The Dining Room at The Metropolitan Museum of Art

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Contemporary American
Overlooking Central Park, The Dining Room offers modern American cuisine with a focus on local and seasonal ingredients by our Director of Culinary, Bill Telepan.

*NEW* Complimentary Admission with Dining Experience: Just visit the dining concierge desk, at the Great Hall Information Desk, upon your arrival to receive your museum tickets! Not valid for parties greater than 10 people. For large party reservations, please call (212) 570-3975.

Window seats can be requested but are not guaranteed.
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Happy Hour Specials

Weekdays between 3-4pm, enjoy a $10 glass of wine or prosecco and $6 beers.

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Valid For: 1 - 20 people

Starts: May 27, 2019

Ends: May 28, 2118

Availability: Mon-Fri 3:00PM-4:00PM

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B
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined 17 hours ago
Overall5food4service4ambience5

This is a beautiful setting and the wait staff are attentive. But our orders were confused and not served together. And the the dining room, which was full at lunch, was surprisingly noisy given its decor. We were a table of 4 trying to catch up and at times it was hard to make ourselves heard and none of us has hearing problems.

MS
New York Area
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A fabulous way to break up your visit to the Met, reenergize and visit more galleries.

OT
Phoenix
3 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall3food3service2ambience3

There IS NOT going to be a return visit. We 3 decided on doing the 3-course meal...very thankful we did not do the 4-course. Starters for us were the beet salad, house smoked brook trout, and orange marinated quail. Good. For the main, I chose the pasta bolognese with lobster. Lobster was so rubbery, I couldn’t cut it...had to use another plate to attempt to cut it. Pasta red sauce tasted like it was from a Chef Boyardee can. And cold. Dessert was actually what you expected...delicious. We all shared the Valhrona chocolate tart and the passion fruit creme brûlét.

Now service was the final straw. When seated, we asked the server assistant a question, he wasn’t sure, we said ok. Then he went behind our table and spoke to another server assistant about what I asked and both laughed. Not cool for the guests. We had to ask for water multiple times, and we waited a very long time between courses. The dinner stretched into a 2.5 hour dinner and we were clearly done. Service was slow and very poor. Too expensive for such poor service and rubbery cold food.

LM
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Amazing view of Central Park. The food was very tasty and the service was wonderful. The waiter's were a pleasure to meet.

OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall3food2service4ambience3

Unfortunately the food did not impress me at all. The impossible burger was bland and the trout was average. Would likely not return.

OT
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall3food1service3ambience3

Food was terrible, my lobster was spoiled

K
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We celebrated my mother’s birthday at the Met Dining Room, and the staff could not have been nicer! I let them know in advance, so they seated us at a lovely window table and Mom’s dessert plate came out with “hapoy birthday” written in chocolate.

The prix fixe brunch menu has changed - used to be app, entree & dessert plus mimosa or Prosecco. Now it’s $5 less, but only app & entree - prosecco is an add-on, as is dessert.

Still a great experience, though!

SW
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall2food3service2ambience5

The restaurant has changed to a restrictive 3 or 4 course prix fixe menu. You cannot opt out of any course, including pasta on the 3 course. So no lighter options are now available. This is very unfortunate.

MP
London
7 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Lunch and museum visit. Food tasty though menu a bit limited. Good service. Bit pricey but given the venue still accaptable.

AP
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food4service3ambience4

The Met Dining Room provides a pleasant, attractive atmosphere, good service and delicious food.

n
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Interesting and good food. Great view. Quiet and comfortable.

n
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience5

When I go to the Metropolitan Museum, I usually like to stay for extended periods. The dining room is a perfect place to have a relaxed lunch before pushing onward. On the expensive side, yes. But very convenient! The service is pleasant, a bit on the slow side. On the other hand, no one hurries you to get the next customer seated. DO make reservations, especially if you want one of their lovely window tables.

MS
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

An excellent lunch. There has been an extraordinary change since Telepan arrived. Thoroughly delicious.

OT
New England
1 review
Dined on February 18, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Great food. Wonderful setting.

AB
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall2food1service1ambience3

The dining room at the MET has turned into an overpriced cafeteria. It's a shame.

OT
New England
4 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

The risotto with duck was very good. Our overall impression is that the food has improved under the new management

S
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Elegant! Beautiful. Unfortunately the view out the large windows was too dark after sunset.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall3food4service2ambience4

Very good foo da, beautiful setting, but very spotty, amateurish service.
Great experience walking through the empty Met in the way out!

u
New York Area
23 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I didn't find the food overpriced and it was a good meal. Relaxing and pleasant. Maybe the service was a little slow.

b
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely restaurant with very good to excellent service. The food was, as always, delicious. As a somewhat frequent visitor to the restaurant, I was surprised to find that they once again changed the menu. It is a pared-down version of my favorite menu - the one that was inspired by one of the Met's exhibitions each month. That menu offered a special preparation paired with a wine tasting that was always unique and provided me with an opportunity to try different wines with new and innovative and inspired dishes. That menu also always carried excellent "go-to" items and was broad enough to appeal to any pallete. Would I still recommend the restaurant? Without a doubt. It's still one of the best-hidden gems in the city.

n
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very nice location and great view. Perfect stop before the museum to plan out the exhibits to see. The menu is a bit limited, but the food was great

JK
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall4food5service2ambience4

Delicious, elegant cuisine with a nice view of Central Park. However, service is average. Received soup without getting a spoon and had to flag-down a waiter to get one. Had my water glass refilled only once during the meal, even though many waiters passed by my empty glass. Had to flag-down a waiter to get our bill, even though it was clear that we were ending out meal after ordering coffee and no dessert. All of these issues are training and staff education issues that detract from what could have been an outstanding experience for my wife and I.

DJ
Richmond
2 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a pleasure to eat here. The food is great and the service phenomenal. It’s like every server in the room is waiting on you. And let’s not forget the view!

OT
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience2

We made the reservation for Valentine’s Day - a special occasion which is the anniversary of our engagement.
The Dining Room was disappointing from the start. They were out of sparkling water and in addition, we tried to order a bottle of wine and they were sold out of 4 choices of ours. We were able to get our 5th choice. We find this to be unacceptable in a restaurant that is considered to be a fine dining experience. The Dining Room is the Metropolitan Museum of Modern Art’s member only restaurant. As members of the museum, we were excited to go, but will most likely not go back.

BM
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, great service, had a wonderful Valentine's Day with my girlfriend. Just wish that they still offered the Tea Special. Overall, great experience!

OT
New York Area
29 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Delicious through and through! A great Valentines Day luncheon!

B
Canberra / ACT
5 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This restaurant never fails to please.

T
Orange County
9 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful room, understated but wonderful service, exquisite food.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall3food4service2ambience3

I was extremely disappointed that the hostess would not seat us at a window table, despite my request online and the fact that there were several window tables that remained open the entire time we were dining. I have never had this problem before. When I arrived at the hostess desk I gave her my name and said I had requested a window table. She checked my name, picked up menus and guided us to a table. When she stopped in the middle of the restaurant, saying nothing and starting to seat us I again inquired about the window table and that there were several empty. She responded those are given in order reserved and you didn’t reserve early enough. I’m a long standing member at the Met and have eaten at the dining room before but won’t do so again. The hostess was abrupt, rude and dismissive. She ignored my inquiry when I checked in and then without a word directed us to our table. I chose not to make an issue because we were in the middle of the dining room, which I’m sure was done deliberately to prevent further discussion but I won’t be back.

G
New York Area
34 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I always enjoy dining at the Met. This was my first visit since they recently brought in new management. The dining options were quite similar to the past menu. Everything was excellent, particularly the halibut.

f
Washington DC
27 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Such a nice quiet lunch with a beautiful view and the cobb salads were exceptionally good. I think they have the best creme brulet I have put in my mouth and we have an active search going on.

Q
New York Area
55 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2020
Overall5food4service4ambience5

We enjoyed the restaurant a great deal. The location, overlooking Central Park, is great. The meal was delicious, with very good service. However, it is pricey.

TM
1 review
Dined on February 12, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Food and service were top shelf indeed! Never disappointed. I have, though, tried several times to secure a table next to the windows and never once successful. It appears they are exclusive? Also, I used my debit card and had to leave my table with our waiter to complete payment. It was extremely awkward to leave my guests and walk across the dining room to a small dark room where behind closed doors my debit card was processed. It was very uncomfortable. This has to be resolved. Thank you very much.

OT
1 review
Dined on February 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Mid week lunch - Nice quiet ambiance, excellent food from appetizer through dessert. Terrific service, we will absolutely return!!

OT
Brazil
1 review
Dined on February 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful view to Central Park and delicious meals. It's worth every dollar!

TO
1 review
Dined on February 10, 2020
Overall2food2service2ambience3

Did not have two items on the menu (which we desired) the busman reached in front of me to get an empty plate and spilled soiling the tablecloth. Didn’t stand up to my standard of “fine dining “.

PB
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Two couples, lovely Saturday evening after wonderful art viewing. Great experience all around.

F
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall1food3service1ambience3

Whole thing was quite different experience than before. Not classy at all.

A
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 6, 2020
Overall1food1service2ambience4

What happened to the previous chef? This food has too many mixed tastes.
My fork was dirty and the food terrible! As the service. And too expensive for an awful lunch!

b
New York Area
84 reviews
Dined on February 5, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Very overpriced for what it is. But they have a captive audience. The food, service and ambience are good, but don't really warrant the prices.

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