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Best Fine Dining

Best Fine Dining

Leave your jeans at home and splurge in style. Here are the 36 best places for when you want to dress up for a romantic dinner or drop a few extra dollars on a celebratory meal.

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Michele Chiappetta and Rob Harmon
Published
December 4, 2016 8:11 PM

Imagine it’s time to celebrate a special moment and perhaps you want to treat loved ones to stellar food, excellent service and elegant atmosphere — a night of fine dining. But you’re not sure where to go or, frankly, whether you’ll enjoy yourself when you get there.

When many people think of upscale restaurants, black-tie attire and evening gowns often come to mind, along with a fear that the place we go will feel stuffy, or that we might feel out of place. However, in Tulsa and the surrounding towns of Green Country, finding an elegant restaurant with four or five-star service and cuisine, without all the pretentiousness, isn’t that hard.

Most Green Country restaurants skip the pretension, focus on great flavors and experiences, and even feature craft beer pairings along with wine. Some even have great bar food, which lessens the sticker shock a bit. But some also require jackets for men, so make sure you check the dress code before you head out.

So, at times when a little splurging is required, whether you’re dressing up or not, these fabulous fine dining restaurants will add the right amount of sparkle and shine to your night out on the town.

‍Known for attentive, knowledgeable staff and a modern, tasteful atmosphere, PRHYME really excels right where you’d hope they would — their cuts of meat.

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Biga
4329 S. Peoria | Tulsa
A hidden gem just south of Brookside’s main strip on Peoria, Biga serves Italian cuisine done right. The cozy, relaxed setting, complete with banquettes and fireplace, allows diners to enjoy the fine dining available in an atmosphere that encourages slowly savoring every bite. The seasonal menu is crafted from scratch with high-quality ingredients fitting the season. The result is consistently good service and excellent meals, alongside enough variety to keep you coming back often. Biga’s regulars love the restaurant’s specialty wine dinners, which feature guest wine connoisseurs and bottles from Italy, South Africa, Napa Valley, Washington State and more.

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Bluestone Steak House and Seafood
10032 S. Sheridan | Tulsa
South Tulsa’s Bluestone Steak House and Seafood isn’t pretentious. Visit them wearing blue jeans and skirts or tuxedos and evening gowns. Either way, expect a meal worthy of a special occasion. Their true dedication to being one of the best fine dining options in Tulsa is the reason Bluestone has a steady crowd of repeat clients. A superior wine and drink list matches an already outstanding menu. Seven nights a week, live musicians elegantly play from an inconspicuous corner, at the perfect volume. With equally perfect lighting, the stage is set for romance, celebration and memory-making.

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Celebrity Restaurant
3109 S. Yale | Tulsa
For a dinner experience with an absolute classic feel, Celebrity is the place. Upon entering, a piano man plays an elegant tune, and after a warm greeting, the gracious maître d’ ushers you to your reserved table. Low lighting blankets the elegantly covered tables and cushioned chairs as it has since the early 1960s. Mickey Mantle, Bob Hope, Ben Stiller, and many, many other celebrities have dined here. Celebrity is known for their steak dinners, among other items including a 14-ounce New York strip, 16-ounce rib-eye, and beef kabobs. For those who don’t want red meat for their evening meal, there are plenty of other tasty dinner choices, among them a cold-water lobster tail. ey also serve shrimp, salmon, New Zealand white sh, and a fried catsh that is a favorite among many of their clientele. Crème brûlée for dessert is an excellent choice for you here. 

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Claret Cafe
3302 W. Kenosha | Broken Arrow
Claret Café delivers first-rate meals and an impressive wine selection while also locking down the weekend brunch tradition with impressive options like chicken piccata. Dinner favorites includes the pounded-down Schnitzel, meatloaf, fish and chips, 16-ounce bone-in rib-eye and roasted salmon. The generous portion of salmon, perfectly cooked, flakes with the pressure from a fork to reveal the distinctive pink color. The caramelized onion bourbon sauce is generously drizzled and is both savory and sweet with just the faintest hint of heat.

