Boston >Food & Dining > Metropolis Cafe
584 Tremont St, Boston, MA | Directions 0211842.343272 -71.072627
Sat 9am-3pm, 5:30pm-11pm
Sun 9am-3pm, 5:30pm-10pm
Neighborhoods: Shawmut, South End
Tremendous Neighborhood Restaurant – I've lived in the South End for 7 years and Metropolis has become my go-to neighborhood restaurant for great food at very affordable prices. I've tried almost every restaurant in the South End, and I frequently choose Metropolis when I want the sure thing. The gnocchi appetizer, served with shredded brussels sprouts and duck confit is a great starter. The chicken dish is one of the best chicken dishes in the city, and the veal entree with the scalloped potatoes is tremendous. The rustic bread is an added bonus. Metropolis should be on your regular rotation.
YUMMY!! – I ordered probably the best chicken I've ever tasted. Excellent food all around and the staff was very friendly. Very reasonable for the trendy location. I would highly recommend.
Great dinner spot; horrible for breakfast – I live around the corner and have been coming to Metropolis for years. I love the small space - very cozy, even if it is cramped and a little uncomfortable (and seats by the door are FREEZING in the winter!). It feels like a city spot and I like that. Dinner is great - pretty simple dishes that are very well prepared with quality ingredients. I guess I'm pretty picky but at Metropolis I would be happy ordering nearly any item on the menu. It's really too bad, therefore, that their breakfast/brunch is so horrific. I want to like it. I really have tried to like it but, honestly, it just fails miserably. It begins with the service, which is a sour, bitter, lazy, barely awake and just rude crew. And I'm being kind. Coffee is never refilled unless you ask (and, if you do, you're really inconveniencing them...). The staff is painfully slow and inefficient. Aside from the service, the already ridiculously small tables are half filled with any and every condiment you may or may not need (Tobasco, ketchup, jams, syrup, sugar, cream, salt, pepper,...), leaving little room for plates and cups and no room for anything else - including your hands/arms. The food has greatly improved in recent months but it still is nothing special and doesn't make up for the other shortcomings of this place. Make dinner plans here but skip the breakfast!
A Delightful Find – 6:15 on a Friday night no reservations and a quest for something different led my wife and I to the Metropolis Cafe. We started with the tour of the many tempting spots on Tremont Street (which were all full with a long wait) when we wandered by the Metropolis. We both took a look at the menu and decided to see if they had any spots. Once inside we were taken by how nice and cozy it was and that you could hear ourselves talk. The maitre'd said that they were full but there was a table that may be available in 10 minutes if we could wait. We sat at the bar, reviewed the wine list and asked the bar tender if we could have a taste of two we were thinking of and to our surprise he said yes. While the wine list is a bit shallow it is very well priced with a lot of very good wines in the $30 to $60 dollar range. After being seated we were served a wonderful bread with a oil and garlic dipping sauce to get us started. The waiter told us the specials and answered a few questions before we ordered. One of the specials was Spaghetti & Meatballs and on a whim I ordered it and I must tell you it was the best I have ever had. My wife had a veal dish which was wonderful and very well prepared. For desert we had a Creme Brulee and and finished off the wine while relaxing and enjoying the view. The Metropolis it one of those rare finds that is a great place to enjoy a evening over great food, good wine in an inviting, cozy atmosphere.
We will be back
Creative Mediterranean-tinged fare and a popular weekend brunch, served in the heart of the South End. – The Scene
Part of the Seth Woods empire (Aquitaine, Union), this romantic South End restaurant is a neighborhood favorite, especially during its acclaimed weekend brunch service. Befitting a relaxed bistro in one of the city's most vibrant areas, the Metropolis attracts a suitably diverse crowd. Pleasant, casual waiters traverse the cramped quarters with ease. Window tables provide colorful glimpses of bustling Tremont St. A small but well-chosen wine list--no liquor is served--keeps oenophiles content.
Best described as upscale comfort fare, served with aplomb, the Metropolis's menu includes clever twists on familiar favorites. A filet of wild salmon is encrusted with horseradish, while the expected tartare starter eschews tuna or steak in favor of farm-fresh asparagus. Desserts like rich chocolate pudding cake and sinful banana-caramel bread pudding provide a worthy finish. Brunch highlights include fresh huevos rancheros and the "South End ommelette" (sausage, mushrooms, and brie).
Cozy South End Restaurant – I frequent Metropolis Cafe since it is right down the street and the prices aren't as outrageous as you find at many of the other South End spots. They frequently have delicious specials and their chicken entree is awesome. I try not to order chicken out (so I can try something different), but once you try it, it is hard to resist!!
Coming from a former server... – I worked there several years ago as a brunch server. I can tell you that the staff (chef, sous-chef, prep cooks, servers, etc.) at the time genuinely cared about quality and my coworkers and I worked our butts off during brunch. The fresh fruit, granola, omelets, etc. were really high-quality and very tasty. Another secret: The pancake batter isn't just "like" Bisquick - it IS Bisquick. As far as waiting 45 minutes for a table, well, in a place with something like 14 tables, if you show up mid-brunch service, that's what to expect! It's a brunch town, folks.
The Best Small Place in Boston ! – I arrived there late by 8:30pm on a Saturday night with 3 friends - no reservations in South End restaurants on week-ends. They told us we could have a table in 45 minutes, and we could go get a drink across the street at Aquitaine meanwhile, they will call us. That was funny, but then I realized that they belong to same owner. So we went to Aquitaine - which was having some places afet like 15 minutes, but we decided to wait for Metropolis, since it's so highly recommended. Well, we were not disapointed ! The waiters were very nice with us when we came back, and every single dish we took was totally amazing, so well cooked and so tasty ! - we were all so enchanted by the food that we passed pieces to the others to try :). We took a Firestone Riesleing (yeah, the one from The Bachelor !), and the wine was really very good ! Too bad can never find it in wine stores... Anyway, we were the last to leave by 11:30, but we didn't feel pushed away. The staff remained nice and helpful, and we really enjoyed ourexperience there. The prices are very good for the high quality of dishes. The only con I see is that the place is really very small, therefore you have to be patient to get a place.
Bad Brunch – I had heard this brunch was supposed to be great so I decided to stop by on a Sunday around 11. We had to wait outside for 45 minutes, only to be cramped into a slightly dirty table. The service was okay but our food was just bad. I ordered pancakes and bacon. The bacon was tasy but I could make better pancakes with bisquick. My boyfried had a bagel and cream cheese. The bagel looked like it was store bought and they brought out a little philly cream cheese container. Very disappointing
Decent Brunch – Brunch came highly recommended, so that was what we chose for our first "Metropolitan" experience. The heuvos rancheros, which were especially recommended, turned in a sub-par performance. While the heuvos were good, it seemed as if the chef tried a little too hard to deviate from the norm and in the process lost the essence of the dish. This place is busy, so expect to wait for a table and a wait staff that is a little frantic and unattentive. Other than that, the atmosphere is good and the heart and soul of a hot-spot exist, so we'll be giving them more opportunities in the future.
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