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Metropolis

4.4
4.4
384 Reviews
$30 and under
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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  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    Tapas / Small Plates, Contemporary Southern, Fusion / Eclectic

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner
    Daily 5:00 pm–9:00 pm
    Valentine"s Day dinner
    Tue 5:00 pm–9:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (252) 453-6167

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Resort Casual

  • Executive chef

    Mark Anthony

  • Catering

    Metropolis has extensive off premise catering experience. We are fully licensed and permitted. We have catered parties as large as 1000 and weddings as large as 250. We can travel anywhere from Hatteras to the 4x4 territory in Carova. Menus are unique and are custom built with Metropolis' Executive Chef, Mark Anthony

  • Neighborhood

    Corolla

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Chef's Table, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Menu

Lighter Tapas

  • Locally Baked Brioche$5.00

    w/ White Truffle Honey Butter

    • Martini of Lump Crab$13.00

      Segmented Grapefruit, Celery, Old Bay Aioli & Chive

      • Artisanal Cheese Plate$12.00

        • Kung Pao Fried Calamari$9.00

          Crushed Peanut, Red Bell, Scallion & Sesame

          • Salad of Baby Arugula$10.00

            Va. Peanuts, Goat Cheese, Candied Bacon, Pickled Sweet Onion & Roasted Shallot Vinaigrette

            • Chef Inspired Duo of Ahi$12.00

              • Grilled Shrimp Skewers (2)$12.00

                Crispy Polenta, Sweet Pepper Relish

                • Chilled Garlic Oil Poached Asparagus$10.00

                  Crumbled Egg Yolk, Black Truffle Vinaigrette

                  Heavier Tapas

                  • Pan Seared Local Jumbo Sea Scallops$16.00

                    Bacon Fried Abalone Mushroom, Lemon Mousse, Foie Gras Vinaigrette

                    • Lamb Kefta Kebab$14.00

                      Tomato & Coriander Chick Pea Stew, Tzaziki

                      • Pan Roasted Abalone Mushroom$13.00

                        Panko Crusted Goat Cheese, Roasted Garlic Marinara

                        • "St. Martin" Spicy Shrimp Stew$12.00

                          Curried Carolina Rice

                          • Quail & Grits$13.00

                            Cornmeal Crusted Fried Quail, Goat Cheese Grits, Red Eye Gravy

                            • Angel Hair w/ Lump Crab$14.00

                              Va. Country Ham, Tomato, Basil Cream & GBC

                              • Butter Poached Beef Tenderloin$14.00

                                Roasted Asparagus, White Truffle Buerre Blanc

                                Last updated: September 1, 2016

                                What 384 people are saying

                                Overall ratings and reviews

                                Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

                                4.4
                                4.4 based on recent ratings
                                • 4.5Food
                                • 4.4Service
                                • 4.3Ambience
                                • 4.1Value

                                NoiseModerate

                                Loved For

                                • Coastal North Carolina

                                  Notable Wine List

                                • Coastal North Carolina

                                  Vibrant Bar Scene

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                                1. BS

                                  BarbaraS

                                  1 review

                                  5.0

                                  1 review

                                  Dined 4 days ago

                                  overall5food5service5ambience4

                                  Wonderful food and enjoyable dinner. One of our favorite restaurants in Corolla.

                                2. DG

                                  DeborahG

                                  1 review

                                  5.0

                                  1 review

                                  Dined 6 days ago

                                  overall5food5service5ambience5

                                  Lovely little place with interesting selection of tapas. Everything was delicious. Calamari , Quail and Curry dishes were exceptional.

                                3. TM

                                  TracyM

                                  Washington DC

                                  5 reviews

                                  5.0

                                  5 reviews

                                  Dined on November 21, 2021

                                  overall5food5service5ambience5

                                  The menu wasn’t just the same old things and then the flavors were really incredible. The wine and drink selection were also good and service was fast and knowledgeable. I’d definitely go back!

