Thursday, February 4, 2010
Brian and Shae over at Tulsa Food Blog and we here at Tasha Does Tulsa have collaborated to bring you a list of the best of the best Tulsa restaurants to call for a reservation for Valentine's Day weekend, complete with reviews, recommendations on what to order and, of course, the contact information you need to make your reservations.
Since Valentine's Day is on a Sunday this year, Tulsans will have to hit some of these restaurants a day or two early. Be sure to check hours and to make reservations to be sure you don't end up all dressed up with no where to eat.
Here's to your own Lady in the Tramp spaghetti-eating scene-in-the-making.
V-Day Hours: Saturday, 11am-11pm
Where: 1748 Utica Square
Phone: (918) 712-7470
Pricing (out of five $, with five being priciest): $$$
What to Order: The Bleu Salad; Pizza Margherita; Anything made with Stonehorse's housemade sausage; Bread pudding (order it with dinner, though, because it's made to-order, individually)
TFB: Wonderful wine list and all their food is made from scratch: from sauces, pastas to ice cream. The meat is always of utmost quality and seafood is very fresh. Located in Utica Square, so perfect for a nice walk before or after dinner.
TDT: It's easy to get cozy at Stonehorse. It's even easier to get an unforgettable dinner at this Utica Square cafe - everything, and I mean everything, on the menu is outstanding.
V-Day hours: 1-am-9pm; open for brunch
Where: 3509 S. Peoria Avenue
Phone: (918) 779-7070
What to Order: Alsatian tarte flambe; steak tartare; brioche French toast; steak frites
TFB: Very classy French restaurant. The food is prepared with great attention to detail and atmosphere is superb. Very top-notch wine list.
TDT: The French know love, sure, but perhaps even better, to know food. Get French-inspired cuisine by one of Tulsa's top (and hottest) chefs in a chic, old-world atmosphere.
In the Raw
V-Day Hours: 5pm-12am Saturday; Open at 5pm Sunday
Where: 3321 S. Peoria Avenue on Brookside; 6151 S. Sheridan on the Hill
Phone: Brookside, (918) 744-1300; On the Hill, (918) 524-0063
What to Order: Volcano Roll, Spider Roll, Macadamia nut halibut
TFB: Oklahoma company that offers an amazing sushi experience. Great sushi but a little pricey. South location is located on a hill with a great view.
TDT: There's a reason this swanky sushi joint is always packed. It's got the food and the atmosphere to make your V-Day something to remember.
V-Day Hours: 5-10pm Saturday; Sunday brunch, 9am-2pm
Where: 1301 E. 15th Street
Phone: (918) 582-4321
What to Order: Smoke Grill Salmon, Gourmet Lobster Corndogs, anything off the bento menus
TFB: Very private booth seating, perfect low lighting. Everything from gourmet lobster corndogs to daily catches and steaks. The chef here has a good outlook on food and is opposed to processed food.
TDT: Palace Cafe offers the most romantic dining atmosphere in Tulsa, hands down. The food, as scores of natives know, is some of the best in the region.
Caramel Dessert Bar
V-Day Hours: 10am-9pm
Where: 3410 S. Peoria Avenue
Phone: (918) 938-7977
What to Order: Shareable Caramel Cheesecake; Chocolate chip cookies or Dessert for Two, which includes a plate full of different desserts, gelatos, fruit and chocolate.
TFB: The chocolate chip cookies are to die for! This is the perfect place to come after you have a nice dinner and want something sweet. Dinner on Brookside? Make it a 2-step date night. Dinner...then Caramel!
TDT: Chef Doreen Durano and her wide selection of sweets brings a warm glow to Brookside's Center 1. Have a dazzling dessert for V-Day (the chocolate mousse cups are especially glitzy), but be sure to snag a few chocolate chip cookies for the road.
V-Day Hours: Saturday, 5-11pm; Sunday, 11am-3pm
Where: 1536 E. 15th Street
Phone: (918) 592-5825
What to Order: Grilled Flatbread, Asian-Style Porkchop, Bacon-Wrapped Halibut, Lucky's Cheeseburger
TFB:One of our favorite restaurants in Tulsa, run by a husband/wife team of culinary geniuses. These two have brough an unmatched sense of style and beautiful, quality food that has kept us coming back time and time again.
TDT: Find the most innovative fine dining menu at Lucky's on Cherry Street. Be sure to have a glass of the many biodynamic wines available at the bar with dinner.
Sonoma Bistro & Wine Bar
V-Day hours: Saturday, 11am-11pm; Sunday, 11am-9pm
Where: 3523 S. Peoria Avenue
Phone: (918) 747-9463
What to Order: BBQ Salmon Tamale, White Pizza, Tomato Bisque Soup
TFB: This is an awesome place to go for a light dinner and drinks. It is a very pleasant atmosphere with one of the best wine lists in Tulsa. The chef pays so much attention to detail and the food is phenomenal.
TDT: The wine list at Sonoma was built to be the best - and one of the largest - in town. Plus, the food could stand up to what's available in the real Sonoma County any day.
V-Day Hours: Opens at 5pm
Where: 1433 E. 15th Street
Phone: (918) 582-3456
What to Order: Chicken Florentine Pizza, Pasta l'Arabiata
TFB: This is one of Tulsa's hidden treasures. The food is so fresh, and the pizza is to die for! I couldn't believe how fresh the ingredients on the pizza were. Great place for a lunch date and dinner reservation.
TDT: Talk about a moody atmosphere. If you chose Tucci's as your destination for V-Day Dinner 2010, you can bet that some serious romance will ensue.
