The Empire Grill has a nice room for group functions right at the front of the restaurant. It has a commanding street-level view but isn't exactly private as it opens onto picture windows at street level and has sliding glass doors that open (often by themselves) to the main restaurant. The place gets VERY noisy once the restaurant fills up making for less-than-ideal acoustics for dinner chat. The server politely turned the speakers off so at least we didn't have to compete with the Musak. The food choices for our group were quite good as was the wine selection - albeit my first choice of wine was sold out. A few hiccups along the way: first, the set menu had some other group's name on it; they had to re-set the menus. The server also messed up/forgot a few of the drink orders forcing the manager to step in. Nice to see a manager prepared to work for a change. Dinner for 16 with cocktails and wine came in at just over $1,420 with gratuity - on a par with most other restaurants in the area. The sliding glass doors that were supposed to add privacy to the room kept sliding open and were often left that way by servers as they went in and out. One note of caution: there's no main floor washroom; it's an accident waiting to happen, especially for a restaurant that probably sells more beer & booze than anything else.
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