Cattlemen’s: try it for breakfast

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Cattlemen’s Restaurant is located at 1309 S. Agnew in Oklahoma City (map). They open at 6am daily — Sunday through Thursday until 10pm, Friday and Saturday until midnight. Contact 405.236.0416 or visit their website.

Just about everyone around here has heard of the Cattlemen’s Restaurant and it’s widely known as one of Oklahoma City’s best local dining experiences. But maybe not everyone has tried it for breakfast. And if you haven’t, you should.

Cattlemen’s RestaurantThe truth is that I’ve never been to the Cattlemen’s for anything other than breakfast, and always on a Saturday morning. It just gets the weekend started off right.

First of all, on Saturday and Sunday mornings, Cattlemen’s offers a breakfast buffet at a very reasonable price ($5.95). Now, I never personally order the buffet as I’ll explain in a minute, but allow me to let you in on one of the greatest restaurant values of all time — the Cattlemen’s buffet is free for kids. That’s right, absolutely free. I’ve been told by one waitress that it’s free for all kids all the way to 12 years old. We only have one four year old, so I haven’t experienced it first hand, but that’s what I’ve been told. What a rare and unbelievable value for families!

While the kids are enjoying everything on the buffet for free including eggs, bacon, sausages (link and patty), biscuits, gravy, home fries, hashbrowns, and mounds of fresh fruit; You can order off the menu if you like. And that’s just what I do for one very important reason — steak.

At Cattlemen’s for breakfast, you can order any steak and get it served up with eggs, potatoes and a biscuit. My personal favorite is the breakfast steak. It’s a small steak and probably not the prime cut of meat, but it doesn’t matter. Cattlemen’s prepares it wonderfully seasoned, tender, and mouth-watering every time. Together with home fries, scrambled eggs and a biscuit, it’s just about the perfect amount of food and an incredible value of taste at $7.95.

Of course, my wife tells me that there are a lot of other options on the menu that you can also order (she really likes the pancakes). And for that matter, there are a lot of other people I know who say that Cattlemen’s is also open at lunch and dinner. But so far, I haven’t found a compelling reason to try anything other than the breakfast steak and eggs on a Saturday morning. It’s just the way things ought to be.

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  • Alex Rose says:
    March 20th, 2008 at 1:50 pm   

    Cattlemen’s is an example of big hat no cattle of steakhouses. While it is marketed as the best steak in OKC, the actual prouct is marginal at best. I would challange anyone to try Boulevard Steakhouse, in Edmond, and compare it to Cattlemen’s. Frankly, Outback, Chili’s or even Cimmaron has a much better Steak and is far cheaper. Cattlemen’s is the quintessential tourist trap steak house. Before believing the marketing about Cattlemen’s try another steakhouse. You would have to go to a buffet, suich as Golden Corral or perhaps Denny’s to find a steak of lesser quality.

  • Tim says:
    March 20th, 2008 at 4:33 pm   

    Thanks for the input on the steaks, Alex. I know some other people who share your opinion there. I’ve only had the breakfast steak, which really isn’t a good example, so I can’t be a good judge on their real steaks.

    Steak aside, though, Cattlemen’s is an interesting and uniquely local place to eat. It has great historical importance to the city and much of what they offer is very good. I still think it’s worth a trip every now and then, and my favorite time to go is still for breakfast.

  • kurt says:
    July 17th, 2008 at 11:08 am   

    My father and I had breakfast there today and it was excellent. Like Tim, I also had the breakfast steak and while the piece of meat wasn’t very large, it had a wonderful flavor and was very tender. The steak also came with two eggs, hashbrowns, and not one but two biscuits (with gravy!). All for only $7.50! That’s a deal, folks. And the service was also great. I can’t speak for dinner, but I highly recommend Cattlemen’s for breakfast.

  • Cheryl says:
    November 26th, 2008 at 11:33 am   

    Some of my family went to Cattlemen’s for dinner a couple of weeks ago. I had fond memories of the calf fries, so I ordered them after asking the waitress if they were as good as they used to be. She said yes. The other family members had the fillet.

