Allen Restaurant at the Metropolitan Entertainment Centre

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The Allen Restaurant at the Metropolitan Entertainment Centre offers a delectable menu of contemporary casual cuisine prepared in-house by the talented team lead by Executive Chef Younes Taouile. The restaurant is open daily for lunch and dinner Monday to Saturday. In addition to delicious food, The MET features a variety of exquisitely appointed spaces to cater to any need. Enjoy a casual drink or an intimate meal in the lavish Lobby and Promenade Lounges. Private meetings or pre-event gatherings can be catered in the state-of-the-art
Grand Hall Theatre, and the Roof-top Patio provides an ideal spot for seasonal dining.
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LC
Manitoba
3 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Very nice Buffet a very beautiful venue. Think the Omelette fell out could have had a little bit more training

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R
Manitoba
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was excellent. Our waiter was very good; attentive and professional. Elegant atmosphere and not noisy. Very nice evening.

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D
Manitoba
5 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fast friendly service, food was prepared accurately,tasted delicious and the portions are generous.

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OT
1 review
Dined on March 28, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

Location is great. Reservations app was easy to use. Staff is polite and professional. Steak bites were misleading. Description made it seem like there would be veggie slaw, like a cold coleslaw type option. Did not thing steak would be deep fried. I would try again

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DS
1 review
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

The ambiance at the Allen is first rate. We loved the historical decor and quiet atmosphere. It was a treat to enjoy catching up with friends without having to compete with loud music. Our server was very friendly and attentive. The bonus is that it's next door to the MTS Centre which makes it a great place for a pre-game dinner.

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DR
Manitoba
4 reviews
Dined on February 19, 2019
Overall 1food 3service 5ambience 1

We booked what we expected to be nice dinner before attending a concert at Bell MTS Place. When reserving a message popped up that only “Tall Tables” we available during the time we picked. No problem we were fine with that. Arrived at Allen‘s and we are seated at table located on the main floor bar. Still no problem as they said the main restaurant was booked for a private function. We were then informed that we’d have to order from the lunch menu. The waitress & hostess we friendly. They checked with the kitchen and we were told we could not order from the restaurant menu. We would have booked elsewhere if we know the restaurant menu was not available.
Kind of sad and disappointing as we were treating my parents to a night out. Well at least “Little Big Town” was Great! Dinner was only sad

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n
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Overall, the restaurant provides excellent food and ambience. The service while sometimes a bit slow (depending on the night) it is always competent, and the servers are always friendly. if you are looking for a nice place to go for a date or a special occasion, look no further.

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OT
Manitoba
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Prime Rib was very good

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OT
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great experience for Valentine’s Day. Will be back!

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OT
Manitoba
4 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Valentine’s

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KM
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 2ambience 4

The service was slow, and the food was too salty and overcooked. We had the mussels as an app, and the Prime Rib and Short Rib Bourguignon as meals. The potatoes and vegetables in both meals were overcooked, and tasteless. I would recommend this as a good place to go for drinks and atmosphere, but not as a serious place to enjoy a good dinner.

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AO
1 review
Dined on February 12, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Jets game so I believe event menu. First time but will be back, would like to try menu on regular lunch/evening. Our server was the best, friendly, professional and very helpful !!

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M
Manitoba
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

We went on a Saturday night and there was only one other couple there. It was pretty quiet. Could have some music. It would probably be better to go on a game night or movie night. Our waiter, Junior ( Omar) was very attentive and polite and took pictures of us. The food was quite good but small portions. I would recommend it.

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LF
Manitoba
1 review
Dined on January 25, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

The Allen Restaurant is located in The Met Entertainment Centre, which used to be the beautiful Metropolitan Theatre in downtown Winnipeg. They have done a wonderful job keeping the beautiful ceiling and a general upscale, classy feel to the venue which is what used to be the balcony area of the theatre, I believe. Huge windows, lovely decor make it a very nice place to have dinner. Our food was very good - there is a nice selection of meals on the menu. I had chicken breast stuffed with local cheddar cheese and my husband had pork medallions which we both enjoyed. My only disappointment was that there was a $2 surcharge to substitute extra vegetables for the starchy side dish choices, which I then declined, but there were not a lot of vegetables on the plate either. Otherwise an enjoyable meal.

