The Bottom Line
"Gastropub" is a combination of "gastronomy" and "public house" that originated in England in the early 1990's, a concept centered around merging the traditional pub atmosphere with a quality restaurant that goes beyond the ordinary bar fare. That is exactly what you get with Oklahoma City's Republic Gastropub at Classen Curve, a classy and comfortable bar and restaurant with an extensive beer selection and a distinctive take on many pub favorite foods. It's an offering from the Good Egg Group, the restaurateurs behind other OKC favorites such as Red Prime Steakhouse, The Drake, Tucker's Onion Burgers and Iron Star Urban Barbeque.
5830 North Classen
Oklahoma City, OK 73118
Republic Gastropub is a modern, stylistic restaurant that still maintains the casual comfort of a friendly tavern, appealing to a variety of patrons in a way a typical sports bar simply cannot. Sure, there are the giant flat screen televisions showing multiple athletic events at any given time, a great place to watch the Thunder for example. And the massive beer wall demonstrates the restaurants' more-than-ample ale selection (250 bottled varieties from around the world / 100 from custom taps). However, there are also comfortable, black vinyl booths and large tables by the windows with families enjoying the distinctive take on traditional pub favorites.
Food and Drink
As with the atmosphere, the food takes you far beyond the ordinary. Have Ahi Tuna Tartar with fried jalapeno and onion. Of if you're there for the beer, pair it up with Truffle Potato Skins or the outstanding homemade Pub Pretzels with beer-cheese fondue. The burgers are made with quality black angus meat and include some intriguing options such as one topped with bleu and gruyere cheeses and a fried egg. They rival some of the best burgers in Oklahoma City. The Fish and Chips with shoestring fries are less original, but Jalapeno Glazed Salmon will get your attention. And for dessert, try the spiced-sugar donuts with three dipping sauces of chocolate, caramel and jam.
Service and Pricing
You'll find the service to be fitting with the quality of the food as well. On my first visit, my server seemed shy and somewhat disinterested, but with many more visits under my belt since then, that trip turned out to be the exception rather than the rule. Overall the staff is attentive and friendly.
Drink prices are in line with most bars ($4 to $8 for tap beer). And the food, far superior to what you'll find at many pubs, is very reasonable for the atmosphere and quality, running anywhere from $8-10 for burgers and sandwiches to $19-$29 for salmon or wood fired ribeye. In the end, you'll find yourself pretty impressed with the Republic version of a "gastropub," regardless of whether you're aware of the word's linguistic origins.