The Empire at 138

4.9
432 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.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Contemporary American
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Hours of operation
Lunch
Tue–Sat 11:00 am–3:00 pm
Happy Hour
Wed, Thu 3:00 pm–6:00 pm
Dinner
Wed–Sat 5:00 pm–9:15 pm
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Phone number
(419) 448-7733
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Business Casual
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Executive chef
Chris Demith
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Madison Street
Additional
Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Entertainment, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Specials

Saturday Night After Hours

Stop in for an after hours Cocktail, one of our specialty small plates, famous empire burger or our delicious house made desserts.

Terms and Conditions:

Valid For: 1 - 20 people

Starts: August 23, 2018

Ends: August 24, 2117

Availability: Sat 9:45PM-11:00PM

Mid Week Test Kitchen

We're always testing new items. Enjoy Test Kitchen results with particularly special wines or signature cocktails

Terms and Conditions:

Valid For: 1 - 20 people

Starts: August 23, 2018

Ends: August 24, 2117

Availability: Wed-Fri 3:00PM-6:00PM

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Thu - Sat 8:15PM - 9:30PM

What 432 People Are Saying
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Columbus
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a great dinner. The food was amazing. The special was incredibly expensive compared to the other meals, so be sure you ask (we didn’t 😜). The cocktails were so good. We love the staff. It was awesome!

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JP
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Our first visit. Very very nice. I will be back!

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AH
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Our server was great! Food was great. We had filet. I ordered surf and turf. I only like my lobster steamed so should have listened closer when server said grilled. $60 was a little expensive but not compared to the rest of the world! I absolutely love having a dining experience like this in Tiffin!!! Keep up the good work!

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CS
Columbus
10 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Another delicious meal at The Empire. Our steaks were perfectly prepared and all of the sides delicious too. Live music was a wonderful addition. Thank you.

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NN
1 review
Dined on November 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, fast and friendly service. The live piano in the bar can be heard in the restaurant and adds a classy touch. A good place for a special occasion.

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SR
1 review
Dined on November 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful service and great menu selection! Food and atmosphere was spot on! Perfect spot for a business lunch, book club or celebration of any kind. You deserve to eat here!!

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CH
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Sam is wonderful! Your wait staff are attentive and professional. Great food, fabulous wine and upscale ambience. I'll be back!

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BH
1 review
Dined on November 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went to The Empire at 138 for dinner and to celebrate a birthday with a group of friends! Loved the atmosphere and enjoyed the live piano music! Fantastic food and a good wine list. It exceeded all our expectations! We will recommend to friends and will return!

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BH
Savannah
4 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful experience! Will definitely go back!

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D
Toledo
1 review
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

The Empire has been my new local favorite. Saves me a trip to a bigger city for a quality restaurant. This last visit was not as nice as previously. It's obvious that the previous Maitre d, Michael is no longer there. Food was still good. Waitress was pleasant, but knowledgeable about the food or wine. She needed assistance to even open our bottle. The new Maitre d ended up having to come over and do it. Because of this, he said it would be on the house. However, the waitress still charged us for it. Will need to watch to see if it stays the same or not over time. Food was still excellent as it has been.

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JK
Cleveland
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We brought a friend for his birthday. He'd never been there before and was blown away by just about everything. Every dish he tried was "the best he'd ever tasted!" If I had any comment to make that was less than outstanding, it was that we had a server who was still in training. She had an experienced server with her who was observing and helping when needed. We all need to learn, but she needs to 1) not reach across a diner to get something to clear from the table. Walk around them so that she doesn't have to reach, and 2) Please stop calling us "you guys". My wife is not a guy. That is the only complaint I had. Wonderful as always.

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j
Nashville
1 review
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Additional thanks to the staff for acknowledging my special seating request.

Also, apparently our waitress, who was excellent by the way, heard us discussing my wife's birthday and made a special effort with our desert to recognize the event.

This is our 5th or 6th time at Empire 138 and they have met or exceeded expectations each time.

I hope Tiffin, and the surrounding area, continue to support this fine local establishment as it really does add value to the community.

If I had one suggestion for improvement it would be the chairs. The booths and armchairs are fine but the non-arm chairs are most uncomfortable.

Thanks for seeking our input.

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TB
Indiana
1 review
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

This was a great find, not what I expected to find in downtown Tiffin. It had a warm cozy feel, the piano was a nice addition. The service was first class and the food was great, we will be back!

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OT
Columbus
23 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I really enjoyed spending Sweetest Day here with my hubby! We got the braised short ribs appetizer to start. I got the pork chop dinner & my husband got the filet🥩! Both of the dishes were amazing. The signature drink The Old Fashion was perfect🥃! We ❤ this place and will be back soon!

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OT
Cleveland
2 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Food and service was good.

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JK
Cleveland
2 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Our visit was all we expected. We have always been happy w/ our experiences at Empire at 138

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M
Detroit
9 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The seared scallops were awesome! Pork chop delicious, steak as well! Crab cakes had unique sauces, one fruity and another mustardy. It was a perfect place for the 80th birthday, with damy gathered from Cincinnati, Detroit, and Valentine, Nebraska!

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GD
1 review
Dined on October 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful cuisine! Compliments to the chef!!! Especially the pork chops!

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KJ
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Empire is always wonderful. I had a regular menu item, grilled salmon, and my friend had a special, pesto pork loin. Both were excellent. Desserts are small but delicious as well. We had the flourless chocolate torte and the lemon torte. Our server, Annie I believe, was very attentive and the host is always warm amd professional. We will definitely return.

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VH
Columbus
2 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had a wonderful night with friends here with great food and atmosphere! Would recommend it to anyone.

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CG
Toledo
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Fish tacos had very little fish in them.

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S
1 review
Dined on October 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I was in Tiffin for a meeting. This was my first time at The Empire at 138. The food and atmosphere was excellent. This is not a typical small town restaurant, it would be successful anywhere in the country.

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RA
Cleveland
2 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I just love Empire, the food is always delicious, creative and top quality. Service is excellent.

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BH
Cleveland
2 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My wife and I love this place. The food and cocktails are amazing. Everything is very well prepared and presented. I can’t say enough good things about “the Empire”. It’s truly a dining treasure for this area.

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J
Jacksonville
2 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

We have never had a bad. Meal here\ the veal and goat cheese with risotto was melt in you our mouth delicious! Paired with the Pinot noir, the pork chops were a memorable dish. The peach cobbler is outstanding!

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PT
Northern MI
4 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Thanks Mike, you once again gave our group a very nice evening of great with our loyal friends!!!!

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RL
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The wife and I went to celebrate our 2 wedding anniversary and the food was fantastic as usual. We enjoy eating there when we are looking for a night out. The food is well worth the value. We haven’t found anything on the menu we didn’t love. I’m not a health but by any means but I think their salads that come with the meals have to be the best salad I have ever eaten and I look forward to eating it anytime we dine there.

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JG
Columbus
5 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Ate here before concert at Ritz Theater because it was within walking distance. First time to this restaurant, but will go there again if we are in the Tiffin area. Food was excellent. Portions were generous. Loved the restored feeling of the building. Very friendly staff.

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OT
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The best pork chop I have ever had at a restaurant!!

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DC
Cleveland
1 review
Dined on September 15, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Food was good but they were out of the two specials we ordered first but the food that we ordered next was delicious anyway the place is a very nice place to go and eat the girl who waited on us was excellent

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HH
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went for my sons 18th Birthday. He’s a local student at Tiffin University. This may be the place we dine every time we visit! Ambiance and food was excellent and the wait staff was super friendly!

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CP
Naples
12 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food and service can not be beat... excellent and fair priced.. specials are a little pricy but worth the extra cost. This was our 5th visit and will assure you, we plan on returning. Worth the 25 mile drive from Findlay. Just wish they were located in Findlay!!

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E
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on September 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We took my parents here for dinner. With dad having challenges with hearing in noisy places, I wanted somewhere he would be able to participate in the conversation. The Empire fit the bill perfectly. The ambience was absolutely wonderful, the host was very friendly and welcoming, the server was very attentive and the food was delicious. What a great addition to Tiffin!

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SH
Cleveland
2 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I would highly recommend the Empire. I have never had a bad meal and the staff and excellent!

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j
Cleveland
11 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was 5 star once again..... This place is one of the best dining places in town.

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SG
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

I was disappointed that they had no options for children

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DC
Cleveland
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Been here several times. Great atmosphere, quality food, excellent service.

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JP
New Orleans
4 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We specifically started going more often when live piano returned We always enjoy the food and atmosphere.

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EF
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Recommended by a friend from Tiffin - so glad he did. Crab cakes were delicious as were the pork chops. Nice wine & cocktail list. Very good service without being overbearing. Didn’t feel rushed - plenty of time to visit!

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MS
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 1

We dined at Empire Saturday night, a party of seven, food was excellent as always, service was great and manager came to us several times to offer suggestions. We have all dined there before and we questioned the manager what happened to the wonderful piano music to go with our dining. How we missed it!
The pianist just makes the whole evening so relaxing. Hope you bring him back.

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