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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P
New York Area
22 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Awesome restaurant! The staff is VERY attentive and extremely nice! I loved the experience!

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RC
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Terrible main course terrible wine raviloi was horrendous. 2 thumbs down

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DG
Munich
155 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Beautiful surroundings, delicious food and impeccable service.

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EP
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

They are so gracious that they even charged my phone for me! I was able to enjoy Don Giovanni in a relaxed moved and had my wonderful dessert between the acts !

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MA
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

I recommend going to this restaurant at least once to enjoy the spaciousness of the opera place and the beautiful crystal chandeliers! The service was excellent! All the cast worked well like a team, but I really thoroughly enjoyed our server, Liridon, “Don” for short. His presence alone brought us peace with his calm demeanor. He also took good care of me and my husband with the items we wanted to avoid (alcohol).

I loved loved the creamy soup and highly recommend it! The branzino is very delicious! But the Dover Sole is a disaster! It’s not the typical Dover Sole; it’s a piece of fish that looks like a squared hot dog, and it’s stuffed. It was too dry and inedible for me. Still, I enjoyed the delicious caviar, mashed potatoes, and mushrooms that accompanied the Dover Sole, so I wasn’t that disappointed. For dessert, I recommend the pistachio Tropical Fruit Gateaux!! I missed having background music, especially at the beginning when it was too quiet, but I got over it as the surrounding was uniquely engaging!

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t
New York Area
79 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

This is a great place to eat if you have opera tickets! The 3 course dinner is really well executed. We had the foie gras and salad as appetizers, and branzino and salmon as entrees. All were beautifully presented and delicious. We chose to have dessert during intermission and it was ready for us when we arrived back at our same table. The baked Alaska is divine and the petite four assortment was lovely. Definitely a special occasion dinner experience. The only complaint is that the space is drafty and cold; women need a wrap during the cold months.

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AR
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Grand Tier is perfect for an elegant and tasteful meal before the opera. The best part is being able to return at intermission for the chocolate soufflé!

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b
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 5ambience 5

Very disappointing. Tiny portions at ridiculous prices. $44 for risotto with mushrooms? $30 for ONE crab cake? A 15.00 surcharge for a plain bowl of underripe berries with no cream? Two dinners, a third appetizer, a cheese plate, no alcohol, $300. Ruduculoys

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C
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We always try to eat at the Grand Tier when going to the MET on the weekend, it takes the pressure off rushing to get a cab or Uber and gives us a lovely entry into our Opera experience. It may be a tad expensive to some, but well worth it for the views and ambiance. The staff is outstanding.

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AR
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great experience all-around! Great setting and food. Terrific service! A great way to compliment a night at the opera.

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g
New York Area
58 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful place to eat if you are going to any of the Lincoln Center peprformances. Food is delicious and service is excellent.

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m
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Convenient to the opera and a pleasant experience. They could spruce up their menu.

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OT
1 review
Dined on February 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our first time dining at the Grand Tier and we had a memorable dining experience thanks to our awesome waiter Todd and delicious first and second courses! Todd was extremely friendly and very focused on our food choices and pairing them with the perfect wines. Everything was excellent!
We were so delighted to be able to come back to our table during intermission for a glass of champagne and chocolate soufflé.
We indulged on the Baked Alaska before Opera began and that dessert was incredibly yummy! Thank you Todd for an amazing dining experience!

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h
Los Angeles
62 reviews
Dined on January 30, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

I have been dining at the Grand Tier Restaurant for over twenty years. This is the first time the meal was not superb. I don’t know why. Our two dinners were not really hot. My steak was tough as if the meat was not restaurant quality. The service was excellent as always but the meal was a disappointment. At these prices it was a big disappointment. But one time out of so many lovely meals here will not stop me from being back.

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D
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Decent fare, but not as high quality as would expect for the price. Got the steak and it was not very tender. Great location and perfect for timing if you are attending the opera though.

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R
New York Area
89 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Although we let the restaurant know in advance through open table and again upon our arrival that we were celebrating our 46th Wedding Anniversary, our waiter did not acknowledge our celebration and at the very end of the meal brought us one small macaroon with a candle in it!

My husband and I found our food to be quite mediocre. My salmon was over cooked and therefore dried out. If we weren’t going to the theater and therefore pressed for time, I would have given it back. My husband’s chicken was also over cooked and dried out. Very disappointing. This was our first experience fining at The Grand Tier and I am afraid that it will be our last!

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JW
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 4

1. We had to complain that one of the waiters had a terrible body odor
2. Considering the price the size and preparation of the Dover sole was the worst I ever had. I didn't even recognize it.
3. The food sat on the side for a while and then was served to us. We sent it back ----to cold.
4. At one point the server placed both hands on the table and leaned down/over to talk to us.
5. The mousse appetizer was buried under minced up vegetables and under the gel used to preserve it. It tasted great, but I had to remove all this other topping first.
6. Wines by the glass are pretty limited in number.
7. $20 for a glass of California Roederer champagne. Some stores sell the whole bottle for $20-22.

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c
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Elegant spot for a special pre-Metropolitan Opera performance

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A
New York Area
74 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

The service seemed a little slow to start with, I got there right when they opened, but then seemed to get better. My Benedict Royale was quite good.

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OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 5

This was our 3rd or 4th time eating here over the past five and the first disappointing experience we have had. I asked for my filet cooked medium and the waitress said “our chef likes to serve this medium rare” ! Well I repeated that I wished my steak be medium. It came out closer to Rare. She had given me a steak knife ahead of time with the comment that she doubted I would need it. The rare tenderloin was tough to cut even with the steak knife. I pointed out that I wanted it medium and she had the nerve to try and have me just eat it the way it was. Then she took it back for some more fire. Five minutes later she tells me they always start over because they can’t put food back on the grill that’s been out in the restaurant. Ok. Ten minutes after that , my wife is complete finished with her entree, they bring my filet back out - AND IT’s EXACTLY THE SAME ONE I HAD CUT INTO and returned. Only now it’s very Well Done. What a disappointment. No visit from a manager.

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j
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 24, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Restaurant is great if you have an evening opera, as you can return during the intermission(s). The ambiance is nice too. My big problem with the restaurant is that the menu has not changed in at least three years, and the same food over and over again becomes tiresome after a while.

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M
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was delicious. Just the right portion before the Opera. We came back for dessert during the intermission. We had the chocolate souffle . Definitely recommend. It was a very special treat.

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PC
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 23, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 2

Our table for two was right in front of waiters prep area - Not Good - would have liked a table that was in a better area - felt like we were put off to the side.
$40 for a glass of wine? - That I suggested the waiter pick because I wasn't a wine drinker. Do you think $40 a glass was proper?
Food portions were small - steak was tough , even though it required an up-charge.
We had a good time but the place is a bit expensive for the value.
Our wait staff was attentive but the $40 for a glass of wine just seemed to me to be taking advantage.
It was a birthday celebration for us - dinner & opera - so we enjoyed ourselves - it just wasn't "memorable"!

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HW
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on January 22, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Great but over priced.

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GH
1 review
Dined on January 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

There is no doubt that it is expensive. And no special for restaurant week. But it is a beautiful location, with great waiters, very good food. We enjoy going.
This was the first time we tried it before the opera, rather than in the intermissions.
Though the menu and food is better and pace is more leisurely, we were really full! -even with holding off dessert till the first intermission. It was difficult to sit through the opera full of food and wine.
But that's a personal observation.

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j
New York Area
73 reviews
Dined on January 21, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 5

if you're attending a performance at the Met Opera on a freezing cold night, this is a fairly decent option. if not, there are plenty of great restaurants in the area. Grand Tier is very overpriced, with mediocre food at best. the location and service, however, are very good.

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B
New York Area
91 reviews
Dined on January 21, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Always nice and convenient. Inconsistent souffle during intermission -- sometimes it's nice and fluffy, other times is heavy like chocolate syrup.

