The Empire at 138

4.6
719 Reviews
$31 to $50
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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TiffinJ
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2022
Overall2food2service4ambience4

The food was mediocre and overpriced considering the portion sizes. I have been disappointed with my dining experience the last few times I have been there. Our server was very good, but the service was very slow-expect dinner to take a couple of hours.

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Jones
1 review
Dined on January 8, 2022
Overall3food2service2ambience5

Long wait for food. Staff nice but you could tell they were very busy running around trying to get everybody their items to their tables And my food was OK. We have been there a few other times and it was much better but still probably one of the nicest places in Tiffin,OH

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BethH
Toledo
2 reviews
Dined on January 8, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and delicious meal. Enjoyed the pianist who played during the evening!

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Steph
1 review
Dined on January 5, 2022
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Food was good, service was great. Sharon was friendly, attentive and knowledgeable. Tried new things and everything we tried was great.

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DuaneJ
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on January 4, 2022
Overall3food3service5ambience4

Unfortunately out of too many items on the menu and the bar.

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beth
Columbus
2 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food cooked perfectly. Everything came out in a timely manner. Staff was very friendly

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PaigeA
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2021
Overall3food2service3ambience5

Our server was great and nice, but felt like she was gone most of the night. We had a wait time of an hour for our food. I ordered a burger and fries. The burger was cold and the bun was so hard that I couldn’t eat it. The fries were so salty and I wasn’t able to eat them. My husband ordered clams, which had sand in them and clearly weren’t washed. This was the worst experience we’ve had at the Empire, which is disappointing! It was not worth the $80 that we spent.

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BobC
Toledo
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Everything was good except for the length of time to get our meals.

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nancyc
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience5

Started out well but had several communication problems with the waitress, and then there must have been a problem in the kitchen or again waitress/kitchen communication because we waited and waited after the salads for our entrees. We finally had to ask another waitress what the holdup was. It would have been much better had our waitress just told us there was a problem. Avoiding us and not explaining was a bit disappointing. Only one or our party of 4 was disappointed with their entrée of scallops, saying it was way too salty, she couldn't eat the last one.

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General
Toledo
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We have been to the Empire a few times before and it never disappoints! Food is always great and the service is fantastic. Nice to have such a high class restaurant in the area!

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Anonymous
1 review
Dined on December 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very nice place. Best place in Tiffin…. Great food. Great date place.

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MarkC
Toledo
2 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

All 4 if our dinners were great. Appetizers consumed immediately.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on December 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The staff was very friendly and attentive. The food was delicious. I will definitely be coming back.

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CriS
1 review
Dined on December 17, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

I requested for medium well steak. The server recommended for medium which I agreed with her. However, We received well-done steak and I felt it was grilled to much. I like the place and the distancing of tables which is good due to this pandemic.

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DanR
Pittsburgh
1 review
Dined on December 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always enjoyable! Great food! Great Service! Great atmosphere!

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AdrienneF
1 review
Dined on December 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had family in from out of state. Was a nice evening. Thank you

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Lele
Columbus
4 reviews
Dined on December 10, 2021
Overall3food4service2ambience5

Great atmosphere and the drinks were tasty. My food was good but my friend had cold mashed potatoes and the carrots were hard. The service was very slow, with the exception of getting our water filled. That person was on it and we always had fresh cold water. The slow service could have been due to a Christmas party going on at the same time so I would try the restaurant again.

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ROSALIED
1 review
Dined on December 4, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

We enjoyed the ambiance, food and live music. It was helpful to check out the menu online.

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StaceyF
1 review
Dined on December 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a lovely evening at The Empire in Tiffin. Atmosphere with those exposed bricks and music is lovely. Server was attentive, and we enjoyed a reasonably priced excellent bottle of wine. All our food was great, and when my fish was a little underdone ( for me ) server and kitchen took care of it very quickly. Enjoyed every aspect of the dinner out.

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TSarka
Cleveland
9 reviews
Dined on December 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Another wonderful dining experience
Absolutely love this place

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LisaK
1 review
Dined on November 26, 2021
Overall3food2service4ambience4

Service was great. Dinner food was disappointing, appetizer however was amazing. They may have been experiencing staff shortages because the restaurant did not appear busy to us and it took us 1 hour and 45 minutes for 2 people and by the time we finally got our dinners, we really just wanted to ask for boxes and go home.

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VeraS
1 review
Dined on November 24, 2021
Overall4food3service4ambience4

Food was good depending on what we ordered, salmon poor, pork excellent,hamburger poor.

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TSarka
Cleveland
9 reviews
Dined on November 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect night At Empire. Food was spectacular piano music in the back ground was icing on the cake.
Thank You Sam And staff.

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OpenTable Diner
Columbus
1 review
Dined on November 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food!

