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Metro Lafayette

4.0
1414 reviews
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$30 and under
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Contemporary American
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  • Neighborhood Gem (1841)
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About

Metro Lafayette has received a prestigious Michelin Guide Recommendation the past six years and is Zagat-rated. Merging urban sophistication with a relaxed suburban attitude, the restaurant offers conscientiously-sourced cuisine in a contemporary setting.

With the largest outdoor garden patio in the East Bay, you'll find diners enjoying our favorable weather year-round. The menu features an eclectic mix of dishes, such as Gnocchi Parisienne with wild mushroom cream; Dungeness Crab Salad on butter lettuce with avocado, grapefruit & citrus vinaigrette; Crispy Duck Confit Spring Rolls with sweet chili-garlic dipping sauce; and Misoyaki Black Cod with crispy rice cake, sauteed spinach and ginger dashi broth. With a raw bar serving oysters and tuna poke, full bar offering artisanal cocktails and 8 beers on tap, small plates, entrees and a late night menu, Metro offers something delicious for all occasions.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Contemporary American, Californian
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Hours of operation
Lunch: Daily 11:00am - 3:30pm
Brunch: Weekends 11:00am - 3:30pm Dinner: Daily 3:30 - 11:00pm
Late Night Menu: 9:00pm - 11:00pm
Bar: Until at least midnight
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Phone number
(925) 284-4422 ext. 3
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Executive chef
Albert Rivera
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
between 1st Street and Moraga Road
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Parking details
Metro is located in the Plaza Center between Moraga Road and First Street, across the parking lot from Whole Foods Market, in between Jackson's Wine and Spirits and Bank of America. Parking is in front of the building on the plaza side.
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Public transit
Lafayette BART is within 10 minutes walking distance
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Special events & promotions
Metro offers four distinct dining areas for special events ranging from 25 to 300 guests. Please call Erika at 925/284-5069 or visit www.metrolafayette.com for more information. Sample special event menus are available on our Private Functions page.

Additional
Banquet, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Fireplace, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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4.0  based on all time ratings
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avery1317 (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on June 17, 2017

It was middle of the day on Saturday so not many patrons. Got there at the perfect time so we could order off the brunch menu at 3:25 or the dinner menu at 3:30.

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vipncalliz (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on June 10, 2017

So much is done well here. The wine list is great making it hard to pick a glass. The brussel sprouts are the best around. I really like the meatball dish too. Delicious! Very friendly, expedient staff too.

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Julie (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on June 9, 2017

The food at Metro is consistent and very good as is the service. The noise level can be daunting unless you eat outside which is a very pleasant experience if the weather is warm.

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OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on June 9, 2017

This is our go-to place! EXCELLENT every time!!!

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vipgoodeatingfortwo (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on June 8, 2017

I was disappointed with my hamburger, I order it medium rare and it was cooked too well, I returned it and the second one was better.

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vipOpenTable Diner (Central Coast)
5.0  Dined on June 7, 2017

The food is always delicious and healthy! The service In my experience has been good. The only negative not just at Metro but many restaurants here in the community is that it's very hard to hear especially for someone with hearing impairment.

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vipfoodiewannabe (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on June 3, 2017

First of all, I need to mention that we were the first customers to arrive there as the restaurant just opened its doors at 11 AM. So we were the only patrons there. So obviously it was quiet and we received very attentive service. We sat right next to the fireplace in the back room. It does look like it has a large bar area as well as another side room. That being said, my husband and I both ordered the spicy bloody Mary. These were excellent. The only things that I would want more in the drink would be olives and a pickled green bean reminiscent of the bloody Mary's in Louisiana. I ordered the spicy tuna poke and my husband ordered the chopped salad and creamy asparagus soup. I ordered avocados as well to be mixed in with the tuna poke. It was delicious. Surprisingly, it was filling as well despite thinking that it may not be enough. Husband said soup was flavorful and very creamy. He has never come across a chopped salad he didn't like.

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OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on May 28, 2017

I T WAS GREAT AS ALWAYS...WE HAD A WONDERFUL TIME! FOOD WAS TERRIFIC!

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vipAllen (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on May 26, 2017

We love it here. We love the outdoor seating and we love all the appetizers.
We make a dinner out of it.

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ACTlover (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on May 26, 2017

Enjoyed lunch with friends. Excellent service. Gets a bit noisy in room with fireplace. Would certainly return.

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Bays (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on May 22, 2017

We asked to be seated where we could have conversation so we were seated indoor next to the patio which proved too warm as the day was hot.

Food good, service OK.

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OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
3.0  Dined on May 21, 2017

Food was very mediocre. We all got something different and nothing was outstanding. Very pricey for what we got. Wine was the only thing good.

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Irrelephance (New York Area)
4.0  Dined on May 14, 2017

Went here for Mother's Day and had a great time. The service could have been more attentive, but the experience was overall great. It's one of the nicer restaurants in the area and very central.

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vipStorm (San Francisco)
2.0  Dined on May 14, 2017

I normally love to dine here......but never again on Mother's Day! It took an hour for our food to arrive, and it seemed as though it was waiter's first day on the job. When I asked to leave the toast off the eggs benedict due to gluten allergy he said " we are not allowed to ask for any modifications today as the kitchen is too busy". Really? Leave the toast off?? Knowing the increased crowd on such a day I would think better advance planning could have avoided this disaster!

