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About The Empire at 138

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.

138 South Washington St
Tiffin, OH 44883
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Contemporary American

Hours of Operation:
Lunch, Tuesday through Saturday, 11:00 to 3:30pm
Happy Hour, Thursday through Saturday 3:30 to 6:00pm
Dinner Thursday through Saturday, 5:30 to 9:30pm

Cross Street:
Madison Street

Dress Code:
Business Casual

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(419) 448-7733

Website:
http://www.empire138.com/

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Specials

Valentine's Day Special Menus & More

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Specials

Valentine's Day Special Menus & More

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Details

Romantic candlelit setting, pre fixed dinner option, specialty cocktails, and live piano dinner music provide a charming Valentines Evening experience.

The Empire at 138 Ratings and Reviews

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4.8

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.8

service

4.7

ambience

4.8

value

4.5

Noise

Moderate

99% would recommend it to a friend

Good for a Date (48)
Special Occasion (47)
Worth the Drive (39)
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Good for Anniversaries (38)
Creative Cuisine (34)
Neighborhood Gem (33)
Good for Birthdays (29)
Cozy (29)
Pre/post Theatre (26)
Romantic (26)
Business Meals (23)
Local Ingredients (22)
Great for Lunch (22)
Bar Seating (22)
Live Music (21)
Good for Groups (20)
Quiet Conversation (20)
Casual (18)
Fun (18)
Handcrafted Cocktails (16)
Authentic (15)
Good Vegetarian Options (15)
Fit for Foodies (14)
Healthy (14)
Notable Wine List (13)
Happy Hour (12)
Comfort Food (11)
Seasonal (10)
Hot Spot (10)
Vibrant Bar Scene (9)
Tasting Menu (8)
Late-night Find (7)
Afternoon Coffee (6)
Great Beer (6)
Organic (6)
Sunday Lunch (6)
Great for Brunch (5)
Kid-friendly (5)
Gluten Free Options (5)
People Watching (5)
Afternoon Tea (4)
Scenic View (4)
Tapas (4)
Vegan (4)
Disabled Access (3)
Paleo Friendly (3)
Quick Bite (2)
Spicy (1)
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·Dined 3 days ago

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

Tags: Romantic, Scenic View, Pre/post Theatre, People Watching, Happy Hour, Good for a Date
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 (Jacksonville)·Dined 3 days ago

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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·Dined 3 days ago

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

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·Dined 3 days ago

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!

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays
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 (Atlanta)·Dined 5 days ago

Service was slow and they did not respond to a special request . I was disappointed with my experience overall

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·Dined 5 days ago

We here in Tiffin are so fortunate to enjoy this beautiful restaurant in our downtown! Super ombiance. If you have a chance try it for lunch.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Notable Wine List, Afternoon Coffee, Healthy, Neighborhood Gem, Local Ingredients, Vegan
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 (Northern MI)·Dined 6 days ago

Thank you Mike and staff for creating a fun place to gather.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Pre/post Theatre, Neighborhood Gem, Bar Seating, Worth the Drive, Afternoon Coffee, Great for Lunch, Business Meals, Casual, Seasonal, Good for Groups, Cozy, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Quiet Conversation, Happy Hour, Special Occasion, Quick Bite, Kid-friendly
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·Dined on January 13, 2018

this place is amazing. best place in town. prices are very good. the view is great. there was a gentleman playing the piano. we are so lucky to have such a place in tiffin. 10 out 10.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Kid-friendly, Scenic View, Bar Seating
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·Dined on January 10, 2018

A stellar way to celebrate 3 generations of birthdays. Refined food in a trendy setting with attentive and friendly staff. I look forward to my next visit.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Cozy, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Pre/post Theatre, Special Occasion, Good Vegetarian Options, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic
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·Dined on January 7, 2018

We enjoyed our evening thoroughly! Good food, nice atmosphere, and friendly and skilled wait staff. Can’t believe we were in Tiffin, Ohio!

