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The Grand Tier Restaurant

2964 reviews
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$50 and over
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  • Pre/post Theatre (109)
  • Special Occasion (77)
  • Romantic (44)
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 Reservations for ticketed guests dining at intermission ONLY are not taken via Open Table.
Dining Style
Fine Dining
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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.
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Phone number
(212) 799-3400
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Payment options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Executive chef
Richard Diamonte
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Private party facilities
Group Dinners welcome. We are happy to accommodate groups of 10 - 200.
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Private party contact
Yale Frederiksen: (212) 359-6513
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Cross street
Broadway and Amsterdam, between 65th and 62nd st.
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Parking details
Check out Metropolitan Opera website for parking information.
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Public transit
1 Train to 66th st. Lincoln Center
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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.
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Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Entertainment, Full Bar, Private Room, View, Weekend Brunch, Wine
What 2964 People Are Saying
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vipSteve (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on December 26, 2015

The Grand Tier serves great food in a wonderful setting in the Metropolitan Opera House. A delightful place for a romantic dinner or for some other special occasion. But the prices are much too high. A diner could easily spend $100 without alcoholic beverage for appetizer, soup, entree, one side, and dessert and tea/coffee! Their artichoke soup with black truffles at $21 is outrageously expensive! Chicken at $36? Coquille St. Jacques at $48? 3-selection cheese at $18?
But if a person wants to spend such sums then all well and good. But for so many Metropolitan Opera goers and other Lincoln Center patrons the prices at The Grand Tier are unaffordable!

vipBeth (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on December 26, 2015

Every time we go we are delighted. The Jerusalem artichoke soup was amazing and both the chicken and salmon were delicious and perfectly prepared.

SDandEH (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on December 24, 2015

Excellent food, great service, loved the large Chagalls

Maricharms82 (Mexico City)
5.0  Dined on December 24, 2015

Simply perfect! Delicious food. Everything was great

OpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on December 24, 2015

The Grand Tier Restaurant is a very special restaurant for a very special occasion. That special occasion would be attending the Metropolitan Opera (as tickets for the opera are required for admission to the restaurant.) The food and the service are both very good (and the desserts are sensational). Although a bit expensive, you'll find it is worth it.

George (Orlando)
4.0  Dined on December 23, 2015

We attended a recent performance of Die Fledermaus at the Met, and elected to dine pre performance at the Grand Tier Restaurant. While choosing this option largely for convenience, we were very happy with our food and service. Having dessert at the first intermission was also a very nice plus. Only quibble was the price; probably a 20% premium verses other dining options in the surrounding area.

vipBeth (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on December 23, 2015

This is a fantastic restaurant. The Jerusalem artichoke soup is amazing. I loved the chicken and my husband really enjoyed the salmon. The service was exceptional.

beverly (Cincinnati)
5.0  Dined on December 22, 2015

Difficult to add to an evening at the MET, but dining here makes the experience extra special. The food presentation is creative , artistic and tasty.

OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
4.0  Dined on December 21, 2015

Ambiance is great. Food is over rated.

foodiemike (New York Area)
4.0  Dined on December 18, 2015

You have to have a ticket to a Lincoln Center event, which qualifies you for a reservation at the Grand Tier, located upstairs at the Metropolitan Opera. We we're running late, but the restaurant held our table, and we were greeted in a calm and friendly manner which made us look forward to dinner. Nicely appointed, unpretentious, a little pricey. We had a delicious meal served by an attentive staff, happily not over-attentive. A spare but interesting menu. Jerusalem artichoke soup, and a fresh salad to start; scallops and salmon were entrees. Scallops were large and sweet, the salmon fresh and simply prepared. Seasonal roasted vegetables (squash and cauliflower), all very satisfying, and a good Pinot Grigio as well. If you are seeing the opera, you can pre-order dessert and coffee, and come back to the restaurant to enjoy during intermission. We didn't try it because we thought it would be rushed, but intermission was pretty long, so maybe we'll try it next time.

DrCJK (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on December 18, 2015

Where else would you want to go for great food, wine, service, and ultimate convenience for a night at the Met opera . Eat early and return to your table during the intermission to have desert coffee and finish your wine. No hurry to pay the bill, time the service and get in to take your seart for Act one....all done for you...and if you fancy a souffle for dessert its timed to perfection as you exit during the interval...very slick act...that was the food....

vipSouflet (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on December 16, 2015

The food was good, but you may need to send it back if it's not hot.
The chocolate soufflé during intermission is a treat, but I hope the chef will use a little more chocolate in his recipe the next time I come.

vipdupester (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on December 15, 2015

service and food impeccable as always. pre ordered to expedite service
since we were going to avery fisher. It went like clockwork.

vipwisegourmet (London)
4.0  Dined on December 11, 2015

The cuisine at the Grand Tier used to be OK, but no more. This time it was exceptionally good, a very significant improvement. I believe there's a new chef. May he long continue!

MWright (Vancouver)
3.0  Dined on December 11, 2015

The beauty of the Grand Tier and it's location, made the opera an even more enjoyable experience. The quality of the food was in line with what I have seen in reviews - quality of the food itself was average to disappointing. The Rabbit is not recommended, Chicken and Steak were average. Desert was excellent. Service was excellent. The experience was wonderful - but they need to improve both the menu and the food quality.

vipmdot1 (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on December 9, 2015

You have to be attending a Lincoln Center event to eat here, otherwise reservations would be unobtainable. A polished but not pompous experience that makes for a great start to an evening at the opera. We went on a Wednesday and the restaurant experience was a large factor in deciding to revisit the opera and the restaurant on the Friday. Being right on site takes all that last minute rush from early dinner to getting there. Good wine list and classic food.

OpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on December 8, 2015

we were over an hour late for our 5:30 reservation because of traffic. we called ahead and were able to order our entrees on the phone in plenty of time to make the (7:30) performance. Add dessert at the first intermission and we had a perfect evening.

OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
3.0  Dined on December 8, 2015

It is awfully cold by the windows. Consider adjusting the airconditioning.

vipJoelle (New York Area)
4.0  Dined on December 5, 2015

The atmosphere was spectacular and the staff was quite friendly and very accommodating.
Our dinner was perfectly cooked and a gorgeous presentation ...
We can't wait to go back!

OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on December 5, 2015

I enjoyed dining at The Grand Tier Restaurant. We had a table by the window overlooking The service staff was attentive and efficient so I didn't have to worry about being late for the performance. My husband and I both ordered from the grill menu. He chose Bronzino about which he raved and I selected the scallops. My four stars rating for food reflects my reaction to the scallops. They were perfectly cooked and the plate was attractive but the flavors were unmemorable.