Oklahoma City has a tremendous amount of restaurants, and they are very eclectic in their selections. Barbeque and steaks are common cuisine, but Mexican/Tex-Mex is also quite prominent. No matter what your tastes, there's a restaurant to suit your needs.
This top list is centered on those restaurants that are truly unique to Oklahoma City. These are the ones that define our city - the best of the best of those we call our own.
Cattlemen's has been around since 1910 if you can believe it. In 1945, it was won by Gene Wade on a dice bet, and the "hard 3's" he rolled have been branded on the wall ever since. It's known to most Oklahoma City residents as the place to go for a great steak and lamb fries. They're open daily for breakfast, lunch and dinner.
- Phone: (405) 236-0416
There were perhaps some early hiccups with service and food quality when it opened in October of 2012, not completely unexpected with a new restaurant, but those have been ironed out. And it's highly possible you won't find a better view in middle America. Vast, located atop the 50-story Devon Energy Center downtown, has become an Oklahoma City tourist attraction and a favorite for residents on special occasions. The fine dining restaurant is run by Kevin Lee who is a Coach House Apprenticeship graduate and all operations are overseen by Kurt Fleischfresser of the Coach House.
- Private rooms
- Special event space for up to 300 guests
- Phone: (405) 702-7262
Across the street from the Bricktown Ballpark and right on the canal, Mickey Mantle's is fast becoming one of the top spots in downtown. Steaks and seafood are the main menu items, and it features a wine list of over 150 selections. Surround yourself with memorabilia from the Mantle family personal collection as you dine on great food.
- Lounge with live entertainment
- Banquet booking available
- Phone: (405) 272-0777
As you can tell from the fact that I've also included it on my Top Romantic Restaurants in OKC list, I'm a big fan of Boulevard Steakhouse in Edmond. In fact, the food here, including the steak, rivals any on this list and may just be the best. Plus, Boulevard has beautiful table settings, a great wine selection and excellent service to compliment a quality menu of steak and seafood.
- Private Dining Available
- Live Jazz in Lounge on Weekends
- Phone: (405) 715-2333
You absolutely can't go wrong with any restaurant from Oklahoma City's Good Egg Dining Group, but The Drake is a singular experience. There is no equal in the metro in terms of fresh and amazing seafood dishes, something for which the landlocked OKC isn't exactly known. The oysters are a highlight, but there are also choices for the non-seafood lover.
- Brunch menu
- Gift cards
- Phone: (405) 605-3399
Automobile Alley has become quite a hot spot for Oklahoma City dining, and in the historic Buick building at NW 11th and Broadway is one of the metro's best. Broadway 10 is a restaurant of choice for several NBA players, both for the Thunder and visiting teams. The upscale eatery has excellent steaks, sushi and more in a huge environment with a big-city feel.
- Private dining
- Gift cards
- Phone: (405) 212-3949
When I struggle to find any significant negative attributes while reviewing a restaurant, it's fair to say I'm on to something. A fine dining experience located on Country Club Road in the Nichols Hills area of Oklahoma City, Michael's Grill is one of my favorite restaurants around. Enjoy the exquisite pasta, seafood and meat dishes from an attentive owner in a dim, quiet and elegant dining area.
- Quiet, upscale dining
- Private room available
- Phone: (405) 810-9000
How about a change of pace. While most of the restaurants on this list are more upscale, Nic's is small, casual and fantastic, certainly one of Oklahoma City's best. It's an underrated gem in the metro, but it has extremely limited hours of operation. So you may find it difficult to get a seat in order to enjoy the delicious breakfasts or what I consider to be the best hamburger in OKC.
- Very casual atmosphere
- Featured on Food Network's Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives
- Phone: (405) 524-0999
Classen Grill has been around forever in OKC, it seems. It offers great tastes for breakfast and lunch such as the often-raved-about Mexican Egg Scrambles, freshly-squeezed OJ and herb potatoes.
- Casual early dining
- Catering available
- Phone: (405) 842-0428