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French Hen
7143 S. Yale | Tulsa
With dishes ranging from fresh fish (own in three times a week) and quail to osso buco and braised short ribs, the French Hen ups the French cuisine ante with authentic flavor in every bite. The French Hen has a storied history in Tulsa. Locals love it for its consistent charm and its upscale atmosphere, a perfect place to enjoy special moments with those you care about. The menu has a lot to offer to diners every day of the week, who want to treat themselves to good food in an elegant setting. Some of the specialties served include escargot; fried oysters served with creamed spinach; the forest mushroom tart; French onion soup (of course); fried quail; a roasted lobster tail; a port poached pear au chocolat; and several other dishes designed to please even the most discerning palate. 

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Hey Mambo
114 N. Boston | Tulsa
It’s impossible to imagine the Brady Arts District without Hey Mambo’s delicious brick oven Italian cuisine. Its vibrant atmosphere matches Brady’s hip vibe with an air of zesty tomatoes and luxuriously fresh cheese. Gourmet pizzas like the Center of the Universe (an artichoke, spinach and bacon delight), or the Diablo (Italian sausage, pepperoni and jalapenos) will keep you visiting. The Ravioli All’Arrabbiata (cheese-filled ravioli), Pasta el Sol (jumbo shrimp sautéed with tangy tomatoes, red onions, fresh lime, pineapple rosemary and garlic mambo mojo served over linguini) and Pescatora (6 ounce grilled trout based with citrus-butter sauce) will make you think you’re back in old Italy.

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In the Raw
3321 S. Peoria | Tulsa
6151 S. Sheridan | Tulsa
216 W. Main | Broken Arrow
In the Raw combines traditional and nouveau sushi with a plethora of other non-sushi dishes crafted to rock your world. Fish flown in every single day, handcrafted dishes and unique drinks make for a superb menu. Combine that with their world- class ambiance — they have one of Tulsa’s best views of downtown at their Sheridan location —and you’ve got one of the area’s most beloved fine dining destinations ever. And for meat lovers in your group, don’t miss out on the 8-ounce filet served with wasabi mashed potatoes and asparagus with portabella demi glaze.

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KEO
3524 S. Peoria | Tulsa
8921 S. Yale | Tulsa
Fresh ingredients delivered daily. Dishes made to order. Delectable. That's how you describe KEO, a hip version of an upscale yet comfortable dining experience. The restaurant is clean, vibrant and modern in design. The menu is excellent, especially for those who love more traditional Vietnamese, Cambodian and Korean dishes like pho and tom ka. If you’re less adventurous, try the wagyu beef burger. Top it all off with a specialty drink from the bar.

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Lanna Thai
7227 S. Memorial | Tulsa
Lanna Thai aims for perfection. Ask any devoted customer, and they’ll tell you Lanna Thai’s unique blend of spices and herbs makes the dishes some of the best food in T-Town. From peanut sauce smothered pad Thai to panang seafood piled so high you’ll think you’ve died and gone to heaven, you’ll be wishing you could come back before you even leave your seat. An extensive wine and beer list, cocktails and martinis galore help cement Lanna Thai as a perfect choice for an evening of dining excellence.

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Molly's Landing
3700 N. Old Hwy. 66 | Catoosa
Molly’s Landing is one of northeast Oklahoma’s unique and unforgettable fine dining experiences. Cherished by many as one of the best steakhouses in the Tulsa area, the log cabin converted restaurant provides an experience worth every single splurged penny. For over 30 years, they’ve not only served perfectly cooked, wet-aged premium steak, but also donned tables with exceptional lobster tail, shrimp and seafood plates that send taste palates soaring.

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Mondo's
3410 S. Peoria | Tulsa
Does it get any better than feeling like you just sat down to an authentic Italian dinner on the Lower West Side of New York City? At Mondo’s family-run restaurant, that’s pretty much what you get in Tulsa’s “Lower” Brookside on Peoria. Mondo’s homemade ravioli or baked tortellini are sure to take your taste buds straight back to the old country, or at the very least, the Big Apple. Don’t forget a cannoli for dessert. The filling is authentically Italian in style, and the pastry is filled just before serving so it retains its crispy exterior.

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Napa Flats
9912 S. Riverside Dr. | Tulsa
Napa Flats is casually elegant, warmly sophisticated and ideal for a night out with friends or loved ones. Owner John Crancer actively walks the dining room floor to make sure his customers are happy. That adds up to impeccable service, a beautiful and comfortable dining area, and delicious pizzas, pastas and more. Most dishes feature something baked or seared in the kitchen’s wood-red pizza oven and grill. Pair anything with a fabulous Chianti, pinot noir, prosecco or other Italian wine, and you’ll be golden.

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PRHYME
111 N. Main | Tulsa
This chic, elegant restaurant lights up the fine dining experience in downtown Tulsa. Known for attentive, knowledgeable staff and a modern, tasteful atmosphere, PRHYME really excels right where you’d hope they would — their cuts of meat. Rib-eye, NY strip, filet mignon, 30-day dry-aged pristine beef, Duroc pork chops, New Zealand lamb chops and seasonal seafood all grace the menu. Their extensive wine list is guaranteed to provide the perfect pairing for your meal.

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SMOKE. on Cherry Street
1542 E. 15th | Tulsa
The bricked interior and comfy little booths for two make it a fantastically romantic spot at night and on the weekend. Crispy quail legs, tempura fried cauliflower, crab stuffed fried green tomatoes are all great ways to get your meal started. For dinner? They serve all the staples of a great meal including rib-eye, beef tenderloin and NY strip as well as duck cont, shrimp and grits, and pickle-brined pork brisket. The whiskey and cigar lounge makes SMOKE. a restaurant like none other in Tulsa.

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Tavolo
427 S. Boston | Tulsa
Tucked in Tulsa’s quietly surging Deco District, Tavolo’s Italian restaurant in the historic Philtower Building is truly a downtown treasure. Whether you go for lunch or dinner, you won’t be disappointed. Make sure to get a reservation because their dishes, ranging from linguine and meatballs to brown butter scallops, are in high demand. Going just for dessert is simply great too. Get a cannoli stuffed with vanilla custard or chocolate ganache or some zeppoles (delectable deep-fried dough balls) with lemon curd on top, sided with a hot cup of coffee.

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Ti Amo
6024-A S. Sheridan | Tulsa
219 S. Cheyenne | Tulsa
When you sit down at Ti Amo, you’ll be served their delicious complimentary bruschetta. Resist the temptation to gorge on it, and save room for a delicious meal. Ti Amo marries Italian fare with other Mediterranean influences to give you the best the region has to offer. Try their pollo della casa (chicken served with asparagus, mushrooms, peppers and Alfredo sauce), the Toscana (chicken with artichokes), or the baked ziti with chicken. End the meal with their home-brewed limoncello.

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The Tropical
8125 E. 49th | Tulsa
Offering superb service and flavorful Thai dishes, the Tropical consistently provides a unique dining experience that aims to exceed expectations. Many of its ingredients are taken from the herbal and vegetable gardens surrounding the restaurant. Thihs carefully hidden, beautiful gem on the west side of Tulsa’s Regency Park neighborhood is a great place to celebrate life, love or anything that calls for a nice dinner. It’s Thai cuisine at its best.

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Villa Ravenna
6526 E. 51st | Tulsa
Top-shelf Italian dining experiences don’t happen by accident. Villa Ravenna’s tremendous hospitality, tradition and great taste started in Italy, long before the family-owned restaurant ended up in Tulsa in 2008. It’s been serving Green Country’s lovers of Italian cuisine ever since. Thee restaurant’s incomparable menu is too extensive to do it justice but we will at least mention that the lasagna di melanzane eggplant dish is amazing, as is the gnocchi di patate, a potato pasta dish with the Villa’s traditional meat sauce. Oh, and the wild boar appetizer, insanely good.

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Waterfront Grill
120 Aquarium Dr. | Jenks
When you can get high-end wine by the glass, you know you’re at a restaurant that is both sophisticated and accommodating. Waterfront Grill has something for every discriminating palate. With an extensive sushi menu and equally pleasing grilled steak and seafood items, you and your significant other will be thoroughly pleased with every presentation. Raising a glass, you’ll be celebrating you made the choice to spend your evening here.

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Michael V’s
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Palace Café
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Warren Duck Club
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