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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LS
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
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 2 days ago
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 2 days ago
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
35 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
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 4 days ago
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 7 days ago
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 7 days ago
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 7 days ago
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 7 days ago
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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NY
New York Area
82 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding food, service and ambience.

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KA
1 review
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 5

3 stars for food because coffee and cocktails were wanting and extremely overpriced. Wine glasses were spotted.
Food was delicious, but not quite memorable. Branzino was excellent, Baked Alaska was not finished properly. What makes this special is the location, the people watching, and the attentive friendly service.
For this restaurant to be worth a visit without an opera ticket and a disposable income it would have to have standards raised across the board.

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A
New York Area
64 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

Nice service and ambiance.
But the price is over the top compared to the type of food and portion size.
Also, only give you 10 dollar gift from open table instead of 20.

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I
New York Area
156 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Great location on Grand Tier inside the Met Opera House. Pleasant helpful staff who want you to have a special memorable evening. Creative seasonal menu with fresh ingredients nicely presented. Appetizer and entree before Othello. Opted to have dessert during intermission. Very good wine list including by the glass. Particularly good crab cake appetizer, branzino, dover sole, chocolate souffle, and chocolate raspberry mousse.

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JF
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on January 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great before and during 1st intermission of the opera. Staff was funny friendly and accomodating.

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

After the staff's making a fuss about our table and the fact that it is usually unavailable, we were seated in a comfortable booth that faced the piano in the corner. If I had realized that the wait staff would congregate at the station next to the piano during our entire meal, I would have asked to be seated elsewhere. Also, considering that we were seated opposite the wait staff, they were less than attentive to our table. The two adjacent booths were unoccupied and would have allowed us a much more comfortable and private meal. Not sure why we were seatd at this table. The food is good considering the venue and priced accordingly ($75 for 3 courses and some items with upcharges). The drink/wine/champagne prices are high ($25 for a glass of champagne). The Grand Tier Restaurant is comfortable and convenient for opera goers. Make sure to request a different booth.

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

Wonderful pre-theatre experience. Food and ambiance were great. Buddy the waiter was extraordinary.

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

Love the ambiance and convenience and service has always been excellent. Disappointed in the food. Tried almost all the dishes and none were that special. All served lukewarm and not hot. Pre-fixe menu of $78 misleading as most items are extra cost. Been going for years and this menu and quality of food is the worse.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 4, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Patrick was phenomenal. Spot on about his recommendations and went above and beyond to ensure we didn’t worry about a thing.

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IC
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

An elegant dining spot for a pre-theater dinner when attending an opera, ballet, or concert in Lincoln Center.

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

Went before opera performance. Food delicious, but I'm glad I didn't order the three-course prix-fixe menu: portions of of the one main course were huge.

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MR
New England
4 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food, especially the appetizer (smoked salmon with crumbled egg, onion, thick cream sauce) and baked alaska for dessert. Waiter was very knowledgeable about the food.

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R
Baltimore
10 reviews
Dined on January 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

All four of us loved the whole dining experience. Service was professional and prompt. Food was uniformly very good and nicely presented. I thought the salmon was excellent and the bronzino was praised for flavor and expert deboning.Being able to come back at intermission for dessert was an added bonus.

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W
Miami
8 reviews
Dined on January 2, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

This makes going to the opera a very special evening. Just don't look at the price tag.

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OT
1 review
Dined on January 2, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

If you go to opera is the best choice ever! We really have a wonderful time, perfectly coordinated with the start of the event

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

The service was discreet and efficient. The food was delicious and seriously elegant- recommend the caviar. It’s oricey but worth it.

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RR
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 5

The prix fix dinner sounded great at $78 but there were very few options without a supplement - a big disappointment.

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OT
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing! Thanks for having us!

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AA
San Antonio
2 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 5

The food was wonderful and hearing the rising opera stars was delightful. The only downside is the service is not on point.

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PF
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

Wir waren zum Brunch dort. Alles musste genau nach Zeitplan erfolgen. Die Leute wurden kurz vor 11 reingelassen damit sie in der Wärme warten konnten. Kurz nach 11 konnte man hoch zum Restaurant. Das Ganze war schlecht ausgeschildert. Das Restaurant ist ziemlich in die Jahre gekommen. Ich meine hey das ist die MET und dort kommt man nur hin bei speziellen Anlässen oder zu Aufführungen. Schade war auch, dass das Geschirr nur gemietet war von einem Party Geschirr Vermieter. Ich meine es ist die MET und da hat man andere Erwartungen. Das Essen hingegen wie auch der Service waren super. Auch die Darbietung war sehr gut. Man sollte das Mobiliar auf Vordermann bringen und eigenes Geschirr zutun.

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BG
New York Area
21 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 5

After two meals at The Grand Tier, I can honestly say that I will NEVER go back. While the view is outstanding and convenience to all Lincoln Center theaters is terrific, the quality of the food does not justify the high prices. The branzino was overcooked, dry and had no sides other than a charred lemon. The roasted salmon was equally uninteresting and unattractive. For the price of $42 for entrees, they should be served hot and garnished. Disappointing. The pate starter was served in a decorative pot and there as only a wee bit of pate on the very bottom with a double layer of garnish on top, served with overly toasted slices of bread. Disappointing. The waiter was pleasant enough but the food service was way to fast and we were finished dinner by 7 pm with a curtain time of 8 pm. The venue is lovely but the service needs to be re-evaluated. With a captive audience, they still need to make their diners feel special with extraordinary food and service !! Diners beware!

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o
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

Took our visiting family out for a pre-opera dinner expecting more of a novelty experience with ok food and service but both greatly surpassed our expectations and will definitely be back to have more pre-opera dinners :)

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R
New York Area
20 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was a special treat for us to dine at the Grand Tier restaurant before the opera. Second visit.

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MS
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 2

Dishes were too salty, and Asian people were made sit at the sides of entrance
that were not nice.

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D
New York Area
23 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 2

Expected the Grand Tier brunch which is a wonderful experience ...... instead got crowded seating, poor service terribly overpriced Prix Fix menu. And wound up with a Bellini and coffee with $100 scrambled eggs!!!

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CS
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Just fabulous! Service and Food - you couldn't have better!

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JL
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Pros: The ambiance is very special, once you actually get upstairs (see note below). The food taste was delicious and well-presented. And the service was impeccable.

Cons: upcharges on some of the items for fixed menu are off-putting, especially for portion size. And the taste of some items, while nice, didn't "wow" as it should for the price. Wasn't expecting McDonald's pricing, but wasn't expecting McDonald's taste either and my daughter's chicken was only so-so. Also, the menu was inaccurate (veal on menu which we ordered was actually not available).

For a first-time visitor, the signage was non-existent, so was hard to figure out how to enter. Had to ask 3 people.

And sadly, the other patrons were snobs. Surprisingly rude (even by NY standards) and actually pushy. We weren't attending the Opera but rather the Musical next door so while we were dressed up, we weren't in formal wear and the other guests were not the least bit nice. My daughter easily lowered the median age in the dining room by 2 decades--and while she enjoyed the "experience" of the evening, she said she wouldn't go back. Once was enough.

If you're going for a special occasion, enjoy the views, and the Grand Tier's ambiance. Ask for Raul as your waiter, as he will take very good care of you.

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H
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a fabulous dinner. The staff are wonderful. We were on time for the Opera.

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