Metropole @ 21c Museum Hotel

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1656 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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EJ
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My wife and I celebrated our 2nd wedding anniversary with dinner at Metropole. The food and service was amazing!

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W
St. Louis
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 4

My wife had a caramelized onions soup that was bland, very watery and could barely taste the onion. I had a burnt carrot salad: better than her soup. Those were the starters. As the entree for the brunch, she had bread pudding, and I consumed a salmon toast, which was very salty.

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PL
Cincinnati
8 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 4

This place continues to have so much potential but seems to always fail short. Our latest trip was for Mother's Day brunch, and it was underwhelming. My son's pancake was undercooked, and the rest of the food was mediocre at best. Moreover, the service was not memorable either. In fact, when I went into the restaurant to meet my family, the host sort of looked at me strange when I told him my family was already seated. It was not a welcoming experience. This restaurant was completely different when it opened several years ago. Now, it seems like it is just an afterthought to the hotel. There are better dining experiences in Cincinnati.

Metropole @ 21c Museum Hotel
Responded a day ago

I am so sorry we failed to live up to expectations. Our food should always be cooked perfectly, be delicious with warm, attentive service and we obviously failed in multipe ways that day. I would love to extend an invite for your family to return with our compliments and maybe we can win our way back into your hearts. Please reach out to me whenever you would like. Sincerely, Iona Muir | Area Director Food & Beverage, Cincinnati + Nashville T 513-578-6684 imuir@metropoleonwalnut

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TH
Louisville
14 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

It was a delicious brunch but for the prefix price of $30/person I think it should have included more. Only coffee/tea or soda to drink felt like not great brunch options. Plus do better Metropole... There's no where to change my child's diaper. Both the men's room AND women's room should both have an available changing table. I instead had to use the bench in the public hallway outside the bathrooms.

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BP
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Every time I come here it’s such a fun experience. And the food!!! AMAZING!!!

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j
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love the food, ambience and service! And the art.

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FM
Cincinnati
25 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had an excellent pre-show brunch! Our server, Kurt, was very kind and attentive. Our food was delicious. We ordered a side of turkey goetta but the kitchen wasn't happy with how it turned out so they comped another of our sides which we appreciated. I couldn't finish my meal but the staff was kind enough to store it for me until after the show! It was our first time and we will be back!

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CS
Cincinnati
50 reviews
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our experience for dinner at Metropole prior to our show at the Aronoff was great. The food was excellent. I had duck and my wife pork. Our server, Jeremy was knowledgeable and passed the meal just right.

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LC
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on May 9, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 3ambience 4

I have eaten at Metropole 3 times. This is the first time that my meal was totally unacceptable. I ordered the salmon. It was suppose to have been cooked medium and it was medium rare too rare. The snap peas were not cooked. I have had salmon there all three times and the salmon was cooked medium and so was the snap peas. The waitress seemed to be inexperienced. I understand it takes wait staff time to get polished but when a member of our party asked about the cost of salmon added to a salad she didn't know and brought the salad with salmon to the table for her entree without finding out the cost. She was very friendly but not trained well. Prices for the food is on the high side. We are fully aware of this but go to Metropole for the ambience, good food and professional service. Sadly, this experience did not meet our expectations. There are many other restaurants we can visit to get our expectations met.

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j
Cincinnati
2 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

Love the vibe and so easy before going to the Aronoff

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MG
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on May 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Incredible meal with incredible service. 11/10 would recommend.

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JM
New England
1 review
Dined on May 5, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 3

This was our second time here - and it was not nearly as enjoyable as our first. Waiter was dull, unenthusiastic, came to our table after we’d been sitting for over 10 minutes. Ordered two burgers - so so so so salty. Pretty much not edible. Won’t be returning.

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JC
Orlando
1 review
Dined on May 5, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

Limited menu, and food was mediocre at best. Despite many guests leaving halfway through our meal for a show across the street, the server was not incredibly friendly nor attentive. I did enjoy the yellow penguins, but there are many other better options for dining in downtown.

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m
Cincinnati
8 reviews
Dined on May 5, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 2

Service was slow due to a large private event upstairs. Hard flooring contributes to a loud ambiance. Food was average but not worthy of price.

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k
Louisville
3 reviews
Dined on April 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The wait staff was most attentive. The food was excellent.

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a
Cincinnati
4 reviews
Dined on April 28, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

My husband and I again enjoyed our dinner at the Metropole, this time before going to the ballet. My husband had the trout and said it was delicious and cooked just right. I had the mushroom toast. Being a mushroom lover, the mushroom flavor came through and the variety of mushrooms was much better than the usual white or portabella. The ricotta is a swipe not a heavy layer. My only suggestion is a different greens accompaniment. Might be my taste, but I thought they clashed with the dish. Finally, I am a non drinker. The blueberry shrub is delicious.

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OT
Cincinnati
3 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was my first time at Metropole and wow, did they deliver! We were waited on hand and foot. Every time our water or wine glass got low, someone was there already refilling it. As soon as we finished with a plate or utensil, it was instantly removed from the table. The strip loin and the sauce on it was absolutely delicious. The Metropole candy bar dessert was out of this world. I have never experienced such amazing and quick service, or such tasty food. I only wish I got to eat with a yellow penguin!! We will definitely be back in the future!

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

Lovely experience... the food is amazing, the service was great, and the museum adds to it all! All around great experience

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DH
Richmond
13 reviews
Dined on April 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and rhe treat solo diners well!

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k
Cincinnati
12 reviews
Dined on April 21, 2019
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 on April 21, 2019
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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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 4

Easter Sunday

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C
Cincinnati
14 reviews
Dined on April 21, 2019
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 on April 20, 2019
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
52 reviews
Dined on April 19, 2019
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 on April 18, 2019
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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O
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on April 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great experience. Going to a show at the Aronoff and everyone took great care of us. Food and atomshpere excellent! !!

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OT
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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OT
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on April 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Show at the arnoff theater

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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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OT
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
41 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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