Metropolis

4.7
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216 Reviews
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$30 and under
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Tapas / Small Plates
Metropolis has a chic, urban adult atmosphere where creativity is king. Lava lamps, abstract art and the clever fusion of food and drink await. More than 80 hand crafted martinis, 20 single malt scotches, a sophisticated winelist and an everchanging assortment of fabulous things to eat are offered. Metropolis offers more than 50 "small plates" (the literal translation of "tapas"), some lighter, some heavier, some hot, some cold, and from there the fun begins.
Between the two of them, Mark and Matt of Metropolis have over 30 years of restaurant experience in Corolla, and they pride themselves on making your experience at Metropolis a memorable one. Open year round for dinner. Metropolis is a favorite of locals and those in the restaurant industry.
Come and see what so many people are talking about. Metropolis...just like in "the city"...but better!
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TiffanyA
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, drinks, and atmosphere! They are doing a good job with the Covid restrictions. We felt very safe knowing they were taking the appropriate precautions. We will definitely go back.

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ChrisB
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

They never disappoint. Been coming here for years and plan to continue!

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vipJaniceM
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on July 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fun tapas restaurant with great small bites. The food was fresh and delicious. I felt especially safe visiting during Covid. Masks were mandated while not seated at the table and all staff were masked.

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OpenTable Diner
Kansas City
1 review
Dined on July 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a great meal

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vipANNA
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on July 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food was delicious. Expertly presented. Best seafood of the trip. Very quiet and COVID 19 safe protocols in place. Support this local restaurant!

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OpenTable Diner
Richmond
1 review
Dined on July 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was a fantastic experience!

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vipAlexandriaLocal
Washington DC
32 reviews
Dined on July 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent dining option. Hidden gem. Asparagus & crab soup was amazing, as was the crab & tomato salad. Crab & bow tie pasta & ahi tuna were delicious entree choices. Highly recommend!

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ThomasF
Wilmington
24 reviews
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall3food4service3ambience2

Small plates, tasty food, good bar but not cheap. The place almost empty. Not worth the ride from 30 minutes away

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was great, wish we could have tried the whole menu!

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vipAnnB
Washington DC
44 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is one of our go-to places when we visit Corolla and it never fails to please. The menu is always creative, with something new every time. Standouts this trip were the Thai shrimp curry, the duck confit on bow tie pasta and garlic bisque. I am partial to their foie gras, but this version with pineapple didn't wow me. A nice surprise was the Vegetarian and gluten free menu options, which was great for one of our party. Matt and Mark took good care of us. I am only disappointed that they close on Jan 1 for 6 weeks, so we can't get back after the 1 st

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vipLawrenceH
New York Area
25 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Fantastic food and creative cocktails, very attentive staff.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our third visit to Metropolis. We enjoy tapas and always find several interesting dishes at this 'not your usual' beach restaurant in Corolla. We especially enjoyed the garlic bisque, Thai Shrimp Cakes and Jumbo Scallops a la Picatta.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Anchorage
1 review
Dined on November 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The specials were amazing - both drinks and food. We had a lovely date night here. Would definitely recommend!

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vipDrJohn
Richmond
96 reviews
Dined on October 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Right from the start, walking in and being greeted with smiling faces and hearty handshake through great service and wonderful food and upon leaving handshakes and looking forward to seeing us again

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vipabcd
Washington DC
29 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We always make Metropolis our first stop for dinner in the Outer Banks. The dishes are great and the ambiance gets us in the mood for our time at the beach.

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MarkB
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We love Metropolis. We visit the Outer Banks almost every year. Last year was our first Metropolis experience. This year we went twice. The meals were wonderful. I highly recommend Metropolis. We we be there again next year!

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Bhoward
San Antonio
1 review
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

My wife and I have been dining at metropolis for two years. This is a tapas-style restaurant with small plates. While all menu are excellent, we usually order off the daily menu: the scallops and pasta dishes are favorites. I don't drink but my loves their cocktails. B Howard

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vipWayneA
Raleigh
8 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best food on the outer banks

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Court
1 review
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always great service and amazing menu of plates that covers everyone.

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DanielS
Richmond
1 review
Dined on October 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Metropolis is absolutely superb. One of the best restaurants you can find anywhere. Wonderful, eclectic food tapas. It is always a highlight . The chefs are excellent.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
11 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall3food4service3ambience4

Food was ok, but honestly it was very small plates and service was a bit slow, and all in all a bit over priced. I would not rush back. Good cocktails though.

