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Metropolis Cafe
Metropolis Cafe

Metropolis Cafe Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.metropolisboston.com
  • Phone: (617) 247-2931
  • Hours of Operation: Brunch:
    Saturday - Sunday: 9:00am -3:00pm

    Sunday - Wednesday: 5:30pm - 10:00pm
    Thursday - Saturday: 5:30pm - 11:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Mediterranean
  • Executive Chef: Bill Nurse
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Beer, Cafe, Counter Seating, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wine
  • Private Party Facilities: Restaurant is available LUNCH starting at $15/person and DINNER starting at $25/person for semi-private dining, or private dining for groups of 10 to 40 people (both prices exclude alcoholic beverages, tax and tip).
  • Private Party Contact: Micaela Cullinan (617) 247-2931
  • Special Events & Promotions: Restaurant is available LUNCH starting at $15/person and DINNER starting at $25/person for semi-private dining, or private dining for groups of 10 to 40 people (both prices exclude alcoholic beverages, tax and tip).

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Between Clarendon St.and Dartmouth St.
  • Public Transit: Bus stops near our front door at 584 Tremont Street
    Green Line T stops, Back Bay and Copley
    Silver Line on Washington Street
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: Valet service is available.
A word from Metropolis Cafe
A cozy and casual cafe overlooking bustling Tremont Street, in Boston's Historic South End. Offering our guests fine dining, hospitality and casual dining prices. We serve dinner nightly including a popular neighborhood brunch on both Saturday and Sunday.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerMediterranean
  • Diners' Choice WinnerNeighborhood Gem
Diner Reviews
  • "Have been wanted to visit for some time because of all the good things said about it. Was not disappointed. Had a wonderfully sauced mussels appetizer dish with Pernod. The main course was a pasta dish with crumbled fennel sausage that was amazing, with just the right amount of sauce. Too over pasta dishes are overwhelmed with sauce that detracts. Will be back"
    Dined on 8/25/2014
  • "Had an amazing dinner here the other night. Had the opportunity to have their dine out Boston menu even though it was on a weekend. Food, service, ambiance, and décor were all great. Would high recommend this."
    Dined on 8/23/2014
  • "When we had first eaten here we were already dreaming of our second visit. Everything was absolutely perfect during out first trip- we literally ordered half the menu. Four friends who had all spent time together in Paris coming together and having an equally as marvelous meal! I have to say the restaurant week drew us back and we were very excited to hop back over to this beautiful little place. The roasted eggplant was not only pretty but so yummy. My main course of the pork was so tough and gritty it was hard to eat, needless to say 85% of it is still sitting in a little to go box in my fridge. Stick to the main menu here-- the chicken is so good, the different risotto they do are always good, the scallops..."
    Dined on 8/22/2014
  • "An exquisite meal at a moderate price. This restaurant has never disappointed me."
    Dined on 8/4/2014
  • "Reservations were for two at 7. We were seated immediately in a nice corner table. i was worried that there were only four occupied tables, but by 8 pm, the place was buzzing. We ordered a nice French rose with appetizers. Our entrees were hake and a shrimp-pasta dish. My hake, served on a bed of red beans, was perfectly done, flaky, hot, and with a crispy crust. My wife's pasta dish was so spicy that she could only eat a few bites. So she ate the rest of my dish and i finished off hers with plenty of water. That was a dish only the heartiest of patrons could eat. Temper the heat, and it would have been much more enjoyable. Still, a good eating experience at one of our favorites in the South End."
    Dined on 8/4/2014
  • "My boyfriend and I randomly picked this restaurant off of open table and had a wonderful night."
    Dined on 8/3/2014
  • "My girlfriend and I went to this restaurant for our second date and it was great. Service was excellent. Wine selection was amazing. And the food blew my mind. The review don't do this place justice."
    Dined on 8/1/2014
  • "Second time at metropolis since 2013 and it delivered again: consistently good food, though this time less memorable than last, but great service made up for it. The place is cozy so don't plan to entertain more than 4 guests at a time and no cocktails available."
