The Grand Tier Restaurant

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The Grand Tier Restaurant is located inside The Metropolitan Opera House and offers both a la carte and prix fixe menus. The restaurant welcomes the general public, not just ticketed guests of the Metropolitan Opera House. The restaurant’s location makes it the perfect pre-theater dining experience for all guests of Lincoln Center. The exquisite modern cuisine and classic dining room, highlighted by Chagall murals and brilliant Swarovski crystal chandeliers, make it a memorable destination regardless of the occasion.

Ticketed guests of the Metropolitan Opera may also dine in the restaurant at intermission but must pre-order and reserve by visiting us at www.diningatmetopera.com. Reservations for ticketed guests dining at intermission ONLY are not taken via Open Table.
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TD
New York Area
28 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall2food2service1ambience4

Staff, food, prices all changed, for the worse. Was given very chilly table next to window with extraordinary fraught, left chilled to the bone. Such a shame. This place used to be a real treat.

JM
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food3service3ambience5

Great overall experience as a complement to a fantastic opera evening. Food quite mediocre and a less then perfect service though. Still worth if the idea is not to have a great meal but enjoy the increíble space and ambiance.

m
New York Area
69 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A lovely room and superlative service. The food is excellent but no bargain. Excellent pre-theater

A
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful to be able to get up from our table and walk right over to our seats at the opera. You need a reservation, or the Opera House won’t let you in early! The Grand Tier absolutely knows how to move things along at the right pace, so there’s no stress. It’s expensive, but it’s worth it, because it’s all part of a lovely evening. The food was good (although I’m sorry I paid $5 extra for a bowl of berries instead of dessert. Since I don’t eat sugar next time I’ll just skip dessert altogether!) But it is very nice to be able to come back to your seat at intermission and have dessert and coffee. There isn’t much of anywhere else to sit down at the Met between acts. Even the Patrons Lounge is very crowded. Also, if you get to the Grand Tier early you will more likely get a seat over the big stairs. Late, and you’ll be around the corner, which is nice, but I love watching the people arrive.

EC
Toronto
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall3food4service4ambience3

I think the price I was quoted for the fixed price menu ($89) when I booked the table was changed by the event evening ($98).
Also, $32 for 4 cups of coffee was outrageous. The coffee should have been complementary or included in the meal price.
I’m not sure I will be back.

SH
Columbus
4 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A great pre-opera experience

s
1 review
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The salmon first course was delicious and the black bass was one of the best prepared fish that I have tasted.

GF
1 review
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent, friendly and attentive waitstaff. All menu items were beautifully prepared, delicious and elegantly served. This is even more remarkable considering that the kitchen served well over 200 separate meals in less than two hours before the opera! Kudos to the entire staff.

V
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Expensive but very convenient! The staff ensure that dinner is served in good time for performance!

MP
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Elegant restaurant with professional courteous service in the French tradition. Wonderful luxuries such as caviar, vintage champagne and a delicious assortment of entrees and appetizers. White glove service all the way. The staff is outstanding, attentive but never intrusive, just a marvelous experience. Lastly - the restaurant is in the Met Opera House - for me the convenience of relaxing with a cocktail, imbibing champagne and then walking to my seat for the performance is worth the time and expense. A restaurant of this quality is expensive but I'm living my best life - Opera feeds my soul - The Grand Tier feeds me! Highly recommend!

OT
New York Area
28 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Elegant and very special beginning for an evening at the opera - took my adult daughter; she loved it.

DI
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

An elegant and beautiful setting provided the ambience to enjoy a wonderful meal. The service was excellent as well as the food. The octopus dish was possibly the best food I have ever had in a restaurant. Since I had ordered the three course meal, at the first intermission we were invited to go back to our table to enjoy the desert. It was a superb evening that began with a wonderful meal.

MB
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience5

welcome guest from abroad

RO
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on January 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was yet another amazing evening at The Grand Tier. From the exemplary treatment the staff showers you with to the amazing cuisine, they make sure to make your dining experience one you’ll never forget.

RM
Pittsburgh
2 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Very good food and very convenient. The baked Alaska was excellent. Be prepared for high price(99.00 for price fix dinner) per person before drinks and coffee, but quality and convenience make it a nice experience.

