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
90 reviews since June 24, 2014
Overall Rating4.4
  • Food4.1
    Service4.5
  • Ambiance4.5
    Noise LevelModerate
91% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (69)fit for foodies (28)scenic view (26)romantic (25)good for groups (11)neighborhood gem (11)notable wine list (10)great for brunch (5)hot spot (4)great for lunch (3)late-night find (2)kid-friendly (2)great for outdoor dining (2)vibrant bar scene (1)Show More
  • Menu Declines
    FilmFanVIP
    Dined on 10/20/2014
    We've now been to the Grand Tier for dinner twice this season (2014-15) and have not enjoyed the changes made in the menu since the spring. Several reliable favorites are gone (e.g., jumbo shrimp appetizer, crab cake appetizer) are gone, and the substitutes are not an improvement. Some improvement in quality of the salad between first and second visit, but nothing impressive. Very convenient, but with increases in price and declines in menu selection, we've cancelled our next reservation and will look "off campus" for better alternative. Disappointing.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Special opera noght
    ColonialstillgreatVIP
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    Can't be it for a night at the opera. Great food and convenience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Still worth doing
    LIerVIP
    Dined on 10/15/2014
    Slightly new menu this year, but the food is better than ever.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The Grand Tier experience
    OPERABUFF
    Dined on 10/13/2014
    Bring LOTS of money as everything is a la carte. Quality is excellent, but there is the "sticker shock" which may interfere with your enjoyment of the meal. Service is outstanding, and you never know which personage may be at the next table. This is a restaurant in which you don't look at the prices because it is the EXPERIENCE of the opera and all the glitter surrounding it that counts. Desserts are wickedly delicious, and you just can't beat the ambiance and excitement of being at one of the most famous places in the world. So treat yourself and someone special to this exquisite evening.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • October 13th
    slgphd
    Dined on 10/13/2014
    Had pre-opera dinner for my wife's 60th birthday. For this special occasion I arranged to have a bottle of champagne waiting at the table. Imagine my surprise and disappointment when we arrived to find that our table (with the bottle of champagne) had been given to another group! To their credit, the staff did fix this...
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • misspiggy
    Dined on 10/13/2014
    A unique experience for anyone loving very good food, outstanding ambience and excellent wine. Having dessert during the intermission was the highlight of the night.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Metropolitan Opera Goers
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    When attending the Metropolitan Opera, nothing is more relaxing for dinner than being there already. This is an exquisitely fine restaurant with a fine view of the promenade of Lincoln Center. The service and food are excellent. Be prepared to pay for what it is worth.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 10/9/2014
    Excellent dining before an opera at the Metropolitan.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 10/9/2014
    food best ever; wine list way too expensive, service excellent.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The Food is not so Grand
    JAVELINA8
    Dined on 10/8/2014
    We ate dinner before Macbeth. I had the signature dish, crab cakes . They were canned and I could barely eat one, appetizers not much better.One steps down a few tiers in dining when eating at The Grand Tier. However certainly convenient for attending the opera. Many good restaurants though right across the street on 64th.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great experience
    Emmy
    Dined on 10/7/2014
    Loved being here during the Opera....great food, wine and dessert.....fantastic way to see the opera and great food and service along with that!!
    Special Features:
    hot spot, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • RodneyVIP
    Dined on 10/7/2014
    You need a Lincoln Center tkt to get in, so by definition a special occasion place. Food is excellent, menu sufficiently broad, service will get you out in time for curtain. A delightful option is to take dessert at intermission. And the stroll to your seat is the whole point.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lincoln Center treat
    EmilySeaLyons
    Dined on 10/6/2014
    The GTR is a wonderful restaurant, overlooking Lincoln Center. Inside the Metropolitan Opera House, it is a very convenient location when one holds a ticket to the Met Opera. However, any ticket in Lincoln Center will give you admittance to this restaurant. There is also the option of coming solely/returning for dessert and coffee during the intermission. Love overlooking the Viennese chandeliers, too, which were a gift from Austria to thank us for rebuilding Vienna's Opera House after WWII as part of the Marshall Plan. $$$$
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • An excellent restaurant.
    frequentdinerVIP
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    It is very well organized and it is a treat to be able to have dessert and coffee during an intermission rather than with the main courst. With that schedule, nothing is rushed. And the efficiency is excellent - never a worry about being late.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fiddler
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    Such a convience to have lunch before the performance, it takes all the stress out of attending the Met. Great Food and GREAT SERVICE
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, notable wine list, scenic view
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A Once a Season Tradition
    operastarterfor2
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    I have been a subscriber to the Metropolitan Opera for 40 plus years. Once a Season I splurge and have a special brunch with a guest at the Grand Tier Restaurant. I was thrilled to be able to make my reservation through Open Table, and even more thrilled that my seating request was honored. Perfect!
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Perfect combination
    LUIS
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    IT is our fifth time in 10 years and always resuLts in an unforgetable experience
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • arrogance
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIP
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    I am allergic to Broccoli Rabe and asked if I could substitute it for another vegetable with the filet. The response is both arrogant and just plain bad business. No, but they would leave it off the plate, ( a $45 meal) but would not put anything else in its place. I ordered a different meal, at a much lower cost. I am suggesting that diners eat at other restaurants in the immediate neighborhood that are more helpful and more accommodating and just as good.
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  • auntyfascistVIP
    Dined on 10/2/2014
    Grand dining for the opera. The height of civilization. Wine then music then song then desert. What could be better
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Back On Track
    Consumerist
    Dined on 9/30/2014
    Last year we felt like Grand Tier was starting to live off its reputation. Now it is back on track with an improved menu and helpful staff.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Go to NYC place
    JunobeachVIP
    Dined on 9/29/2014
    Lincoln has became my "go to" place in NYC which we visit several times a year. Good food, interesting menu, nice room and reliable service make this Lincoln Center location a great evening out.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Nina
    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!
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Pricey but fabulous
    eatoutalot
    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
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A pre-opera must!
    TiffJane
    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
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    • 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
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    • 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
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    • 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
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    • 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
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    • 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
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    • 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.
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  • 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
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    • 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
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    • 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.
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    scenic view
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    • 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
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    • 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
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    • 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
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    • 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
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    • 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.
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    special occasion, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 52 ratings-only reviews submitted since June 24, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.4
    • Food4.1
    • Ambiance4.4
    • Service4.5
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 1696 reviews are from the The Grand Tier Restaurant at The Metropolitan Opera reviews archive.
  • 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
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    • 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.
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    special occasion, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelQuiet