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About The Grand Tier Restaurant

NOW OPEN FOR SUNDAY BRUNCH! Enjoy live recitals by rising Met Artists in the dining room, with a $45 prix fixe and endless bellinis.

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.

Lincoln Center Plaza
New York, NY 10023
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Dining Style:
Fine Dining

Cuisines:
American

Hours of Operation:
The restaurant is open to the public offering dinner Monday through Saturday starting at 5:30 pm and Saturday brunch starting at 10:30 am.

Cross Street:
Broadway and Amsterdam, between 65th and 62nd st.

Dress Code:
Smart Casual

Price Range:
$50 and over

Payment Options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(212) 799-3400

Website:
http://www.grandtierny.com/

Entertainment:
New this season is Sunday brunch with live recitals by rising Met artists. These performances only occur on Sundays, scheduled one per seating at 12:30 pm and 2 pm.

Parking Details:
Check out Metropolitan Opera website for parking information.

Public Transit:
1 Train to 66th st. Lincoln Center

Executive Chef:
Richard Diamonte

Private Party Facilities:
Group Dinners welcome. We are happy to accommodate groups of 10 - 200.

Private Party Contact:
Yale Frederiksen: (212) 359-6513

Additional:
Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Entertainment, Full Bar, Private Room, View, Weekend Brunch, Wine

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The Grand Tier Restaurant Ratings and Reviews

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4.4

service

4.5

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4.7

value

4.0

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95% would recommend it to a friend

Pre/post Theatre (85)
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Fit for Foodies (18)
Good for Birthdays (17)
Sunday Lunch (16)
Cozy (10)
Neighborhood Gem (10)
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·Dined on October 18, 2017

Food was good but VERY rushed service. We ate pre-opera for the first two courses, and were scheduled to have dessert during the intermission. The opera was starting at 7:30, yet at 6:30 they brought out our main course while we were still eating our appetizers.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Quiet Conversation
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·Dined on October 18, 2017

Simply amazing. For us, this was a once in a life time event and it was worth every penny.

Tags: Healthy, Romantic, Cozy
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 (Phoenix)·Dined on October 14, 2017

Weird and annoying line to get in, even 25 minutes before our reservations.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 14, 2017

There's no better place to eat when you're having a special night at the opera.
First, there's the obvious convenience, given it's in the opera house and they coordinate their servings with the start and intermissions. But it's so much more than convenient. The food is wonderful. I came for the opera, but I may have enjoyed the food just as much.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Pre/post Theatre
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 14, 2017

It was my young daughter’s first time at the Opera.

Tags: Special Occasion
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on October 13, 2017

The amount of food on each entrée is extremely minimal. Inadequate vegetables to go with the main dish
And then it’s usually only beans or some pasta

Tags: Pre/post Theatre
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 (London)·Dined on October 12, 2017

Perfect way to enjoy dinner before the opera at the Met. Service was excellent. Food good, not outstanding, but that’s not why you go there. It was great (and a surprise) to be able to have our first two courses before the performance and then dessert in the first interval, extremely civilised. And by the way, the opera, Turandot, was out of this world, probably the best I have ever seen

Tags: Hot Spot
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 12, 2017

This restaurant is very convenient in location for pre-opera supper but long entrance line and time limits make it less attractive.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 12, 2017

A pre-opera dinner at Grand Tier is the perfect way to enjoy the evening. The team of waiters has their routine down to an elegant dance getting all of the meals out to everyone in quiet efficiency. The choices are elegant and delicious and can be enjoyed without any anxiety or rush. At the interval, you return to your table for dessert and coffee.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, People Watching, Good for Anniversaries
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 (London)·Dined on October 12, 2017

Everything was exceptional about our dining experience!!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Pre/post Theatre, Romantic
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 10, 2017

Have dined here many times and also for opera intermission. The service is good as is the food.
A nice place for preopera dining since you are right at the Met. It is pricey. That is to be expected. It is the Met.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre
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·Dined on October 10, 2017

Came here for my birthday and to go to Die Zauberflote. Great evening.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays
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 (Greensboro)·Dined on October 9, 2017

Beautiful setting for pre-opera dinner. Excellent food

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Quiet Conversation, Good for Anniversaries
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·Dined on October 9, 2017

Given the convenient venue inside the Opera House, the price-y menu and wine list were not unexpected. Happily, the cuisine was thoughtfully planned and well prepared and we were pleasantly surprised. But, be forewarned, it is nevertheless an expensive treat.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 8, 2017

I already have reservations for the next two Sundays!!!!

Tags: Fun
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on October 8, 2017

Wonderful experience for Sunday brunch and Opera with quiet conversation, good food, and a beautiful setting

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Great for Lunch, Good for a Date, Scenic View, Special Occasion, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Anniversaries, Live Music, Great for Brunch, Cozy, Quiet Conversation, People Watching
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 8, 2017

My family and I enjoyed a lovely brunch with delicious unlimited bellinis. We were serenated by a magnificent soprano which was an unexpected pleasure. The staff was very gracious and our experience was both elegant and comfortably relaxed.

Tags: Great for Brunch
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 8, 2017

utterly delicious! great mix of flavors. Crab cales were spectacular!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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·Dined on October 7, 2017

Everything was great -- food, wine, setting, waiter etc. --but the cappuccino was execrable.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 7, 2017

Nice location if you are attending something at Lincoln Center. For some reason we were ignored for the first 20 minutes after we were seated other than bread. A manager eventually noticed and finally came to our aid. They have no provisions dealing with a food allergy, but he did his best. Service following actually managing to place an order was glacially slow, and peppered with apologies, but we barely made our event next door at the Geffen Hall after rushing through desert and having to gulp our champagne. A shame really - it would have been nice to have had the time to enjoy our meal at such a high end offering. There was plenty of time had they manged the service better. Food was outstanding - once we got it anyhow.

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 (Montreal)·Dined on October 7, 2017

The Grand Tier restaurant is an excellent way to have dinner and go to the opera without feeling rushed. Have your dessert at the intermission .

Tags: Pre/post Theatre
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 7, 2017

Very enjoyable experience.
Excellent Branzino with Lentils

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Pre/post Theatre, Great for Brunch
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 6, 2017

Everything worked like clockwork. The servers were terrific and managed to get the food and beverages to us in very good order. Our starters, entrees and desserts were real treats -- beautiful presentations and very favorful. We will be back.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre
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·Dined on October 6, 2017

We were not contented at all with the location of the table near the kitchen as the restaurant was not fully completed.

Tags: Worth the Drive
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 6, 2017

We were late because of traffic and staff did its best to serve us and get us out in time for a performance. Salad and main course (halibut) were outstanding. Dessert not so good. Berries were hard and simply served in a dish with a bit of cream on the side. A beautiful setting and an enjoyable experience.

Tags: People Watching, Healthy, Fit for Foodies
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 3, 2017

The Grand Tier is perfect for a pre-opera meal. The location can’t be beat: you leave your table and go straight to your seat. No worries about whether the meal will be served and completed in time for the performance. The food is exquisitely prepared and presented, and the service is superb!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Pre/post Theatre
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on October 3, 2017

It is amazing how so many people can be served such well prepared, and beautifully presented food all at relatively the same time.
The service is cheerful and attentive but not intrusive. The autumn salad was delicious as was the branzino. My husband had a gorgeous veal tenderloin. For dessert we had the torrone parfait-extravagant! AND you don’t have to go to the opera to dine there!( although we did).
Check out the Sunday brunch. It’s wonderful.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 3, 2017

You used to have the best crabcakes but I notice that you are no longer using the best quality lump crabmeat and there is more dressing or mayonnaise mixed in.

Tags: Quiet Conversation
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·Dined on October 3, 2017

The food was excellent, so was the service. But the service is too fast when we want to go at the opera ; it gives us only 75 minutes to diner and we don't have the time t relax.

We found also that the noise level was high.

Tags: Good for Groups, Great for Outdoor Dining, Pre/post Theatre, Sunday Lunch
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 3, 2017

Just as good as it was in June. The appetizers are enormous (I had a wonderful Autumn Salad with spicy pecans), the entrees small (but my salmon came with a chunk of delicious bacon), and huge desserts (the berry sorbet was memorable).

Service is outstanding. The waiters do a good job of getting everyone into the opera auditorium by curtain time (one level down from the restaurant). However, the kitchen gets a bit overwhelmed; we've noticed on both visits that dessert is a very long time in arriving no matter what we order.

Still, we recommend the Grand Tier and hope to return soon.

Tags: Special Occasion
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on October 2, 2017

This is an overpriced adjunct to the Met Opera. Food is mediocre , service more than adequate and the ambiance is tired.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre
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·Dined on October 2, 2017

A terrific dining experience prior to the opera. Beautiful food In a very special place with great atmosphere. For us a once-in-a-lifetime experience!

Highly recommended to make a night at the opera even more special.

Tags: Scenic View, People Watching, Special Occasion, Pre/post Theatre
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 2, 2017

Dinner was a disappointment. When we entered the restaurant we were greeted at the front desk by the manger asking " what can I do for you". What he think there were there for???
When we were seated, the a/c was so frigid I asked the manger to reside the temperature a bit. After ten minutes of no response, we requested that our table be changed to a warmer location.
Our appetizers were served and they were excellent. Then the entries were served, both dishes were cool as opposed to hot! Another disappointment. When our deserts were they managed to get both orders incorrect. Ultimately the deserts were brought back correctly. I short The Grand Tier at The Metropolitan opera was certainly an unforgiving, unpleasant experience. Thank the goodness the opera was excellent.

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 (Toronto)·Dined on October 2, 2017

We booked a pre theatre meal. While the service was a little slow and consequently we had to finish our meal during an intermission, it was a wonderful experience and we were well compensated for the timing issue. Would definitely return as it makes the opera a special event.

Tags: Romantic, Notable Wine List, Creative Cuisine, People Watching, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Pre/post Theatre
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 1, 2017

We had a wonderful Sunday Brunch! The service, food and atmosphere was outstanding! So glad we were able to experience this outstanding reference.

Tags: Cozy, People Watching, Great for Brunch, Sunday Lunch
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 30, 2017

Amazing service and great experience. Would definitely recommend eating here before the opera. You can also order dessert and drinks for intermission and they are waiting for you at the same table when you arrive.

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·Dined on September 29, 2017

Excellent service, lovely staff and ambience. I’m pleased so much. Thank you!

Tags: Pre/post Theatre
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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 26, 2017

Amazing how the quality of this place has changed. Management seems outstanding as well as food and service.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Scenic View
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 (Houston)·Dined on September 26, 2017

My second visit here and impressed both times! Well-presented, tasty food in magnificent environment

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Scenic View, Handcrafted Cocktails, Pre/post Theatre, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on July 8, 2017

The Grand Tier restaurant is a convenient place to have dinner before a performance at the Metropolitan Opera. The setting is majestic, with shimmering crystal chandeliers and fine art on the walls. Huge windows provide ample daylight and beautiful view of the Lincoln Center fountain.
The food is mediocre, on the other hand. The selection is small and the quality is ok.
Service could be better, the waiters are often out of sight.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre
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