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MN
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on January 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing like always!!!!! We are regulars and will be coming here over and over.

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LS
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

So convenient and delicious! We had the three course option so first and second before the opera, and then returned to our table at first intermission to find our dessert/cheese plate and after dinner drinks waiting for us. Perfect!

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CB
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Grand Tier is THE place to go for a special occasion. From the food to the ambience to the service, you can’t get better in Manhattan.

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w
London
1 review
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely calm place to enjoy a meal before curtain at the Met. Delicious food. Also seasonally there is a fantastic Sunday brunch with singers for a taste of the musical experience. Wonderful to be part of this amazing performing arts institution.

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H
New York Area
36 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 5

I love eating here before the opera. The food has improved over the years and is now quite good. We went to the Sat. Brunch before the matinee. Everything we ate was very good. However, we were not told that we could just order one item, which we would have preferred. Instead we both ordered the pear salad, which was HUGE and the Eggs Royale, which came with a salad that we didn’t know about. Why didn’t our waiter tell us there was a salad with the eggs?
Also, there was no salt and pepper on the table! Why? So we asked for salt and pepper. We got a salt grinder but the pepper had to be served each time by the waiter. Why not put salt and pepper in each table?
The atmosphere was lovely, service was pretty good. We weren’t rushed. And the food was very good. It’s a great way to begin the opera experience.

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MG
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Excellent experience. Staff was really accommodating, especially Todd.
Food was good and service excellent.
Loved the setting and enjoyed our desert at the intermission of the opera.
Great night

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PS
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on January 14, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 5ambience 5

The food was so overpriced and mediocre. The ambience as beautiful, service very good but we will not recommend it or dine there again unless there is a change.

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Raleigh
3 reviews
Dined on January 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great way to eat before a performance at the Met. Had a Price fix meal. Enjoyed first two courses before the opera began and then dessert and coffee during first intermission. Would recommend to everyone.

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DR
1 review
Dined on January 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service, delicious appetizers and entrees beautifully presented. Great drinks and a beautiful setting. The Grand Tier restaurant is a great place to go for a special occasion. It is very pricey. The dessert was not as good as the dinner - dessert was served with coffee at the first intermission, which we enjoyed. Overall, It was a wonderful experience. It was a special occasion and the food, service, and venue were truly outstanding. We spent a lot of money, but it was worth every penny.

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SB
Seattle
1 review
Dined on January 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Pre opera/birthday celebration

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V
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

Although we had plenty of time (6:45 sat down and 8:30 performance), it wasn't enough time. The waiter took forever to take our orders, and by the time dessert ARRIVED to our table we had 3 minutes. We asked beforehand if we were going to have enough time, and if not we would be coming back during intermission. But it was recommended we eat before start of opera. WAAAAAAAAY TOO RUSHED. My friend didn't even finish half, my other friend didn't even finish half. Otherwise food was okay. My veal tortellini was salty but nicely al dente. I wish that there was at least a rest room dedicated to this restaurant.

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MV
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 5

This is the second time that we ate at this restaurant while attending the opera. The first time was great; this time not so much. The food was OK but not stellar given the price. Service bordered on non-existent. No one took drink orders. We waited an inordinate amount of time for the wait staff to even acknowledge our existence. Once someone did come to the table, he rushed through our order, as if he was doing us a favor by even taking it. Once we got our food, no one came by to see if we needed anything. The only good thing about it was that we could have dessert at intermission. Based on this experience, I wouldn't rush back.

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D
New England
2 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were celebrating 3 birthdays on Saturday, and the dinner at The Grand TIer was an amazing start to a fabulous weekend. Although the selection is limited, the food and the preparation were superb. I would recommend the crab cake appetizer, and all the desserts are to die for! Duke did a wonderful job of entertaining us and answering any questions that we had about the menu. Nice selection of wines, all of which were reasonably priced. I would definitely go there again before a performance at the Met!!

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