What doesn’t Waterfront Grill do? Their extensive menu includes a wide array of options, including sushi. This makes it a great spot to take the entire family. While the children eat burgers or chicken-fried steak, the more daring among you can opt for sushi roll options such as the Caliente roll (jalapeno, crabmeat, chipotle cream cheese, tempura shrimp, topped with blackened tuna and eel). Their Sunday brunch offers all the traditional breakfast dishes — omelets, pancakes, waffles, corned beef hash, steak and eggs and biscuits and gravy. But if you like to customize your meals, Waterfront lets you build your own omelet, and they have a build your own bloody mary bar. They also flame each cut of prime red meat on a hickory grill. Choose from prime rib-eye, prime center cut filet, flat iron steak or the slow-roasted, 28-day aged prime rib. And you can overlook the Arkansas River while dining on their patio.
It all began when a clever entrepreneur stood along the northwest side of the Jenks bridge and thought, “right over there would be a great place to put a restaurant.” And with that simple thought, the Waterfront Grill was born. Situated on the southwest bank of the Arkansas River and featuring some of the best waterside views in south Tulsa, the Waterfront Grill has been a favorite local restaurant since it opened in the spring of 2011, receiving almost immediate critical acclaim.
The Blacketer family, who also brought Tulsa Los Cabos Mexican Grill and Cantina, created the Waterfront Grill as a way to not only capitalize on a fantastic view, but also to bring to life a sleek, inviting restaurant featuring a diverse, delicious menu.
This local take on “upscale casual dining” manages to create an atmosphere that’s appealing to a broad range of diners. General manager Jack Scattergood, has seen this broad appeal in action. “We had a birthday party for a dog out on the terrace once,” he remarks casually. More often, however, Scattergood says that the Waterfront Grill is a favorite location for business lunches and dinners, prom-goers, Jenks football fans needing a bite after a game and even Jenks Aquarium visitors.
Scattergood attributes this broad appeal to the restaurant’s diverse menu. With everything from home-cooking classics like meatloaf and chicken-fried steak, to fresh sushi, and everything in between, everyone in your dining party is sure to find a favorite.
The Waterfront Grill makes as many items as possible from scratch, to ensure freshness and quality. The seafood is flown in fresh, as are the steaks, which are from Allen Brothers in Chicago. Burgers are ground in-house, and include a special ingredient. “We use bacon in a lot of our dishes,” confesses Scattergood. “It gives everything a little extra kick.” Because what doesn’t go better with bacon?
The menu also features award-winning dishes, such as the Crab, Avocado, and Mango Stack appetizer, and the delectable Newport Beach Salad. Even the children’s menu is unique — instead of offering the usual mac and cheese or chicken fingers, the little ones can dine on smaller portions of sushi, and even steak.
Scattergood explains that many of the menu items were created from ideas that the Blacketer family brought back to Tulsa from their travels — ensuring that the restaurant keeps up with national trends and tastes. But, he also explains, there are plenty of dishes that cater to tastes specifically in this part of the country, since Tulsans love their home-cooked roots. This unique combination ensures diners receive the best of the best, all in one place.
Another unique feature of the restaurant is the wine list; it’s extensive and always changing. “Sometimes our regular customers request that we carry something, so we’re always willing to try something new,” says Scattergood. Prices for a full bottle range from $25 to $140, so diners have a wide variety to choose from.
With a sleek, modern décor, the Waterfront Grill is the perfect environment for occasions ranging from casual to formal. Every table is a booth and features a view out the many large windows. With abundant natural lighting and a view of the riverbank, the ambience is relaxing and pleasant. Terrace seating is available, which provides diners with an even more close-up view of the river. And the terrace itself is expansive and can easily accommodate large parties.
The bar area gives diners an unobstructed view of the river, and was designed specifically so that no furniture or equipment stood in the line of sight of visiting patrons.
The Waterfront Grill serves brunch on Saturdays and Sundays, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Guests line up outside the restaurant on a regular basis for the brunch service, which includes a create your own omelet bar as well as eggs Benedict and chicken and waffles. The delicious menu choices, combined with the unique environment create the perfect place to enjoy a weekend morning.
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