Metropolis Cafe

4.8
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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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4.8based on recent ratings
4.8
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4.8
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OT
New England
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service. Best of the Aquitaine group.

j
New England
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place

CD
New England
10 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love this place! Been going forever and it never disappoints.

C
New England
20 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Warm and friendly atmosphere with a small but varied menu. Always glad to have several tasty and inventive vegetarian options. Signature cocktails are good although wish there were a few more from which to choose.

OT
New England
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service and food are always excellent!

I
New England
27 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I've been going to Metropolis since they first opened almost 25 years ago (!), but I haven't been in a couple of years as I've been trying out many of the new restaurants that have popped up all over the area (with varying results). I must say that Metropolis is even better than I remember, and is a true neighborhood gem that does everything perfectly. The intimate setting, the buzz of the crowd, the warm lighting, the friendly greeting and excellent service, the reasonably-priced menu and wine list...all adds up to a perfect evening without trying to be over-the-top in any particular area. Metropolis will certainly be at the top of my list for the coming months, as they have such wonderful cold weather dishes such as braised beef, various risottos, duck breast, and the famous rigatoni, which I believe has been on the menu since day one. Congrats for keeping to your roots and providing a perfect evening out without breaking the bank.

s
New England
309 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Excellent meal as usual. Been here many times; rarely disappoints. Food was excellent; service very good ( salad, bisque, rigatoni, seafood special ). Hostess was as gracious as usual and adds to positive vibe

OT
New England
11 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Spectacular service

MC
New England
2 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Normally a busy little place, but we were fortunate to find it cozy and quiet on Tuesday at 6.
Great service! I ordered the "wrong" wine and it was easily replaced with a wine that the server suggested. I should have followed her suggestion from the start.

DM
New England
20 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food is always great. Staff is excellent and the room is cozy and welcoming.

M
New England
34 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Delightful, cozy room with low-key conversations at each table. Warm welcome from all the staff, and table was ready at reservation time. Started with drinks and pumpkin corn bread served warm in a small skillet. We think half the restaurant was regulars from the neighborhood. Loved my veal scallopine with layered potato gratin. My partner enjoyed rigatoni with sausage. Fresh ingredients well-served. Polenta cake with pears and ginger ice cream was ok. Will definitely return.

MM
New England
29 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of my absolute favorites in SoEnd. Cauliflower gratin side and rigatoni are two of my favorites. You can’t go wrong with this neighborhood gem.

LF
1 review
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Metropolis Cafe is exactly what a "real" cafe should be. Small and intimate with an interesting wine list and always delicious food. I eat there often and have never been disappointed.

MG
New England
4 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was my boyfriend’s birthday

2
New England
19 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great evening of dining at this small SouthEnd restaurant.
Food was delicious but as a gluten free patron our server was not outwardly accommodating.

SS
New England
16 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Exceptional across the board.

PT
1 review
Dined on October 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We both thoroughly enjoyed our dining experience at Metropolis. The ambiance was quiet (we eat early) and relaxing. Service was prompt and the server was very knowledgeable about the menu items. The food was delicious and beautifully seasoned. My wife had the scallops and I had the cod special. We both highly recommend both meals.

PW
New England
9 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Good service. Good food. Convenient naeighborhood location.

OT
1 review
Dined on October 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Post-wedding dinner with two dear friends. Really lovely night. They loved everything. One of my favorite spots in the city.

DD
New England
1 review
Dined on October 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went here for my anniversary with my fiance, the staff was really nice and informative about the menu. The food was unbelievable tasty and full of flavor, we didn't leave a lick of food on our plates. The wine was affordable and great variety of choices. Would definitely recommend this place for sure. We will be back!

C
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience4

I'll start by saying I think it is a little outrageous that they charge over $4 for butter to add to your bread. We were 2 people. I ordered the shrimp and pork risotto which was very soupy; not at all the texture I would expect or want with a risotto. I ended up eating the proteins and basically leaving the overcooked rice untouched. Other diner ate a fish dish, which he seemed to enjoy. We shared a dessert, the creme brulee which was OK. Overall, we liked the drinks, the ambiance, and the service but the food was underwhelming for the price.

J
New England
57 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This place is so charming. It feels like you are in Paris and it is kind of a romantic place. The food is fantastic. It’s a small place and your food comes out piping hot And the service is excellent as a result. I love this place.

PO
New England
17 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Food and servers great
Theatre “crowd” presence drove them to be a little pushy all around in terms of rush effect
Best to go, if possible, on nights when no shows running nearby

GL
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Welcoming atmosphere. Delicious cocktails. Wide-ranging menu with a prix fixe option. Get you out in good time for the theatre! Friendly service. Desserts sometimes almost too large! We go there again and again because it’s a comfortable experience and close to the Calderwood Pavillion.

D
New England
18 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2019
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Charming little spot. The booths are very tight or cozy depending on your girth. The prix fix menus befor 6:30 is a great value. Service seemed in one case was a bit unfriendly but they might have been having a bad day and all others were delightful. Menus was interesting and well prepared.

OT
New England
1 review
Dined on September 18, 2019
Overall4food3service4ambience4

My cocktail was delicious, bread was good too. Food was fine.

OT
New England
1 review
Dined on September 18, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience4

I was really excited about the food but everything I ordered was cooked in a less than exceptional way. I was disappointed.

OT
New England
3 reviews
Dined on September 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Always good food and service

AC
New England
24 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

LOVE Metropolis.

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RS
New England
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Superb evening out! Everything was terrific but the sriracha Brussels sprouts app is stellar. Order two!

OT
New England
1 review
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always amazing and super delicious with a wonderful staff!

F
New England
72 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best duck I’ve ever had. You have to try the brussel sprouts!

CD
New England
2 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Just another wonderful meal at Metropolis! We had Ashley as our server, smart, personable, friendly, and informative. We ordered several appetizers and the scallop entree. All were delicious. It was a wonderful evening!

JB
New England
11 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Always great food and service. Our waiter, Mikey, was excellent; not in your face but appropriately attentive. Smaller restaurant so very comfortable feeling. One of our favorites.

OT
New England
1 review
Dined on September 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was great!

AF
1 review
Dined on August 28, 2019
Overall2food1service4ambience3

Would not recommend to anyone. The only thing that made up for how poor the food was was our fabulous server. The food was almost inedible, the only good part of our meal was the truffle sea salt butter. Especially for that area, there’s SUCH better options in restaurants.

F
New England
3 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Shared dinner and conversation with family from Arizona... food was delicious and we never felt rushed. Although we had requested a booth.. keep in mind it can feel a little “tight” especially if you are not on the small side.

KO
New England
9 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

The food was spectacular. Really really delicious flavors and fresh seasonal ingredients. Definitely plan on returning.

T
Indiana
5 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We visited for the first time for the Dine Out Boston. The prix fix menu was outstanding. I had the flatbread for the app, pork chop for the main and bread pudding for dessert. All were excellent. The wait staff was highly attentive and let us dine at our leisure. Only downside is they didn't have our first selection of wine. Overall it was a great experience and we'll be back.

MC
New England
4 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great price fixe menu during Boston eat out week!