If you’re in Oklahoma City to go to a conference, a museum like the Museum of Osteology, or to visit family, you’ll find plenty of opportunities for private dining. People have recently started calling OKC The Big Friendly. You’ll understand why after your dining experience.
I’ve had several private dining experiences in OKC, and I’m sure you and your guests will enjoy every morsel and moment of yours. I like Paseo for an appetizer to dessert experience, Nonesuch for their unique tasting adventures, and Patrono for Italian. However, my favorite menu (and venue) is at the trendy The Jones Assembly.
No matter if you have special occasions, a holiday party, or just like privacy, there are plenty of private rooms available for private dining in Oklahoma City. It’s easy to make a reservation, so the most difficult task will be deciding which restaurant to try first.
2409 N Hudson Ave, Oklahoma City, OK 73103
You can find Cheever’s Cafe in Paseo on the northwest corner of NW 23rd St. and N Walker Ave. It’s south of Goodholm Park, near the Oklahoma Hall of Fame, and reachable by bus 023. Cheever’s has a classy yet rustic feel with private dining options. It was a flower shop in the 1930s, a Cajun restaurant in the 1990s, and it now serves Oklahoma regional cuisine.
Almost every cafe in Oklahoma serves chicken-fried steak, but Cheever’s gives theirs a twist with jalapeno gravy topped with leeks. The shrimp and grits are worth returning for and are even better than at Nola’s in Tulsa. Be sure to save room for their decadent carrot cake.
1309 S Agnew Ave, Oklahoma City, OK 73108
Located in the Stockyards area near the OKC Rattlesnake Museum, you know to expect an Oklahoma cowboy experience inside Cattlemen’s Steakhouse. This 110-year-old steakhouse is on the southwest corner of Exchange St and S Agnew Ave (use bus 012). The restaurant has received numerous awards and mentions in food tv shows, magazines, and books. So, reserving a private room will keep you out of their notorious waiting lines.
Their Presidential t-bone is the dish Bush requested when visiting Oklahoma, and it’s the best I’ve ever had. It was tender and cooked perfectly. Be sure to end your meal with coconut cream pie. The pie has a mile-high meringue and is absolutely loaded with coconut.
303 E Sheridan Ave, Oklahoma City, OK 73104
You can’t miss Bricktown when you’re in OKC and shouldn’t miss Pearl’s Crabtown on your visit. Just take the D1 streetcar south of the Bricktown Station to the northeast corner of E. Sheridan Ave. and Vince Gill Ave. Pearl’s has a casual beach restaurant atmosphere. Their specialty is seafood and Cajun-inspired dishes.
If you’re not afraid to eat with your hands, your group will enjoy the seafood boil, complete with seafood, sausage, potatoes, and corn. Don’t even try to eat it alone. Their private party rooms fit 50, 80, or 200 people, so you won’t have to. I like their fried alligator appetizer, jambalaya with plenty of sausage and shrimp, and a fruity hurricane.
Bellini’s Ristorante & Grill
6305 Waterford Blvd STE 100, Oklahoma City, OK 73118
If you’re looking for private dining in the Glenbrooke area, try Bellini’s Ristorante & Grill. They have fancy Italian and American cuisine. They’re known for their great food, attentive service, and high-class ambiance. Bellini’s is east of the Oklahoma City Golf & Country Club and north of Penn Square Mall on the southeast corner of N. Pennsylvania Ave. and NW 63rd St. (take bus 008).
One option for private dining in Oklahoma City is their delightful heated patio. You can enjoy their firepit with a view of the pond and city. They also accommodate bar and formal dining groups. I ordered the pecan-crusted salmon, but my friend let me taste her lobster mac and cheese, which was just as delicious.
Gopuram Taste of India
412 S Meridian Ave, Oklahoma City, OK 73108
Indian buffets are perfect for private group dining, with so many dietary-friendly options. Gopuram has a pleasant atmosphere, flavorful food, and a classy detached banquet facility. Gopuram is south of the Classic Corbin Park neighborhood. It’s in the parking lot with Howard Johnson on the SE corner of Meridian Ave. and SW 3rd St. The restaurant isn’t too far from OSU OKC, and you can take bus 009 to get there.
The food is authentic and reminds me of dishes I tasted while in India. My personal favorites are their chicken tikka masala and goat curry. Don’t miss the gulab jamun at the end of your meal.
Mahogany Prime Steakhouse
At Mahogany Prime Steakhouse, you can always expect upscale service, excellent food, and a sophisticated environment. One location is on S. Sheridan Ave. in the downtown area between Myriad Gar Botanical Gardens and Bricktown (take bus 011). The other is on W. Memorial Rd. in the Quail Creek neighborhood, only a short drive from Blue Zoo Aquarium (take bus 005).
Mahogany offers several gorgeous private dining rooms with private dining menu price differences that depend on the number of courses. Mahogany’s steaks are excellent, but my favorite menu item is their lobster bisque. Even if you don’t think you like Brussels sprouts, theirs steal the show. You also absolutely must try the creme brulee.
2909 Paseo, Oklahoma City, OK 73103
Paseo Grill is a romantic and intimate American restaurant with international flair in the Paseo Arts District. You’ll find it at the NE corner of N. Dewey Ave. and NW 28th St near Oklahoma Shakespeare. However, there’s no transit nearby. Each table has sheer curtains around it for privacy for everyday dining. However, their fancy private dining room is available for larger dinner parties for up to 18 people.
When I visited for a romantic meal, we were awed by the spinach dip appetizer with lump crab. I adored their meatloaf with a chipotle red wine demi-glace, while my date was impressed with the surf and turf. They serve complimentary fresh fruit with homemade whipped cream for dessert.
