Boulevard Steakhouse: the kind of treat worth saving for

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Boulevard Steakhouse

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505 S. Boulevard
Edmond, OK 73034

Your idea of a special night could be almost anything — a movie with your sweetheart, an evening of dancing, or just a couple of hours without the kids screaming in your ears. Usually, though, special nights include dinner and there aren’t many places better suited for it in Oklahoma City than the Boulevard Steakhouse.

Reservations aren’t required to get a table at Boulevard, but it’s kind of fun to make them anyway. For those of us on a limited budget, a trip to this restaurant isn’t a last-minute, spur-of-the-moment kind of thing. Truthfully, there aren’t many places in Oklahoma City that accept reservations, so it’s nice to know that by calling ahead a few days or maybe even a few hours, you can walk into the restaurant with no waiting.

I don’t know if the décor is elegant, but it’s certainly rich. Nothing inside looks cheap or slap-dash. The Boulevard Steakhouse is dimly lit. The white tablecloths are topped with lights for just your small table. The waiters and waitresses are also dressed up (though you don’t have to be) and they will give you the kind of personal attention you haven’t had since your mother — and maybe not even then.

The ambiance is great, no doubt about it, but when the food arrives, you won’t even care. It’s simply that good.

While the main event here is steak, if you’ve got the cash, give the appetizers a try. The crab cakes are substantial and packed, not with filler, but with sweet, lump crab. The shrimp cocktail, too, is a delight with giant shrimp and a spicy, tangy cocktail sauce.

But when my wife and I visit, there’s no point in avoiding the inevitable — the Portobello mushroom soup. Never before or since have I had a soup like this with a creamy texture and that rich, full flavor of roasted mushrooms in every bite. My wife has threatened to skip the steak altogether in favor of three bowls of this soup — which wouldn’t be all bad considering the prices.

As with any fine dining option, the downside is always the price. In typical steakhouse style, Boulevard does not include sides with their main dishes, so when you order a filet mignon, that’s what you’ll get. It will be prime beef and expertly cooked, but that’s all you’ll get. With prices ranging from the $20 range for seafood and chicken to upwards of $50 for a steak or a nightly special, the pricing can be a bit tough for value-conscious diners to swallow. On the other hand, this isn’t an everyday place to eat (at least not for me). The experience is a big part of the price and, for special occasions, I personally think it’s worth it.

The filet is an obvious choice, but I also recommend the Steak Diablo — a spicy, pepper-encrusted tenderloin — and the filet tips and mushrooms. Usually, steak tips are a budget choice but here you get amazingly tender bites of beef, mushrooms swelling with flavor, and a sauce that ties it all together.

If you do crave vegetables, or if you’re searching for vegetarian options, Boulevard has a number of tasty salads and sides. The sweet onions and vine-ripened tomatoes are excellent, as is the mozzarella and tomato salad. While those are for the individual, other sides are served family-style, with enough potatoes au gratin, button mushrooms, asparagus and hollandaise, and steamed broccoli to share.

If by some miracle you still have room for dessert, they have an ice cream and puffed pastry dish that is somehow tender and satisfying.

Boulevard is a hit to the wallet, but one worthy of a birthday, an engagement, an anniversary or any other big event worth celebrating. Most of us can’t afford to eat at Boulevard Steakhouse every day, but hey, it’s not everyday food that they’re serving.

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  • Brian says:
    July 23rd, 2008 at 9:25 am   

    My family went to Boulevard Steakhouse just this last weekend to celebrate my parents 40th anniversary. We chose to go there because we knew from our previous visit a couple of years ago that it would provide a fine dining experience that would not disappoint. Most of us had steak and we all agreed that it would prove futile to attempt to find a better tasting steak in OKC. The steak practically melts in your mouth!

    Oh…and lets not forget the desserts. Incredible cheesecake, delightful souffle, and to-die-for chocolate mousse.

    This is definitely the place to go for a special occasion.

  • Erin says:
    August 21st, 2008 at 9:55 am   

    That portobello soup sounds wonderful and it’s nice to know they’ve got some vegetarian sides as well! Thanks!

  • Kyle says:
    September 3rd, 2008 at 10:27 am   

    It’s been a while since I’ve eaten at the Boulevard Steakhouse, but I remember the ribeye, and it was outstanding. My wife ate the salmon and loved it. All the desserts looked fantastic, but I don’t have a special memory of any particular dessert.

    The menu was expensive, but if you want a good steak, you get what you pay for.

  • Lew says:
    September 4th, 2008 at 1:13 pm   

    Having lived in Edmond for several years now, we often choose the Boulavard for “parents night out” or other special occasions. It is a little pricey, but the food is always excellent, the service outstanding and the atmosphere romantic, but not stuffy. Worth saving up for!

  • Gloria S says:
    September 7th, 2008 at 9:03 pm   

    Boulevard Steakhouse is a great place to eat. The service and food are very special.

  • Sharon says:
    October 3rd, 2008 at 3:07 pm   

    I’m lobbying for this when my BF is in town next time (he’s bringing a ring….)

  • Tim says:
    October 5th, 2008 at 9:23 am   

    @Sharon, congrats! Let us know how that turns out!

  • Sadie says:
    October 15th, 2008 at 2:34 pm   

    Went there on a date last week. It was great. He got the steak, and I got the chicken. Both were excellent. I don’t think I have ever tasted better steak or chicken. My chicken was covered with tender asparagus and hollandaise. It comes with crab, but I got that on the side. It was delicious. The potatoes au gratin were yummy as well. The atmosphere was very nice, and our waiter was very attentive, and helpful in our selections. Worthy of any celebration.

  • Ryan says:
    October 30th, 2008 at 12:10 pm   

    I had an anniversary dinner there last year. The ribeye steak was the best steak I have ever eaten, bar none. And you can ask my friends and family, I have eaten a LOT OF STEAKS!

    Our service was outstanding, and they even gave us a complimentary bananas foster dessert with an anniversary message made out of white chocolate. It was a VERY enjoyable experience, and worth every cent!

  • Kevin says:
    November 2nd, 2008 at 12:58 pm   

    I have yet to try this place, as I rarely end up north of the city, and I’m a big fan of another long time steak place on Lincoln.

    However, friends who have enjoyed special nights here have raved over the experience for days afterwards, and they are generally not the raving kind.

  • Luke says:
    January 19th, 2009 at 1:16 pm   

    10oz filet fromage, medium rare. You will never try anything else. You can thank me later.

  • Tyler says:
    January 27th, 2009 at 11:18 am   

    It is so nice to find “REAL” bottle service in Oklahoma City. There are only a few place around the city that can even attempt to rival them. And then comes the food; this resturant could compete in nearly any market. Boulevard is lovely.

  • Anon Reader Dude says:
    February 14th, 2009 at 6:07 pm   

    FANTASTIC prime bone-in strip. Wow.

    Savory, velvety beef, finely marbled and streaked with goodness, and perfectly cooked to medium rare.

    Au gratin potatoes and mushroom soup are wonderfully hedonistic treats too.

    The place is all it’s cracked up to be. Worth the (painful) hit to the wallet. SPECIAL OCCASION time.

  • Anon Reader Dude says:
    February 14th, 2009 at 6:14 pm   

    Oh yeah, also, they use very good stemware at the Boulevard. The watermark was either Riedel or Spiegelau; frankly, I was enjoying my Rosenblum red zinfandel so much that I forgot. Fine, well-shaped glasses, which added a lot to the wine and the overall experience. Kudos.

  • Todd says:
    February 28th, 2009 at 7:13 pm   

    The atmosphere is the only thing I liked about this place. The food was marginal, selections limited and service was only adequate. I have had better tasting, less tough steaks at the Cimarron Steak house. I have also had tougher steaks their as well but for the price of Boulevard it should be better. What is up with not being able to get a steak with some side items included in the price. $8.00 for frozen steak fries is ridiculous after paying $35+ for the steak. If you like drinking over priced wine and the like then this is the place is for you. If you are a normal hard working joe then save your money. This is a mediocre status restaurant at best.

  • Bryce says:
    March 29th, 2009 at 8:53 pm   

    I just got back from my first Boulevard outing (thanks, Tim, for the rec via Twitter). Where to start… They had to wheel me out on a gurney. Everything was so good, and I couldn’t let anything go to waste. I had a nice sampling of the menu, as my family is one that likes to eat off of each other’s plates (kind of awkward at nicer places). But I had the 7 oz. filet medium rare. Like butta. It was a little redder than I’m used to – maybe because the thing was so dang thick. Nevertheless: awesome. Sides were great (creamed spinach and au gratin potatoes), as were the deserts (chocolate lava cake and creme brule). The wine list was extensive, but I just stuck with a Hahn Pinot Noir. I really dug the atmosphere, too. It wasn’t stuffy at all. Dark woods, low lighting. Very comfortable. Great experience overall.

  • Eddie says:
    April 16th, 2009 at 1:52 pm   

    My wife and I ate there Saturday for our 46th. anniversery.We split crab cakes, salad and bannas foster we each had a 7oz filet. She had a glass of wine I had a mixed drink for $108.00 before tip. It may have been the best $108.00 dollars I have ever spent for a meal. The service was beyond reproach many thanks to this restaurant and the employees there.

  • Amy says:
    September 23rd, 2010 at 3:34 pm   

    Amazing!! If you call ahead and tell them it’s your anniversary, they bring a dessert with a cool little chocolate anniversary wish on it. YUM!

  • Brian says:
    April 30th, 2012 at 8:50 am   

    We went here again recently for a special evening out and they continue to deliver great experiences. I had their melt-in-your-mouth ribeye and my wife had the amazing filet. My wife also loves their salad, as I believe her salad bowl was wiped clean. Then it was cheesecake for dessert and it certainly did not disappoint.

    While the service was good this time, it wasn’t quite as amazing as our previous visits. It may have been due in part to the fact that the restaurant was packed that night. However, it will not deter us from returning in the future, but we did notice a slight difference.

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