In this busy season of motherhood, scheduling date night can kind of feel like finding a unicorn. After years of not making date night a priority, I have learned that making 1 on 1 time with the spouse a semi-regular thing, makes me a better parent. On top of finding the time to schedule it, narrowing down where to go in a city full of amazing restaurants can present its own challenge. You know that age-old question, “Where do you want to eat tonight?” answered with, “I don’t know, what about you?” Husbands everywhere know what I am talking about.
For these very reasons, plus the fact that we are a self-proclaimed Foodie Family, I have scoured the OKC metro area for the very best date night spots. So instead of contemplating where your next date night will be, I have put together this Ultimate Guide for you to refer to. Happy Dating…and eating!
Sparrow Italian: Edmond’s newest eatery! This spot has a downtown feel in the heart of Edmond. Between the ambiance, the 100-layer lasagne, homemade pasta, and creative pizza offerings, you won’t be disappointed. Yes, I said, 100-layer lasagne. If that isn’t enough to get you excited, how about the DIY Cannoli? The chefs here really know what’s up.
Redrock Canyon Grill: Overlooking Lake Hefner, the Patio at Redrock Canyon is a must. Great food, scenic views, and friendly service. Pro Tip: Plan your date around sunset time for an awesome experience.
Whiskey Cake Kitchen and Bar: Craft cocktails, trendy farmhouse atmosphere, and locally sourced farm to fork food, Whiskey Cake has it all for a date night hot spot! Fan favorites include the Local Board appetizer, Pork Brisket Entree, and you can’t leave without trying their namesake Whiskey Cake dessert.
The Hutch: In the same parking lot as Trader Joe’s, The Hutch is rustic and charming. The cozy vibe and “Modern Tavern Food” is sure to please.
Metro Wine Bar: An intimate spot for French cuisine with a chef-driven menu. This long-standing restaurant in Nichols Hills is a well-established favorite in the community.
Osteria: A Nichols Hills newbie, Osteria is a big contender for date night due to their authentic, yet updated approach to their Italian Eatery. The Spaghetti Cacio e Pepe and the Carbonara in a Jar are two that you mustn’t pass up.
Hopdoddy: With two locations in the city (Chisholm Creek and Nichols Hills) you can’t go wrong. Craft burgers, milkshakes, and local brews. Pro Tip: Try the Parmesan Truffle Fries.
Yokozuna: In the up and coming area of Chisholm Creek, Yokozuna boasts delicious sushi and Asian cuisine. Even the pickiest vegetable hater would become a convert by tasting their Tempura Fried Cauliflower. The appetizers and shareables are a real treat for a date night when you want to try a little bit of everything.
The Press: In the Plaza district, The Press puts a fun Oklahoma twist on comfort food. Think Buffalo Chicken Mac and Cheese, Shrimp and Grits, and Sweet Potato Fritters for Dessert. Come with an appetite!
Empire Slice House: If you’re into Pizza dates like we are, then you’ll feel right at home at this spot in the Plaza District. Order by the whole pie or by the slice, and mix and match for a pizza feast fit for a king and queen. Pro Tip: Add a side (or two) of their Pink Sauce.
The Pritchard: “Not Just a Wine Bar” is one of their tag lines and it rings very true. Great eats include; Bacon-wrapped Dates, Small Plates, Big Plates, and Charcuterie.
Goro Ramen: Ramen lovers, rejoice! Goro has what you are looking for. Authentic, approachable, and affordable.
Oso Paseo: Sitting in the middle of the Paseo district, Oso Paseo is known for their tantalizing tacos and tiki drinks.
Ludivine: This is my personal go-to when it comes to downtown date night. The menu is ever-changing with the seasons, and their staff is top-notch.
Hall’s Pizza Kitchen: Rooftop views, killer pizza, sweet treats…need I say more? This place has my heart. You would be hard-pressed to find a better rooftop view in Oklahoma City, and the massive wood-burning pizza oven is a thing of beauty on its own. The Quinn’s Burrata steals the show, as well as any of their creatively named and hand-crafted pizzas. Pro Tip: Get the Secret Sauce for dipping.
Gogi Go: Fast-Casual, Counter Service Korean BBQ Rice Bowls. This place is a fun twist for date night. Think Korean Food, but Build-your-own bowl style. The Bulgogi Beef is a popular choice.
Packards: With a seasonal menu and another great OKC rooftop, Packard’s boasts a top spot for date night. You’ll enjoy their spin on New American Cooking and unique offerings.
Patrono: Classic Italian in the heart of OKC. Patrono has a homey Italian bistro vibe while bringing the flavor with their homemade pasta and extensive wine list.
Mary Eddy’s Kitchen x Lounge: Set in the 21 c Museum Hotel, Mary Eddy’s has a funky and unique spin on New American Cuisine. The communal setting and artsy building are sure to please. Pro Tip: Take advantage of the complimentary valet.
The Lokal Yukon: The Lokal has a classic Okie Flare in both food and decor, but with a modern twist. They really do represent the great state of Oklahoma. Pro Tip: Deep. Fried. Deviled. Eggs.
The Baked Bear: Looking to skip dinner and go straight for dessert? The Baked Bear is your spot. With custom ice cream sandwiches scooped on the spot and the smell of freshly baked cookies all day long, you’re in for a treat. These are not only yummy but very photogenic too. Hello, #instagram.
Bad Brad’s BBQ: Nestled in a comfortable and relaxed atmosphere, Bad Brad’s has killer BBQ in a no-frills date night setting.
Charleston’s: With locations all over the metro, Charleston’s is an Oklahoma staple. Providing a casual atmosphere and an eclectic menu, you’re sure to find something satisfying for any mood.
Benvenuti’s: Classic Italian Fare with a New World twist! Homemade pasta, pizza, and hearty dishes are what you’ll find here. Along with with a fancy, yet approachable atmosphere right in Norman.
Chuy’s: A Tex-Mex jackpot in Norman. Amazing ‘Ritas, Chips and Salsa, and hearty plates will fill you up on date night. Pro Tip: Don’t skip the creamy jalapeno green sauce.
Royal Bavaria: German Restaurant, Biergarten and Brewery in Moore! You’ll be transported to another world. From the German Menu (Descriptions in English) to the Beer in a Boot, this is a fun and unique spot for date night.
Zoe’s Kitchen (Edmond)
Upper Crust (Edmond)
The Patriarch (Edmond)
Tucker’s Onion Burgers (Multiple Locations)
Pie Junkie (Plaza)
Barrio’s Fine Mexican Dishes (Midtown)
Cafe Cuvee (Midtown)
Kitchen 324 (Downtown)
The Vast (Downtown)
Jones Assembly (Downtown)
The Winston (Norman)
Where is your favorite date night spot???