Tags: Great for Lunch, Fun, Good Vegetarian Options, Worth the Drive, Good for Anniversaries, Bar Seating, Healthy, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date
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·Dined on January 6, 2018

Our first time there and we were not overly impressed. Seasonal beers out of stock. Noise level prevented us from hearing the waiter announce the specials even when asking the waiter to come in closer. Slow service on bar items, orders being taken, after being delivered and had to ask several times for items to be refilled. Food was good so will probably try this place again but all for seating on the other side. All seating on the same side as the bar was very cold everytime the door was opened. Made the dining experience uncomfortable and rushed.

Tags: Hot Spot, Bar Seating, Pre/post Theatre, Good for a Date, Worth the Drive, Creative Cuisine, Authentic
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 (Cleveland)·Dined on January 5, 2018

Just an Awsome place. Can’t say enough about the impact this restaurant has made on Tiffin Ohio. We go once a month and look forward to it each time. Very friendly staff

Tags: Worth the Drive, Romantic, Happy Hour, Late-night Find, Great Beer, Great for Lunch, Good for a Date, Fun, Casual
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·Dined on January 5, 2018

Three of us ordered the halibut special dinner and it was tasteless. This was our friends first experience and we were embarrassed at the presentation for the money spent. Our salads were delicious as before, but it will be awhile before we return.

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·Dined on January 4, 2018

ALWAYS tasty. Waiter knew the menu well, service was fast, food was delicious. Never a bad meal here. Ambience is great. Best classy eating place in the area! Not overpriced.

Tags: Special Occasion, Romantic, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries, Spicy, Live Music, Good for Birthdays, Organic, Good for Groups, Quiet Conversation, Happy Hour, Authentic, Great for Lunch, Worth the Drive, Cozy, Healthy, Notable Wine List
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·Dined on December 31, 2017

My husband and I had a wonderful experience at the Empire. The service was great and the Prime Rib was the best we had ever had! Definitely a thumbs up!

Tags: Authentic, Live Music, Handcrafted Cocktails, Tasting Menu
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 (Jacksonville)·Dined on December 30, 2017

Excellent meal and piano music created a wonderful atmosphere.

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·Dined on December 29, 2017

Great food and atmosphere, I have been here several occasions and always have great food and service. This time however there were a few minor issues with the service. I ordered a glass of Wine and was delivered a mini bottle of wine, but no glass. The Server walked away before I realized so I had to wait until he came back about 5 minutes later to ask for a glass and then pour my own wine. There were 6 of us at a small round table and repeatedly asked the server to take empty items away to have more room at the table. At the end two of the guests had food to take home in boxes and the server quickly grabbed the plates and disappeared to the kitchen without asking if we wanted boxes for our food. By the time he came back there was no option to get the other half of the meal back. Overall the food did not disappoint, but with several of the guests being first time visitors and missing half of their meal I am not sure they will return. I will however continue to return and enjoy the great food.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Great for Brunch, Fun, Authentic, Organic, Neighborhood Gem, Great Beer, Live Music, Casual, Good for a Date
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·Dined on December 29, 2017

Went with family, party of 4, for holiday dinner. Adorned with holiday lights and tree. Historic building with exposed brick backdrop decorated with black and white portraits, and distressed wood floors. Elegant place settings. Our server, Allie, was perfect. Vegan options were terrific! Live piano music had us playing "Name That Tune." One of the owners was present and elaborated on the historic wooden bar that we'd heard about on a pre-opening tour of the place when it was still in the works. It's a very lovely place and we were thrilled to make our first visit a celebratory one for the holidays and my recent graduation. Price point was very reasonable for vegan fare, which tasted fabulous and plentiful, so much we took home a sack and had lunch the next day! We will visit again, next time for lunch which has even more vegan options. Thanks, Empire 138, for making this classy place a part of our town!

Tags: Live Music, Vegan, Romantic, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Bar Seating, Cozy, Good Vegetarian Options
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·Dined on December 28, 2017

Every night I will say a prayer that The Empire attracts sufficient customers to stay in business. I intend to return over and over again!

