The Dining Room at The Metropolitan Museum of Art

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Contemporary American
In a serene setting overlooking Central Park, The Dining Room offers contemporary American cuisine with an emphasis on seafood as well as local and seasonal ingredients. Each month, Executive Chef Fred Sabo prepares a four-course tasting menu inspired by current exhibitions.

Members and Patrons of The Metropolitan Museum of Art enjoy a 10% discount as well as access to priority reservations.
For entertaining family, friends, and business associates, four elegant rooms are available for rental.



To become a Member, or to renew your Membership please call (212) 570 – 3753 or join online at www.metmuseum.org.
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KR
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 3ambience 5

We had afternoon tea with the Prosecco option. The food assortment was perfectly designed and portioned for a nice meal that won’t weigh you down. We sat near the window with a great view of Central Park. It was my friend’s first time at tea and she loved it. I think you have to be a member to eat there so call and ask. Service was great at first then they sort of disappeared, which gave us pressure free enjoyment time, but I had to hunt them down for the check. I will definitely be back.

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p
New York Area
18 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

I booked Brunch yesterday for six people to celebrate the birthday of an old friends and friends of hers, each of whom had special ties to the Metropolitan Museum, as I mentioned to the reservation staff. Consequently they were good enough to give us a lovely round table with a view of Central Park, which was much appreciated.
The set-menu Brunch here is imaginative, with a wide range of tempting options. It made choosing between them hard but also encouraged a second visit in order to try some of the other offerings.
The prompt, attentive and professional service greatly enhanced our enjoyment of the meal. In general, the ambiance at the Restaurant has a special quality of cheerful calm, with windows overlooking the Park, good lighting and tables well-spaced for conversation.
For a relaxing and civilized Brunch date, with a chance to view the many treasures of the Museum beforehand or afterwards as well, I can highly recommend the Restaurant at the MMA

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OT
New York Area
38 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A perfect evening with friends, distinctive food, perfect service, relaxing and pleasant setting. Felt like a very special evening.

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EP
New York Area
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 2

This place has gone seriously down hill. Service was poor, meal was cold. What happened?

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EM
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

The perfect location with windows over Central Park. Happily it is not all about the view. The food exceeded expectations. The best squash soup I ever had. Although more expensive than the cafeteria, it was a great way to enjoy lunch after enjoying the Art.

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A
New York Area
63 reviews
Dined on January 15, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

Pleasant surroundings made the experience very enjoyabl.
Very good Service by our server, Kelly
The chicken was very tasty.

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TG
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on January 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It's surprisng to find that one of the best restaurants in New York for creative and beautifully executed dishes is in a museum, even if it is the Met.

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LB
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on January 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

An elevated experience for an adult, Sunday Brunch. Wonderfully prepared food, many choices and excellent service.

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LB
New York Area
50 reviews
Dined on January 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Always a marvelous experience - unrushed, solicitous and polished service. Wonderful creatively conceived, executed and plated food and an excellent wine list. Thanks so much and we look forward to returning!

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ND
London
6 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 2

The dining room is bland in the extreme, but the food is excellent, especially the crispy Brussels sprouts. And the exhibits on the way to dinner are quite impressive too...

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GB
1 review
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had the octopus and then the grilled endive -- both were excellent! Nice to have such creative pescatarian/ vegetarian dishes! And the warm chocolate cake for dessert -- heaven!

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JL
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

Small portions, VERY limited menu, VERY expensive for what you get. Lovely ambience, but not a good place for lunch/brunch.

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DH
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

Food was very good; service was very slow and the waiter hadn't written down one of our orders.

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LA
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Good service
Excellent food
Nicely displayed
Quiet (real benefit)
Space between tables (rare nice benefit) was

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G
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

I always enjoy dining at the Met, and my most recent visit (lunch) was very nice.

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L
New York Area
20 reviews
Dined on January 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

While a frequent Museum visitor, I had never visited this dining room. It was outstanding in every way, starting from reception and service to the selections available. I plan to use it much more for entertaining friends and business people.

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P
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A fine lunch with my grand-niece, a senior at UVA. The dining room is an excellent place to talk about the wonders on view-- in our case, the Scholar's Garden, Hokusai's views of Mt. Fuji, and the Frank Lloyd Wright living room. It's also a good place to talk about how to build a life with time for art.

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l
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 5

Most of the food was good but there were a few things that was off regarding some of the food items. The Bloody Mary tasted like a shrimp cocktail instead of tomato juice. The Key Lime pie was creamy and sugary but no taste of Key lime in the pie the plate also had balsamic vinegar all over it along with a few blackberries it just did not taste good. We ate brunch with a set price of $55 per person I found this to be expensive for what we ate. My hamburger was very good but I didn't find everything worth the cost. Looked the view of Central Park.

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MK
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Celebrated my daughter’s birthday. We had the tasting menu with the cocktail pairing. The food was outstanding- taste and presentation as well as service. The cocktail pairing was perfect. A wonderful experience!

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AS
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

After the bustle of visiting the Met galleries, the restaurant above is a wonderful (if pricey) respite. Delicious, innovative dishes with fresh ingredients. Impeccable, friendly, helpful service. Highly recommended.

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CD
Denver
29 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Wanted to stay at the museum after a special outing to see the Japanese armor. The ‘Polynesian’ tasting menu was a perfect option and the paired wines were the highlight.

That was the problem. While the food was fresh and thoughtfully prepared and presented, it was a bit overwrought and precious. The New Zealand and French wines were perfect and delicious, however.

