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The Empire at 138

4.8
346 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Contemporary American
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Empire at 138, named in part for the building’s original name “Empire Block” and its street address at
138 S. Washington St., is an everyday hub of activity to eat, drink and congregate over real wholesome food and ingredients.
Part local neighborhood hangout, part fine dining restaurant, we develop heirloom recipes based on family and friends' favorites, using as many locally raised and farmed, organic, and hormone free products as are in season and meet our quality standards.
Menus change regularly based on seasonal availability. We offer fine dining, cocktails, wines, interesting beers, and signature coffee.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Contemporary American
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Hours of operation
Lunch
Tue–Sat 11:00 am–3:00 pm
Happy Hour
Wed, Thu 3:00 pm–6:00 pm
Dinner
Wed–Sat 5:00 pm–9:30 pm
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Phone number
(419) 448-7733
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Payment options
Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Business Casual
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Madison Street
Additional
Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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What 346 People Are Saying
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4.8
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4.8
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5.0Dined 6 days ago

Constructive feedback: check pricing on Irish coffee ~$20 for two is a bit pricy, especially when one of the ingredients is coffee.

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5.0Dined on April 12, 2018

Always outstanding! Grilled cheese with truffle oil was amazing!

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5.0Dined on April 10, 2018

What a wonderful restaurant! The burger is to die for!

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4.0Dined on April 7, 2018

Service was good.
Salads were great
All the meals were great.
The baked brie was not the same as I had there before. Was not as good as the bake brie that is pastry wrapped.

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5.0Dined on April 4, 2018

The luncheon, service, and atmosphere was every expectation that I was looking for in my business lunch. Thank-you and I look forward to future dining experiences. Tim Lynch

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5.0Dined on March 24, 2018

nice restaurant great waitress and the food was very good. Liked he atmosphere and the piano music with dinner. Will go go back again. Was a nice dinner date with my husband.

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5.0Dined on March 23, 2018

My favorite spot. Everyone is always friendly and treats us very well. Never had anything that was not delicious.

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5.0Dined on March 17, 2018

This was our third time here from out of town. Excellent food and excellent value. The charcuterie is the best! The staff was professional and attentive.

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5.0Dined on March 16, 2018

Mommy Daughter date

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5.0Dined on March 15, 2018

outstanding dining, service, food, great place to eat...

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5.0Dined on March 14, 2018

Everything was great!! Cedi our waiter did a great job and was very friendly! I would recommend the Empire to anyone.

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5.0Dined on March 10, 2018

amazing, the best restraunt in town. prices are very reasonable. they have steak to hamburgers.
atmosphere great.

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5.0Dined on March 8, 2018

We love this restraunt! The staff are all very friendly and service is wonderful! The food is always delicious and the live piano music makes for a romantic evening.

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5.0Dined on March 4, 2018

Fantastic as always. We get so few opportunities to go out to eat as a babysitter is difficult to come by. When we do go eat, however, Empire is always an option as it never lets us down. Food and service are over the top. I'd like a bigger wine selection (glass) but what they have is still good and priced right. Plus it's right across from the hottest nightcap spot in Tiffin so it's a nobrainer.

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5.0Dined on March 3, 2018

Great meal again!! Always a pleasure! We will definitely be returning!

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5.0Dined on March 2, 2018

Outstanding dining, incredible atmosphere, great specials. This little gem of a place is well worth a visit....Everyone can afford to go h

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5.0Dined on February 24, 2018

Great evening meal with seven out-of-town guests. They were all impressed with the quality of food and excellent service. The lovely piano music was an extra added bonus!

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3.0Dined on February 24, 2018

Tapas were ok. Dinner vegetables were undercooked for both myself and my girlfriend. She ordered salmon and had one bite and did not care for. Manager came over and was condescending and I said she does not like it. She eats salmon at restaurants and at home but did not like theirs. Manager apologized but still charged us. I said if you gonna charge me for this than pack it to go so I can see if my dogs would eat it. I would not recommend this restaurant.

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5.0Dined on February 24, 2018

Simply love this place

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5.0Dined on February 23, 2018

Fantastic service, meal and ambiance. A true Tiffin gem!

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4.0Dined on February 23, 2018

Went there on a date to celebrate, albeit late, Valentine’s Day. The food is always great if you don’t mind paying. This place is worth a trip every few months or so.

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5.0Dined on February 23, 2018

My wife and I ate here before a concert at the Ritz Theatre. The building is stunning, especially for a fan of 1920’s design. The ambiance is intimate and very pleasant. The staff made us feel welcome from the moment we arrived. Our waitress’s recommendations were all very good and our dinner and cocktails were well crafted and balanced. We had a wonderful evening and will definitely return when in the Tiffin area.

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5.0Dined on February 22, 2018

138 is our new favorite hang out because it's convenient, affordable and creative. We had a lovely time celebrating Gwen's birthday!

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5.0Dined on February 17, 2018

Exceptional in every way. Impressive in every way.

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5.0Dined on February 16, 2018

Very delicious steak and the shrimp was great as well.

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5.0Dined on February 16, 2018

Love this place very good menu and atmosphere, an excellent addition to the dining choices one has in Tiffin

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5.0Dined on February 16, 2018

Our experience at the Empire was wonderful. The mood, music and food combine for a relaxing and tasty dinner. Our server Kate was attentive and helpful and the food was delicious. This was our second "date" night experience, and we will undoubtedly go there again.

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5.0Dined on February 15, 2018

Fantastic! Salad was great. Scallops were wonderful.

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3.0Dined on February 15, 2018

I attended the Valentines dinner with my wife of 15 years. First, we were greeted at the door and welcomed to the restaurant. We arrived about 5 minutes prior to our reserved time, but waited 15 minutes to be seated. I guess I have old school expectations when it comes to reservations. If my reservation is at 6:00, then I should have a table ready for me at 6:00. It may be they overbooked because it was Valentines day, but I would thought they would have took that into consideration. Secondly, they stated that it was going to be a candlelight dinner with live piano to set they mood for the Valentines evening. The candlelight was tea lights in shot glasses, something you can find at any chain restaurant. Thirdly, there was no live music, it was only a radio track playing over the speakers. Lastly, when we were seated we were seated so close to another couple that we all felt like we were joining each others conversation. Not really the romantic setting your would hope for on Valentines day. The food was decent, but not spectacular and the prices were reasonable. My wife and I decided that it was good enough for a once a year visit.

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5.0Dined on February 14, 2018

Brought my girlfriend for dinner to celebrate Valentines Day. Atmosphere was perfect. Food was perfect. Service was top notch. She absolutely loved it! Fantastic evening! Thank you so much! Definitely will recommend and will be back!

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4.0Dined on February 14, 2018

Pleasant atmosphere with nicely set tables arranged giving room to move between. Service was good, soft piano music playing in the background. Was there for lunch, food was very good with good proportions for the price, with the exception of the fries that are soaked in pickle brine, we both agreed they were overcooked and that took away the taste of the brine
The host was very pleasant and Kelly our waitress was great.

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5.0Dined on February 10, 2018

I love this restaurant! Been here many times and each time isn't a disappointment!!! The food has been wonderful and it is a nice restaurant in the Tiffin location.

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5.0Dined on February 10, 2018

I always enjoy my dining experience at Empire 138. The atmosphere is welcoming and the service is friendly. The four-course meal with paired wines, is an excellent touch. I also enjoy how the manager is Hands-On and willing to create dessert table side. I highly recommend anyone to try a fine dining experience at Empire 138.

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5.0Dined on February 2, 2018

Another great dining experience! The halibut was superb!

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5.0Dined on January 31, 2018

Another wonderful meal at The Empire. Great selections for the specials.

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5.0Dined on January 25, 2018

As usual, dining at Empire was a great experience. Awesome food, great ambiance and friendly service, what more you can ask for!!

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5.0Dined on January 20, 2018

Always a delightful evening. The good, atmosphere, piano music. All of it just make it a really enjoyable evening.

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5.0Dined on January 20, 2018

I took my beautiful wife out to celebrate privately and we couldn’t be more pleased. Our waitress Kate was attentive and friendly with extensive knowledge of the menu. We had halibut with risotto,micro greens ,and spinach that was perfect! I have been here three times and it is worth it! Definitely recommend it!

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5.0Dined on January 20, 2018

I have eaten at 138 many times, have yet to be disappointed with the food. Awesome.

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5.0Dined on January 20, 2018

We loved the food,service, and it is a beautiful restaurant. The staff was great and knowledgeable of the menu. The food was delicious and done in a timely manner. It was just a little expensive but have no regrets!

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