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Metropolis

4.7
4.7
491 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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2 people

7:30 PM


Booked 9 times today

Additional information

  • 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

  • Private party facilities

    Metropolis is a perfect space for a rehearsal dinner or private party for a group of up to 80.

  • Private party contact

    chefmark.metropolis@mail.com: (252) 453-6167

  • Neighborhood

    Corolla

  • Parking details

    Public Lot

  • Additional

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

What 491 people are saying

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4.7
4.7 based on recent ratings
  • 4.7Food
  • 4.7Service
  • 4.6Ambience
  • 4.3Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Coastal North Carolina

    Fit for Foodies

  • Coastal North Carolina

    Vibrant Bar Scene

  • Outer Banks

    Most Booked

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  1. KM

    KMan

    Philadelphia

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    Food was amazing - best ever! We have been coming for years and they have outdone themselves this season. Awesome!
  2. DD

    DaveD

    Baltimore

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent experience again! Not that crowded on a Wednesday but they take reservations and I do recommend making them. Our group of 4 enjoyed the tapas selections, but specifically thought the shrimp and grits choice and the duck confit on penne choice were excellent!
  3. y

    yankeelady

    Atlanta

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    great atmosphere fabulous fresh peach martini .....oh la la
  4. JR

    JohnR

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always an excellent and memorable experience! Great food, great service!
  5. VA

    VAba

    Tampa

    18 reviews

    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on September 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent. Mark and Matt (Ann and Nolan too) do a great job. Great food, good variety and wonderful spirits. One of our happiest of places!!!
  6. CS

    ChristopherS

    New England

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on September 7, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Fun but classy environment highlighted by blackboards encircling the bar describing many of the interesting top shelf wine and liquor selections. Very attentive service. The fare is all tapas…but local farm- and fishery based with a wide selection. Many items were quite unique. Some conceived a little better than others, the fried calamari was superb and refined in its simplicity. The fried pâté, had an interesting skin but an odd liquified center, and was less successful. All in all makes for a fine culinary experience.
  7. SO

    SusanO

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Very special place. Incredible attention to detail and care given to every dish. Must be family that runs it w/ the exquisite service they provide. Can’t say to go back and highly recommend!
  8. KM

    KMAB

    New York Area

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on September 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great ambiance! Food was excellent! Staff great too!
  9. A

    Artie

    Washington DC

    21 reviews

    2.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on September 5, 2022

    overall2food2service2ambience4
    We had been here many years ago and thought we would try it again since I saw some reviews recently on another social media site that were good. Basically we were disappointed. The ambiance is really nice and the restaurant was full. We ordered wine by the glass and it took our server a good while to take that order. The menu is strictly small plates tapas, which we knew in advance. The selections were not extensive, some small salads bread with truffle butter, some toasts with crabmeat. Ordered the latter at $14 and our server just plopped the plate with four small toast squares on it. No garnish, or nothing. They were tasty but at about an inch square each, overpriced. We ordered two more plates, seared scallops and a special foil gras on, again, two small squares of very thin toast. That was $26 and barely a taste. It was quite good but hardly a shareable portion. There were other items on the menu that just didn’t appeal to me. Shrimp and grits, which every restaurant serves, some meatballs (3), a duck confit on penne. They had deserts which we each had one. The panne cotta was excellent and the other desert was a banana with chocolate in a martini glass, sort of cream type similar to a mouse. Also good but both were $12 each. Overall I thought the service was just average. Placing our orders took time and one server may have been stretched with too many tables. As the restaurant cleared out, service did improve. It will be a while before we return I am afraid although we visit the area regularly since we own a home in the area.
  10. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Miami