                                4. CC

                                  ChrisC

                                  1 review

                                  5.0

                                  1 review

                                  Dined on November 20, 2021

                                  overall5food5service5ambience5

                                  Delicious food and fabulous drinks!! Service was outstanding and fun atmosphere!!

                                5. l

                                  lchinvabch23451

                                  Richmond

                                  2 reviews

                                  vip
                                  5.0

                                  2 reviews

                                  Dined on November 14, 2021

                                  overall5food5service5ambience5

                                  This is one of the gems of the OBX! It’s one of our favorite dining spots, with exceptional food, cocktails, and wine selection. The food is fresh, locally sourced, and never disappoints. Try some of the house-made chocolates…they are unlike any other chocolate and a decadent treat.

                                6. S

                                  Spyke

                                  Washington DC

                                  48 reviews

                                  vip
                                  5.0

                                  48 reviews

                                  Dined on November 14, 2021

                                  overall5food5service5ambience5

                                  What an unexpected gem! We hadn’t been to the Outer Banks in about 6 years, so Metropolis was new to us. WOW doesn’t to it justice. Mark & Matt have created an epicurean delight in the most unlikely place in a strip mall. I’ve had my share of manhattans, so when I saw “The Perfect Manhattan “ on the (extensive) martini list, I thought it a bit presumptuous. I ordered it nonetheless, and it really was perfect. No kidding. My husband had the Hot & Dirty, which he described as “if you were swimming in the ocean and the ocean was made of martini, that’s how this drink tastes.” A compliment, just so you know. We had calamari that was perfectly seasoned and crispy, with no tentacles - a big plus in my book. The street tacos were delish, made even more so with the homemade salsa verde. The finishing touch was the dark chocolate plate. Mark had me with his story of his travels to Barbados, and how the ingredients and aromas influenced his cooking and chocolate making. The central chocolate was listed as a curry chocolate. I DESPISE curry; can’t even take the smell of it. So it was with some trepidation that I tried it. I was transfixed. There was a symphony of flavors in my mouth - curry, cumin, velvety chocolate - it was a true taste delight. Mark explained about the other chocolates, and they all exceeded expectations. I had these with ginger liqueur, just for a touch of sharp. All my senses were in gustatory heaven. This is a hidden jewel worth seeking out. I cannot wait to go back.

                                7. AB

                                  AllenB

                                  New York Area

                                  9 reviews

                                  5.0

                                  9 reviews

                                  Dined on November 4, 2021

                                  overall5food5service5ambience5

                                  Very tasty food.

                                8. S

                                  Snick

                                  Vancouver

                                  2 reviews

                                  5.0

                                  2 reviews

                                  Dined on November 3, 2021

                                  overall5food5service5ambience4

                                  Small restaurant with several tables for 2 and a little bigger table or 2 at the end of the bar. It was lovely and quiet in early November and the food was delicious , as were the drinks. Delicious subtle grilled corn and crab chowder, wonderful, light fried calamari and a fresh seafood in a light broth made for a nice meal. No heavy feeling of having eaten too much. We’ll return again. Rather sophisticated palate pleasers - so probably not for kids.

                                9. SR

                                  SteveR

                                  Richmond

                                  4 reviews

                                  5.0

                                  4 reviews

                                  Dined on November 1, 2021

                                  overall5food5service5ambience5

                                  Loved everything about it. Delicious tapas, nice atmosphere, great service. Definitely a favorite!

                                10. VA

                                  VAba

                                  Tampa

                                  15 reviews

                                  5.0

                                  15 reviews

                                  Dined on October 29, 2021

                                  overall5food5service5ambience5

                                  Metropolis is simply outstanding. The menu is fresh and creative. The variety of flavors offered is extensive and wonderful. The addition of the house-made chocolates really takes the experience to a higher level. Mark and Matt take personal interest in guests. Try the Empress Gin martini. 😊

                                11. b

                                  beth

                                  Baltimore

                                  20 reviews

                                  5.0

                                  20 reviews

                                  Dined on October 28, 2021

                                  overall5food5service5ambience5

                                  We had not been to the black olive for several years and now want to return very soon! The appetizer combination plate was delicious, as was the scallops and fish. There are multiple vegetarian options as well. Wait staff were helpful and prompt. Truly an exceptional meal!

