The Mantel Wine Bar & Bistro has been serving seafood, steaks and chops in a fine dining atmosphere since 1999. Located just across the historic Walnut Street Bridge, The Mantel is easy to access and features valet parking for customers. Seafood is flown in fresh multiple times per week, and steaks are certified Prime. Local favorites include the Steak Tartare and Lobster Ravioli, but don’t overlook the Sautéed Beef Tips or House Delmonico—a 10-ounce center cut rib eye. The wine list is extensive and relies heavily on Napa and Sonoma, but good variety is available, especially in the more than three-dozen, by-the-glass selections.
Tapwerks is Oklahoma’s oldest tap room. Located in a beautiful pub-style building adjacent to the Walnut Street Bridge, Tapwerks features 212 taps and more than 100 beers in bottle. Choose from well known imports both on tap and in bottles, or sample local breweries like Anthem, COOP and Stonecloud on tap. In addition to the outstanding beer selection, Tapwerks offers stellar pub fare, including fish tacos, burgers, fish and chips, and bratwurst. Lighter options like soups and salads are available, as is a nice selection of appetizers and bar snacks like local cheese curds, poutine and chips and salsa. Tapwerks is open daily from 11 am to 2 am.
Pearl’s Restaurant Group has been a local favorite for Cajun-style dining for decades, and one of their concepts, Crabtown, has been in Bricktown since 1996. There is an extensive menu for lunch and dinner, but most locals go in a group for the crab boil. The huge meal includes snow crab legs, shrimp, Andouille sausage, corn on the cob, and potatoes, all dumped in the center of the table on butcher paper. Take your appetite with you, because it’s about a half pound of crab legs per person, plus all that other food. For less hearty eaters, the appetizers are super fun: alligator, krabby balls (fried crab and cheese), crawfish tails, and crab dip. Entrees include fresh fish, fried catfish, chicken, and jambalaya. Get the bananas foster break pudding or blackberry cobbler for dessert, and don’t forget Crabtown’s full bar that includes a nice selection of local beers.