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Metropolis

4.7
4.7
452 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

10:00 PM


Booked 4 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 452 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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

4.7
4.7 based on recent ratings
  • 4.8Food
  • 4.7Service
  • 4.6Ambience
  • 4.3Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Coastal North Carolina

    Special Occasion

  • Coastal North Carolina

    Vibrant Bar Scene

  • Outer Banks

    Most Booked

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  1. BE

    BrownEyedGirl

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    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!
  2. D

    Danielle

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    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.
  3. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Annual visit to Metropolis. Spectacular as usual!
  4. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our first time dining at Metropolis, but one of my favorite experiences. We were greeted at the front by our co-owner/ who also served us that night. Friendly atmosphere and very relaxing and zen interior. Tapas was really enjoyable with our family of four. Food arrived together and hot—all selections equally delicious! My favorites: the foie gras meatballs, spring roll, cheese plate charcuterie, and crab toast.
  5. AB

    AnnB

    Washington DC

    48 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    48 reviews

    Dined on June 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Third time at Metropolis in two weeks and still haven’t tried everything on the menu. Yesterday, one of us retuned to the ceviche and then had the shrimp and grits. Mark outdid himself with the sauce, that he finished with some of his house made dark chocolate - think mole’. The other of us returned to the lobster stir fry and the shrimp street tacos, then finished with the outstanding Spanish meatballs. And of course, the martinis were excellent. If you like small plates and sharing, this is a fabulous place to go. But even big eaters can find hearty choices that are satisfying. See you again in October.
  6. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had an amazing meal of tapas, cocktails, and chocolate flights! A dinner to remember! We will be back.
  7. D

    Dee34

    Washington DC

    11 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on June 20, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Almost all of the menu items were delicious, including shrimp tacos, calamari, duck pasta, meatballs, BLT salad. Cocktail menu was outstanding and creative. A few items were just okay, including ceviche. MUCH better than the average OBX restaurant. We will definitely be back.
  8. RR

    RebeccaR

    New York Area

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was delicious and the service was great. Especially loved the mushroom tacos.
  9. AB

    AnnB

    Washington DC

    49 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    49 reviews

    Dined on June 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always a pleasure to eat here. Menu changes seasonally and Mark has a very creative approach. Martinis and cocktail are really special. They specialize in tapas so great opportunity to sample different things. This trip, the ceviche with coconut milk, the Spanish meatballs and the panzanita salad were standouts but we have never been disappointed.
  10. KP

    KimberlyP

    Richmond

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on June 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Absolutely amazing!!!!!!! Every single dish was so good and we will be back every time we are in town. It’s so worth the drive from Nags Head. Best food in the OBX
  11. RB

    RalphB

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Food and service were outstanding. The menu had a variety of interesting items all beautifully presented and delicious. The nights special soup was cream of asparagus with crab and it was awesome. Several in our party really enjoyed the shrimp taco dish, our top favorite was the “duck stroganoff”. We topped it off with a trio of desserts to sample amongst us, our 2 favorites were the coconut panna cotta and the chocolate mousse. Don’t miss out on a special evening out while in Corolla!
  12. A

    Avonlea987

    New York Area

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on June 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Special and Outstanding!! A total neighborhood gem! Best restaurant in the northern Outerbanks! Each dish delights the palate upon first bite. This chef could easily be on Top Chef. My friends and I were truly delighted with the food and ambiance. This location is a must for all visitors and locals alike!
  13. TD

    TDoyle

    Washington DC

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on June 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Three families got together for a rare 24 hour catch-up! Metropolis took our reservation for seven with an hours notice and were gracious about it! We so appreciated the extra attention to detail from John and the whole team. Delicious food! Delicious drinks! And the service made the night.
  14. SA

    StuartA

    Jackson Hole

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great as always. Have been eating here since 2007. Will be back next year!!
  15. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on June 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was great and the service was excellent. The Italian chocolate flight was a delicious experience. We will definitely be back!
  16. M

    Maracaibo

    Richmond

    102 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    102 reviews

    Dined on June 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Tapas were amazing- ceviche was perfect! Prickly pear mojito was unusual and delicious!
  17. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Pittsburgh

    1 review

    vip
    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 8, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    The food was very flavorful and there were ample gluten-free options- a rarity in the outer banks. The lobster fried rice was exceptional.
  18. VF

    VirginiaFoodie

    Washington DC

    15 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on June 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Metropolis has been a favorite dinner spot for us for many years, and it just keeps getting better and better. We especially enjoyed the smoked chocolate mousse!
  19. AM

    AndreaM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food at metropolis is amazing! My boyfriend and I really enjoyed each dish and cocktail! We got 7 different dishes to try the blackened shrimp tacos and the foi gras were my favorite but everything was so delicious! Would definitely recommend!
  20. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Richmond

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I have been going to Metropolis for years and every experience has been outstanding. Had not gone since pre-Covid and was hoping it would be just as good as always and it was. The food, drinks, and service are incredible. Some say it’s expensive but you get what you pay for and it’s worth it. Tapas are unique and delicious, with excellent local options and great for sharing.
  21. DD

    DiningDiva

    Philadelphia

    36 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    36 reviews

    Dined on May 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    A favorite spot! Owners are tremendous people and they are there providing friendly and attentive service. Food and martinis are fantastic. A one of a kind experience in OBX.
  22. b

    b5lle

    Baltimore

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 27, 2022

    overall3food3service2ambience4
    We have been coming for years and the food has always been excellent . The owner is always very friendly and helpful but the waiter we had left a lot to be desired . Had to wait along time to get a dish . Had to ask 2x for the water glasses to be filled . And the portions are so small so spending two hundred dollars for two cocktails and several small plates is a little more than we had hoped for.. will not be coming back for quite awhile ..
  23. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Richmond

