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Metro Montclair
Metro Montclair

Metro Montclair Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.montclairmetro.com
  • Phone: (510) 339-3322
  • Hours of Operation: 4 PM - 9 PM, every night.
  • Payment Options: AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: French, Organic, Californian
  • Executive Chef: Steve Jaramillo
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Beer, Counter Seating, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Takeout
  • Entertainment: Metro offers a Happy Hour Monday through Friday from 4:00 - 6:00 pm with discounted pricing on beer, select wines and well cocktails.

Getting there

  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: Metered street parking is available on all streets surrounding Metro. A parking garage is located at the end of LaSalle Avenue above Mountain Boulevard.
A word from Metro Montclair
Metro Montclair is a full-service restaurant located on Mountain Boulevard in the Oakland Hills. Offering French-inspired bistro fare, Metro brings the legendary service and Michelin-recommended cuisine that have distinguished its sister restaurant Metro Lafayette. With all the commitments to local, sustainable and organic ingredients that typify contemporary California cuisine, Metro Montclair also offers a full bar, over fifty renowned French and New-World wine selections, in addition to imported and micro-brew draft beers. Open for dinner only.Continued
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerNeighborhood Gem
Diner Reviews
  • "Had dinner at Metro Montclair Saturday night with a friend; I say "Meh" because I guess I expected more. The Cesar salad could be presented better, not chopped into little niblet size pieces and squeezed into a square shaped bowl, with a slice of anchovy laid on top of the pile of salad. The wild fish tacos were just so-so. Nothing remarkable. My friend had the brussel sprouts appetizer which was quite good but not comparable to those at say Haven in Jack London Sq. Overall though, I think Metro Montclair needs to improve."
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "I was at metro this week.the fish tacos needed more seasoning, guacamole, onion, etc....something to make them more interesting. The restaurant has no charm. The service was very good and food arrived quickly. I would recommend for takeout, a place to take the kids, and a decent if uninspired menu."
    Dined on 5/20/2014
  • "We were a bit doubtful of this new for us restaurant, but were happily impressed with the food and service. We will return. "
    Dined on 5/10/2014
  • "Have been twice in one week. Think that says it all. The Chopped Salad is great, drinks are beautifully presented, the cheese plate and lemon tart delicious. Go early for Happy Hour and you'll snag a good parking space!"
    Dined on 5/9/2014
  • "Gracious serving staff and a kids' menu that was perfect for the palates of the 8 and 10 year old. A complete meal can be made of the appetizers- we loved the tuna tartare poke, the chopped salad and the scallops and the guest of honor had the skewered lamb which he felt was cooked to perfection. Love that it is local and very accommodating for the younger set."
    Dined on 4/18/2014
  • "Food was great. Get the crab cakes. we were treated very well, including help with dinner party member in a wheel chair. Only problem -- we had a hard time hearing one another. Noisy. i have heard this is a new trend in restaurants, conveying the feeling of success and bustle..... I would like it better if it were quiter! "
    Dined on 4/18/2014
  • "Food was average at best. Small portions and nothing special, unfortunately."
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "We frequent Metro Montclair and always enjoy very good food and wine and enjoy bringing our friends there for a delightful dinner and conversation. They change the menu at about the right interval so new dishes are available and quite good."
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "Metro Montclair is a gem because there are very few good restaurants around here. It is good food, and the service is very good. The problem is the price. Convenience is important, but for the less than what I paid for two small plates, a glass of wine, and tip, I could eat a full meal at Corso or even Bistrot Liasison. I know times are tough for people in business, but times are tough for customers also. I won't be going back unless there is no choice but to eat in Montclair and I am joined by friends who don't mind be overcharged."
    Dined on 4/4/2014
  • "We had a wonderful meal at Metro Montclair!! The service is excellent, & the cocktails & food are delicious & beautifully presented!! We appreciate the vegetarian options too!!"
    Dined on 3/20/2014
  • "Tried this restaurant since our time for dinner was available. Very accomodating staff and friendly service. Loved the food and the "international" selection. Didn't bring children but liked the idea that it was very kid friendly, enjoyed watching the couples and their families. We are in the Montclair area frequently so glad we found this restaurant."
    Dined on 3/14/2014
  • "We enjoyed our dinner at Metro. It was our first time there. It is in our neighborhood so we really wanted to love the place. We left liking the place, but not loving it. The food tasted great but we found the portions small and the prices high. So if the restaurant were to increase the portion size by 20% then we'd really enjoy the place. It is not like we are big hearty eaters, but when you order a chicken dish as the main item, the dish should have more than 1/4 chicken breast. How about throwing in a thigh or a whole breast? And then to charge a full main course price seemed a bit irksome. That being said, we'll go back since the food itself was very nice."
    Dined on 3/7/2014
  • "Had a lovely light supper with friends before an event. Tthe winter vegetable salad was REALLY good! The service was excellent - we told our waiter that we had a time constraint and we were out well within our time limit. The ambience very pleasant. Will definitely return."
    Dined on 2/13/2014
  • "Disappointed the sweetbreads had rotated off the menu. Caesar good; frisee (Lyonnaise) almost perfect. Fried chicken good but swiss chard oddly vinegary/salty. Duck confit good but again small flaw; beans weren't cooked enough to be creamy, still a little "crunch". This time lemon tart lacked full Meyer sweetness and berries weren't macerated in bourbon; came off one-dimensional compared to last time. But flan with caramel was very good altho not much blood orange flavor. Service is extraordinary for a neighborhood bistro; they really try hard to please and timing is excellent. Note portions are small here; like Flora/Oakland but priced better. Not perfect, but we'll be back!"
    Dined on 2/13/2014
  • "A nice local eatery. Bar is too large for the restaurant. It is intrusive and noisy. Not enough dining tables so patrons are squished together very close to the bar. Menu is creative but smallish. I had a simple hamburger. It was delicious but they should've called it a slider. Portions are shall we say, modest. Prices are average. Our waiter, Kenny, was very attentive and quite good. If this was my business I would try to buy out a neighboring business and knock out a wall. The restaurant needs to be twice the size. The menu needs some work also. I would still give this place a positive review however as it's one of the better spots in Montclair. 4 minutes from home!"
    Dined on 2/7/2014
  • "the moose and lemon tart, both were perfect! The service was attentive without being intrusive. the lamb shank, tasty and tender, as was the fish dish. The duck dish was okay, a little chewy, but the pork dish was disappointing, very tough, and not much taste except for its chewy texture. Definitely will not order that again. We like some of the small plates, the beet salad was good, the crunchy Brussels sprout, was a little too burned, that the burn taste overwhelmed the flavor. I like Brussels sprout , so was little disappointed"
    Dined on 2/5/2014
  • "We enjoyed Jaramillo's cooking at Lalime/Berkeley, and he has worked some French-style magic at siblings MMontclair & MLafayette. The sweetbreads, brined and pan-fried were FABULOUS, altho the pickled onions got picked out and discarded (please, drop the Morrone influence, OK?), with lovely Madeira cream sauce. Steak slices very tasty. Petrale sole good, not great, but the beurre blanc w/capers was lovely. Appreciated the very low salt level (there's shakers on the table for you sodium fans, don't worry)! Highlight was the Meyer lemon tart with bourbon berries - beautiful combo, pure Meyer creamy filling topped with berries in good bourbon, not a speck of sugar added or needed in the topping. Not Lalime level yet but getting close!"
    Dined on 1/14/2014
  • "Recommended for its spacious environment and relatively quiet atmosphere, Metro has tasty food and good service."
    Dined on 1/25/2014
  • "There was six of us and we had a wonderful time the service the food was fabulous the dessert Carmel pot of creme was amazing."
    Dined on 1/15/2014
  • "Metro is a restaurant that is easy to underestimate. Its modest appearance does not match the diverse and eclectic menu. The food is innovative yet warm with a familiar touch - "comfort food" with a twist. This is a true "gem""
    Dined on 1/14/2014
  • "Love, Love, Love Metro Montclair! Eat here at least once a month. All the food is wonderful and they have delicious inventive seasonal dishes as well. All the dishes are thoughtfully prepared. Indulge in the caramel pot de creme-- it is wonderful. Friendly atmosphere and attentive staff. Good wine list and de-luscious cocktails. Great for group dining, or 2 and 4 people as well."
    Dined on 11/15/2013
  • "Management needs to train the staff better. Poor service...and the server was rather rude... Why? Is it because I bruised his ego on the wine-knowledge??? Need to learn to give better details and explanation of the wine description...this is the immediate Bay Area after all. We ain't in Kansas City anymore! LOL..."
    Dined on 12/16/2013
  • "We love having dinner at Metro on Stroll Night. It is fun to watch the activities from inside this cozy restaurant. The food is so delicious and seems freshly made to our order. We shared several dishes from mussels and scallops to chicken and steak. The wine was less satisfactory but maybe we just did not know what to order."
    Dined on 12/5/2013
  • "All the foods were delicious but I particularly recommend the Crispy Brussel Sprouts for an appetizer. We ordered 2, liked them so much that we ordered a third one. The noise level is moderate, so you can have a conversation with your friends without straining and stressing to hear."
    Dined on 11/16/2013
  • "For a casual lunch, Metro Montclair is fine. They have one respectable wine on the menu, at least one that is recognizable as respectable--but sadly it's a gerwurtztraminer. While I love Navarro's gewurtz, I like their pinot even better and I always prefer red wine when it's chilly outside. The food is passable, nothing special. The service is pleasant and the ambience is fine. But they will have to do a more impressive job in the kitchen before Metro earns more than two stars from me."
