Metropole at  21c Hotel
Metropole at 21c Hotel

Metropole at 21c Hotel

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.metropoleonwalnut.com/
  • Phone: 5135786660
  • Hours of Operation:


    Breakfast: Monday - Friday: 7:00am - 10:00am, Saturday & Sunday: 7:00am - 12:00pm


    Lunch: Monday-Friday 11:30am – 2pm

    Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 5:30pm - 10:00pm, Friday & Saturday: 5:30pm - 11:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: European, American
  • Executive Chef: Michael Paley
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Private Party Contact: Julie Fowler 5135786612

Getting there

  • Cross Street: 6th Street
  • Parking: Valet
A word from Metropole at 21c Hotel
Metropole restaurant offers a contemporary take on old world fireplace cooking techniques. Led by executive chef Michael Paley, the menu focuses on dishes cooked in a custom-built hearth. A showcase for the region’s sustainable farmers and producers, Metropole’s well-edited and ever changing menu features hearth roasted meats, fish and vegetables; grains; and housemade charcuterie. The beverage menu offers craft beer and cocktails, bourbon and a smart selection of old and new world wines.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerAmerican
  • Diners' Choice WinnerFit for Foodies
  • Diners' Choice WinnerHot Spot
Metropole at 21c Hotel reviews from OpenTable diners
189 reviews since May 1, 2014
Overall Rating4.3
  • Food4.3
    Service4.4
  • Ambiance4.2
    Noise LevelModerate
91% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (127)special occasion (111)hot spot (66)notable wine list (52)neighborhood gem (45)romantic (42)vibrant bar scene (39)good for groups (36)great for lunch (21)late-night find (15)great for brunch (15)scenic view (12)kid-friendly (2)great for outdoor dining (1)Show More
  • Very Disappointed!
    Blazer
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    First off it is like sitting in a Chipotle restaurant! Like sitting there with a bucket over your head! Echos and you can hear people talking from across the room. If I were in charge of the kitchen, I would have been embarrassed to have sent a "Summer Salad" to a patron, especially at the price of $10.00. The portion was so small it was pathetic. The "Amberjack" entree was a nice portion and very tasty and mentioned potatoes. When one can count the slices of potatoes that too is pathetic. There were only three (3) slices on each person's plate and those were at best, maybe the size of half a dollar and probably less than 1/4" thick.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great restaurant
    HowardCincy
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    I had a grilled amberjack and the wife had a kale salad. Both were excellent. The quality of the ingredients, the presentation, and the taste were all excellent. We will definitely go again. We each at a glass of cava (Spanish wine) to go with the meal. The appetizers were very good as well and quite well priced. You could pick 3 for $16. There's a great 7 hour egg (an egg cooked Sous Vide) in the appetizer that's a must try. The only possible negative (or positive for some) is that the menu will change as the chef updates or tinkers with the items. If you have an absolute favorite, it may not be there the next time you visit. It's great for always trying new things though.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Food
    foodlore
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    We loved everything we had for dinner at metropole. Chilled corn soup, seared octopus, potato gnocchi, and pork shank. I couldn't say what the best item was, as they were all so delicious. The desserts are really something too - a bit savory and original. The chefs have an excellent knack for balancing flavors and using unique ingredients to create excellent dishes. Wine list was at the pricier end, but it was on par with the food prices. The glassware is nice, the service is nice and the tables aren't to squished together to feel like you can have a private dining experience. We will return.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Perfect ending to Restaurant Week
    SueW
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    Atmosphere a mix of old and contemporary. Different and interesting wine list. Food was wonderful! The charred corn soup and hazelnut semifreddo a particular hit. Will return again!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Solid on every level
    seenitallVIP
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    Good food, great service and an interesting atmosphere. This is a well thought out enterprise.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Exceptional food, drink and service
    MAnneM
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    Metropole is an experience worth savoring. All the food is amazingly flavorful and sophisticated. Even the butter for the pre-meal bread is extraordinary. Their special cocktails, many with house-made mixers, are irresistible. The staff is friendly, enthusiastic and well versed in what goes on in the kitchen. They are also totally tuned into the customers. At least eight different people stopped by our table during a 2-hour dinner to take orders, deliver dishes, clear dishes, or just ask how we liked everything. They managed to be totally solicitous without ever getting obtrustive. A wonderful place with one single flaw: like many new places, it has terrible acoustics. When the dining room is near full, it gets awfully noisy.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very mediocre
    FrankReviewer
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    Not sure what happened here tonight. Just not very good.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Interesting menu
    cincybirderVIP
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    The menu for this place has always been way out there. I don't think I should have to spend alot of time researching what something is on the menu. Had the chilled corn soup w/o sausage, it was delicious. Had the potato gnocchi for my entree, it was okay, nothing spectacular. Had the cherry shortcake w/ cardamom ice cream - this surprised me how well it tasted, it was a home run.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • 4newfriends