    Dined on 7/26/2014
  • "We dine at Metropolis Cafe three or four times a month. It never disappoints! The food is always delicious, the staff is attentive and pleasant and the setting is just right. It truly is a neighborhood gem. Metropolis is a go-to spot that always gets it right. I have never left there with even one thing to complain about."
    Dined on 7/23/2014
  • "Went for an anniversary dinner. The appetizers all looked very interesting, but ended up going with the salad. My wife and I tried the salmon and the hake, both of which were cooked to the perfect temperature and texture. Overall taste was good, but not out of this world, so high marks, but not the best. Great ambience, and a cozy atmosphere if you're looking for a date place. Brunch menu looked awesome. My only complaint is that the seat on the left side of the restaurant right next to the window is located on top of some kind of heat source, and on one of the hottest days... it made for an uncomfortable, inadvertent hot seat."
    Dined on 7/23/2014
  • "First time at Metropolis, but it won't be the last. We enjoyed everything we ordered."
    Dined on 7/23/2014
  • "We liked Metropolis very much. The mussels were great. The salmon was too salty but the cauliflower gratin was outstanding. Ambiance is good- our table sat six and was fine. Wish they had a liquor license. Overall I'd give it a 3.5 out of 5."
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "I had wanted to go to Metropolis for awhile and finally made it for dinner last week. The food exceeded my expectations. Everything we had was delicious from the asparagus appetizer to the hake to the risotto. The place was a lot smaller than we thought so the tables were very close to each other, but they did the best they could with the space they had. I would definitely recommend checking Metropolis out."
    Dined on 7/17/2014
  • "Another fabulous meal at Metropolis Cafe. Special was a risotto with smoked mozzarella melted into it with seared scallops and dollops of pesto. Wasn't sure the pesto was going to work, but it was an amazing combo. Server was attentive and provided great advice on wine pairings. So many choices in the South End, but after several visits here, this is rising toward the top of the list."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "The food was good but not excellent. The vegetable sides were more flavorful and interesting than were the entrees. The horseradish crusted salmon should have had some zip but didn't. For something with horseradish on it, it was quite bland. The dessert (warm banana pudding) was not as good as I could make at home."
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "Had a great dinner. Great food and service. Arrived, with reservation, at 5:30 p.m. (opening) and three of us had an excellent, leisurely, dinner and were finished in plenty of time to get to a 7:30 show at the Calderwood Theatre down the street."
    Dined on 6/19/2014
  • "The fluke crudo was very disappointing. Minimal flavor and poor presentation; it was out of character for this restaurant."
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "This place continues to be top notch and is a neighborhood gem. EXCELLENT quality food and a special experience"
    Dined on 6/13/2014
  • "Best steamed mussels I've had in a long time… Chicken was very tasty…. everyone in our party seemed to enjoy their dishes"
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "What a great experience!! There should be a restaurant like this in every town in the world."
    Dined on 6/5/2014
  • "The food we chose was wonderful, and our waitress was charming and attentive. The almon and the cauliflower dishes were outstanding."
    Dined on 5/25/2014
  • "We loved the food. Love our table. But neither of us drink and we ordered 2 diet cokes and were told the soda dispenser was broke but at the counter area i saw 3 people with sodas. But that is really my only gripe that we had to drink just water"
    Dined on 5/18/2014
  • "This restaurant had very good food. The ambiance was intimate and the service was excellent. "
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "We went for Mother's Day dinner and had an amazing dinner! Our waitress was just FANTASTIC! She went out of her way for us from letting me try two wines that I was deciding between to noticing that our dessert was burnt and taking it back and getting us a new one without us even saying anything. The food, as always, was excellent! Perfect place to celebrate a special occasion."
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "The food, atmosphere, and kind service made this a very pleasant meal. I was thoroughly satisfied with my experience and will definitely be back as a repeat customer. Thank you!"
    Dined on 5/4/2014
  • "What a great place for a casual night out. Very good food at reasonable prices--the risottos are terrific. The seating is a little cramped, and I'd advise a reservation because there's nowhere to wait."
    Dined on 5/2/2014
  • "We usually like the food at this neighborhood gem, but lately the kitchen has been extremely slow and the food not as good. We waited over 40 minutes on a not-so-crowded evening between end of salad and entree. The food was dry and disappointing. This was our second visit where this was the case."