V-Day hours: Saturday, 5-10pm; Sunday, 11am-9pm
Where: 219 S. Cheyenne Avenue downtown; 6024 S. Sheridan Avenue in south Tulsa
Phone: Downtown, (918) 592-5151; south Tulsa, (918) 499-1919
What to Order: Ravioli Fritti, Penne Toscana, Chicken Marsala
TFB: Wonder atmosphere...and very romantic. The live music really sets the tone for the evening. The food is standard Italian and is located in a beautiful location in downtown and also south Tulsa. We recommend the downtown location.
TDT: There's a reason I went to Ti Amo for dinner before my high school prom, and while the food is fabulous, the atmosphere is the epitome of le romance - especially at the cozy, underground downtown location.
Bodean Seafood Restaurant
V-Day hours: 5-10pm
Where: 3376 E. 51st Street
Phone: (918) 749-1407
What to Order: Sesame-Crusted Gulf Yellowfin Tuna, Pecanwood-Grilled Costa Rican Mahi Mahi. If cooking at home, the Maine lobsters are so fresh and make a perfect meal...any of the seafood at Bodean's Market is top-notch.
TFB: Two times a day seafood is flown in from the coast. This is the most upscale restaurant in Tulsa. Beautiful atmosphere. This is a great place for a very special occasion and is sure to impress the one you love!! Voted by TIME magazine as one of the top restaurants in the nation.
TDT: THE freshest seafood in town, available as it's flown in twice daily to family-owned Bodean's. If you'd rather dine at home, check out Bodean's fish market, facing 51st Street.
V-Day hours: Saturday, 11am-2:30pm and 5-10pm; Sunday, open at 5pm
Where: 3509 S. Peoria Avenue on Brookside; 9904 Riverside Parkway on the River
Phone: Brookside, (918) 392-5550; Riverside, (918) 746-4900
What to Order: Baked Brie, Complementary bread with roasted garlic, Canneloni
TFB: The food is superb and has a fantastic presentation. Make sure to park around back and walk through the courtyard. Going to this restaurant gave me an out-of-Tulsa, out-of-country experience. We like to call ahead and ask for a spot by the fireplace. We recommend the Brookside location; however, the Riverside location is very nice and if not too cold, a walk around the river's edge is quite romantic. There is actually a bench swing for two by the river.
TDT: Garlic Rose isn't a Tulsa tradition by accident. No one can go wrong by choosing Garlic Rose for their dining destination this Valentine's Day.
V-Day Hours: Midtown, 4:30-10pm; south Tulsa, 4-9pm, McGill's on 19, Friday and Saturday, 5-11pm
Where: 1560 S. 21st Street in Midtown; 6058 S. Yale Avenue in south Tulsa; at Hard Rock Casino & Hotel in Catoosa
Phone: Midtown, (918) 742-8080; south Tulsa, (918) 388-8080; McGill's on 19 (Hard Rock), (918) 384-7500
What to Order: Pasta Lobster, Coconut Beer Shrimp, Crab Cakes and, of course, the Filet
TFB: Very traditional, reminds me of a clubhouse that you would find at a country club. The wait staff is very attentive and professional, taking care of every need. Intimate setting with a warm, inviting feel. Great place to get a steak.
TDT: McGill's is the plate to be for those of you who equate V-Day with a glorious steak dinner. If you're feeling really fancy, check out McGill's on 19 at Hard Rock Casino in Catoosa.
V-Day Hours: Friday and Saturday, 11am-11pm
Where: 3524 S. Peoria Avenue
Phone: (918) 794-8200
What to Order: Spring Rolls, KEO Sampler, Thai Green Curry, Pad Thai, Banana Won-Ton with Vanilla Bean Gelato, Anything from the sake menu
TFB: Very modern, sophisticated restaurant with a very classy, open feel. the two of the main walls are glass, so you are able to people-watch from inside the restaurant. The owners are fabulous. Chef Zahidah Hyman grew up in Asia and brought back many of her family's recipes to Tulsa. She and her husband Bill Hyman make a great team. The food is very unique and full of flavor...great place for cocktails or a nice date.
TDT: KEO is home to some of the most artful and innovative dishes in Tulsa, not to mention the most attention to authentic Asian culinary traditions. If a swanky atmosphere is a must this V-Day, KEO is your spot.
Shogun Japanese Steakhouse
V-Day Hours: Friday and Saturday, 5-10pm; Sunday, 5-9pm
Where: 6808 S. Memorial Drive, No. 224
Phone: (918) 254-2134
What to Order: Hibachi Sesame Chicken, Shogun Special
TFB: At Shogun, it's all about the entertainment. Chefs cook the food on a hibachi grill right in front of you and your party. All chefs have gone through extensive training in order to make this a fun evening for you...the food is awesome...a lot of food! Grab a drink at the bar while waiting for your reservation.
TDT: Some couples like food served to them. Others prefer their food tossed at them, and only after it's been sliced, diced and cooked right in front of them. For those among the latter, there's Shogun this Valentine's Day.
V-Day Hours: Dinner on Saturday, 5-10:30pm and Sunday, 5-9pm; Brunch on Saturday and Sunday, 11am-2:30pm
Where: 1324 S. Main Street
Phone: (918) 582-1964
What to Order: Eggs Benedict, Mimosas, Atlantic Salmon, Chicken Kiev, Stuffed French Toast
TFB: This place as some of the best brunch in Tulsa. It is located in the beautiful Ambassador Downtown. The European style goes right along with the food and creates a wonder place to spend the evening.
TDT: The Chalkboard is a bonafide Tulsa tradition, especially when it comes to brunch. The lunch is good and dinner is great, but brunch is legendary. It tastes even better after a night's stay in the Hotel Ambassador, which houses this celebrated cafe.