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 4, 2022

    overall3food5service3ambience3
    Maybe it’s because we drove 45 minutes from Nags Head to dine at Metropolis that my review is less than stellar. I think the food was really good but the service was just ok. It’s a tapas restaurant but looks more like a local tavern. Our server was good to start but it went down hill from there. Drinks took quite a while to reach our table, our taco plate was delivered with little fanfare as some guy just ran buy and dropped it on the edge of our table and kept going without saying a word. We had to flag our waiter down to get our ceviche after quite some time so we could wrap up and get on our way. Same with getting our check. I guess I’d say if you’re a local in shorts and a swim shirt and want to sit at the bar then go for it. If you’re driving and your wife puts on a dress for dinner, go somewhere else.
  11. C

    Cathy

    New York Area

    8 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on August 26, 2022

    overall2food2service4ambience1
    We arrived and were seated promptly. The decor is bland and you feel like you are sitting in a bar. The food was mediocre at best. The large plates are still very small. We had the bouillabaisse which was bland, tasteless, and 2 bites. This was the large portion. The foie gras was exceptional but the foie gras meatballs were sub par. We ordered 2 drinks the Bellini had no taste but the spicy margarita was very good. I would not go back. For the value there are so many better restaurants.
  12. MQ

    MQ22

    San Francisco

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on August 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Food was incredible, out of the 7 - 8 dishes we ordered there was only one plate we didn't care for (and still ate it LOL). You must try the Foie Gras if they have it as a special, the crab toast, focaccia bread with the incredible truffle butter and lobster fried rice. Great place for trying tapas style plates with an asian flare. Only downside was portions were slightly smaller than expected, even for tapas style but still amazing, and a wonderful cocktail list to go with it!
  13. P

    Pope

    New York Area

    31 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    31 reviews

    Dined on August 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Nice find in OBX. Staff was great and food was excellent!!
  14. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Tampa

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Friendly efficient service allowed us to enjoy a leisurely meal of assorted small plates. Cocktails we’re perfect as always. Another memorable experience at Metropolis.
  15. MG

    MaryG

    New England

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing service amazing food!!! They were very short staffed but were all running around making sure all customers were satisfied! Definitely a place I will go back to!!!!
  16. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on August 19, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    Food and cocktails are outstanding but the plates are pricey. I’ll go back.
  17. K

    Kristin

    Richmond

    4 reviews

    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on August 18, 2022

    overall3food4service4ambience4
    The food was good, and the drinks were amazing. While I understand it’s tapas, the portions were still very small for the price. I wouldn’t come back for dinner as it doesn’t fill you up for the price. But would come back to the bar for a happy hour to enjoy drinks and a few appetizers.
  18. SH

    SusanH

    Baltimore

    29 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    29 reviews

    Dined on August 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My favorite restaurant on the Outer Banks. Tapas done well, cocktails shaken to perfection, friendly owner and staff. Yummm- always order the bread!
  19. ER

    EleanorR

    Washington DC

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on August 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Chefs tasting menu was amazing! Will return next summer during our vacation.
  20. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was amazing! We ordered four items and our server made a recommendation at the table for the order to receive our food. So loved that attention to detail. I am gluten free. Our server helped serve my needs while also giving my partner the full tasting experience. We will be returning every year while in OBX!
  21. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our visit to Metropolis was a success all around. It’s a hidden treasure tucked away in a quiet area in Corolla. The food was excellent—the scallops were particularly popular and the lobster fried rice was a fancy take on a favorite. And the creative cocktail included locally sourced ingredients; the summer rye was refreshing at the end of the day. Thanks to the staff for accommodating us outside.
  22. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Incredible food as always and the cocktails are outstanding as well. Always innovative dishes as specials, we always want to order everything on the specials menu and then some. His soups are always killer with a delicious asparagus soup this time. Stand out was a lobster fried rice and a prickly pear mojito. It is an outer banks must hit every time we come down from D.C. and it is always one of the best meals of the year.
  23. K

