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About Metropole @ 21c Museum Hotel

Metropole restaurant offers a contemporary take on old world fireplace cooking techniques. Led by executive chef Jared Bennett, the menu focuses on dishes cooked in a custom-built hearth. A showcase for the region’s sustainable farmers and producers, Metropole’s well-edited and ever changing menu features hearth roasted meats, fish and vegetables; grains; and housemade charcuterie. The beverage menu offers craft beer and cocktails, bourbon and a smart selection of old and new world wines.

609 Walnut Street
Cincinnati, OH 45202
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
American, European

Hours of Operation:


Breakfast: Monday - Friday: 7:00am - 10:00am,
Saturday & Sunday: 7:00am - 9.30am

Brunch: Saturday & Sunday 9.30-2pm


Lunch: Monday-Friday 11:30am – 2pm

Dinner: Sunday 5-9.30pm, Monday - Thursday: 5:30pm - 10:00pm, Friday & Saturday: 5:30pm - 11:00pm

Cross Street:
6th Street

Dress Code:
Smart Casual

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(513) 578-6660

Website:
http://www.metropoleonwalnut.com/

Executive Chef:
Jared Bennett

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Private Dining

Ready to party? Whether you’re hosting an intimate dinner event for 12 or a rocking reception for 350 guests, Metropole @ 21c Museum Hotel have the event space and dedicated professional staff to wow your guests.

Metropole @ 21c Museum Hotel Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.5

service

4.5

ambience

4.4

value

4.1

Noise

Moderate

90% would recommend it to a friend

Good for a Date (33)
Creative Cuisine (31)
Special Occasion (28)
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Pre/post Theatre (25)
Good for Anniversaries (20)
Fit for Foodies (16)
Handcrafted Cocktails (16)
Local Ingredients (16)
Romantic (16)
Bar Seating (15)
Business Meals (13)
People Watching (11)
Fun (11)
Casual (10)
Cozy (10)
Neighborhood Gem (10)
Worth the Drive (10)
Good for Birthdays (10)
Hot Spot (8)
Authentic (7)
Great for Brunch (7)
Healthy (7)
Good for Groups (6)
Notable Wine List (6)
Good Vegetarian Options (6)
Vibrant Bar Scene (6)
Gluten Free Options (5)
Seasonal (5)
Quiet Conversation (5)
Happy Hour (4)
Quick Bite (4)
Great Beer (3)
Tasting Menu (3)
Disabled Access (2)
Late-night Find (2)
Great for Lunch (2)
Organic (2)
Sunday Lunch (2)
Afternoon Coffee (1)
Kid-friendly (1)
Comfort Food (1)
Paleo Friendly (1)
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vip
 (Cincinnati)·Dined 4 days ago

Just OK lunch. I hadn't been in awhile and decided to stop in for a friend I was taking to lunch. Unfortunately, it didn't live up to the last time I was there. Service was pretty slow. If they had been busy (about a third of the tables were full), we would have never gotten our food. I don't mind to spend a decent amount for lunch, but for $35 bucks for two turkey sandwiches and fries I would expect a lot more. The sandwiches were fine, nothing to be worth $15 dollars a piece. The fries were good. I remember the sandwich being much better and fresher with a more stand out sauce. Won't be back for lunch anytime soon, especially at that price

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vip
 (Cincinnati)·Dined 7 days ago

Poor service, we were seated about 10 minutes before a server came by and tried to leave someone else’s food at our table. When we explained no one had taken our order she walked away. She came back a few minutes later and without any welcome or greeting abruptly asked if we were ready to order, which we did. We never saw this server again but at least 6 others delivered our food(cold) and drinks randomly throughout our meal. No one asked if we had everything we needed or if our food was okay. It was an unexpectedly terrible experience.

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 (Louisville)·Dined on December 10, 2017

Our meals were very creative and delicious. Service was very good.

