ONE18 EMPIRE

4.4
788 reviews
CAN$30 and under
Contemporary American
ONE18 EMPIRE is a whiskey inspired bar and restaurant with a strong focus on shareable, locally inspired cuisine, masterfully paired with our select onsite reserve. ONE18 EMPIRE fosters a communal atmosphere for its guests through an array of chef-created dishes designed for sampling and sharing in a unique and spirited local setting.



With over 300 whiskeys, ryes, bourbons and scotches served by our seasoned bartenders, ONE18 EMPIRE cultivates an engaging and activated bar experience for locals and out of town patrons alike. Along with our vast collection of whiskey, ONE18 EMPIRE also offers a wide range of craft beers, wine on tap and a selection of whiskey tailored cocktails.
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4.4based on recent ratings
4.3
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4.4
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4.3
Ambience
4.1
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86% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 16, 2020
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience4

Love the old fashions!

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JosiahG
1 review
Dined on October 15, 2020
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

This venue is a must-visit for anyone who enjoys old-fashioned cocktails. Their create-your-own old fashioned is a great experience, picking all the ingredients and watching the server smoke a barrel for your glass is amazing. My partner had never had an old fashioned before, and now they want to make them just like this restaurant did. Food menu was limited (due to COVID im sure), but the dill pickle fried sandwich was amazing. Service was very fast and attentive.

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vipBear
Calgary
58 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Always an incredible meal. We tried the pork belly lettuce wraps for the first time, they were incredible and so spicy !! Hope they will be on the summer menu 2021!

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MeganK
Edmonton
2 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2020
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience4

Great place to grab a drink before heading to dinner. Really great staff and selection of old fashions & cocktails

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vipOpenTable Diner
Calgary
7 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2020
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

The overall experience was nice. The food was very flavourful. One of the dishes had a lot of jalapeños which we could not eat, so it would be nice to know in advance that it’s a substantial part of the dish. The burger was good, however, the patty was a bit overcooked to my taste, but I still enjoyed it very much. The side tomato salad was the highlight of the meal - simply delicious.
The service was really good as well. It took a bit longer than normal for the bill, otherwise - great work!

It would be helpful to know in advance that the menu options are limited. I asked if it was a reduced food menu (as it’s a normal practice these days), and was told that it’s just a normal menu. Maybe would be good to mention it on your OpenTable page.

Thank you! We will be back.

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OpenTable Diner
Calgary
1 review
Dined on September 19, 2020
Overall1Food4Service1Ambience4

Great food and drinks as always. ONE star to the shady server who decided our two $25 Smoke Brick Half Chicken orders were each $47 on the bill. Double check your bills before you pay.

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Danny
Calgary
1 review
Dined on September 12, 2020
Overall4Food3Service5Ambience5

Best old fashioned menu in the city, service 10/10 as usual. Have been before can’t wait to go back again.

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Alicia
Calgary
1 review
Dined on September 10, 2020
Overall3Food4Service4Ambience3

The rooftop patio really is a beautiful space, but we left early to go somewhere else. It's just too bad about all the wasps. Please, please install some traps up there.

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Wanita
1 review
Dined on August 21, 2020
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

It was great to be able to sit outside with so much space between tables. The service was excellent and we enjoyed some great cocktails. The menu is somewhat limited, but it was a great experience overall.

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NancyG
1 review
Dined on August 13, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We were seated on the rooftop patio. My only complaint would be the uneven stone floor. I had moved my chair and the leg fell inbetween two bricks and I tipped sideways. I have a knee injury so it could have ended up bad.
We ordered the Old Fashion and we were impressed! Food and service was excellent! They didn't have apple whiskey but the bartender made me an apple whiskey cocktail which was amazing.

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OpenTable Diner
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on July 29, 2020
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience3

Wonderful patio and service was very attentive. Had a couple of cocktails which were underwhelming, especially given the price. Was expecting a better flavour profile rather than just tasting like sorta alcoholic juice. Also had the build-your-own Old Fashioned which was much better and the little display of smoking the glass table side was a nice touch.

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GlennP
Calgary
3 reviews
Dined on July 25, 2020
Overall3Food3Service3Ambience2

It took 30 minutes to receive our drink order.
Our steak needed to be re-fired because it was overcooked, but the second steak was on the verge of being overcooked as well. I didn’t say anything because I was so hungry.

Smoked chicken was appropriately named ‘Brick’ to describe its dryness.

Pork belly Lettuce Wraps were the highlight. Great combination of savoury and sweet and the basil complimented the refreshing lettuce.

We will give them another try when the restaurant moves back inside.

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Bakersman
1 review
Dined on July 24, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The staff, food, and especially the Old Fashioned drinks are always amazing. We are very happy to see One18 Empire is open once again.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Calgary
4 reviews
Dined on July 18, 2020
Overall4Food3Service4Ambience4

Didn’t realize we were sitting up on the terrace outside, it was nice but was a bit chilly when the sun went down. Food was ok, had better but overall good experience.

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JazminL
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 11, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We ate on the rooftop patio, the food was outstanding and the staff were so attentive.

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GabrielaP
Calgary
4 reviews
Dined on June 27, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Food was amazing and the service was the best ! Everything was really clean.

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vipSandE
Calgary
20 reviews
Dined on June 26, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Great specialty drinks and yummy food as always! Very COVID conscientious with tables far apart and servers wearing masks. Much appreciated! Thank you!

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vipSandeyS
Calgary
9 reviews
Dined on June 25, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great day great weather happy to be out!!

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Gibstan
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

We had invited a couple to join us for a cocktail and appetizer. They had never been there before and really enjoyed their experience. Well done! Service was good, bacon-wrapped dates and pretzels were good, and as always the Old Fashioneds were amazing!

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ChristopherK
Calgary
2 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Took a group of 5 for some old fashions! Both the experience and drinks were incredible. Can’t wait to go back.

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vipCalgary
Calgary
29 reviews
Dined on March 5, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We had lunch here and it was wonderful. We had the Lunch At Once option. The food was so tasty. I had the tuna crudo and lentil, barley salad and I would definitely order that again. The service was excellent and server was very attentive.

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Obbi
Calgary
16 reviews
Dined on March 3, 2020
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience4

We love it here! Terrific food, service and ambience!

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vipEdnn
Calgary
4 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall2Food1Service3Ambience3

Decided to come here as we enjoyed food and cocktails here before. Unfortunately tonight the meal was undercooked chicken, which left us without an appetite. No apology from the manager or compensation. It will be a while before we even consider going back.

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vipKitS
Calgary
1 review
Dined on February 24, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Had the tuna albacore with Caesar salad and salmon. Was a wonderful combination and delicious. Thank you!

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vipLee1
Calgary
10 reviews
Dined on February 20, 2020
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience4

Antonio gave us excellent service and was very witty and social. He took good care of us even when we were unsure about the dinner entree he was quick to resolve it to ensure complete satisfaction.

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AlyxZ
Calgary
3 reviews
Dined on February 20, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The octopus was divine and even though we didn't get the old fashioneds watching them being made was extremely interesting!
We also got the lamb burger and duck confit carbonara. Absolutely amazing! The ceaser salad on the side if the lamb burger was one of the best I've ever had

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vipbrunch
Calgary
8 reviews
Dined on February 19, 2020
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience5

My husband and I went for dinner on a weeknight. It wasn’t very busy, the service was outstanding. Our server was very nice and knowledgeable about their menu. We really enjoyed our meals, I had the duck confit carbonara, SO good! We had the cheesecake for dessert which was delicious but not your typical cheesecake. It was a little pricey but as to be expected with a restaurant downtown.

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vipLindsay
Calgary
24 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Best whiskey / bourbon cocktails. Always outstanding for lunch / dinner service.

GB
vipGillesB
Calgary
23 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall4Food5Service3Ambience5

We’ve been many times, always reliable pre theatre/show place but this time, arrival of beverages was slow and food was very slow arriving yet not that busy

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Welshgal
Calgary
20 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

We went for Valentines Day and it was fabulous. I was worried about the comments others had made about being in the lobby of a hotel but this was not an issue at all. The staff were amazing and explained anything we needed to know. The food was delicious and I was very impressed with the seasoning of the food. My one complaint and the reason I only gave four stars for ambience was that they squashed their two person tables too near each other. Considering it was a romantic evening I felt I was imposing on the other tables each side of me and them on us. If they had even taken one of the two seater tables out and spread us a little further apart it would have been fine. Altogether, a wonderful meal and I would certainly go back. Highly recommended.

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Hailey
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall3Food3Service2Ambience3

We visited ONE18 empire on Valentine’s Day and our service was not the best. My main dish came out with our appetizers, My boyfriend didn’t receive his main dish until I was half way done my meal & some items that we asked for never made it to the table. Again, it was a holiday so we took it with a grain of salt. We may try it again in the future but it’s not on my “must recommend to a friend” list!

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HollyP
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2020
Overall3Food2Service2Ambience4

I’m not sure I would recommend. It was our first experience here and it wasn’t the greatest. The food arrived very late so we’re not sure if the server screwed up not putting our order in or if the screw up was in the kitchen. I suspect it as the server. We had to eat very rushed to make it to the theatre in time. The food arrived and two dishes were grossly undercooked and one of the chicken options was overly salty. No break on the bill. Ambience was great though and the place was quite busy so it must be an okay place for the most part.

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OpenTable Diner
Calgary
22 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2020
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience4

If you love bourbon, this restaurant is the experience. The wine selection is weak but overall acceptable. Food is fantastic with good sized portions.

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FoodGoddess
Calgary
23 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Our table was near a group of 6 guys who were a bit noisy. It would of been nice to have a quieter table as it was hard to hear at times.

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JimW
Calgary
9 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2020
Overall3Food4Service5Ambience5

Arrived at our reserved time and got seated beside a very noisy table. Had been here several times in the past but was surprised with the costs for the food. Definitely a whiskey bar first, restaurant second. Had great service so that was positive. Got home to find an email from OpenTable saying that the restaurant reported that we were a no show. Very confused why this happened as we had spent a good deal of money for these small portions. There are a lot of choices for food downtown and I think next time we will exercise that option.

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vipElizabethD
Edmonton
5 reviews
Dined on February 11, 2020
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience4

Pre-theatre dining. Perfect location. Just a short walk to Arts Common.

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AnneB
Calgary
5 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2020
Overall3Food3Service4Ambience2

Disappointing Sunday brunch menu for someone not staying in the hotel. Many items suitable for business traveller on the run (smoothies). All the usual breakfast sides (egg, bacon, sausage, fruit salad, etc.). Pricey ho-hum burgers. The roasted winter root salad was tasty. The liquor menu is substantially larger than the brunch menu.

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Anon
Calgary
5 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Our server was fantastic, the food was amazing. We have never had a bad experience here.

LH
LauraH
1 review
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

I took my mother here for lunch on a Friday at noon. They have $20 lunch specials and both of ours were excellent. Nice decor inside.

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OpenTable Diner
Dallas
2 reviews
Dined on January 14, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We came in for a nightcap and Rita’s service was top notch. I will be going back for the best Old Fashioned in town and for the stellar service. 💯

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ONE18 EMPIRE is rated 4.4 stars by 788 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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