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

The Grand Tier Restaurant at The Metropolitan Opera Details

  • 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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Diner Reviews
  • "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."
    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."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 6/26/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 6/25/2014
  • "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!"
    Dined on 6/24/2014
  • "Surprisingly good food and service with great views inside and out would recommend to anyone going to Lincoln Center"
    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."
    Dined on 6/24/2014
  • "Great all around dining experience. Excellent service. Excellent food. Made for a very special occasion."
    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."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "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."
    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."
    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."
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "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."
    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."
    Dined on 6/18/2014
  • "The food was very good and the service was geared appropriately given the patrons all had performances to attend."
    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."
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "When you are attending an Opera or a Ballet at the Met, dinner at the Grand Tier really makes for a special evening."
    Dined on 6/13/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 6/11/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 6/9/2014
  • "Very convenient to have a dinner before the performance at the Met. Food is average though. Still a good pre-theater choice."
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "...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. "
    Dined on 6/3/2014
  • "Poached halibut in a delicious broth was excellent. Grand Tier is just that...grand!"
    Dined on 6/2/2014
  • "Dining at The Grand Tier makes an evening at The Met even more special."
    Dined on 5/30/2014
  • " 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."
    Dined on 5/29/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 5/28/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 5/27/2014
  • "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."
    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!"
    Dined on 5/24/2014
  • "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! "
    Dined on 5/22/2014
  • "Too bad you have to have a ticket to a show at Lincoln Center to get a table."
    Dined on 5/22/2014
  • "Good dining experience and very convenient if you are attending a performance, but I think the prices are high for what you get."
    Dined on 5/21/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 5/19/2014
  • "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. "
    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. "
    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."
    Dined on 5/17/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 5/16/2014
  • "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"
    Dined on 5/15/2014
  • "The service is very friendly and ready to help. Food is not bad. Just the selection of foods and fruit juices was terribly small :-(("
    Dined on 5/12/2014
  • ".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."
    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."
    Dined on 5/10/2014