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The Empire at 138, Tiffin, OH

The Empire at 138

4.7
4.7
811 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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Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • Cuisines
    Contemporary American
  • Hours of operation
    Lunch Thu–Sat 11:00 am–2:00 pm Dinner Wed–Sat 5:00 pm–9:15 pm
  • Phone number
    (419) 448-7733
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress code
    Business Casual
  • Private party facilities
    Private banquet room available for both personal and corporate customers. Call 419-448-7733 and ask for an event coordinator to plan for your next meeting.
  • Private party contact
    Michael Pinkston: (419) 618-0311
  • Neighborhood
    Tiffin
  • Cross street
    Madison Street
  • Parking details
    Street Parking
  • Additional
    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 811 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

4.7
4.7 based on all time ratings
  • 4.7Food
  • 4.7Service
  • 4.8Ambience
  • 4.5Value

NoiseModerate

811 Reviews
  1. Jody

    Washington DC

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 28, 2023

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 4
    We asked for basics - salt and pepper. It never arrived. We had to find it ourselves from the bar. I asked for my steak to be medium rare. It was served well done. No bread was served with dinner as menu states. Wait person was apologizing to all tables around for various reasons. Wrong bill given to ppl next to us. No water refill after we asked.

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  2. Feldest

    Cincinnati

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on September 24, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Beautiful space the food was excellent and the service was fantastic. The best Caesar salad I've ever had and my husband is still talking about his steak five days later. We were very pleased with dinner here.

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  3. MikeP

    Columbus

    32 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    32 reviews

    Dined on September 20, 2023

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    Service was great...personable, effecient, timely. The drinks were delicious. The food was disappointing. The Lamb Chops particularly so. Its a great space, and I'll stop for drinks. I'll be hard pressed to eat there again.

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  4. DanR

    Pittsburgh

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on September 16, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    A very nice and enjoyable evening. Food and service were both great!

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  5. JeffB

    Toledo

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 9, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 5
    Food was delicious. Drinks, Appetizers, Salads all served in timely manner. Entrees took for ever to arrive at our table. Over 25 minutes. The whole restaurant ran out of bread. As usual our meals were very good and competitively priced. Hopefully it was just a bad night for service and hospitality.

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  6. DavidT

    Columbus

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 25, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We always have a great experience at Empire. Staff is great. Food was delicious. It’s a great upscale restaurant.

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  7. TrevorC

    Toledo

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 10, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Good food good service, good drinks. Thanks for the flowers as well!

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  8. DanR

    Pittsburgh

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on July 29, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Everything was great!! Had reservations, they seated us immediately. Food and service was excellent!

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  9. BusinessDinner

    Toledo

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 26, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    The restaurant is lovely. I ate there about five years ago and remember the food being top notch. This time around, it was good, but not impressive. For the price, it should be remarkable. Our biggest complaint is the uncomfortable chairs. Again, for an upscale restaurant, I would expect a bigger investment in the comfort of the patrons. Several of us, of varying sizes and heights, were extremely uncomfortable in the tiny, hard, cheap, catering style dining chair. It was difficult to enjoy eating our $39 filets when we had to sit forward in an awkward position because the chair was so hard and small. The Empire has a lot of potential, and I will try them again, but would definitely request to sit in the one half booth, as any other seating is completely intolerable.

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  10. GilmoreFan

    Toledo

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 22, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Very good food, lovely building, friendly staff. Be prepared to pay; this is not inexpensive dining. We had an $80 gift card from our kids and spent all of it plus extra for the tip on two of the less expensive entrees, two cocktails, and a shared dessert. Our bill would have been significantly more if we had gotten steak or seafood entrees.

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  11. CPofNaples

    Naples

    39 reviews

    5.0

    39 reviews

    Dined on July 21, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had a most enjoyable dinner . We were greeted very warmly for our arrival and the waitress we had did a nice job, and the food was excellent. Yes, it was a special occasion for us and Restaurant made it such.

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  12. BobC

    Toledo

    4 reviews

    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on July 21, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    The seafood/pasta dish was a little short on seafood.

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  13. AngieB

    Toledo

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 21, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The Empire provided a special memorable evening with exceptional food, service and atmosphere. Noah, our server, was very accommodating, friendly and enjoyable. Our reservation process was user friendly and our table was ready upon our arrival. We had a fabulous time and will be back, Thank you!

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  14. Guest

    Toledo

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 2, 2023

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 1
    A high end restaurant that serves wilted lettuce with brown spots….and the answer they gave…hmmm we got a truck in just yesterday. I guess that means you don’t have to look at the food before it goes out? It was gross We left and had a lovely dinner elsewhere. Not sure how they are still in business. We were the only customers in there from 5-5:40pm…yes. Over 30 minutes to get wilted lettuce served.

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  15. scottm

    Columbus

    2 reviews

    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 20, 2023

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 3
    The food was satisfactory; the service was lacking. It was just my wife and I but the force a twenty percent gratuity. I don't mind tipping for good service but service here was substandard. We never received a wine list. We had to ask for items that were supposed to come with our food. A lack luster experience over all. The funniest part of the meal was when they brought the machine to charge my credit card. After automatically adding a twenty percent tip on to my total, the machine wanted me to leave an additional tip.

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  16. CarleenO

    West Virginia

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 13, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Our service was great. Food authentic. Enjoyable. Easy to change reservation times.

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  17. KathyK

    Louisville

    29 reviews

    5.0

    29 reviews

    Dined on May 6, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The menu was creative & the food was excellently prepared. The wait staff was very friendly & attentive. Would recommend this restaurant highly.

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  18. Mimi

    Toledo

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 29, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 5
    This used to be the best restaurant in the area. The quality at my last visit was way down.

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  19. ericg

    Toledo

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 22, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    All four of us had great food. Not too busy when we were there. Great atmosphere and enjoyed the piano playing in the background.

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  20. Susan

    Chicago

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on April 14, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent food and service. Elegant atmosphere in a historic building with a solo pianist playing during dinner. Everything was delightful.

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  21. OpenTable Diner

    Cleveland

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 9, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great service. Great ambience. Food was average. Wanted to support a local business.

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  22. Josh

    Toledo

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 29, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food and atmosphere were great. The filet mignon was terrible. I ordered medium rare and it came out closer to well done. They took it back and remade it without hesitation. It was much better the second time but still not worth $45. Everything else at our table was delicious. Just avoid the steak..

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  23. BethM

    Toledo

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on March 18, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I love the Empire! The food is fantastic! The atmosphere, complete with piano player is perfect! The staff is knowledgable and so friendly! It is unique and special! One of our favorite places!

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  24. JayeJ

    Cincinnati

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 15, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    We were a little concerned at first. The spinach and artichoke dip was horrible, and the salad that came before dinner had goat cheese on it but was not told nor did I recall seeing it on the menu. I've never seen goat cheese on a dinner salad before and was a little put off as I HATE goat cheese. The server who took our payment said I should have requested it not be on the salad. I had no idea, that's what the dinner salad came with. Anyway, the filets were fantastic and the young man who served us was charming and funny. Good experience after all and would recommend. However, if you hate goat cheese, you might want to skip the salads. Yuck!

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  25. Byrdman

    Toledo

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 11, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Meal very good service very good dessert mediocre. All in all would recommend

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  26. AnneY

    Cleveland

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 10, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Fantastic food, cocktails, great atmosphere, and our server Noah was delightful.

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  27. TSarka

    Cleveland

    18 reviews

    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on March 4, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Wonderful experience. AGAIN We go here often and have never once had a bad experience

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  28. BethW

    Cincinnati

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on March 3, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We were celebrating my Aunt’s 94th Birthday and we could not have asked for a more accommodating staff - they were EXCELLENT! The food was fantastic and the toasting bubbly was an added touch for all of us to remember!!

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  29. BrookE

    Toledo

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 19, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food was outstanding. 5-cheese Penne is excellent. Appetizers of crab cakes were delightful. Tasted like I was on the East Coast and having them fresh made. Cheesecake was excellent (more Chicago style than New York) with a perfect crust. Our server was on top of everything, very attentive. The piano player in the background provided a wonderful ambience. Expect to spend about $40-$50 a person as this is a very nice, up-scale choice to have a meal. It is well worth the treat.

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  30. StevenK

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 17, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    My daughter got engaged and it was a celebratory dinner!

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  31. DougM

    New York City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 14, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Valentines Day

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  32. OpenTable Diner

    Toledo

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 14, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Valentine’s Day

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  33. TrevorC

    Toledo

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 11, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Carrie and Courtney were the two employees that stood out the most. Their efforts were greatly recognized, and these efforts included making sure my wife felt appreciated for Valentine’s Day, and outstanding customer service!

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  34. GiRe

    New York City

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 6, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had filets and they were cooked to perfection. The Blood Orange cocktail was divine!

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  35. LanceM

    Columbus

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 6, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    Small portions for the money. Relatively small menu but adequate. Good food. Floors creak and move when people are walking past which is somewhat distracting

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  36. PattyG

    Charlotte

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 18, 2022

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Service was outstanding and food was delicious. Thank you for opening prior to Michael Bolton. It was nice knowing we had a reservation since we came from out of town.

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  37. BarbaraF

    Toledo

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 16, 2022

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I haven't not eaten here for awhile, but the food was excellent!

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  38. WilliamB

    Toledo

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 15, 2022

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Very good food .....................................

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  39. GlennO

    Toledo

    24 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    24 reviews

    Dined on December 15, 2022

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Service was excellent and the server was keenly aware that we were attending a show after dinner. All dinners (salmon, filet mignon, seafood pasta, and lamb chop special) were very good. All around excellent evening.

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  40. TonyL

    Cleveland

    4 reviews

    2.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on December 3, 2022

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 5
    New menu is very bad, very few gluten free options. Food quality bad with multiple screwups. Used to be a very upscale food choice….not so much anymore. Disappointed in what used to be an awesome restaurant.😞

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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 4.7 stars by 811 OpenTable diners.

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Google Map for The Empire at 138

138 South Washington St, Tiffin, OH 44883

Additional information

  • Cross street
    Madison Street
  • Neighborhood
    Tiffin
  • Hours of operation
    Lunch Thu–Sat 11:00 am–2:00 pm Dinner Wed–Sat 5:00 pm–9:15 pm
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • Cuisines
    Contemporary American
  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Dress code
    Business Casual
  • Parking details
    Street Parking
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Additional
    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Phone number
    (419) 448-7733
  • Private party facilities
    Private banquet room available for both personal and corporate customers. Call 419-448-7733 and ask for an event coordinator to plan for your next meeting.
  • Private party contact
    Michael Pinkston: (419) 618-0311
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