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    We loved the special attention by the wait staff and others
    Special Features:
    good for groups, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Mostly very good food
    Joey
    Dined on 8/11/2014
    Just not a venue for conversation and probably too hip (servers were dressed way too casually). Not a special occasion venue but food quality was excellent!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great restaurant
    dockmb
    Dined on 8/11/2014
    Food was outstanding, service was excellent, & the servers worked very well together as a team to keep our glasses full and food coming out promptly. However, the dining room where we were seated was VERY noisy, and tables are really close together.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • bday blast
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    Party went from 3 to 5. No problem. Great staff. Highly recommend. Still do not understand yellow penguins, but so what.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • lunch confusion
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011VIP
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    I took 3 colleagues here for lunch, two of whom were visiting from Chicago. The food was outstanding and I look forward to returning. That said we ahd 3 different wait staff, ask if we wanted something to drink, two if we wanted dessert, and three if we wanted coffee. Even we were confused by the end of the meal
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful Again!
    Rafe
    Dined on 8/6/2014
    Another wonderful dinner. Brought my sister who lives in Chicago, and she couldn't believe Cincinnati had such a wonderful dining venue at such great prices. We had steak tartare, smoked olives, goat cheese, and pate. She loved the crispy onions, grainy mustard and truffle honey accompaniments. The ginger cookie with marscapone filling and meyer lemon was divine. Service is attentive without rushing you through your meal. Even complementary bottles of cold water from the valet on our way out :) We had fun browsing the gallery too. Great night!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • LOVE this place
    SweetAnnie
    Dined on 8/5/2014
    We had the carrot salad, steak tartare, seared octopus, ny strip and Amish chicken, and all good was superb. Our waiter, Clinton, was charismatic and attentive without being over the top. Atmosphere was great. It was all great. Highly recommend.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Perfect dinner
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    Great night out, food was incredible, service matched and the location/space was eclectic
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    Unfortunately at the present time i have no sense of taste or smell so I could not enjoy the food like I would have liked to. My husband however said everything he had was delicious. The service was incredible. Very friendly from the servers to the bus people. The servers were very helpful with the menu explaining everything so there were no questions. It was our 46th anniversary and appreciated the champagne on our arrival. It was a nice touch.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good but not great
    GrubDoc
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    While our overall dining experience was enjoyable, the food left a little to be desired. We started with the burned carrot salad which was great, definitely the best item on the menu. Also had the beef tartare which was enjoyable. This set the bar high, but our entrees (NY strip, and pork chop) were okay. Nothing overtly bad, just a little overseasoned on the pork, and a little less flavor on the strip. The wine pours are very substantial, the service impeccable, and the environment great. Worth a try anyway.
    Special Features:
    romantic, scenic view, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Bonnie was fantastic!!
    arcman
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    Bonnie was our server and made this dinner extra special. The food was fantastic and the service top notch. I wish there was a Metropole in Columbus!!
    Special Features:
    romantic, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Underwhelmed
    Cintifoodie3
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    We had a lunch reservation and only one other table was occupied when we arrived, yet were seated at an awkward table by the wine cooler. I thought maybe this would afford us better service, but no less than 8 tables seated after us were served their food before us. We couldn't tell who was actually waiting on us, so it was difficult to know who to summon. This was a birthday luncheon with my adult children from out of town and I had hoped for a better experience. The burnt carrot salad & the crab fritters were excellent, but the recommended avocado toast was a disappointment. Glad for the experience once, but would probably book elsewhere in the future. Just FYI you've got typos on your website, i.e. it's bon appetit, not appetite.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Tastes as good as it smelled
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/21/2014
    Food was excellent (had breakfast and dinner) and the burning wood smell, along with the art, adds significant charm and ambience
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very detailed, very exquisite
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 7/20/2014
    This is a fantastic restaurant. It might be a bit much for Cincinnati, but since it has gone for over a year now perhaps it is here to stay. Metropole is on the expensive side, so plan on this being a very special occasion and not just a spur of the moment decision. The waitstaff is very knowledgeable. It felt very much the way fine dining should without being too pretentious. Overall, it is 5 stars in my book.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Will go back....,
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 7/20/2014
    If we do not have the same server She was a on the verge of rude and not at all attentive Felt at times we were eating at the medieval mansion where the servers are abusive to the patrons. Do not know her name she did not tell us. The food was wonderful and different If we go back and had a different server who acted the same as the one we had we would never go back again
