MET Back Bay

4.4
1010 reviews
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$31 to $50
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American
Top Tags:
  • Great for Brunch
  • Good for a Date
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
Located in the heart of Boston's posh Back Bay neighborhood, MET Back Bay occupies an historic 1877 brick townhouse on the corner of Newbury & Dartmouth Streets. It has been meticulously renovated & is modern, elegant & comfortable while paying homage to the classic style & timeless beauty of the building & surrounding neighborhood. MET Back Bay's menu blends new American cooking with contemporary continental cuisine & embraces quintessential New England ingredients.There is an atmosphere of hip sophistication with an unparalleled food experience full of fresh ideas & historic perspective. MET Back Bay provides a complete & varied dining experience. If you're in the mood for a quick, casual bite at the bar or a long, festive & elegant dinner for family & friends or an intimate midnight snack in a romantic corner, you'll find the perfect spot at MET Back Bay.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
American, Steakhouse, Burgers
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Hours of operation
Breakfast: Monday - Friday: 8:00am - 11:00am; Brunch: Saturday and Sunday: 9:00am - 3:00pm; Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:00am - 4:00pm; Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm, Friday & Saturday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm, Sunday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm
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Phone number
(617) 267-0451
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Executive chef
David Daniels
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Newbury Street
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Parking details
Parking available on Newbury, Boylston Street, and surrounding streets.
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Public transit
Green Line T Stop is Copley
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Gift Card
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Fireplace, Full Bar, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 1010 People Are Saying
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83% of people would recommend it to a friend
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4.0Dined a day ago

Food was very good. The skirt steak was a tuff cut but the fish and chips were very good. Service was accommodating but perhaps new to the job. Hostess was welcoming and seated us promptly. Lucky to sit outside because it was very noisy inside

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4.0Dined on July 5, 2018

The food here is really unique and great. It can be a bit heavy, and the staff wasn’t very nice, but always a great spot to eat

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4.0Dined on July 3, 2018

Nice place to take my daughter to lunch even if a little pricey....$64 for shared avocado toast, salad w grilled chicken added and salmon burger, no drinks or dessert. One of my favorite avocado toasts I've add with some burrata and the fluffiest grated parmesan and red chili flakes on top. Enjoyed the light filled dining room with big windows overlooking Newbury Street.

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4.0Dined on June 30, 2018

Good food, good service, table was ready when we arrived! Everyone had a good time!

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5.0Dined on June 26, 2018

Enjoyable business breakfast.

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1.0Dined on June 23, 2018

The food was cold and the glasses and plates dirty

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1.0Dined on June 23, 2018

Incredibly disappointed by the food, wait time, uninformed hostess, and terrible customer service from the manager. I have a severe nut allergy, and am aware that its difficult to eat certain places. So when I was planning on going to brunch, I called ahead of time BEFORE I made a reservation. I asked if there was any restrictions due to my allergy and even specifically gave the waitress an example as she seemed confused as to what I was asking("for example at some places I can't have anything fried or the bread has cross contamination,so there is minimal that I can have") she assured me that all the chefs take allergy training and I would be all set. If I was not able to eat most things on the menu I would have made a reservation at a different brunch spot. So we go, and first, our drinks take forever. Then I order and find out that I can not have any bread products or fried items due to cross contamination-literally exactly what I asked the hostess about. I ask to speak to a manager and Monica is brought over. She seems not concerned and just apologizes and avoids mentioning a way to make it right at all costs and is making excuses, at this point my friend steps in and requests that something is done, which has to go to the general manager. She comes back and says she will comp my "burger" ( a beef patty with a fried egg, bacon,and two slices of lettuce) not my drinks or anything else, and has no sense of them doing wrong or that maybe they will train their hostesses better in the future or anything. Then on top of it I get the food(after too much time has passed), burger cooked decent, but the bacon was trash, all fat, super chewy, and cooked terribly. Our meal(biscuits, 4 drinks, carbonara, comped beef patty) cost $85! Rip off, do not waste your time, they care more about keeping the reservation even when you’ll be forced to very minimal menu options when you specifically try to avoid this situation because it happens so often when you have an allergy!!!

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1.0Dined on June 21, 2018

Terrible experience. Menu was significantly different than advertised online. Food below average and we did not finish. Service was poor. For example, ordered a side item, server appeared not to understand, I found her and asked if she got the side-item order, she said yes, yet it never came. Took so long to receive the check that another employee, perhaps a manager, had to bring our check and take our credit-card payment. Highly overrated. Will not return

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2.0Dined on June 21, 2018

Ordered the Turkey burger and substituted the salad for fries. Burger was like eating cardboard, dry and hard. The salad was never delivered. Waitress disappeared so could not ask about the salad or anything else. Will never go again nor recommend the MET.

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4.0Dined on June 17, 2018

Overall, everyone enjoyed Father's Day dinner at MET Back Bay; however, we just can't get past the service issues. Typically, a few minutes after food is served, a server should return and ask how everything is which did not happen for the appetizer nor the entree course. While the food was absolutely yummy as always, serving spoons were not provided. We had to wait a very long time to flag our server - no one wants double dipping in the lobster cheddar dip or mussels. As always, we were happy we had leftovers; however, at home I was sad to find that the wasabi dip, tarter sauce and coleslaw were not included with my fish and chips - and there was quite a bit of each remaining.
We will be back in spite of the above - the food and ambiance are fantastic! :)
Thank you,
Allison

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4.0Dined on June 17, 2018

Our wait staff was great and the food was delicious. The hostess was not overly customer oriented.