DV
Miami
2 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic in every way. A bit pricey but wonderful extension of a night at the opera or for a special occasion. The lentil soup with crushed pistachios and pomegranate seeds was outrageous! Imaginative and delicious.

o
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall1food2service1ambience3

I usually enjoy The Grand Tier Restaurant before I have an opera or intermission.
But It worst experience the staff was rude and the food was not good and over priced. Absolutely horrible experience by our server.

OT
London
1 review
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

40th birthday

OT
Yosemite
2 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience5

I expected more, considering prices and reviews.

AT
1 review
Dined on January 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

How can you beat dinner at the Met looking out onto Lincoln Center!

RS
New York Area
25 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Truly special to dine among the lighting sculptures in the midst of Lincoln Center. The service and food was impeccable. The wine selection was special but the pricing was much higher than perhaps was warranted and widening the options below $100 a bottle would be more in keeping with some of the available wines.

K
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2020
Overall3food2service4ambience5

My wife and I were very hopeful that the new menu (despite the very high prices) will mark a definite improvement over the past, but we were disappointed. The smoked salmon appetizer was tasty and beautifully plated, but the rest was mediocre or worse. We both had the ricotta cheese gnocchi and they were heavy and oversauced. The only good thing about the dish were the black truffles, As dessert we ordered ricotta cheese cakes, which had no resemblance to a ricotta cheese cake and we left them practically untouched. After this experience, we decided to avoid the Grand Tier restaurant in the future, even though the setting is beautiful and convenient before the opera.

MO
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Very civilized way to eat dinner and then go to the opera. There's a good food mind behind many of the dishes, interesting, delicious, fun.

MP
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A very convenient and surprisingly good restaurant considering it’s in the opera house. It’s not inexpensive but for the location and quality of food and service very much worth the expense. We had a very enjoyable and relaxed dinner before the performance eliminating the stress of dinner before the opera and rushing to Lincoln Center. The food quality is high and the portions on the large side. The three course dinner is a good value.

B
Chicago
10 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It’s a marvelous dining experience but it’s just too expensive. Your markups are over the top!

O
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall3food2service3ambience3

Mediocre food. Convenient to have dinner before a show. As expected, it's expensive.

JS
Minneapolis
8 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Book ahead, the restaurant usually sells out, and for good reason. We can't afford going to The Grand Tier overtime we go to the MET, but when we dine there it is always GRAND. The food, service and ambience are first-rate. James the maître d' always welcoming.

WE
Hawaii
44 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Elegant and delicious food

S
New York Area
30 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Food was good but very expensive. Can get same quality for less elsewhere. Ambience is nice. Okay to do as a treat.

s
New York Area
19 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Nutcracker with family

d
New York Area
20 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything about dining at the Grand Tier is just as it should be. It enhances the Opera experience to start the evening with delicious food and attentive service in that gorgeous space. We love going to the Grand Tier!

b
New England
182 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A real treat. Desert at intermission. Yum

LK
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience3

The Grand Tier is lovely and the food was excellent. It is a bit over priced and I feel as though it lost some of its charm since it was opened to the general public rather than being for members only.
Regardless everyone should go there once.

OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Xmas outing w foreign visitors

K
Chile
1 review
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Una hermosa experiencia, difícil de olvidar. Deliciosa comida y magnífica atención. Excelente y bello ambiente, amplios espacios. Contribuye en gran medida al glamour de un teatro de ópera

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HO
New England
4 reviews
Dined on December 19, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

A real splurge before going to the Opera. Be prepared, this place is crazy expensive, but worth going to. The food was excellent, and the staff were very nice to us, who are out of town opera noobies.

OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on December 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I went to a pre Opera.

HM
1 review
Dined on December 15, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Perfect place to stay before or after a performance. Recommended with good service at a excellent location.
Will come back for any next opera visit.

F
Indiana
5 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was our first dining experience prior to an opera performance at the Met and we could not have been more delighted. The food was artfully prepared and delicious and the staff was lovely.

PR
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Not only is the location beautiful and very exciting, but the food is absolutely delicious and delightfully surprising sometimes. Unique taste combinations. And the service is extraordinary, top notch.