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
137 reviews since July 25, 2014
Overall Rating4.4
  • Food4.2
    Service4.5
  • Ambiance4.5
    Noise LevelModerate
93% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (100)fit for foodies (44)scenic view (37)romantic (35)notable wine list (17)good for groups (15)neighborhood gem (9)great for lunch (7)great for brunch (4)hot spot (4)great for outdoor dining (3)late-night find (1)vibrant bar scene (1)Show More
  • Good food, good service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 11/17/2014
    good food, good service makes an evening at the opera a great experience. The wine chosen was excellent as were the fish dishes that all 4 had. he experience after the opera first act to enjoy dessert was a pleasure.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • They made it look easy!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 11/15/2014
    200 or so diners, all with the same 8 PM deadline, all expecting a very high level of service and cuisine. No drama, just great food in an incredible setting.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Special occasion spectacular!
    JoyB
    Dined on 11/15/2014
    We loved it! It was our first time at The Met and it was the perfect place for the three of us to dine before the performance. You get to spend that much more time in that spectacular building! What could be better than that?! Going to see "Aida" after your meal, I guess. The menu is easy to navigate because it doesn't overwhelm with choice after choice. It also wasn't as expensive as some reviews lead us to believe. You're expected to order a starter and a main, however, so you should know that going in. We decided to have our dessert and cappuccino before the show rather than at intermission since we had the time. Our server was great - very knowledgeable and made excellent suggestions that helped us make decisions. However, we did feel rushed at the end as we had to wait and wait for the bill and then again to pay. A mass exodus will do that. If I have the good fortune to return to the Met, I would absolutely go to The Grand Tier again. It is a gem.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Metropolitan Opera tkts needed to enter.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 11/15/2014
    Formal, professionally served, very expensive restaurant. Excellent food,elegant surroundings.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Style Beyond Compare
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 11/15/2014
    If you go to the Metropolitan Opera, at least once in your life treat yourself to fine dinning at it's best within the confines of the greatest opera house in the world. Not a single element was out of place in what has to be one of the more spectacular locations in the world. Where else can you dine under massive Marc Chagall paintings. Five-star all the way.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A Dining Disappointment
    DISAPPOINTMENT
    Dined on 11/14/2014
    Expecting to have a wonderful memorable once in a life-time experience, it was not so. We were seated at a table not completely set and although the waiter was pleasant, the service was poor, we asked twice for a napkin and butter plate. When the first course was brought, they brought a extra salad (not ordered)...It took over 30 minutes to be served our entrée and were rushed to finish dessert...with the poor timing, we decided to not have dessert at intermission. Our reservation was 6pm, we were on time, dinner was finished just in time...fortunately the restaurant was in Lincoln Center....we did not anticipate a two hour mediocre dinner... AND With the rush to pay the bill, to be in the theater on time, we did not realize we were charged for the salad not ordered until we returned to our hotel.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Perfect if you're at The Met
    OpenTable Diner Since 2003
    Dined on 11/12/2014
    This is just the right place for dinner before a performance at the Met Opera. Some of the food was excellent, including lovely bay scallops in a fragrant broth on a bed of perfectly cooked spaghetti squash. The parsnip soup was excellent and easily served two of us. The grilled octopus was a beautifully decorated and delicious dish. The biggest disappointment was dessert. Called apple cobbler, it was a frozen bar of what seemed to be oats on a thin paste of Apple jam. The waiter kindly took it off the bill. Service was attentive and the dining area is very dramatic.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Bravo!