    Dined on 4/22/2014
  • "One of my favorite restaurants in Boston. The veal is the best anywhere. Love the asparagus app and had a great gem lettuce salad. Service is always great! A well run charming spot."
    Dined on 4/19/2014
  • "I would highly recommend Metropolis Cafe to anyone looking for a high end dinner experience without the typical price tag. I would say the menu is $5-10 more expensive than an average restaurant, but delivers as if it's among the nicer restaurants in Boston. It's a small price to pay given the jump in quality."
    Dined on 4/18/2014
  • "We went for dinner before going to theatre across the street. We hadn't been in quite a while and although it's small and can be crowded and a bit noisy we thought we'd try again. The secret is going a little early. Our reservation was for 6PM and it was quiet, not crowded and nice. The food was wonderful. I started with the asparagus tartar, which was clean, refreshing and with some crunch on top. It was excellent. For an entree I had the seared salmon with a horseradish crust topping. I finished the whole thing. Nothing else need be said!"
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "This was my first visit to Metropolis and I can't say enough good things about it. I'm looking forward to my second visit."
    Dined on 4/2/2014
  • "Great food, and great service. Three out of the four of us got the pork and it was delicious! It's very small in the restaurant however, and with the winter Boston has been having, I felt like we were surrounded by big parkas and winter accessories because there is no coat check or a lot of room to put the jackets!"
    Dined on 3/27/2014
  • "Came here the other day and it is still my favorite of the Aquitane Group restaurants. It still retains the small neighborhood charm. The food was delicious. We came for dine out boston week. For starters, the bread and olive oil with roasted garlic was excellent, well above average and got me excited for dinner. We had the calamari with olives and capers which was good. The Hake was excellent and cooked very well. The pork was very good, but overcooked, so a bit hard in texture. The desserts were both fantastic. They also chose to offer the lower price for Dine Out Boston, unlike most of the neighborhood restaurants, but the quality was there and it made me want to come back."
    Dined on 3/26/2014
  • "Metropolis Cafe is a gem in all regards. I was very pleased with the ambience, the menu, our waiter, our waiter's suggestions and subtle attention to detail, the food - all were terrific. I would recommend Metropolis to anyone seeking a special place to dine."
    Dined on 3/17/2014
  • "We've had many good meals there, and this was one of the best. The endive salad and asparagus tartare were wonderful, and the veal and short rib entrees were excellent as well. Unfortunately we had no room for dessert!"
    Dined on 3/14/2014
  • "We were not even seated yet when the waiter came rushing over to see what we wanted. We asked for time. He was back in two minutes. Then, (weirdest thing of all), waiter approached table while my husband was in the men's room to again ask me to order. He looked surprised when I explained that one of us was not present. The place is tiny and there are way too many tables. No room for all dishes to fit on the table. We could hear every word of our neighbors' conversation. Banquette and chairs were very uncomfortable. There was a rush all night to move us out of there as fast as possible. Food was also flawed. Gnocchi was super salty. And one should never put whole peppercorns, lots of them, in a dish."
    Dined on 3/8/2014
  • "Everything was spectacular, at surprisingly reasonable prices. I highly recommend it."
    Dined on 3/8/2014
  • "Great Place!! A MUST go all the way. It was perfect from beginning, middle and end. A true neighborhood gem."
    Dined on 3/7/2014
  • "An Aquitaine Group restaurant the conveniently handles valet parking across the street at Aquitaine. Small and good!"
    Dined on 2/28/2014
  • "This was my fourth or fifth time at Metropolis. Why do I come back? The food is deliciously prepared and nicely presented. The root vegetables are completely fresh, the kale was amazingly flavored, the short ribs were wonderful. I give the wine list a top rating for very good wines at reasonable prices, most under $40.00. This was a birthday dinner which I noted on the Open Table reservation and the desert was served with a lighted candle. The service was knowledgeable and quiet. Finally, for a South End restaurant the parking is easy, with valet service from Aquitaine just across Tremont."
    Dined on 2/27/2014