Metro Lafayette
Metro Lafayette

Metro Lafayette

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.metrolafayette.com/
  • Phone: 9252844422x3
  • 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 9252845069x
  • Special Events: 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 WinnerOutdoor Dining
  • Diners' Choice WinnerContemporary American
Metro Lafayette reviews from OpenTable diners
113 reviews since May 24, 2014
Overall Rating4.3
  • Food4.3
    Service4.4
  • Ambiance4.3
    Noise LevelModerate
96% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
great for outdoor dining (99)great for lunch (63)neighborhood gem (57)fit for foodies (51)special occasion (37)great for brunch (35)good for groups (31)vibrant bar scene (28)romantic (20)notable wine list (20)kid-friendly (14)hot spot (13)late-night find (5)scenic view (4)Show More
  • Outstanding as always.
    JTBESQ
    Dined on 6/4/2014
    On a warm summer evening there are few places as appealing as the patio at Metro. The salmon was cooked perfectly and the service was well-informed and attentive.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Birthday Dinner
    LoveToBrunch
    Dined on 6/3/2014
    We love Metro Lafayette because the food is excellent. They open early in the evening and we like to go for quiet birthday dinners. The crab cakes are always good to start and there is always a new and trendy main course that we will love. Also, the pear martinis are really great!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Good for lunch
    Eloise
    Dined on 5/31/2014
    We went on a Saturday and ate outside. Our waiter was attentive and patient, as there was a group of us who hadn't seen each other in a very long time. The brussel sprouts were delicious. My meal, not so much so. My poached egg was hard. The waiter did bring me another egg which I was able to slide onto the toast. But by then, the tartine was a bit cold and hard. A friend's salad had no dressing on it. Again, our waiter brought some on the side when asked. The fish sandwiches were reported to be excellent. I would go again for lunch outside, but not order the same dishes. Also, we went to dinner there one time with 2 other couples. The noise level at that time was so loud, we could not hear each other. Haven't been back inside since.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 70 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 24, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.3
    • Food4.3
    • Ambiance4.3
    • Service4.4
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 976 reviews are from the Metro Lafayette reviews archive.
  • Metro - Lafayette, CA
    JulieVIP
    Dined on 5/22/2014
    We had a nice lunch at Metro. The food was good but overall rating was down because two of our party thought it was bland. Great for outdoor dining in good weather. The service was very good.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • georgeVIP
    Dined on 5/18/2014
    We were early (11:30) on a Sunday. The restaurant was quiet; however, the service and food were excellent. Our dishes had poached eggs, perfectly done. All in all, it was an excellent brunch. I've been to Metro for brunch on other occasions, dinner, and at the bar for drinks/bites. It has been excellent each time. And parking is simple and BART is less than 10 minutes walk.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Brunch
    OpenTable Diner Since 2004VIP
    Dined on 5/18/2014
    Usually Metro has a great Brunch - and I've been there several times - but this day they were definately off - I ordered the Eggs Benedict, and it came out with soggy toast - barely toasted.......the eggs were watery - and a very small drop of hollandaise - i don't like a lot of hollandaise, but do want to have enough to taste it - the staff was also out of it, maybe a late Saturday night of partying - as they were not super attentive - and our waiter had to keep telling the bus staff to do their job - as they were just hanging out chatting. My daughter had the gnocchi, which was very good - so no complaints there - Will go back again, as hopefully it was just one of those days -
    Special Features:
    great for brunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Meh!!