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Worth the Drive, Casual, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries
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·Dined on December 28, 2017

An amazing find in downtown Tiffin, a small city that is a great destination for a fine meal. The food is excellent as is the service. The decor and atmosphere exude late 19th century class and style. The tin ceiling alone and bar is worth seeing. Service is first-class. An extra is the new Bourbon Bar across the street for an aperitif. An midweek evening was crowded with holiday diners. All A+++!

Tags: Business Meals, Healthy, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Great for Lunch, Worth the Drive
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·Dined on December 28, 2017

I'd eat here everyday if I could

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 (Columbus)·Dined on December 24, 2017

Nice upscale restaurant in small town for reasonable pricing.

Tags: Special Occasion, Live Music
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·Dined on December 23, 2017

I enjoyed dining at the restaurant. The scallops were wonderful, and the filet looked fantastic. Our server was knowledgeable about the menu, and was extremely attentive and professional. We look forward to returning again soon.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Business Meals, Good Vegetarian Options, Creative Cuisine, Live Music, Good for a Date
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·Dined on December 23, 2017

Nice upscale restaurant for Tiffin. Great place to take a date to enjoy dinner. Staff is knowledgeable and courteous. Food is of great quality for prices. Smaller portions of food. Enjoy!

Tags: Business Meals, Fit for Foodies
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 (Cleveland)·Dined on December 20, 2017

Lunch with daughter Home from college

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·Dined on December 17, 2017

Great atmosphere and great food! Decor is awesome! Will definitely return.

Tags: Cozy, Good for Birthdays, Worth the Drive, Quiet Conversation, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Casual, Late-night Find
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·Dined on December 17, 2017

The quality of the experience at Empire is consistently very good. Price point is very reasonable for the quality of the food and the environment. Unique place.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Handcrafted Cocktails, Healthy, Romantic, Creative Cuisine, Local Ingredients, Special Occasion, Bar Seating
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 (Baltimore)·Dined on December 17, 2017

Lovely Christmas dinner with my family. Relaxed pacing; great food; beautiful setting.

Tags: Seasonal, Special Occasion
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·Dined on December 16, 2017

A brief mix-up about who was to wait on us was resolved by a hostess and our eventual waitress. I had to ask a waiter who avoided us for 10 minutes if someone was assigned to wait on our table. He condescending said, "Well, of course!" and then mumbled something about checking. He never came back to our table specifically and continued to avoid eye contact. Then a hostess came over and said there was a change in our server and this young lady would now be waiting on us. The hostess and our server were very attentive and polite and smoothed over the situation with the elusive first waiter. The food was excellent and I would highly recommend this establishment.

Tags: Afternoon Tea, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Sunday Lunch
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 (Columbus)·Dined on December 15, 2017

Food quality is always top notch, cocktails are consistently good and the overall experience is one of the best in town.

Tags: Special Occasion, Fun, Hot Spot, Notable Wine List, Handcrafted Cocktails, Happy Hour
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 (Columbus)·Dined on December 14, 2017

Great as usual, have eaten at 138 many times. Would recommend this restaurant and we have many times.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Good for Groups, Good for Birthdays, Notable Wine List, Paleo Friendly, Romantic, Worth the Drive, Creative Cuisine, Local Ingredients, Quiet Conversation, People Watching, Live Music, Tapas, Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies, Cozy, Vibrant Bar Scene, Good for a Date
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 (Cleveland)·Dined on December 9, 2017

Please be aware that when they tell you there is an upcharge, they may charge you the original full price of the item. We ordered a filet and asked to substitute the french onion soup in place of the soup of the day (which you can either get the soup of the day or a salad with your meal). The waitress told us there would be an upcharge which we agreed to assuming it wasn't the full price of the soup had you ordered it alone. When the bill came, they charged us what the french onion was stated at full price in the menu for. Truly, we were shorted a salad because we could have chosen a salad that comes with our meal and ordered the soup in addition and would have been charged the same. That was my only complaint as the food was wonderful.

