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Metro Lafayette
Metro Lafayette

Metro Lafayette Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.metrolafayette.com
  • Email: metrolafayette@yahoo.com
  • Phone: (925) 284-4422 x3
  • Hours of Operation: Lunch: Daily 11:00am - 3:30pm
    Brunch: Weekends 11:00am - 3:30pm Dinner: Daily 3:30 - 11:00pm
    Late Night Menu: 9:00pm - 11:00pm
    Bar: Until at least midnight
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Contemporary American
  • Executive Chef: Steve Jaramillo
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Counter Seating, Farm to Table, Fireplace, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access
  • Private Party Facilities: Metro offers a private dining space with fireplace for up to 70 guests. On Friday and Saturday evenings, a $5,000 minimum food and beverage charge applies. For smaller groups, our garden room seats up to 45 guests, as does our semi-private sunroom. During summer months, our outdoor patio can accommodate groups of up to 175. Please call for additional details.
  • Private Party Contact: Erika Pringsheim-Moore (925) 284-5069
  • Special Events & Promotions: Metro offers four distinct dining areas for special events ranging from 25 to 300 guests. Please call Erika at 925/284-5069 or visit www.metrolafayette.com for more information. Sample special event menus are available on our Private Functions page.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: between 1st Street and Moraga Road
  • Public Transit: Lafayette BART is within 10 minutes walking distance
  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: Metro is located in the Plaza Center between Moraga Road and First Street, across the parking lot from Whole Foods Market, in between Jackson's Wine and Spirits and Bank of America. Parking is in front of the building on the plaza side.
A word from Metro Lafayette
Metro Lafayette has received a prestigious Michelin Guide Recommendation the past four years and is Zagat-rated. Merging urban sophistication with a relaxed suburban attitude, the restaurant is a stylish destination serving big city food. With the largest outdoor patio in the East Bay, it's the perfect place for al fresco dining. The menu features an eclectic mix of dishes, such as Gnocchi Parisienne with roasted winter squash, caramelized onions, brown butter & sage; Cassoulet
of duck leg & pork confit, house-made Toulouse sausage & cannellini beans; Roasted Sea Bass with fingerling potatoes & piquillo pepper sauce; and Pan-roasted Prince Edward Island Mussels in white wine-herb broth with Acme toast. With a raw bar, full bar, small plates, entrees and late night menu, Metro offers something delicious for all occasions.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerContemporary American
  • Diners' Choice WinnerOutdoor Dining
Diner Reviews
  • "and this visit I felt let down. Must have been short staffed because service very slow."
    Dined on 4/10/2014
  • "We've been been enjoying the patio at Metro for weekend lunches and brunches for a number of years. The patio is spacious and shaded, yet there is plenty of light to keep it cheery. The ambiance is comfortable with service that is relaxed to match a weekend vibe. I like the fact that both brunch and lunch items are available so it's not just "breakfast" offerings. For those who like a good Bloody Mary with their brunch, Metro makes an excellent, tall, deliciously spicy one!"
    Dined on 4/6/2014
  • "bday lunch for 8.Started off fine w/sign lavender martini. Then faded. Lunch/appies served at same time. When asked why, no answer/apology. My "steak" salad was fatty, tough tri tip One of the salads was brushed against back of friends hair. Waiter knew because he took it back and did what he called " flipped it". friend was told by table behind there was salad in her hair and on chair. plates were not cleared, we stacked to side. Never offered coffee. A token dessert was set in front if bday girl without any utensils. Bill with unfortunately with 18% tip included. $45/each for one drink, shared two late Appetizers, one entree/person. Called manager about experience. He sounded concerned, Promised to look into in, call me, never did."
    Dined on 4/9/2014
  • "Nice outside but indoors can be very noise near the bar area."
