Metropole @ 21c Museum Hotel

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1635 reviews
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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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Mother's Day Menus & Specials

Scraped knees. First day of school. Last Tuesday’s meltdown… Mom has held your hand throughout all life’s bumps. Treat her to two-course Mother’s Day Brunch at Metropole. Executive chef David Kesley is preparing all your brunch favorites. Price is $32 per person and includes coffee, tea and soda.

Sunday, May 12, 2019

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Cincinnati
12 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 4

The place is known for its Burnt Carrot Salad... For the second time in as many visits we had to send it back as it came WITHOUT any avacado. Both times our out of town guest was disappointed. How can you mess with your signature dish! Serve was slow as well.

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OT
Cincinnati
3 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Probably our favorite restaurant in Cincy! Unique menu, excellent service, and enjoyable atmosphere in a great location. They made our anniversary night extra special!

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New York Area
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 4

Easter Sunday

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C
Cincinnati
13 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

We came for Easter Brunch and had an enjoyable meal. The restaurant is pleasing and I always enjoy viewing the artwork in the lobby. I did not, however, love my meal. I had the breakfast burrito and found it greasy. Others in the group had salmon toast and the burger. Everything was a bit greasy. We ordered pop tarts that were very good. I keep coming back for the ambiance but keep hoping to enjoy the food just a little more.

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M
Cincinnati
3 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

It was the first time we had eaten at the Metropole and we were very pleased with our dining experience. David, our waiter, was attentive and knowledgeable about the menu. We had appetizers, drinks, and the main courses (I highly recommend the salmon). Overall a wonderful meal; we'll definitely return!

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OT
Cincinnati
50 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 3

We have eaten here before. This was the first time with the new head chef. Overall, it was just ok. The cheese on the charcuterie was dry and tasteless, but the condiments were very good. We both had the mushroom gravy over toast for a vegetarian dinner. The server would do well to let you know this is a HUGE piece of bread ( think large ribeye size) with mushrooms, cheese and gravy on it. While it tasted good, it would be better served as a shareable appetizer by paring down the size. No one could eat all the bread and it became redundant to eat it all. I’m not saying it was a bad meal, it just wasn’t good overall.

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NJ
Dallas
5 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a treat to share a meal at Metropole!

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CA
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on April 17, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Inventive and satiating food to fulfill a variety of tastes. The burnt carrot salad is an adventure in food wonderland that should be tried.

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Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on April 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and services

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Adelaide / SA
6 reviews
Dined on April 14, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 3ambience 2

I had high hopes after enjoying a delicious pre dinner cocktail- the Woo girl cocktail was delicious. Hopes were still high when I got my kale salad. It was tasty. The Coppa steak had much more fat than meat, a pretty ridiculous amount of fat. The flavor was good, but not much of it was edible. And then I found a hair in my food. I didn’t expect that at a restaurant of this caliber, but I guess it can happen anywhere. Management was nice and comped my dinner for that. They offered me another entree but we had time constraints and had to leave for a show. We still managed to spend a lot of money.
The restaurant was slightly crowded and quite noisy. Not a place for an intimate quiet dinner. Acoustics seem to increase the noise.

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AW
1 review
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 3

This was a last minute date dinner for my wife and I. Neither had been before but are always looking for new places to check out. With very little expectations purely, because of ignorance, we arrived. Greeted by a greasy haired host in jeans and a t-shirt, and sat by an equally represented hostess.
Our server, Jerrod, was the high point of the evening. He was very well presented and knowledgeable.
Food was nothing to brag about. My wife liked her salad the best, and nothing was extraordinary from my selection.
The atmosphere was catchy, but I was surprised by the 'hipster' quality...
We had fun inspite of not being 'in love' with Metropole, but probably won't be back.

Metropole @ 21c Museum Hotel
Responded on April 16, 2019

Hello Adam, I am sorry that your recent visit to us was not a great first impression. Happy to hear that Jeremy took great care of you but the greeting at door, food and service should have combined to make a memorable evening. We would love to have you back as our guests so you can experience Metropole as we hoped you would have. Sincerely, Iona Muir | Area Director Food & Beverage, Cincinnati + Nashville T 513-578-6684 M 513-560-2742 imuir@metropoleonwalnut

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JD
1 review
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I loved the atmosphere and the food quality was perfect. Our server was as sweet

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Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on April 11, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 2

We had a show to catch and the server was very rude and said some rather offensive comments. I ordered the salmon and he said I had to switch to the rainbow trout bc it was faster. I took his suggestion and the meal was horrible. It tasted so fishy that my stomach still churns at the thought of it. I would have rather waited for the salmon. I clearly made a bad choice listening to him. I had eaten hear before with a very pleasant experience so I was disappointed that I did not have that on this occasion.

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GM
Cincinnati
2 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Great food, excellent service. The art exhibits next door are very nice. Three of us had dinner on a Wednesday night -- there were a lot of diners there. The noise level was very high and we couldn't converse well. They moved us to a more quiet place (very much appreciated) but even there the noise level was high. Lots of hard surfaces in the restaurant off from which the sound reverberates.

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OT
Cincinnati
3 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 3

Service was great food was bland nothing special

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Atlanta
1 review
Dined on April 9, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 4ambience 4

The food is not good

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RF
Cincinnati
3 reviews
Dined on April 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was delicious and service was excellent! The lemon flavored cotton candy that accompanied our bill was a delightful surprise.
Will definitely go back.

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T
Cincinnati
40 reviews
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Really enjoyed the service and food for Sunday Brunch. We wanted something different and unique for my family as we were celebrating two birthdays. The service is wonderful. Our waiter was on top of it and did a brilliant job, bring clean cutlery and drinks. The food is also really good. While it isn’t a ‘serve yourself’ brunch, there is a great selection of choices from the menu.

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PL
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

All great! Perfect event.

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TG
1 review
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and service. Prices in line with 3-4 star restaurant. Affordable wine choices. Metropole candy bar is a must!

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l
Cincinnati
56 reviews
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food and the selection on the menu was excellent. Our server, Alima, was perfect!

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P
Cincinnati
14 reviews
Dined on March 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Cool place!

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r
Cincinnati
2 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place to dine before a show . Service , food and ambiance were all outstanding . Highly recommend .

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M
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Enjoyed our meal, tasty, a bit on the pricey side for soup, salad.

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PB
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was superb, ambiance was wonderful, and our waiter Dave was awesome! Enormous wine, beer, and bourbon choices.

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MM
Cincinnati
3 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

The menu is a little limited but they have a great formula there. Service was very good and food was excellent. My wife LOVED the monkfish and I really enjoyed the salmon. We went before a show at the Aronoff and finished in plenty of time. Metropole will remain one of our choices for dinner before a show.

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RR
1 review
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 3

The tables are too close together, there was no privacy in our conversation! The food was okay but one of the entrees wasn't hot & had to be sent back to be reheated. It was our Anniversary & we told them that when we made the reservations but nothing special was said or done & we saw others getting a cupcake with candle. Not the best experience.

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m
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food, wonderful service and superb atmosphere will definitely bring us back!

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WE
Cincinnati
15 reviews
Dined on March 22, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Price to value ratio off—I mean it was good but certainly not excellent and the overall experience was a tad lackluster

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BS
Cincinnati
27 reviews
Dined on March 22, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

service was excellent, food was very gd and the ppl were very inviting.

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EM
Cincinnati
2 reviews
Dined on March 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic meal, great service, an overall outstanding experience.

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OT
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on March 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We arrived early and they seated us before our reservation time which was greatly appreciated. Jeremy was our awesome server and he made great recommendations and made sure we were done in time for the theatre. Food was excellent as always.

Metropole @ 21c Museum Hotel
Responded on March 26, 2019

Thank you so much for the great review! We're happy we could accommodate you before your reservation time and that you made it out in time for the theater. We'll definitely relay your compliment to Jeremy. We look forward to your return visit! Emily Magon, Restaurant Manager emagon@metropoleonwalnut.co m W 513-578-6660 D 513-578-6680

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OT
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on March 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wait staff very knowledgeable, courteous and attentive without hovering.

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R
Cincinnati
12 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Some of the food was good, but the pork chop was tough and not very flavorful. Most everything has a smokey flavor, even the cocktails, and that is not appealing to everyone. The service however was very good.

Metropole @ 21c Museum Hotel
Responded on March 26, 2019

Thank you for taking the time to share your experience with us. I am disappointed that we missed the mark on the pork chop, I will share this with our Chef. I'm happy to hear the service was great & an overall good experience. I hope you come back soon to give us an opportunity to redeem ourselves. Emily Magon, Restaurant Manager emagon@metropoleonwalnut.co m W 513-578-6660 D 513-578-6680

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LF
Cincinnati
8 reviews
Dined on March 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was my second business dinner with a group of five people, and there was something on the menu for everyone in two very diverse groups with different dietary preferences/ needs. Service was excellent and all the food was delicious, especially the brussel sprouts and Jerusalem artichokes.

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OT
Cincinnati
3 reviews
Dined on March 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding service and food. We have never had a bad meal here.

Metropole @ 21c Museum Hotel
Responded on March 26, 2019

We're so happy you've always enjoyed your dining experience with us. Thank you for the review, we can't wait for your return visit! Emily Magon, Restaurant Manager T 513-578-6660 D 513-578-6680

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MD
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great lunch special combo of soup, salad, sandwich priced at $12. Gourmet food on a working woman's budget.

Metropole @ 21c Museum Hotel
Responded on March 26, 2019

Hello, Thank you so much for the review! We're happy to hear you enjoyed the Queen City Lunch, we do something new for that every week, we look forward to your return visit soon for another great meal. Emily Magon, Restaurant Manager W 513-578-6660 D 513-578-6680

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H
Cincinnati
14 reviews
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

excellent service, quality and delicious food. we love the menu and drink options. the service staff is friendly and very attentive. exceptional experience!

Metropole @ 21c Museum Hotel
Responded on March 26, 2019

Thank you for taking the time to send a review. We're thrilled you love the food & drink options and we'll pass on to the team the excellent job they did. Looking forward to your return visit! Emily Magon, Restaurant Manager T 513-578-6660 D 513-578-6680

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YL
1 review
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Took my spouse and 3 children. Seated immediately, drinks and appetizers came out promptly. The main course were perfectly made. They had kids items that was not on menu, which two of my children ordered. Had dinner and had plenty of time to see the show at the Aranoff center .

Metropole @ 21c Museum Hotel
Responded on March 26, 2019

Thank you for the 5 stars. I'm so glad you & your family enjoyed your dining experience and made it out in time for the theater. We look forward to your return visit! Emily Magon, Restaurant Manager W 513-578-6660 D 513-578-6680

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RP
Cincinnati
5 reviews
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was my second visit and I was just as pleased as the first. I had two 11 year old boys with me for brunch and a performance of Hamilton (which they wanted to see). I ask them what was the best part of the day. Their response, 'the brunch at Metropole'. If you know anything about 11 year old boys, they don't typically like anything.

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