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“Cozy atmosphere, great food in Boston's South End”
Review of Metropolis Cafe

Metropolis Cafe
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Ranked #295 of 3,229 Restaurants in Boston
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $31 - $40
Cuisines: Mediterranean, Cafe, Wine Bar
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Restaurant details
Good for: Romantic
Dining options: Late Night, Breakfast, Dinner, Reservations
Dining style: Casual Dining
Neighborhood: South End
Cross street: Between Clarendon St.and Dartmouth St.
Transit: Bus stops near our front door at 584 Tremont Street Green Line T stops, Back Bay and Copley Silver Line on Washington Street
Manasquan, New Jersey
Level 3 Contributor
13 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
“Cozy atmosphere, great food in Boston's South End”
Reviewed July 22, 2012

You'll find little to fault at this little restaurant! The wine selection is great, the mussel appetizer is a must-have, and the risotto is one of the best I've ever had! The food is wonderful, and while the menu is small, the choices are well-varied: seafood, chicken, duck, beef, etc. - something for everyone. My husband and I dine here just about every time we visit Boston, which we do a couple/few times per year. They offer wine by the glass or the bottle, but no beer or liquor. Take the opportunity to try something new! This is a place where you dine, enjoy your food, no rushing in here. It reminds me of dining in Europe in that way, where dinner is a longer event, rather than dine-n-dash. I also suggest you make a reservation.

So why four stars instead of 5? Be prepared, the restaurant is *tiny* and the seating by the windows can be a bit cramped. My husband and I sat a corner table once and (FYI, we are average size people) we weren't even sitting across from each because there wasn't enough room! Considering the fact that the menu is a la carte and the bill can add up pretty quickly, especially with wine, they should provide adequate space to enjoy your meal. Try to avoid a corner table. There are booths and a counter, and they provide more room. This little place looks like it was previously a tiny diner, but is now a cozy restaurant.

There is one unisex bathroom and it is also *very* tiny. Larger people or those who are genuinely claustrophobic may not feel comfortable.

  • Visited June 2012
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istanbul
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72 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
“Nice restaurant for dining with Italian tastes”
Reviewed May 3, 2012

I ate asparagus (see picture-Asparagus Tartare with Avocado, Tomato, Minced Capers, Aged Balsamic, and Fried Leeks) and pasta (Rigatoni with Crumbled Fennel Sausage, Veal Glaze, Sweet Marsala and Parmiggiano Reggiano) with good wine at Metropolis Cafe. Thanks for chef, they are delicious, the tastes were balanced, service was pretty good. The only think that annoyed me that they were too in a hurry to check. I had planned to taste desserts but waiter could not wait my order and brought the receipt! Anyway, it is a good place where good Mediterranean, especially Italian tastes are being served...

  • Visited April 2012
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Boston, Massachusetts
Level 5 Contributor
55 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
“Nice casual dining, excellent food”
Reviewed February 15, 2012

Nice booths or counter seats. Great food. Always able to walk in but I believe they take reservations.

Visited September 2011
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juliehurley
Level 4 Contributor
33 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
“Best Staff in South End”
Reviewed January 24, 2012

Don't miss the rigatoni or the asparagus appetizer. Enjoy the flank steak and you cannot go wrong with the fish special if they have one! Ask for Max - he is great. Mikayla is the manager and is a doll. You won't be disappointed. The space is small so consider reservations if you want to go on a weekend. The weekend brunch is the best deal in the south end.

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Boston, Mass.
Level 6 Contributor
108 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
“Cozy, neighborhood place with excellent food”
Reviewed January 20, 2012

Years ago the space housed Tremont Ice Cream -- the charming wooden ice cream bar, stools and booths survive, but the ambiance is upscale, the service is attentive and the food is wonderful. A cozy treasure in Boston's South End.

  • Visited January 2012
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