Metropolis

4.8
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235 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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KellyB
Orlando
8 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

If we were staying longer, we would go back again! Everyone was spaced appropriately and wearing masks when required. Matt took great care of us.

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OpenTable Diner
Naples
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience4

The service and food were excellent . My quests loved everything on the menu. One suggestion : as someone with a seafood allergy , it would be great if there were a few additional seafood-free menu options.

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BobY
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great Service, I thought it was a little pricey and the food was good, not great..

JG
vipJuliaG
Raleigh
14 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food5service4ambience4

My husband and I ate at Metropolis while on vacation in Corolla. The asparagus soup was delicious and the lump crab martini very good - although there were many more tomatoes than lump crab. My husband had the shrimp fried rice and I, the duck fried rice. Both were delicious. For dessert, my husband enjoyed the dark chocolate mousse and I, the cheese plate. Everything we ordered was well-prepared, delicious and well-timed. The cocktail and wine list were most interesting and varied. While I described the atmosphere as quiet, we at at Metropolis during COVID-19 and only half the tables were available for use so it may be livelier at a different time.

MB
MBD2
Baltimore
6 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was outstanding. Keep in mind these are tapas so the plates are not real big. But everything we had was very tasty. The service was very attentive and friendly. I will definitely go back.

DH
DavidH
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on September 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

5 star food and service as always!

LJ
vipLarryJ
Tampa
39 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Metropolis is one of our favorite places to dine on the Outer Banks. The menu is diverse and the food is consistently top notch. Great cocktails and a wide selection of beers and wine. The service is always great, and the prices are reasonable. Excellent compliance with Covid-19 protocols, sanitation, & social distancing. Both inside and outside dining are available. Make a reservation, since Metropolis is not large and with social distancing fewer tables are available.

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ChrisD
Tampa
7 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Have always loved this restaurant. Love there creative menus, friendly easy atmosphere, and absolutely delicious drinks and food!!!

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SteveA
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

An absolutely great place to eat on the Outer Banks. Small plates so you can try different dishes. Friendly staff and wildly creative menu.

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DawnS
Richmond
2 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience2

Food and libations were delightful. The seasonal fruit martinis were exceptional! My favorite was peach.

There was a large group sitting next to us who were obviously intoxicated, and they were extremely loud -- reverberating off the walls loud. They treated the restaurant more like a bar and did not order food. We were there as a family and expected a quieter, more conversational tone. This absolutely could have been a one-time experience, and we still highly recommend the restaurant. We will return next time we are in town.

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NOLA2VA
Richmond
2 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Best secret right now. Not busy so servers can dote...
We had several of the bigger tapas plates and all were delicious. I tried the strawberry martini and it did not disappoint. Even my finicky but well traveled teenage girls enjoyed the experience which is an amazing feat!

Maybe we will make it back one more time while we are on vacation.

JEL,
Richmond, VA

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BarbaraH
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We have eaten here many times and it is always very good! It is $$$ but a worth while place to hit when in Corolla.

JW
JudithW
1 review
Dined on August 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love this restaurant. Mark is fabulous. We've been going there for a number of years now and are never disappointed. The food is fabulous. The drinks are amazing. We bring friends along whenever possible and during COVID they've done a great job of distancing to make us feel comfortable.

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KellyM
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We loved our wonderful evening!!!! We tried almost everything on the menu for the 4 of us. Strawberry and peach martinis were delicious! The only constructive criticism would be more dessert options! We would definitely return!

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vipTomM
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on August 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best place for foodies on the Outer Banks. Creative and delicious small and medium plates to mix and match to make up a delightful meal. Service is top notch and personable. Drinks are as good as the food in variety and creativity. Peach martini is to die for. Don't let the location fool you (small shopping center, no view needed with food this good). Don't miss this!

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ReneeH
Richmond
3 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was beyond superb! Will definitely be back and totally recommend!

OT
vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great menu. Each plate was outstanding. Open, very clean environment. Awesome staff. We are going back Tuesday evening.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Wilmington
1 review
Dined on August 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I’ve been here plenty of times, and everything about this place is amazing! The ambiance, the food, the cocktails, and the service! Ask about the Buddha painting. It’s an awesome story 😉

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TiffanyA
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on July 31, 2020
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.

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

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

JM
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.

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

Always a great meal

D
vipDonnie
Pittsburgh
293 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always love it here

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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!

OT
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
26 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

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

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

AB
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 England
26 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Fantastic food and creative cocktails, very attentive staff.

OT
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.

OT
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!

DJ
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.

MB
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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