Known as “Green Country,” the city of Tulsa is situated on the banks of the beautiful Arkansas River in northeast Oklahoma. For the majority of the 20th century, Tulsa was one of the most important hubs for the American oil industry and held the nickname “Oil Capital of the World.”
The Historic Route 66 originated in Tulsa in 1926 when Cyrus Avery came up with the idea of linking Chicago to Los Angeles. And the yield sign was invented here in 1950 by police officer Clinton Riggs. Tulsa also houses one of the world’s largest collections of art from the American West at the Gilcrease Museum.
Oklahoma, rich in agricultural tradition, is home to delectable farm-to-table cuisine, inspiring many restaurants in Tulsa to feature seasonal ingredients produced by local farmers and ranchers. Because there’s a multitude of great places to eat, we’ve created a list of 15 best Tulsa restaurants to choose from when you’re in town.
How We Selected the Top 15
Recommended by Locals – We contacted our colleagues who live in the Tulsa area, and they let us know their favorite restaurants.
Excellent Food & Atmosphere – These restaurants ranked high in online reviews for offering an overall exceptional experience.
Supporting Local – Tulsa’s big chain restaurants are tasty, but we’re focusing on delicious, locally-owned food establishments. So get prepared to please your palate!
Top 15 Places to Eat in Tulsa
- Best Steak in Tulsa
- Pizza in Tulsa
- Best Burgers in Tulsa
- Tulsa Seafood
- Best Breakfast/Brunch in Tulsa
- Italian Food Tulsa
- Best Tulsa Brewery/Sports Bar
- Mexican Food Tulsa
- Tulsa Vegan/Vegetarian
- Indian Restaurant Tulsa
- Best Chinese Food/Sushi in Tulsa
*Call ahead as hours may vary for these restaurants.
Best Steak in Tulsa
The Spudder is one of the best places to eat in Tulsa because they’ve been preparing the best steaks since 1976. Their selection of aged prime steaks, pork and seafood are all perfection. The beef and pork are hand cut daily and cooked on a real old fashioned charcoal fire. Steve and Kim Jeffery purchased The Spudder in 2011. And Kim makes every dessert herself. Not only will you enjoy a top of the line meal, but the character of this restaurant is unforgettable. The dining room is filled with oil and gas industry memorabilia.
Monday – Thursday: 5:00 p – 10p
Friday & Saturday: 5p – 10p
6536 E 50th St
Pizza in Tulsa
Umberto’s is a family-owned pizzeria, well-known in the Tulsa area for serving the best New York Style Pizza since 1998. You can get pizza by the slice, garlic knots, calzones and signature pizza’s. Order the calzone with extra sauce on the side. You won’t regret it. Their pizza crust is crisp and tasty, and they’ve got a plentiful selection of toppings. Umberto’s is an excellent choice for lunch or dinner. Takeout, catering, and delivery are also available.
Monday – Thursday: 11a – 9p
Friday – Saturday: 11a – 10p
3147 S Harvard Ave
Best Burgers in Tulsa
Best Breakfast/Brunch in Tulsa
Smoke. Woodfire Grill offers a unique dining experience; every protein is prepared over the open flame of a woodfire grill or slow smoked. Their cuisine is locally sourced with the highest quality, freshest ingredients, and they change dishes on the menu seasonally and creatively. Get the biscuits and gravy with brunch. Or come by for lunch or dinner.
You can also enjoy a cigar in their hermetically sealed cigar lounge before, after or during your meal. Choose one of their premium cigar options or bring your own. And on the beer and wine lists, you’ll find Oklahoma beers along with wines that have ties to Oklahoma.