The Grand Tier Restaurant

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3464 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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D
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 5ambience 5

There was no meat on the menu despite it being shown on the website version
The restaurant advertises that you can return at intermission for dessert but I was told this it was not available that day, nor had it been available the prior week
This service is an important part of the restaurant charm

The Grand Tier Restaurant
Responded on July 11, 2019

Hi David, Thank you for dining with us and taking the time to tell us about your experience. We apologize for the confusion with the menu and intermission dining options! We appreciate the feedback on what enhances the dining experience and will certainly make this a focus for next season. We hope to see you again then!

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MN
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had the brunch before a Saturday matinee. The service was great and the food was superb. We didn't feel rushed at all. The prices are definitely NYC high but the quality of the food was worth it. I recommend the Grand Tier for a special brunch before the opera or ballet.

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A
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very limited dessert options.

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OT
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A great place after the ballet or the opera. Beautiful view of Lincoln Center.

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

If the appetizers were a little smaller perhaps it could be less expensive.

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NY
1 review
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 5

I would recommend anyone try this restaurant at least once. The setting is beautiful and if you are attending a performance at the Met the location is more than convenient. This was the second time I dined here and the first time was excellent on all levels. This visit the service was not as efficient although all staff seemed to be working hard and the restaurant was not completely full (understaffed?). Still, the service was a "3". The main objection I had was that for my entree, branzino, I specifically asked if the dish came with a sauce and was told it did not. When it arrived it was sitting on top of a very large amount of sauce which was too rich for me to eat. Since I had a curtain to make I did the best I could to eat the fish without getting too much sauce in each bite. It was difficult. These days restaurants must be responsive to dietary questions/requests. There is no excuse in a restaurant in this price range. Advice--if you go be extremely clear with your waiter about any dietary preferences/restrictions.

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CC
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on June 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely pre- theater restaurant. My girls and I had a wonderful time. Some in our party were late and they made sure we made our curtain on time

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P
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on June 27, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Service could not have been more attentive. Everyone was absolutely lovely and the food (although we ate lightly) was interesting and delicious. Great place for pre-ballet/ pre-opera meal.

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G
New York Area
40 reviews
Dined on June 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It's always a pleasure to dine at the Grand Tier when attending an event at Lincoln Center, in this instance a ballet. There were six in our party and our orders for appetizers, main courses and desserts seemed to cover every item on the menu. As far as appetizers, the Foie Gras was unique in the presentation, but absolutely excellent. Main course consisted of Salmon, Risotto, and Beef Tenderloin, all were prepared as ordered and excellent, without exception.

Todd's service was attentive, friendly, and professional. And, of course, have to mention the ever-gracious Maitre D', Mr. Alongi.

However, there is one change from the past in that they are no longer open for dessert during intermission. We missed that part of the evening.

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OT
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on June 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Before attending ballet. Perfect

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b
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The fix price meal was really very good. Had a great choice I will definitely go back and have a great meal again before a performance.

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l
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on June 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Grand Tier has excellent food, excellent service and is absolutely beautiful. It is the perfect place to have pre-theater dinner in Lincoln Center.

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TE
1 review
Dined on June 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My wife and I went to the Grand Tier for pre-ballet dinner, as part of the last leg of our honeymoon. From our arrival to our departure, we were treated to exceptional service, a well thought-out menu, outstanding food, and a glass of complimentary bubbly to help us celebrate our special occasion. It was a meal to remember on a night we will never forget. Would definitely recommend for a 5-star dining experience.

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A
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 20, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Love coming to The Grand Tier when attending ballet or opera. Staff always warm, welcoming and extremely efficient. While the food is always excellent, since Icome so often I would love to see the wonderful chef change up the menu a little more during a given opera or ballet season. Thanks so much!!

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EP
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Be prepared for top level NY service (and unfortunately prices)! James at reception took my frantic calls and seated my granddaughter, a young ballet student - while I battled Rush hour traffic. From the moment I entered the Opera house (if you have a reservation they will allow you to enter before the theatre going crush) I felt coddled and welcome. A beautiful view of the Plaza, the huge Chagall murals or the park with the floating trees! Really worth arriving for the ballet or opera well fed and in style. The chef even made Lima beans taste great.

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y
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Gorgeous, high ceilings, light infused, elegant restaurant for lunch with the best Baked Alaska dessert! A bit pricey, but worth it. I have come here before heading to an event at Lincoln Ctr.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 13, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 5ambience 4

Poor food and extremely overpriced Definitely not worth it

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r
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on June 13, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 5

Service was a little slow, hard to get waiters attention, didn’t look around at patrons very much, head
Always looking forward. Food was excellent as usual, see you all in October. Thanks

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PK
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on June 11, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 4

Les plats n’étaient pas chaud et étaient servis trop rapidement

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j
New York Area
153 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The best place to eat before any performance at the Met. Convenience, quality food and great service all add up tp a terrific experience and a complement to whatever show you are taking in. Raul or server was excellent,very helpful, friendly and attentive. Four of us dined that evening and enjoyed wine, appetizers, entrée and dessert. Worth a visit even if you are not catching a ballet or opera as it affords great views of Lincoln Center's plaza.

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VA
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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YY
New York Area
37 reviews
Dined on June 6, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Very expensive and decadent to dine in the Opera House but a special treat to sit under a massive Chagall lighted by a Swedish crystal chandelier. Best part is to be able to have desert at intermission but unfortunately that performance they did not open the restaurant for dessert at intermission.

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CM
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Such a special evening at the Grand Tier in Lincoln Center. The setting is spectacular and the cuisine is gourmet and delicious. Perfect combo with either the ballet or opera.

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A
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were seated at a window table facing the fountain as requested. The food was excellent and Raúl, our waiter was very attentive. A very pleasant pre-ballet dinner. My only complaint is the high price of a glass of wine.

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E
6 reviews
Dined on May 30, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 4

Our service was embarrassingly slow
Honestly It felt as though the waiter prioritized other diners over our table because we had hosted some young people who were casually dressed... in fact two of my guests were extraordinary people... one a highly sought after intervention radiologist and the other a 7 figure financial whiz... short sighted on the part of those in service at the restaurant both the front of the house and the back of the house

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AD
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was my second experience at the Grand Tier and I can't wait to go back. It is always a different culinary marvel. It is trip from start to finish. My taste buds explore flavors that they never get to encounter in normal life otherwise. Then the dessert is always a masterpiece. It is the perfect start to a magnificent ballet display.

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ES
New York Area
30 reviews
Dined on May 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

You can not beat the convenience of the location, especially if you are parking directly below, nor the atmosphere and service. The food is well prepared and interesting, although some might say the menu is limited. That seems understandable, though, because there is only one sitting. Plus there is the advantage of devoting all the attention to a few items. The three course prix fixe was maybe a little too much food for me and an entré and dessert would have been adequate. It is a very nice experience to dine in the Met venue steps away from your theater seats: it just completely carries through the elegance of Lincoln Center, one of the nicest and most pleasant places I have ever been.

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3
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on May 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We have eaten here before and the experience has been consistently wonderful.. we each had different appetizers and mains and we were all very pleased.. i had the salmon and it was delicious.. I would definitely order again.. service was perfect.. attentive but not over the top.. really special evening!!

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r
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on May 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always excellent!

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l
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on May 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, great service, great room !!

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CD
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on May 18, 2019
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
16 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
6 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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