The room is a touch too post-modern minimalist and the service was fawning. But those are quibbles about what was overall a delightful evening. Well worth a visit

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C
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 4

Serenely decorated, quiet enough to easily converse, friendly service, casual. A little pricey perhaps for the quality of the food, but the food is good and the prices are not extravagant. Best to check menu to get an idea of the food. My wife liked the burger and fries. The best thing I had was striped bass from Ocean City. For us this restaurant is the best option for lunch when visiting the Met. It gives a much needed break with a calming atmosphere. We'll return.

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OT
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful as always

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l
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

an elegant and tasty experience as always. The noise level was low making it easy to have a conversation and each course was plentiful and delicious

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OT
1 review
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 4

Food was ok but it was the atmosphere that made it a lovely lunch. Perfect break between exhibits.

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OT
Dallas
2 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

Our hostess was wonderful and offered helpful information about the museum and we were seated promptly. Unfortunately our service was terrible, we dined for Saturday brunch. Only able to order one cocktail which was empty before the first course came and our waiter never returned to take another drink order. One of our group ordered coffee which was never refilled. A 3 course brunch for three took 2 1/2 hours to complete and nearly an hour of that was spent with only water on the table. Very disappointed.

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DM
1 review
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We thoroughly enjoyed it!
We visited the museum first then went to dinner.
The food was very delicious and the evening very memorable. We highly recommend it.

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OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Hate to give it great reviews. It is a hidden UES gem

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SM
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Dining Room was spectacular, especially. If you were sitting near the window.The food was delicious. My only complaint was there were only three choices on the Prix- fixed meal for entrees. My lunch companions lived their fish, I chose chicken because I did not want fish.The appetizers and desserts were wonderful. The service was unobtrusive. I throughly enjoyed the dining experience.

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GM
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 3

The room is comfortable, if plain. The food was delicious, if overpriced. The view is good, if you're near the windows. Unfortunately, we weren't.

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RC
Nashville
3 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

The Dining Room at the Met is busier now, since the Museum decided to open it to non-members. One result is a higher noise level, and less likelihood of being able to move if one finds a table less than pleasant. We sadly sat next to a foursome whose voice levels were high and delivery at times discordant. We did our best to ignore, but they largely spoiled what has usually been a good experience. A quick glance around did not reveal any other two-person tables to which we could have asked to b3e moved. The food was excellent, as usual. Those going on Saturdays and Sundays, though, should be aware that they need to take hunger: the meal is a prix fixe brunch, and while the choices are all appealing, it's not the place for a "light" meal those days. Service remains good, though the servers are understandably more rushed now. Overall, still good, but the opening up has come at a bit of a price.

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M
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

The food was delicious, served with aplomb and the ambiance most lovely. A beautiful room with a beautiful view of Central Park. Lovely place for a birthday outing.

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D
New York Area
20 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 4

My experience at the Metropolitan Museum of Art Dining Room was particularly disappointing, as I had previously had very good experiences there when the restaurant was open only to Metropolitan Museum members and the number of patrons was much lower.

This time, the service was particularly bad. There seemed to be many busboys yet a marked lack of waiters. Several times basic service requests, like asking for a cup of coffee, were either ignored or took unacceptably long to fulfill.

During my previous visit several years earlier, the food was at or near the quality one might anticipate in some of New York City's best restaurants. This time the food quality was mediocre at best. The squash soup lacked flavor. The prix fixe chicken was too salty and deficient in texture. The only course I found of acceptable quality was the pannacotta I had for dessert.

While I don't understand all the reasons behind the precipitous decline in quality from my earlier experience, my best guesses would be a combination of not hiring sufficient additional staff to accommodate the increased volume and perhaps a change in chef.

I hope the Metropolitan Museum is able to take the necessary steps to bring the Dining Room back to its earlier high standards.

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M
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

Beautiful, elegantly casual modern design open plan, tablecloth restaurant with great Central Park, Cleopatras Needle (Obelisk) & skyline views if you are fortunate enough to get window seats. Varied a la carte seasonal menu with prix-fixe 3 course menu options available. Food is creative and flavorful. Usual wines and beverages. House made desserts. Service is highly professional. Chatty crowds with an international flair of many languages spoken.
Reservations are helpful since space is limited & crowds easily appear at a moments notice.

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a
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love the ambiance - it was a perfect place for lunch during a visit to the Met. We like the food choices, drinks, and service. A good place to meet friends before an afternoon of art.

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E
New York Area
47 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Nice place to eat well prepared meal while at the Metroplolitan Useum of Art. Window tables have view of Central Park but preference is given to museum members.

Prixe fixed lunch was good value and tasty selections.

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RN
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Took an out of town friend for a special lunch. The view of the park is lovely. We could have a real conversation: tables spaced appropriately, people speaking quietly. The food was delicious, and the experience was perfect.

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MB
New York Area
23 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 4

Service was unprofessional. Pate plate came without toast points. Waited 10 minutes to get a hunk of toasted bread. Crab cake was cold and tasteless.

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D
New York Area
53 reviews
Dined on December 26, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Very pleasant setting. Staff were very nice. Food was fine but nothing out of the ordinary. Was a bit disappointed that 2 items were already sold out and I had them in mind. Really a very lovely respite from the stress of spending the whole day at the museum.

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s
New York Area
23 reviews
Dined on December 26, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 3ambience 2

I tried the afternoon tea. Clearly not their strong point. Skip it here. Go to the Carlyle, Tea & Sympathy or even the Plaza instead.

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