Metropolis Cafe

4.8
1499 Reviews
$30 and under
Mediterranean
A cozy and casual cafe overlooking bustling Tremont Street, in Boston’s Historic South End. Offering our guests fine dining, hospitality and casual dining prices. We serve dinner nightly including a popular neighborhood brunch on Sunday

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
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vipFickleFoodie
New England
8 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

This was the best service we've had at a restaurant since the pandemic hit! The restaurant was busty, but there was no long wait for our reserved table, drinks, appetizers, meals, desert or check. Full appreciation to all the understaffed restaurants and staff that are doing their best, but this was a nice reminder of what it was like pre-pandemic.

Metropolis is one of our favorites - a fun, reliable neighborhood place with a festive but relaxed atmosphere and a great menu. The food this time fell between very good (swordfish, rigatoni w/sausage, cheesecake, molten chocolate cake) and exceptional (tomato bisque, kale salad and brussels sprouts). IMO - no need to sweeten the (still very tasty, rich) rigatoni so much.

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vipSaharA
San Francisco
15 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Consistently delicious! Used to go 1-2x/month, when I lived in the South End years ago. I'd forgotten about the bread w/ olive oil & roasted garlic cloves. The various seasonal preparation of the mussels are always a fave. The chicken is always tender - cooked to perfection. And had to get the warm chocolate cake w/ vanilla ice cream. It was fun to catch one of the last warm days on the sidewalk parklet.

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AlexandraD
New England
5 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Service was a bit slow, but I'll chalk that up to hiring issues. Our server was great, very friendly and helpful in choosing food options.

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vipArthurC
New England
30 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and service were excellent as always. Michaela, Lina ans Mikey are true assets to your establishment

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erniebee
New England
5 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous food, service, and comfortable outdoor dining. One of Bostons undersung gems.

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vipEstelleH
Raleigh
11 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience5

Really really delicious. Amazing wine suggestion from the bar tender.

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vipVWCh
New England
9 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Neighborhood gem

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Jewelrydesigner
New England
41 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My husband, a dear friend and I enjoyed a pre-theater (Lyric Stage) dinner this evening at The Metropolis Cafe. It was our first time eating here, and it definitely won’t be our last!

The food was absolutely terrific. The bread was freshly baked and delicious. Our friend raved about her sriracha-glazed Brussels sprouts starter and spinach-stuffed rainbow trout. My husband and I both started with the sautéed vegetables with green garlic and chermoula, which were fresh, flavorful and perfectly crisp-tender. They were also cut into small pieces, so that every forkful contained a variety of veggies. My husband loved his rigatoni entree, fresh pasta with crumbled, sautéed fennel sausage and a creamy Marsala sauce that balanced and took the edge off the heat from the chili flakes. My burger, which was topped with a generous amount of crisp, applewood smoked bacon, sweet caramelized onions and cheese (the menu says cheddar, but it tasted more like Jarlsberg to me) was the most elevated version of a burger I’ve eaten anywhere. The shoestring fries, while a bit paler than I prefer, were light, crisp and not at all greasy and came with a delightful dipping sauce.

We were able to dine outdoors, which was our preference. Even though the weather was cool, the tall, pyramid shaped outdoor heaters kept us quite comfortable.

Our server was welcoming, attentive, friendly but not intrusive, and efficient, and we were able to finish our meal and walk to the theater with time to spare, and without feeling rushed.

We are looking forward to a return visit soon.

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vipJulieF
Las Vegas
52 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

A neighborhood gem! Great outdoor dining with delicious choices.

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Jess
New England
4 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This magical little place is by far and away the best in the South End. From the service to the food, there is nothing like it in this city.

The Rigatoni so good it should be illegal in 50 states.

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ShariD
1 review
Dined on September 30, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

The restaurant was great in fulfilling our seating requests. The wait staff was excellent. The food was very good, but not outstanding.

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vipDrea
New England
34 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Never disappoints!

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ShariP
1 review
Dined on September 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Gluten free option of the Eggs Benedict was ahhhhmazing!

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vipOpenTable Diner
New England
7 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The chicken and mushroom truffle risotto was fantastic! The ambience is small and quaint and the service warm and welcoming.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Orlando
2 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a favorite.

