The Grand Tier Restaurant

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3434 reviews
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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
1 review
Dined 17 hours ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always excellent!

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CD
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I love bringing friends here prior to a ballet or opera. It brings a special continuity to the Met Opera experience.

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TC
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Would definitely go back. Great location, great food and great views.

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RT
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on May 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and service as usual. They were also exceptional at working with us since we were delayed by traffic. They made us comfortable and a relaxing experience.

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NT
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on May 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The crudo was wonderful! Could leave out the bread cubes. Really enjoyed the tart dessert with pistachio. It was quite unique and delicious!

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JM
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent!

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DS
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Grand Tier is the perfect place to dine if you’re going to the opera or the ballet at The Metropolitan Opera House. This time, we had an late lunch/early dinner with a 4:15 booking after an opera matinee. What a treat! We could dine at leisure while all the people there were in a rush for a 6:30 curtail. As always, Everything about The Grand Tier was lovely. No matter how many meals we’ve had there, the experience is always special.

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CR
New England
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful way to spend the evening at the Met. My daughter and I would go again.

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EH
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

WE had an excellent meal with very good service. The smoked salmon was especially well presented and flavorful

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K
Minneapolis
4 reviews
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I think it is a wonderful place to go for dinner before the opera!!! Makes it an entire evening of class and culture.

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S
New York Area
34 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

The Bake Alaska was not what I expected. The merengue did not feel fresh and was not warm enough

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T
New York Area
22 reviews
Dined on May 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very convenient for opera and ballet. Food consistently good. Service is very attentive.

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MH
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding food and service. The perfect place to go for a pre performance dinner.

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OH
San Francisco
34 reviews
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A perfect venue before attending the Met. Offers great food and a fantastic view of Lincoln Center. Highly recommended.

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AM
New York Area
190 reviews
Dined on May 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food gets better and better, from the chicken/food gras mousse or smoked salmon at the beginning, the guinea fowl ravioli or fish entrées, to the cheese or baked Alaska (a throwback worth revisiting) at the end. Wines are a bit pricey(nothing under $60, if I recall) but well chosen. Having your appetizers and entrées before the performance and your dessert and coffee at intermission under the Chagalls really enhances the opera experience. (Everything about the service is beautifully managed. You do feel that you’re being pampered in a de luxe restaurant.)

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AR
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful food and exquisite service highlight this fantastic venue.

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JC
San Francisco
13 reviews
Dined on April 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was a lovely evening. Thanks

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AR
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on April 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic setting, excellent cuisine, and sterling service!

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NY
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on April 25, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Spectacular setting. Perfect if you have to catch a performance at Lincoln Center. The food is very good but not gourmet calibre. Menu is designed, as it should be in a place that caters to pre-theatre goers, to get you in and get you out. Service is all business without seeming rushed. It's the setting and the convenience that drives the prices.

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KE
1 review
Dined on April 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What a wonderful way to enhance what is already a magical experience: attending an opera
at THE Metropolitan Opera House.

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Easter Sunday brunch

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LG
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on April 20, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 4

Ambiance not quite what was expected of a restaurant of this level. Having dined here on several occasions, it was a bit of a disappointment. Furthermore, it had been previously noted on the reservation that, in fact, this was our anniversary celebration. No mention of it was made; very disappointing. We have dined at other establishments, where a previously noted special event was recognized. At this point, we are willing to give this restaurant one more try. Hopefully, the attention to detail will have returned.

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a
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on April 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A fantastic way to complete your opera experience. You will enjoy a wonderful meal and be well taken care of by a friendly, knowledgeable waitstaff who could not be friendlier. All while sitting in a truly grand space inside the opera house. The best part is that you may order your dessert and coffee and when you come back during the intermission, it will be there waiting for you!

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OT
Salt Lake City
5 reviews
Dined on April 16, 2019
Overall 1food 3service 1ambience 2

First time at the opera
Wanted a special experience for family
Told the waiter we did not want alcohol drinks
Never saw him again after took our order
20% tip was automatically added
Food was excellent
Service the worst

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a
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on April 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Perfect spot for dinner before opera. Highly recommend reserving dessert for intermission

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WW
1 review
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

After many years of living in Vermont we were pleased that on returning to the Opera we found the Grand Tier Restaurant was just as outstanding as it had been before. The only drawback was we were no longer used to the ambient noise.

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EL
1 review
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Dinner was superb at this restaurant, conveniently located within the Met Opera. You have the option of going back during intermission of the Opera you are seeing to enjoy dessert separately from the meal - wonderful! Will absolutely do this again.

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BP
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great venue to eat before the Opera. Dessert during the first intermission was the best. Lovely service and gorgeous food.

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JF
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Perfect treat pre opera! Must experience at least once! Food very good!!!

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q
Washington DC
28 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Prices were higher than the Open Table menu page.

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A
San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 3

Seemed my fish was cooked half hour prior to being served. Very overpriced relative to the quality of the food

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OT
London
3 reviews
Dined on April 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Dinner and drinks before and during intermissions at MetOpera - superb all-round expérience

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LS
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 2, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Elegant ambiance for unhurried dining with superb service, especially that delivered by Tod!

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M
New England
79 reviews
Dined on April 2, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 5

Gourmet menu at a fast-food restaurant pace. My chicken was very dry. Server never came back until ha gave us the bill. Lovely dining room.

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PD
1 review
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Our waiter was very good. The ambiance was akin to a banquet with very expensive food. The food was just good, presentation was just good, and not what I would expect for the class of restaurant. The drinks and wine list were extremely over priced for the selections offered. The location was convenient which made it a good choice for an 8:30 show.

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OT
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The restaurant was lovely, the food was well-prepared, it was a perfect setting for a pre-opera brunch; but it is very expensive ($90 apiece for brunch, and we each had only 1 drink).

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ER
1 review
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our dining experience was wonderful. Staff was courteous, personable and efficient. Would recommend it highly for that special "dining experience".

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PL
Chicago
16 reviews
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

An evening at the Opera. A perfect place to have dinner before the 8pm performance. Very easy to drive to the city, park your car in the Lincoln Center garage then take the elevator to the Grand Tier dining room. The food is very good and the service is exceptional. Amazing how they can get everything served and in such a great way in the window of time before the performance. And with the price fixe option you can have desert during the first intermission. Bravo!

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NA
1 review
Dined on March 28, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

The scallop dish was high quality
Very well made,delicious.
The chicken dish was mediocre. It’svegetables were artless, and the chicken was very bland and ordinary

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VP
1 review
Dined on March 28, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Good ambience, convenient to opera. Food is good, but not particularly special. Service was friendly, but a bit on the slow side. Had to ask three times for bread. I doubt I would eat at Grand Tier but for its convenience to the opera house.

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