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About Metropolis Cafe

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.

584 Tremont Street
Boston, MA 02118
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Mediterranean

Hours of Operation:
Brunch:
Saturday - Sunday: 9:00am -3:00pm



Dinner:
Sunday - Wednesday: 5:30pm - 10:00pm
Thursday - Saturday: 5:30pm - 11:00pm

Cross Street:
Between Clarendon St.and Dartmouth St.

Dress Code:
Smart Casual

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(617) 247-2931

Website:
http://www.metropolisboston.com/

Parking Details:
Valet service is available.

Public Transit:
Bus stops near our front door at 584 Tremont Street
Green Line T stops, Back Bay and Copley
Silver Line on Washington Street

Executive Chef:
Bill Nurse

Additional:
Bar Dining, Beer, Cafe, Counter Seating, Non-Smoking, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wine

Special Events & Promotions:
Restaurant is available LUNCH starting at $15/person and DINNER starting at $25/person for semi-private dining, or private dining for groups of 10 to 40 people (both prices exclude alcoholic beverages, tax and tip).

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Metropolis Cafe Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

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food

4.6

service

4.6

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4.5

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4.4

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Moderate

100% would recommend it to a friend

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Good for Anniversaries (7)
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Bar Seating (5)
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·Dined on August 15, 2017

My partner and I love it at Metropolis! It's our favorite restaurant in the South End!

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on August 15, 2017

Excellent place to visit. Our small group had a great time.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Seasonal
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 (Atlantic City)·Dined on August 10, 2017

Outstanding meal. From Philadelphia, but make sure to dine at this restaurant every time we are in Boston. It never disappoints.

Tags: Fit for Foodies
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on August 9, 2017

Went before going to theater. Service was very accommodating of our schedule, friendly and fast. The food was very good. We were able squeeze in both entree and dessert in just 1 1/4 hours and could probably had an app too!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Pre/post Theatre
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 (New England)·Dined on August 8, 2017

Fun atmosphere. Went for Dine Out and will definitely come back another time to try the regular menu.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Good Vegetarian Options, Casual
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 (New England)·Dined on August 6, 2017

I have eaten at Metropolis several times, and this time did not live up to previous visits. The risotto was overly salted and peppered. Service was okay but not stellar. The (expensive) bottle of wine was not decanted (as it needed) or poured for us (we were left to our own devices). This continues to be a favorite restaurant, but a little less likely to go for special occasion after this visit.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Authentic
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food3
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·Dined on August 5, 2017

Metropolis was amazing! I just moved down to the city and took my mom out to dinner as a thank you for helping me move. The wine was great and not too overly priced and the food, oh man, the food, SO GOOD. Everything was delicious and exactly as described. Would 100% go back again.

Tags: Seasonal, Special Occasion, Cozy, Romantic, Worth the Drive, Good for a Date, Great for Brunch, Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries, Quiet Conversation, Bar Seating, Tasting Menu, Notable Wine List, Neighborhood Gem, Handcrafted Cocktails
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on August 2, 2017

Excellent food and service. I wanted to order everything on the menu! We also had a very nice bottle of Cotes du Rhone. Coffee creme brule was just ok though; the flavor didn't seem very distinctive.

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on July 24, 2017

I live in the neighborhood, and I find myself going to Metropolis more and more for great food at an unpretentious spot with gracious service. They have not signed on to the tapas craze, so you can get your own meal and don't have to worry about sharing tiny, expensive plates. The food is simple, but really well-cooked. Mussels are always juicy, half chicken is always crispy on the outside, salmon is never overdone. There are a lot of great places in the South End, and Metropolis may be overlooked because it's not brand new, but I'm becoming a regular.

Tags: Paleo Friendly, Healthy, Cozy, Comfort Food, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on July 14, 2017

Everything we had was outstanding. The asparagus tartare is a must have!

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 (New York Area)·Dined on July 14, 2017

Imaginative, tasty with a Continental flair. It's small, so there aren't a lot of private spots, but it's a friendly atmosphere.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Healthy, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion
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 (New England)·Dined on July 14, 2017

One of my favorite restaurants in Boston!

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 (Miami)·Dined on July 8, 2017

Rigatoni, Scallops, and Chicken were all excellent and unique. Staff was welcoming and helpful. A fun place with great food

Tags: Authentic, Hot Spot, Casual, Creative Cuisine
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 (Adelaide / SA)·Dined on July 6, 2017

Food was absolutely delicious. I only wish the portions were larger. None of us left with full stomachs.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on July 1, 2017

We had a very enjoyable dinner last night. Attentive service without being cloying--our server, the front of the house manager, and the other servers clearing plates, refilling water glasses, and glancing over to see if everything was fine. Delicious food--my wife's asparagus tartare was outstanding, as was my tomato and melon salad. She thoroughly enjoyed her salmon, and my duck was served magret style, common in France, not so much in the U.S., and very good. Dessert for me was a coffee creme brulee, with champagne sorbet for my much better half.
We have had good luck with the Aquitane group, which owns several other restaurants in the South End. Metropolis was a great pre-theater choice.

Tags: Seasonal, Pre/post Theatre, Good for a Date
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 (New England)·Dined on July 1, 2017

Very small and somewhat cramped, this place offers a very interesting menu at a price reasonable for its location--Boston's South End.

I find the way the cook combines flavors and ingredients to be inventive and mostly successful. While lacking the ambiance of the South End's pricier joints, this restaurant is definitely worth checking out for the quality of its food.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Pre/post Theatre
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 (New England)·Dined on June 23, 2017

Are waitress could not have been more helpful and pleasant.

Tags: Good for a Date, Tasting Menu
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 (New York Area)·Dined on June 18, 2017

This is our favorite Boston restaurant! Food is fabulous, lots of vegetables to pair with meat or eat in their own. Going back until I have eaten everything on the menu!!

Tags: Authentic, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, Cozy, Good for Birthdays, Worth the Drive, Healthy, Neighborhood Gem, Comfort Food, Fit for Foodies, Good Vegetarian Options, Good for Anniversaries
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 (New York Area)·Dined on June 17, 2017

I am from out of town. It was my third time to go to Metropolis. The food is excellent and the ambiance are excellent. I will go back again.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies, Local Ingredients, Creative Cuisine, Casual
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 (New England)·Dined on June 10, 2017

A small restaurant where customers and food get there due attention without any pretense. Food spans French and Italian influences and is creative but comfortable. A neighborhood gen but also worthy of date night--it feels special without destroying your credit card.

Tags: Authentic, Fit for Foodies, Bar Seating, Local Ingredients, Good for a Date, Cozy, Seasonal, Pre/post Theatre, Neighborhood Gem
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 (New England)·Dined on June 10, 2017

Everyone enjoyed his/her meal. Best pre theater meal we have had.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Pre/post Theatre, Creative Cuisine
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on June 9, 2017

I've eaten at Metropolis several times always introducing new people to it. The food is consistently delicious.

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies
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 (Houston)·Dined on June 3, 2017

Such a beautiful ambiance. The service was great and the food was excellent!!!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Worth the Drive, Good for Anniversaries, Notable Wine List
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 (New England)·Dined on June 2, 2017

Metropolis Cafe never misses. I dine there several times a year prior to theater and on special occasions. I once took a table of 10 and we almost overwhelmed the staff and kitchen, so I would not recommend it for a group of more than 6 or 8. Their risottos are massively good.

Tags: Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Business Meals, Neighborhood Gem, Worth the Drive, Good Vegetarian Options
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on June 1, 2017

We chose this for our first night in Boston, and a place to enjoy with a friend. I was very happy with the food, and found all of it very tasty. The wines we had all went down smoothly. No complaints. It's not the high end, as are many of our restaurants when traveling, but it's a fun place, with wonderful and innovative food, and a gritty, energetic ambiance.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Casual, Fun
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 (New England)·Dined on May 28, 2017

One of my go-to places. Tonight we got the kale and brussels salad which was delicious and I ordered a pasta special with fiddleheads, mushrooms and truffles. It was exceptional! Never disappointed by this place. I also love that it is cosy and never too noisy to hear people at your own table.

