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The Empire Grill

The Empire Grill Reastaurant
Cuisine Style:
Manhattan Steakhouse
Elegant and modern
New York Chic
220 sit down / 350 cocktails + 80 more on patio
47 Clarence Street in the Market(Corner of Clarence + Parent), Ottawa, ON

The Empire Grill Reastaurant
Opened in 1998, the Empire Grill is a Manhattan-style steakhouse with a genuine New York feel. Newly-renovated after over a decade of success, there's no doubt that the Grill is poised to remain a perpetual favourite. Priding itself on fabulous cuisine paired with top-quality customer service, the Empire Grill provides a unique dining experience that keeps customers coming back again and again.
Located in the heart of Ottawa's Byward Market, the Empire Grill corners Clarence Street and Parent Street.  Just one block from the US Embassy, two blocks from the capital's National Art Gallery and a five-minute walk from the National Arts Centre and Parliament Hill, the restaurant is perfectly situated for a pre-show dinner or after-work cocktails.  Featuring one of Ottawa's largest outdoor patios, the Empire Grill can seat up to 80 guests outside when weather permits.  In 2008, to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the restaurant's opening, the Empire Grill underwent a complete revamp and expansion, including the addition of two new private rooms.

Head chef Jay Potvin is the man behind the menu, and it's easy to see why the Grill has built up a reputation for excellence. Steaks are naturally the restaurant's showpiece, with an impressive selection of 10 different cuts of steak ranging from the 8oz Filet Mignon for lighter eaters to the 18oz Ribeye for heartier appetites.  The Empire Grill is the only Gold Member licensee of Certified Angus Beef in Ontario.  All their beef is aged a minimum of 28 days, with high standards of excellence in marbling, tenderness and flavour.  The Shrimp and Pernod appetizer, which has been on the menu since the restaurant's opening, is an absolute must-try, and there are eight beers on tap (four domestic and four imports) as well as an extensive wine list.  On the dessert menu, the Chilli Brownie is a favourite, served with vanilla ice cream.

The layout of the restaurant, with the bar at the centre, allows for many different dining experiences to be accommodated simultaneously.  Intimate, romantic dining in the Grill's beautiful leather booths blends seamlessly with festive social gatherings near the bar.  The Empire Grill is a prime pick for parties, and hosts everything from corporate meetings to weddings, birthday parties, retirement celebrations, holiday gatherings and bachelorettes. The Central Park Room is ideal for small private dinners, while the Rockefeller Boardroom is designed to accommodate meetings of all sizes and is equipped with wireless internet access and a full audiovisual setup.  The Manhattan Room is a favourite for weddings or large groups.

Being so close to Parliament, the Grill regularly sees some familiar faces from the Hill. The restaurant has also played host to parties for hockey players during the NHL draft and hosted the star-studded CTV Juno Party a few years ago.  But you don't have to be a star to get the star treatment -- at the Empire Grill, the staff make a true effort to make every guest feel like a VIP. Most of the staff have been with the restaurant for quite some time, and many are professional servers.  There is a sommelier on hand, and the servers are frequently tested on their product knowledge to ensure a top quality experience for their guests. The always impeccable service enhances an already superior dining experience, and keeps regular customers coming back for more.

Reservations are recommended, the earlier the better, particularly on special occasions such as Valentine's Day, Mother's Day and New Years Eve.  To secure a private room for a larger group, reserve as early as possible to ensure you can be accommodated.  Group menus are available for parties, but they must be decided on ahead of time.  Special dietary concerns can also be accommodated if the restaurant is notified in advance.  Catering is available for off-site events - please contact the Empire Grill for more details!