The Empire at 138

4.8
527 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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1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Our server, Kate, was wonderful and attentive. There was a large company event going on the evening we were there so the salmon (my favorite dish) was sold out, but Kate recommended the Black and Tan with shrimp and it was awesome. I would also like to give a special shoutout to Sam and Annie for their exceptional service and bartending skills as well. We will return to The Empire the next time we're in Tiffin!

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RJ
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Great dining experience. HIGHLY recommend the creme brulee!

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BH
Cleveland
3 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

They never let me down. The food is amazing, service is excellent, and the place is just damn cool. We’ll be back for sure!

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LN
Columbus
7 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous fish dishes, halibut and salmon, as usual. Piano music was so comforting after a long day of gardening, as well as the excellent bottle of Chablis. I am so glad that your establishment has brought top class dining to our Tiffin downtown.

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LB
Cleveland
2 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

All was outstanding except the noise level is very distracting. As a result could not appreciate the piano music in the background.

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m
Atlanta
31 reviews
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This restaurant is quite a find. The service and the offerings are consistent with what you might expect in a fine restaurant. It was pretty full the night we were there, including diners at the bar as well as in the main dining room. Someone played the piano, which was very enjoyable. The atmosphere is sophisticated, and the ambience is very pleasant. The food was well prepared and presented; cocktails were excellent.

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DH
Toledo
1 review
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was wonderful!! Sam is awesome!!!

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OT
1 review
Dined on June 28, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Good food great service

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OT
1 review
Dined on June 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Exceptional food, fair pricing!

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SM
Columbus
2 reviews
Dined on June 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Couteous throughout the experience. Scored high on ambiance, lighting, food quality, presentation and server, Sidney. She knew the food offerings well and moved quickly and happily to replace a salad containing nuts. Inevitably, the noise level increased as the restaurant filled. Tiffin is fortunate to have such a fine dining establishment.

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SC
1 review
Dined on June 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

From bread and salad through to the end of entree the food was a wonderful experience

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CH
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a great meal and attentive service.

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DH
1 review
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food and service were excellent. Curt King on the piano made for a wonderful dinner and evening.

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c
Toledo
43 reviews
Dined on June 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Empire is a hidden gem. Our meals were excellent along with the service. Onion soup is one of the best I've had anywhere in New York and LA. The pork chop had a gorgeous char, moist and juicy with great flavors. The sea scallops we're fresh, large and cooked to perfection. Do glad we gave this place a try. We'll be back.

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SC
Toledo
1 review
Dined on May 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Beautiful venue. Friendly service. Excellent food and full bar.

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OT
1 review
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great waitress and food was delicious

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BY
Cleveland
3 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent each and every time we go there great food and service and friendly people who care about you

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BD
1 review
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Steak was very good. Cooked perfectly. For the cost, a little more of the side dishes would be very appreciated.

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C
1 review
Dined on May 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had such a special time!! Food was delicious and service was good. Live piano was a nice touch and it’s a beautiful restaurant. It’s certainly a little pricey but quality is high. We celebrated our Anniversary and Sam personally picked up an arrangement my husband ordered at the florist and surprised me. Only downside is acoustically it’s very loud and hard to hear your group conversation. It wad also freezing, but at least that can be controlled. Overall, a fantastic experience.

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HB
1 review
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 5

It's good food, good service, just uninventive. Not exciting.

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MA
Columbus
4 reviews
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent good, outstanding service, great presentation and a wonderful pianist. What a gem this restaurant is for Tiffin, OH!

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OT
Birmingham
13 reviews
Dined on May 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great Night and great food!

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OT
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Perfect. Our server was outstanding, her timing was excellent and she was very knowledgeable of the menu.. Couldn’t ask for anything better.

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MW
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Good food, nice ambiance. Wait staff was prompt and knowledgable

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J
Detroit
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved our dining experience! A whole table of "foodies" enjoyed upscale dining in our hometown of Tiffin, OH.

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DH
Cleveland
1 review
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 4

The food has been excellent every time.
Service needs to improve. I was drinking Mich Ultra draft asked for another beer a different beer in the bottle was brought to the table and sat down. I asked what happened they run out of Mich Ultra draft, the waiter replied yes and walked away.
When are meal arrived we were never asked if everything was okay or did we need anything. During my meal I drank my bottle empty and then drank my water empty. We were off near a corner the waiter returned when we were finished eating.
The food has always been great but not the first time the service needed to improve.

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W
Columbus
1 review
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved the background piano playing while enjoying great food and good times with out of town guests. Wonderful server too!

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MO
Toledo
2 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

We traveled an hour to try this highly-rated restaurant and were not disappointed. We were with friends and all of us were pleased with our entrees.

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OT
1 review
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The best! Sydney was our waitress and was always available and prompt. The ambience is very relaxed with the piano player playing in the background near the bar. We had reservations for 8 originally but added a ninth guest at the last minute. They were very accommodating and we all sat comfortably. The food was fantastic and they have a nice wine list. I would highly recommend this restaurant for anyone looking for a great meal and a good time.

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Birmingham
13 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Enjoyed my seating in the restaurant.

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Z
1 review
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Get the Cheese Board 👌🏻 More than easily worth the whole visit

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OT
Columbus
5 reviews
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always very good. Noise level a little high as very busy.

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J
1 review
Dined on May 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Beautiful venue with great service. Overall great restaurant with nothing but good things to say. Highly recommend

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OT
Columbus
1 review
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best food, service & atmosphere. Piano music was amazing. My favorite restaurant hands down!

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CS
Columbus
12 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Enjoyed a nice lunch with an out of town friend recently. New artwork on the walls was lovely. Food is always delicious and service second to none! Thank you!

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TS
Cleveland
3 reviews
Dined on April 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love this place go often and have never had a bad experience

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S
1 review
Dined on April 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As usual, the staff at 138 did not disappoint. The drinks, food and service were all excellent. Our out of town guests were very impressed. Keep up the good work!

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AS
Cleveland
1 review
Dined on April 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Empire doesn't disappoint! We were celebrating a 60th birthday. Staff was very attentive and the food was wonderfully prepared with beautiful presentation. From the wine and appetizers through the salad and main course to the dessert for our party of ten, the pace was perfect. We enjoyed Curtis on the piano.

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R
1 review
Dined on April 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was amazing both in flavor and presentation. Loved the piano player.

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EE
Austin
3 reviews
Dined on April 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The soups are always amazing! We’ve had a couple of meals here and the food is wonderful! The specials are delightful so far! Enjoy!

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