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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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4.4

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4.5

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4.4

value

4.1

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Moderate

86% would recommend it to a friend

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 (Chicago)·Dined on August 17, 2014

We loved everything we had for dinner at metropole. Chilled corn soup, seared octopus, potato gnocchi, and pork shank. I couldn't say what the best item was, as they were all so delicious. The desserts are really something too - a bit savory and original. The chefs have an excellent knack for balancing flavors and using unique ingredients to create excellent dishes. Wine list was at the pricier end, but it was on par with the food prices. The glassware is nice, the service is nice and the tables aren't to squished together to feel like you can have a private dining experience. We will return.

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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on August 17, 2014

Atmosphere a mix of old and contemporary. Different and interesting wine list. Food was wonderful! The charred corn soup and hazelnut semifreddo a particular hit. Will return again!

Tags: Great for Brunch, Fit for Foodies, Notable Wine List
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 (Detroit)·Dined on August 16, 2014

Good food, great service and an interesting atmosphere. This is a well thought out enterprise.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on August 15, 2014

Metropole is an experience worth savoring. All the food is amazingly flavorful and sophisticated. Even the butter for the pre-meal bread is extraordinary. Their special cocktails, many with house-made mixers, are irresistible. The staff is friendly, enthusiastic and well versed in what goes on in the kitchen. They are also totally tuned into the customers. At least eight different people stopped by our table during a 2-hour dinner to take orders, deliver dishes, clear dishes, or just ask how we liked everything. They managed to be totally solicitous without ever getting obtrustive. A wonderful place with one single flaw: like many new places, it has terrible acoustics. When the dining room is near full, it gets awfully noisy.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Special Occasion, Hot Spot, Vibrant Bar Scene, Notable Wine List
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on August 15, 2014

Not sure what happened here tonight. Just not very good.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on August 15, 2014

The menu for this place has always been way out there. I don't think I should have to spend alot of time researching what something is on the menu. Had the chilled corn soup w/o sausage, it was delicious. Had the potato gnocchi for my entree, it was okay, nothing spectacular. Had the cherry shortcake w/ cardamom ice cream - this surprised me how well it tasted, it was a home run.

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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on August 14, 2014

We loved the special attention by the wait staff and others

Tags: Good for Groups, Scenic View, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on August 11, 2014

Just not a venue for conversation and probably too hip (servers were dressed way too casually).

Not a special occasion venue but food quality was excellent!

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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on August 11, 2014

Food was outstanding, service was excellent, & the servers worked very well together as a team to keep our glasses full and food coming out promptly. However, the dining room where we were seated was VERY noisy, and tables are really close together.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Hot Spot, Notable Wine List
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 (Western NC)·Dined on August 10, 2014

Party went from 3 to 5. No problem. Great staff. Highly recommend. Still do not understand yellow penguins, but so what.

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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on August 7, 2014

I took 3 colleagues here for lunch, two of whom were visiting from Chicago. The food was outstanding and I look forward to returning. That said we ahd 3 different wait staff, ask if we wanted something to drink, two if we wanted dessert, and three if we wanted coffee. Even we were confused by the end of the meal

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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on August 6, 2014

Another wonderful dinner. Brought my sister who lives in Chicago, and she couldn't believe Cincinnati had such a wonderful dining venue at such great prices. We had steak tartare, smoked olives, goat cheese, and pate. She loved the crispy onions, grainy mustard and truffle honey accompaniments. The ginger cookie with marscapone filling and meyer lemon was divine. Service is attentive without rushing you through your meal. Even complementary bottles of cold water from the valet on our way out :) We had fun browsing the gallery too. Great night!

Tags: Good for Groups, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List
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 (Louisville)·Dined on August 5, 2014

We had the carrot salad, steak tartare, seared octopus, ny strip and Amish chicken, and all good was superb. Our waiter, Clinton, was charismatic and attentive without being over the top. Atmosphere was great. It was all great. Highly recommend.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Special Occasion, Vibrant Bar Scene, Notable Wine List
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on August 2, 2014

Great night out, food was incredible, service matched and the location/space was eclectic

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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on August 2, 2014

Unfortunately at the present time i have no sense of taste or smell so I could not enjoy the food like I would have liked to. My husband however said everything he had was delicious. The service was incredible. Very friendly from the servers to the bus people. The servers were very helpful with the menu explaining everything so there were no questions. It was our 46th anniversary and appreciated the champagne on our arrival. It was a nice touch.

Tags: Romantic, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on July 26, 2014

While our overall dining experience was enjoyable, the food left a little to be desired. We started with the burned carrot salad which was great, definitely the best item on the menu. Also had the beef tartare which was enjoyable. This set the bar high, but our entrees (NY strip, and pork chop) were okay. Nothing overtly bad, just a little overseasoned on the pork, and a little less flavor on the strip. The wine pours are very substantial, the service impeccable, and the environment great. Worth a try anyway.

Tags: Romantic, Scenic View, Vibrant Bar Scene, Notable Wine List
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 (New York Area)·Dined on July 26, 2014

Bonnie was our server and made this dinner extra special. The food was fantastic and the service top notch. I wish there was a Metropole in Columbus!!

Tags: Romantic, Hot Spot
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on July 25, 2014

We had a lunch reservation and only one other table was occupied when we arrived, yet were seated at an awkward table by the wine cooler. I thought maybe this would afford us better service, but no less than 8 tables seated after us were served their food before us. We couldn't tell who was actually waiting on us, so it was difficult to know who to summon. This was a birthday luncheon with my adult children from out of town and I had hoped for a better experience. The burnt carrot salad & the crab fritters were excellent, but the recommended avocado toast was a disappointment. Glad for the experience once, but would probably book elsewhere in the future. Just FYI you've got typos on your website, i.e. it's bon appetit, not appetite.

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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on July 24, 2014

Metropole at 21c Hotel does a great job every meal I have eaten there for business and pleasure.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (Louisville)·Dined on July 21, 2014

Food was excellent (had breakfast and dinner) and the burning wood smell, along with the art, adds significant charm and ambience

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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on July 20, 2014

This is a fantastic restaurant. It might be a bit much for Cincinnati, but since it has gone for over a year now perhaps it is here to stay. Metropole is on the expensive side, so plan on this being a very special occasion and not just a spur of the moment decision. The waitstaff is very knowledgeable. It felt very much the way fine dining should without being too pretentious. Overall, it is 5 stars in my book.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on July 20, 2014

If we do not have the same server
She was a on the verge of rude
and not at all attentive
Felt at times we were eating at the medieval mansion where the servers are abusive to the patrons.
Do not know her name she did not tell us. The food was wonderful and different
If we go back and had a different server who acted the same as the one we had we would never go back again

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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on July 19, 2014

Fun atmosphere, friendly servers, unique grilled and smoked food. We will return.

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 (Louisville)·Dined on July 17, 2014

Great Meal! I started with the Mexican Negroni and it tasted just like a Negroni, no different. My dinner companion ordered from the selection of three snacks and I ordered the tartare for first course. We both agree my dish was the winner. Do not pass up the tartare. It is a must. I had the New York Strip for my entree and it was excellent. I do not recall the second entree so it apparently was not as good. We ordered the Dunn Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon for dinner. Paired well with our food.

Tags: Great for Brunch, Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Special Occasion, Notable Wine List
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 (Louisville)·Dined on July 8, 2014

Outstanding food and comfortable surroundings. Nice wine list with variety in all varietals and regions. A bit pricey for Ohio but a good investment for a special night out on the town.

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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on July 2, 2014

Creative menu, innovative space, attentive service puts you in a great frame of mind, then sticker shock when the bill comes.

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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on June 29, 2014

Although it was terribly cold in the restaurant - the AC was set to arctic - the food was top notch - one if the best meals I had in a long time. My steak was perfect and the smoked chicken was out of sight! Appetizers were unique and tasty. Get the AC fixed and you will be all set.

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 (New England)·Dined on June 28, 2014

Every bite of food was interesting and deliciously prepared. Service on a Saturday night was efficient, friendly and fun. Out of town guests at the table loved it.....and they were from San Francisco!

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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on June 28, 2014

We visited for the first time and the food and drinks were good, the burger in particular. The bar scene was cool, especially the top floor, and there were plenty of places to grab a drink. Kind of noisy though...

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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on June 28, 2014

I had been hearing great things about Metropole and finally had a chance to try it out before heading to a concert. I had the Amish chicken which was very tasty. Servers were really nice and attentive. Great spot and keep up the good work!

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 (Hawaii)·Dined on June 27, 2014

Be prepared for smoked everything: butter, fruit, veggies, meat.
Restaurant is gorgeous.

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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on June 24, 2014

Enjoyed everything we ordered!
We were in AWWWHH! With the flavor that every bite had! It was so delicious. We would recommend and go back!

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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on June 22, 2014

Started off by ordering something that I saw on the internet menu - they have been out of it for two weeks. Order a vodka on ice and got a martini...specifically ordered vodka. Noticed that most of their specialties were burnt - burnt carrot salad, burnt beet salad, vegetable plate, etc. They were not totally burnt but at least 1 side was scorched.

Food was good, the atmosphere pleasant, the clothes of the wait staff reminded me of some college students that just came in off the street.

Talking to others they apparently change their menu often. "Did you try...not on the menu!" Nice visit but I think I got off on the wrong foot with ordering the food no longer available and complaining about the drink being wrong.

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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on June 21, 2014

Dinner was amazing, from the atmosphere to the undoubtedly talented chefs, to our fantastic server, and busboy!

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vip
 (Cincinnati)·Dined on June 21, 2014

Metropole offers a great option for dinner before a show at the Aranoff. The menu is eclectic, the service attentive and the experience is definitely top notch. The smoked grapes alone are a little mind-blowing.... Challenge your palette!

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 (New York Area)·Dined on June 20, 2014

Could not find seating where I was not being blown by cold air. Freezing ... which affected the enjoyment of the evening.

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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on June 17, 2014

Even though the menu is limited, the choices are always interesting, creative and tasty. Food offerings often require explanation and the servers are very in tune with the menu choices and explain nicely.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Special Occasion, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on June 16, 2014

Outstanding service, Ambience. Museum hotel. You must see the 4 floor collection of modern art and sculpture! Eclectic menu outstandingly presented and very good. Had out of town, first timers with us and they were knocked out. On the expensive side. Plan on at least $50 per, more with expensive wine.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on June 15, 2014

We visited for Father's Day breakfast. The meal was fine but nothing special. I believe the waitress was new because she didn't know the menu and couldn't answer our questions. The sausage was too sweet, the bloody mary and mimosa were good, and the english muffin was made from scratch.

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vip
 (Portland)·Dined on June 14, 2014

The menu selection was very limited. One of the dishes we ordered (porgy fish) was inedible. It was full of small bones and not appealing or tasty.
The wine selection was above average but the prices were tripled, which is unusual for this market.
Unlikely to go back.

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