The Empire at 138

4.8
405 reviews
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$30 and under
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Contemporary American
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  • Good for Anniversaries
  • Good for a Date
  • Special Occasion
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
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, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Private Room, 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 405 People Are Saying
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RL
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
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
3 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
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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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
9 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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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
1 review
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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C
Chicago
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 5ambience 5

Food was okay, but overpriced. My husband had the clam bake and it had way too much Old Bay Seasoning in it. I had halibut and it was good, but not $36 good. Service was great. Beautiful place.

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W
Palm Springs
2 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

An absolute must. Delicious food, creative dishes, amazing staff, great location and a beautiful space.

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OT
Cleveland
3 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great staff, Michael is a joy!

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BY
Cleveland
2 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We have been to the Empire at least ten times and have never missed, it is a great place , very good menu, excellent service and very friendly. The Empire has been a tremendous addition to downtown Tiffin.

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MS
Toledo
1 review
Dined on August 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I've come to expect nothing but the best from Empire at 138 and they did not disappoint. Two pasta entrees, a filet mignon and pecan-encrusted pork chops were enjoyed with gusto. I don't usually consider pork a "fine dining" selection; most often it is flavorless and dry. Not this time. The crunchy coating encased a perfectly prepared piece of pork.

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LB
1 review
Dined on August 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and friendly staff. Love coming to The Empire at 138!

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OT
1 review
Dined on August 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is the place we take visiting guests.

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LS
Columbus
1 review
Dined on August 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was outstanding! We loved every bite!! We always love the atmosphere at the Empire and our server was fabulous!!

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CP
Naples
10 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food and service outstanding excellent menu and fair pricing

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EC
1 review
Dined on August 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Wonderful environment. Delicious food. Great service. Our first experience we were there with a group of friends, which was pleasant and I knew we would be back again. Our second experience was just myself and my husband. Everything was great except my husband and I were sat at a table for 2 (appropriate) but I felt like we were part of the table of 4 that was very close beside us. We could hear every part of their conversation and it made it difficult for the two of us to enjoy each other's company.

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J
Jacksonville
1 review
Dined on August 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our favorite spot. Had negroni' s\ Cesar salad and seabass with acient grains and a peach salsa with tender green beans. Perfectly prepared . There were about 18 ables filled and conversation was easy to hear as it was not too loud. Light from out front was perfect as windows face East as sun sets west . You will not be disappointed

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BH
Cleveland
1 review
Dined on August 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love this place! The food and drinks are amazing, the service is always exceptional, and the atmosphere is tastefully done. The Empire has a big city feel without having to travel a great distance. Tiffin and NW Ohio have a true gem in the Empire at 138.

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BC
Cleveland
1 review
Dined on August 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The service and overall dining experience was wonderful!

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SC
1 review
Dined on August 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My husband and I were very impressed! We are happy to reccomend and WLL be coming back.

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MK
Charlotte
64 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Beef short rib appetizer was outstanding. Lovely ambiance.

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CS
Columbus
9 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Took a friend from out of town there and he was very impressed with such a restaurant choice that we have in Tiffin, OH. The Empire at 138 never disappoints!! Thanks once again.

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CP
Naples
10 reviews
Dined on August 1, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Our second visit. Food is good better than most restaurants but halibut not as fresh as last visit. Well worth driving from Findlay and we look forward to returning. Great service and excellent drinks 🍷

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D
1 review
Dined on July 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Second time here, and they didn't disappoint. Food and service were excellent-nothing in the area compared to this overall quality. Michael Pinkston, the manager was great to talk to. Have encountered him before back in the day at The Zelkova Inn-he is world class-Tiffin is lucky to have a home town boy back.

The only downside was that the piano player was off for the summer, and the music they were playing was too loud.

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PC
1 review
Dined on July 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent presentation of food, tasted great and fairly priced. Exceptional drink list, good service and ambiance. Have eaten here for lunch with a different menu. Dinner menu heartier selections. Excellent taste either way. Will come here again.

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J
Cleveland
1 review
Dined on July 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful as always! Keep up the great work! Mike and the crew are always up to impress!

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SE
Cleveland
1 review
Dined on July 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

The atmosphere was very nice. We attended after an open air concert at the East Green in Tiffin, as did many other concert goers. The food was fantastic (just as it always is) and Mike P. is always very welcoming... We even had a piano concert from one of the performers (an added bonus). Tiffin is very fortunate to have Empire 138 as one of their dining establishments... keep up the good work!! We will return shortly for another enjoyable evening!!! Thanks again..........

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OT
1 review
Dined on July 7, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Nice environment and the food was delicious, however we had quite a wait for our food.

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RE
1 review
Dined on July 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Been to Empire many times. NEVER disappointed. This night was no exception. Food was outstanding (special: shrimp & langostino lobster over risotto in a rich cream sauce)! My only criticism of the restaurant is the noise level. It's excessive when trying to carry on a normal conversation. While I appreciate the "energy"...too much is a distraction. A professional sound engineering study could help identify acoustic treatment options that could be used without damaging the decor and ambiance of the space.

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CS
Columbus
8 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful service, delicious meal and all round superb dining experience. Missed the piano however!!

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T
1 review
Dined on June 30, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 5

A bit discouraged with our server. Service was slow and we felt forgotten for long periods. Drinks were left empty and the place wasn't even busy. Overall the good part was the food. Hopefully our next experience is better as we have many friends and family we'd like to take here.

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JK
1 review
Dined on June 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was our 25th wedding anniversary and the meal and environment was perfect for our celebration. My compliments to the chef! Many thanks.

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JC
1 review
Dined on June 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had heard many good things about “The Empire at 138” and they were absolutely true! All of the food that we ordered was delicious, beautiful presented on the plates, and the service was attentive.

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