Metropolis

4.7
167 reviews
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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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New England
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Tastiest food I have ever had at the OBX. Been visiting here for 6 summers and no place comes close. Every bite was bursting with flavor. The splendid cocktails paired perfectly with the variety of tapas we ate. Chef Mark's jambalaya was the best of the best. Will be returning soon.

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New York Area
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 3

Food was not as expected, some of the dishes had zero taste.

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DF
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Five of us went on a Monday night during our vacation in Corolla. Delicious food and drink and great service. Would definitely go again.

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Poconos
3 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We went to Metropolis with another couple. We thoroughly enjoyed the Tapas because we got to try things we would not necessarily order if it were just the two of us.

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DD
Philadelphia
26 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Terrific menu both for food and cocktails. Wait staff and bar tender were superb and fun. Love the tapas approach and great specials too. Will definitely be back. One of the best finds in OBX.

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Pittsburgh
185 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

We’ve been here each year over 4 years. This time the food quality was much lower. Still good, but not great as before. For these prices and dip in food quality we’ll probably pass next year.

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I
1 review
Dined on July 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

My friend and I found this marvelous restaurant a while ago and fell in love!
The asparagus soup is to die for and I really liked the peach martini.
We were so impressed last time that I purchased “ Chefs of the Coast” -restaurants & recipes from the
North Carolina Coast!
To all, keep up the good work and we will see you next season!

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JR
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Friendly Staff explaining the flexible ordering giving you the ability to try many different dishes. Food was great and both Mark and Matt were also in the house making sure we enjoyed our visit. Let me also say the cocktails are creative and tasty! Overall a great experience. We are looking forward to visiting again on our next trip to Corolla.

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Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on July 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing meal! Highly recommend. Small plates were well prepared. Must try the asparagus soup. Will definitely return.

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SL
Chicago
30 reviews
Dined on July 9, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

As you would expect: the opportunity to enjoy various tasty bites with a pal is something to embrace. We loved your asparagus soup and crab cakes! Also yummy: bowtie pasta with mushrooms and parmesan sauce. Monte Christo plate was ok. I think dicing the ham and using swiss cheese instead of brie would make my palate happier. We savored your creative bar drinks. Servers were attentive and genuinely concerned we were enjoying our selections. Looking forward to returning during our next trip in a year or so!

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Wilmington
1 review
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and friendly environment

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JJ
Wilmington
1 review
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

been coming here for many years now for our anniversary every July... I am grateful for the late open kitchen as we go typically at 9/9:30 pm to avoid crowds...we had another great experience this past Friday night

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OT
1 review
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

Food was excellent. Portions were small and pricey, but this was expected — and the taste, presentation and overall appeal were all on point. The drink selection was imaginative and the drinks were well-made, but each round took longer and longer to arrive. It was a busy night, and they could have used an extra bartender. The food was well-timed, and our server did her best to keep us updated about the status of our drinks. Overall, a nice night out.

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New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

The food was delicious but it was way too loud. The crowd was. It young but nonetheless the music and ambient noise meant one had to scream to be heard. The service was adequate given that we were a large group. The server gave more attention to the men but she misjudged who was paying the bill.

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Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was delicious! Waitstaff very friendly and quick to serve. Would recommend a reservation in advance as the restaurant is on the small side. Appears to have open bar non reserved seating, but need to show up before 6 to guarantee a spot!

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Jackson Hole
1 review
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great as always

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KL
1 review
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was great. All the sauces for the dishes were amazing. Cool atmosphere. Lots of fun drinks to choose from. Would go back!

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C
Pittsburgh
11 reviews
Dined on June 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place. We always est here when in the Outer Banks. Great restaurant..

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BB
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on June 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was our second time within a week. While they suggested trying 2 dishes per person, we were prepared this time with a larger group to sample more dishes. Everything was very pretty and very tasty! The signature passion fruit and jalapeno margarita were yummy! The asparagus soup with crab and the oyster mushroom cream sauce with bowtie pasta were my favorites. I highly recommend a visit! We ended up at about $45 per person including the margarita, tax and tip.

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AO
Cincinnati
3 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We dined at Metropolis for our 29th wedding anniversary while on vacation in Corolla, NC. Our entire experience was wonderful. The staff was very attentive and gracious. This is a Tapas restaurant so be prepared for small portions. The Chef's created some wonderful flavor combinations in the various dishes. We order many of them. The Crab Cakes were amazing. The charcuterie plate was fabulous. The “Monte Cristo” Cigarillos..Ham & Brie Spring Rolls w/ Powdered Sugar & Strawberry Sauce were our favorite. The Pan Seared Local Jumbo Scallops were perfectly seared and melt in your mouth delicious.
We ordered several Martini's and they were wonderful; very well balanced.

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Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on June 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great menu, interesting dishes. Everything we ate was delicious. Service was wonderful. We’ll be back!

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EC
1 review
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of the best restaurants on the outer banks. Food is great and the drinks were delicious. Am definitely going back!

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CD
Baltimore
4 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

Enjoyed a selection of Tapas and the house made soup was outstanding. Being from just outside NYC, I did not expect to see NYC pricing for cocktails on the shoulder season on OBX! Tapas while pricey were absolutely top-notch as was the peach cocktails we ordered. Location/ambiance is very average....think upscale strip mall!

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KD
New York Area
20 reviews
Dined on May 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was great! Service was efficient and food was outstanding! We consider this restaurant a hidden gem in the Outer Banks. In addition to the tapas pictured we had the escargot (so tender) and quail (which was served with a wasabi-ginger slaw, on its own the slaw would have satisfied us as a separate plate - excellent flavor and very fresh).

This was our second visit and exceeded our expectations. We will be back next time we visit OBX!

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VF
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on May 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food, service and drinks were all fantastic. We especially loved the passion fruit margaritas and the panna cotta dessert. We have eaten here several times, and look forward to returning on our next trip to Corolla.

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Wilmington
8 reviews
Dined on May 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always outstanding! The cream of asparagus soup is the best soup I have ever had.

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OT
1 review
Dined on May 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Our server was absolutely fabulous. We were a large, last minute reservation with some picky eaters. He made the dinner so enjoyable and stress free. The food and drinks were absolutely fabulous.

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J
Baltimore
32 reviews
Dined on May 23, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 4

We love Metropolis and have visited here since they opened. This last visit was not great. The service was wonderful as usual, but the food was lacking - bland, minuscule and certainly not worth the price. I saw the usual chef in the kitchen so I’m not sure what was up. Will try again and hope for the best. It’s a gem and I would hate to see it falter.

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BK
1 review
Dined on May 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We really enjoyed our time at the metropolis. The food was delicious, probably the best tapas we’ve ever had and the wine selection although small was very very nice. We wished we had stayed longer in the Outer Banks, Corolla specifically, so that we could have gone back for a second time. I would recommend this restaurant to anyone who likes something a little different and something really really good

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Phoenix
3 reviews
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Metropolis is amazing and so creative! Would recommend it to anyone in the area!

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Charlotte
1 review
Dined on May 14, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 5

Food lackes seasoning and focus on texture. Service was great, clean, and friendly staff

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Greensboro
23 reviews
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had dinner there with my parents and husband and throughly enjoyed our meal. We had both the small and large tapas entree and enjoyed everything we had. All items were fresh and seasoned to perfection . We would be happy to return. Nice wine selection by the glass and bottle.

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KC
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on May 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We have dinner at Metropolis on every trip to the Outer Banks, NC - at least once and often twice each year. My wife and I usually travel with friends so typically 4-8 of us have dinner. The small plate menu at Metropolis is perfect for sharing. The items on the menu are all delicious (we've tried most) - creative, seasonal, and featuring local foods in many cases. The martini and wine list is lengthy and well matched to the foods on offer. The master chef and all the others who work at Metropolis are friendly and gracious.

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Raleigh
1 review
Dined on May 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Matt and Mark are masters of drunk and food.
NYC class restaurant on OBX

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T
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

A local tipped us off to this great tapas restaurant that has been in Corolla for years. We tried the scallops and mini crab cakes both of which were great. Also a very chocolate desert. They have a large bar and many wines to choose from. We will definitely go back on our next trip to Corolla in May.

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

The two tapas small plates we ordered were flavorful and the service was personalized. We tried one of the specialty drinks and were not disappointed. The dessert was excellent as well.

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Wilmington
2 reviews
Dined on March 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food is always awesome

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G
Richmond
27 reviews
Dined on March 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was our first time at Metropolis. Every small plate we tried was delicious. We will definitely be back next time we’re in the Outer Banks.

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MM
1 review
Dined on March 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A pleasant and enjoyable experience. Amazingly delicious food...tantalizing mushroom soup, perfect chicken thigh spring rolls, and delicious crab/bow tie pasta in marinara spice. All items plated perfectly. Service was polite and professional. A truly nice evening!

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RM
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Literally our favorite restaurant in the entire Outer Banks! Craft cocktails paired with amazing handcrafted dishes that are out of this world fabulous!! The special board is always a real treat and the menu is sure to please everyone in your party. A dining experience like no other!!

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