    DaveVIP
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    Went early on a Sunday. There were quite a few people outdoors but only one couple inside, where we sat. With those few people, it seemed service was a bit slow. I think they did not have their full staff yet. Had to ask a couple of times for bread, and asked for some cocktail napkins for a very full drink, but I had to finally walk over to the bar and get them. I realize the menu they have online is probably a sample, but the 2 things I mainly went there for, were not even on the menu, so I was a bit displeased. The décor inside is kind of cold and sparse. . The staff did seem friendly but just a so-so experience. As aside note, I had a better experience on an earlier trip to the Metro in Montclair. The service there was more attentive.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Outside seemed nice
    VeryMeh
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    Unfortunately, we were indoors. The food was okay, but our server was pretty curt and distrated. Seemed like he was having a bad day. The food could have been better, but it wasn't bad. I'd give the place a resounding meh.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Potential but working out the kinks
    Orinda
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    To be fair, we went on Mother's Day and it was crazy busy. Our order took forever and the toasted sandwich bread was black at the edges, the fries were cold, and the burger was over done. This place seems to have great potential but may still be working out the newness kinks.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • mothers day brunch
    dyneout
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    First time there and enjoyed it. Will go back for dinner.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Terrace dining at it's best!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    We ate outside...2 adults, 2 children and one puppy...on the very inviting terrace. Service was excellent! Quick, responsive and helpful. Oysters, chicken tenders, fish...all delicious. Something for everyone.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • N/A
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    Not interested in writing a review. Not interested in writing a review. Not interested in writing a review.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Must have been a "off" day
    DickensVIP
    Dined on 5/2/2014
    We meet friends here for lunch every few weeks, especially in the warm months. Don't understand why service seemed so slow for this last visit. Restaurant not nearly as busy as usual AND seemed to have plenty of staff. We sat a long time to place our order, receive our order and then to receive the bill.
    Special Features:
    Great for Outdoor Dining, Notable Wine List
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Love the outdoor patio
    FoodieVIP
    Dined on 4/30/2014
    Consistently one of my favorite East Bay restaurants. We shared an assortment of starters and a great bottle of fairly priced wine. We sat outdoors; the patio truly makes Metro a very special dining experience.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Business Lunch
    savedimage
    Dined on 4/11/2014
    Great food! Great outdoor dining! I had a business meeting and the setting, service and food was perfect for the discussions.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Usually a favorite...
    DickensVIP
    Dined on 4/10/2014
    and this visit I felt let down. Must have been short staffed because service very slow.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice outside but indoors can
    Orindamoon
    Dined on 4/9/2014
    Nice outside but indoors can be very noise near the bar area.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lackluster service and no follow up
    Oneniteout
    Dined on 4/9/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Delightful Brunch and Lunch Spot
    OpenTable Diner Since 2002
    Dined on 4/6/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, great for brunch, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Four Star Metro Review
    MariRockNVIP
    Dined on 3/28/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, great for outdoor dining, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • We celebrated my brother's
    VivaglamVIP
    Dined on 3/26/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • A+ Metro visit
    KK925
    Dined on 3/21/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great appetizer and lunch
    Nsparrowe
    Dined on 3/19/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, hot spot, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 3/14/2014
    The raw oysters are amazing, and they have an incredible selection!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Always a pleasure dinning
    nana
    Dined on 3/13/2014
    Always a pleasure dinning here -- especially the warm friendly, service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Location Location? Nope!
    IndiefoodieVIP
    Dined on 3/12/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Our first time... we'll be back
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 3/8/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, great for outdoor dining, romantic, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Was very happy to see the
    DisappointedVIP
    Dined on 3/3/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good Food Ruined by Noise
    FDLUVR
    Dined on 2/27/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Dining at Metro
    LafayetteResidentVIP
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Love their brinches
    WildElkVIP
    Dined on 2/23/2014
    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
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, great for outdoor dining, great for brunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Nice surprise
    TomEVIP
    Dined on 2/21/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, vibrant bar scene, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Alwaus great food and service
    WildElkVIP
    Dined on 2/18/2014
    Love this place. Beautiful indoors and outdoors. All the staff is warm and friendly and food is delicious. Love their brunch and cocktails too!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, vibrant bar scene, great for brunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Metro is always consistent
    EaterVIP
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, vibrant bar scene, great for brunch, kid-friendly, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Really good
    FoodFun
    Dined on 2/8/2014
    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....
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene, great for outdoor dining, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not up to usual standard
    LetsEatVIP
    Dined on 2/7/2014
    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.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Delightful place for lunch.
    markmd
    Dined on 2/3/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Delicious food & wine but noisy
    Local
    Dined on 1/27/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Delightful!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2002VIP
    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.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, hot spot, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice enough but....
    Copwife
    Dined on 1/26/2014
    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.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic