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Best Steak

Best Steak

As much as Green Country loves barbecue and comfort food, this is a steak state. The history of our steakhouses runs deep, and the genre continues to grow and evolve with varied takes on prep and presentation.

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Michele Chiappetta and Rob Harmon
Published
June 28, 2018 3:18 AM

Beef is just about as American as apple pie. Our fair country is so fond of steak dinners that we average eating about 54 pounds of beef each per year. It’s a good time to be a carnivore.

That’s a lot of red meat, and the trend isn’t going to disappear. Beef is still in, baby. And that means you can find a trusty, tasty steak meal at just about any restaurant you visit in Green Country.

Of course, what makes a great steak stand out is its flavor. You need a combination of quality meat, proper aging and culinary know-how to marinate and prepare that slab of red, juicy goodness.

Fortunately, Tulsa and the surrounding areas offers a rich, beefy selection of great steaks to enjoy, plus some superbly talented chefs to prepare them. You can go from classic steakhouse to international style cuisine and still enjoy the savory steak options all week long and then some.

We’ve gathered a list of places — some obvious, some perhaps surprising — where you can get a thick, juicy, sizzling slab of beef to enjoy the next time the carnivore in you is craving it.

At the end of the day, the search for the “best” steak begins and ends with you. We present a few of our favorites that deliver scene-stealing add-ons, impeccable aging and sourcing, and smoky, fatty flavor to help you decide which best suits your style and occasion.

Juniper’s succulent, 10-ounce grilled tenderloin, smothered in chimichurri butter sauce, is one of the best steak experiences you can have in Tulsa. (Photo: Valerie Grant)
Juniper’s succulent, 10-ounce grilled tenderloin, smothered in chimichurri butter sauce, is one of the best steak experiences you can have in Tulsa. (Photo: Valerie Grant)

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Baxter’s Interurban Grill
717 S. Houston Ave., Suite 100 | Tulsa
Juicy, certified Angus beef is probably all we really need to say. Baxter’s does everything with subtle attention to detail. Walking into the restaurant, you’ll instantly feel welcome, but you don’t exactly think, ‘this is a steakhouse.’ You’ll be thinking that when you leave, though. The Five Star Filet is exactly what its name describes. Soft and tender meat you could cut with a butter knife, this choice meat melts on the tongue.

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Bluestone Steakhouse & Seafood
10032 S. Sheridan Road | Tulsa
Excellence in dining is what you can always expect from the Tackett family’s Bluestone Steakhouse and Seafood restaurant. Steak lovers come here for the extensive choices of entrées. Porterhouses, rib-eyes, strips, filets and a serious wine selection to match makes a night out at Bluestone a very special event. It clearly doesn’t have to be an anniversary or prom to visit. Any evening you choose a table at Bluestone is a steak experience you will not soon forget.

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Caz’s Chowhouse
18 E. M.B. Brady St. | Tulsa
It’s not a stretch to say Caz’s Chowhouse is one of the kings of comfort food. Their rib-eye fits that description. Full of flavor and more than capable of pleasing the most famished appetite, this steak dinner will leave you feeling completely satisfied. The Chowhouse has such a relaxed, down-home feel, the entire experience will make you want to stay long enough to relax, enjoy yourself and maybe even get one of their amazing desserts.

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Celebrity Restaurant
3109 S. Yale Ave. | Tulsa
There can be no argument that one of Tulsa’s most elegant dining establishments to enjoy a top-shelf steak is the award-winning Celebrity. In fact, it’s had such a reputation worldwide since the 1960s that Mickey Mantle, Bob Hope, Tim Conway and many other stars have enjoyed a meal there. They treat their customers right and never disappoint. If you’ve never made the opportunity to reserve a table, do so. You will not regret it.

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Chimi’s Mexican Restaurant
1304 E. 15th St. | Tulsa
5320 S. Harvard Ave. | Tulsa
6709 E. 81st St. | Tulsa
Chimi’s may be one of Green Country’s favorite Mexican restaurants. And there’s no denying it. Its legendary menu is chock-full of unique, and yet classic, Mexican fare. If you haven’t tried the carne asada platter, you’re missing out on one of the most tender and moist rib-eyes this side of the border. It’s so tasty, you’ll wonder why you waited so long to discover it.

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Dave & Buster’s
6812 S. 105th E. Ave. | Tulsa
Pure entertainment. That’s what we always say about Dave & Buster’s. And it’s one hundred percent true. What you can always expect from their steak dinners: USDA Choice beef. One hundred percent. Mouth-watering, quality meat, joined with Dave & Buster’s flair for having a good time, and you’ve got yourself the perfect recipe. Add their loaded garlic mashed potatoes on top of all that, and we’re talking mind-blowing customer satisfaction.

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El Chico
9825 E. 21st St. | Tulsa
It’s hard to beat a perfectly grilled steak within the confines of cantina. We love El Chico’s entire menu, but their 11-ounce boneless rib-eye steals the show with its cascabel marinade. The fantastic aroma of the grill rising off the plate and the meat’s juiciness in every bite makes it the right choice for any steak lover. It just reminds you why you love steak so much and why El Chico has been a favorite of Tulsans for so many years.

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Fat Daddy’s Pub and Grille
8056 S. Memorial Dr. | Tulsa
This neighborhood bar and grill has made a name for itself, not just in south Tulsa but all over. And not just as a sports bar, but as an awesome place to get an affordable steak. You’ll have a hard time finding a more tender piece of beef for the price. They’ll cook it the way you want it and serve it quickly with a smile. The atmosphere at Fat Daddy’s still feels like a friendly, neighborhood bar even though people are coming from miles around to get in on the action.

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In the Raw
3321 S. Peoria Ave. | Tulsa
6151 S. Sheridan Road | Tulsa
216 S. Main St. | Broken Arrow
The only people surprised by the perfectly seasoned 8-ounce filet served at In the Raw are those who’ve never had it. And that number is dwindling because more and more people are raving about this amazing steak. Served with wasabi mashed potatoes and glazed asparagus, this meal is worth every single penny. Enjoying a superb meal like this in a place with such great atmosphere to begin with is a no-brainer every time.

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Jamil's
3823 E. 51st St. | Tulsa
This Lebanese-inspired restaurant has been serving up delicious food to loyal Tulsa fans for four generations and counting. Open only for dinner, Jamil’s serves meals prepared to perfection, including authentic Lebanese dishes such as hummus, tabouli and cabbage rolls. Among their meals are their famous, thick, hickory-grilled steaks. Jamil’s offers a great variety for red meat lovers, including filets, Kansas City strips, T-bones, Delmonico bone-in rib-eyes and smoked prime rib.

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Juniper
324 E. 3rd St. | Tulsa
Juniper’s succulent, 10-ounce grilled tenderloin, smothered in chimichurri butter sauce, is one of the best steak experiences you can have in Tulsa. And it’s just a reflection of the overall Justin Thompson Restaurant experience you get at Juniper and its sister establishments (PRHYME, Tavolo and MixCo). Exceptional, award-winning service is driven by a passion to please at Juniper, and their tenderloin more than hits the mark, as does anything else you have the pleasure to order.

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Maryn’s Taphouse and Raw Bar
400 Riverwalk Terrace, Suite 180 | Jenks
Maryn’s has been making an impact since opening. Located on the west banks of the Arkansas River in RiverWalk Crossing, Maryn’s Taphouse and Raw Bar is a unique combination of hot meals and raw bar selections. Part of the reason for that would certainly be the handcut filets and rib-eyes. Combined with some of the best sides out there — smoked macaroni and beer cheese, asparagus and lobster hash or the absolutely fabulous zucchini and squash, to name a few — it’s a menu choice you’ll never regret.

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Molly’s Landing
3700 N. Old Hwy 66 | Catoosa
Catoosa is a short trip from Tulsa when you consider making your destination Molly’s Landing. This place can handle a large crowd, all the while making each individual table feel special. Anyone who has visited this gem will tell you it is a true treat worth repeating. The menu, from top to bottom, is stellar, but one of the biggest reasons Molly’s has many repeat customers is their fantastic steaks. The tender red meat of their filet mignon is simply everything there is to love about steak — flavorful and pleasing to the palate.

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Napa Flats Wood-Fired Kitchen
9912 Riverside Parkway | Tulsa
On the east side of the Arkansas River, across from the Oklahoma Aquarium in Jenks, Napa Flats not only has beautiful views, but it also offers perfectly fantastic food. The premium Braveheart Black Angus beef steaks are wood-fire grilled to perfection and some of the best tasting meat found anywhere. Served with the trendy Argentinean-style chimichurri sauce, it starts melting on the tongue like you wouldn’t believe. In a casual, yet refined atmosphere, steak lovers can always expect to enjoy a delicious dinner in addition to excellent service.

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ol’Vine Fresh Grill
3523 S. Peoria Ave. | Tulsa
The ownership and management of ol’Vine aspire to always provide fresh, inspired meals that instantly please and leave a lasting impression. That is exactly what you’ll get when you order the menu’s filet or strip steaks. All-natural Angus Beef, wood-grilled with the greatest skill and attention to detail, these dishes are what makes ol’Vine a favorite to many of Brookside’s visitors. And they’ll help you choose from a well-curated wine list to go along with that juicy red meat.

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PRHYME: Downtown Steakhouse
111 N. Main St. | Tulsa
High quality and service never seems to be an adequate way to describe this Tulsa Arts District steakhouse. PRHYME is a cut above what might be described as excellent anywhere else. A sensational dining experience coupled with meat and exquisite wine is yours for the taking here. Only the best cuts of Prime beef will do when it’s time to pull out all the stops.

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Ruth’s Chris Steak House
River Spirit Casino Resort | 8330 Riverside Parkway | Tulsa
Elegant dining awaits you the next time you’re visiting River Spirit Casino Resort. The top-shelf Ruth’s Chris Steak House is famous for serving its steaks sizzling-hot on a 500-degree plate so the last bite is just as warm and delicious as the first. You can choose from larger or smaller cuts of filets and other steaks. One of the favorite options is the porterhouse for two — a massive, 40-ounce serving of prime beef that marries the rich flavor of a strip steak with the tenderness of a filet.

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Sabores
The Boxyard | 502 E. 3rd St., Unit 27 | Tulsa
If you think an authentic Mexican restaurant can’t do steak well, it’s time to think again — and then head to The Boxyard to chow down at Sabores. You’ll love the festive atmosphere and the quality dishes and drinks. Their juicy, flavorful steak is a marinated skirt steak with an across-the-border flair — caramelized onions and chorizo on top — served with rice and beans.

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SMOKE. Woodfire Grill
1542 E. 15th St. | Tulsa
Steak at SMOKE.? Duh! Of course there is. SMOKE. is beef central in a lot of ways. And that’s a good thing for Green Country residents who love a good steak served with a touch of culinary elevation. Savory, juicy choices include the 18-ounce rib-eye, 8-ounce beef tenderloin and 16-ounce New York strip. And not to worry if you’re having dinner with someone who doesn’t love red meat, because there’s a divine cauliflower steak on the menu too.

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Stone Mill BBQ & Steakhouse
2000 W. Reno | Broken Arrow
Broken Arrow residents know a secret that the rest of Green Country needs to get in on. We’re talking, of course, about Stone Mill, a fan favorite if ever there was one. The rustic look and feel, the tasty food — it’s perfect for a family night out. All their steaks are grilled with a secret seasoning recipe. Choose a well-aged, juicy, flavorful filet mignon, rib-eye, Kansas City strip or sirloin.

