Metropolis Cafe

4.8
1257 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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New England
9 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

If you want excellent food
in a quant non scene restaurant
this is the place in the South End for you

OT
New England
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 3

Food was good. It was a HOT night and the A/C didn’t seem to be working well. I was warm and uncomfortable. I

JS
New England
1 review
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Mikey was an awesome waiter and the food was good as well. We will definitely be back!

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on August 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was delicious and fresh. Our server was knowledgeable and very helpful as she shared a good allergy with one of our party. It really made navigating the menu easy and added to an overall great experience.

OT
New York Area
104 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Enjoyed my meal. Very low key, friendly place with high quality food.

b
New England
15 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Reunion with old out-of-town friends. Our server was delightful and dinner was, as always, perfection!

S
New York Area
22 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service, cozy location, and lots of variety to please vegetarians, carnivores, and fish fans alike. And entrees all include vegetables as well so is a well rounded meal.

OT
New England
1 review
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love this place! Dinner was amazing! We have eaten here for brunch and dinner on multiple occasions. Small enough place to feel intimate and exclusive. The staff are attentive and very friendly. Can be a little loud if you are seated by a larger party but not nearly as bad as some other places we’ve eaten around Boston. The truffle butter with sea salt is fantastic!

MM
San Diego
1 review
Dined on August 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We really enjoyed this restaurant. We had reservations, but it was a slow night so they weren’t necessary. The staff was attentive and the food and drinks were outstanding. We dine out a lot and 5 star reviews have to be earned. They definitely earned them here. Highly recommend!

TF
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This place is such a hidden gem. Don't waste your time on Newbury street at mediocre restaurants when you can go to the South End and find a place like this. The food quality is amazing, they frequently change the menu and use fresh ingredients. The ambiance is also lovely and cozy, perfect for a romantic night out. Great cocktails as well. I highly recommend this place!!!

GM
New England
153 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is one of our favorite places . It’s a small Parisian style restaurant with a small bar . Food is consistently excellent as is the service.

JH
1 review
Dined on July 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food! The service was excellent and the ambience was very nice. Highly recommend. The waiter made a great suggestion for wine to pair with my dish. I cannot wait to go back!

OT
New England
1 review
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Food and service was incredible, but the AC wasn’t really working and that made the overall experience tough. Will try again on a cooler day.

m
New England
13 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Consistently good food every time. A great neighborhood gem!

S
1 review
Dined on July 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Quaint and welcoming European restaurant with delicious food and upscale pricing.

M
New England
39 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our go-to neighborhood restaurant for overall great quaility food and drink, excellent service and cozy venue. We have NEVER been disappointed!

PB
New England
4 reviews
Dined on July 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and service!

OT
New England
2 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Cute little spot in the South End. Food was much heavier than expected...they use a lot of heavy cream and butter in the dishes. We sat at the bar which was nice but the bartender was clearly at the end of his shift and seemed to rush us out, though sort of politely, but also very blatantly. I’ll go back, but I won’t rush there.

C
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful in every way!

BR
New England
9 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was excellent and generous.

S
Salt Lake City
13 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Consistently excellent and creative food. Lovely and comfortable setting. A gem!!!

JB
1 review
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

loved our dinner. And our server. Food and ambience was spot-on and service was stellar. Will be back!

M
New England
9 reviews
Dined on June 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We invited our out of town friends to join us for dinner. They too loved it! Great wine & cocktails, food, and dessert.

JM
New England
2 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always great! Food is consistently good and wait staff is friendly, efficient and accommodating. Nice intimate atmosphere. We love it!

KD
London
11 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Always enjoy a Metropolis evening. Loved old favorites asparagus tartar and fabulous chocolate cake.. we tried scallops and trout for the first time and while we liked them we did not love them.

Mikey as usual was great

JT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My wife and I went in on a Saturday evening and had a really enjoyable meal. We love the Cafe's of Europe and this brought us back. I had the duck and she had the pork and both were good. They had a wonderful Creme Brulee. The service was wonderful and the prices were reasonable for the quality of food. We are already planning on coming back.

GM
New England
49 reviews
Dined on June 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Metropolis is a valued restaurant—it delivers consistently good food with friendly service in a great environment. It never disappoints!

WT
New England
35 reviews
Dined on June 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food, great ambiance, and fabulous waitstaff. Highly recommend!

J
New England
14 reviews
Dined on June 10, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

I love this place. It is one of my old favorites and it never disappoints. Food and drinks are consistently good, it is cozy and the menu changes frequently which keeps it interesting. A testament to the ownership that this restaurant has maintained its reputation and quality over the years.

MK
Pittsburgh
2 reviews
Dined on June 6, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

The only negative was the temperature inside the restaurant was very warm that night. They finally opened the door which helped a bit.

GM
New England
153 reviews
Dined on June 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was excellent as was the service by Ashley !

KF
New England
9 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We really enjoy Metropolis. The menu is great. The food excellent and the service pleasant and timely. We plan to come again soon.

OU
New England
2 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The service and food was exceptional. We will definitely go back.

OT
Denver
1 review
Dined on May 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our pedicab driver grew up in Boston and has lived there his entire life. He suggested eating at Metropolis, and said it was the best restaurant in all of Boston. The “cafe” name understates the amazing, fine food they have there, and of all the meals we had in Boston, Metropolis was by far and away the best. It was also priced very fairly, didn’t have all the tourist crowds that other restaurants had, and will be the first place we eat the next time back to Boston. The ambiance was perfect too for a romantic dinner.

We had a wonderful dinner at Meritage while in Boston, which came highly recommended also, and that meal was much more expensive than Metropolis, and Metropolis had the better food.

In addition to the tasty food, the portions were very large. Come hungry or ready to share!

GM
New England
153 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!

s
New England
68 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.

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

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

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

YT
New England
8 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.

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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