173 W Broadway, Salt Lake City, UT | Directions 8410140.762774 -111.896232
Lunch Mon- Fri 11:30am-2pm
Mon-Thu 5:30pm Lounge 6pm-9:30 Main Dining Room
Fri-Sat 5:30pm Lounge 6pm-10pm Main Dining Room
Neighborhoods: Rio Grande
The Amazing Food was unexpected beyond my Expectations... – The BEST Salt Lake City Restaurant. I cannot begin to explain how fantastic the service was here. The food was unexpected and beyond my expectations. We are from Boston and I have NEVER been anywhere better. Our server Tara was beyond attentive, knew everything about the menu, and drinks. Because of her service and the amazing food I will be and make sure everybody from my corporate office who comes to visit knows about this amazing and innovative restaurant. Thank you for a great night.
I am never disappointed! – Time and time again they get it right. This time the chef came to the table to check on our dinner and we told him it was fabulous (because it was). I had the seared scallops with red quinoa falafel! For the Vegetarians they have a tofu with pesto and grapefruit. I love that the menu is always changing and that the food is amazing and consistent.
Monday Night is a Winner at the Met – Doesn't get better than this 'big town' scene in a fairly 'small town' situation. Secret's out that the Met is the spot. On Monday's, and for locals. The special 3 or 5 course menu is not a watered down version of the usual, it's the full deal. Actually, my sense from several, happy visits on Monday's is it's even better. Not to mention no corkage!
We always feel that the Met provides a high end dining experience on a SLC budget, and that's stated as a fact, not a qualification. Local, personable ownership and engaging staff compete with a restaurant ambience that's arguably on par with anything out there (really). Total experience is typically 5 star, and only sometimes 4 star.
Fabulous Night! – I was very surprised to see the review listed below. I was there with 3 of my girlfriends the same night and we had a fabulous time! Great service, great company, and the DJ was SO cute. We were planning on starting our evening at the Met and going on to Green Street, but we actually ended up coming back to the Met! There were definitely some people getting their drink on, but that's why they call it "Thirsty Thursday at the Metropolitan" right?! The balance of great cocktails, friendly service, fun music, and a classy group of people resulted in such a fun night.
Always a disappointment – Tried ONE more time to see if they've gotten anything right yet, and still the same result - horrible. We love the look and style of the restaurant, but that's where our love ends...
I'm a huge foodie who travels and eats out constantly. This place can't even plate the dishes to at least "look" good!
Last night, the wedge salad come on top of two large, beer battered onion rings. The lettuce was warm and almost wilted. I asked for ketchup to at least salvage the onion rings! If I wanted beer batter onion rings, I would have gone to the Oyster Bar! But I wanted a "crisp" wedge salad, which didn't happen.
We tried the panko coated soft shell crab, but I could not make out any panko crumbs, but instead stared at the oil soaked soft shell crab, which obviously didn't get cooked at a high enough temperature. So here's this oil soaked tiny soft shell crab on this huge plate w/ no dipping sauce or anything else to at least dress the plate. It was an eye sore to say the least! We asked for our check and went next door to finish our meal.
The owner did manage to came over and talk to us, but not a smile or kind word of apology came from her.
Moral to story: Don't keep trying, it will still be disappointing! Time after time after time!
Divine Dining – After having just transfered here from the East Coast, I was looking for a dining experience similar to NYC. Metropolitan is it. I was surprised to find out that the restaurant has been open for 14 years. If it's this cutting edge now I can't begin to imagine what the response was in Salt Lake City in 1995. After having a glass of wine and some yummy sliders at the super hip u-shaped bar we moved into the dining room. Crisp linens accented with a neutral color palate and interesting artwork. (Truthfully the whole place is artwork) My companion and I were greated promptly but without the snootyness that I had become accustomed to back East. Friendliness goes a long way after a hard day. We picked a sampling of half portion appetizers to share (thanks for offering this option because I personally love to eat), all were beautifully presented and absolutely delish! The stand out was the Metropolitan Mushrooms in a crisp potato cylinder with a truffle oil infused potato puree and a just right red wine reduction. I had the veal chop (which was over the moon) and my friend had the Scallops, seared to perfection. We shared an exceptional bottle of wine and sampled a few desserts, the fig cake was unreal. Along with great food was attentive but unobtrusive service and very interesting ambient music in the background. All in all a great experience, one that I will remember and use as a barometer for the remainder of my stay in Salt Lake City
Don't waste your time! – Went for lunch today during Dine O Round to see what all the fuss was about. My husband ordered the famous bison burger that was very undercooked and strangely seasoned. He couldn't even finish his plate! Then when I ordered the fig pizza I was told they were out of figs! I switched to the caesar salad. My caesar salad was topped with chicken that had NO flavor along with a caesar dressing that was much to heavy on the anchovies (and yes I like them in moderation!) While the service was good, the atmosphere nice the food is simply sub-par! Save your money and go elsewhere for better food and at a much more affodable price!
Diminishing Quality – Today was my fourth visit to the Metropolitan.
My first visit was during Fall Dine-O-Round, when the restaurant was rolling out their new lunch menu. The Bison burger was great, and I don't even like burgers. I was excited to try some other lunch menu items, and thoroughly enjoyed the caramelized onion and fig pizza with fontina and goat cheese during my next visit a couple weeks later. When I came for dinner a month later I was worried to find the menu had a limited number of non-seafood options, but enjoyed the entree I selected.
Today I came back for lunch. We selected the restaurant from a few options based on my recommendation - naturally I had high hopes that the food would be as good as I remember. I was disappointed to see the quality of the food has diminished considerably. The salad tasted like unwashed weeds. The oil and cream in the soup had separated by the time it was served. The bite of panini was as good as I remember, but the sweet potato chips were sporadically salted so that you either got a very bland or very salted bite. Similarly, the delicious fig pizza I once enjoyed has been replaced with miniscule amounts of fig paste, under-cooked onions, and cheese with an excessive amount of fatty prosciutto. The pizza was peppered in a manner similar to the chips, causing a coughing attach mid-meal.
If there weren't so many great options in Salt Lake, I'd give this place another try to see if today was just an off day. But as of now, I plan to look elsewhere indefinitely.
Good service & ambiance, but so-so food – I think they spent more emphasis on style than substance. The food is very well dressed, but it took long time to show up. Later on, we learned from friends that it seems like a hangout place for SLC's club owners & restaurateurs. Makes sense, because while we were there one patron approached us & advertised her (then) newly opened club. Which is fine, but I would expect that kind of click from traditional pub, and not from a fine dining establishment they seem to advertise.
Bill is another story. Although there were only few people at the bar (weeknight) , they mixed other people's order into our bill. We were drinking strictly cocktails all night, but somehow a glass of wine showed up on the bill (found that out after we got home, but we wouldn't drive back for an $10 refund).
Having read a lot of reviews on restaurants I have come to realize that you can't take everything at face value. Curiosity made me visit Metropolitan on several occasions recently. On a recent Monday night I was pleased to find that they do in fact serve a three course menu for $30 and also a five course menu for $45 with the option of choosing ala carte from these two menus for their "locals appreciation night" with the addition of complementary corkage this is a deal that can't be beat. What I was unaware of was Metropolitan has decided to open for lunch business as of Sept. 12th. The menu is more than reasonably priced and although selections could be broadened a bit, they nailed the timing and the tastes! On my third visit I went on a Friday night after work and started off with 2 for 1 appetizers in the bar (they call it the bistro) and then moved into the dining room. The first thing I asked was do you offer a $30 pre fixe menu? I was told yes, every night! It is choice of a cup of Utah Corn Soup or Garden Pea Salad, Trout, Chicken or Ratoli (a pasta dish) and Sorbet for dessert. That differed from what I read on this website. On each of the occasions we were treated very well by the service staff, who had more knowledge of food than most servers in the valley and felt like we had stepped away from Salt Lake City for a moment. Now I realize " you can't please all the people all the time" but I for one was not disappointed on any one of my three recent visits. Bravo! A job well done.
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