The Best Unique Restaurants in Tulsa (with COVID-19 Updates)

The foodie field and storage scene don’t have a ton in common, but with 19 Tulsa area storage facilities in the SecurCare family, this thriving city is home to our biggest market. We know Tulsa and love food, so take our word for it. From BBQ and burgers to Mexican and Mediterranean, here are our picks for the most delicious and unique Tulsa restaurants.

Eclectic and Unique Tulsa Restaurants

  • Wild Fork
    1820 Utica Sq
    The Wild Fork cooks up delectable dishes for all three meals, including salmon frittatas, sweet corn fritters, and ribeye. With live music every week, as well as an in-house art gallery, this local spot is sure to please palates and art advocates.
    COVID-19 Update: Open for dine-in by reservation and takeout.
  • The Spudder
    6536 E 50th
    This gastropub is filled with more than food—memorabilia from the oil and gas industry don the dining room walls. Try to resist the buttery rolls, baked potatoes, and signature steaks.
    COVID-19 Update: Open for dine-in, takeout, and curbside pickup.
  • White Lion Pub
    6929 S Canton Ave
    Finally, you don’t have to go overseas to enjoy authentic British fare. Save yourself a flight and head to the White Lion in the Jenks neighborhood. Favorites include the Fish & Chips and the Me Mum’s.
    COVID-19 Update: Open for dine-in and takeout.

Best BBQ Restaurants in Tulsa

  • Oklahoma Joe’s BBQ
    6175 E. 61st St
    First up is Oklahoma Joe’s, one of the most beloved BBQ restaurants in the nation. The owner, Joe, has won numerous national BBQ competitions, and it’s certainly apparent in the food! We suggest trying the brisket with a side of the “Best Beans on the Planet.”
    COVID-19 Update: Open for dine-in, takeout, and no-contact delivery.
  • Burn Co. Barbeque
    1738 S Boston Ave
    Another amazing BBQ restaurant that was even featured on the Food Network, Burn Co. is famous for their baby back ribs with Italian dressing. The combo sounds crazy, but it keeps the customers coming back.
    COVID-19 Update: Open for takeout.
  • Leon’s Smoke Shack
    601 S Sheridan Rd
    According to reviewers of Leon’s Smoke Shack, the price point is low, but the flavor couldn’t be higher. If you’re extra hungry, order the MEGA 911. This 50-dollar dish contains BBQ potatoes topped with 1 ½ lbs of meat.
    COVID-19 Update: Open for takeout and dine-in.

Artsy Eats: Cherry Street Restaurants

  • Roosevelt’s
    1551 E 15th St
    Featuring a tap wall, gastropub grub, and a spacious patio, Roosevelt’s uses local ingredients and even has its own in-house bakery. The dark wood walls are lined with color-coded library books, bringing the otherwise dim bar to life. Regulars crave small bites like the Mahi-Mahi Tacos and the Pretzel Rolls & Beer Cheese.
    COVID-19 Update: Open for dine-in, takeout, and curbside pickup.
  • SMOKE. Woodfire Grill
    1542 E 15th St
    Another artsy eats is SMOKE, which features fancy comfort food, including dishes like Bone-In Bacon, Crab Cakes & Fried Green Tomatoes, and Crispy Quail Legs.
    COVID-19 Update: Open for dine-in and curbside pickup.
  • Cherry St. Kitchen
    1441 S. Quaker Ave
    Next, You’ll love this homestyle breakfast & lunch restaurant with a twist. Set in a lively, art-lined cafe, Cherry St. Kitchen captures everything that’s unique about the Tulsa food scene.
    COVID-19 Update: Open for dine-in, curbside pickup, and no-contact delivery.

Waterfront Dining: Riverside Restaurants

  • Redrock Canyon Grill
    9916 Riverside Pkwy
    This informal bistro and bar is the perfect atmosphere for the Southwest-loving foodie. Complete with large windows, you can get a great view of the Tulsa sunset on the Arkansas River. Try their famous wood-fired Rotisserie Chicken or Stuffed Poblanos.
    COVID-19 Update: Open for dine-in, curbside pick up, and delivery.
  • Blue Rose Cafe
    1924 Riverside Dr
    Basic bar food tastes much better when you’re dining on a large riverfront patio. Music lovers should come at night to experience the best in local live music.
    COVID-19 Update: Open for takeout and delivery.
  • Napa Flats Wood-Fired Kitchen
    9112 Riverside Pkwy
    Last on waterfront dining, enjoy California-style pizza and pasta as you overlook the Arkansas River. Napa Flats’ made-from-scratch dishes are as diverse as they are delicious. House specialties include Brazos BBQ Chicken Pizza and the Poblano Mac ‘N Cheese.
    COVID-19 Update: Open for dine-in, carryout, and no-contact delivery.

Fajita Fix: Unique Mexican Restaurants in Tulsa

  • Chimi’s Mexican Restaurant
    1304 E 15th St
    A Tulsa Mexican Food tradition since 1983, Chimi’s is the perfect family-friendly Tex-Mex option. This locally-owned spot serves up fresh food made daily with raw ingredients. With three locations in Tulsa, there’s bound to be a Chimi’s near you.
    COVID-19 Update: Open for dine-in, carryout, and no-contact delivery.
  • Casa Tequila Mexican Kitchen
    5001 S Harvard Ave
    Another major mexican food win with thousands of Google reviews and an average rating of 4.5 out of 5, Casa Tequila is a fan favorite. Diners love their specialty drinks, especially the homemade sangria and classic Margarita. Whether you choose tacos or taquitos, you can’t wrong. Come hungry, as their portions are huge!
    COVID-19 Update: Open for dine-in and curbside pickup.
  • El Rio Verde
    38 N Trenton Ave
    Finally, if you prefer authentic Mexican over Tex-Mex, El Rio Verde is your place. This no-frills spot is famous for its wet burritos. What makes a burrito “wet?” They drench the outside in salsa, cheese, sour cream, and guacamole.
    COVID-19 Update: Open for dine-in and carryout.

Now that you know our favorite hotspots, get out there and enjoy the Tulsa restaurant scene. Happy eating!

This article was originally published on 06/20/2019
This article was updated on 09/15/2020

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