Every City has an iconic restaurant – the one that is the fabric of the community - the restaurant that is the locals “go to” place for great atmosphere, service and consistency - but most importantly great food. In Oklahoma City, that restaurant is The George Prime Steakhouse.
The George is a fine dining restaurant located atop the historic Founders Tower and boasts the best 360 degree views of the city. As you enter the first floor of the Founders Tower you are greeted by a hostess who provides access to the elevator. Once on the 20th floor another hostess will guide you to the bar - or on to your table. The bar setting and view, including spectacular views of downtown and the State Capitol, are as incredible as the hand-crafted drinks. All bar juices are freshly squeezed and all bar syrups and tinctures are house-made.
Strolling around the perimeter will leave you a little awestruck by the exterior view. On the north side you’ll find intimate two-tops with a view of Lake Hefner and a chef’s table that offers a view of the kitchen. An exclusive section of horseshoe-shaped booths face downtown. The restaurant also offers private dining rooms equipped for small or large banquets and presentations.
The interior views are equally as stunning. The newly renovated space provides several dining experiences from private enclosed rooms to an open air wine room to open dining sitting with exceptional views. The decor is modern but soothing. A combination of whites and greys offset with colorful art work from local artists including Jean Richardson and Bert Seabourn among others.
The George features a creative menu, excellent food and steaks - and an equally impressive wine list with extensive wines by the glass. The wine room, a section of the dining room, is surrounded by wine walls. The working display is incredible and features over 1000 bottles of wine representing more than 450 labels.
Veteran chef Chad Willis spent nearly a decade as kitchen maestro at The Metro Wine Bar and Bistro, where he developed an outstanding reputation for precision and consistency. Chef Willis offers appetizers including crab cakes with fennel mayo aided by a perfect sliver of fresh radish. Another must try is the prime steak tartare. The beautifully plated appetizer includes focaccia and a mustard ice cream. Other great choices include a bacon and onion tart, foie gras and crispy sweetbreads.
The beet salad is a beautiful, colorful play on what’s become a popular trend at upscale restaurants. The beets are served whole and dappled in citrus to balance their earthy nature. The chef also has a unique play on Caesar salad. His romaine salad features classic ingredients with the addition of pork belly and caper-anchovy dressing. The wedge salad is not the iceberg lettuce wedge we all know. It is a great combination of blue cheese, apple slices, and bacon on leaf lettuce. The lobster bisque, served with a lobster tail, is a delicious addition to any entrée selection.
The George Prime Steakhouse lives up to their name. Their menu showcases both prime and Wagyu beef and is the centerpiece of the menu. You’ll find those prime cuts ranging from a 7-ounce filet to a 32-ounce Cowboy rib-eye with various sizes in between. Wagyu is offered in a New York strip and rib-eye.
The restaurant doesn’t live by beef alone. Entrée choices include Salmon with a turnip puree, Swiss chard, pistachios and pickled mustard seeds. Duck Breast, prepared with duck chorizo, sunchoke puree, mole and mancha manteles. Roasted Chicken with a potato puree, pickled chanterelles and chanterelle puree. Rigatoni with wild mushrooms, kale, brown butter bread crumbs and pickled fresno chiles.
Pastry chef Shelby Sieg creates amazing desserts to finish your meal. Her house-made doughnuts, ice cream and caramel might be the most “ooh-and-ahh” provoking, but it doesn’t stop there. Other great choices include hazelnut cremeux – chocolate cake with pomegranate served with chocolate hazelnut ice cream and olive oil cake with braised pineapple and caramelized white chocolate served with apple cider sorbet.
The George is open Monday through Saturday. The bar opens at 5 p.m., the dining room at 5:30 p.m. Walk-ups are welcome but reservations are suggested by calling 405-242-4761. The George is located at 5900 Mosteller Drive (Between United Founders Boulevard and N May Avenue) atop Founders Tower.