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Metropolis

5.0
5
504 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

7:00 PM


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 504 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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5.0
5 based on recent ratings
  • 5Food
  • 5Service
  • 4.9Ambience
  • 4.7Value

NoiseModerate

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    Best Overall

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    Best Food

  • Coastal North Carolina

    Best Service

  • Coastal North Carolina

    Best Ambiance

  • Coastal North Carolina

    Best Value

  • Coastal North Carolina

    Innovative

  • Coastal North Carolina

    Good for groups

  • Coastal North Carolina

    Healthy

  • Coastal North Carolina

    Neighborhood gem

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  1. G

    Gail

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 1, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our favorite restaurant in Corolla. Consistently good.
  2. TK

    TeresaK

    New York Area

    18 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on December 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The service and food we exceptional I Highly recommend this restaurant!!!
  3. RD

    RickD

    Vancouver

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 31, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    Awesome food!Fois Gras superb
  4. M

    Misterajs

    New York Area

    30 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    30 reviews

    Dined on December 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Once gain, Mark and Matt deliver a superb experience. This place has great food and is also an event. The Tapas menu allows you to enjoy many different flavor combos while enjoying great cocktails and wines over nice conversation. Garlic bisque with shrimp…..outstanding. Short rib ravioli phenom. Lobster risotto a must.
  5. DD

    DiningDiva

    Philadelphia

    38 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    38 reviews

    Dined on November 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always fabulous
  6. LD

    LDub

    Richmond

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on November 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This is a hidden gem. Must go.
  7. JS

    JoanS

    Washington DC

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Best restaurant in Corolla, by far! Mark and Matt are great! Metropolis is always our #1, go-to restaurant whenever we visit our home in Corolla!
  8. C

    Carol

    Washington DC

    30 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    30 reviews

    Dined on October 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We love Metropolis and ALWAYS make it a priority when we visit the OBX. They have a new menu (awesome!) and make a mean Manhattan.
  9. G

    Gail

    Greensboro

    41 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    41 reviews

    Dined on October 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great small plates, great wine in the middle of outer banks!
  10. AB

    AnnB

    Washington DC

    49 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    49 reviews

    Dined on October 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We always try to visit Metropolis our first night in Corolla and this visit was as good as expected. Mark had developed a new menu, and he regularly updates the dishes so there is always a new treat.
  11. MP

    MyrnaP

    New York Area

    139 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    139 reviews

    Dined on October 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    We thoroughly enjoyed our evening at Metropolis. The drinks prepared by the person at the bar (owner?) who took the drink orders were great, as was the wine. He was very knowledgeable. All the dishes we ordered - 6 + dessert chocolates, were very good, although a bit small, even for small plates. The server/owner(?) was attentive but not intrusive. This place is as special today as 20 years ago.
  12. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I just LOVE this place. Food, staff, atmosphere, all of it. Every time I’m in Corolla I go once or twice and the changing menu always presents a dining treat. Go with friends and if you share, you can try everything on the menu. And it’s more fun! The martini menu is off the charts.
  13. MM

    MMcLay

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    The martinis were delicious and cream of asparagus soup and foie gras were yummy.
  14. KM

    KMan

    Philadelphia

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on September 22, 2022

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

    DaveD

    Baltimore

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on September 21, 2022

    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!
  16. y

    yankeelady

    Atlanta

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    great atmosphere fabulous fresh peach martini .....oh la la
  17. 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!
  18. VA

    VAba

    Tampa

    19 reviews

    5.0

    19 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!!!
  19. 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.
  20. 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!
  21. 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!
  22. A

    Artie

    Washington DC

    22 reviews

    2.0

    22 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.
  23. 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.
  24. 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.
  25. MQ

    MQ22

    San Francisco

    13 reviews

    5.0

    13 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!
  26. P

    Pope

    New York Area

    34 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    34 reviews

    Dined on August 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Nice find in OBX. Staff was great and food was excellent!!
  27. 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.
  28. 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!!!!
  29. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on August 19, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    Food and cocktails are outstanding but the plates are pricey. I’ll go back.
  30. 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.
  31. SH

    SusanH

    Baltimore

    32 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    32 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!
  32. ER

    EleanorR

    Washington DC

    12 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on August 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Chefs tasting menu was amazing! Will return next summer during our vacation.
  33. 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!
  34. 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.
  35. 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.
  36. K

    Kikifromchitown

    St. Louis

    7 reviews

    1.0

    7 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.
  37. 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.
  38. ES

    EricaS

    Washington DC

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food and drink!
  39. 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.
  40. 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.

FAQs

Metropolis is rated 5 stars by 504 OpenTable diners.

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

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


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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