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1.0Dined on June 17, 2018

We have had brunch here and loved it. Excellent food service. First time for dinner. Service was slow and inattentive food was extremely average to poor

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4.0Dined on June 16, 2018

We go to the Met fairly often and have always been pleased with the food and service. outdoor patio is very nice when the weather is good.

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5.0Dined on June 16, 2018

Sat outside. Weather was perfect. Food was excellent. Muscles were the best.

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3.0Dined on June 11, 2018

We dined in the Library area, which tends to be overflow, even though we had made a reservation. The food was good but the service was spotty. There were also a couple of VERY loud parties there, which made conversation hard. I was disappointed that they did not let Open Table know I was there and got a subsequent message that we were 'no shows'. I would not do that.

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4.0Dined on June 8, 2018

A bit over priced but par for the course for Newbury street. The outdoor dining was nice. Good sangria.

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4.0Dined on June 8, 2018

Reliably good menu. Food is fresh and well prepared. Standbys like the Cauliflower app and beet salad app are terrific. Our table of four shared two Green Guru salads and these two apps which was just right. Portions are generous on all plates. Service was slow. The two tiered seating system (one for outside and one for inside) is frustrating. Even though we arrived early for a 12:30 reservation we weren’t told this, waited for other members of our party and then were Re-routed to another host outside. Bottom line is that we lost out on an outside table on a beautiful day. Once inside it was freezing cold and the service was pleasant but slow and inattentive.

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1.0Dined on June 2, 2018

Lousy, poorly prepared and sloppily presented food.
Indifferent service. Could not be bothered to bring me a spoon to stir my coffee.
Playing light rap music during brunch.
Smelly bathroom.
A complete disaster on every level. Fire everyone and start all over.

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5.0Dined on May 30, 2018

Waitress was great on advice on the different meal choice.

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5.0Dined on May 27, 2018

The Bloody Mary bar at brunch is a must! Highly recommend splitting dishes because they are very large!

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4.0Dined on May 20, 2018

We were celebrating college graduation. Our server was knowledgeable and personable.
The ham and cheese board was delicious and large enough for all to share. Dinner portions are small for the $. I thought the sauce on the tuna steak was too heavy but enjoyed our visit.

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1.0Dined on May 20, 2018

Only place we could get last minute. Wish we didn’t . Just not good, was better 5 years ago now it’s just not good. Sorry

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5.0Dined on May 19, 2018

The MET is ALWAYS a favorite; I bring everyone who visits Boston to brunch for the delicious food and Bloody Mary’s. Only negative is how long you wait for the drink, often comes at the same time or after the meal; however, it’s ALWAYS worth the wait. 10/10 would recommend to anyone in or visiting Boston.

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5.0Dined on May 16, 2018

Outstanding service, great food, burgers are excellent for lunch and cooked perfect.

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4.0Dined on May 13, 2018

Mother’s Day brunch, food was great. The service was good had 2 servers working with us. Noice level was moderate based on a fair amount of kids there but tolerable. Overall good experience.

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2.0Dined on May 12, 2018

Our server most definitely forgot about us. It took 20 minutes to get a soda and our food came out way before our bar drinks. The manager stepped in to save our meal and apologized.

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5.0Dined on May 11, 2018

Food was delicious! Carolina was really nice and very attentive. Thank you for a lovely dining experience! We’ll be back!

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5.0Dined on May 5, 2018

We gave my 92 year old grandfather his birthday gift at brunch this day- a framed American flag and his fathers medals from World War I(which was a special gift as my grandfather served in WWII). The manager came over to our table, thanked my grandfather for his and my great grandfathers service to our country and discounted our bill for us as a thank you. It was incredible! Excellent food, and even better service and staff!

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4.0Dined on May 5, 2018

The wine glass was hot which was odd to me. I told the waitress n she said that's how they are.

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2.0Dined on May 2, 2018

The service was horrible. We had to ask 3 times for a glass of wine. The soup was cold and had to be sent back. The burgers were nothing special. I would recommend a pub instead.

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5.0Dined on May 2, 2018

Beautiful space, large inside and great outside eating on Newbury St. . Went for lunch after packing up my son's dorm room and enjoyed the atmosphere, comfort, food and service. I will definitely return on my trips to Boston. Pretty flawless place.

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5.0Dined on April 30, 2018

Good time and great food

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4.0Dined on April 20, 2018

Our favorite go to Boston restaurant. We love the upstairs dining ambiance. For lunch, I love the salads and salmon burger. For dinner, I love the chopped salad, The cauliflower small plate and rice bowls!

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5.0Dined on April 16, 2018

Waiter was fantastic! Great bloody Marys and great food.

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4.0Dined on April 15, 2018

I like to come to Met Back Bay for brunch when out of town friends visit. It has a nice selection and everywhere you sit is different. I’ve never sat in the same area of the restaurant and I enjoy the vibe. The Back Bay location is great to then get out and explore. I love the biscuits! It can get a bit loud and hard to hear people in your party, but that’s my only complaint.

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5.0Dined on April 14, 2018

Went for brunch with a friend. The Bloody Mary bar is super fun! The food was great but a little pricey. I would go back

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4.0Dined on April 14, 2018

The food was good just VERY overpriced.

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5.0Dined on April 14, 2018

Very good food and large portions

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5.0Dined on April 11, 2018

The lettuce wedge was amazing, the mussels delicious

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2.0Dined on April 8, 2018

Very poor presentation of my breakfast for a reportedly upscale Boston restaurant. My $14 pancakes arrived as if they were just slapped onto the plate with butter. That’s it! No garnish. Wish I had taken a photo. The pancakes were good. Mike’s dinner does a better job as does Metropolis for 30% less.
Service was just ok!
Not planning on returning as there are so many better choices in the neighborhood.

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