit small but taste was amazing!

OM
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on October 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

I ate at 2 of the top rated restaurants in Calgary in addition to One18 Empire and this was the best meal I had. Our server, Colwyn was AMAZING. The steak was also perfect. Will definitely be back on my next trip. THANK YOU!

Oh yeah, and get the custom Old Fashioned--they smoke on different barrels right in front of you and you can pick whiskey and bitters to customize your drink. Great experience.

OT
San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2019
Overall5food5service2ambience5

The services were impeccable! Ordered the best combination of black walnut old fashioned and the one18 house burger! They were perfect! The dessert sticky toffee pudding was also excellent! A very nice and enjoyable evening!

TF
Calgary
60 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall2food2service1ambience1

Service was slow. Food was mediocre (I left 3/4 of my meal and nobody asked how it was or why I didn't eat it). Drink order was incorrect. Atmosphere was odd. There were people enjoying the 24 carat whiskey experience right next to shoeless gentleman. There were hipsters enjoying a Friday night out and a family birthday celebration complete with little kids. Then there was a visit from the Gang Suppression Unit of the Calgary Police.

OT
Calgary
37 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience3

The first day of the new menu was the day of this visit. Not a lot of main courses for the non adventuresome types (like me). Food was good (not great) but the selections were very limited.

GB
Calgary
22 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As previously stated, this has become our favorite pre theatre venue. Food and service were all up to usual good standard

E
Calgary
6 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall5food4service4ambience4

Fantastic date place!

h
Houston
23 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

We made a reservation here since it was close to our hotel and knew we did not want to go far after a long travel day. It filled our needs perfectly, we had a good meal consisting a a few shared plates and some wine. We did not try the custom smoked whiskey cocktails but enjoyed watching the table-side preparation for the people near us. It is more of a bar atmosphere here, our table was quite small. Service was a little slow, it was early and the place was not crowded.

ES
Toronto
21 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Have been here before, but last visit was about a year ago. The menu seems updated and it was fantastic! The Old Fashioned cocktail made table side was a neat experience. We started with the grilled Octopus which was fantastic, highly recommend! 2 of us then split the Chicken 3 Ways (full size), and it was easily one of the best meals and best value meals we have had eating out in a while! This was plenty of food for 2 of us as big eaters. We are already planning our next visit it was that good!

OT
Edmonton
1 review
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Was a wonderful meal and exceptional service.

CG
1 review
Dined on September 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Te food is always exceptional, the service is friendly and the setting is great!

MJ
Calgary
5 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Ordered the $20 pick two items for lunch deal. I had the tuna crudo with barley salad and my gf had a steak sandwich with fries. My tuna was fresh but the sauce was very tart. Less sauce next time please! Fries were amazing and my gf enjoyed her steak. Will return to try other items.

OT
Calgary
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food/drinks with exceptional service! Will definitely be coming back soon!

G
Calgary
1 review
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent dining experience! We celebrated our anniversary with a few customized Old Fashion, with a unique and creative "DIY" option. Our appetizers were rich, delicious, and well presented, and our main (chicken three-way) was flavorful, and very well portioned and plentiful for the two of us.

The food was top-notched, but it's complimented by excellent customer service delivery. Our server was very engaging, informative, and helpful throughout our dinner.

OT
Calgary
5 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing hashbrowns. Very tasty food. We'll be back

i
Dallas
2 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Waitstaff was amazing, drinks were out quick, and overall a great experience.

m
Calgary
21 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great as always

TT
Calgary
19 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service! And those hash browns!!!!

AS
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Restaurant features a customized old- fashioned menu, where you select from a wide variety of woods for smoke, bitters and bourbons, which the server then mixes tableside. Really enjoyed the experience! Food was good, too.

I
Calgary
6 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

It was our first time there and we found the food was delicious! The foi grois donuts was our favourite! The atmosphere was great, our server was friendly. The only negative was that the food took awhile to come out. We ordered the whole chicken, in which the server told us it takes about 30mins for it, but they don’t bring out the other foods until everything is ready. We thought if you order appies they would bring that out first, but they wait till everything is ready to serve. We would definitely go back!

OT
Calgary
7 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was delicious. space looked great. Antonio was very knowledgeable and gave us great service ! The tartare he recommended was amazing !

C
Calgary
15 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

We've been wanting to come here for a while and we were not disappointed. The food and service were excellent. The noise level was low which we really appreciated. The whiskey sour is excellent.

LW
1 review
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

A group of six of us attended One18 Empire for a staff event. The atmosphere was great, it was a good place to have a small meeting. Great vibe, good food and excellent service. We would most definitely go back.

F
Calgary
27 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Our server Rita was fun and enthusiastic. Unfortunately the food was lacking. Ordered the heirloom tomato salad with chicken add-on. Salad was delicious but the chicken was very bland and dry. Salad is definitely worth ordering, but recommend skipping the chicken.

MA
Atlantic Canada
1 review
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

118 Empire is a must do in downtown Calgary! 118 Empire is on my list of go to places when I visit Calgary. I've visited the restaurant three times in the last year and it always impresses. The "old fashioned" selection is fantastic and the staff makes sure to craft a delicious cocktail that aligns with your preferences. The food is also great. The large plates are very generous and the smaller plates are perfect for sharing. Whatever your food choice. 188 Empire aims to please. Tasty cocktails, yummy food and wonderful service! Highly recommend.

M
Naples
9 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A wonderful menu full of surprises...craft cocktails made table side, accompanied by dishes that are wonderful to share...a real gem, and unique dining experience

CL
Calgary
1 review
Dined on August 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Guests mentioned they had a fantastic steak lunch that was just enough food and that they would be back again.

JS
Calgary
2 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best chicken sandwich I've ever had! I'll be back for that sandwich again. Our waitress was super awesome too. Really friendly and bubbly. Loved the place

JR
Kansas City
12 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A wonderful experience. Our waitress was sensational and very knowledgeable of the menu and the amazing selection of handcrafted cocktails!

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