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Raising the Steaks

From service and decor to dining options and a view, Oklahoma’s first Ruth’s Chris Steak House offers plenty of 500-degree sizzle.

Michele Chiappetta
February 15, 2017

In the heart of the River Spirit Casino complex, there is a restaurant and a sizzle to draw you to Tulsa’s south side along the Arkansas River. Yes, we’re talking about the elegant, high-end and ever-popular Ruth’s Chris Steak House, which opened its doors to the Tulsa public in early 2017.

As you enter the restaurant, you’ll notice right away the fabulous atmosphere, created by award-winning celebrity designer, Taniya Nayak. Expect to be swept off your feet from the moment you enter the dramatic red entry doors, says general manager Barrett Byrd. “Throughout the restaurant, Taniya’s fresh design incorporates bold and subtle elements,” he explains, “reflecting Tulsa’s roots in the oil industry, the region’s green country, and Art Deco architectural influences.”

Among other design features are a large bar with marbled granite counters, a view of the Arkansas River, stylish tufted booths, and a beautiful backlit full-color mural of downtown Tulsa. It all makes for a memorable experience from the moment you step inside until the moment you depart for home, which is exactly what Ruth’s Chris Steak House aims for every time they serve you.

The story of the restaurant is as interesting as its name. In 1965, a single working mother named Ruth Fertel mortgaged her home in New Orleans to buy a neighborhood restaurant called Chris Steak House. Though she was not an experienced restaurateur, Ruth had passion for the business, and she made the experience of coming to her steak house as welcoming as any family gathering. Her business grew steadily.

Then came a devastating fire, and Fertel was forced to move her restaurant. Because she didn’t have the rights to use the restaurant’s original name in any place but the original location, she had to come up with a new moniker fast. That’s where the tongue twister “Ruth’s Chris Steak House” comes from.

White Chocolate Bread Pudding
White Chocolate Bread Pudding

One thing that has never changed about the restaurant over the years is its commitment to providing a classic American steak house experience. Their signature style, says Byrd, is to “serve steaks sizzling.” The cut of meat you order is prepared to your taste in an 1,800-degree broiler, then delivered to your table on a 500-degree sizzling plate, which guarantees every bite is warm and delicious throughout your meal.

“We’re fond of saying that we don’t just serve sizzling steaks; we help our guests make memories on 500-degree sizzling plates,” says Byrd.

Though there are over 150 Ruth’s Chris Steak Houses across the country, the River Spirit location is the only one in Oklahoma. So, what brought them to Tulsa? 

“We have a fantastic relationship with River Spirit Casino Resort and the Muscogee (Creek) Nation,” says Byrd. “We have looked at opening in the state of Oklahoma for a few years and when the mutually beneficial partnership became available with River Spirit, we decided this would be the best location for Ruth’s Chris Steak House.”

If you’ve never experienced a meal at Ruth’s Chris before, you’re in for a treat. Alongside excellent service, the menu offers a wide range of choices, including signature USDA Prime steaks that satisfy to the last bite. “Our classic filet is always a great choice for a tender, delicious steak,” says Byrd. “We also feature bone-in signature cuts from our bone-in filet to our awe-inspiring 40-ounce tomahawk rib-eye.”

Ruth’s Chris also offers high-quality seafood, such as Chilean sea bass and sizzling blue crab cakes, along with a variety of fresh salads and appetizers, homemade sides, and decadent desserts. “The white chocolate bread pudding with three spirited sauces makes for a perfect ending,” Byrd says. “Our sweet potato casserole is always a favorite. Some guests will order it with ice cream for dessert.”

The steak house will also provide many special events throughout the year for those who like a little extra pampering when they dine out. Year-round, Ruth’s Chris offers a three course seasonal menu for $44.95 per person. In addition, Tulsans can take advantage of a series of tastemaker wine dinners, where the dishes are expertly paired with specialty wines and cocktails to make the meal complete. These dinners range from $95 to $125 per person.

Filet Wedge
Filet Wedge

When you take advantage of these special events, you get the added bonus of experiencing the unique stylings of executive chef Fuad Baitari. Trained in England, Baitari brings more than 24 years of culinary experience to the table — literally. He also has an extensive background in catering for events such as the Miss America Pageant and the Miss Oklahoma Pageant.

It’s no surprise, then, that Ruth’s Chris Steak House also offers great catering options for any event such as board meetings, company gatherings, birthdays, bridal parties, wedding receptions and anniversaries. Byrd says that the restaurant boasts four private dining areas, seating anywhere from 15 to 80 people, depending on the room.

“We provide complete off-site catering for breakfast, lunch or dinner,” says Byrd. “Events can be booked on-site for breakfast, lunch or dinner with a minimum food and beverage requirement.”

The restaurant will be open seven days a week for dinner, including all major holidays. Dressing in business attire or evening wear is highly suggested, as is making a reservation.

Ruth’s Chris Steak House
8330 Riverside Pkwy | Tulsa

Happy Hour
Monday-Friday: 4-6:30 p.m.

Monday-Thursday: 5-10 p.m.
Friday-Saturday: 4:30-10:30 p.m.
Sunday: 4:30-9 p.m.

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