Allen Restaurant at the Metropolitan Entertainment Centre

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204 reviews
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CAN$31 to CAN$50
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Contemporary American

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The Allen Restaurant at the Metropolitan Entertainment Centre offers a delectable menu of contemporary casual cuisine prepared in-house by the talented team lead by Executive Chef Younes Taouile. The restaurant is open daily for lunch and dinner Monday to Saturday. In addition to delicious food, The MET features a variety of exquisitely appointed spaces to cater to any need. Enjoy a casual drink or an intimate meal in the lavish Lobby and Promenade Lounges. Private meetings or pre-event gatherings can be catered in the state-of-the-art
Grand Hall Theatre, and the Roof-top Patio provides an ideal spot for seasonal dining.
What 204 People Are Saying
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4.1based on recent ratings
3.9
Food
4.2
Service
4.2
Ambience
3.9
Value
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95% of people would recommend it to a friend
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DianeY
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall5Food4Service4Ambience5

Great food at reasonable prices in a beautiful building with great service

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OpenTable Diner
Manitoba
2 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall4Food3Service5Ambience4

I ate in the restaurant on Valentines Day while an event was going on in the theatre. The service was excellent throughout the meal and was very personable. There were items on the menu that were not available (Steak-bites) and my entree was a bit coolish, no doubt because of the event. While the meal wasn’t terrible, and the servers were great, I wouldn’t go back to the restaurant. There are so many really good places to go that if a place is mediocre I just can’t be bothered.

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KimP
Manitoba
4 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

My husband had the Steak and Lobster and he said it was OK. He said that he was disappointed because the steak was thin cut (like a fast fry) and the lobster seemed a bit under done. I had the Short Rib Bourginon and I do not normally order red meat, but I thought that it sounded good, and it was really good! My husband also had the BEST Old Fashioned that he has ever had (hand made by the waiter), and we shared a piece of Chocolate Peanut Butter Cheesecake that was to die for! Our waiter was fantastic and the ambiance is gorgeous. Next time I want to come back for the dinner and a movie because that looked super fun.

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Nutrella
Manitoba
2 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall3Food3Service2Ambience3

The restaurant is beautiful - they have kept the lovely vintage feel and decor from the old Metropolitan Theatre. The food was quite good. I had a roast beef sandwich and fries and my companion had the Montreal Smoked Meat sandwich with Bothwell cheddar soup. We ordered off the lounge menu because the lounge was closed for a private event so both the lounge menu and the fine dining menu were available in the dining room. However, we were a table of 6 and the stipulation was that the whole table had to order from the same menu for some reason. Even though the rest of our party wanted to order off the fine dining menu, they were not allowed to do that but they did enjoy what they ordered anyway. The service was slow - we were on time for our reservation at 545 but we did not get our food until 655. We were attending an event in the theatre at 730 so we felt quite rushed to finish our food and get to our seats.

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BrentM
Manitoba
2 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience5

Went for lunch on a Friday. Quiet atmosphere and easy to visit with friends. Service was attentive but server knew we weren’t in a rush so we had plenty of time to enjoy our food. Great ambience in the dining room.

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PeterB
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience5

Great ambiance, they know how to cook meat to perfection, classy and considerate staff.

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Sainme
Manitoba
8 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

The only reason I’m writing this is an issue we had with the meal. Everything tasted amazing! The meat upon presentation was cold. Otherwise a great experience!

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JayC
Manitoba
4 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2019
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

Ok. Menu was thin on options

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JayC
Manitoba
4 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall5Food4Service4Ambience4

😀😀. All good

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OccasionalDiner
Manitoba
4 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2019
Overall3Food2Service4Ambience2

Overall, it was good, but the prime rib was a big disappointment. It was not cut as prime rib typically is (i.e., thin, tender slices). Instead it was a thick piece, more like a cheap steak, with grill marks (???). I would not order it again. The rest of the meal was good though and my companion’s chicken was quite nice.

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JoshP
Manitoba
3 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The Allen truly is a gem. The architecture adds so much to the dining experience. Also, every time I've been there I've always had excellent service. Servers are extremely professional and care about your enjoyment. If you haven't already been there, please try this restaurant. You won't be disappointed. I recommend the pork medallions which come with a saskatoon compote. Bon appetit.