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Rich
New England
19 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Neighborhood place we visited pre-show at Calderwood Pavilion, Boston Center for the Arts. Nice, simple but varied menu. Friendly, helpful staff with a sense of humor. Brussels sprouts appetizer was delicious. Excellent burger, excellent rigatoni with spicy bolognese style sauce. Efficient, even with a lot of diners, we left with plenty of time for the show. Recommended.

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DavidC
New England
1 review
Dined on September 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Metropolis is like having dinner with an old friend. It's quiet, calm, and exceptional service. The food is flavorful and there's good variety. I'm a vegetarian, so I usually have to ask for something custom. They always help me out. Very delicious!

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uvexpat
New England
2 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We ate outdoors so noise was ambient street. Food was delicious, and we didn't feel "abandoned" by being outside. I have experienced that in other places. Still love this place!

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vipSusanL
New England
4 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was delicious!

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Megan
Charleston
4 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We sat outside and had a lovely dinner. We had the kale salad, mussels, burger, salmon, and truffle fries.

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KevinK
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Actually quite average food, based on this one visit. Nothing special. Service was very polite and responsive to our requests. Presentation of food was on small plates, and could have looked better too.

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nicks
1 review
Dined on September 12, 2021
Overall4food3service4ambience4

The pancakes which is my fav at metropolis was dry and burnt

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vipOpenTable Diner
New England
2 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food!

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vipfifthgroupjunkie1
Little Rock
15 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect little neighbor spot! Best Sat/Sun brunch. Yum....blueberry pancakes. Yum YUM YUM, huevo rancheros!

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Connie
New England
4 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We ate outside and it was a little cool and windy, but we enjoyed our meal. The restaurant is quite small, but it might have been better for us to be inside. The service and food were great!

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vipDM359
New England
24 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Metropolis never, ever disappoints. And on top of the great food, the service is amazing!

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PeterR
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Metropolis was a great dinner date spot in the South End neighborhood! It is fairly casual but has a very nice and friendly vibe. It is a small restaurant with tons of energy. The food was delicious, and although the menu is small there seemed to be something for everybody.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on September 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always, perfect friendly neighborhood joint

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viprobrook
New England
58 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Rock shrimp risotto and pan roasted chicken were excellent entree choices! Love the food and service!

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food and great service. Will definitely be back!

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vipluis56
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Loved the grits. The avocado toast looked great

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KatherineV
1 review
Dined on August 28, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Metropolis is one of our go-to's. The food is always outstanding, the ambiance cozy and fun and the service is great. The menu changes but you really can't go wrong!

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vipKarenK
New England
4 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Metropolis never fails! Charming little place with superb food, excellent and friendly service, and a delightful energy.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious, fresh, creative!

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LaurenL
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Sat on the patio with a friend. He got a cosmo and I got a strawberry margarita. Both were delicious and very alcohol forward. He had the rigatoni. I opted for the appetizer crab cake and brussel sprouts (which were incredible) as a meal. Great portion sizes and the food was excellent. We were too full for dessert, but I will definitely be back.

Their precautions were excellent but the inside space is very small. I would definitely sit inside once covid numbers are back down.

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TheresaI
New England
1 review
Dined on August 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My husband and I have always loved Metropolis and returned to celebrate our 3rd anniversary. We have been taking COVID precautions quite seriously since we have a 17month old son who is yet unable to be vaccinated - Metropolis went above and beyond to confirm outdoor seating and provided adequate spacing, as well as hand sanitizer at each table. Our waitress Isabella was wonderful and surprised us with complimentary champagne to celebrate our anniversary. Being able to safely and comfortably spend time to celebrate and dine as a couple meant the world to us - thank you Metropolis!!!

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vipRitaW
New York Area
59 reviews
Dined on August 20, 2021
Overall4food3service4ambience4

We enjoyed our dinner even though the food was a bit disappointing. The chicken-truffle mushroom risotto started out delicious until we realized it was over-salted. The trout was tasty but a bit overcooked and dry. However, the crab cake appetizer was very good. It's a friendly place with good service and menu variety but the food can be improved.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was delicious and service was great.

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katieg
New England
7 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food - quality, volume and price, and warm, knowledgeable service as always.

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KevinG
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great staff and wonderful ambiance. Food was wonderful.

FAQs

Metropolis Cafe offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (617) 247-2931.

Metropolis Cafe is rated 4.8 stars by 1499 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.