Tags: Good for a Date, Pre/post Theatre, Creative Cuisine
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on December 9, 2017

We had a creative meal with good service and ambiance. We will definitely go back.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Pre/post Theatre
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 (Louisville)·Dined on December 9, 2017

We have been to Metropole several times for different occasions, and have never been disappointed. The food is so fresh, farm to table, and amazing. Highly recommend for a bite at any time of day.

Tags: Paleo Friendly, Local Ingredients, Notable Wine List, Business Meals, Good for Anniversaries, Great for Brunch, Sunday Lunch, Special Occasion, Romantic, Cozy
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on December 8, 2017

Don't order the skate. The texture was not good. Other meals were fine.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on December 7, 2017

Service was great. Good was great. Prices were too high. For 1 single person, my bill was $70. I would prefer to spend around $50.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Pre/post Theatre, Good for a Date
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 2, 2017

Food has very heavy flavors of that was their fall/winter menu. Thought it was very good, but didn't quite meet the expectation of its price point

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vip
 (Cincinnati)·Dined on November 26, 2017

Great food, service, and ambiance.

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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on November 25, 2017

One of our favorite "date-night" spots. Wonderful food that's fresh and "innovative" while still being flat-out delicious. The service is warm, prompt, and professional, but never obsequious. Great atmosphere that is warm and inviting while having a "hip" vibe with the changing contemporary art. It is a great value for the quality of the food / service and the overall experience. I'd highly recommend.

Also, they are great about remembering any food sensitivities and making recommendations based on our needs. They hit every note perfectly.

Tags: People Watching, Local Ingredients, Seasonal, Pre/post Theatre, Fit for Foodies
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on November 25, 2017

We loved it and definitely will return. My daughter ordered the cheeseburger and even it was surprisingly good!

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vip
 (Charlotte)·Dined on November 24, 2017

Tasty,unusual food combinations for an otherwise traditional, 3 course Thanksgiving meal. The appetizer and dessert courses were small and the main course was large-as they should be. Service was excellent.

Tags: Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Local Ingredients, Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries
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vip
 (Cincinnati)·Dined on November 23, 2017

It was a delicious and nice looking dinner. Good attentive service. Duck was on the rare side. Loved cherries in the stuffing. More like $$$

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·Dined on November 19, 2017

Wonderful evening, great service, delicious dinner and the cocktails are fantastic. I highly recommend

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, People Watching, Fun
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on November 12, 2017

Menu is ok, not great. Service is not excellent. Atmosphere and location are great, so its a shame. They should also consider removing the photograph with a swastika in it right when you walk in. Way better local coffee shops for brunch in the area.

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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on November 12, 2017

It’s too bad that the waitstaff isn’t as exciting and fabulous as the chef or the art at the 21c. From the hostess stand to the coat check and on to the abundant 20-30-something waitstaff, all behaved like sullen, bored and awkward jr high kids. No one was anywhere near versed on the food they were serving and appeared totally disinterested at answering any menu questions. When pressed, our waitress stood behind my date’s shoulder and read her the printed description of the salmon entree. Maybe help is hard to come by, but if I️ were the chef, I’d fire the lot of them and start over since they are the face of his great vision and food. Truly, they were bad enough to keep me from coming back.
We sat at a table for two and were accompanied by a 4’ yellow plastic penguin. Yes, that’s right. It was quirky and fun. First, we ordered a charcuterie plate. It was made up of a great selection of meats, cheeses and accompaniments. I️ wished the chef had taken more pride in showing off these morsels by providing more than 2 paper-thin slices of salami and one bite cheeses. I’m still questioning the Grippo’s seasoning on the salami but maybe that’s a Westside thing, too. Next, we ordered the salmon and chicken entrees. They were plentiful and came with a variety of grains and roasted vegetables. Also noteworthy was the earthy, seed-filled rustic bread and smoked butter that was brought to the table. Heavenly!
One final note about the service, as the meal went on, we were approached on all sides by 4 or 5 awkward/shy/uncomfortable waitstaff who wanted to clear plates we were still eating from, reaching across our dinner plates shuffling things around. It wasn’t necessary. The waitress appeared at the beginning, when we tried to order the charcuterie plate. She dismissed that idea and told us we had to order everything at once. She then took drink orders, brought them and then disappeared for over an hour, returning to give us the bill. Chef = A+. Staff = F

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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on November 12, 2017

We were there to celebrate my husband's birthday. Food and service were excellent as always. Metropole is one of our favorite restaurants in Cincinnati.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Business Meals, Romantic
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on November 11, 2017

Server was excellent and knowledgeable. Food was fantastic although the duck could have been a bit more tender (still very good). Everything was great.

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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on November 11, 2017

Sorry, but this isn’t going to be a very good review. I generally don’t leave bad reviews, but this was handled so poorly, it’s worth mentioning.

Was seated in front of kitchen, which we could tell would be very loud as soon as we were seated. Reservations for 5 guests at 5:30 to give us ample time to get to the show, So kitchen wasn’t that busy yet. After our drinks arrived, we mentioned how loud it was, I couldn’t hear the people sitting 2 chairs away, was there anything the waiter could do? He mentioned that people request sitting at that table, which was kind of hard to believe why you’d pay that price and listen to the noise and yelling. We asked a couple questions of the menu and the attitude started. I’ve noticed a few other reviews that mentioned they felt the staff was a bit aloof and that was definitely the impression that was given. Food arrived and it was fine. At the end of the dinner, 4 of the 5 of us were finished eating, 1 of our group was still finishing and several waiters came to clear the table& wipe it off, which gave us the impression we were being rushed out of the restaurant. Before the bill was presented the waiter says, I hope everything was to your liking and we mentioned the food was good, but the noise level was unbearable. We were told “to let it go!”which Didn’t go over well, needless to say. Coincidentally, as we were paying the bill, another group was seated at the table next to us, and requested to be moved due to the noise level. Luckily the show saved the evening. We dined here when they first opened and we figured to have a few bumps but would give them another chance. Unfortunately the second chance was worse.

Tags: Bar Seating
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on November 10, 2017

We stayed at 21c Hotel. our first night we decided to eat at Metropole...best decision ever! The cauliflower soup was really yummy, the beet salad was fantastic, the lemon chicken was great! the wine selection was good and the service, on a really busy theater night, was excellent. oh and the dessert cheese plate....heavenly!!! well worth every penny!

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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on November 9, 2017

Always a great experience and who can resist seeing the penguins and Pete Rose in BVD's! And if you have time, getting to wander through the adjacent art gallery that is most eclectic!

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Pre/post Theatre, Casual, Disabled Access
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·Dined on November 3, 2017

Pork chops were really dry, but came highly recommended. Not sure if it was an off day in the kitchen. Service was really good! Wine pours are very generous.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 31, 2017

We had a terrific meal, from start to finish. Wait staff was pleasant and helpful, explaining the charcuterie and some other interesting menu items. Food was uniquely presented and delicious; we tried duck breast and pork chop. Loved the cotton candy ending.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Handcrafted Cocktails, Notable Wine List, Pre/post Theatre, Special Occasion, Worth the Drive, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Birthdays, Romantic
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on October 30, 2017

Cocktails were great! Only complaint came from one member of the group who felt that the serving size for her flank steak was skimpy. Overall, the food was delicious.

Tags: Creative Cuisine
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·Dined on October 28, 2017

The food was so creative and I really enjoyed everything edible! The ambiance though was a bit challenging. I didn't like sitting at a table so close to others and felt that I had to raise my voice just to be heard but didn't want to raise my voice because of the table right next to me. I also felt the chairs were a little too tall compared to the table height.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on October 27, 2017

We weren't impressed, but I really wanted to like it.

