Metropolis

4.7
257 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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EugeneL
Baltimore
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Small tapas were great. Ahi tuna and calamari were excellent. As were cocktails. Very nice. Large tapas, pasta with shrimp and jambalaya not so much. One was almost entirely pasta and the other was more like a bowl of rice. Neither was memorable. Dessert was very nice. But we like Metropolis and understand these are challenging times. We’ll be back.

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SuzanneS
Wilmington
3 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We ordered from the Featured Items Board. Lump crab and tomatoes and the Bisque (perfect temp). Tuna tartare very good, scallops were like little pillows of heaven-perfect sear, steak skewer quality not that great but the flavor was excellent and the spinach sautee that accompanied it was on point. I had wine and my partner had beer. First time and it was very good

KB
vipKatherineB
Greensboro
175 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely delicious. Great cocktails. Great food. Really enjoyed everything. Highly recommend.

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vipBarbaraW
New York Area
46 reviews
Dined on October 29, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

The garlic crab bisque will haunt you until you go back and get it again. Service is Excellent!

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CindyF
1 review
Dined on October 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was excellent. We loved the atmosphere. The service was exceptional.

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MarkB
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Metropolis is one of our go-to restaurants in the OBX. High recommend.

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vipPhil
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and great service

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Bueller
Cleveland
2 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Celebrating birthday weekend

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TomR
1 review
Dined on October 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

This tapas place is a true hidden gem! Loved everything we tried and, unlike some "small-dish" places we've tried, everything on the menu looked appetizing, so you could easily come back again and again. We certainly will!

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GlendaH
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful meal, great atmosphere - highly recommend

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DanV
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

delightful and attentive service, and good recommendations on the tapas selections. "Specials" (garlic soup w/ crab and toasted breadcrumbs, and NC Duck foie gras on grilled bruschetta w/ goat cheese) -- were simply out of this world. Treated myself to a start w/ a Blanton's Manhattan -- and finished with an espresso vodka martini -- Whew!!! Fabulous!! See you all again soon!!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Richmond
3 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2020
Overall3food2service3ambience3

Felt rushed and actually got sick from the food not the best experience and not in a hurry to go back

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debd
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2020
Overall1food2service1ambience3

Disappointing on so many levels. The evening's special bubbly rose I ordered was pretty flat. When I asked for a replacement from a new bottle, the server argued with me saying she could see bubbles! She then offered to let me order something else which she never brought to me. That, and a host who wasn't very welcoming, set the tone for the rest of the meal.

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vipLoriK
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I sound like a broken record, but as always, Metropolis was fabulous! This is our family's favorite go to spot. The food is inventive, fresh, creative and delicious. There is a laid back kind of vibe to the experience. So, order one of their famous martinis, sit back and relax with friends while enjoying any one or more of their scrumptious tapas plates.

KM
vipKendraM
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on September 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Phenomenal cocktails and each of our small plates was absolutely delicious!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on September 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was outstanding and the staff was even better. Will absolutely be back!

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OpenTable Diner
Richmond
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food options- the asparagus crab soup and mini crab cakes were incredible. Service was timely, friendly and helpful.

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vipReds
Philadelphia
8 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Definitely one of my favorite restaurants in the area. Imaginative cocktails, yummy food, great service, what more do you need?

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OpenTable Diner
Pittsburgh
1 review
Dined on September 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Year after year we come back to Metropolis while on vacation and the meals are always delicious and unique and the service is always wonderful.

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vipLawrenceH
New England
26 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Four of us had dinner at Metropolis and all of us had delicious food. The drink varieties are fun too and there was lots of sharing between us since we all chose different options. Everytime we come to the OBX (multiple times a year) we try to get to Metropolis and we have never been disappointed with the quality and unique choices of food. Highly recommend!

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vipWGN15111
Chicago
58 reviews
Dined on September 17, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Nice local place with hard working owners and staff. Very good food, quiet atmosphere. Solid wine selection with some unique offerings. Excellent Martini list with creativity. We will be back.....

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KellyB
Orlando
8 reviews
Dined on September 17, 2020
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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DavidH
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on September 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome dinner. They even made a special dessert for our wedding anniversary! Also took home take-out for dinner the next night.

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OpenTable Diner
Naples
2 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2020
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 on September 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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vipJuliaG
Raleigh
16 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2020
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.

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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.

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DavidH
Baltimore
2 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

5 star food and service as always!

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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
9 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
3 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.

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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!

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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.

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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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Metropolis is rated 4.7 stars by 257 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.