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Penguina2 (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on May 14, 2017

I took my mother for Mother's Day. It was extremely busy and noisy. We got a table right away because of reservations. The server was very professional, however it took us about an hour to get our food. Once we recd it, it was extremely tasty.

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Jime (San Francisco)
2.0  Dined on May 14, 2017

Mother's day brunch - we waited for more than an hour for the meal tonarrived. The portions were very small and they didn't taste good. We
Complained with the manager and he didn't know how to react, changed our plates but never came back to check with us. We had to ask the waiter for bread, plates, water... etc.
Not a good experience

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OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
3.0  Dined on May 14, 2017

We were there on Mother's Day. The restaurant was so busy, with so many people standing around waiting to be seated. overall it was very loud and the kitchen was slow because of the crowd. The food, when it arrived, was tasty. I would try it again on a non-holiday occasion. The waiter was very, very pleasant and most attentive.

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MadelineMommy (San Francisco)
3.0  Dined on May 14, 2017

We went to Metro for our Mother's Day Brunch. The food was NOT good and we paid a lot for it. The eggs benedict was served on a piece of toast that could have been a hockey puck. The server was totally distracted by crowd and would forget items or walk away in the middle of a conversation with us. I think this place would do much better during a normal day, but it was not a great experience for Mother's Day.

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OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
1.0  Dined on May 14, 2017

Absolue failure on Mother's Day. 30 minutes to place our order. 45 minutes to get our food. Its cleat that this place is very poorly managed. They have WAY too many tables for their staff and kitchen to handle. Never returning.

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vipOpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
1.0  Dined on May 13, 2017

Astonishingly bad. Poor, rude service from the moment we walked in.

This is the first bad review I've ever written. Wanted to walk out and will certainly never go back.

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donbow (San Francisco)
2.0  Dined on May 13, 2017

After being seated, it took quite a while for the waitress to come to our table but when she did, we ordered everything at the same time. It took them one hour to receive our drinks. Then it took another 15 minutes (total time 1 hr, 15 mins) to receive appetizer, then within 5 mins, we got our entrees. The waitress apologized numerous times and took the drinks off the bill, so that was appreciated. Food was good, but not a great experience. Too many other good restaurants to risk that happening again.

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vipSpud (San Francisco)
3.0  Dined on May 13, 2017

Host never looked up from his screen upon checking in, just said "name."
Caesar salad was your basic; packaged croutons.
Miso-Glazed Black Cod was severely under-seasoned, skin rubbery, not crispy and soba noodles greasy.
The Vanilla Gelato Profiteroles were rather pedestrian, however the Dark Chocolate Truffle Terrine was delicious.
Had not been to Metro Lafayette in many years and had always loved the food, especially the Black Cod. With so many restaurants in Lafayette, I will more than likely try some place new rather than return to Metro Lafayette.

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OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on May 13, 2017

Enjoyed the crab salad with grapefruit and greens - not your typical Louis. The Pot de Creme was spectacular.

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Lunch (San Francisco)
2.0  Dined on May 13, 2017

One of my guests had the salmon hash which she enjoyed. The other guest and I had the Thai Curry salad - didn't taste much curry. Should I return to Metro I would not order this dish again - I have had much tastier versions, larger in size for less money at other restaurants. My guests' comments about the coffee - "this must be the end of the pot - it is strong!" Coffee grounds could be seen swimming in the cup. The coffee was untouched - our server did not inquire as to why. Actually the server rarely came our way, spending most of his time at tables in the patio. The service was so-so at best.

I asked for a quiet table so we could hear each other talk. Initially, our corner table was perfect. Then a party of four was seated right next to us, in spite of the fact that the room was empty except for our table - there were many tables further away without guests. After two rounds of drinks the four at the table next to us began talking and laughing loudly, making it difficult for us to hear each other.

This is a popular restaurant for many locals. I am sorry to say that I am not one of them.

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OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on May 12, 2017

We ordered ostyers on the half shell and the waiter forgot about it when serving our main dish.

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vipBrendaD (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on May 8, 2017

This was my first time eating at this restaurant. The experience was enhanced by the fact that it was a warm day and we were able to dine on the patio, which is delightful. Also, a friend had recommended the crab salad and both I and another member of our party ordered it and were not disappointed! It is pricey, but light and lovely!

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vipOpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on May 7, 2017

Meeting my adult children with new baby for brunch! Very accommodating for the stroller!

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DavidMac (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on May 2, 2017

We visited Metro for an early evening meal on a Tuesday. There was a lot of space. We were able to sit in their very pleasant outside area. The service was as good and friendly as always. The food was also good, although I'm not sure how often (if at all) they change their menu. That's not necessarily a bad thing, of course.

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OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on May 2, 2017

Wonderful patio dining area, nice evening and quiet surroundings

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vipLafayetteFoodie (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on April 29, 2017

This place has been consistently good since opening with a nice seasonal menu, good small plates (not tapas in the Spanish tradition, but good small plates), and great entrees. They changed the wine list recently and added a French Cotes du Rhone that went well with the pan-seared Sea Bass (with delicious fresh spinach and mashed potatoes). We aren't big dessert eaters, but found ourselves ordering - and LOVING - the Meyer Lemon Pudding Cake - light and creamy with organic blueberries - perfect for a summer night. The big draw here is the nice patio with trees and wall ivy, which is nice on a warm Lafayette evening.

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