The most fun thing about our dinner was the large yellow plastic penguins which were so out of place, it lightened up the ambience. Also the lemon cotton candy with our bill was delicious. It was my husband's birthday and they brought out macaroons, which were subpar, but it was nice they did it.

Our server had a tendency to try to upsell with everything we ordered, pressuring us to order more than we asked for. He seemed annoyed that 2 of us didn't want to order a starter and asked multiple times, suggesting multiple items.
On the other hand, I only had 1 glass of wine and was never asked if I wanted another one.
The service overall wasn't good.

I ordered a cheese and meat plate and was very disappointed with the amount of cheese I got, especially for how expensive it was. I ordered 5 items and only received 4.

The food was O.K... which you really don't want to say after you've spent so much money on the meal.
We're foodies and really enjoy trying new things and yummy foods, but there were literally only 6 entree choices and maybe 3 or 4 side items. If you decide to eat here, make sure you view their menu on their website (not from Open table because it's different). You may change your mind once you see the choices.

The art on the way to the restroom was fun! It's cool that it's in a museum and you can walk around and look at art.

Overall, I wouldn't ever waste my money here again. And I wouldn't recommend it to anyone either.

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vip
 (Louisville)·Dined on October 22, 2017

Travis was behind the bar for our Birthday Brunch and couldn't have been better. We look forward to going back.

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·Dined on October 15, 2017

The service was sketchy and the menu options were slim. However the food was good and atmosphere was great. FYI GET THE STICKY BUN!!

Tags: Casual, Creative Cuisine
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on October 15, 2017

The service was excellent. The cocktails were not to our taste of 5 drinkers who typically are very open to interesting cocktails. The desserts were excellent and the meat eaters at our table were very happy with their selections. Two of us ordered the tofu and found it creative but boring.

Tags: Fun, Quiet Conversation, Local Ingredients, Good Vegetarian Options
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 (Indiana)·Dined on October 15, 2017

Food was very flavorful and well prepared. A great place for friends and art appreciation

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for a Date
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vip
 (Atlanta)·Dined on October 14, 2017

Wonderful meal!! The octopus was divine. The porkchop was sublime. The custard...decadent.

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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on October 14, 2017

Was nice but nothing to rave about. Not a whole lot on the menu.

Tags: Special Occasion, Healthy, Handcrafted Cocktails
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on October 8, 2017

Delicious food, creative seasoning, beautiful decor

Tags: Creative Cuisine
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 (Denver)·Dined on October 7, 2017

Excellent service, but the food did not live up to expectations. The duck was served medium, but was quite chewy. The cabernet chocolate cake was dry (the server graciously removed it from the bill). The first cocktail was made incorrectly, and was sent back to be replaced. The roast squash side dish was quite dull. To give them some credit, the roast cauliflower was divine and the butter cake was phenomenal. Would love to give them more props because the service was fabulous and the decor is great, but will not be returning.

Tags: Happy Hour, Hot Spot
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·Dined on October 6, 2017

Octopus was amazing, but the rest of the dinner did not deliver the taste you expected for the avant-garde attempt at presentation.
However, the wait staff was very attentive and pleasant...they were great.

Tags: Creative Cuisine
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on October 5, 2017

We were there for dinner before a show at the theater. Delicious! And excellent service! can see how the noise level might get too high for conversation when the dining room is full, but we were there early enough that it wasn't busy yet.

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vip
 (Cincinnati)·Dined on September 29, 2017

Excellent food and service. Food was imaginative and well presented. Chef did a great job with complementary foods and flavors. Corn fritter appetizer was outstanding and great match of flavors.
Will definitely return.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Richmond)·Dined on September 28, 2017

One of my favorite Cincy restaurants!

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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on September 24, 2017

Our brunch stop before seeing Wicked. Made the day more special. Lovely!

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vip
 (Cincinnati)·Dined on September 23, 2017

Cuisine was absolutely off the charts. ticket price was surprisingly inexpensive relative to our meal. Excellent cocktails. Good service.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Good for a Date
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