Eating Out in Tulsa, OK: The 9 Best Local Restaurants
Popular with Southerners due to its unusual greenness amongst Oklahoma’s traditionally dusty plains, Tulsa is home to numerous sophisticated restaurants celebrating the city’s all-American charm. We’ve updated our Foodie’s Guide to Tulsa to bring you even more delectable delights and exquisite eateries to choose from in this scenic and cultural city.
A culinary landmark in Tulsa, there’s nowhere else quite like Hank’s. Having opened in 1948, Hank’s has been creating awesome burgers for more than 50 years. The Big Okie is the restaurant’s signature dish, consisting of a huge one pound burger made up of four individual beef patties, four slices of cheese, lettuce, tomatoes, pickles and onions. For those that don’t quite have the appetite to attempt the Big Okie, burgers also come in single, double, triple and half pound patty varieties. Diners can complement their burgers with a choice of sides including corn dogs, tator tots and chili cheese fries. Be sure to leave room for a must-try milkshake and a portion of chocolate covered peanut butter balls for dessert.
Meal service:Breakfast, Dinner, Lunch, All Day
Atmosphere:Casual, Relaxed, Traditional
One of Tulsa’s best kept secrets thanks to its out of town location, Evelyn’s serves up the delicious soul food that is an essential part of the city’s culinary heritage. The lightly breaded and yet perfectly crispy fried chicken remains one of the restaurant?s most popular dishes. Evelyn’s also serves up an array of Southern classics perfect for the larger appetite including baked turkey, fried catfish and meatloaf. Order the candied yams, mac ‘n’ cheese and smothered cabbage as sides to share or as a vegetarian meal by themselves. All of the dishes are surprisingly light despite their hearty nature and are prepared by Evelyn’s daughter Wanda J Armstrong, who manages the restaurant.
Meal service:Breakfast, All Day, Lunch, Dinner
Atmosphere:Traditional, Casual, Relaxed
Loved by locals for their consistent support of local farmers and use of local produce, Juniper prides itself on its farm-to-table cooking methods. In keeping with this theme, dishes here are seasonal and so the menus often alter slightly month to month to make the most of the fresh produce currently available. An upscale eatery, dishes can be a little pricey but for the calibre of the restaurant and the quality of the ingredients they’re really very reasonable. The tenderloin steak melts in the mouth and the incredible rosemary chicken simply falls away from the bone. For those that like a tipple, Juniper also infuses its own vodkas and uses them to create the most wonderfully innovative cocktails.
Decked out like a true British pub, Kilkenny describes itself as ‘a destination for travellers and a meeting place for friends’. With 16 draught beers on tap as well as Guinness and Irish coffee on offer, Kilkenny’s is as popular for its bar as it is for its food. Open for brunch, lunch and dinner daily, the Galway oysters, Cedar Forest salmon, clam chowder and fish and chips are all excellent choices. For dessert order a hearty portion of bread and butter pudding to warm your cockles and let nostalgia set in.
Likely to be the best place in the entire state to go for sausages, Siegi’s Sausage Factory is a family-owned establishment that has been supplying Tulsa with wursts since 1980. Although closed on Sundays, Siegi’s serves a full German and Viennese lunch and dinner menu all throughout the rest of the week. Stop by to sample some traditional European dishes such as giant bavarian pretzels, potato pancakes, Hungarian goulash, grilled sausage sandwiches and Swiss schnitzel. Of course there?s also plenty of German beers on offer to, perfect for washing down those platters of sausages.
Once a run down antique store, Palace Cafe is now one of the most sophisticated restaurants in Tulsa. Situated along the historically pretty Cherry Street, the menu at Palace Cafe is filled with Asian and American fusion dishes created with locally available ingredients in mind. The homemade lobster ravioli made with fresh basil and fennel, and the smoked pork tenderloin topped with grilled pineapple are just two of the many exquisite dishes on offer here. Alongside the normal entrees, the restaurant also offers a unique bento-style menu of appetizers perfect for keeping hunger at bay whilst waiting for main courses to arrive or for sharing with friends over a bottle of wine. A separate menu is available for vegetarians too, making the Palace Cafe one of the best restaurants in town for foodies of varying dietary demands.
Meal service:Dinner, Lunch, Brunch
Atmosphere:Fine Dining, Stylish, Modern
Open daily for breakfast, brunch, lunch and dinner, The Chalkboard is somewhat of a staple on the dining scene in Tulsa. Due to its excellent service and impeccable dishes, this is one restaurant that fills up fast no matter what day of the week it is, so guests are advised to book a table ahead on their website to avoid disappointment. Owned by siblings Josh and Shannon Ozaras, The Chalkboard has been around since the 1970s, having undergone a huge renovation at the end of the last millenium to make it the beautiful establishment it is today. The cuisine is greatly influenced by European classics and diners can enjoy elegantly presented plates of artichoke and spinach lasagna, Diver scallops and shallot and goat cheese stuffed veal roulade in an inviting and sophisticated setting.
An authentically Italian fine dining restaurant in the heart of the city, Villa Ravenna serves up a medley of beautifully fresh homemade pastas, succulent meats and fresh seafood. An ideal restaurant choice for a romantic dinner, the lighting is kept low and the dining area is both inviting yet elegant at the same time. Order the prosciutto, mozzarella and tomato plate to start and follow with spaghetti con polpetta and the grilled red snapper for an all-round exquisite meal. If its a special occasion, call ahead to enquire about the unique wine and dinner experiences.
Despite being situated in the landlocked city of Tulsa, the White River Fish Market & Restaurant prides itself on serving as high in quality fish and seafood dishes as any coastal eatery does. Importing fish from both North and South America, the restaurant uses family recipes to create the most wonderful, large portions of diverse and delicious seafood delights. A raw fish market as well as a cafeteria-style restaurant, diners can pick their own fish raw from the 12 foot display case at the front of the restaurant and have it prepared to their choosing whether that be grilled, smoked, broiled or fried to enjoy in the cosy and casual dining room.
Meal service:All Day, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner