The Metropolitan

3.8
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158 Reviews
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CAN$31 to CAN$50
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Contemporary Canadian

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The Metropolitan has been a staple in downtown Calgary since 2000. A central meeting place on bustling Stephen Avenue, located in the business district of Calgary's downtown core. Great for lunch or dinner meetings in our restaurant and after work cocktails in our large lounge where you can enjoy a lively Happy Hour every day of the week! The Met also offers a versatile full service Private Dining Room for more intimate meeting or parties.
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There is something special about Calgary. It is different than other Canadian cities. You can feel it when patio season starts, when a chinook rolls in, or when you get a high five from a stranger just after the Flames make the playoffs. It’s a small town at heart.

At its core, The Metropolitan, has always aimed to embody that spirit. Over the past 16 years we’ve grown with the city, for the city; forever evolving in constant pursuit of being the place where Calgarians gather.
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3.8based on recent ratings
3.8
food
3.9
service
3.7
ambience
3.5
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59% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OT
Calgary
16 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall2food1service4ambience4

I think was hopefully a one off bad experience. Our server was great and she handled to food issues well. She did inform us they have a new chef and are launching a new menu so I'm hopefully it'll be better next time.

OT
Calgary
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Food and service was very good but music was way too loud. We were seated at a booth and still struggled to hear ourselves talk. We asked the server to turn it down, but she pretty much told us nicely that that wasn’t going to happen and she was right. Music blared on.

LD
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall1food4service1ambience2

The food was very good, but the restaurant was far too noisy. You had to yell so you could have a conversation with your tablemates.

Most disappointed with the fact that I was severely overcharged. When I called back the next morning at 11 am to have it sorted out, I was told they would sort it out and call me back. I called back at 4 pm and was told they were too busy to look into it.

When I hadn't heard back by the next day at 12:30 I was told the girl I spoke with left the building. I spoke with the manager, he told me he had heard about what happened, but nothing more. Still waiting to hear back how I am going to get my money back (over $70). Very poor customers service. I won't be back. Shame on you The Met!

LC
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall2food1service3ambience2

For a busy night, the waitress was very kind and was doing her best considering the circumstances. However, the kitchen got both of the orders at our table wrong (ex. Presenting two burger sliders when the menu calls for three in an order).

DH
Edmonton
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great location, good food, great service, excellent table availability.

E
1 review
Dined on February 6, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Food was great. Went for a business lunch and it was so loud I could barely hear my client. I will never do that again, but would definitely go back for an evening out with friends.

RE
Calgary
12 reviews
Dined on February 5, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Everything was great. Our waitress was perfect! She was knowledgeable, personable, witty (which I admire), came and went with perfect timing. Food was delicious (ahi tuna and snapper) albeit a little pricey. Did not order any alcohol and the bill was $70.

B
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall3food2service1ambience4

Very nice place but food was expensive and portions were very small. Food was below average for the prices. Service was very poor,having 5 waitresses on staff with about 60 people in the place,service should have been better. I ordered my dinner and a refill on my drink. I got my dinner first and didn't get my drink until after i finished eating.

OT
Calgary
3 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall3food5service4ambience3

The meal and service was great, but they now have a DJ every Friday night and it was so loud you couldn’t have a conversation with someone you were sitting beside. We went for dinner at a restaurant, not a bar.

OT
1 review
Dined on January 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Sarah was a great server. And was amazed how fast the food came out of the kitchen. If a person needed a quick fantastic lunch. This is the spot

L
Calgary
21 reviews
Dined on January 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was a great overall experience.

T
Calgary
1 review
Dined on January 29, 2020
Overall3food1service3ambience3

Lunch was not very good, but quite overpriced, even for downtown!

CD
Calgary
2 reviews
Dined on January 27, 2020
Overall1food2service1ambience3

My guest was seated at the wrong table for over 20 minutes, while I waited for him at a table I had reserved. The Management did not come over to apologize until requested to do so.

OT
Calgary
1 review
Dined on January 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The lady serving us (I believe her name is Ashley) is a great person and very good at her job. She deserves some recognition for the service she gave us.

LT
1 review
Dined on January 21, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

At one point the music was turned up and made it quite difficult to hear.

L
1 review
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

The waitresses were able to provide an optional table for better access for senior people. The food was outstanding and delicious. Prices are a little bit expensive considering the quantity of food and in comparison with other restaurants. Suggestion: Get maybe two (2) tables with low chairs to provide an option for senior people. My mother-in-law (92 years old) had difficulties to get her seat. In general terms, the food was excellent and the service was very good. I will recommend the Metropolitan to family and friends.

OT
Calgary
1 review
Dined on January 16, 2020
Overall3food4service2ambience3

Going away lunch

C
Calgary
22 reviews
Dined on January 15, 2020
Overall3food4service3ambience5

Server was great and friendly but food took an extremely long time to arrive. One of my clients joked that the angry shrimp pasta should have been called the mildly irritated shrimp pasta as it seemed bland (possibly because it was rushed after being so late). Server apologized and made adjustments to the bill which was appreciated.

OT
Calgary
9 reviews
Dined on January 6, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Great food and service.

TR
Calgary
17 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great for lunch

KT
Calgary
3 reviews
Dined on December 26, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience1

The food quality is not as good as in the past.
The quality of your restaurant has deteriorated.
We went to your restaurant to enjoy the food and atmosphere that we were accustomed to and we were very disappointed with the quality of the food and the service.
We will not be returning.

G
Calgary
7 reviews
Dined on December 20, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Food and ambiance about what I expected. Pretty decent, but nothing remarkable.

JP
1 review
Dined on December 19, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Our server was obviously new to the job. Nice place, decent food and par for the course for pricing. Seating space is great.

OT
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on December 13, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience2

It’s way too loud always music is way too much

CB
1 review
Dined on December 12, 2019
Overall2food2service1ambience2

First off couldn't find my reservation, they gave away my reserved table to someone who walked in and budded in line. Then had to wait while they figured out the table situation when it was already busy. Hostess didn't seem like she knew what she was doing. Service very slow. Even though it was an appreciation night of some sort, the constant interrupting of servers while trying to talk was annoying. Food was meh. Overpriced.
Took forever to get our bill to leave.
Probably will never go back

OT
Calgary
1 review
Dined on December 10, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience5

The lettuce wraps were quite sweet and the chicken was very chunky the salads were great.

OT
Calgary
1 review
Dined on November 29, 2019
Overall2food2service1ambience1

Crappy, slow service with clueless staff. Food was ok but nothing special.

e
1 review
Dined on November 26, 2019
Overall3food2service4ambience4

I'm sorry but today was not good - Got the Georgia Chicken and the bun was dry and crumbly and the chicken was dry with a very hard crust. Ordered the side caesar as well and it really had zero flavour (hardly any dressing or cheese and leaves were limp).

That being said, had your salmon salad the other day and it was fantastic.

OT
Calgary
1 review
Dined on November 20, 2019
Overall1food1service2ambience1

I had the potatoe leek soup at lunch. It was a bad rue with a handful of cube hash browns at the end.

Worst soup I’ve ever had. Pathetic. What happened?????

OT
Calgary
5 reviews
Dined on November 19, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience3

The food was okay but for the price I expected a lot better. Really liked the truffle fries, angry shrimp fettuccine was good but the garlic toast was just cheap toasted bread, and the jambalaya was simply okay.

OT
1 review
Dined on November 19, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Always good for a lunch if you don’t have reservations. Menu has changed. Food looked really good but was not that flavourful. Service and atmosphere always top notch. I would still give it a chance and continue going. It may have been a off day.

V
1 review
Dined on November 14, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Food was really good and service was great but it was so loud that I could barely hear the person I was having lunch with.

GW
Calgary
1 review
Dined on November 4, 2019
Overall3food2service5ambience4

The service was excellent, however the steaks were not as tender as expected. One steak was slightly overcooked. And there was no salt on the table!

PA
Calgary
5 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall3food5service5ambience3

Food and service were great. Too loud. Had to yell to be heard.

JZ
Calgary
1 review
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall5food4service3ambience4

Overall a good experience, however too loud (music specifically) to have a business conversation over lunch.

TR
Calgary
17 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great time and food

MW
Calgary
2 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2019
Overall2food3service1ambience2

Normally we like the Met but food was just ok and we waited over 35 min to receive our luke warm food. Disappointed this time with them . Service was way off.

TC
Calgary
8 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2019
Overall2food1service3ambience4

Every time I have been to this restaurant for dinner, the food has not been great. I ordered Gyoza dumplings and they were deep fried. They were greasy and heavy and didn’t taste very good. I have never seen Gyoza dumplings deep fried before.

JS
Los Angeles
13 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2019
Overall4food3service5ambience4

Food was not as good as I remember it being in the past

BC
Calgary
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall1food3service1ambience1

Waitress was slow and very rude. Management tried to smoot