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S
Manitoba
5 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 5

Open Table messages me and indicated I didn’t show up for reservation. Our party of 4 arrived right on time. Hurtful...

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OT
Manitoba
7 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 4

The ambiance of the restaurant is amazing! It’s a hidden gem of restores architecture that really deserves a great chef to elevate it to the next level. The food on offer is fine, with no bells and whistles, and the value is very good. I wish they put a great chef in charge and made it a fine dining experience to match the amazing location.

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JR
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 17, 2019
Overall 3food 1service 4ambience 5

The architecture of the room itself was gorgeous. Beautifully restored to its original vintage feel. However the food was unacceptable. Smallest potions for the price , overdone meat, fishy muscles. The wine was good. I would not recommend or return to eat. Just drinks b4 an MTS event.

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DD
Manitoba
4 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 3

Not really impressed overall, meal was not worth the price unfortunately.

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BW
1 review
Dined on December 8, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 4ambience 1

My meal was sent back 3 times due to my steak not being cooked as requested. I was also told I could not pick a potato that it had to be chef’s choice. I did not like any of the choices. I was at the Allen for lunch a couple of weeks ago so I thought I would take my family. Even though my meal was wrong staff never suggested anything else or even a complimentary dessert. For 3 of us, the meal was not worth $130(with no alcohol). As well it was very noisy as there was a large event downstairs. The restaurant was empty but yet staff sat us right by the stairwell. I will never be back for supper. Very disappointed.

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PT
Manitoba
3 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Our server was excellent very attentive. The atmosphere was awesome. Appys were delicious. The AAA new York was a little off but still tasty. 6 of us dined and everyone was satisfied.

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A
Manitoba
7 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

The beautiful décor makes a truly fine dining experience. The staff are very friendly and helpful. The beet salad was very tasty. My wife and I both had the pasta dish. It was beautifully cooked and extremely tasty. We would dine here again as we are interested in trying other dishes on the menu.

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TP
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

Both meals were served cold amd the New York steak was stringy.

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KH
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 1ambience 3

We were guests prior to the Paul McCartney’s concert and the dining staff seem over whelmed. We came early at 530 and sat while tables around us who arrived an hour later had dinner.
Our meals were over done and cold.
We asked for bread while we waited, never came!
We asked for high end scotch .. don’t carry.
I specified that it was my partners birthday and preordered dessert. Never came.
Had to re request.
The only upside to dining at the Met was that it is next door to the mts centre.
Would only ever go for drinks.
I also called the day before to reconfirm as I wanted the evening to be perfect and never got a call back.
Very disappointed

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ML
Manitoba
6 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and great service!

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LF
Manitoba
2 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 4ambience 3

There were 4 of us and only 1 had a meal that was satisfactory. The Prime Rib meal was was free because it was so bad. 2 of us had top sirloin at 34 dollars. One was only 1/2 inch thick and folded over to look thicker. Like a Salisbury steak. Very very disappointed. Won’t recommend and will not go back.

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D
Manitoba
6 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Jack always gives fabulous service with just the right amount of checking in .always a laugh...and a story..he also has given very good advice on what should I have..knows the menu well. Had the French onion soup ...was delicious!!!!

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WB
Manitoba
7 reviews
Dined on August 20, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We picked the rooftop patio for our anniversary celebration because we had never been before and wanted a new patio experience
It was perfect

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BK
1 review
Dined on June 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was my second visit and it was just as awesome as the first. Serving staff are most polite setting the tone for a special meal.

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BP
Manitoba
1 review
Dined on June 21, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

We have been to this restaurant for various occasions and have a fabulous time. The food is fantastic and the service is fabulous. The only thing I would not recommend would be the creme brulee. The first time we had it ... was to die for but unfortunately it has not been consistent and since then it has not been great at all. We have tried various things on the menu and everything else is very flavorful and worth every penny.