                                12. OT

                                  OpenTable Diner

                                  Philadelphia

                                  1 review

                                  2.0

                                  1 review

                                  Dined on October 21, 2021

                                  overall2food2service3ambience4

                                  Portions known to be small, but there were ridiculous Soup was outstanding, but for $13.50 it should be record breaking Drinks were fine, but overpriced Won’t go back unless to just spend 30 minutes with buddies for a beer.

                                13. GW

                                  GeriW

                                  San Diego

                                  9 reviews

                                  vip
                                  5.0

                                  9 reviews

                                  Dined on October 17, 2021

                                  overall5food5service5ambience5

                                  Visiting in the OBX from southern Calif. We happened to read about this executive chef and made a point to eat there on a quiet Sunday evening. The drinks were terrific, but the food was amazing. The asparagus soup with crab unforgettable. And the 6 small tapas we shared were superb and beautifully presented. A lot of care and skill went into this cooking. Certainly the best food by far on this trip..

                                14. AB

                                  AnnB

                                  Washington DC

                                  46 reviews

                                  vip
                                  5.0

                                  46 reviews

                                  Dined on October 17, 2021

                                  overall5food5service5ambience5

                                  This is our go-to place for arrival night in Corolla no matter what time of year. The food is always wonderful and Mark likes to freshen up the menu periodically to take advantage of local and seasonal ingredients. Tuna tartare never fails to please Newer to the menu is crab Rangoon. One Of us is a foie gras fan and it is always on the menu. This week saw it accented with blue cheese and fresh strawberry purée. It is tapas, so easy to try multiple items. And Matt makes terrific martinis!

                                15. JB

                                  JosephB

                                  Charleston

                                  1 review

                                  5.0

                                  1 review

                                  Dined on October 17, 2021

                                  overall5food5service5ambience5

                                  Creative varied menus. Best drinks around. Absolutely love this place. Small plates so you can sample a number of dishes. Awesome crab rangoons!

                                16. DD

                                  DiningDiva

                                  Philadelphia

                                  35 reviews

                                  vip
                                  5.0

                                  35 reviews

                                  Dined on October 15, 2021

                                  overall5food5service5ambience5

                                  We love Metropolis. Hands down our favorite on OBX. Food is always outstanding. Cocktails are always perfect. Owners are personable and we look forward to seeing them. Top rate!

                                17. OT

                                  OpenTable Diner

                                  Washington DC

                                  4 reviews

                                  4.0

                                  4 reviews

                                  Dined on October 13, 2021

                                  overall4food5service2ambience4

                                  The food is always delicious and innovative! Nice warm atmosphere, Martini's are the best! Service could be a little more friendly.

                                18. j

                                  johnm

                                  Baltimore

                                  1 review

                                  1.0

                                  1 review

                                  Dined on October 8, 2021

                                  overall1food3service1ambience4

                                  Awful service

                                19. OT

                                  OpenTable Diner

                                  Greensboro

                                  1 review

                                  5.0

                                  1 review

                                  Dined on October 7, 2021

                                  overall5food5service5ambience5

                                  Everything from start to finish was flawless! Amazing atmosphere and food/drinks!

                                20. LP

                                  LeeP

                                  Baltimore

                                  1 review

                                  5.0

                                  1 review

                                  Dined on October 7, 2021

                                  overall5food5service5ambience4

                                  Asparagus soup is wonderful as is the Fois Gras. Scallops are always excellent and the mushroom stuffed raves are delicious. Always an exciting and creative menu!

                                21. b

                                  bpatl

                                  Atlanta

                                  1 review

                                  2.0

                                  1 review

                                  Dined on October 2, 2021

                                  overall2food2service4ambience3

                                  Had been here a few times before but this time we were all disappointed (6 of us). Food was flavorless and overpriced this time. We were all looking forward to dinner as we had been there before but left disappointed.

