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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New York Area
85 reviews
Dined on March 11, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

What done one write after dining in a restaurant so many times? The Grand Tier is always good, and always a respite from the stress of NYC. And one gets to hear an opera as well!

1
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We ate at the Grand Tier Restaurant as part of a special night: introducing a granddaughter to her first opera. The dinner was an excellent start: the menu selections were interesting and varied enough for everyones' tastes; the service was gracious and unobtrusive and the food was excellent!

We were able to hold a conversation without having to strain to hear. The table decoration was just enough to be festive yet not overwhelming and the table itself was large enough that service pieces were not crowded.

At intermission our deserts awaited us and we had an unhurried time enjoying them!

TP
Cincinnati
2 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Excellent meal before the opera. Able to return to the table during first intermission to enjoy our dessert. Highly recommend.

P
Philadelphia
23 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, perfect service, world class ambience (it's at the Metropolitan Opera house for God's sake!). Worth every penny.

S
San Antonio
38 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We dined here before a matinee opera. At first we had a seat in the front area but it was unbearably hot and the sun was BLINDING! The waiter graciously moved us to another table. The food was amazing! The eggs Benedict was the best I’ve ever had. The Caymus wine was excellent. It was an amazing meal! This was our third time to eat here and it never disappoints.

S
Washington DC
35 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was fabulous! Any forkful from any of the three courses was delicious! Our waiter was wonderful - just the right combination of professional with a slightly repressed twinkle in his eye. The champagne was lovely and cold. It added greatly to a wonderful evening at the opera.

EC
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

If you want to make your opera experience really "Grand ", this is the place to dine.
Yes, it is pricey. But, the whole opera experience starts from here. You are under the famous chandeliers. Staff are very cordial and nice. Food is in a right size. I mean I am a small eater, yet, I could finish it. So, dress up ( although, there is no dress code ) and enjoy the grand night !

DG
London
8 reviews
Dined on March 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A special night at the Opera. Lots of smartly dressed people, lovely waiters, great service and delicious food. Rey expensive but worth it for the occasion and a wonderful night out.

NN
London
1 review
Dined on March 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very elegant setting, excellent service and perfect atmosphere.

CP
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 3, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Excellent food and very good wine selection. Expensive but worth every penny because of quality and convenience.

T
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on March 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place to dine before an opera. Service was refined.

FG
Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall3food4service3ambience4

Inattentive waiters at times due to the rush. Need a separate restroom (especially ladies) for dinner patrons.
Waiters try hard to make a good experience.

d
Birmingham
2 reviews
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The overall experience was simply outstanding. It is the perfect choice for dining before a performance at the Met. The price point is what one might expect to be commensurate with a performance at the Met. The executive chef is a master of seasoning choices that are complex and not overpowering. I am no food critic but I know good food when I taste it. With all our dish choices, the seasonings were a fantastic blend of a main seasoning and a cast of ancillary seasonings that supported without overpowering the main seasoning. It was a symphony in your mouth. For anyone who values how dishes are plated (it's not especially important to me), the plating was also exquisite. I was quite impressed but, most important of all THE FOOD TASTED fantastic! It wasn't a meal, it was more of a dining experience.

N
New York Area
39 reviews
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Yes, but only if my friend were attending a performance at the Met Opera and the weather might be inclement. Otherwise, I would suggest the Lincoln Ristorante, which is also expensive but a better value. For example, $8.50 for an espresso is a bit much, the wine by the glass is about $4 or $5 more for perhaps not as good quality, and three courses at the Grand Tier are $98 (there is no two-course option), whereas at the Lincoln you can order two courses for $79 or three for $91 or so, and the quality of the food is better, as well as you get some extras that are not available at the Grand Tier. The one advantage of the Grand Tier (other than proximity to one's seat) is that you can order a la carte, which you can't do pre-theater at the Lincoln.

OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on February 26, 2020
Overall1food2service1ambience3

Dramatically over-priced, food served cold, horrible service. How can the Metropolitan Opera management tolerate this in their house?

JB
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on February 26, 2020
Overall1food1service4ambience4

The chef must have changed because the food was terrible. I have eaten here many times before the opera and ballet and have always regarded it as a wonderful meal. This time the price of prix fix dinner had increased from $70 to $95 and the meal was terrible!! What a waste of money. I won’t be returning.

JK
New York Area
19 reviews
Dined on February 25, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

This is an expensive dining experience, but, if you want, or in our case need, to eat in the Metropolitan Opera House, before a performance, the Grand Tier can’t be beat.

SA
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Pricey, but worth it for the full opera experience. Our server Todd was exceptional. Kind, funny, attentive... made our dinner one to remember.

a
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall1food3service1ambience4

Disastrous evening! They nearly couldn't complete 2 course service within 1 hour and 45 minutes, even though we were "on time" for our reservation, ordered within 10 minutes of arrival. Very poorly handled by server and by female manager who smiled when she "sort-of" apologized for the delay. Was told by one server that it was the chef's 3rd day on the job. Maybe he needed more rehearsal time, like the opera singers get?!

N
New York Area
39 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

The Grand Tier has raised its prices considerably, and we now think it is overpriced -- actually, more expensive than the Lincoln Ristorante, although the food, while good, doesn't quite measure up. We go to The Grand Tier mostly in the winter to avoid having to go outside, and it is the most convenient restaurant if you're attending an opera or ballet at the Met, but mostly we prefer the Lincoln, where you get more and better for less.

j
Philadelphia
13 reviews