Metropolis Cafe

4.8
1488 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
What 1488 people are saying
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vipSusanL
New England
3 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was delicious!

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Megan
Charleston
4 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
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 7 days ago
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 7 days ago
Overall4food3service4ambience4

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

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vipOpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
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
23 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.

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RachelP
New England
1 review
Dined on August 15, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

These may have been the best pancakes I ever had - everyone at my table cleared their plate!

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Service
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Music, ambiance, service, and friends to the table next to me were all so fun. They honestly need more servers to bring more fun

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PaulB
1 review
Dined on August 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had the prix fixe menu. Loved everything from the PEI mussels/tomato and watermelon salad apps to the shrimp orecchiette to the mango panna coota dessert. Can’t wait to go back and do it all over again.

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Kelly
1 review
Dined on August 8, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience3

I was happy with my meal, but my mother was disappointed with hers, and I can understand her reasoning. The mussels on the menu and on the restaurant week menu were both very spicy because of the jalapenos, and this ingredient was not listed in the description. They were so spicy that she could not enjoy them or eat them, and the restaurant didn't do anything to accommodate her or try to replace it with something else. The untraditional strawberry cheesecake was also a huge disappointment. It is not a cheesecake by any means. It is a cake. Several members of our group ordered this, and no one was impressed! I was bummed about this meal because I have enjoyed Metropolis in the past and was excited to take my parents to show them, but in the end, I wish we had gone somewhere else.

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vipjbbqt
Atlanta
2 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Risotto is soo delicious - Highly recommend eating there

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OpenTable Diner
New England
2 reviews
Dined on August 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic meal filled with great flavor and wonderful service. We had a later reservation and ended up closing down the place but we were never rushed and had to finish every bite. Will be back!

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vipJuliaF
New England
2 reviews
Dined on August 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Metropolis never disappoints, the food is incredible.

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vipMavrickshah
Baltimore
13 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

One of the most consistently good dining experiences in Boston.
Delicious food, wonderful drinks snd friendly staff

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vipCrossandraO
New England
4 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious! Friendly staff! I cannot say enough about the flavors !! Quaint little gem! Must try!

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patrickd
New England
1 review
Dined on August 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

HUGE fan of Metropolis Cafe. Great food, great service, great ambiance...truly one of my favorite spots to meet up with old friends to reconnect.

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PollyPocket
1 review
Dined on August 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food in a quaint environment.
Patio tables are lovely. Delicious Bloody Mary’s.

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vipsvitlanau
New England
4 reviews
Dined on July 31, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

We were impressed above and beyond by the brunch at Metropolis. The best one we’ve had in a while! We reserved the terrace, and the ambiance was perfect for brunch- sunny, pretty layout and feeling that you’re somewhere in Europe. I ordered a cappuccino which had a lot of fluffy foam as I like it and was balanced in taste, not too bitter or strong (although they only had whole milk, it would be great if they had non-dairy options). For the food I went for cheesy grits and eggs, with eggs poached, and my date was thinking first of pancakes with bacon (smoky stack I believe was the name), but the table next to us convinced him that huevos rancheros that they just got was the way to go, so he got those. And were they right! The best huevos rancheros I tried in Boston, he loved them! They weren’t very traditional, but instead a very delicious and original interpretation. My grits were tasty too, and the chorizo they came with was very good. My eggs were cooked perfectly. We also ordered a side of pancake with caramelized bananas which was also amazing. I got also a glass of grapefruit juice which was good but I had to remind of after the food arrived. The service was friendly and the order was correct. Overall a spectacular experience- we’re looking forward to coming back for brunch and also trying out their dinner!

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vipmamaG
New England
15 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Outstanding food. A bit tight inside but worth the visit.

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CeceliaT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on July 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was great all around. Will be back!

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peterr
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We brought our granddaughter (18) and a friend. They loved it.

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RobinP
San Diego
6 reviews
Dined on July 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had an absolutely fantastic time at dinner!! The service was excellent, the food was delicious, and when it started raining, our waiter quickly moved us inside to the bar for dessert & a final cocktail.

We will be back soon! Please, keep doing what you’re doing! Thank you, Robin

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on July 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was outstanding-there was just 2 of us eating and we still got 3 apps as we didn’t want to pass on the great choices - the mussels were the best in my life- I always order mussels whenever they are on the menu and you will be blown away by the unique tangy flavor and the fabulous bread to dip with- we both got a risotto dish-a chicken and truffle for my partner and I got the rock shrimp risotto-I’m just blown away by the flavor
I’m chomping at the bit to run back here again and again!

I kid you not-they will knock your socks off here!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on July 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Wonderful experience; great spot!

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 1488 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.