Metropole @ 21c Museum Hotel

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Metropole offers a renewed vision of New American cuisine. Led by executive chef David Kelsey, the menu focuses on the joy of nourishing food with a contemporary take on old world techniques. Metropole highlights a diverse offering that utilizes global techniques mixed with the culinary traditions found through the Ohio Valley. Metropole’s ever-changing menu showcases the area’s sustainable farmers and producers while paying homage to the full potential of often undervalued ingredients. The bar and lounge are inviting places to explore the rotating selection of craft beers on tap, house-made cocktails, bourbons, and a smart selection of old and new world wines.
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Cincinnati
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

BLINK...Anniversary...Birthday

FN
Washington DC
75 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fun evening with friends. Service, food & atmosphere was fantastic. Our waiter had a great knowledge of wine & was very helpful the whole time.

DB
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

I took my boyfriend for his birthday, during Blink. I couldn’t have picked a better place ❤️❤️❤️Food was grewat and they treated us perfectly. Thanks

m
Cincinnati
20 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

The food is good and the service is friendly. The ambiance of the restaurant is excellent. The location across the street from the theater makes it perfect for a pre-show dinner.

LO
Cincinnati
2 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Drinks, food and staff were great!
Nice place and I can’t wait to go back.

MW
1 review
Dined on October 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our waiter was WONDERFUL. Very helpful and informative. Food was DELICIOUS and recommendations were spot on. Yellow Penguins were a cute touch.

D
Cincinnati
9 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 5ambience 4

Horrible late delivery of food from the kitchen. We made reservations, we're on time, informed waiter of performance plans. Huge kitchen delays. Very disappointed. Not waiter’s fault. Bottom line: it was difficult to enjoy the delicious food when it arrived because we lacked time before the performance at Aroniff in our purchased box seats.

AC
Cincinnati
5 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a great birthday dinner for my wife. Mondays can be hard to find a good restaurant that is open, so this was a great find. Fanatic service. My wife has an egg allergy and the staff was very helpful in that regard. The food was fantastic and the cocktails were very well done. The 21c is a great experience with amazing art and excellent dining.

OT
Cincinnati
4 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Becoming our favorite downtown restaurant. Excellent food, service, ambiance, & location. Unique menu that is constantly evolving. Never ordered something we didn't enjoy thoroughly. And the lemon cotton candy is always a welcome finale 🙂.

OT
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great dinner! Service was awesome and food was great

NB
1 review
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

I like the roof top bar... but service is a tiny bit slow.... granted they were slamming busy for restaurant week

KW
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 3

Unfortunately there was a mixup in the kitchen and we waited an hour before we received our entrees. By that time we had to leave for a show at the Aronoff. However the manager was most gracious and apologetic and comped our meal. We will definitely give it another try

PC
Cincinnati
7 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of the top ten burgers we've ever had! Worth the drive.

GL
Palm Springs
1 review
Dined on September 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The restaurant is wonderful and the hotel is absolutely awesome. I can not say enough about how much my husband and I enjoyed ourselves.

c
Cincinnati
313 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

An eclectic place that is great for pre-show dinners with a smallish menu. It would be great if there were evening specials.

OT
Dallas
1 review
Dined on September 24, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

We went to Metropole for an early dinner before a show at the Theatre. It’s difficult to fault the service, but it took a 45+ minutes to get our entrees after ordering. The wait for the entrees causes us to rush, when we thought a 6:15 reservation would allow plenty of time to order, enjoy our meal and pay prior to going to the show.

This is the first time I have experienced that type of wait at Metropole, so it was disappointing compared to previous experiences.

It was nice that the server and staff recognized the long wait for our food, but that did not do much in the way of expediting our orders.

OT
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 5ambience 5

Love the place good food good help

F
Cincinnati
45 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 3

We are usually huge fans of Metropole, but this was not a great experience. Service was extremely slow with our server more focused on other duties than attending to paying customers. Second, our burger was over cooked; our server never came to ask how our food was. We had to flag the manager down to get it redone. The server never even acknowledged that we had to send food back.

Hopefully this was a one off experience

OT
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had outstanding service! The host and server (Olivia) went above and beyond to make our experience extra special. My shrimp and toast were delicious and the peach cream dessert was unbelievable! Looking forward to going back soon!

MM
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 4ambience 5

The new chef has produced a mundane menu and the food is not very good at all.

OT
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was great

NK
Chicago
26 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went to Metropole for dinner before a show at the Aronoff. The menu had many great options but three of us settled on the Metropole Burger. It was fantastic! And one person had the Red Fish and it was also great. Best of all our server made sure that we were not rushed but did keep us on track so we got to the show on time. I also have to mention the Smoked Butter and the Cotton Candy were great touches.

Great place!!!!!!

E
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on September 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and great service! Atmosphere was also very nice. Our server Dave was awesome!

PR
Cincinnati
3 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 4

Our food was wonderful. However the service was poor. Our drinks were brought in a timely manner, and the serving of salads was fine also. However, we waited 20-30 minutes after our salads to get our entrees. We even had to look for our server to alert her of the delay. When the entrees were finally served, we were told that they had been ready for awhile and were set aside. One person had to leave before the entree was served as we were attending a general admission show and we eight wanted to sit together. Her entree was boxed and taken to the show. We had alerted our server that we were going to a performance that evening.

JW
1 review
Dined on September 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was delicious. Wait staff were very good. I enjoyed my experience and look forward to returning for a wonderful experience.

OT
Cincinnati
3 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 4ambience 4

Food wasn’t that great. I have been here in the past and the menu was better....

l
Denver
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 3

Had high hopes for our meal. Things started off good and went quickly down hill. The food was ok, but the plating was horrendous. It was as if they picked someone off the street to come in and throw some food onto a plate. When the entrees were finally delivered (well over 30 minutes after order was placed), the server made the comment as he sat my meal down, "wow, that's a really hearty and messy portion you got there." Seriously? If you see that when you're picking up the meals, wouldn't you say something in the kitchen?! No check-in on how the meal was, no refill of waters or follow-up on drinks, no desert offering. We had to flag down a server to finally bring us our check, after sitting with our 1/2 eaten, dirty plates for over 15 minutes after we had obviously finished. I suggest finding another restaurant if you are looking for a nice meal while in Cincinnati.

SE
Cincinnati
69 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

This was more than a nice dinner, it was an experience. It was better than expected. Service was phenomenal.

R
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Loved the signature carrot salad. The salmon was cooked perfectly. The staff took great care of us - perfect anniversary dinner!

KB
Chicago
12 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Nice ambiance and attentive wait staff. Food was tasty and timely - unfortunately the only fish entree on the menu (salmon) was unavailable even though the restaurant was pretty quiet. Cheese and charcuterie appetizer was good to share. Greeter was not clued in to the happy hour options in the bars - she told us the rooftop bar in the 21c has the same hours and offerings as the main bar, which is not the case - there is no happy hour on the rooftop.

m
Chicago
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Mediocre. Definitely overpriced for the value of the meal. Nothing was wrong with it but I wasn't impressed by the flavors.

MM
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 3ambience 2

For having a high expectation at a restaurant at a very upscale hotel we were sorely disappointed. The food quality was horrible as was the trimmings that went with it. We will never eat there again.

c
Cincinnati
8 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The special menu for restaurant week was divine! I found the portions of each of the three courses to be perfect, and with the accompanying wine pairing, left feeling quite satisfied. Would definitely recommend.

EL
Cincinnati
5 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Very interesting place that is filled with some nice art. The service was excellent but the food itself needed a little more attention to detail to really be worth it. Everything we had was cooked to the appropriate temperatures only thing lacking was presentation and even consistancy with each bite. Would recommend the restaurant but there are a few others I would recommend first.

Q
Cincinnati
14 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service was great. I did have a problem with a dish that was served, but the server and manager were very prompt in a addressing it - A sign of great management. Every restaurant can and will have mistakes, but how they handle them makes all the difference. The food was wonderful with taste and texture!

OT
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of the best cheese burgers around. The coco flannel cocktail was fantastic.

OT
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went to Metropole for my wife’s birthday. The food was incredible (we had the duck and scallops) and cooked to perfection! Nikki was our waitress who was one of the best waitresses we’ve ever had! She was very knowledgeable about the menu and gave great suggestions! Also, as a birthday treat, she brought us out not one, but three separate on the house desserts of macarons, cheesecake, and then homemade cotton candy. Great dining experience and we will certainly be back!

KM
1 review
Dined on July 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was absolutely amazing and the staff were very thoughtful and helpful.

OG
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The unique menu items appeal to all taste buds. I really enjoyed the burnt carrot salad which I'd heard so much about

JW
Dallas
9 reviews
Dined on July 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place for a business meal. The noise level was OK. The service and meal was excellent. I would highly recommend this restaurant.

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