    The calf fries were more batter than anything and I wouldn’t order them again. Oh, but the fillets – the best I’ve tasted (and I’ve had many experiences with great and not so great steak). I REALLY regretted my choice of the calf fries, especially after tasting those fillets. The person who said the steaks were low quality either didn’t have the fillet or was there on an off night. Again – the fillet was mouthwatering, tender, very, very flavorful and cooked to perfection. One of the best, if not THE best, steak I’ve tasted. Though I didn’t have an entire steak, I had enough good bitesto know of what I speak. GO there and have the fillet!

  • Katy says:
    January 23rd, 2009 at 2:26 pm   

    Some of my co-workers and I have been going to Cattleman’s for breakfast for awhile now… As night shifters, we head over there for breakfast and their Double Deuce beer after shift to wind down. Yes. Breakfast Beer. Their breakfast is wonderful, and it is nice to wind down with a beer after a long shift!

  • Donald says:
    July 20th, 2009 at 10:56 pm   

    I’ll bet Alex orders well done,ugh!

  • Wimpy says:
    July 31st, 2009 at 11:00 pm   

    Great place to order anything, in thirty plus years I’ve never had a bad meal and if something is amiss they are happy to do what ever it takes to make you happy. I think I would have to agree with Tim on the breakfast steak it would be hard to beat. Think I’ll go there tomorrow and try the breakfast buffet provided I can resist ordering the breakfast steak, also be sure and try the steak burger sometime it is super good!!!

  • SuzieQ says:
    November 14th, 2009 at 12:56 pm   

    I went to Cattlemens this morning for breakfast after seeing the review. I had a waitress named Jamie who had worked there for a while but for some reason she seemed hesitant to help our table. Our water cups had nothing in it and she’d be chattering along every other table but ours…I dont know if she’s racist or what because I’m not white… but then she looked at my 24 month old and my 3 1/2 year old and said they would be charced $3 for the buffet each and I told her I went to the website where it said they weren’t charged…she just looked at me for a few seconds then slowly went to talk to some girl about something that I could tell had nothing to do with the buffet price then came back and said “uh yea, the kids are free” she knew all along but for some reason wanted to be rude. My husband and I were very well dressed and so were my kids so I dont know why she was being a snob. She took forever to get to our table. The food was good..not great but good. The buffet price was excellent. My husband ordered a TBone with egges which was around $25 for his. My buffet was %5.95 and the kids ended up free.

  • Chris says:
    May 21st, 2010 at 5:01 pm   

    I have been eating at Cattlemens for years now and I have to say that they have some of the best steak around. The ribeye is absolutely excellent. I have never tried the breakfast before but trust me when I say that I know it will be good. Thanks for all the opinions.

  • Tim M says:
    August 13th, 2010 at 11:12 am   

    I love Cattleman’s for breakfast. A fillet split between two and eggs is awesome. Never had a bad steak there, and their service is usually better than average.

  • Martha says:
    September 3rd, 2010 at 5:04 pm   

    I just flat out love the atmosphere! When the horse shows are in town one can bet on seeing a real cowboy or two! The service is always great, that counts a lot. Breakfast is good, and you can’t beat the other customers! Some real characters are usually on the scene…dudes and such! I don’t care for the buffet though, I order off the menu for breakfast. Filet if I am ordering dinner is always my choice. Lunch is the steak soup.

  • Lin says:
    September 11th, 2010 at 10:13 pm   

    Been there for dinner quite a few times and can truthfully say never had a bad steak. Of course, they are well-aged and not every restaurant serves meat like that any more and some of these young folk may have never had perfectly-aged steaks before eating here. Cattlemen’s was the first place my son wanted to eat at after returning from Iraq. He had the biggest steak they could provide and he ate every bit of it with a big grin on his face.

  • Jason says:
    September 22nd, 2010 at 12:43 pm   

    I have never eaten breakfast at Cattlemens but I would bet my bottom dollar it’s tops. Have eaten dinner there many times!! Service is always top notch and the food is just in a league of it’s own when it comes to OKC dining. Don’t worry if there is an hour or so wait for seating, ease upstairs and have a few cocktails while you wait!! This place is worth wait!! And you get what you pay for at Cattlemens how many places are left in the food industry that you can truly say that about!!!