                                22. DS

                                  DianeS

                                  1 review

                                  5.0

                                  1 review

                                  Dined on September 29, 2021

                                  overall5food5service5ambience5

                                  We have gone to Metropolis many times over the years and it never disappoints. The cocktails are always made well, and the food was wonderful. Matt and Mark are great hosts!

                                23. YF

                                  YogaFan

                                  Richmond

                                  81 reviews

                                  5.0

                                  81 reviews

                                  Dined on September 29, 2021

                                  overall5food5service5ambience5

                                  We started with one of the specialty cocktails, a peach martini. This was a wonderful blend of a sweet taste from the peach and the traditional martini flavor. We shared several of the tapas to include the crab rangoons (containing lots of crabmeat), the crab martini with heritage tomatoes, the fried quail over polenta, and the lobster penne a la vodka. All were delicious, hot when served and beautifully plated. We finished our meal with a chocolate flight. The perfect ending!! Highly recommend.

                                24. NB

                                  NatashyaB

                                  1 review

                                  5.0

                                  1 review

                                  Dined on September 24, 2021

                                  overall5food5service5ambience5

                                  The food was fantastic, we tried several dishes and each one was amazing. We will definitely be back again.

                                25. OT

                                  OpenTable Diner

                                  New York Area

                                  1 review

                                  5.0

                                  1 review

                                  Dined on September 24, 2021

                                  overall5food5service5ambience5

                                  Matt was awesome. Drinks are ridiculously good and the food was amazing. We will definitely be back next time in OBX.

                                26. KM

                                  KMan

                                  Philadelphia

                                  4 reviews

                                  5.0

                                  4 reviews

                                  Dined on September 22, 2021

                                  overall5food5service5ambience4

                                  Always a phenomenal food experience! And the peach martinis are amazing. We make it a point to come to Metropolis whenever we are in the Outer Banks. It never disappoints. They now have a special chocolate flight you can finish your meal with…a true culinary treat!

                                27. AC

                                  AlisonC

                                  1 review

                                  4.0

                                  1 review

                                  Dined on September 19, 2021

                                  overall4food5service5ambience3

                                  The food at Metropolis was absolutely outstanding. The asparagus soup with garlic toasted crumbs was transcendent. Their take on crab Rangoon was so delicious and special. Highly recommend the panna cotta dessert. As the chef said, “if a panna cotta doesn’t jiggle, it has not been interpreted properly.” Chef Mark Anthony knows what he’s doing. Don’t miss your chance to taste what he’s putting out at Metropolis.

                                28. LH

                                  LawrenceH

                                  New England

                                  32 reviews

                                  vip
                                  4.0

                                  32 reviews

                                  Dined on September 17, 2021

                                  overall4food4service3ambience3

                                  This is one of our favorite restaurants in the OBX, we go at least 3-4 times a year. Small and large tapas were delicious, crab Rangoons were amazing, Thai shrimp great and the asparagus and crab soup the best. Drinks were awesome and unique. Chocolate flight desserts were awful and one smelt like fish, we assume it was stored in fridge with other food items.

                                29. KD

                                  KatyaDining

                                  New England

                                  6 reviews

                                  1.0

                                  6 reviews

                                  Dined on September 17, 2021

                                  overall1food1service2ambience3

                                  Trying to be a creative Tapas place, but a big miss. If you are expecting Spanish tapas, which we love, this is NOT it. A weird combination of Italian, Thai, Korean and seafood dishes with flavor profiles that clash and do not compliment each other, which is what you really want when eating tapas. And the quality was not good.Couldn't eat my main choice because it was so salty.

                                30. SL

                                  SusanL

                                  Wilmington

                                  16 reviews

                                  3.0

                                  16 reviews

                                  Dined on September 16, 2021

                                  overall3food3service2ambience2

                                  Food was good but not remarkable. Overpriced for what was served.

                                31. PB

                                  PaulB

                                  Richmond

                                  2 reviews

                                  5.0

                                  2 reviews

                                  Dined on September 12, 2021

                                  overall5food5service5ambience5

                                  Incredible, as always. Thanks to everyone for making her birthday special!

                                32. JR

                                  JohnR

                                  New York Area

                                  1 review

                                  5.0

                                  1 review

                                  Dined on September 12, 2021

                                  overall5food5service5ambience5

                                  My favorite restaurant on the Outer Banks. Mark and Matt consistently deliver delicious food and great service. Spectacular!

                                33. OT

                                  OpenTable Diner

                                  New York Area

                                  2 reviews

                                  5.0

                                  2 reviews

                                  Dined on September 9, 2021

                                  overall5food5service5ambience5

                                  Food was superb. Highly recommended!

                                34. MC

                                  MichaelC

                                  Washington DC

                                  12 reviews

                                  vip
                                  5.0

                                  12 reviews

                                  Dined on September 4, 2021

                                  overall5food5service5ambience5

                                  Great place for small an medium bites of high quality!

                                35. KM

                                  KMAB

                                  New York Area

                                  5 reviews

                                  5.0

                                  5 reviews

                                  Dined on September 4, 2021

                                  overall5food5service5ambience5

                                  "I loved the feel of this place. I definitely would return to try more dishes.

                                36. OT

                                  OpenTable Diner

                                  New York Area

                                  1 review

                                  3.0

                                  1 review

                                  Dined on September 2, 2021

                                  overall3food4service1ambience2

                                  The service was fairly nonexistent. We were able to place our first drink and tapas orders without any issues, but it went downhill from there. We tried to order second drinks but only one came out and couldn’t get anyone’s attention after that. After waiting for 30 minutes for the drink, we decided to just ask for the check which, not to our surprise, included the second drink that we never got. It took another 15 mins from asking for the check to get our card processed. Sadly will not be returning.

                                37. WH

                                  WilliamH

                                  Baltimore

                                  13 reviews

                                  5.0

                                  13 reviews

                                  Dined on September 2, 2021

                                  overall5food5service5ambience5

                                  Well executed from start to finish. Excellent food, excellent service!

                                38. L

                                  Laura

                                  Washington DC

                                  6 reviews

                                  5.0

                                  6 reviews

                                  Dined on September 2, 2021

                                  overall5food5service5ambience5

                                  Had a wonderful dinner. Enjoyed everything we had and the attention to detail.

                                39. OT

                                  OpenTable Diner

                                  1 review

                                  2.0

                                  1 review

                                  Dined on August 31, 2021

                                  overall2food2service2ambience3

                                  Supposed to be known for their martinis but apparently our bartender was still in trainings- food was mediocre- nothing exceptional

                                40. TD

                                  ThierryD

                                  Pinehurst

                                  7 reviews

                                  2.0

                                  7 reviews

                                  Dined on August 28, 2021

                                  overall2food2service2ambience3

                                  Long drive to get there and simply disappointed with overall concept. Very average food and cold distant service.

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                                Metropolis is rated 4.4 stars by 384 OpenTable diners

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                                Google Map for Metropolis

                                520 Old Stoney Rd Corolla, NC 27927

                                • Neighborhood

                                  Corolla

                                • Hours of operation

                                  Dinner
                                  Daily 5:00 pm–9:00 pm
                                  Valentine"s Day dinner
                                  Tue 5:00 pm–9:00 pm

                                • Cuisines

                                  Tapas / Small Plates, Contemporary Southern, Fusion / Eclectic

                                • Dining style

                                  Casual Elegant

                                • Dress code

                                  Resort Casual

                                • Payment options

                                  AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

                                • Executive chef

                                  Mark Anthony

                                • Additional

                                  Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Chef's Table, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Wheelchair Access, Wine

                                • Phone number

                                  (252) 453-6167

                                • Catering

                                  Metropolis has extensive off premise catering experience. We are fully licensed and permitted. We have catered parties as large as 1000 and weddings as large as 250. We can travel anywhere from Hatteras to the 4x4 territory in Carova. Menus are unique and are custom built with Metropolis' Executive Chef, Mark Anthony

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