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Sushi Hana
9904 Riverside Parkway | Tulsa
3739 S. Peoria Ave. | Tulsa
A charming spot known — obviously — for its creatively delectable sushi rolls and sashimi, Sushi Hana also offers plenty of other meals for those who don’t dig the taste of fish. The miso soup, chicken teriyaki and Thai-style fried rice come to mind. But if what you really want is beef, go for the peppercorn steak teriyaki, which never disappoints. Or opt for the steak carpaccio, served with the usual Sushi Hana pops of color and style.

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Tavolo
427 S. Boston Ave. | Tulsa
This delightful, cozy, urban Italian bistro concentrates on seasonal dishes and handmade pastas that elevate what it means to eat Italian food right. Along with menu items like the prosciutto and gorgonzola flatbreads that feature Italian ingredients with a twist, you’ll enjoy their perfectly grilled tenderloin filet medallions with herb pesto. Side that with seasonal vegetables and the parmesan risotto, and you’ll feel like you’re on vacation in Capri.

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The Bistro at Seville
10021 S. Yale Ave., #103 | Tulsa
The Bistro at Seville offers excellent service in a charming, casually upscale atmosphere. You’ll see the attention to details in their commitment to locally sourced ingredients and exquisite meals. For steak lovers, The Bistro offers a 6-ounce or 8-ounce filet topped with jumbo blue crabmeat and Béarnaise sauce. They’re also known for their bacon-wrapped filets, made with tenderloins, basted in a secret marinade; and their classic beef stroganoff, made with tender filet tips tossed in a creamy mushroom sauce atop fettuccine.

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The Cookhouse
9701 E. 61st St. | Tulsa
A favorite of Tulsans for its homemade comfort food meals, The Cookhouse is friendly, laid back and in a word, delicious. And they don’t skimp on local flair either; you’ll find Porter peach cobbler and homemade pecan pie on the menu, for example. Their grilled meals include some home-style flavored steaks, including a 12-ounce rib-eye, 10-ounce sirloin and 8-ounce club steak, all served with fresh rolls, potatoes and another side, like the kind of meals you’d eat at the farmhouse.

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The Ridge Grill
9999 S. Mingo | Tulsa
The Ridge Grill believes in giving its customers great meals that produce memorable moments with family and friends. The soothing, welcoming atmosphere encourages diners to enjoy a relaxed visit with loved ones, and the meals don’t disappoint either. If you like the taste of Black Angus beef, you’ll love the tenderloin filet or the rib-eye. And if you like your steak with extra flair, try the tenderloin with peppercorn-cognac cream.

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The Spudder
6536 E. 50th St. | Tulsa
This eclectic, oil-and-gas themed restaurant was originally launched in 1976 and named after the “spudder,” a cable tool rig made for drilling shallow wells. The walls of the restaurant are lined with petroliana for memorabilia lovers. And you won’t regret visiting either for the atmosphere or the sizable steaks, like their signature steak, The Gusher — a 22-ounce bone-in rib-eye. There are plenty of other steak options too, including a surf and turf with lobster tail or a steak paired with two quail.

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The Tavern
201 N. Main St. | Tulsa
On a lively corner of the Tulsa Arts Districts sits a classy, yet unfussy eatery popular among visitors to downtown. The Tavern ratchets up the pub experience with its well-curated list of artisanal beers, world-class wines and specialty spirits, as well as culinary delights made with fresh, local ingredients. Among their entrees are a fabulous 8-ounce filet served with mushroom demi, and a 16-ounce strip served with seasoned frites.

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The Tropical
8125 E. 49th St. | Tulsa
When you’re craving a culinary trip to Southeast Asia — delivered in elegant, hip style — visit The Tropical. This hidden delight just north of 51st Street and Memorial Drive is worth the visit for their delightful service and locally grown ingredients. Check out their garden as you walk inside — it’s amazingly green. Their 10-ounce New York strips and rib-eyes are served with a spicy Thai steak sauce. And if you want to try a more traditional Thai dish, go for the Nuah Num Tok made with marinated beef, grilled and sliced with onion and tossed in a fresh lime juice dressing.

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Ti Amo
219 S. Cheyenne Ave. | Tulsa
6024 S. Sheridan Road | Tulsa
Now in its third decade, Ti Amo serves Italian food with a distinctly Mediterranean flair that draws on traditions in southern Italy and Sicily to please your palate. Delicious sauces and perfectly crafted meals, along with attentive service, guarantee you’ll enjoy your time there. Along with veal, chicken, shrimp, pasta and more, you’ll love their steaks — the Ti Amo 8-ounce filet topped with brandy peppercorn cream sauce; the 12-ounce center-cut choice New York strip topped with veal demi-glace; and the Costata Di Manzo, a 16-ounce grilled, bone-in rib-eye topped with veal demi-glace.

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Waterfront Grill
120 Aquarium Drive | Jenks
Known for its gorgeous outdoor patio and walls of windows that offer a fantastic view of the Arkansas River, the Waterfront Grill specializes in serving hickory wood-grilled, Allen Brother steaks from Chicago. If you’re not in the know, Allen Brothers have been providing top chefs with award-winning steaks since 1893. The Delmonico steak frites, the prime center-cut filet, the prime rib-eye, flat iron steak, and slow-roasted prime rib are all amazing.  

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Also Check Out

Amelia’s
122 N. Boston Ave. | Tulsa

BC Steakhouse
5209 S. Sheridan Road | Tulsa

Bull in the Alley
11 E. M.B. Brady St. | Tulsa

Click’s Steakhouse
409 Harrison St. | Pawnee

Fireside Grill
River Spirit Casino Resort | 8330 Riverside Parkway | Tulsa

Freddie’s Bar-B-Q and Steakhouse
1425 New Sapulpa Road | Sapulpa

Hammett House
1616 W. Will Rogers Blvd. | Claremore

Mahogany Prime Steakhouse
6823 S. Yale | Tulsa

McGill’s
1560 E. 21st | Tulsa
6058 S. Yale | Tulsa

McGill’s on 19
Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tulsa | 777 W. Cherokee St. | Catoosa

Michael V’s
8222 E. 103rd St. | Tulsa

Mid-American Grille
101 Cobblestone Drive | Pryor

Montana Mike’s Steakhouse
3825 SE Adams Road | Bartlesville

Murphy’s Steak House
1625 SW Frank Phillips Blvd. | Bartlesville

Oklahoma Joe’s Bar-B-Cue
333 W. Albany St. | Broken Arrow
19361 NE Robson Road, A | Catoosa
25 W. 5th St. | Tulsa
6175 E. 61st St. | Tulsa

Oren
3509 S. Peoria Ave., Suite 161 | Tulsa

Polo Grill
2038 Utica Square | Tulsa

Redrock Canyon Grill
9916 Riverside Pkwy. | Tulsa

Rincón Mexican Grill and Cantina
6219 E. 61st St. | Tulsa

Sterling’s Grille
2905 E. Frank Phillips Blvd. | Bartlesville

The Artichoke Restaurant
2610 N. 3rd St. | Langley

The Chalkboard
1324 S. Main St. | Tulsa

The Parrot Steakhouse and Grill
2530 S. Main St. | Grove

Toby Keith’s I Love This Bar & Grill
Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tulsa | 777 W. Cherokee St. | Catoosa

Trails End BBQ
8888 N. Garnett Road | Owasso

Villa Ravenna
6526 E. 51st St. | Tulsa

Western Country Diner
1905 S. Sheridan Road | Tulsa

Wild Fork
1820 Utica Square | Tulsa

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