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Unique & special
    Randy
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    Fun atmosphere, friendly servers, unique grilled and smoked food. We will return.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Loved the Tartare
    XXXXVIP
    Dined on 7/17/2014
    Great Meal! I started with the Mexican Negroni and it tasted just like a Negroni, no different. My dinner companion ordered from the selection of three snacks and I ordered the tartare for first course. We both agree my dish was the winner. Do not pass up the tartare. It is a must. I had the New York Strip for my entree and it was excellent. I do not recall the second entree so it apparently was not as good. We ordered the Dunn Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon for dinner. Paired well with our food.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2004VIP
    Dined on 7/8/2014
    Outstanding food and comfortable surroundings. Nice wine list with variety in all varietals and regions. A bit pricey for Ohio but a good investment for a special night out on the town.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • New York pricing in Cincinnati
    LoboInOhioVIP
    Dined on 7/2/2014
    Creative menu, innovative space, attentive service puts you in a great frame of mind, then sticker shock when the bill comes.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Enjoyed it!
    Musix40VIP
    Dined on 6/29/2014
    Although it was terribly cold in the restaurant - the AC was set to arctic - the food was top notch - one if the best meals I had in a long time. My steak was perfect and the smoked chicken was out of sight! Appetizers were unique and tasty. Get the AC fixed and you will be all set.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • delish dining
    tbone
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    Every bite of food was interesting and deliciously prepared. Service on a Saturday night was efficient, friendly and fun. Out of town guests at the table loved it.....and they were from San Francisco!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Nice first time visit
    Neuf
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    We visited for the first time and the food and drinks were good, the burger in particular. The bar scene was cool, especially the top floor, and there were plenty of places to grab a drink. Kind of noisy though...
    Special Features:
    scenic view, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious
    Cincidaddi
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    I had been hearing great things about Metropole and finally had a chance to try it out before heading to a concert. I had the Amish chicken which was very tasty. Servers were really nice and attentive. Great spot and keep up the good work!
    Special Features:
    special occasion, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Smoky food
    Foodyforlife
    Dined on 6/27/2014
    Be prepared for smoked everything: butter, fruit, veggies, meat. Restaurant is gorgeous.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Simple food PACKED with flavor
    BriBee
    Dined on 6/24/2014
    Enjoyed everything we ordered! We were in AWWWHH! With the flavor that every bite had! It was so delicious. We would recommend and go back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Eclectic
    onceaknight
    Dined on 6/22/2014
    Started off by ordering something that I saw on the internet menu - they have been out of it for two weeks. Order a vodka on ice and got a martini...specifically ordered vodka. Noticed that most of their specialties were burnt - burnt carrot salad, burnt beet salad, vegetable plate, etc. They were not totally burnt but at least 1 side was scorched. Food was good, the atmosphere pleasant, the clothes of the wait staff reminded me of some college students that just came in off the street. Talking to others they apparently change their menu often. "Did you try...not on the menu!" Nice visit but I think I got off on the wrong foot with ordering the food no longer available and complaining about the drink being wrong.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • love this spot
    steph
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    Dinner was amazing, from the atmosphere to the undoubtedly talented chefs, to our fantastic server, and busboy!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Perfect for a show
    cornmuse
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    Metropole offers a great option for dinner before a show at the Aranoff. The menu is eclectic, the service attentive and the experience is definitely top notch. The smoked grapes alone are a little mind-blowing.... Challenge your palette!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Take a sweater
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 6/20/2014
    Could not find seating where I was not being blown by cold air. Freezing ... which affected the enjoyment of the evening.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Kathy
    Dined on 6/17/2014
    Even though the menu is limited, the choices are always interesting, creative and tasty. Food offerings often require explanation and the servers are very in tune with the menu choices and explain nicely.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Metropole @ 21C
    a4dpilot
    Dined on 6/16/2014
    Outstanding service, Ambience. Museum hotel. You must see the 4 floor collection of modern art and sculpture! Eclectic menu outstandingly presented and very good. Had out of town, first timers with us and they were knocked out. On the expensive side. Plan on at least $50 per, more with expensive wine.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Ok breakfast
    ChicagoILVisitor
    Dined on 6/15/2014
    We visited for Father's Day breakfast. The meal was fine but nothing special. I believe the waitress was new because she didn't know the menu and couldn't answer our questions. The sausage was too sweet, the bloody mary and mimosa were good, and the english muffin was made from scratch.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet