The Grand Tier Restaurant at The Metropolitan Opera
The Grand Tier Restaurant at The Metropolitan Opera

The Grand Tier Restaurant at The Metropolitan Opera

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
  • Website: http://www.grandtierny.com/
  • Phone: (212) 799-3400
  • Hours of Operation:
    Any ticket to a performance or event at Lincoln Center will grant you access to The Grand Tier Restaurant, located inside The Metropolitan Opera House. which opens two hours before performances.

  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: American
  • Executive Chef: Jeff Raider
  • Dress Code: Jacket Preferred
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: No
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Private Room
  • Private Party Facilities: Group Dinners welcome if the group has tickets to the Met Opera Performance.
  • Private Party Contact: Kathleen Eubanks 212 873 1602

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Broadway
  • Public Transit: 1 or 9 to 65th Street
  • Parking: No
  • Parking Details: Check out Metropolitan Opera website for parking information.
A word from The Grand Tier Restaurant at The Metropolitan Opera
Whether you are seeing an opera, a ballet, attending a play at one of the Lincoln Center campus theaters or going to the symphony – any ticket will grant you access to The Grand Tier Restaurant, located in the Metropolitan Opera House.

Enjoy our dinner, brunch, intermission and dessert menus emphasizing fresh, seasonal ingredients within one of the most spectacular cultural destinations in an atmosphere highlighted by spectacular chandeliers and original masterpieces by Marc Chagall.

Make your reservation for pre-theater dining before your evening or matinee performance begins on Open Table .

At intermission, dine on savory appetizers and entrées from our Intermission Dining Menu; or indulge in dessert. Intermission dining is available for ticket-holders attending an event within The Metropolitan Opera House. To make your reservation for intermission dining, please call the restaurant directly at 212 799 3400.
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The Grand Tier Restaurant at The Metropolitan Opera reviews from OpenTable diners
147 reviews since July 28, 2014
Overall Rating4.4
  • Food4.2
    Service4.5
  • Ambiance4.6
    Noise LevelModerate
94% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (104)fit for foodies (48)scenic view (43)romantic (39)notable wine list (17)good for groups (15)neighborhood gem (9)great for lunch (7)great for brunch (6)hot spot (4)great for outdoor dining (3)late-night find (2)vibrant bar scene (1)kid-friendly (1)Show More
  • 731syl
    Dined on 6/11/2014
    The food was average however the portions were extremely small and very expensive e.g one small soft shell crab with very small portion of cole slaw $22. The ambience of the Met Opera House and scenic view is always special. When making reservations I was never told that you must have tickets to the performance at the Met Opera House to eat at the resturant. It would be helpful if people knew of this regulation.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Magical
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 6/9/2014
    I took my granddaughters, 8 and 10, to a ballet at the Met. I made an early reservation for dinner at The Grand Tier after going online to read the menu. The restaurant website has apparently not been updated in years. We were expecting a prix fixe children's menu. When we were seated and i asked to see it I was told there hadn't been one in years... Our kind waiter suggested the kitchen could modify two of the entrees -pasta and chicken and the girls enjoyed their dinners. The setting is spectacular-under a Chagall and with a view of the fountain. Dinner was the first part of a magical evening. I would suggest the website be updated to accurately reflect the offerings.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • “Good for pre-theater dining
    bazhenchik
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    Very convenient to have a dinner before the performance at the Met. Food is average though. Still a good pre-theater choice.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Old and tired, like the diners
    foodie10014VIP
    Dined on 6/4/2014
    This place feels like an old club, full of old people. It is pretty and elegant, but the service and food were pretty indifferent.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Poor service unless...
    GR8TASTE
    Dined on 6/3/2014
    ...you are a regular. It was our first visit and while our waiter ignored us he was fawning over tables around us who were clearly regular patrons. It was my worst experience ever of rude and poor service in a restaurant.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Everything Five Star!
    robbie13
    Dined on 6/2/2014
    Poached halibut in a delicious broth was excellent. Grand Tier is just that...grand!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 5/30/2014
    Dining at The Grand Tier makes an evening at The Met even more special.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Grand for sure!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 5/29/2014
    A wonderful place to go before the opera or ballet (one must have tickets to dine there.) Beautiful setting, elegant and impeccable service ... lavishly convenient.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Perfect before the ballet
    letsdine
    Dined on 5/28/2014
    The staff was welcoming & put us at ease when we arrived 10 minutes late for our reservation. The wait staff was wonderful & very attentive. The menu seemed especially heavy on fish--but didn't include the scallops I had seen on an online menu. The beet salad was incredible. The chicken liver pate less so. The Scottish salmon & the fettuccini dish were both interesting interpretations. A wrong dessert was brought out, but was replaced in an instant. The ambiance was elegant & we appreciated the low noise level. Though it was on the quiet side, it by no means felt dead. We appreciated being able to hear each other. Wish more restaurants could strike this balance. Grand Tier is pricey, so definitely a special occasion place for us.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • sjcsappetite
    Dined on 5/27/2014
    Restaurant is inside Met. Opera House, Lincoln Center, Well organized pre-performance dining, relaxed atmosphere, peaceful, excellent food, expensive but not overpriced. Service was attentive and timely. Would do it again.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • What happend?
    BFSueVIP
    Dined on 5/24/2014
    After several great meals during the opera season we looked forward to eating here for our first ballet. Service not very good but I think it was a new waiter. Still he should have been trained more. Food also not as good. Crab cake appetizer over cooked and served cool. That house made ricotta appetizer?! -- what was the chef thinking? The beef dish was disappointing as the meat was sparse and a bit fatty. Milanese swordfish was overcooked and served too cool and way too much going on with that dish. If the fish is good, you don't need all that on top of it. Guess we will have t wait to go back next opera season.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • disappointed
    miles
    Dined on 5/24/2014
    The wine was terrible and less than half a glass and for that, $15/glass. The wait for the main course was interminable, and no sign of our waiter for 45 minutes. When it finally came, it looked more like an appetizer. This was overall a horrible dinner experience. Never again!
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Grand Tier Restaurant
    Tiger
    Dined on 5/22/2014
    We always enjoy the ambiance of the Grand Tier and the proximity to the Opera or Ballet. The hostess is always friendly and helpful, the waiters are exceptional and the dining, a true pleasure!
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, late-night find, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • exquisite
    gnedward
    Dined on 5/22/2014
    Too bad you have to have a ticket to a show at Lincoln Center to get a table.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • RWLWVIP
    Dined on 5/21/2014
    Good dining experience and very convenient if you are attending a performance, but I think the prices are high for what you get.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lincoln Center Dining
    Julie
    Dined on 5/19/2014
    The view is spectacular. The food and general service are very good - much better than Arpeggio in Avery Fisher Hall. There was a faux pas by the waiter: he poured the second (red) wine in the same glass as the first (white) wine. The dessert cheese platter was placed without any explanation of the cheeses, and no choice of cheese was offered. Also, the cheese platter had only cheese and crackers; no fruit, nuts, jams or other condiments. Despite these relatively minor issues - which one would not expect of a restaurant of this high caliber - we had a lovely, romantic dinner and enjoyed the ballet that followed.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Lovely night out
    BatonRougefoodie65
    Dined on 5/17/2014
    A lovely dinner before the ballet. The service was attentive but never obtrusive. We had a cozy table by a window and enjoyed a leisurely dinner before the ballet. While the menu was not particularly imaginative, each dish was very tasty and attractive. I particularly enjoyed my roasted beet salad while my husband's favorite was the beef dish he ordered. Overall, a very special dinner prior to ABT's wonderful performance of "Don Quixote". We would definitely dine here again prior to other events.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Elegant way to dine
    balletlover
    Dined on 5/17/2014
    My daughter and I ate at the Grand Tier prior to the ballet. We were welcomed warmly. Our waiter was excellent and great attention was paid to detail. The menu was interesting, the dishes prepared well and the food was delicious.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • First Time at Grand Tier
    NoviceVIP
    Dined on 5/17/2014
    We were delighted over our experience at Grand Tier Restaurant. The food was exceptional and the service by Raul was outstanding. It was a perfect prelude to the American Ballet matinee. The setting is a quiet and luxurious one with great views.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • New Menu - Excellent
    GuntherVIP
    Dined on 5/16/2014
    Had a wonderfull dinner before the ballet. Menu is changed from last year and all of us enjoyed out starters and entrees. Look forward to our next dinner there.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • atable
    Dined on 5/15/2014
    The menu is getting better and better. Some wonderful choices. Tables are widely spaced. The view over the Lincoln center plaza lovely. Iftar food continues to be this good it will be a destination in itself. Plus excellent service in a quiet gracious room
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Good restaurant, poor selection of
    Markus
    Dined on 5/12/2014
    The service is very friendly and ready to help. Food is not bad. Just the selection of foods and fruit juices was terribly small :-((
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Terrible experience-Don't Go!
    Cyn23
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    .It was closing night at the Opera season, so maybe they were short staffed. It would be a complement to say it was "institutional food". My dining partner & I had entree of 3 scallops ($42) which could not be eaten. It was as if they had poured a box of Salt on it. I told the Raul, the server and he didn't offer us another entree. The crab cake appetizer ($21) was dull. The spinach side ($12) was just sauteed spinach. We were charged & paid the bill. I complained to the maître d' when we exited, who seemed aware of the situation and asked the right questions, but it was to late to save the dining experience.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Metropolitan Opera dining in style.
    Alex
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    Wonderful dinner before the opera. Rather specialized, i.e., for opera goers, but perfect ambiance, superb service and excellent food.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Noise level
    nlbound
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    At the tender age of 70 I've become aware that music does not enhance a dining experience; thank you for providing a quiet and peaceful space. The music comes later!
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • spot-on attention!
    cook4me
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    We brought my elderly mother to the Grand Tier for lunch before the matinee and it couldn't have been better. I had asked for an accessible table and they listened. We had some food allergies and they listened...even modified our accouterments due to a lactose intolerance. It was a wonderful, elegant experience and we will return.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2010VIP
    Dined on 5/8/2014
    expensive but elegant service and setting; ideal for Opera night
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • just a bit disappointed
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 5/8/2014
    ...perhaps my expectations were a bit too big...but the disappointment just started, when we got a table nearly at the end of the room...I would have prefered a table looking at the marvellous entrance with the luxuries lamps...so I didn`t feel much atmoshere during the dinner...
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Lala1dinesVIP
    Dined on 5/7/2014
    Very nice and convenient way to enjoy an evening at the Metropolitan Opera: an elegant dinner before the performance and dessert during an intermission. Menu is not that large, however the quality of food is wonderful! My dish of diver's scallops with bok choy and Miso sauce was excellent: scallops were cooked to perfection, succulent and simply melting in my mouth! (too bad they were only...two) and, Budino with rhubarb and strawberry sauce was a great "finale". Expensive but a very special treat and, this time I did not feel "rushed...
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lovely opera companion
    Ferdinand
    Dined on 5/5/2014
    Our date night at the opera was rounded out perfectly by dinner before and intermission dessert at the Grand Tier Restaurant. The service was so caring and attentive, and the food quite delicious. The portions could have been a tad bigger, but I am not sure if that is a criticism or high praise! Our view was not the grandest, but we did have a sense of quiet being the last table by the window. We will certain come again for special occasions.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Lunch at Met Opera Grand Tier
    Opera2food
    Dined on 5/3/2014
    Great lunch, right inside Met Opera House. Eat and go to your seat to enjoy the performance. So convenient. Menu is very good, service is top shelf. A great experience...
    Special Features:
    Great for Brunch, special occasion, Great for Lunch, Scenic View, Neighborhood Gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Convenient for Opera goers
    SpangleNYCVIP
    Dined on 5/1/2014
    The food is generally good and one doesn't have to rush through a meal, since dessert and coffee can be ordered for the intermission. The appeal of the tables varies: best are the ones in the front, overlooking the fountain. Seated in the back, on the way to the kitchen, the constant passage of waiters was very distracting. Also, we had three different temperatures on our salmon orders and the server was unable to distinguish between requested doneness. Instead of just adding more cooking time to the one that was ordered medium well and was served almost raw, we had to wait almost 15 minutes for it to be completely redone, and it still wasn't as ordered and the others had already finished their meals. It was not a satisfying meal!
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • toughchefVIP
    Dined on 5/1/2014
    Perfect pre-opera dinner. Menu offered good selections, appreciated that many of the choices were light. Had the smoked salmon to start, very good, nothing fancy about it. Mains were the bass, very light, hot, well-seasoned and the chicken, moist. At intermission we shared the sorbets, pretty basic and the soufflé, which was a heavy, almost cake like. Still was a treat to sit during intermission and get sweets/coffee. Service was friendly and amazingly timely. We never felt rushed and were in our seats in time to read the program before the performance began. Makes for a very relaxing experience...just not gourmet.
    Special Features:
    Romantic, special occasion, Scenic View
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Bravo!
    stedmantxVIP
    Dined on 4/25/2014
    My husband and I were married in a small civil ceremony in NYC that morning (as we could not marry in our home state, Texas). We celebrated by dinner on the Grand Tier with a few friends before the spectacular performance of Cenerentola. The food was excellent, the ambience without compare. But what made this so special was the generosity of the Grand Tier staff in accommodating requests for last minute changes. Kudos to James for helping with our plans and coordinating with the pastry chef to have a wedding cake ready for us during intermission. A memorable experience!
    Special Features:
    special occasion, Scenic View, Notable Wine List
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A Night at the Opera.
    Albie
    Dined on 4/24/2014
    A great pre-opera dinner and intermission experience.
    Special Features:
    Scenic View
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Elegant
    bobt
    Dined on 4/23/2014
    Great way to have dinner before the opera and dessert/coffee during the intermission. No problem with traffic or worrying about getting there on time.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • 4 Dining before the opera
    omnivore
    Dined on 4/23/2014
    If going 2 the opera, location can't be beat. Attractive ambience. the kitchen's ability to prepare food to our specifications, despite the crush of so many diners coming at the same time, was noteworthy. All the food was well presented, and attractive. Our waiter was attentive; he did little extras that we requested. Pricey but not out of line with restaurants near Lincoln Center, some of which do not serve such fine food or have much more noise. We were seated where we requested. This restaurant staff knows what it is doing.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nicest New York Meal in a Long Time
    GuyDinesOut
    Dined on 4/21/2014
    Have been attending the opera for years, and occasionally dine at the Grand Tier. This was the best. Julyia (misspelling name, perhaps?) was an excellent wait person. The food (the John Dory) was just better than I thought it could have been. Our Met subscription is Monday 2 - I expect we will be returning to the Grand Tier often. Thank you for a memorable meal to start our memorable evening. Best, Guy St. Clair
    Special Features:
    special occasion, Scenic View
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lovely evening
    Patricia
    Dined on 4/19/2014
    Dinner at the Grand Tier was a wonderful pre opera place to dine. Both my husband and I enjoyed our meals. The portions were not too large as we find in many other restaurants and the food was perfectly prepared and beautifully presented.
    Special Features:
    Romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • outstanding food
    fasionablelady
    Dined on 4/19/2014
    The Grand Tier is PERFECT for opera goers whom I understand are the only people permitted to dine there. I had a piece of medium rare roast beef which was the best I have had in years. The yogurt parfait and the home made ice cream were excellent. Overall, it was a great dining experience. The only problem is the direct sunlight which affects diners in certain parts of the restaurant. The sunlight moves, but it can be hot dining until it does. The waiters are attentive , but not overwhelming.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, Great for Lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate