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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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food

4.3

service

4.5

ambience

4.7

value

3.9

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Quiet

93% would recommend it to a friend

Pre/post Theatre (109)
Special Occasion (81)
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Scenic View (37)
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Quiet Conversation (34)
Creative Cuisine (33)
Great for Brunch (29)
People Watching (29)
Fit for Foodies (23)
Good for Birthdays (21)
Notable Wine List (16)
Neighborhood Gem (15)
Sunday Lunch (14)
Live Music (12)
Fun (11)
Cozy (10)
Good for Groups (10)
Seasonal (9)
Great for Lunch (8)
Authentic (7)
Business Meals (6)
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Healthy (4)
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 (New York Area)·Dined 3 days ago

had a great time! really enjoyed the performances we got to listen to during our brunch

Tags: Afternoon Coffee, Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Great for Brunch
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined 3 days ago

This is the second time we’ve experienced brunch at the Grand Tier. Everything about the experience was wonderful. My only negative comment was that when we were asked if we wanted to check our coats we were told there was a nominal fee. I don’t consider $6.00 a nominal fee to check coats.

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·Dined 3 days ago

One of the waitresses was really amazing but she wasn’t assigned to our table and the gemtleman was slow to take our order and bring the check.

Tags: Great for Brunch
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 (New York Area)·Dined 5 days ago

Our server was absolutely engaged with every single table. She was mindful of what time our curtain time was for the upcoming performance. Because we were late 15 minutes, we thought we may not have enough time for dessert, but nonetheless she managed to make it all happen! We were very appreciative of the service, not to mention the spectacular venue and the sublime culinary fare. It really made our night special.

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·Dined 6 days ago

Recommended by a friend for dinner when going to the opera. Excellent food, attentive humorous service. Expensive but we would recommend the Grand Tier to anyone.

Tags: Special Occasion
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 (New York Area)·Dined 6 days ago

This restaurant is located in the met opera house. If you have Ty's for a performance it is very convient.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies, Good for Birthdays, Great for Lunch, Good for Anniversaries
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined 6 days ago

Late valentine day. Attending opera. Ambiance and service were excellent! Food was beautifully presented but not up to presentation. Pate was excellent. Fish was cold and not very good . I had been looking forward to baked Alaska. It looked lovely but was a combination of orange ice and vanilla ice cream. Not At all the baked Alaska I knew

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 (Baltimore)·Dined on February 14, 2018

The food was delicious, the 2 couse and dessert was the best value. Portions are small but flavor full. I highly recommend the Baked Alaska.

Tags: Special Occasion, Romantic
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 (New Mexico)·Dined on February 14, 2018

A beautiful night of dining and the opera for Valentines Day. Dinner was prompt, well prepared and delicious. The ambiance of the dining venue was perfect. I would like to point out our server, Juhli, was fantastic. She was attentive, thoughtful and a pleasure. She took great pride in her work and we were thrilled she was a part of our evening.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Notable Wine List, Pre/post Theatre
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 (London)·Dined on February 14, 2018

Unfortunately the Grand Tier isn't what it used to be. The quality of both the food and the service has deteriorated. In particular, we had arranged—as the restaurant offers—to have our dessert course st intermission during the opera. Although this was prearranged, and the timing of the first act is known almost to the minute, we were not served until nearly 15 minutes after we sat down. You might want to consider other pre-opera dining options, alas.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 14, 2018

The Grand Tier Restaurant is a great place to take a date. Awesome food, great ambiance and amazing service.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Local Ingredients, Organic, Gluten Free Options, Scenic View, Good for a Date, People Watching
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 (Baltimore)·Dined on February 13, 2018

First two courses were really good. Don’t order the berries and cream. It was literally berries in a bowl and cream on the side. There were no pistachios as described in the menu. Not exactly a well composed dish.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 13, 2018

Lovely setting. The food was very good. I had crab cake and ricotta filled ravioli. It was very expensive, but for once I a while a special lace to go. I ate before going to the Opera. I wish I had been told that I could eat the two courses during the intermissions as I ate me three course meal at 4:30

Tags: Special Occasion, Pre/post Theatre
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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 10, 2018

Our pre-theatre experience at Grand Tier Restaurant was wonderful, from the ambience, staff and the food as well. We felt like kings and queens and enjoyed ourselves tremendously. We will definitely return again!

Tags: Great for Brunch, Fun, Good for Groups, Scenic View, Pre/post Theatre
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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 9, 2018

We had a wonderful meal, unrushed although it was before a performance. The cocktails were great and the wine excellent. Dining at the Grand Tier before the opera makes the whole evening very special.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre
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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 7, 2018

Waitress was friendly accommodating The food was delicious they work very hard to get us to a show on time

Tags: Creative Cuisine
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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 4, 2018

Used a gift card. We are season subscribers to The Metropolitan Opera for many years, but have never dined at the Grand Tier. Our Sunday brunch was an extremely pleasant experience. Relaxingly unrushed and enjoyable with a live singer and piano accompaniment. Our waiter, Raul, was very professional, friendly and attentive. Pricey, but recommended for special occasions.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Fun, Special Occasion, Live Music, Pre/post Theatre, Great for Brunch, Quiet Conversation
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on February 1, 2018

Once again, everyone's first course was outstanding, second course perhaps a bit less so, although the cod and the veal stood out. Chicken was a bit dry and bland. Such an impressive and special setting, with the Matisse murals to inspire us. Service was lovely.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre
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 (Cleveland)·Dined on January 27, 2018

It's hard to review this in a normal way. The restaurant is beautiful, and perfect for an evening at Lincoln Center. The staff is all very polite and well dressed. But.

We had a 630 reservation, and arrived on time and ordered promptly. The appetizer (very good) was promptly delivered, before 645. Then we sat. And we sat. We did not receive our meal until after 730.

We each ordered the salmon. My wife liked it very much and enjoyed it. Mine was severely undercooked (in my opinion), and I had to send it back. I was then told that they were making me a new meal -- not just finishing what was delivered to me. While that might have been very thoughtful under most circumstances, it meant that I had to wait for it to be prepared.

So my wife ate her meal and I watched. And I waited. When mine finally arrived, I had only a few minutes to bolt it down before having to leave to make the 8 PM curtain.

The staff was polite and apologetic. And they made an adjustment to the bill -- but I didn't want a discounted meal, I wanted a enjoyable meal. And that didn't happen.

I spoke to the manager, who explained that the intention of the restaurant was to serve the entrée before 730 PM to all guests going to a show -- but he agreed with me that it didn't make a lot of sense to anyone to have a 45 minute gap between the appetizer and the entrée. I still don't understand the logic on their part -- which of course gave no room for error.

All in all a disappointment. Not the end of the world. No one died. But we had hoped for a different experience.

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vip
 (Richmond)·Dined on January 25, 2018

Pricy but a seamless pre-opera dining experience. Although it's not on the menu, if you want a green salad, you can get one. Although some reviews mention small portions, our salmon was more then enough. Pre-fixe gets you dessert at intermission, which worked well since we were pretty full when we went in for Act 1.

Tags: Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Pre/post Theatre, People Watching
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on January 24, 2018

We always enjoy dining here before our opera performance. Great food and service and it is so nice to leave and go directly to our seats. It makes the evening even more enjoyable.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 24, 2018

Menu of entrees is limited. Diner's choice would be well
served with the addition of a beef entree, steak or roast
beef for example.

Tags: Afternoon Coffee, Special Occasion
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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 23, 2018

Everything was 10+ ---except that as Canadians and our currency VERY low against yours, we thought the value was questionable -- certainly not your fault, as we thoroughly enjoyed EVERYTHING. Sincerely, Michael + Nina OVERBURY

Tags: Pre/post Theatre
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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 22, 2018

We went for dinner before the opera. We waited 10 mins for server to come who said she just realized this was her table. Never saw her again. Another server came to take our order 10 mins. later. Then a third person said he was our server but he never came by again! We waited for dessert menu which never came. Finally we asked the guy who filled our water glasses to get a server to bring the check. Food was good but overpriced and small in portion. We spoke to matre d who said he would make a note for next time we come which was not satisfactory since we won’t come back.

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vip
 (San Diego)·Dined on January 22, 2018

We found the food very well prepared and enjoyable; however, our waiter lost my husband's credit card for around ten minutes after having presented us with the check for the neighboring table and did not even apologize. We left him a tip all the same but believe that we ought to have received some form of compensation from the restaurant. Otherwise, the service was a bit unrefined, with one bread plate and butter knife missing and the staff's answer to this being the presentation to my husband of my own bread pate and butter knife and one being taken from another table for me.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on January 20, 2018

The Grand Tier Restaurant is a wonderful place for pre-Opera dining and intermission dessert, located inside The Metropolitan Opera House. A bit pricey but it makes the evening very special. I highly recommend.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Fun, Romantic, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Chicago)·Dined on January 20, 2018

Excellent everything! First time diner and I'll definitely be back! Pricey but totally worth the cost.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on January 20, 2018

I thought as usual the food was excellent. Service seemed to be not quite up to par, the man who seated me did not give me a menu and the main course took awhile in arriving. However there was an upside as well, less time to kill before the performance!

Tags: Great for Brunch, Scenic View, Pre/post Theatre
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 (Seattle)·Dined on January 20, 2018

Food was very poor, risotto and pate.
Service was marginal, brought entrees before finishing appetizers.
Space was sun-filled, blinding and uncomfortable.
Very expensive for quality.
Very disappointed, opera was fantastic!

Tags: People Watching, Pre/post Theatre, Scenic View
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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 19, 2018

This is the way to do the Opera! We had a reservation for two of us at 5:30 and enjoyed their wonderful pre-fixe menu. First and main courses are served prior to the Opera (which begins at 7:30) - your dessert is pre-ordered and then enjoyed during the 40 minute intermission, no waiting! During intermission we arrived to single espressos and dessert all set for us at the table! It was so fantastic! We will certainly do this again - loved every minute.

Tags: Romantic
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 (New England)·Dined on January 18, 2018

This was my guest's first visit to the restaurant ... and the Met. She loved it! She savored all the food. In fact, she ate so slowly that the second course arrived before she was ready. Our waiter immediately sent the food back to the kitchen so that she would not be disturbed. His name is Patrick. He made us feel very comfortable, welcome, and peaceful in enjoying our meal. We arranged to come back during intermission to have souffles. They arrived hot and fresh. It was all very delightful.

Tags: Scenic View, Quiet Conversation, Pre/post Theatre, Creative Cuisine
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on January 16, 2018

Have been to "The Grand Tier" many times before performances. It was convenient and visually lovely. This time food was superb. I plan to always eat there before performances in the future.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Neighborhood Gem
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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 14, 2018

The Grand Tier is extremely convenient when one is attending the opera. The atmosphere and the service are fine, the food lacking and the overall value a major question. However, the Sunday brunch is even more of a problem. The menu is limited, the servings minimal, the food not very good. One feels that one is paying for real estate much more than for a dining experience. The sole positive is a brief appearance by a young vocalist and her accompanist.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 14, 2018

Seven of us , all retireed choristers from the Met opera enjoyed a beautiful Sunday brunch celebrating another retiree. The food, service atmosphere was quite special. There was a young artist who sang with her accompanist at a grand piano and she was excellent. Sitting in the Grand Tier Restaurant surrounded by crystal chandeliers and Chagal paintings, overlooking Lincoln Center Plaza's fountain can't get any better! Good food and endless Bellini's at Brunch...now open to the public. Bring $$$$. The $45 prix fix adds up to much more when you are finished.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Romantic, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Pre/post Theatre, Live Music, Worth the Drive, Great for Brunch
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 (México)·Dined on January 14, 2018

It was amazing place, and the opera singer was splendid ! The food delicious !

Tags: Scenic View
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on January 13, 2018

The room is spectacular and the service good but not overly attentive. However the food was a major disappointment.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 13, 2018

It is a very good restaurant, with a very nice atmosphere, right inside the Opera. We went right before the Opera and it was very convenient. The service was efficient and the food was good.

Tags: Scenic View, Good for a Date, Pre/post Theatre
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on January 13, 2018

The food was not up to the level it was a few years ago. I would go back for pre-opera dining as it’s convenient and a great place to watch people. Perhaps the management doesn’t try as hard because they make this assumption.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 13, 2018

As always, a superb experience. This restaurant never fails to meet expectations before the opera!

Tags: Vegan, Neighborhood Gem, Cozy, Notable Wine List
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vip
 (Cleveland)·Dined on January 13, 2018

Opéra! Wonderful dining!

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