Tags: Casual, Neighborhood Gem, Bar Seating, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies
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 (Des Moines)·Dined on May 27, 2017

food is very tasty with interesting but not strange sauces. Presented nicely. Attentive servers. Like being out of the tourist district. Will go back next time we are in Boston.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Neighborhood Gem, Local Ingredients, Casual
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 (New England)·Dined on May 26, 2017

Four of us had an excellent meal before going to Calderwood. The soft-shell crab appetizer and the duck were especially good. Desserts are interesting and varied to meet all tastes.

Tags: Bar Seating, Handcrafted Cocktails, Fun, Cozy
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 (New England)·Dined on May 26, 2017

We've been to Metropolis often in the past, but - for no special reason - hadn't been there in the last few years. We were happy, on this visit, to find it as special as we'd remembered. Small place, not frenetic, great food with many vegetarian options. Very handy to the South End theatre district (Boston Center for the Arts, Huntington/Calderwood stage).

Tags: Casual, Great Beer, Fit for Foodies, Good Vegetarian Options, Handcrafted Cocktails, Pre/post Theatre, Cozy, Comfort Food
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 (New England)·Dined on May 22, 2017

This small but charming room has a very European feel. The menu is on the small side, and one of my dining partners said that none of the apps appealed to him, which is pretty unusual. The Sriracha brussels sprouts were great, but the sauce was actually a tiny bit sweet rather than spicy. Delicious, but not quite as described, I guess. Two of us got a rabbit pappardelle special, but while the server listed fiddlehead ferns as one of the ingredients, I didn't see or taste them. The rabbit was tender (shredded, kind of ragu-like), but the dish overall was salty. Portion sizes were nice, and the prices were reasonable. Nice if you're in the neighborhood, but I wouldn't rush back.

Tags: Cozy, Casual, Bar Seating
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 (New England)·Dined on May 21, 2017

Had a very good experience. Wait staff was courteous and friendly, didn't have to wait long for our food. Would recommend to a friend.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Comfort Food, Bar Seating, Neighborhood Gem, Fun, Fit for Foodies
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 (New England)·Dined on May 20, 2017

Absolutely recommend the sriracha brussel sprouts!

Tags: Bar Seating, Good for a Date, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Special Occasion
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on May 19, 2017

4 of us ate there for 65th birthday. Energetic, fun atmosphere. Delicious crispy fish, great salad. Strawberry rhubarb pie not so great, but chocolate cake delicious.

Tags: Afternoon Coffee, Notable Wine List, Pre/post Theatre, Sunday Lunch, Good for a Date, Fun, Good for Anniversaries
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on May 13, 2017

Second time to Metropolis, same great experience. Awesome food, great service. We'll go back again!

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vip
 (New England)·Dined on May 7, 2017

I always like Metropolis, but the night we visited they were playing very noisy, loud music, not relaxing at all. I would write this off to my age, but my daughters are in their 20s and also commented on the inappropriate music.

Tags: Cozy
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 (New England)·Dined on May 4, 2017

Amazing food, service, and atmosphere. Highly recommend, reservations help as this place gets very busy.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Neighborhood Gem, Cozy, Fun, Hot Spot, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on May 3, 2017

Excellent food in a pretty tight environment. Service was a bit slow, but server had excellent recommendations. Noise level was OK that night for a business meal, but when the restaurant is full it can be noisy. This was my third or fourth visit, and I will be going back.

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 (New England)·Dined on April 29, 2017

This was our 2nd visit in 2 weeks..1 before theatre and a 2 nd to celebrate a special anniversary for friends.

Both visits were outstanding. Great food and wine, excellent service and an overall wonderful experience😀

Tags: Good for Anniversaries
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 (New England)·Dined on April 25, 2017

A South End neighborhood gem - delicious food, friendly service, all in a cozy, comfortable, family atmosphere. Metropolis is also great for breakfast or brunch on Sundays! Clearly one of our go-to favorites.

Tags: Fun, Authentic, Great for Brunch, Good for a Date, Casual, Bar Seating, Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on April 24, 2017

Delicious and creative food. Nice ambiance. Food that is suitable for vegetarians is on menu. I look forward to going here again!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups
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