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on May 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always excellent food and service
  24. SM

    SciMom

    Raleigh

    20 reviews

    5.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on May 23, 2022

    overall5food5service3ambience5
    We would never stay in Corolla without dining at Metropolis. Fantastic cocktails, excellent wine list, interesting and delicious small and large plates. This time we feasted on a panzanella salad, crab toast, cream of asparagus soup, scallops, and a duck confit stroganoff - all of it scrumptious! Highly recommended!
  25. DB

    DwayneB

    New York Area

    17 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on May 22, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Super friendly and knowledgeable staff. A great variety of food tapas options. Wonderful drinks everything was spot on !!!!!
  26. PS

    PaulS

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing as always
  27. PG

    ParthaG

    Raleigh

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on May 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Outstanding food and dining experience - the tapas-style plates were magnificent, the food was incomparable to anything we’ve had on the Outer Banks. You’d think you were dining in DC or NYC, the food was just that good! The butter that came with the homemade baked Nolan’s bread was to die for, and the taco plate was a group favorite. Can’t go wrong with virtually any dish as we tried nearly every one. I also loved the lobster fried rice, which was probably the biggest dish they had. Our server was helpful and prompt, and the owner stopped by to see how we were enjoying our experience. Highly recommend for anyone visiting the OBX area especially if you’re near Corolla.
  28. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Raleigh

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was delicious! Matt, Mark, & John were amazing! Drinks were best in town, hands down. Thanks so much!
  29. l

    luv2dine

    New York Area

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on May 18, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience3
    A culinary delight in Corolla. If you’re a foodie and enjoy imbibing- this is THE place. Don’t let the location or lack of a view deter you from excellence. Their Perfect Manhattan is exactly that - perfect. Their signature Strawberry Martini - splendid. Always order and enjoy their specials. Choose any of their classics, but the Bouillabaisse for last. The MUST is their chocolate tasting - it is divine. It pushes your culinary imagination- but surprises in a very memorable way.
  30. KW

    KimW

    Washington DC

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on May 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always fresh and delicious food offerings. The strawberry martini is so fantastic. We have been here so many times over the last several years and they never disappoint. The new chocolate tasting is an interesting treat to try out.
  31. EZ

    EebieZ

    New York Area

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on May 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    No trip to the outer banks is complete without a few trips to metropolis! Their tiny kitchen puts outs big flavors and their cocktails are divine. We’ll be sure to pop in for one last drink before we head out of town in a few days!
  32. K

    Karen

    New York Area

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on May 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My husband and I dined here last evening, and we have been several times before. An amazing selection of cocktails and they pour a great drink. The food is broken down into lighter and heavier tapas and everything is delicious. The chef really understands nuance and flavor. I had the cream of local Currituck asparagus soup with buttered crab and white truffle oil and it is the best soup I have ever had - such an amazing amount of flavor! I followed with the seafood Massaman curry - delicate and just the right amount of spice. My husband had the foie gras special and the scallops. There is almost always a foie gras special and he orders it every time. It is an extremely small staff - basically two lovey guys who are co-owners, and a chef, and it is all so well done. Do yourself a favor and go!
  33. RV

    RobV

    Greensboro

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Absolutely excellent meal! Food and service were both outstanding.
  34. TK

    TerriKHNC

    Raleigh

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on May 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had a wonderful experience last night. Mark and Matt welcomed us back and kept us entertained. The food at Metropolis was outstanding, and we were thrilled to introduce this gem to 3 out-of-state visitors. The cream of asparagus soup (with local Currituck asparagus) was a favorite with everyone, we loved the pork street tacos, and the deserts were fabulous! We'll be making another trip up to Corolla very soon!
  35. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Atlanta

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Ok so must go. We couldn’t get into first restaurant. Delicious food. Asparagus soup to die for. Scallops perfectly cooked. Love the small plates
  36. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Charleston

    13 reviews

    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on April 23, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    We love Metropolis. Such a varied and imaginative menu of small plates. A veritable feast for the taste buds. Third time here and each time has been a treat
  37. HM

    HeatherM

    Chicago

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on April 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We have been coming to Metropolis for yearsvand it never disappoints! The asparagus soup is outstanding. Perfect Street Tacos were exactly as described. Martinis are excellent and I usually order the strawberry or peach when in season. The vibe is laid back, and like many has probably had staffing issues in the past couple years, but service is still good and attentive.
  38. MM

    MarianneM

    Wilmington

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on April 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delicious tapas and drinks.
  39. MA

    MAP3

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was absolutely delicious. Great atmosphere. The chef is amazing!
  40. RP

    RPE1

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 14, 2022

    overall2food3service1ambience3
    Very disappointing! Poor service. 2 waiters with clearly little or no training or skill at serving for or waiting on customers. Needs waitresses. Walk by and drop plates on table. Takes plates away before you're done. Food was ok at best except for the Calamari. HORRIBLE. Tiny thin, too much breading and no calamari inside. Probably frozen and warmed up in microwave. And now the best for last. Wife and I watched in amazement as the large, heavy set waiter assembled 2 Ravioli's with bare, unwashed hands on the Bar. Wiped his hand on his shirt and assembled another one. Put the finished product in both hands and went into the kitchen. At half the price will never return and encourage others not to.

FAQs

Metropolis is rated 4.7 stars by 452 OpenTable diners.

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

Make a reservation

2 people

10:00 PM


Booked 4 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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