Broadway 10 Bar & Chophouse
Buick Building, 1101, N Broadway Ave, Oklahoma City, OK 73103
Every refined meal at the upscale and current Broadway 10 Bar & Chophouse is a unique experience, and you’ll rave about the food long afterward. Broadway 10 is in Automobile Alley inside the historic Buick Building at the northwest corner of NW 10th and N. Broadway Ave. (use the D1 streetcar).
Enjoy a nearly panoramic view of the district from the building’s floor-to-ceiling windows. They also have six private rooms which contain presentation equipment if you’re there for a work holiday party or professional event.
Broadway 10 serves a variety of smoked meats, plus their smoked gouda mashed potatoes are outstanding. Their sushi is also melt-in-your-mouth good, and they have the best lobster bisque in the state.
504 N Broadway Ave, Oklahoma City, OK 73102
Red PrimeSteak is a steakhouse in the renovated 1911 building in Downtown OKC at the northeast corner of N E K Gaylord Blvd and NE 4th St. They’re next to the downtown YMCA and near the OKC National Memorial & Museum (take the D1 streetcar). Enjoy sleek, modern decor and lighting with expansive views of downtown and Automobile Alley. Their private dining venue can seat 200 or accommodate cocktail parties for 300.
The beef tenderloin tamales, brie platter, and crab cakes are all excellent appetizers. You can pick from seven crusts and seven sauces for each of their red meat options. However, the black truffle risotto side is phenomenal and really stole the show for me.
Charleston’s Restaurant is a favorite across the midwest. There are five of these casual, cozy, and upbeat American restaurants across Oklahoma City, and each has private dining options. Look for locations in Bricktown, Boecking Acres, Prairie Queen, East of Sooner Mall, and in the Northlake II Area.
The service at Charleston’s impeccable, and their food is always excellent. Favorites include their buttery croissants, delicious prime rib, fantastic French dip sandwich, and garlicky shrimp scampi.
Mickey Mantle’s Steakhouse
7 S Mickey Mantle Dr, Oklahoma City, OK 73104
A Bricktown hotspot for locals, tourists, and celebrities is Mickey Mantle’s Steakhouse. You can find it across S. Mickey Mantle Dr. from the Mickey Mantle statue and the Oklahoma Sports Hall of Fame. Streetcar D1 will take you there with an additional six-minute walk around Bricktown.
This cigar-friendly steakhouse honoring baseball hero Mickey Mantle has decor and menu items with contemporary American flair. They have over 500 wines that pair with any meal. Private dining is available for up to 75 guests.
The menu is predominantly surf and turf. Some favorites include steak and lobster tail with a side of lobster mac and cheese, sea bass on lobster risotto, and perfectly-cooked steak.
15 N Robinson Ave, Oklahoma City, OK 73102
FLINT is an upscale casual contemporary American restaurant in Downtown OKC. You can find it north of Myriad Botanical Gardens on the northeast corner of W. Sheridan Ave. and N. Robinson Ave (bus 011).
Their food is direct and simple, with complex flavors, including only the finest ingredients. The atmosphere is welcoming and pleasant, and they can customize either private indoor or patio events for your group. Brunch is a favorite at FLINT. Be sure to try the fried green tomatoes. Customers also enjoy the chef’s menu items like pot roast over noodles, bison chili, tender and juicy steak, and salmon.
803 N Hudson Ave, Oklahoma City, OK 73102
Bon Appetit Magazine calls Nonesuch “America’s best new restaurant.” You can find this tasting restaurant in Downtown OCK on the NE corner of NW 7th St and N. Hudson Ave. It’s only a seven-minute walk from bus 002 or streetcar D1, north of the OKC National Memorial & Museum. This hip restaurant only holds 22 diners, but booking the entire restaurant for your event is a possibility.
Nonesuch’s three passionate chefs put a great deal of thought and creativity into every dish. Guests enjoy a 10+ course Oklahoma farm-to-table tasting menu. Each perfectly-balanced course has distinctive flavor notes. Alcoholic or non-alcoholic drink pairings bring out even more depth to each dish.
305 N Walker Ave, Oklahoma City, OK 73102
Patrono is a small and cozy Italian restaurant in Downtown OKC near the OKC Museum of Art. It’s on the northwest corner of N. Walker Ave. and Robert S. Kerr Ave., and you can get there on streetcar D1 plus an 8-minute walk.
Patrono’s chef exposes guests to ingredients and techniques from around Italy. Their bartenders are also mixologist experts. The portion sizes are perfect, and everything is incredible. Nobody in your private group will leave disappointed.
I love their sourdough bread, which comes with spiced balsamic butter. The pork chop is always a favorite. Even if you go with pasta, you can expect to be wowed. However, their almond cake with Luxardo cherries is an absolute revelation.
The Jones Assembly
901 W Sheridan Ave, Oklahoma City, OK 73106
The Jones Assembly is a hip restaurant and intimate concert venue in Downtown OKC on the northeast corner of W. Sheridan Ave. and Fred Jones Ave. It’s near the Civic Center Music Hall and an 8-minute walk from bus 009.
They have both indoor and outdoor dining with booths and couches overlooking the music venue. Private dining and intimate cocktail parties are available for up to 150 in the T Room, 150 seated or 400 standing on the downstairs patio, or you can buy out the whole restaurant.
Their friendly staff is ready to serve you trendy items like their Nashville hot chicken sandwich, Buddha bowl, rabbit stew, wood-fired pizza, ceviche, or cacio e pepe.