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DK
1 review
Dined on June 14, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Our experience is limited to the Allen Restaurant, not the other areas of the Met. We enjoyed the meal very much and under different circumstances may have rated it much better. I had made reservations for 2 for my wife's birthday and when we arrived (6:30) we were the only couple in the room. We remained the only couple for the rest of the meal. The venue was beautiful - elegant - , the service was excellent and the meal was great but the atmosphere suffered greatly because of the lack of patrons.
We both enjoyed a great piece of roast beef. Tender and tasty but a little too well done for our liking. The server had warned us that our preferred "medium rare" would be more medium than rare, another casualty to lack of patrons I expect.
In discussion with the server it seems that the restaurant is busiest when the Bell/MTS complex has a game or concert scheduled.
I would try this restaurant again for the dinner but would ask about the number of other reservations that had been made around the same time.

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KE
Manitoba
7 reviews
Dined on May 13, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

Mothers Day Brunch. Extremely disorganized with reservations. Waited standing almost 25 minutes in the Lobby with 20 other people, many in their 90s with nowhere to sit. Not one chair anywhere. Three staff silently pondered the seating charts and clearly didn’t know what they were doing or what to do. After finally being directed to our table,... The place was nearly empty.... couldn’t believe everyone had to wait that long when there was certainly no shortage of tables. The hostess seating us was unfriendly and when we asked a couple questions about how to order etc. She said she didn’t know and we had to ask the server. We waited a long time for a server to finally arrive and didn’t seem to know much more than the Hostess. She pointed to the buffet and we asked her for decaf coffee. She didn’t during the meal so we had to get up to find out where to get condiments. Never checked to see if she could refill coffees etc. Had to clear our own plates off the table to make room for our desert plates. Certainly didn’t win an award for good service todaybim afraid. Nice ambiance .... but the service and food quality were “ehh”!...

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OT
Manitoba
1 review
Dined on May 13, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 4

Everything was good except the server gave us the wrong bill and rushed us out

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OT
Manitoba
2 reviews
Dined on May 13, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 3

Not enough staff for a Mother’s Day brunch.

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PR
Manitoba
2 reviews
Dined on May 13, 2018
Overall 4food 2service 3ambience 5

Food wasn’t great. Service was slow even though Buffett. Couldn’t order another mimosa when I wanted one

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TT
Manitoba
14 reviews
Dined on May 13, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 1ambience 3

The atmosphere was just OK but unfortunately the service was terrible. The buffet food was barely warm. I wouldn't be in a hurry to go back.

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J
1 review
Dined on May 13, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 1ambience 3

The food was fantastic, however going to a buffet you'd usually expect that once you're done a round or two of plates that the staff would come around and collect them, rather than wait until you have numerous stacks of finished plates and have to ask for them to be removed. Another recommendation would be to have staff come around and fill water, or coffee every now and again. Overall, very weak service, but phenomenal food.

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CA
Manitoba
2 reviews
Dined on May 13, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

The Met has a long-standing history in Winnipeg. It brings a lot of memories back to many Winnipeggers. Love that it has been revived!!

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LW
1 review
Dined on May 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Mother's Day brunch at The Met was fabulous. The food and atmosphere were 5 stars.

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SD
Manitoba
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Absolutely awesome experience at the Met. We went for the home Jets game on a Saturday on the patio. There was 8 of us. Our server was a young man with longer hair. He was so pleasant and a great server despite the shortage of staff they had and how busy it was for the game. The manager was kind enough to hold our table although we were almost 15 minutes late (traffic on game day was insane)! Our table was in the perfect location. Food came out hot and drinks kept us cool in the sun. AMAZING! Absolutely recommend. THANK YOU MET STAFF YOU ROCK!

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JM
1 review
Dined on May 9, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 5

The decor is lovely, the staff friendly and the food good. Where our meal was disappointing was in the dessert - there was an event across the street that evening so I'm sure the Allen anticipated that a larger than usual Wednesday evening dinner crowd was probable. That said, there was only one dessert (out of 3 on the menu) available. Creme brulee or nothing. Fine. We ordered that with coffee. The coffee came right away and went cold while we waited over 40 minutes for dessert to be served. When it finally arrived we had no time - the event we were attending started at 7 and it was now 6:45. Good thing we needed only to cross the street!

I will eat here again, but an explanation would have been appreciated. And snafus such as this need to eliminated or the Allen won't have the reputation it desires.

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