The Empire at 138
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.
New York strip, roasted fingerling potatoes, farm fresh green beans
Pan seared, ancient grains, spinach, lobster cream
Hand center cut, caramelized onion, garlic mashed potatoes, asparagus, demi-glaze
Four guests on a Saturday evening at 6:15. Service and drinks were outstanding as were the scallops and lobster/seafood bisque. Although I was not fond of the "ancient grains," the seafood bisque was hearty and very good. We will be back.
Two of us had the salmon. I would highly recommend! Two had the lemon tart and gave it rave reviews.
This place is top notch. I would recommend this place to anyone for a special evening or if you just want some place to go and have CONSISTENT delicious food! Wait staff is great they know what they are talking about when it comes to food and drink menu. What I also enjoy about this place is that the Manger is the one who greets you at the door and they make you feel like extremely welcomed.
Always wonderful food and service. Nice atmosphere.
Wonderful as always. We have never had a bad meal at Empire. Sam is always kind and gracious which sets the tone for our evening. We highly recommend Empire 138 to anyone wanting a gourmet dinner and excellent libation.
Took our daughter from Pickerington to dinner (her first time at 138) and was joined by our granddaughter (surprise) from Fort Wayne! Dinner was excellent. Service was top drawer and Joanie’s Peach Cobbler dessert is to die for!!! Sam is the ultimate host!
Love this place❤️
We were greeted right away and taken to our table. The waitress, Carrie, was attentive, knowledgeable, warm, and professional. My martini was made perfectly and the twist was beautiful. The four cheese penne was decadent, I added chicken. The house salad is always perfectly balanced. I highly recommend this establishment for any occasion, but particularly a nice night out.
Food was delicious and service was excellent. Highly recommend!!
As usual a delightful experience, food was great ,(put small plate short ribs back on menu please) service very quick, friendly and polite, very happy they reopened.
The place is beautiful and a great spot for a special occasion or just a simple date night!
I have never been disappointed at the Empire. Their salmon was the best ever.
Food was delicious, well presented and timely. Clearly the chef and kitchen staff know their craft! Thank you!
Great dinner and good service!
So glad to be back at the Empire 138! Our server Isaac was great...and the food, always delicious!
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.
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!
The halibut was delicious and paired nicely with an Irish Ale.
Great place all around.
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.
Had a great dinner with my granddaughter and wife.
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.
As always excellent service from the host greeting us to the check. Our favorite place in all of NW Ohio.
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.
One of the best meals we've ever had anyplace.
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.
This is my pick for special occasion dinners. The food is always delicious, service perfect, and setting unique and upscale. Love it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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!
Wonderful experience in downtown Tiffin. Food was excellent and the piano entertainment was very enjoyable. Looking forward to our next visit.
A friend and I celebrated my birthday here last Friday. The food, service and ambiance were wonderful! We will certainly be back!
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.
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.
Food, service, and atmosphere were excellent! Awesome asset to downtown Tiffin.
We always have a pleasant time & exceptional food @ the empire.. thnx again...grace & sisters lunch
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.
Always a fantastic experience. Consistently great food and excellent service.
Husband’s retirement celebration as a next day fabulous late lunch.
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.
Spencer was an amazing server.
WE ENJOYED THE TIME TO JUST RELAX AND HAVE A NICE MEAL. WOULD LET OUR FREINDS KNOW. THERESA
Holiday get together
The Empire at 138 offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (419) 448-7733.
The Empire at 138 is rated 4.8 stars by 610 OpenTable diners.
Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.