Metropolis Cafe

4.8
1222 reviews
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$30 and under
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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 both Saturday and Sunday.
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GM
New England
147 reviews
Dined on May 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food and service were excellent! This is a small bistro still restaurant with excellent food and service . We will be back soon!

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New England
65 reviews
Dined on May 16, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

I was relieved to have a great experience at metropolis because the last time i was there, the service and food were both good, but well below the previous times i had been there. This time, the service was great and the special dish--a pasta with seafood--was terrific. I think the kitchen does get overwhelmed sometimes, so try to go at less busy times.

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OT
New England
4 reviews
Dined on May 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service. Friendly staff. Quiet yet chique ambience. Prixe fixe menu was great and also great value

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M
New England
7 reviews
Dined on May 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Neighborhood gem. Great food & staff. Everything on the menu is great.

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YT
New England
6 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

I had the three-course prix fixe, with the wedge salad, rainbow trout and blueberry ricotta cake. If ordered a la carte, it would be $46, but it's offered at just under $30. Not only is it a great value, but everything tasted wonderful. The only downside was that with 5 people to two fairly small tables it was a bit tight. Still, it is highly recommended. We'll definitely return to order other items on the menu.

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OT
1 review
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great neighborhood spot you'll want to come back to!

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K
New England
7 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Metropolis is always a wonderful experience, the knowledge. And the wonderful food always make it a great evening!

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m
New England
18 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great good. Would definitely go back. My black bass was outstanding. The mussels were huge and the sauce delicious.

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JL
New England
43 reviews
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

A very regular go-to favorite. The best veal scallopini in town. The best brussel sprouts anywhere. Terrific bread and garlic-laced olive oil. Unpretentious neighborhood bistro, friendly service. The only possible improvement - a small selection of dry sherry and Lillet.

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DW
1 review
Dined on May 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous meal at a restaurant that feels "local". Nice assortment of European-inspired dishes (I had the veal medallions - delicious) and a really good list of wines by the glass (I had a Gruner Veltliner). Excellent service, too.

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KF
New England
4 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Four of us enjoyed the Prix Fix menu and everything was so delicious. Our waiter was great and the noise level was such that we could converse easily but the place sounded happily full of contented diners.

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M
New England
23 reviews
Dined on April 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A true South End neighborhood gem!

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S
Salt Lake City
8 reviews
Dined on April 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic! Delicious and nutritious options, great portion sizes. Gracious service. Comfortable environment. Consistently a favorite.

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B
New England
60 reviews
Dined on April 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Duck Trio was fabulous.

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A
New England
1 review
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding service, delicious food and great value. Quaint atmosphere. Perfect spot for any occasion !

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HW
Charleston
7 reviews
Dined on April 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

everything delicious from start to finish, lots of attention put in each dish-

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K
1 review
Dined on April 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing restaurant! What a great find in the South End.

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AC
New England
20 reviews
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service. Michaela, Ashley always deliver excellent customer service.

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DK
New England
10 reviews
Dined on April 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always delicious and welcoming. Great new spring menu.

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RL
New England
1 review
Dined on April 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is my go-to for a Boston small-group-of-friends brunch or dinner. The food is always delicious. The wine selection on point (spring for their Sancerre if you can), and the mixed beverages are limited but super tasty. The entry way is small and abrupt, the booths and tables on the smaller side, so if you're a wide-framed person, be prepared. Dining at the bar is a lovely option. The wait staff are super knowledgeable. Overall, not an overwhelming number of options, but everyone who dines with you will find something they like. For Brunch, try the BBH.

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h
New England
32 reviews
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As usual, an outstanding overall experience

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GM
New England
148 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

If you want to explore a true French restaurant, this is it . From the salad to the desert everything was excellent , especially our server Ashley . We will be back soon.

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m
New England
5 reviews
Dined on April 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Intimate bistro style restaurant, with excellent service and delicious food

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OT
1 review
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved this spot! We had a group of 6 and decided to do family style dining and order a bit of everything. Every single dish was delicious, but the risotto was a crowd favorite. Really cool ambiance to the place, excellent spot for a date night (although hopefully you don’t get stuck next to a table of 6 that has the wine flowing like us ;))

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OT
1 review
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Anniversary

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JP
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A really nice meal. The place is very cute and nicely decorated. Very good service. Cute neighborhood to stroll before or after dinner. We would definitely return.

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JL
New England
44 reviews
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Still my favorite restaurant. I'm never disappointed. Their veal scallopini with capers is the absolute best anywhere.

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F
New England
3 reviews
Dined on March 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always great service. Delicious appetizers and entrees. Ambiance reminiscent of being in French cafe. Look forward to going back.

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BO
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on March 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We had the prix fixe menu and between the four of us, tried all of the offerings. Everything was delicious.

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AP
New England
7 reviews
Dined on March 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great and friendly service and delicious food! Can't wait to go back!

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JK
New England
3 reviews
Dined on March 17, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

We both got the prix fixe menus, and that was a very good deal. Some of those choices were outstanding (the salad, soup, salmon and the cake), and others were fine. Service was very friendly but could have been a bit faster. We needed to remind the waiter one time that we had asked for more ice. Ambience and noise level quite fine.

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HS
New England
22 reviews
Dined on March 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Great, reasonably priced restaurant. A great place to go before a show at the Caldwell center in Boston.

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v
Minneapolis
5 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Great wine selection, our appetizers were great, my husband’s ribs were great, the trout was a bit underwhelming. Great dessert. Our main complaint was the tiny tables and sitting space.

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CS
New England
11 reviews
Dined on March 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

First time and everything was terrific. We all loved our entrees...excellent service and cozy ambience on a cold Boston evening.

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HD
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Metropolis Cafe was a wonderful spot! We started with bread and fresh hummus with a bowl of cauliflower soup. I am a vegetarian so I was very impressed with the veggie friendly offerings. For entrees I had the butternut squash risotto and my boyfriend had the short rib. Both entrees were excellent and very well prepared. We were too stuffed after those two courses to try their dessert menu. Cocktails were delicious as well as a great wine selection. Also important to note that the prices were extremely reasonable for the area and the portion size.

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KL
New England
1 review
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

But only to a very good friend. I don't want Metropolis to get so crowded we can't get a table on somewhat short notice. Micaela is a magician, and our favorite server outstanding!

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OT
New England
29 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

The Brussels Sprouts appetizer as well as the rigatoni entree were plate licking excellent. The cauliflower chowder not so much, it was served room temperature and didn’t have much flavor.

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MS
New England
166 reviews
Dined on March 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

this was a remarkably busy night -- Sunday at 5:30 PM -- with a dine-in Boston menu for $33 apiece that was well-chosen and quite good. The wait staff was pretty busy and initial service was very slow -- but then things got going. This is a fun neighborhood-type place which we always enjoy coming to.

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AC
New England
20 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent as always.

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MJ
New England
54 reviews
Dined on February 24, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

My husband and I went to Metropolis after a matinee at the Lyric Stage. Metropolis has a varied vegetarian, seafood, and meat eaters menu that appeals to both of us. Metropolis also has a decent list of wines by the glass. It’s a small space so you do feel a bit cramped, or you can decide to feel cozy and intimate instead. The service was attentive, and the food was extremely good. The duck breast was rare and also tender. The beet and pear salad was wonderful and the cauliflower chowder was complex. We will be back.

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