The Empire at 138

4.7
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596 Reviews
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$30 and under
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Contemporary American
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.
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4.7based on recent ratings
4.7
food
4.8
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4.7
ambience
4.6
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93% of people would recommend it to a friend
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julieB
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on March 14, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We made a reservation for my daughters birthday, despite the COVID-19 issue. The place was somewhat empty, but that did not have a huge affect on things. Service was good, food was good, fish was slightly over cooked, but everything was quite tasty. The portions were very large, I don't think anyone finished their meal. Glad we could continue to support local and enjoy the night.

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JoJo
Toledo
2 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The staff is a perfect balance of friendly and casual yet service oriented. The food, drinks, and atmosphere is perfect. I took my husband to celebrate a promotion but I would also go for a relaxing evening out!

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vipGlennO
Jacksonville
11 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The halibut was delicious and paired nicely with an Irish Ale.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place all around.

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Steinwinder
1 review
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was excellent (ginger rice bowl) and served in a very timely manner. Our waitress was very attentive. Our billing was incorrect, however, Sam took care of it with no fuss.

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MarkC
1 review
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a great dinner with my granddaughter and wife.

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Bucknut77
Cleveland
1 review
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Empire at 138 is a big city restaurant in a small town. The food quality is as good as can be fond in most large cities and the service is professional. This is a must for anyone who doesn't want to drive 100 miles to get a fine dining experience.

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RickF
Indiana
1 review
Dined on February 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always excellent service from the host greeting us to the check. Our favorite place in all of NW Ohio.

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GregS
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Empire 138 is a very nice place with excellent ambiance, excellent service and excellent food for a reasonable price. If this were in a larger city, the prices would be significantly higher. My wife and I love the Empire and ask for their gift cards for birthday, Mother's/Father's Day and Christmas presents. We've never had an appetizer or meal we didn't thoroughly enjoy. I also have taken business guests here from out of state and they were thoroughly impressed. Also, the piano music, when available, is very good and adds to the experience.

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Buckey4715
Columbus
6 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of the best meals we've ever had anyplace.

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OpenTable Diner
Toledo
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Waitress didn’t know wine etiquette. Didn’t present the bottle before attempting to open it. She didn’t do well with the cork screw and had to have the manager dig it out. Then gave us glasses and the bottle and politely left it with us. Ended up tasting and pouring for the table. Not a big deal, but surprised she didn’t know any better. She was very sweet, just under trained.

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CherylM
Cleveland
2 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is my pick for special occasion dinners. The food is always delicious, service perfect, and setting unique and upscale. Love it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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vipJack
Jacksonville
7 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I have been coming here for 2 years now and I have never been dissatisfied. This is a true gem of a place and it is top notch in all respects. Great food and service!

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vipBrcY
Toledo
7 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Wonderful experience in downtown Tiffin. Food was excellent and the piano entertainment was very enjoyable. Looking forward to our next visit.

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ChelseaB
1 review
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A friend and I celebrated my birthday here last Friday. The food, service and ambiance were wonderful! We will certainly be back!

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KatherineE
1 review
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a really nice waitress, who provided us with excellent service. Lovely refurbished building for a great fine dining experience. Candle light and table cloths from an era gone by. And to add to the experience delicious food that was presented artfully. Yes, the prices are appropriate to the dining atmosphere and experience. We enjoyed the return visit. Thank You.

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JoLynn
1 review
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a wonderful dinner at Empire at 138. The scallops and fillet were to die for! Our waitress was very attentive and efficient. Will definitely visit the place again.

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OpenTable Diner
Cleveland
2 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food, service, and atmosphere were excellent! Awesome asset to downtown Tiffin.

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Olive
1 review
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We always have a pleasant time & exceptional food @ the empire.. thnx again...grace & sisters lunch

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Review
Columbus
14 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Took some friends from out of town for their first visit and the Empire did not disappoint. Excellent meals and cocktails - fantastic staff. They deliver a high end experience every time.

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Review
Columbus
14 reviews
Dined on January 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a fantastic experience. Consistently great food and excellent service.

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LaNicole
Columbus
8 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Husband’s retirement celebration as a next day fabulous late lunch.

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MichelleR
1 review
Dined on January 3, 2020
Overall3food2service3ambience4

The restaurant was out of two different dishes our table was going to order. The dishes we ended up settling on were not to the quality of the price paid. We had been wanting to come to the restaurant for some time, very disappointing even the deserts weren't very good. Won’t be going back.

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OpenTable Diner
Cleveland
1 review
Dined on January 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Spencer was an amazing server.

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ROBERTM
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

WE ENJOYED THE TIME TO JUST RELAX AND HAVE A NICE MEAL. WOULD LET OUR FREINDS KNOW. THERESA

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OpenTable Diner
Columbus
1 review
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Holiday get together

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LarryB
Cleveland
3 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Each of our table of four ordered different entrees and were very happy with the food. The service was exceptional. The noise level is unbelievable and it is very difficult to carry on a normal conversation during the dinner hours. If this problem could be solved I would go to the Empire more often. Lunch time is my favorite time.

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Rjmoyer98
Tampa
12 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The waiter was constantly checking on us to make sure all was well. The service and food were exceptional. There wasn’t 1 thing that wasn’t outstanding

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BNation
1 review
Dined on December 12, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Our waiter was excellent.
Food was delicious.
Wait time on food was normal for a sit down restaurant.
Wait time on drinks was below standard given that the bartender could have easily walked the drinks over to us, particularily with no one at the bar.

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OpenTable Diner
Cleveland
1 review
Dined on December 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

If you are looking for excellent food, fantastic service, and a unique atmosphere then Empire 138 is what you are looking for!

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OpenTable Diner
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on December 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a pleasant experience. Expectations are always met...service great! Wish they had the piano every night!

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Momof3
Des Moines
5 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Family gathering

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FranA
1 review
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food, service and entertainment were absolutely wonderful as usual!!!

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vipNikiH
Columbus
28 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2019
Overall5food3service5ambience5

The food was great! ❤

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JimM
1 review
Dined on November 21, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Wonderful setting. Waiter was very in tune with our needs. Service was very fast and food was prepared as stated. I had the seafood bisque and the lightly grilled romaine Ceasar salad. I was prepared to find the grilled romaine dish bland but was delightfully surprised to find the dish was delicious. The seafood bisque was equally delicious. We will be back.

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JamesK
1 review
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall4food2service5ambience3

Food is too pricey for what you get. I have been many places and would not go back here.

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ValerieH
Columbus
3 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Like every time I eat at Empire the food, service and atmosphere are amazing! Still one of my favorite restaurant in Tiffin Ohio!

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BetsyB
1 review
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a wonderful dinner at the Empire at 138. Our kids gave us a gift card, so we splurged and got some extras. I had the scallops and my husband had a steak. They were both great. The place is beautiful.

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ClearSkies
Columbus
15 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Dined with childhood friends from out of town and they were impressed. Another wonderful dining experience at Empire! Thank you.

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OpenTable Diner
Cleveland
1 review
Dined on November 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent! Will return.

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The Empire at 138 offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (419) 448-7733.

The Empire at 138 is rated 4.7 stars by 596 OpenTable diners.

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