  • Kaylee says:
    September 29th, 2010 at 2:16 pm   

    I ate here for the first time the other day for a co-workers birthday. I had the lunch special. Salad, steak and baked potato. It was ok, but nothing great. I wasn’t raving about it. The rolls were my favorite part. :)

  • AJ says:
    October 7th, 2010 at 5:57 pm   

    While Cattlemens will always be my favorite for nostalgic reasons, you need to do a review for The Ranch steakhouse. SO. Good. Though expensive.

  • JW says:
    November 11th, 2010 at 11:15 am   

    Great steaks-Ribeye is my favorite. Love the Chocolate Meringue Pie! Lamb Fries are tasty, and add “uniqueness” to the meal. Steak Soup is another of my preferences. Breakfast is as good as it gets. Been coming here for 45 years. It’s like going home!

  • Brian says:
    February 15th, 2011 at 9:32 am   

    I had never been to Cattlemen’s until I attended a lunch seminar there a while back and I must say that I was not overly impressed. Now, this was obviously more of a buffet style meal due to the number of people there, so I certainly won’t pronounce final judgement, but if they intend to encourage people to come back they should put a bit more effort into it. The steak was only slightly warm, so it left much to be desired. However, the rolls were quite good.

    I hope to have an opportunity to go back for dinner and get the true Cattlemen’s experience some day.

  • Tiger Mike says:
    May 19th, 2011 at 9:28 am   

    My wife and I went to Cattlemen’s for breakfast this past Saturday, and enjoyed the overall experience. I was pleasantly surprised to find a parking spot in front of the establishment (I’m a Disabled Veteran), but went in to find a “Please Wait To Be Seated” sign while folks were passing us to seat themselves. Finding a booth, my initial apprehension disappeared when Megan, our waitress, showed up with tableware, menus, water and a big smile.

    We were pretty hungry, so I was pleased to find that every steak on the menu is available for Breakfast as well. I have 3 dogs, so I knew they were going to be excited with both of us ordering T-Bones! The way I figure it, the T-Bone is only 3 dollars more than the Filet, which is part of the steak to begin with–so it’s like getting a Strip for free! (something to think about if the menu prices seem high) The eggs and hash browns were tasty, and we also split an order of French Toast, which was delicious! A bunch of folks were partaking of the Breakfast Buffet, which looked nice, but there’s no steak available on the Buffet. To be honest, I can’t see going to Cattlemen’s for Breakfast if you’re not going to have a steak-maybe that’s just me.

    Anyway, the T-Bones were perfectly seasoned, done to perfection and excellent quality. The service was also very good (Megan took great care of us), with the restaurant being fairly crowded. They open at 6:00AM, so if you’re “up with the chickens”, it would be a good plan to head down there early, enjoy a hearty breakfast, and continue on with your day before Stockyards City loads up with tourist traffic. I’m sure you can enjoy better steaks elsewhere in town, but probably not for breakfast. Those T-Bones were not only enjoyable, but ended up good for two meals, and my Rottweilers were VERY happy!!

  • E Hasselwander says:
    November 11th, 2011 at 6:54 pm   

    I was thoroughly disappointed with this restaurant. Went there with a family member, expecting it to be all the ads said it would be. NOT. The steak was tough, and not a good cut either. The salad, well I could get a better one in a bag at WalMart. The bread was also something I could have purchased at WalMart. Very, very disappointed and sad that something touted as “as good as it always was” on TV was so disappointing; not even mediocre. Truly we could have gone to Denny’s and gotten a better meal. It makes me mad every time I see their ads on TV. I will never go back.

  • Nickie says:
    August 4th, 2013 at 12:34 am   

    Went for the Saturday buffet today.The waitress service was very good even though they were busy she made you feel like she was glad to be waiting on you!

  • Janice says:
    September 18th, 2014 at 8:21 pm   

    My husband and I went there about a month ago, for the first time in a year or so, and we had the filet and it was EXCELLENT. I don’t remember which steak I had the time before that, and it was good, but it wasn’t as good as this filet – it was among the best steaks I’ve ever eaten anywhere. As far as comparing Cattlemen’s to Cimarron Steakhouse – oh, my – what a joke – Cimarron doesn’t hold a candle to Cattlemen’s, not just for steak, but for anything else either. If someone had a bad steak at Cattlemen’s, it was a fluke, because we’ve been there numerous times over the years and we’ve never had a bad one yet. The salad has always been fresh and crisp and I love their house made dressings. Love the rolls, too!

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