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CLB589
Manitoba
13 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall1Food1Service1Ambience3

Six of us were going to the Elton John concert so we gave ourselves 90 minutes to have dinner across the street from the arena. Sadly, the Allen Restaurant gave us super slow service, missed appetizers, ice cold food and skimpy portions. All around a bad experience. They did adjust our meal by about 20% overall and apologized but to serve a meal like it was out of the fridge (yes, the prime rib and accompanying Yorkshire pudding were ice cold) is unacceptable. We saw other patrons getting what appeared to be an even worse experience. Clearly something was going on at the Allen that needed to be fixed that night!

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Betty
Manitoba
2 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience1

Unfortunately there was a loud boisterous group at a table near ours. They were having a great time but they were so loud we couldn’t have a conversation at our table. It would have been thoughtful if staff had politely asked them to tone it down for 15 minutes while we finished our meal and left. It spoiled our evening. Friends of ours who were eating there too felt the same way. Many of the diners were heading out to a concert so the “fun” group had the whole evening to continue partying after we left.
Next time we won’t accept a reservation at the high tables.

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Rhon
Manitoba
1 review
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience5

Great place to grab something to eat and a drink before going to a concert. It was really busy but the service was great and the meal came quickly. Handy to park right beside. 6pm reservation gave us lots of time for an 8pm show time.

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JoniB
Manitoba
3 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

We enjoyed the food and the service was good. Will definitely go back.

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vipSheilaK
Manitoba
7 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Dinner before Concert at MTS Centre.

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DaveF
Manitoba
6 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall4Food3Service4Ambience4

We were treated very well. Location perfect for a Jets game. Food was good, and good value.

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vipPatS
Manitoba
27 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Wonderful ambiance combined with great burger and efficient service. Definitely will go back again.

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vipalittlebirdie
Manitoba
3 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2019
Overall1Food2Service1Ambience1

I have not had such a strange experience than I did at this restaurant. It was truly bizarre. I have no idea how this establishment is open. I will never go back.
- completely empty, and remained empty, yet asked several times if we had a reservation.
- we had to ask for a menu
- three out of our four dinners were incorrect
- a person joined us halfway through dinner, and, despite an empty restaurant was never asked if they would like something to eat or drink.
- our bill was incorrect and then incorrect again when asked to be corrected

I haven’t left many restaurant reviews prior to this. This is the oddest place to dine at.

The staff were polite and kind, I do want to note.

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BrendaT
1 review
Dined on July 24, 2019
Overall5Food4Service2Ambience4

Food, entertainment was great. Waitress got orders wrong twice and forgot which beer was ordered. Maybe New. We will be back

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JoanneK
1 review
Dined on July 8, 2019
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

Our first visit won’t be our last. Convenient to the MTS Centre we decided to have dinner before the concert. The food was excellent, the room beautiful, and the waiter (‘Junior’ AKA Ab) was a perfect host.

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DianneB
Manitoba
3 reviews
Dined on June 6, 2019
Overall4Food2Service5Ambience4

The outdoor patio had a very nice ambiance. Food was just average; 4 different dishes, nothing to write home about. Service was excellent! Would maybe go back for drinks.

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DougJ
Manitoba
1 review
Dined on May 21, 2019
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience4

This was our first time at The Met Allen Restaurant, We had passed by it many times, but never had an opportunity to go there. The only difficulty was finding a parking spot, due to Cher performing at the MTS Centre. The surface lots (Impark) which normally charge $6 for an evening, were charging $20, because they could!.
Anyway, I was met at the door by a manager, who directed me to the ramp leading to the elevator (I use a walker). I was met at the restaurant entrance by our waiter, Junior. He was very nice and attentive, but not intrusive. He moved the table to be beside a window, at our request.
There weren't many people in the restaurant, and by the time we finished our meal, we had the whole place to ourselves.
The meal itself was excellent. My wife had the pork medallions, and was a little disappointed with the portion size. I had the 8oz smoked then grilled prime rib (a la carte - not the 3-course dinner), very tasty. The vegetables were amazing - zuchini, bell peppers, etc.
All-in-all, a pleasant evening. The bill even came in less than I had prepared myself for.
We spent some time between ourselves discussing what the theatre had been like when it was a movie joint, when we were kids, and remembering the many years that it was boarded up and empty. Good job renovating and innovating!

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SusanI
Manitoba
1 review
Dined on May 21, 2019
Overall2Food4Service2Ambience3

We were on the patio prior to a concert got there at 545 PM for a 730 PM concert start time. It took about 20 minutes to get a drink (including water!) and over 45 minutes to get our appetizers. The entree came out in a bit better time, however from when we asked for our bill to when we paid, it took 35 minutes! Therefore, we left at about 8:05 PM and missed most of the first act. When we complained about our long wait times, he thanked us for our feedback and said he would pass it on to the kitchen. We paid full price for everything. There were two new people in our group that this made a bad first impression with, and as for me and my friends that went several times last year, I think the chances of us returning are pretty low. It's too bad because we have had a lot of fun there in the past.

