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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

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4.1

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Moderate

86% would recommend it to a friend

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Bar Seating (14)
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined 3 days ago

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.

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 (New York Area)·Dined 3 days ago

Nice atmosphere, good food and convenient location for theater.

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 (Western NC)·Dined 5 days ago

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.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Handcrafted Cocktails, Authentic, Romantic, Bar Seating, Special Occasion, Hot Spot, Fit for Foodies, Pre/post Theatre
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined 6 days ago

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.

Tags: Tasting Menu, Creative Cuisine
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 (New York Area)·Dined 6 days ago

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.

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·Dined on January 1, 2018

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.

Tags: Casual, Bar Seating, Fun
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on January 1, 2018

We love Metropole but this time the food was not good. The pork entrée had to be sent back- it was one big piece of fat. The burger was satisfactory but normally the best in town. Our server was fabulous though!

Tags: Pre/post Theatre
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on December 31, 2017

NYE Dinner and the food and service was AMAZING! Thank you so much for a great start to a wonderful evening.

Tags: Business Meals, Good for Birthdays, Pre/post Theatre, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on December 31, 2017

Overpriced and not very good food. The smoothie bowl was too sweet and did not come as described (no granola). Egg breakfast was just ok and small portions for price.

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·Dined on December 31, 2017

I wish I could remember our waiters name. His recommendations and friendly demeanor made our exoorence amazing. He was very knowledable and paired our drinks with our food and it couldn’t have been more perfect for our date night!

Tags: Healthy, Spicy, Tasting Menu, Handcrafted Cocktails, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, People Watching, Worth the Drive, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Special Occasion, Fun
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on December 30, 2017

Our service was spectacular! Wonderful food and drinks!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Pre/post Theatre, Handcrafted Cocktails
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·Dined on December 30, 2017

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!!

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic
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vip
 (Cincinnati)·Dined on December 29, 2017

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.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Seasonal, Neighborhood Gem, Pre/post Theatre, Creative Cuisine, Romantic
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on December 28, 2017

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.

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·Dined on December 27, 2017

Stopped by for lunch on a very cold day. Had delicious ginger/orange tea. Ordered and enjoyed a delicious lunch. Strolled through the museum exhibit. A lovely afternoon.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Healthy, Good Vegetarian Options, Cozy, Creative Cuisine, Local Ingredients, Great for Lunch
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vip
 (Cincinnati)·Dined on December 25, 2017

We went for Christmas Eve. Party of 3 with a kid. I would do it again. Very friendly. Good food. Service can improve...

Tags: Special Occasion, Seasonal
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·Dined on December 22, 2017

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.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on December 17, 2017

Great restaurant with excellence service and ambiance... also, order the chicken dish. It’s the best ever!

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Good for a Date, Worth the Drive
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on December 16, 2017

The food was very good but tooooo much noise, very good service

Tags: Tasting Menu, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Notable Wine List, Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine, Good for Birthdays, Worth the Drive
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vip
 (Columbus)·Dined on December 16, 2017

We thoroughly enjoyed our meal at Metropole. The food was wonderful and well presented. In addition, the staff was very knowledgeable and helpful. Thanks for a great experience!

Tags: Good for Groups, Creative Cuisine, Cozy, Fit for Foodies, Local Ingredients, Good for Birthdays
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on December 13, 2017

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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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on December 11, 2017

Great food, wine, & service..
Excellent late night menu.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine, Late-night Find, Pre/post Theatre
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on December 10, 2017

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.

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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.

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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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 (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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 (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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 (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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 (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.

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