    Dined on 4/9/2014
  • "The Metro has fabulous food! There were 4 of us & we ordered the crab cakes as an appetizer - they were just ok, I've had better. However, the entrees were outstanding! We each ordered something different: Petrale sole, pork chop, rib-eye steak & the fresh fettucine. The pock chop (w/the mushroom au gratin OMG!) & the rib-eye were juicy & absolutely to live for. My friends who ordered the fettucine and Petrale sole were very happy with their choices. The ambience at the Metro is nice however, the noise level is quite loud. We were seated at the first table adjacent to the bar area & it sounded like a sports bar on game day so marks down for that. Perhaps if we had gone later, after happy hour, the noise wouldn't have been so distracting."
    Dined on 3/28/2014
  • "We celebrated my brother's birthday... and we couldn't have asked for better food, wine or service! Our server Sean was very wine savvy (me, not so much) and he brought excellent samples for me to taste... my only complaint is that they were all so delicious that it almost too hard to pick one! From greeting to good-bye...it was top notch service all the way!"
    Dined on 3/26/2014
  • "I haven't been to Metro in about 3 years and was pleasantly surprised when I returned the other night. It's trendy but not pretentious at all, and they make their little Lafayette corner feel as metropolitan as they can. The wine (a Napa Cabernet) was delicious and everything we ordered was on point. I recommend the hamachi, brussel sprouts, and beet salad especially. According to one of my companions, the Cosmopolitan is stellar. The staff is so friendly and accommodating. Can't wait to go back!"
    Dined on 3/21/2014
  • "Great appetizer and lunch menu - even for my picky client who is always on a special diet of one kind or another. Everyone got exactly the kind of lunch they wanted, and everyone raved about the food. We loved sitting outside. Service was excellent."
    Dined on 3/19/2014
  • "Always a pleasure dinning here -- especially the warm friendly, service."
    Dined on 3/13/2014
  • "This is a very wierd spot for a high end restaurant but Metro is definitely a fun, cool hangout. It can't ever be described as romantic because you have to park in a shopping mall and then wind your way to the back but that's the only minus. The food is solid and well priced, with a fair amount of variety on the menu. I loved the grilled sardines and the oysters are great."
    Dined on 3/12/2014
  • "It was my husband's birthday and being new in the area, I was looking for a special place to take him. Metro Lafayette really hit the mark. We were greeted by the bartender and the hostess as soon as we walked in. Our server was great with recommendations and service was brisk, but not rushed. And the food? Very, very good!"
    Dined on 3/8/2014
  • "Was very happy to see the moules - frites addition to the lunch menu. Both the mussels and the french fries were excellent. Still miss the croque monsieur. Would love to see it return to the menu. We'd come more often."
    Dined on 3/3/2014
  • "Although we enjoy Metro's food, the sound levels take away the pleasure of dining here. This has been a problem since iMetro's opening, but the acoustic problems caused by its hard surfaces has not been mitigated. Whenever I've eaten there, my ears ring for hours afterward. This is not an "energetic" noise level, but a painful noise level. If going, ask for an outside table. There's a bit of street noise, but nothing like inside."
    Dined on 2/27/2014
  • "So nice to sit out in their patio enjoying the great food, a prosecco cocktail and great food with my brother Setvice was great except for bus boy trying to take plate away before finished"
    Dined on 2/23/2014
  • "Good food and good service levels. A nice place to go on a repeat basis. Easy and reasonable. Eating out side when the weather allows is quite pleasant."
    Dined on 2/23/2014
  • "I don't know how many times we've driven past this and not noticed it was there. We found it through Open Table and decided to give it a try and I'm glad we did. The food was great and the service was outstanding. The bar was pretty loud, but once you walk past that, the rest of the restaurant was fine. It looked like it had a cute outdoor seating area, so we will be back again in the Spring/Summer."
    Dined on 2/21/2014
  • "Love this place. Beautiful indoors and outdoors. All the staff is warm and friendly and food is delicious. Love their brunch and cocktails too!!"
    Dined on 2/18/2014
  • "Metro is always consistent and a restaurant you always think of to go to where the food is good and dependable. The menu has a good variety of choices and is a great neighborhood find."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "Service was very good. Food was very good.....ambience was also nice...... But there was nothing "special" about it. I don't feel the need to come back. Many of my friends love it here and again I had no complaints but I have no interest in coming again."
    Dined on 1/26/2014
  • "This place has outstanding fresh food. A little pricey but perfect for a special occasion. VERY LOUD. So go knowing that you will be yelling over the cackling at the tables next to you. Lots of interesting people to see. But the food and service are what you come here for.....or maybe I have that part wrong??? Anyhow....worth going at least once...."
    Dined on 2/8/2014
  • "Usually love this restaurant but it just was off the mark this evening mainly because the service was in attentive. Also it was a rainy Friday night and the bar was packed so it was very loud and hard to have a conversation in the dining room which is off the bar which was packed. Hard to find a parking space at 5:30! Food was ok but not great. My steak was hard to cut and the fries were not very crispy. Usually the fries are fantastic. My husband ordered oysters to start. They were more expensive than at the WCYC. Probably will wait for better weather to go back as their garden dining is the best in the east bay."
    Dined on 2/7/2014
  • "We celebrated the birthdays of a daugher & close friend with a delightful and tastefully served lunch. Our various salads were all excellent and the restaurant comped the "girls" a lovely dessert."
    Dined on 2/3/2014
  • "It's a surprisingly lovely place given that it's in a shopping center. Delicious food and great wine. A lot of healthy choices on the menu. Good service. The rooms are very noisy even when there are not a lot of people in them -- I think because of all the hard surfaces which reflect noise. I wish they would install some simple noise reducers (fabrics often help among other things). I find it wearing to strain to listen to my lunch/dinner companions."
    Dined on 1/27/2014
  • "I always enjoy dining at Metro. This time I had their brussel sprouts -- they are second to none. The perfect amount of salt and lemon. Perfection! I also had the Thai chicken salad -- not as good. There were strands of lemon grass in the dish, which looked like hairs. Once I got over that, it added no flavor and actually got caught in my teeth. I'd ask to have them leave that out if you order it. The service is always good and the bus help is really good."
    Dined on 1/27/2014
  • "I have been going to this restaurant for about three years. I always thought it was one of the best ones in the town (and it probably still is). I went there a few nights ago for dinner. There seems to have been little change to the menu in all the time we have been going there. This wouldn't be so bad, but there appears to have been some element of cost-saving involved, with the result that quality isn't what it used to be. My last visit was dominated by the all-pervading smell of the brussels sprouts the people on the next table had ordered. The food wasn't as hot as it should have been. And the petrale sole was positively tiny. Nevertheless, service was as good as ever and it is still a nice place to go at any time of the day."
    Dined on 1/17/2014
  • "We enjoyed the nice day and the various seating options. The food was good except for one of our group. She had a pastrami sandwich in which the meat was too thick and the bread so thick and heavily toasted that it was very difficult to eat. They have an excellent wine list and a creative menu."
    Dined on 1/24/2014
  • "A good place for lunch and outside seating. The large patio is dog friendly."
    Dined on 1/22/2014
  • "Overall - the food was great, but not exactly knock your socks off. There was one exception - the brussels sprouts side were the best I've ever had. They were roasted in such a way that the sprouts outer leaves opened - and from being roasted were crispy though not burned. When you bit into the sprouts that were cooked to perfection all the way through - they crunched. just a bit. Delightful! We had to wait a bit longer than we wanted to place our order, but the waitstaff were attentive and made us feel very comfortable. It is in a strip mall that shares a parking lot with a supermarket, which makes the coming and going a bit to be desired - but all in all it was a great experience."
    Dined on 1/18/2014
  • "One thing I very much appreciate is the SERVICE this restaurant provides. Everyone I encountered understands what hospitality is. All of the service staff smiled at me and made eye contact throughout my 90 minute lunch experience. As I was waiting for my lunch guest in the lobby, I was offered a glass of water. The waitress was able to answer all of my questions about the menu and made appropriate recommendations. The service timing was impeccable. The manager thanked me when I left the establishment. The food was also very good and was a reasonable value. I had the shrimp salad and my friend had the hot pastrami sandwich. Both were very fresh and tasty. A great place for lunch, drinks or dinner if you're in Lafayette."
    Dined on 1/13/2014
  • "A table for two is rare opportunity in our house on a Friday night, so when the situation arose we checked Metro. Earliest reservation was 8:00, so booked it and went 30 minutes early. Got seated immediately (even though it was crowded), wait staff arrived quickly with bread and water, and took drink orders. Ordered Yellowtail, which I never see in the Lamorinda area, and it was delicious; prepared perfectly with a wonderfully chili sauce."
    Dined on 1/10/2014
  • "Enjoyed crab cakes, crispy chicken sandwich....always love the ahi tuna tower!"
    Dined on 1/10/2014
  • "It was satisfying to find Metro uses organic produce and grass-fed beef. However, for the prices, the food preparation/cooking was just satisfactory, there was nothing exceptional about either the New York steak, or my wife's Duck Confit, merely pleasant. The wait service, Chris, however, was splendid, and made the evening fun and dramatic. Additionally, a $29 bottle of Peachy Canyon Pinot Noir was a fabulous wine, at a good value; and when combined with the ambiance of Parisian settings, and tromp L'oeil mural of the Eiffel Tower, all ended well. (cab ride home)."
    Dined on 1/9/2014
  • "Had a lovely and tasty dinner at Metro last night with some friends. Overall, the food was really good. Service was a bit slow, and the dining room was not packed but we were not in any type of rush and it worked out fine. Have had some lovely lunches there as well. We ordered the crispy brussel sprouts (super good and fried!). And the gnocchi with sage butter sauce was excellent. Beet salad was also good. Beware, that dining for two - the table are somewhat close together and we had couples on both sides of us lean over to comment on our conversation. We have a good sense of humor, but was a tad bit awkward."
    Dined on 1/9/2014
  • "This is a great spot for happy hour drinks. Ambiance is very nice and clean. Food is very pricy for what you get."
    Dined on 5/2/2013
  • "One of the waitstaff recommended this sandwich to me. He says it is the best item on the menu. I ignored his advice the last time because I craved a good pastrami sandwich. Well, my desires were not met since the Metro version which is fine does not rise to my memories of East Coast deli food. This time I order the chicken. Great sandwich!"
    Dined on 1/2/2014
  • "First time we had ever tried this, but I think it has been were for a while. A bit concealed from the roadway, as general entry comes from the back, which is a Safeway parking lot. Food was good. Service was great until he got swamped due to the holiday schedule... and shortened hours of operation... But not his fault, as there was no other waiter for the entire dining room.."
    Dined on 1/1/2014
  • "Went for New Year's Eve Dinner and shared a couple of starters and a couple of entrees between 3. Fit the bill for our needs: upbeat atmosphere, pleasant food and varied wine list...."
    Dined on 12/31/2013
  • "We are frequent customers to Metro and always enjoy our meals. It's got a nice and accessible menu, nothing to esoteric. The cocktails are fine, especially the Metro Mary and Organic Green. You can make a meal of a couple of the small plates if you don't wan't to choose a main. The patio is great, weather permitting, and inside its spacious yet cozy. Really nice, down to earth staff, and a very pleasant dining experience."
    Dined on 12/31/2013
  • "The food was excellent and our waiter was knowledgeable about the food and his service excellent."
    Dined on 12/31/2013
  • "Had an good reference for this, so I was expecting a nice meal. The room was too cold, even the waiter agreed with this. For 1 $16, I expected a nice crab salad; alas it was quite small, with 2 very tiny slivers of avocado and equally small grapefruit sections. Avocados are in season and plentiful, so why be so miserly? Ditto grapefruit--especially when it is mentioned in the description of the dish. . Service was very good, so this is a reflection on the kitchen..I won't be going back"
    Dined on 12/27/2013