Tags: Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Pre/post Theatre, Business Meals, Good for Birthdays
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·Dined on December 9, 2017

Great dining experience! The food was amazing and the atmosphere was so nice!

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Happy Hour, Good for Anniversaries, Local Ingredients, Bar Seating, Good for a Date, Cozy, Creative Cuisine, Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Lunch, Gluten Free Options, Business Meals, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (Birmingham)·Dined on December 9, 2017

I have eaten at the Empire well over a dozen times. It Never disappoints ‼️

Tags: Tasting Menu, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Groups, Great for Lunch, Worth the Drive, Healthy, Comfort Food, Vibrant Bar Scene, Good for Anniversaries, Live Music, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Pre/post Theatre, Special Occasion, Afternoon Coffee, Good Vegetarian Options, Creative Cuisine, Hot Spot, Quiet Conversation, Good for Birthdays, Casual, Authentic, Seasonal
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 (Cleveland)·Dined on December 8, 2017

We waited at least 10-15 min before anyone came to our table to order drinks. Service was slow, but the food made up for it!!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Casual, Tasting Menu, Cozy, Romantic, Happy Hour, Good for a Date, Pre/post Theatre
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 (Cleveland)·Dined on December 8, 2017

My husband and I were in for our anniversary. I have been there several times for lunch, but was excited to check out their supper menu. It did not disappoint! My husband had the salmon and he said it was the best salmon he has ever had. I chose the evening special, surf and turf. It came with melt in your mouth steak and a crab stuffed lobster tail. Our server was very professional and friendly. The atmosphere was great, and our bill was the same as what we would normally pay at a popular chain restaurant (where the food and atmosphere are not near as good)

We will definitely be back!

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Romantic, Hot Spot, Bar Seating, Notable Wine List, Fun, Good for Groups, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Worth the Drive, Healthy, Business Meals, Authentic, Cozy, Creative Cuisine, Quiet Conversation, Good for a Date, Great for Lunch, Handcrafted Cocktails
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·Dined on December 5, 2017

My sister from FL and niece from UT were visiting and the Empire 138 was the perfect place to take them for lunch: We had a wonderful time and I would highly recommend the Empire to others

Tags: Special Occasion, Tasting Menu, Gluten Free Options
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·Dined on December 2, 2017

This restaurant was recommended by 2 different friends. Personally, my husband and I loved the total experience! Very classy, eclectic atmosphere. Great food. Loved the live piano music. The wait staff was very attentive to detail and took time to explain things. We will definitely return!

Tags: Seasonal, Fit for Foodies, Worth the Drive, Good for Anniversaries, Live Music, Good for a Date, Special Occasion
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 (Cleveland)·Dined on December 1, 2017

What a surprise!!! I was born and raised in Tiffin and have not lived there since high school graduation in 1966. I get back there for reunions, and this recent trip was to meet a friend who was being honored at an event at Tiffin University. I had heard from several people about The Empire, so I met my friend from Dayton and his family and some of his friends there. It was top notch from start to finish; very good service with a waitress who was well prepared and knowledgeable. Cocktails were great; the lollipop lamb chops appetizer was cooked perfectly, well seasoned and very tasty. I ordered one if the specialties - red snapper, and it was fabulous. As a foodie, I would definitely return. Others at my table were not used to a fine fining experiences , and some were well travelled and sophisticated in their tastes - all raved about their experience. And to top it off, the manager stopped by - turns out as a child he used up be dragged by his mother to the women’s clothing store two doors down from the restaurant. That store was owned and operated by my parents until they left Tiffin in the early 1970’s. Lots of memories!!!!

Tags: Local Ingredients, Creative Cuisine, Neighborhood Gem, Quiet Conversation, Worth the Drive
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on November 30, 2017

I have never had a need meal there. Rissoto Cajun Red Snapper was outstanding

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays
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