    Dined on 11/16/2013
  • "Attractive restaurant in Montclair. Host remembered my special request and fulfilled it. Enjoyed a lovely dinner with friends where the service was prompt and courteous without being hovering; the food was quite interesting and well executed in the small open kitchen. Salads were crisp and fresh while the roasted beet timbale was deliciously over the top. Wine list is broad but a bottle of something good can be had for around $30. Ditto the Prosecco. Loved the wild fish tacos with avocado and mango. Dinged one star because our chairs had no backs--no place for purse, jacket, etc and no support for the back during a 2 hour meal. Still, a return visit is in our future."
    Dined on 11/1/2013
  • "I like being able to meet friends and eat right in my own 'hood. Metro has a good choice of wines, consistent food -- though the menu is quite limited and gets a bit stale. I really like the staff there who always treat me well and remember me. I DO miss that they are no longer open for lunch. It was a wonderful thing to be able to have a more upscale lunch experience in Montclair. It seems always quite busy during the actual lunch "hour". So, I'm not sure why it has been discontinued. MISS IT!"
    Dined on 10/17/2013
  • "Four of us ate at Metro Montclair on a Wednesday night. Parking was easy, the service was very, very good, the small plates were perfect for 4 of us, the maitre d/waiter was engaging and friendly and all of us enjoyed this restaurant very much. Two us us had eaten at the Lafayette sister restaurant and this one is equally as good. We plan to make this our go-to restaurant in Montclair."
    Dined on 10/9/2013
  • "This restaurant was perfect for a date night or some casual dining. It had a huge assortment of wines and other drinks, but most notably, it had the best food! I am still thinking about my meal and I had it four days ago!"
    Dined on 9/28/2013
  • "We both loved our diahes of petrale sole and gnochi. The tomato and basil soup was delicious and the staff was excellent. The food was well prepared, delicious, and served impeccably. Great little neighborhood too."
    Dined on 9/22/2013
  • "Enjoyed once again the bistro feel of Metro Montclair. Well prepared and presented California Cuisine, with a French flair. A bit pricey, but good. Excellent service and interior."
    Dined on 9/1/2013
  • "The food was very good. The wait staff was helpful and patient. I will recommend this restaurant to my friends A good time was had by all."
    Dined on 8/18/2013
  • "Overall a friendly, nice 'neighborhood gem' experience. A few notes re. food - Caesar salad is our barometer and this one could've used more dressing or more dressing w/flavor; glad to have real anchovies though they seemed on the sweet not salty side. Spicy poke was good except for the stale cracker. Burger was extra enjoyable b/c of it's good flavor and smaller size."
    Dined on 8/17/2013
  • "We had a small group (6) that needed to gather before going out to the theater. Metro was a pleasant surprise, which offers a decent wine list and great appetizers. The main menu was above par and we were out in time to catch the main event. If I had one complaint about it, that would be a very noisy child at the next table. However, when the family was gone, we carried on a great conversation of our own, shared some wonderful appetizers and a reasonably priced bottle of wine. My husband and I have now gone to Metro twice and he has ordered the pork loin chops both times. He says he would order them again. I thought the fish tacos were good. Can't remember what I ordered the first time, but remember it was quite tasty."
    Dined on 8/9/2013
  • "Gnocchi was very flavorful and the desserts were yummy!! Staff was pretty friendly and the menu had something for all 5 of us. I'd recommend this place!"
    Dined on 7/25/2013
  • "Crab cakes delicious, Frog Hollow Farm peach & hazelnut bruschetta amazing, burger small but perfectly seasoned and prepared, pork chop Milanese okay."
    Dined on 7/24/2013
  • "What a joy our new find is... Metro Montclair. We immediately felt we were at a small bistro in Paris enjoying a wonderful lunch. Our food was perfectly prepared and presented, French but with a California twist: Salad Caprese, Duck Spring Rolls, and Crab Cakes were all a taste treat. We will be back often."
    Dined on 7/14/2013
  • "The description of the restaurant on their web page says "Metro brings the legendary service and Michelin-recommended cuisine that have distinguished its sister restaurant Metro Lafayette" a high claim for a restaurant with mediocre food, poor service and noisy environment. We had a salad with slightly wilted greens with the components separating on the plate. Hamburgers we ordered were small and with a very thin patty of meat which was cooked beyond well done; and we had ordered it medium. No one came to ask us if our food was OK. I hope they don't believe that their food would be recommended by Michelin!"
    Dined on 6/30/2013
  • "We went here for Father's Day and had a wonderful time. Service was pleasant and food is excellent. Prices are very reasonable. Great to find this gem tucked away in Montclair."
    Dined on 6/16/2013
  • "The description of this restaurant is a little misleading. They implied that the concept is French bistro. But the menu is more mixed and very much California is flavor. The burger is good, but a very small portion. The gnocchi were good, but served on a cold dish (they did remove the item from our bill since we pointed this out when the food was delivered). They did not have the first wine we wanted, but did have a similar more pricey one. The decor is nice if a bit full of hard surfaces which makes for a bit of noise."
    Dined on 5/27/2013