    AncientMariner
    Dined on 11/11/2014
    A splendid beginning for a night at the opera. The meal, service and setting were all superb. There were some interesting new items on the menu, too, as well as old favorites.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • mewsetta
    Dined on 11/11/2014
    These so-called "recommendations" don't apply to The Grand Tier. You need to get your act together.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Service
    Anon
    Dined on 11/11/2014
    Our waitress was rude and then when told didn't even apologize. Johli is her name.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • babyVIP
    Dined on 11/11/2014
    What could be better than a lovely dining experience before the opera. This was our experience Tuesday evening, Lovely atmosphere, good food and service.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2010VIP
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    Beautiful restaurant with elegant menu and great service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Superb: completes the experience
    grw720
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    Entry to the restaurant is restricted to those attending the opera. For those who are attending this is simply one of the best available dining options and really adds to the whole experience. The food is good (some dishes are well beyond being merely good; some are wonderful) and the service is professional and finely tuned to the timing of the guests. One of the best aspects is that you can enjoy two courses at the table before the first act and then return to your table for dessert, coffee, drinks in the intermission(s). The staff know exactly how to make sure you enjoy an excellent meal and still get you comfortably to the performance. Highly recommended.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great
    Michael
    Dined on 11/7/2014
    Really enjoyed dinner between acts at AIDA. Makes a great evening at the Met even better.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great spot to celebrate anniversary
    KillerB
    Dined on 11/5/2014
    We went to the Opera to celebrate our wedding anniversary and had dinner at the Grand Tier. Great restaurant for a special occasion. The wild bass and the grilled cod were excellent. The chocolate souffle at intermission was agreat way to top off a very special dining experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • some things were good, others not
    linlin
    Dined on 11/4/2014
    Most of the food was very good except for the pasta with lobster which was too spicy. We had to wait a long time to be served and signaled the waiter twice, and since this was a pre-opera dinner we didn't have all that much time. We had to rush to finish our meal.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • yummy but busy
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    the food was delectable. however we were seated at a table "in the front" as the hostess described it. i thought that was a positive, but she meant the front where the waiters rush to every table.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Complete Opera evening
    Muso411
    Dined on 10/31/2014
    If coming to the opera, this is a great way to eat a relaxing meal pre-performance and enjoy the people watching and the amazing chandeliers
    Special Features:
    scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Mediocre
    Mediocre
    Dined on 10/30/2014
    Being inside the opera house makes this very convenient. The food is nothing special and very pricy. The service was just barely adequate; we had to ask for a straw 3 times. One person specified well done, and the meat came very rare. By the time she got her meal, several of us were already done. When the food came to the table, the waiter drowned the plate with gravy. I get better food and service at the pizza place. If there were more than one inside-the-opera-house dining places, the competition would force you to increase quality of food and service. I had the chicken. The chicken was good, but the accompanying items were horrible. The only reason I would eat here again is because it is inside-the-opera-house. At least I can afford to.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Night at the opera great dining
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 10/28/2014
    A great dining experience. Very pleasing and convenient for a night at the opera!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Grand Tier Restaurant
    Eater
    Dined on 10/27/2014
    Fabulous place to dine before the opera and you can preorder dessert for the intermission
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • DINING AT THE OPERA
    huntermusic
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    Is there anything in NYC more romantic than dining at the Met Opera before curtain, then coming back to one's table for dessert and coffee at intermission? No there is nothing quite like this.
    Special Features:
    romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • FerHelVIP
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    A fantastic night, and the opportunity to joint friends that are visiting NYC, with a combination of Opera and a very good meal. An outstanding night that we will remember forever.
    Special Features:
    scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Food in Outstanding Ambiance
    nickname
    Dined on 10/23/2014
    Although expensive, eating at the Met is always a wonderful experience. I had the pate: the best possible. It is they said made by the chef. And the risotto gets a great applause.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Convenient
    AGDECORVIP
    Dined on 10/21/2014
    Convenient when you are attending an opera; wonderful to just step out of the restaurant into your seat. Beyond that, a very ordinary dining experience. Service is poor, but if you leave enough time it doesn't matter, since you will not have to rush in any event. I get the impression that the majority of the diners are longtime operagoers who are not unsophisticated and aware that this is decidedly second rate.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2009VIP
    Dined on 10/21/2014
    My friend and I like the Grand Tier Restaurant food quite a lot, but one really pays the price one does for the real estate: it's worth something to sit in comfort and dine happily until just before an opera and then have dessert at intermission. The food is nicely put together and the service is excellent, necessarily but nonetheless happily so.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • night at the Met
    Heinzheinz57
    Dined on 10/21/2014
    Excellent environment for pre-opera, very tasty food' scruptuous desert and excellent bodem coffee. Best we have had in NYC. Good Bread; however one side was dry (sitting out too long) and difficult to get refill from personel, (inattentive). Also we left our umbrella at the table, came back after the opera. No one there, no umbrella at the desk and no umbrella at the lost and found. Would still recommend.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Uneven food preparation
    jujucares
    Dined on 10/21/2014
    I had an unfortunate experience the first time I at the Grand Tier Restaurant. The food did not meet my expectations for a four-star restaurant: the pasta dish was of very poor quality, barely one star; and the creme brulee was the worst I've ever had. I felt I wasted my money. However the plus side of excellent service and the special treat of returning to my table for dessert at intermission called me back to give it a second, final try. Fortunately the food was excellent (I skipped the pasta and had trout.) The service was excellent, as it was the first time around. I will give it another try at my next opera.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • 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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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good Food, good service, convenient
    Caermeli
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    We thoroughly enjoyed our dining experience. Service was attentive and courteous. Food was excellent. Can't beat the convenience if you have tickets to an event at the Met. Gets you in the mood for an opera as you watch people arrive and ascend the staircase. The view out the glass wall onto the square adds to the atmosphere. Definitely recommended.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very pleasant dining experience
    music3lovers4u
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    Everything about our lunch was very enjoyable. Todd was an exceptional waiter, and made the experience especially enjoyable.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Service
    • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate