Metropolis Cafe
Metropolis Cafe

Metropolis Cafe

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



    Dinner:
    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 617-247-2931x
  • Special Events: 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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  • Diners' Choice WinnerMediterranean
Metropolis Cafe reviews from OpenTable diners
84 reviews since July 24, 2014
Overall Rating4.2
  • Food4.2
    Service4.2
  • Ambiance4.1
    Noise LevelModerate
85% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (62)fit for foodies (47)romantic (35)special occasion (21)notable wine list (14)great for brunch (11)late-night find (7)hot spot (5)good for groups (4)vibrant bar scene (3)scenic view (2)kid-friendly (1)great for lunch (1)Show More
  • Great Neighborhood Spot
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 11/15/2014
    Been to Metropolis several times and have never had a bad experience. Food is consistently good, scene is great and the staff is very attentive. I never order chicken in restaurants but I have it most of the time when I go to Metropolis. This is a restaurant that is comfortable in its space and doesn't try to be anything else while always delivering on what it does best. Wish it was closer to home for me.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food, poor service, very cold in restaurant
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 11/15/2014
    Despite the reservation, our table was not ready on time They could not figure out how to call the valet to have our car brought around Our waiter ignored us for long stretches of time Every time someone opened the door the whole restaurant got cold. I had to eat with my jacket on.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Birthday dinner for my wife at Metropolis.
    mightygood
    Dined on 11/15/2014
    Seated on the wall, our booth was warm and cozy on a cold night. Metropolis has a great feeling of neighborhood regulars and people looking for good food. It was very busy, every seat was taken and yet every thing was served promptly. Service was great and even last minute requests were fulfilled quickly. Food was served piping hot right from the stove. Sorry we had to pass on desert because we tried so many other things.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Definitely Coming Back
    Sapo
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    My parents and grandmother were visiting for the week, so I wanted a cozy restaurant with a nice ambiance to take them to celebrate my grandmother's birthday. This was perfect. It is an adorable little restaurant, but most importantly, the food was amazing. I got the cod, my father got the Salmon, my mother got the sole, and my grandmother got pork. We also ordered brussel sprouts and lentils as sides. Everything was delicious and uniquely seasoned. This is a restaurant I definitely want to return to.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Nice place to eat after theater
    NewtonDiner
    Dined on 11/2/2014
    This is a pleasant place with good food, near the Boston Center for the Arts, and so is good for dinner after a Sunday matinee, which is why we were there. They have a prix fixe menu from 5:30 to 6:30 with a limited but interesting selection. The prix fixe portion was smaller than the enormous risotto my wife got when ordering off the regular menu, so I would recommend the prix fixe menu for older people such as ourselves who can't eat as much as we once did. I especially liked the cod with lentils and bacon, although I might have liked more evidence of the bacon, such as a few lardons to nibble on, and there was perhaps a bit too much liquid in the lentils (I don't know whether leftover from cooking the lentils or juice from the cod).
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • JohnVIP
    Dined on 10/29/2014
    As we expected the chicken dish was very tasty. Enjoyable place as a neighborhood restaurant but I wouldn't consider it a destination restaurant given the many better places in the Boston / camb / Som area. Service was friendly by disappointingly slow and inattentive.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Dessert was deal breaker
    ScooterVIP
    Dined on 10/26/2014
    I had the prix fixe. Appetizer was delicious. Entree was good. Dessert -apple crisp - was inedible. As if the chef forget an ingredient or substituted salt for sugar. Three of us tried it. None liked it. We all loved the warm chocolate pudding we ordered. The waitress apologized and quickly added she coulmt take it off the bill because it was prix fixed. We didn't ask her to but thought it a silly comment. Moshe could have offered to comp the other dessert or even the one cup of coffee. Left us with a bad taste - even worse than the actual crisp
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Neve disappointing
    MahoneyMVIP
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    This place is a gem. It's very small though -- so make reservations! The food and service is always excellent.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Perfect for pre-theatre crowd
    Cwlparis
    Dined on 10/24/2014
    Inventive food. An enthusiastic waitress. Perfect timing between courses. Delicious food. Good wine. Decent pricing. What more can you ask for?
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Cassiopia
    Dined on 10/21/2014
    Food was excellent. Butterscotch Bodino to die for! Seating in booths a bit tight - not for the overweight.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Too salty
    WhiteSpice
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    The atmosphere was wonderful and the cheese plate was fantastic, but nearly everything else that called for salt had WAY too much of it. It was a real shame, because the duck confit risotto could have been so delicious, but that would have required my tasting something other than salt. Once again, let me stress that it was a fantastic atmosphere, but the food left quite a bit to be desired.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • One of my favorite spots
    jame
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    Everything I've ever eaten here is delicious. The service is always fantastic and it's quite affordable given the atmosphere and food.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Incredible
    Jeff
    Dined on 10/1/2014
    Great evening! A unique menu with excellent food and fantastic service! A GREAT spot for a romantic dinner. If you live in Boston and have never ventured to Metropolis, put it on your bucket list!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • upbeat boston bistro
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    Excellent food with a fun, urban, bistro vibe...unhurried excellent service...delicious.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Recommendable
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    Already recommended it to several. Exactly $100 for two with two glasses of wine each! The veal scallopini was to die for. Get the recipe for the cauliflower gratin and send it to me!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very disappointing
    Cat1
    Dined on 9/17/2014
    I'd like to give any restaurant benefit of the doubt and say that perhaps this was an unusual night. Our waiter was uninformed about the menu, our food took close to an hour to get to us (the room was not half full). The chef nicely sent salads out because of our wait, though our server never apologized or even noticed the lateness; he delivered them, took them back thinking he had made a mistake, then again delivered them with the chef's message. Main courses finally came; my pasta dish had been ready so long that it was barely warm and congealed. Desert, a sabayon, barely had a tablespoon (should have at least 1/2 C). I wish I could put this place on my favorites list but I'm steering clear, I'll stick with Aquitaine and Gaslight.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Rarely fails to please
    liv2eat
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    A minor cosmetic makeover and a revised menu was just enough to freshen one of our local neighborhood spots. Metropolis is always a pleasant dining spot with staff that, unlike many other restaurants these days, has a "Can Do" attitude. It is very much appreciated in a dining world that thinks they are doing you a favor when they allow you to dine.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Perfect city cafe
    keness
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    Looking out over a bustling South End street, Metropolis offers more than its share of surprises. Atmosphere was warm and cozy on a rainy Saturday night, and the staff was friendly and accommodating. We ordered from the prix fixe menu, which was limited in scope, but excellent. Salads were named simply but put together with unusually tasty combinations of ingredients. We both had the horseradish crusted salmon, and enjoyed it -- washing it down with some pretty decent glasses of wine (included). For dessert, we went in different directions -- warm banana bread pudding, versus the mixed berries -- both light, not too sweet. Our server was excellent and helpful. We can't wait to go back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Fantastic food
    Newbie
    Dined on 9/8/2014
    A date and I had an early dinner at Metropolis and took advantage of their blink-and-you'll-miss-it prix fixe menu (5:30-6:30 PM weekdays). Everything was outstandingly delicious, from the subtly spiced gazpacho to the rich, flavorful bread pudding. Great service, lovely atmosphere, good wine. A+, Metropolis! Will definitely return.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, neighborhood gem, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Fennel and pernod
    bostonflyboyVIP
    Dined on 8/25/2014
    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
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Love love love!
    foodieforall
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • STICK TO THEIR MAIN MENU-TO DIE FOR
    JoshVIP
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    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...
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Eph1793VIP
    Dined on 8/4/2014
    An exquisite meal at a moderate price. This restaurant has never disappointed me.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • spectacular hake
    SteveVIP
    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.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent night
    Hatebadfood
    Dined on 8/3/2014
    My boyfriend and I randomly picked this restaurant off of open table and had a wonderful night.
    Special Features:
    romantic, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent
    luv3diner
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Cozy and consistent
    XavierVIP
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    romantic, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 57 ratings-only reviews submitted since July 24, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.2
    • Food4.3
    • Ambiance4.1
    • Service4.2
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 639 reviews are from the Metropolis Cafe reviews archive.
  • Metropolis shines again!
    MuzzieVIP
    Dined on 7/23/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Love the food
    LN2241VIP
    Dined on 7/23/2014
    Service could have been much better. It's a small place and we had a hard time flagging the waiter down to get the bill at the end of the night. I definitely suggest getting whatever they have that's seasonal/on special. Always my favorite choice.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Cozy, but comfortable and delicious
    RickyVIP
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Each dish was a delight
    OpenTable Diner Since 2003VIP
    Dined on 7/23/2014
    First time at Metropolis, but it won't be the last. We enjoyed everything we ordered.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Metropolis
    Sadams
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    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.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Exceeded Expectations!
    Scott
    Dined on 7/17/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Another fabulous meal here
    RichS
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • notafoodie
    Dined on 6/20/2014
    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.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 6/19/2014
    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.
    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.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2004VIP
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    The fluke crudo was very disappointing. Minimal flavor and poor presentation; it was out of character for this restaurant.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • a gem
    adamVIP
    Dined on 6/13/2014
    This place continues to be top notch and is a neighborhood gem. EXCELLENT quality food and a special experience
    Special Features:
    great for brunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • well and thoughtfully prepared food
    hambone
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    Best steamed mussels I've had in a long time… Chicken was very tasty…. everyone in our party seemed to enjoy their dishes
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Cucu
    Dined on 6/5/2014
    What a great experience!! There should be a restaurant like this in every town in the world.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.