Patrons of The Metro Wine Bar and Bistro keep coming back to the landmark Oklahoma City restaurant for several big reasons: consistency of superior service, warm and sophisticated atmosphere, great wine selection and quality food.
Oh, the food!
More than 20 years after its opening in December 1988, people still rave about such entrees as the chicken fricassee, the ranch strip, and the chicken breast with vermouth cream. Guests enjoy these and a handsome variety of other specialties, coupled with the finest wines available, only to cap the hallmark experience with such desserts as bread pudding with whiskey butter sauce, classic crÃ©me brulee and lemon-white chocolate cheesecake.
When Chris and LaVeryl Lower first opened the popular restaurant, their original guests surely recognized the beginning of something special in the world of Oklahoma City restaurants — a commitment to quality cuisine, service and atmosphere.
That same commitment remains today at The Metro.
LaVeryl said they determined from the very beginning to start a long-standing tradition of excellence.
"We decided we wanted to open as a wine bar and bistro, so we were heavily wine focused from the beginning," Lower said. "Now, we have 380 to 400 selections of wine, and that fluctuates, and we always offer about 26 wines by the glass. We wanted to offer the finest food, a variety of wines, with the best service."
The importance of wine is everywhere around you at The Metro. When the restaurant first opened, the Lowers commissioned local artists to incorporate wine label images into the wonderful artwork that hangs there today, a feature which adds to the establishment's singular ambiance.
Over the years, the No. 1 compliment Lower hears is that their food is consistently delicious. Running a very close second to those comments are the compliments to the staff.
"Guests tell us that when they come here they know they will enjoy delicious food and receive friendly and professional service," Lower said. "They say that our staff remembered their name, as well as their likes and dislikes from visit to visit."
Lower is quick to recognize the importance of The Metro staff, boasting of Chad Willis, head chef for seven years, and servers who have been with them for as long as 18 years.
"Our food and service here will always be the best," Lower said.
With such a determined pledge to excellence, it's little wonder that The Metro is consistently rated one of Oklahoma City's best restaurant experiences.
Isn't it nice to know some things never change?
11:30 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. Monday to Friday
5:30 to 11 p.m. Saturday
5:30 to 9 p.m. Sunday