Welcome to the Metro Bistrot!
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(508) 764-2073 (bistrot)
(860) 207-7135 (cell--24 hours)
176 Main Street
Southbridge, Massachusetts 01550
Wed-Fri 11:30 am — 2:30 pm
wed-fri 6 — 9 PM
Sat 5 — 9 pm
12 AM — 4 pm
we are closed on
mondays and Tuesdays
and non-holiday Sundays.
The Metro Bistrot is located at the Wells Plaza on 176 Main Street (which is Rt. 131), Southbridge, Massachusetts, just ten minutes away from Interstate 84 and the Mass Pike in Sturbridge, Massachusetts.
We seat for lunch Wednesday thru Friday from 11:30 am to 2:30 pm, and for dinner Wednesday thru Friday from 6 to 9 pm, and on Saturday from 5 to 9 pm. We are closed on non-holiday Sundays, and Monday and Tuesday.
We do not have a wine and beer license, but customers are encouraged to bring wine. In France, drinking wine with a meal is an integral part of eating. We recommend the wines at Colonial Spirits in Southbridge (there is a special Metro Bistrot display with recommended wines), Marty's in Dudley, The Wine Buyer or Yankee Spirits in Sturbridge, or Pomfret Spirits in Pomfret, Connecticut to find reasonably priced French wines compatible with our food. Of course there is also nothing wrong with just bringing your favorite wine no matter where it is from.
We accept all major credit cards (i.e. Visa, MasterCard, Discover, and Amex).
Please click on our menu tab above for our menu, which has weekly and sometimes daily changes or specials.
Speaking of the menu, it is important for us to say to our potential diners that the Metro’s focus is on good, French food at reasonable prices in a casual atmosphere. We are not an intimidating French restaurant with ridiculous prices, miniscule portions, and heavy butter and cream sauces. However, our seating is limited, and our food is created one plate at a time. And it seems that most people in the area want to eat between 6:00 and 6:30 pm, and there is no way we can accommodate all the requests we have by people to be seated at that time. For this reason we urge people to make reservations in advance especially on Friday and Saturday evenings. Or if you come without reservations, please understand that first we seat people with reservations and that you must have patience if the servers or the kitchen becomes backed up. Good food does take a certain time to prepare, and even at our best, mistakes can and are made in timing.
Our main cook and co-owner, Marie-Paule Marthe, was born and raised in Orleans, France in the Loire valley but has lived the last thirty years in the south of France in Languedoc in the Cévennes mountains and Montpellier (a medieval city which is now the fastest growing metropolis in France). Although an actress and teacher with Roy Hart Theatre in France and a former member of the French Foreign Service, she comes from a solid food and wine tradition in her family (one side of her family were cheese makers from Orleans via the Ariege, the other, vintners from Bordeaux) with years of experience cooking, and of course, eating well, in France. Both her parents worked in the hotel and restaurant business in Orleans.
Marie-Paule Marthe in the Metro with a photo of a famous French model and actress.
The bar with some flora at the Metro.
Jay Livernois with a find of the day for seafood crêpes.
Another cook and proprietor of the Metro is Jay Livernois who is of French Canadian descent on his father's side. Jay was born in Southbridge and lives on the family farm with Marie-Paule at the top of Lebanon Hill (just over the state border in Woodstock) that his Livernois great-grandfather, Joseph, bought.
He is the overall manager and is present most of the time in the front of the bistrot where he assembles and inspects each plate before it is served. Jay places an emphasis on fresh, mostly local ingredients for the food in the bistrot and changes the menu weekly and sometimes daily according to what is available at the markets or what he can forage from local fields, lakes, streams, and gardens. He shops at markets everyday, going from Morse's Farm Stand to Le grand lapin or Le grand ygrec or Ed Stearns in Charlton and to Hartford's Restaurant Depot throughout the week. If you live in the area, do not be surprised to see him rushing through a local store's aisle or parking lot. However, the Bistrot's superb bread is baked by Suzanne's Artisanal Breads in Southbridge.
Also, each day, usually for lunch, he will feature at a specially priced dish created from the best in local products with his particular knowledge of French food and how to prepare it. There is also a prix fixte menu of three courses at lunch usually incorporating this dish for a very reasonable price.
Finally, it is necessary to mention that the other partners in the Metro Bistrot are Jonathan and Lisa Krach of The Vienna Inn and Restaurant in Southbridge. Without their knowledge, vision, and work, the Metro would not have come to exist in Southbridge or have the success it is now experiencing. So, if you have never been to The Vienna, treat yourself to the best restaurant in Southbridge (especially if the Metro is filled or closed), and if you want to get away from it all in Southbridge, stay in their storybook inn for an unusual present to yourself.
Jonathan and Lisa Krach of The Vienna Inn and Restaurant
French Freud Potatoes
by Charles Boer*
French Freud potatoes, Monsieur Lacan,
Are only properly eaten skins on.
Thus, they never see themselves what they are,
Never even feel the potato peeler's hand.
Then what do they think they are doing on the table
Of the Restaurant Grand Fumé? Nothing, monsieur,
Part of the menu, mere pommes de terre.
Let their flagrance not disturb your meal.
And him? It bothers me that someone is so close.
Oh, pay no attention to the waiter's recommendation:
He is a statue himself standing there thinking
Only of what he will eat when he goes home:
Perhaps a duck that thinks it is l'orange,
Perhaps a potato that does not know its place.
*Charles Boer, noted translator, lecturer, UConn Professor Emeritus, poet,
and patron of the Metro Bistrot, is the author,
along with the psychologist, James Hillman, of Freud's Own Cookbook.
He passed away on 18 November 2014 aged 75 from pancreatic cancer.
Above: Charles Boer at the Bistrot with Richard Mann (one of his youngest and last students)