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LizC
Manitoba
6 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Very nice Buffet a very beautiful venue. Think the Omelette fell out could have had a little bit more training

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Retch
Manitoba
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The food was excellent. Our waiter was very good; attentive and professional. Elegant atmosphere and not noisy. Very nice evening.

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Darlene
Manitoba
7 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Fast friendly service, food was prepared accurately,tasted delicious and the portions are generous.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on March 28, 2019
Overall2Food2Service2Ambience3

Location is great. Reservations app was easy to use. Staff is polite and professional. Steak bites were misleading. Description made it seem like there would be veggie slaw, like a cold coleslaw type option. Did not thing steak would be deep fried. I would try again

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DianneS
1 review
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience5

The ambiance at the Allen is first rate. We loved the historical decor and quiet atmosphere. It was a treat to enjoy catching up with friends without having to compete with loud music. Our server was very friendly and attentive. The bonus is that it's next door to the MTS Centre which makes it a great place for a pre-game dinner.

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vipDavidR
Manitoba
4 reviews
Dined on February 19, 2019
Overall1Food3Service5Ambience1

We booked what we expected to be nice dinner before attending a concert at Bell MTS Place. When reserving a message popped up that only “Tall Tables” we available during the time we picked. No problem we were fine with that. Arrived at Allen‘s and we are seated at table located on the main floor bar. Still no problem as they said the main restaurant was booked for a private function. We were then informed that we’d have to order from the lunch menu. The waitress & hostess we friendly. They checked with the kitchen and we were told we could not order from the restaurant menu. We would have booked elsewhere if we know the restaurant menu was not available.
Kind of sad and disappointing as we were treating my parents to a night out. Well at least “Little Big Town” was Great! Dinner was only sad

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nicerick
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Overall, the restaurant provides excellent food and ambience. The service while sometimes a bit slow (depending on the night) it is always competent, and the servers are always friendly. if you are looking for a nice place to go for a date or a special occasion, look no further.

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OpenTable Diner
Manitoba
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Prime Rib was very good

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DaveF
Manitoba
6 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great experience for Valentine’s Day. Will be back!

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OpenTable Diner
Manitoba
5 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

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KenM
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2019
Overall2Food1Service2Ambience4

The service was slow, and the food was too salty and overcooked. We had the mussels as an app, and the Prime Rib and Short Rib Bourguignon as meals. The potatoes and vegetables in both meals were overcooked, and tasteless. I would recommend this as a good place to go for drinks and atmosphere, but not as a serious place to enjoy a good dinner.

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ArleneO
1 review
Dined on February 12, 2019
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

Jets game so I believe event menu. First time but will be back, would like to try menu on regular lunch/evening. Our server was the best, friendly, professional and very helpful !!

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Monique
Manitoba
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall4Food3Service5Ambience4

We went on a Saturday night and there was only one other couple there. It was pretty quiet. Could have some music. It would probably be better to go on a game night or movie night. Our waiter, Junior ( Omar) was very attentive and polite and took pictures of us. The food was quite good but small portions. I would recommend it.

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Sainme
Manitoba
8 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2019
Overall4Food3Service4Ambience5

Open Table messages me and indicated I didn’t show up for reservation. Our party of 4 arrived right on time. Hurtful...

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Nutrella
Manitoba
2 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2019
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

The Allen Restaurant is located in The Met Entertainment Centre, which used to be the beautiful Metropolitan Theatre in downtown Winnipeg. They have done a wonderful job keeping the beautiful ceiling and a general upscale, classy feel to the venue which is what used to be the balcony area of the theatre, I believe. Huge windows, lovely decor make it a very nice place to have dinner. Our food was very good - there is a nice selection of meals on the menu. I had chicken breast stuffed with local cheddar cheese and my husband had pork medallions which we both enjoyed. My only disappointment was that there was a $2 surcharge to substitute extra vegetables for the starchy side dish choices, which I then declined, but there were not a lot of vegetables on the plate either. Otherwise an enjoyable meal.

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OpenTable Diner
Manitoba
7 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2019
Overall3Food2Service3Ambience4

The ambiance of the restaurant is amazing! It’s a hidden gem of restores architecture that really deserves a great chef to elevate it to the next level. The food on offer is fine, with no bells and whistles, and the value is very good. I wish they put a great chef in charge and made it a fine dining experience to match the amazing location.

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