Metropolis Cafe
Metropolis Cafe

Metropolis Cafe

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.metropolisboston.com/
  • Phone: 6172472931x
  • 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 WinnerNeigborhood Gem
  • Diners' Choice WinnerMediterranean
Metropolis Cafe reviews from OpenTable diners
70 reviews since June 3, 2014
Overall Rating4.2
  • Food4.4
    Service4.3
  • Ambiance4.1
    Noise LevelModerate
94% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (51)fit for foodies (39)romantic (29)special occasion (17)notable wine list (11)great for brunch (8)hot spot (3)good for groups (3)late-night find (2)great for lunch (2)vibrant bar scene (2)great for outdoor dining (1)kid-friendly (1)scenic view (1)Show More
  • Wonderful time
    Joseph
    Dined on 3/17/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Outstanding!
    JerrtVIP
    Dined on 3/14/2014
    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!
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • We were not even seated yet
    rftdltVIP
    Dined on 3/8/2014
    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.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Incredibly delicious food
    NosajOpenTable
    Dined on 3/8/2014
    Everything was spectacular, at surprisingly reasonable prices. I highly recommend it.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Place!! A MUST go all
    DanielVIP
    Dined on 3/7/2014
    Great Place!! A MUST go all the way. It was perfect from beginning, middle and end. A true neighborhood gem.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good spot
    Iltry1VIP
    Dined on 2/28/2014
    An Aquitaine Group restaurant the conveniently handles valet parking across the street at Aquitaine. Small and good!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Excellent Food and Service
    JohnDouglas
    Dined on 2/27/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great atmosphere
    James
    Dined on 2/22/2014
    Very affordable for the south end. The chocolate cake was amazing!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Cozy and Delicious
    ChiquitaVIP
    Dined on 2/16/2014
    From the moment you part the velvet curtain that protects the cozy intimate dining room from the draft at the front door, you know you're in a special place. Perfect for quiet conversation, attentive and friendly staff. Asparagus appetizer is fab. Our table ordered short ribs, horseradish encrusted salmon, the halibut special and three veggie side dishes. All was fabulous.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great neighborhood restaurant
    Lunlar
    Dined on 2/15/2014
    We have been going to Metropolis for some time. The food and service have always been very good and the ambiance of the restaurant makes you feel that you are in a European city. The menu is great with unique ingrediants. The prices are ok but not as moderate as before.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Will keep going back...
    Choobies
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    My wife and I have gone to Metropolis Café for two special occasions and both times has been amazing. Rather than trying to describe the food, I'll just say this: Both times I left the restaurant having enjoyed every bite and feeling like I ate just the right amount of food. I think it's hard to find that balance where you ate to your stomach's content yet you don't feel you over-ate or sleepiness will come over you. My wife and I will continue to make Metropolis one of our top choices for special dinners.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Fun, casual place, good for wine
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 2/12/2014
    We got the mussels appetizer which was tasty (Pernod, fennel, tomato, fish broth) with lots of garlic. It was a bit over-salted but the sweetness of the fennel almost covered it up. The bread was top quality and the roasted garlic and olive oil a nice touch. Next course, was the Hungarian smoked paprika kale, the 'green salad' and the marsala duck confit over fettuccine & mushroom cream sauce. The kale was inedible - greasy, too much paprika I felt like I was eating fireplace ash. Sent it back. The green salad was fine- no complaints. But the fettuccine was like a solid brick of butter, fat and salt. The duck flavor was overwhelmed by the salinity and it was very heavy. Too hungry to send back. If I ever return, I will be careful ordering!!
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great neighborhood spot
    urdinerVIP
    Dined on 2/11/2014
    This is one of my favorite go to neighborhood spots. The food is good, service is attentive and all of the staff are very friendly and make you feel at home.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Perfect
    GilGirl57VIP
    Dined on 2/7/2014
    Metropolis is such a perfect combination of a good comfortable vibe with friendly and good affordable food. I'm always glad when we choose Metropolis and when we don't -- often regret that we didn't. There are no pretensions and the food is very good. Comfort, cozy and friendly!!
    Special Features:
    romantic, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great atmosphere, good food
    JackVIP
    Dined on 2/4/2014
    Cafe Metropolis is a perfect place for a romantic evening out. The decor perfectly captures the feel of a dim lit European bistro, flickering candles and cozy booths make the place feel really romantic. The food was nice but not as good as I was expecting. We had gnocchi with duck confit, sea scallops in a corn purée, and the cidered pork tenderloin. The gnocchi and duck were well prepared but a bit to rich and salty, the scallops were our favorite, really spot on flavors, simple but perfectly executed. T pork, which they so kindly split for us, also had great flavor, but wasn't as tender as I'd like. Over all this is a really nice place that's definitely worth checking out if you're a Bostonian who enjoys dining well.
    Special Features:
    romantic, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A Gem
    Targa
    Dined on 2/1/2014
    Had a wonderful meal!!! The restaurant is consistently excellent . All three courses were great. It's such a comfortable restaurant. This is one of my favorite restaurant for both brunch&dinner.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • a special place on Tremont
    briogirl
    Dined on 1/26/2014
    I've long been a fan of Metropolis, although occasionally unhappy that it has a limited menu. Three of the four of us dined on the evening special roasted cod. Well balanced flavors, perfect portions. A warm, intimate setting on a cold winter's night. We felt like we were in a European restaurant, no rush no hassle, lovely service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Once again, we had an outstanding
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 1/14/2014
    Once again, we had an outstanding experience at Metropolis Cafe. Friendly, attentive service accompanied by excellent food makes Metropolis one of our favorite restaurants in Boston. The chicken soup was shared by all of us. The veal entree and duck breast special were excellent. Risotto was very good, but too salty for my taste. Desserts were very good as usual. And the price - very reasonable for Boston standards. We'll be back again.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • I never write reviews but
    BigdinerVIP
    Dined on 1/6/2014
    I never write reviews but I was very disappointed in Metropolis! The chef had a date with the salt shaker. It was overwhelmingly. It was almost I edible. I never send things back. I'm too embarrassed! I was so disappointed and will probably Never return. I've had meals there before but never like that!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Our food was somewhat disappointing
    maggie97
    Dined on 12/31/2013
    Our food was somewhat disappointing, especially my boyfriend's entrée of hangar steak and fries.. fries very burnt and steak very chewy and hard to cut. Maybe it was just the stress of New Years eve leading to such mistakes as I like this place and have had good meals in the past.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Delicious!
    WorldTravelerVIP
    Dined on 12/27/2013
    We took friends from NYC to dinner- one of whom is in the restaurant business- and they loved Metropolis. Food was excellent all around, and the atmosphere reminded them of a small NYC restaurant. Would definitely recommend.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • a nice dinner
    chuckmac07VIP
    Dined on 12/18/2013
    tables are a bit cramped, but we like the decor. service was very good. salads were a bit overdressed but fresh. soup had very fresh ingredients but was a bit bland. halibut was nicely done but accompaniments a bit soupy. chocolate pudding cake was advertised as more pudding than cake, but while good, was basically a gooey chocolate cake.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • more than food
    RaoulVIP
    Dined on 12/12/2013
    My partner and I have been going here for years. The food is both solid and inventive. The service is wonderful and relaxed. The place is small and cozy. It's a gem.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene, great for brunch, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Upscale cafe great for a date
    Cafegirl
    Dined on 11/16/2013
    I've been to Metropolis a few times over the past several years and it's consistently a charming, delicious evening out. This time my husband and I came for dinner before seeing a play. I love the stylish yet unfussy ambience. The food was delicious (I had the sole and my husband had a braised lamb dish, followed by good desserts) and not as pricey as some comparable restaurants. How nice to see this cozy restaurant continues to thrive at its perch on Tremont Street!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • nice place for early dinner
    RegulardinerVIP
    Dined on 11/16/2013
    We ate here before going to the BSO at Syphony Hall. It was an easy walk from the Dartmouth Street garage, and then over to Symphony Hall. The service was quick and attentive, and the food was good. It was more of the comfort food variety than elegant gourmet treatments, but nonetheless fresh and tasty.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Bad night?
    Fussy
    Dined on 11/15/2013
    We have eaten here before and were happy enough the return. This evening the table was far too small for our party of four. The service was surly. The food was barely acceptable. My wife's appetizer did not come as described on the menu. When my wife pointed out the missing item, the waiter returned and more or less threw it on her plate.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Always a favorite
    Weezie
    Dined on 11/13/2013
    We live in the South End and this is the place we always take guests who are coming into the city for a new dining experience. It is intimate yet energetic, the food is always excellent and the waitstaff always friendly and knowledgeable. We list Metropolis as one of our favorites in a neighborhood of excellent dining choices.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • I love Metropolis in the wintertime
    SuzieVIP
    Dined on 11/13/2013
    I love Metropolis in the wintertime… The lighting is soft and great and the atmosphere is warm and cozy. Just great. The food has consistently gotten better over the years.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • An excellent choice
    Buzz1
    Dined on 11/7/2013
    Metropolis is a South End restaurant that we return to often. Food is excellent and service and ambiance is very nice. The 2 drawbacks with Metropolis is the lack of valet parking and the booths are very tight. That said, we enjoy Metropolis a great deal.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Small, cozy, great atmosphere
    Pito
    Dined on 11/2/2013
    Really enjoyed this experience. We went with 4 people and all thought our dishes were great. Appetizer, entree, desert, all great. It's a bit noisy but that's not a big problem. The place is quite small but has a very nice feel!
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Neighborhood Gem
    HungryRichardVIP
    Dined on 11/1/2013
    Among the 30 or so restaurants in walking distance from my house, this is my favorite for a quiet intimate evening. The food is really good, the prices including the wine are moderate. Great service even on a busy weekend. This is the place you don't want to overpraise for fear it will be overwhelmed. That has already happened on weekends but try a weekday evening with a good friend for a sweet dining experience.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • 5 Stars
    SteveVIP
    Dined on 10/28/2013
    Good food, good service, in a fun, cozy restaurant. Definitely will be going back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great food and drink, great
    Sarah
    Dined on 10/26/2013
    Great food and drink, great service - all around a great experience. Highly recommended.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A favorite
    Southenddiner37VIP
    Dined on 10/25/2013
    Metropolis Cafe never disappoints. It's the perfect spot for a delicious meal and bottle of wine with a cozy but vibrant ambiance.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointed in the timing
    Anonymous
    Dined on 10/20/2013
    We told our waiter before we ordered that we were going to the theater and needed to be out in an hour. The main course arrived at the time we were to leave, and we bolted our food in 5 minutes before scurrying out the door. The food was delicious and the staff was friendly. We wished the waiter and kitchen had managed the timing better so we could have savored the meal.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Hits the spot
    Bayla
    Dined on 10/18/2013
    The directions on the web were wrong and we got lost and were very later; however, when we called about this, the woman was quite nice and even though we were late, they got us out in time for theater, and the whole experience (food, service, ambience) was all great. Just beware. There's no Tremont exit on the Pike!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Always a good experience
    SoEnderVIP
    Dined on 10/16/2013
    The food here is terrific; the specials are consistently good. Wine list is a little pricey, but reliable.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • delightful cafe
    ProfNancy
    Dined on 10/11/2013
    We had a pre-theatre dinner here, and found it to be a charming place with very good food at decent prices. The special arugula salad was very tasty, and both the pork chop entree and the special fish entree were very nicely prepared. They have a nice list of wines by the glass. Service was a bit slow, but we weren't in a hurry. The biggest drawback was that in a tightly packed cafe set-up, it's really unfortunate when the table next to you is occupied by two people with very shrill voices.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Hot Seats
    TWILLVIP
    Dined on 10/5/2013
    We got stuck in the front booth and the heat was blaring from underneath making it extremely uncomfortable. Food was okay. Server was friendly and helpful.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • New favorite restaurant!
    luv2dineVIP
    Dined on 10/5/2013
    We had another excellent dining experience at Metropolis Cafe Saturday night with some of our "Foodie" friends from the North Shore. Although the menu is what I would call small, it feels like there are lots of choices in each category. We finally ordered a combination of salads, appetizers and a fish and chicken entree, all of which were beautifully executed, fresh and delicious. Our very knowledgeable and friendly waiter suggested a bottle of the Sicilian wine they had on special which was delicious and well-priced. It was a lovely evening and I know our friends will be back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.