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: 2127993400
  • 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
66 reviews since June 4, 2014
Overall Rating4.1
  • Food3.9
    Service4.3
  • Ambiance4.6
    Noise LevelModerate
88% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (50)scenic view (28)romantic (24)neighborhood gem (10)fit for foodies (10)great for brunch (6)good for groups (5)notable wine list (5)kid-friendly (3)hot spot (3)great for outdoor dining (2)late-night find (2)great for lunch (1)vibrant bar scene (1)Show More
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 9/29/2014
    Uninspiring menu and mediocre cuisine. The big plus to the restaurant is its convenience for a night at the opera, and dessert during intermission. But even the dessert menu is now bland. C'est dommage!
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Pricey but fabulous
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 9/29/2014
    It was expensive, but a huge treat! So fabulous to come back during intermission with champagne and dessert waiting.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A pre-opera must!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/29/2014
    When booking the reservation for dinner before the opera, I added a notation that it was for my mothers birthday. The staff was so accommodating and wished her happy birthday... And when we returned to our table for intermission dessert, there was a lit candle in the chocolate soufflé! So lovely. Amazing food, impeccable service. Nothing negative to say at all... Simply top notch dining at its best!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Pre opera dinner
    Sakigirl
    Dined on 9/29/2014
    Great place to round out a luxurious evening of opera. Considering the volume the noise level was very low. No problem hearing people across the table (very unusual these days). Good selection of dinner choices and food was very fresh. Service is geared to a curtain time and somewhat demanding clientele. They were up to the challenge on all fronts. The surrounds, of course, can't be beat.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • THE Place if you're at the opera
    NYDenizen
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    The Grand Tier Restaurant at the Metropolitan Opera is tightly integrated into the flow of the opera itself, and is a spectacular, must-not-miss treat if you're going to the Met and can afford the not-insignificant check. Make your reservations well in advance, get there at 6:30 to order and eat your first and second courses, then place your dessert order. Come intermission, you slip right back to your table to find your dessert and coffee all set for you to leisurely consume before the second act. Dining at the Grand Tier will absolutely make you feel like the consummate Met insider...and the food is really quite good!
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Elegant lunch
    Helen
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    Our waiter was cheerful and friendly. No matter what we ordered he cheerfully exclaimed what a wonderful choice we had made. Other waiters were equally attentive while unobtrusive. Our wishes to be seated in a quiet place away from the bright sun were promptly respected. While the prices are high, so is the presentation of the food. Although it seemed a shame to waste a tiny gold leaf on my chocolate dessert. The champagne was bubbled elegantly in its tall slender glass. The crab cakes were made of lump crab meat, and presented with tiny garnishes. Although crab cakes I make taste a little better and are a little more moist ... I never presented anything so beautifully.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Sing4mysupper
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    The food was spectacular as always. The ambience and view is incredible and you're right there at the opera when you're done. You can have a table with an appetizer or dessert during intermission if you preorder.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Top drawer
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    This is the restaurant inside the Metropolitan Opera on the balcony. The food and service were outstanding.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Service--excellent. Food--poor.
    jujucares
    Dined on 9/25/2014
    Good aspects: The ambiance and service was outstanding. I especially loved returning to my table at intermission with it set with my drink and dessert. Unfortunately, I was disappointed in the poor quality of the food. The turnip cream soup was the only delicious item. The noodles were undistinguished and the seafood was eraser tough in their seafood home-made noodle dish. The creme brulee was the worst I have ever had.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • One thing needs improvement
    CHRYSVIP
    Dined on 9/24/2014
    In general the Grand Tier food is fabulous, especially their chocolate souffle. However, there was a problem (which I reported) with the espresso. The machine obviously needed to be properly cleaned as the coffee was very bitter.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, notable wine list, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great meal before a performance
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    Location is everything. Good service and convenience of eating before a show. Food was good and nicely presented. Can have your dessert at intermission, too.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • BYOF. (bring your own food)
    DinnerDiva
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    We had tickets to Swan Lake at The Met so dining at the venue seemed to make sense. The food was HORRIBLE! The fresh pasta was like glue/paste. The salad was swimming in dressing. The wine was what a Bowery bum might get. My friend ordered dessert (it was his birthday) and it arrived immediately from the ice box on a cold plate. The bread was rubbery and rock hard. I had pate and rhubarb that may as well have been pb&j. Also we were given a terrible table and had to fight to be seated in the main area. Since they knew we were there for a birthday it would have been nice not to have to make a fuss. Total disappointment. Never again.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • A really special dinner
    Joey
    Dined on 6/26/2014
    We were celebrating our Silver Wedding Anniversary in New York and made reservations for the ballet and the supper, at 5.30 pm. We got there a little bit late and they were so kind to us! The place is awesome, with the view of the square and the fountain. The food was delicious... The soup, the smoked salmon, the cod and the grilled salmon were absolutely perfect. We had our dessert during the intermission and that was really VIP. No cue to get a drink, everything was waiting for us at the table! And the service was the best part, so easy and helpful. We loved it every single minute.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Perfect for pre-ballet
    Momof4
    Dined on 6/25/2014
    One of my favorite things about going to the Metropolitan Opera House is dining at the Grand Tier. Unbelievably elegant. There were five fish options on the menu! I had trouble making up my mind. Perfect evening.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A Grand find at the Grand Tier
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009VIP
    Dined on 6/24/2014
    We live across the street at the Grand Tier and this was our first visit. It was not disappointing. With all the choices in the neighborhood, this clearly will always be our first choice when going to the Ballet or Opera. Elegant with European dining standards. Portions were appropriate and the ingredients fresh. A neighborhood secret charmer!
    Special Features:
    special occasion, scenic view, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • surprisingly good great ambience wi
    comftable
    Dined on 6/24/2014
    Surprisingly good food and service with great views inside and out would recommend to anyone going to Lincoln Center
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Slipped a lot
    BusybackVIP
    Dined on 6/24/2014
    The Grand Tier isn't what it used to be. It's still elegant, has excellent service, and makes attending the Met a stressless experience. It's just that the food doesn't meet the price. It's an expensive restaurant and the food is only good. Not excellent. Not close to expectations.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Grand experience
    Dinnerandashow
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    Great all around dining experience. Excellent service. Excellent food. Made for a very special occasion.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A special treat
    IsttimerNYC
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    I was on my own and wanted to give myself a treat. I was not disappointed and was made to feel special. The food was different and interesting. I loved the chicken liver pate, the yellowfin tuna was perfectly cooked but I wasn't too happy with the flavour of the cous cous. A perfect creme caramel. I was not made to feel uncomfortable about wanting red wine with my fish and, in fact, the recommended one was an ideal companion I thought. It was a very expensive way to treat myself but I had no regrets. The service was friendly and welcoming and I very much appreciated being brought a copy of the programme to read by a very perceptive waiter who obviously realised I was my own.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, scenic view
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Perfect service pre theater dinner
    uesider
    Dined on 6/20/2014
    My mother and had dinner here before the ballet and it was the perfectly paced relaxing dinner with wonderful service. It made a great evening even more memorable.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Balletmaven
    Dined on 6/20/2014
    Classy with well spaced tables looking out over Lincoln Center. Attentive service. While the menu has limited choices our meal was excellent. For those dining elsewhere this restaurant offers chocolate soufflé with crime fraiche in the intermission.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Special Night Out
    aejg83
    Dined on 6/20/2014
    In NYC from Virginia, wife and I decided to eat here for the experience and convenience. We were pleased we did. Food was very good, my wife had baked salmon and I had organic roasted chicken, we split the spring mix salad, and bought baked asparagus. For dessert, we split the cobbler. I had iced tea $5.25, had a refill and found out each glass is $5.25. Had coffee with dessert and was charged $4.00. With 20% tip, $137. We dressed up and rode subway there and back from hotel at JFK. Easy, tunnel to venue from subway train 1. Many of attendees dressed up, so glad we did! We had reservation 2 hours before show and finished with 30 minutes to spare. So go for it. Not too expensive, fun event. Juhlee was our server, very nice.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Good, but not great.
    frequentdiner
    Dined on 6/18/2014
    I've been to the Grand Tier many times while seeing an opera or ballet. The service was okay. Our waiter seemed distracted and rushed and the serving team kept serving us the wrong food item. Our table was great and where we requested (unobstructed window view). The prices seemed much higher than I remember and the servings seemed small. The house salad I had was so salty and lemony it could barely be eaten. The eggplant ragout which accompanied the salmon was no more than a tablespoon and there were no vegetable sides that came with the dish. Our table of 3 all left hungry. The best time we've had there was when we dined during the winter, left our coats at the table, and returned during intermission for a hot soufflé. That was divine.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Location, location, location
    Luvgr8food
    Dined on 6/18/2014
    The atmosphere is lovely and the waitstaff very professional and considerate. If you are attending an event in Lincoln Center, which has several places to eat, this one is the most expensive. A Coke was $5.25 as a clue. We shared the pate which we didn't care for, but we did not complain to the waiter. He noticed we weren't eating it so he very kindly asked us about it. He offered to bring us a salad which was delicious. For the next course we ordered skirt steak which was good, but not tender. Dessert was a plate of cookies which we shared. The cookies were nothing special.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Good before performance restaurant
    hjm4
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    The food was very good and the service was geared appropriately given the patrons all had performances to attend.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • wonderful Time before ballet
    Rg58
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    The meal and service were great and no one rushed us. What can I say about the view, amazing looking out over the fountains at Lincoln Center.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • How To Complete An Evening
    Robert
    Dined on 6/13/2014
    When you are attending an Opera or a Ballet at the Met, dinner at the Grand Tier really makes for a special evening.
    Special Features:
    scenic view, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • 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
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 36 ratings-only reviews submitted since June 4, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.1
    • Food3.9
    • Ambiance4.5
    • Service4.4
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 1682 reviews are from the The Grand Tier Restaurant at The Metropolitan Opera reviews archive.
  • 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