MET Back Bay
MET Back Bay

MET Back Bay

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.metbackbay.com/
  • Phone: 6172670451
  • Hours of Operation:
    Breakfast: Monday - Friday: 8:00am - 11:00am; Brunch: Saturday and Sunday: 9:00am - 3:30pm; Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:00am - 4:00pm; Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm, Friday & Saturday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm, Sunday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: American, Steakhouse
  • Executive Chef: Brady Duhame
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Fireplace, Full Bar, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Private Party Contact: Dean Cogswell 6172670451

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Newbury Street
  • Public Transit: Green Line T Stop is Copley
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: Valet Parking is offered at Dinner
A word from MET Back Bay
Located in the heart of Boston's posh Back Bay neighborhood, MET Back Bay occupies an historic 1877 brick townhouse on the corner of Newbury & Dartmouth Streets. It has been meticulously renovated & is modern, elegant & comfortable while paying homage to the classic style & timeless beauty of the building & surrounding neighborhood. MET Back Bay's menu blends new American cooking with contemporary continental cuisine & embraces quintessential New England ingredients.There is an atmosphere of hip sophistication with an unparalleled food experience full of fresh ideas & historic perspective. MET Back Bay provides a complete & varied dining experience. If you're in the mood for a quick, casual bite at the bar or a long, festive & elegant dinner for family & friends or an intimate midnight snack in a romantic corner, you'll find the perfect spot at MET Back Bay.
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MET Back Bay reviews from OpenTable diners
104 reviews since June 22, 2014
Overall Rating3.9
  • Food4
    Service3.9
  • Ambiance4
    Noise LevelModerate
90% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
great for outdoor dining (45)great for brunch (35)good for groups (34)fit for foodies (31)great for lunch (30)special occasion (26)neighborhood gem (24)romantic (17)hot spot (15)vibrant bar scene (15)scenic view (9)kid-friendly (8)late-night find (6)notable wine list (3)Show More
  • Definitely Good
    Gaz1
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    Arrived and seated with no wait. Got a comfortable table upstairs in the back next to windows overlooking street. Very comfortable. Food was very good. Party of three, one salmon, one skirt steak, one chicken... All meals were cooked correctly and none of us were unhappy!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • out on the town with students
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    took my boarding school aged daughter and 3 girlfriends out…. had a ball! table next to us was a dad with 5 very chic college kids. thourougly enjoyable!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great place for good food in Boston
    PegCVIP
    Dined on 10/14/2014
    We had a wonderful experience at the Met Back Bay. We were looking for a good, reasonably priced restaurant in Boston to take some friends from Portland, Oregon. It was the perfect place. We had a relaxed evening with very good food and service. Thank you.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Sunday night
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/21/2014
    Had a nice dinner. It was Sunday night so less hectic. I had to go and find the maitre d' when I arrived as there was no one around ...food was above average and the server was curteous
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Just OK
    PrinceVIP
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    Food and service are just OK and you have to pay for bread!!! For a bread lover like me this is definitely a reason for NOT going back! The drinks were the best part of the whole experience!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent
    Nixxo1121
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    Excellent service, food, and ambiance. We had a wonderful evening.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Characteristic Boston Restaurant
    Adam
    Dined on 9/17/2014
    The Met Back Bay is a nice restaurant in a highly desirable location. I've never had anything here that I did not enjoy; their drinks are nice, food is stellar, and the atmosphere mirrors it's quality. The last visit to the Met though, was nothing but disappointing. I had reservations for 8:45PM, and they did not seat me and my client until after 9:00PM. During the time that we weren't seated? No one was in front of the restaurant, there was no host or hostess. A small crowd grew. After we were seated, we were moved around to two different tables. For the duration of our meal, our server checked on us twice; once to get our meal order, and once to give us the bill. Someone else delivered the food. No one asked if we wanted desert.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Boom!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 9/16/2014
    Amazing food and drink. Beautiful location. Great service. Amazing for any occasion!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, romantic, scenic view, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • FoodieBos
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    Good convenient place with nice choices. Services is always very good.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The ideal mix
    Sonoruscmg
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    It's more upscale than your average neighborhood restaurant but more comfortable and inviting than your typical 'fancy' restaurant. The atmosphere on a Friday night feels alive but never over the top. The food is always delicious and the service is great as well.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food, so-so service
    MGH1VIP
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    Expanded menu and great bloody mary selection makes this a wonderful brunch spot but be prepared to be patient. I've been here a lot and the service is consistently slow... from ordering drinks to food to getting the check. The food and location are enough to make up for it though.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great place and awesome food
    Fede85
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    We've been to Met Back Bay many times and always find new delicious options
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Just Right
    beantownchuck
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    Intimate dining room with nice big window views of Newbury St. Quiet atmosphere although the night we dined the restaurant was half full. Food was well prepared and portions were generous.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great date spot
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 9/2/2014
    Made our first date a very relaxing and enjoyable experience. Now on to date #2!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Best Bloody Mary!
    bostonbruncher
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    MET has a Bloody Mary menu to rival any I've seen. You get to select all of your own ingredients, including garnishes which include everything from celery to burger sliders. I could have made a meal of Bloody Marys, if their take on Eggs Benedict wasn't quite so delish!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great meal
    Aprons
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    Had a fabulous time. The lobster cheese dip was drool worthy. The ribeye could feed 3 people. The chicken parm was huge. Large portions. Go here hungry. I enjoyed the pim's cup, get a pitcher of it for a steal.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, late-night find, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Dinner
    DinerVIP
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    You will never be disappointed with your meal. A definite must is the duo tuna/salmon tartare as well as the MET Fries.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A little disappointed
    Caroline
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Went to finally check out the MET Back Bay for Restaurant Week. Their website advertised that they would be serving their special prix fixe menu from AUGUST 17 -29, 2014 so off we went to check out their delicious menu for a 1PM lunch. Upon being seated, our waiter told us that they only would be serving their brunch menu that Saturday. None of the menu options for their Dine Out Boston were on this Brunch Menu - which we had been looking forward to so much! I had a date with a friend and we were seated somewhat awkwardly at a 3-person corner table in front of the big bay window overlooking newbury. This would be a great place to sit for a party of three- but for two - we found ourselves awkwardly seated in the corner of a corner table.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, great for outdoor dining, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Restaurant week lunch
    Sgunn
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    I went with coworkers for lunch during restaurant week. The food was delicious; I had a spicy shrimp appetizer and a tuna avocado skewer. The service was a bit slow. We had to wait to get the restaurant week menu and then got the dinner menu instead of lunch, so we had to wait again and got a mix of dinner and lunch menus. The staff were friendly and our meal was great.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • My Favorite Brunch Spot
    EJLA
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    I have now visited Met Back Bay twice for brunch and been pleased with the experience both times. They make a good, stiff brunch cocktail and the food looks and tastes great. I'd recommend the Pork Stuffed Hash Browns.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • USUALLY A GOOD MEAL
    JoshVIP
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    Not only was it a terrible meal with so-so drinks this visit was also awkward from the start. I booked using open table requesting to be seated outside if possible. Got to the front desk where the lady said it is first come first serve and then she was cut off and the man said "that is absolutely incorrect" and gave us the impression we were to go outside. This was where we found a much more charming man who offered us a table and apologized for the oddness. I got the hash- my partner a burrito (or something like that) the Hash was massive potatoes, cold, and no flavor or charm. We asked for side salads and they came looking like the toppings for a burger (Shredded lettuce and red onions) Just all in all a very disappointing visit.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIP
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    Brunch menu and cocktails were creative and delicious!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good Food, Good Ambience
    MegKVIP
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    Went for lunch on a week day. Surprisingly busy. Everyone in my party really enjoyed their food. Solid decor and good service. Would definitely return to MET again.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Service changed midway
    MiamangiaVIP
    Dined on 8/11/2014
    Started with a bang, when we were one of two tables inside dining room ( Outside full) but as soon as it got busy , our waiter was no where to be found Missed out on second drinks because of it Lobster cheese dip good, but lobster roll not best quality. Lamb skewer was cold when it reached table, but artichoke was delicious with butter and sauce .
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • lackluster service
    jealousssssVIP
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    I love the food and used to love the MET experience but this past time was the worst. Starting from the moment we walked in early for the reservation and were seated without menus. The waitress was less than attentive and the food was sub-par this time around. I was willing to chalk it up to a one time deal but to add to this lackluster experience, I then was notified by Open Table that I didn't show up for my reservation and I had to resolve that with them. This left a bad taste in my mouth about MET and the level of customer service. It will take me awhile to want to go back especially with some many other options on Newbury St.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A bit disappointed
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    As a tourist, Met Back Bay is a spot we always come back to. We look forward to the great food and vibe. Sadly, most of our favorites had disappeared from the menu, leaving a seemingly more streamlined menu that was as imaginative. Even with reservations, we were seated in the The Library (not the most preferred place int he restaurant)next to a family with loud and energetic young children. So much for that romantic dinner! We will be back, but will be more vocal about our seating, and look forward to a more imaginative menu.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Food--Slow Service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    I had a terrific lunch while in Boston for a conference. The food, location and outdoor seating were all great. The staff was slow and innattentive, and we weren't in any hurry. We had to ask for refills on our drinks, had to ask if we could order, and then for our check. I asked for a second napkin because my burger dripped through the spaces in the table top and was never given one. It was like the customers were a complerte after-thought or annoyance, instead of the primary focus. Great food doesn't overcome poor service.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very good food and service
    StueyD
    Dined on 8/4/2014
    Four words: TRY THE DUCK WINGS. Food was generally very good and the service was top notch. Highly recommended.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good time, good food.
    foodie4lifeVIP
    Dined on 7/29/2014
    Great food and service. He only problem was there were mosquitoes everywhere! And we ate indoors! So that was annoying.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Enjoy!
    TheDiner
    Dined on 7/27/2014
    Service was spectacular. I was concerned about the sauce on a particular dish - so our waitress brought me a taste to try before ordering. The food was fabulous and innovative. I have tried wings in many restaurants - but this is the first time I had Duck Wings or bruschetta with fava bean pesto. The huge windows allowed for a wonderful view. We'll definitely be back and would highly recommend this delicious place
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, late-night find, scenic view, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent...as always
    LoveBoston
    Dined on 7/20/2014
    I have been here several times for lunch and this was my first time for dinner with a friend from out of town. Always a wonderful atmosphere and an un-rushed pace that was perfect for my friend and I to catch up. Food was excellent and always unique.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great location
    pinky
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    We were very happy with the service, the setting, and the food. My son loved his burger and I my steak with the delicious cognac mustard sauce. Excellent salmon and tuna tartare appetizer which was enough for two people. Expensive but you are paying for the location and the decor. The waitress could not have been nicer or more helpful. I was impressed that they asked me what kind of liquor I wanted in my Manhattan. Always a good sign.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    The staff was very friendly and attentive. Everyone we encountered wished us a Happy Anniversary (noted from the Open Table reservation). Everyone seemed happy to be working there and was notable.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delish
    Rach
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    Met Back Bay delivers as usual! Only problem is our drinks came out after our entrees :-/ at least they came out
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Poor Service
    FrequentGuestVIP
    Dined on 7/7/2014
    I have been here over 10 times,the experience last couple of months keeps getting worse. Server though pleasant was not trained.id. Host put diners almost on top of each other although restaurant was relatively empty. We saw two parties leave without ordering by the time our meals came. Wrong meal was delivered, not served until the our group had finished. No manager came to apologize or correct. The creamed spinach was soupy and poorly prepared. We asked for the customary crackers and cheese. We received four crackers and a "sorry no more cheese". When we left the hosts and manager made it a point to say good bye, no one asked us if everything was OK Sadly, this experience was the final straw we will not be recommending or going anymore.
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  • Great food, subpar service
    SamE
    Dined on 6/29/2014
    Our brunch was excellent, but the waiter left a lot to be desired. Don't let one waiter spoil the trip for you, definitely worth the food, just build in some wiggle room to sit around and wait.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 68 ratings-only reviews submitted since June 22, 2014
    • Overall Rating3.9
    • Food4
    • Ambiance4
    • Service3.9
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 472 reviews are from the MET Back Bay reviews archive.
  • Had lunch outside
    Jojogo1VIP
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    Had a delicious lunch outside on the patio , which is below street level. They have umbrellas which is nice. I had the met chopped salad with shrimp which was large and had brocc, avocado, onions, tomatoes, cucumbers, beets , bacon and I think some corn . It was just what I wanted for brunch. My husband had a pork belly sandwich which was very fatty. He said it was ok, but he wouldn't get it again. People around us had gorgeous looking burgers. The hot dog looked delicious too. Service was fine.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Rude hostesses
    Bstn
    Dined on 6/18/2014
    The food and server were great. The indoor and outdoor hostesses, however, were rude and incompetent. We arrived and I announced my reservation (I put outdoor seating in the notes). The indoor hostess had a bad attitude. She wouldn't help us and told us to go outside. The outdoor hostess told us that it would be a 20 min wait, then finally seated us after I insisted twice that I had a reservation as she seemed not to care that I had one. I've never been given the runaround like this at a restaurant before. I will NOT be going back.
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  • Brunch for foodies
    shrooni
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    Our meal was exceptional- cannot say enough about the Bruschetta- we actually came back the next day and had it for a snack. Other notable menu items: glazed duck wings, roasted chicken, buttermilk biscuits, hamburger, croquet madam. We will definitely come back again.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Sunday brunch
    CisforCookie
    Dined on 6/8/2014
    The food was absolutely delicious but unfortunately the service we received was less than stellar. We waited over five minutes just for a waiter to introduce in himself and another ten minutes after that to get our drinks. He also seemed bizarrely judgmental on how much food we were ordering (I ordered eggs; my friend ordered eggs; and we asked to split the Captain Crunch French toast). It was obviously a lot of food but it didn't warrant judgement.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.