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KevinW
Toledo
1 review
Dined on November 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went here to celebrate an anniversary. The food was excellent--I had halibut and my wife had chicken piccata. The service was very, very good and the room was beautiful and quiet. I would definitely come again.

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RandyJ
Cleveland
5 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Very nice dinner and atmosphere. I would recommend this place.

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RickF
1 review
Dined on November 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very good food and service. One of the best dining venues in Tiffin.

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vincek
Cleveland
3 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We have eaten at the Empire since they have opened for business, normally we use this for our go to place for their fillet de beef. But I must admit that the sirloin is also a favorite of mine.

The decor is tasteful, clean and modern. When the piano player is playing, the noise level is almost too loud for general conversations. We normally attend at other times to avoid this issue. The food is excellent quality, and as most businesses after Covid there are shortages of several products, so the menu adjusts as needed to prevent shortages.

My Wife and I attend whenever we want to enjoy a good meal, I do not personally care about prices. I want quality food prepared fresh, not frozen and NOT microwaved, this is why I love the Empire. We will continue to enjoy them in the future.

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MindyP
Toledo
1 review
Dined on October 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was excellent, waitress was friendly, they kept your water glasses full, and the atmosphere was very warm and inviting.

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LaNicole
Columbus
13 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great duck flatbread. $14 small Martinis were a bit overpriced.

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Relaxed
Chicago
41 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Fine dining in a small town. An easy walk to the restored Ritz movie palace. Free parking at nearby city lots. Crab cake appetizer was very good, as was the salmon. Small but quality selection of wines by the glass.

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JudyP
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Dinner last night at The Empire was absolutely delicious!!!
Chicken Piccata and Pork Medallions were beyond wonderful. Our waitress Lauren was very attentive.
Music was a bit loud for my taste and the chairs are unfortunately not very comfortable.
We got take out once and I must say food in restaurant MUCH better than carryout.

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kyliels
Denver
7 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience2

We were there celebrating a birthday, but no one asked. I went to the bathroom and the waitress had handed my boyfriend

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JamesK
Cleveland
3 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The chairs are quite uncomfortable, esp. for someone with back issues. They really should be replaced. Other than that, the dining experience was outstanding, as always. I always recommend The Empire at 138 to out-of-town friends, and it's our go-to place for special occasions.

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JimS
1 review
Dined on September 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A beautiful downtown location with an upscale ambience. Service was prompt and the food was delicious.

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AnonymousTiffinResident
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

The Empire is a very classy establishment that maintains a minimalistic ambiance, while still delivering an atmosphere that is inviting gets you talking. The service was wonderful, and I appreciate that the restaurant has updated technology to where their waiters/waitresses have devices where you can pay right at the table; I appreciate the convenience. The food was not too bad. Part of me wonders if the fact that our reservation was at 8pm that it may have affected the way in which it was prepared, but I am not sure. The crab cakes were absolutely amazing I will order them again. The french onion wasn't anything to brag about, it was a piece of bread, some broth and a few onions (again, end of the night so who knows if that's what the soup is normally like)...i hope not because the soup was sad for the over $8 I paid for it.
Shrimp Scampi, same situation. Shrimp tasted great, the plate itself as a whole just did not impress me with flavor. I would recommended the Empire look into changing the recipe for this one; it's missing something to really make it pop. The truffle fries...buy them. They may just be fries with some seasoning and dressed up fancy but they are some of the best fries you can get in town.

Was it everything I hoped it would be?! No. Do I still plan on giving it another shot?! Yes. I would like to eat at an earlier time, and I would like to try a couple other plates before I make as true final decisions but as of now, I do recommend visiting the Empire. Just don't go late and and be cautious about the french onion and shrimp scampi. Good luck food seekers!

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MariaH
Columbus
9 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

The food was excellent. GREAT environment! New options on the menu for fall.

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Jack
Jacksonville
8 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Kathy and I were seated in the back room ( very appreciated as it is so beautiful and peaceful ) all the guests were socially distanced and the noise level was such that you could talk softly and be heard with no problem. There was a beautiful young couple celebrating their 9 th anniversary ( we are on # 28) and the staff were very respectful and kind to them. My wife was so relaxed after an extra hard week of work that she ate her whole meal of sirloin that she says was prepared perfectly. I went with my “go to “dish of Salmon with tomato chutney over risotto and squash ribbons and it was as always perfect. Once again I am blown away at this Tiffin gem! Thank you! If you want to dine like in the big city this is the place to go for sure!

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BradA
Columbus
2 reviews
Dined on September 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great atmosphere with great food and service. Great place for a special meal with that special someone.

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MarkC
Toledo
3 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a wonderful Birthday dinner with my wife and granddaughter. Empire staff was excellent.

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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 4.6 stars by 719 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.

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