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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.
Cincinnati, OH 45202
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
$30 and under
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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
We had a good time. It was worth trying. The food is a bit artsy for our taste. My wife and I like a bit of the classics just done very well. We weren't a fan of The Orchid either just for reference. The salmon and steak were both good and the prices were fair. We weren't a fan of The chopped Brussel sprouts salad. We were also seated so closely to the tables next to us I almost felt the need to introduce myself to them. So the night was not very intimate.
My wife and I decided to give it a try, we walked around the art museum before dinner and it was intriguing. We had reservations for 9:00pm and thought we'd sit at the bar before hand, so twenty minutes before 9:00pm we went to the hostess and we were seated instead. We started with gin and tonics, they make their own tonic water and I HIGHLY recommend it. The service was excellent, water was never empty, the waiter was very knowledgeable about the menu and gave excellent suggestions. Chef Jared Bennett's knowledge of flavors shows in his meal's. I if I could eat there every day I would.
Our table of 6 tried a variety of items from the menu. The burnt carrot salad was delicious, shrimp first course very good, cucumber soup-tasty but small portion. All of the entrees were very good- crispy salmon, hanger steak, duck breast, chicken and cheeseburger. I loved the wheat berry side dish with the hanger steak. Our server didn’t make use feel rushed at all. It was a very pleasant evening. I would go back.
Service and food were equally amazing. Great wine selection. Great selection of starters, salads, entrees, etc. The burnt carrot salad was delicious. I ordered the salmon and it was cooked to perfection. One of the best pieces of salmon I have eaten in a restaurant in a very long time. We'll be going back again, for sure.
I took my friend for lunch to celebrate her birthday.
She had never been to the Metropole, so I was looking forward to taking her there.
Our server showed no expression, no smile, no interest in us. She had no knowledge of the menu.
I ordered a shaved turkey sandwich, in addition to a salad, which was delicious.
I was disappointed in the bread on the sandwich. It was bread that I would see at Kroger. Not grilled, just unappealing and cold.
We asked for some bread while we were waiting for our meal. Out comes some delicious wonderful quality bread that had been grilled with olive oil or butter.
I called the manager over to discuss our situation and she was extremely helpful and caring.
She took my sandwich back and brought it out with the delicious bread.
She could not have been more helpful. She insisted that I not pay. I told her that was not necessary, but she insisted. We left feeling much better after talking to her.
My suggestion re: the server; that she needs to be very knowledgeable about the menu, that she smile at her customers and be attentive to them.
I went with my 91 year old mother. She had the Burnt Carrot Salad and absolutely loved it. She and I enjoyed the Lemon surprise with the check. I had the home made tonic water. It is so refreshing and has such a great flavor, I highly recommend it. You can have it straight (as I did) or as a mixed drink. Entree's are a little pricey, but prepared with originality.
We really enjoyed our meal at Metropole. I really think the vegetable dishes really shine. Try the beat latkes or the brussel sprout salad. The burger and fries is always a great comfort go-to, but the 'open-face butternut squash lasagna' is really flavorful. Great wine list as well, they have a great variety of California pinots and rare finds that are fun to explore.
Saturday evening dinner on 1-13-18 was our sixth meal at Metropole in five years. A few years ago we ceased dining at Metropole after experiencing two meals with entrées that were either luke warm in temperature or cold. After an absence of several years we returned to Metropole this past Saturday in hopes that the restaurant had resolved the food temperature issues. Both my wife and I ordered the same entrée during our recent dinner, the entrée appeared on the menu as "Coal Roasted Butternut Squash Lasagna". The food temperature was fine, however the composition of the entrée was not as advertised, there was nearly no butternut squash in the dish, instead the entrée consisted almost entirely of spaghetti squash. While there's nothing wrong with spaghetti squash, it's not how the entrée is described on the menu and certainly not what we ordered. We noticed a restaurant management representative addressing a concern of some sort with another table, so we stopped her as she passed by and politely expressed our the dissatisfaction with our entrées. A patron at the table next to ours had also ordered the same Roasted Butternut Squash entrée, she leaned over to us while we were speaking with the manager and informed the manager that her entrée as well was nearly all spaghetti squash with little no butternut squash. The restaurant appropriately adjusted our bill in deference to our dissatisfaction, while that's a considerate gesture it's not a fix. Of the six dinners we've eaten at Metropole this was the third time there were issues with the food brought to the table, a 50% failure rate. There are multiple other fine dining establishments in downtown Cincinnati such as BOCA, Jean-Robert's Table, SOTTO and Orchids at Palm Court to name a few. Over the years we've enjoyed dozens of exquisite meals between these other restaurants, not once have we experienced issues with the food brought to the table with any of them. We won't gamble again on Metropole going forward.
Our waiter, Jeffrey, was wonderful. Very knowledgeable and helpful with the menu. H suggested the cavatelli for an appetizer and it was very good. Duck was well prepared. Portion sizes were just enough to leave room for delicious butterscotch cheesecake with French pressed coffee. Will definitely be back pre theatre.
Wonderful dinner, we needed to be at the Aronoff for a show and they accommodated our tight schedule. Waiter suggested delicious things we wouldn't have tried otherwise, the kitchen will split dishes so they can be shared. Ordered something labeled "lasagna" which came on little squares of flatbread...so NOT lasagna, but at the same time it was delicious.
Our waiter forgot about us at the end of our meal but NOT HIS FAULT as he was in charge of all of the tables along the front windows, (too many for one person to handle.) His area was seated pretty much at the same time and he was slammed.
Great food and service. I had the chicken with chard, mushrooms, and polenta and my fiancee had the hamburger. The chicken was tender, juicy, and had great flavor. My fiancee absolutely loved the burger, which she says was the best burger she's ever had. We'll definitely be back again.
With a limited menu at brunch, I would have hoped for more hits than misses... however, that was not the case. Service was slow, and the restaurant seemed to be well staffed, given that there were few tables filled. Menu was limited New Years Day, no problem with that, however - food should have been fresh. The grilled cheese was more on the cool side vice warm side for a hot sandwich. The sweet potato, butternut squash hash was a total miss. The eggs were tough, rubbery, and not even cooked well. From a flavor profile, it even needed some help or a bit of a sauce. The charred carrot salad was AWESOME. The fries. AWESOME. So - a bit of a mixed review. I'll give it more shots, but on this round, felt a little lacking.
Food was great! Very unique.
Our waitress was amazing!! All service was subtle and in obtrusive but specifically our waitress! She quickly understood our purpose for being there and our lack of familiarity with the dinning experience at metropol (it was our first time there). She was respectful and helpful with our menu questions and made great recommendations as well as having great patience with our decisions and pace of our meal. It was a great experience for our anniversary!!
Very creative menu and delicious food. Love the ambiance and the art in general as well as the use of local, nostalgic images for artwork. Mix of the old and new interior finishes gives it a great comfortable vibe.
The only negative things I will say about the food is that everything has either a burnt or charred flavor, so at the end of the evening we both felt like we'd swallowed a campfire. We had a delicious butterscotch cheesecake for dessert hoping that would help, but the piece was about 1" x 1 3/4" in size - so hardly worth sharing! We went in search of something else to get that taste out of our mouths! Overall, prices seem a little high relative to the size of the portions.
The bad meal we suffered through Thursday makes me wonder why the Metropole gets mentioned in the same breath as some of the top-rated restaurants in Cincinnati. My guess is that restaurant marketing-speak has taken over. Boy, isn’t it neat to have a wood burning Oven? No matter that the result of baking bread in that oven is a crust that is so charred as to be impossible to chew. Boy, isn’t it neat to list yourself as procuring “locally sourced” ingredients? No matter that those ingredients were prepared with so little skill and apparently no regard for how they tasted. The side dishes or accompaniments had no flavor, and what flavor they did have was bad. Spaghetti squash is trendy, but if you don’t take care to develop other, complimentary flavors, the result is just chewing cud. Skate wing is getting a lot of play lately, but really, guys, don’t you think it would have benefitted from even a modest sauce? And, the menu was poorly chosen, and rather sparse. I felt bad for the out of town hotel guests who ended up eating there, not knowing how to find value for their restaurant dollars.
I was disappointed that when we arrived, despite our request to move away from the noisy bar, they wouldn’t move us into the restaurant where the ambience and noise level was better. At the time, every table was empty except two. The excuse was that there was not another 6 top. And, in truth, the tables weren’t set for 6 but they could have been. The food was okay. The burger was very salty. I was curious about the deconstructed lasagna which on paper looked delicious. And, while I in no way expected traditional lasagne, it was heartily disappointing with little flavor and no finess. The chicken was good. Appetizers were the best part of the meal. Cocktails were delicious.
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