Starting out life as a bustling meat market in 1874, the building that is now the Metropolitan Hotel on Courtney Street in North Melbourne has seen much of the city’s history pass through it. That history lends an atmosphere to the Metropolitan Tap House that would be impossible to recreate elsewhere. This alone makes it a unique place to dine, hang out or watch the footy, but the food and their first-class music and comedy events really establish it as a gastropub several rungs above the average in Melbourne. Conscious of their history, perhaps, Metropolitan Tap House still hold meat at the centre of their philosophy, hand-picking the best meat sourced from Australian farmers to create beautiful bar meals that border on fine-dining. Whatever the occasion, calling for a quick drink or a leisurely meal, the Metropolitan Tap House is a time-tested option.
The Metropolitan Hotel in North Melbourne is etched in history and Melbourne tradition. Operating since 1874, the Metropolitan Tap House within the hotel on Courtney Street is international gastropub dining at its best. What sets this stunning hotel apart from the rest – of which there are a lot in Melbourne – is that it hasn’t done away with the classics in favour of fine dining options, but rather places them side by side to appeal to everyone. Offering craft beer and boutique wine choices, the Metropolitan Tap House is the perfect spot to pop in for a quick drink, long lunch or dinner with friends.
For a classic meal, we recommend going for the metro chicken parma with chips and a garden salad, or for something on the fancy side of life, the lamb 2 ways, double loin ‘barnsley’ lamb chop and lamb shoulder cigar with smashed herb potatoes, dukkah, hung curd, feta and fig with seasoned vegetables for a mouthwatering experience. The Metropolitan Tap House is a North Melbourne institution serving up sensational international dishes. There is a clear reason why this historic gastropub is firmly entrenched into the Melbourne foodscape – be sure to book online to find out why.
Had our son's 4th birthday. Food was good. Service was great. Very accommodating. Party of 10 had a great time. Love the Metropolitan. Will be back.
I love going to lunch at the Metropolitan. We always phone our order ahead to save some time. Everything on the Menu is delicious (particularly my favorite) Corned Beef on mash, The servings are generous. The wait staff are helpful. Overall a great lunch.
Really enjoyed our dinner at The Metropolitan Tap House - food was excellent, atmosphere lovely and the staff were efficient, polite, pleasant and good at their job. We chose Fried Calamari, Bruschetta and Pulled Pork with Chilli jam for entree - all well cooked, tasty and well presented. For mains I had Crispy Pork that came with delicious Asian flavours & vegetables - my partner had chicken, chorizo and beans and our son had the hearty Chicken Parma ... all delicious. The boys enjoyed a delightful, bold tasting Pinot Noir (Giesen The Brothers Pinot Noir) with their meal and I had an old fashioned Ginger beer. Great coffees to finish up with. We loved the fact that the hotel has retained its original and authentic decor - the dining room and front bar are very special because of this. We are always on the lookout for a great old-fashioned pub - and we really found that last night. Its a gem. Prices are higher than ordinary pub fare - but the standard and setting are higher too. Meal portions are also generous. The Metropolitan is highly recommended - we had a great night out.