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SteveR
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Creative tapas like curried duck and a variety of seafood dishes make this restaurant located on the NC Outer Banks a special experience. The ambiance was quiet, comfortable, causal and soothing.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Baltimore
5 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food and drinks were absolutely amazing!!!!!

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rodogdorothy
Chicago
35 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

On vacation in outer banks. Metropolis came up on open table when we were searching for a restaurant near us for later in the day. We love tapas restaurants and were excited to find one near us in Duck, NC. While we had expected it to be a Spanish inspired menu, we were delighted with the local take on the tapas. Staff were very helpful and we really enjoyed the cocktail and wine lists.

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Marco
Charleston
6 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience5

We enjoyed each of the plates we ordered. The food was very good, bordering on excellent. My only complaint, more an annoyance, was how fast the servers removed our *almost* empty plates. The restaurant was not busy so I don't know why they felt the need to clear our table so quickly. In addition our food came out very quickly so we could not comfortably enjoy each different tapas plate we ordered. We would go back, the food was very good, and the overall ambiance of the place is good.

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MichaelH
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall2food3service2ambience3

A lot of money for very little food. When we got there I told the owner I ate low carb and he said no problem, gave me a gf menu. Not the same thing. Ordered jambalaya, it was a cup full of rice and tomatoes sauce, 4 little chunks of shrimp. The waitresses didn’t ask if anything was wrong when she took away a full cup. I wish the owner told me at the beginning of the meal that he couldn’t accommodate me then I would of save a lot of money.
put in reservation that it was my anniversary and nothing was said.

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vipBethN
Atlantic City
38 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Food was delicious and the service was good as well. Great cocktails and tapas options are so fun ask for recommendations! Definitely come back for sure 😀

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LawrenceL
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Simply outstanding food - recipes that challenged the taste buds with new flavors & seasonings. Wait staff were cheerful, responsive, but not intruding.
Metropolis may become our "Friday night meal in Corolla" each year we return.

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vipGregT
New York Area
50 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We ate here with a party of 7, six adults and one 4 year old. It was a great experience. All of the dish’s were very creative and excellent. This was the best restaurant we ate at during our week at the OBX.

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ArchieAwesome
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 21, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience4

I think my expectations may have been a bit too high. Food was ok.

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vipCRMM
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on August 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our first time here and we'll definitely be back. Lots of delicious small plate options, we enjoyed every one we had. Service was great, helpful with making recommendations.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on August 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous food and drinks. We eat here several times each year. Love it!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on August 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, wonderful service, and great atmosphere. Highly recommend this spot for a dinner date!

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JulieI
Baltimore
7 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Drove all the way from Kill Devil Hills on a friends recommendation. We joked that we hoped it would be worth it. The service was amazing as was the food. We shared a bunch of small plates.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Miami
6 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great. Interesting menu with lots of choices. Loved it!

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Bean
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience3

Great food. Enjoyed all dishes. The ambiance is lacking and the space is noisy. Server was delightful as was the hostess. Drinks were great but pricey.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on August 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything we ordered was cooked and seasoned to perfection. We had the ham and Brie cigarillos, the scallops, the seared tuna, and an oyster mushroom risotto special. Loved every bite.

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vipSteveL
Richmond
25 reviews
Dined on August 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We enjoyed every bite of our dinner. The soup special was cream of asparagus with crabmeat and truffle oil finish. It was one of the best soups I’ve ever had. The monte Cristo spring rolls were creative and delicious. It was the perfect size to enjoy the taste without being overwhelmed with the large sandwich size that is typically served elsewhere. The saffron mushroom risotto was divine. It was the best risotto and we wish it was added to the everyday menu. We also enjoyed eating in a beautiful dining room. Just because we are at the beach doesn’t mean we enjoy dining in shack like environments while on vacation. Our waiter was efficient and well timed with each course and the check. We will definitely be back.

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StephanS
Richmond
1 review
Dined on August 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Metropolis is one of those rare gems that you never expect to find when searching for shells at the beach. The ambiance is chic, relaxed and elegant. Like drinking a martini on the beach. Most importantly, the food is exquisite. I would put Mark's cuisine up against the best chefs in New York. Between the food/drink menu and the atmosphere, Metropolis has become one of our favorites, anywhere. We always eat there twice when taking a week in Corolla.

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rgberg
Philadelphia
10 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Outstanding and creative food. We couldn't decide which dish was our favorite since they were all so good. This place is a real gem.

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