    Kikifromchitown

    St. Louis

    4 reviews

    1.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on August 1, 2022

    overall1food2service1ambience3
    The name of this restaurant should be changed to RIPOFFOLIS! The owners, who were are servers, could not have been ruder. We had one member of our party who got caught in a rainstorm and we were admonished by one of the owners that they would be charged $2.50 by open table since we had a person "not show." Even for Tapas selections, the servings were paltry and the charcuterie platter was about $2 worth of crackers, cheese and sausages priced at $20. Cocktails were great but also overpriced. We would have loved to try the desserts but were brought our bill before we had a chance to order. Also, no one asked us if we needed anything or how was everything during the entire service. These gentlemen (and it's a stretch calling them that based on their rude behavior) have a lot to learn about the restaurant industry.
  24. KF

    KeriF

    Wilmington

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 27, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience5
    They were short staffed but everyone working was busting their tails to make sure tables were served. I have a feeling it was not the level of service they were used to delivering, but there weren't any major misses. The ceviche was my favorite, husband love the duck stronganoff and the chocolate flight (italian) was a fantastic finale.
  25. ES

    EricaS

    Washington DC

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food and drink!
  26. RS

    RichS

    Pittsburgh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    What a great place! Will definitely come again. Scallops were perfect.
  27. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was really great and the atmosphere was very nice. Family of 5, ages 6 through 77. Everyone enjoyed.
  28. SF

    SeanF

    New York Area

    7 reviews

    3.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on July 21, 2022

    overall3food4service2ambience3
    The food was delicious but service was poor and serving sizes were very small. When they say small plates- they really mean it
  29. p

    pamc

    Philadelphia

    55 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    55 reviews

    Dined on July 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Innovate, savory menu options- delicious- great cocktails! Perfect adults- not priced or planned for family dining
  30. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    What an amazing meal! The food was outstanding, the service was perfect, and the atmosphere was delightful. Definitely coming back!
  31. B

    Beachy

    Dallas

    25 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    25 reviews

    Dined on July 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great variety of drinks and tapas. Little pricey but very good.
  32. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    West Virginia

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience3
    Phenomenal food and service. Waiter was incredibly knowledgeable and never steered us wrong. Drink menu is extensive to say the least and all were mixed to perfection. The selection of food was great and while the plates are small (it’s tapis remember) the flavor was incredible. Worth every penny.
  33. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Richmond

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on July 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Stellar as always!
  34. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Cleveland

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on July 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything was excellent. The asparagus soup special was outstanding and everything we tasted was delicious and so unique. Drinks were fabulous and we enjoyed the Mexican chocolate dessert!
  35. RS

    RobertS

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Total surprise!! Outstanding, playful, inventive menu, impeccable presentation with attentive staff. All tapas items were wonderful. Desserts were unbelievable. The chocolate flight was a one of a kind experience. Finished with an eternally memorable chocolate mouse. One of the top 10 meals in 50 years of dining!
  36. M

    Misterajs

    New York Area

    27 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    27 reviews

    Dined on July 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Metropolis never disappoints. Food quality is excellent, and very creative. Nice wine selection and excellent craft cocktails. Nice way to sample lots of different tastes and enjoy an evening.
  37. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Cleveland

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 8, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience2
    Overpriced.
  38. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I had the most amazing strawberry martini on top of amazing food (asparagus soup, lobster fried rice, scallops, sourdough bread with honey truffle butter!) and great service.
  39. BE

    BrownEyedGirl

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had a wonderful meal. Just the right balance of service - did not feel rushed but felt well attended to, and every dish (and drink) we ordered was delicious. We will definitely be back!
  40. D

    Danielle

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 30, 2022

    overall1food1service3ambience2
    The food was terrible, and expensive. Arrive was ok, but would never go back. Don’t waist your time. 35 for a meat and cheese that looks like it came from food lion.

FAQs

Metropolis is rated 4.7 stars by 491 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:30 PM


Booked 9 times today
Google Map for Metropolis

520 Old Stoney Rd, Corolla, NC 27927

Additional information

  • 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

  • Parking details

    Public Lot

  • 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

  • Private party facilities

    Metropolis is a perfect space for a rehearsal dinner or private party for a group of up to 80.

  • Private party contact

    chefmark.metropolis@mail.com: (252) 453-6167

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