Deep Fork Grill: let the chef choose your meal

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Deep Fork Grill

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5418 N. Western Avenue
Oklahoma City, OK 73118

“You run a website about Oklahoma City restaurants, and you’ve never been to Deep Fork?” my friends all asked me in disbelief. It seems that Deep Fork is very highly regarded by most everyone I know as one of their favorite places. Yet, I had never been until recently. Now I see why they like it so much. Deep Fork really fires on all cylinders with great atmosphere, great food, great service, and even something unique — the chance to have a chef choose your meal for you.

Deep Fork Grill in Oklahoma CityI have to admit, I’m a food adventurer. Putting my dinner choices in the hands of a qualified chef is right up my alley. So, I had to give it a try at the Deep Fork. You see, if you look closely at Deep Fork’s menu, just below the dinner specials, you’ll see a line that says, “or let Executive Chef Clay Falkner feed you. Four courses – $65 per person.”

Yes, it is $65 and, if you’re like me, that’s a lot of money. So, this one is definitely for the very special occasions that are few and far between. On the other hand, it is four courses and you’d easily spend that amount for a meal of this complexity at any fine restaurant. So, if you’re up for spending that much on dinner, I highly recommend this experience. It’s simply a delightful thing to let yourself be surprised by course after course of intriguing dishes prepared especially for you.

It should be noted that you don’t have to spend this much to eat at Deep Fork. Most of their dinners are $20-$30, and they have some brick oven pizzas in the $10-$20 range, making them really quite affordable when compared to other higher-end places.

Nonetheless, here’s how it went down for me:

Our waiter asked me if there were any things that I didn’t like or if I had any food allergies, or any special requests. I told him I was open to anything. I also told him that I don’t particularly like heavy, rich desserts, but would rather have something light and fruit-based for a dessert course.

Course #1: a small plate of fruits, cheeses and toast points. This course was simple, elegant, and exactly the right portion. A few different exotic cheeses, some fruit, including a compote, and two small toast points. Each piece was original and very tasty. I absolutely loved this course.

Course #2: a spinach, fruit and nut salad with a very light but sweet vinaigrette. This salad was very good. Everything was incredibly fresh. The spinach leaves were about the greenest I’ve ever seen. The fruits included sliced strawberries and thinly-sliced granny smith apples. My only complaint — it was too big (see more on portion sizes below).

Middle course: now this was a surprise. It seems that Deep Fork likes to bring out little surprises of complimentary items for everyone. Both my wife (who didn’t order the four-course) and I were presented with this small bite of bacon-wrapped chicken in a very spicy sauce. I loved it, but it was too spicy for my wife.

Course #3: my absolute favorite of the night — seared sea scallops in an asian-influenced sauce with bok choy and wild mushrooms. I don’t eat a lot of scallops, but I would if I could have these every day. They were fork-tender, juicy and the seared exterior added just the right amount of zip. The accompanying sauce was flavorful but not overpowering. You could really appreciate the natural flavor and texture of the scallop. Amazing.

Course #4: steak, chorizo sausage, potatoes, and grilled asparagus in a rich burgundy sauce with wild mushrooms. As you can tell, this course was more than a meal in itself. I didn’t eat any of this at the restaurant but actually took the whole thing home, split it, and ate it for two separate meals.

This leads me to my only complaint with the experience. The portions are way too big. Anyone who knows me knows that this is a recurring complaint I have with the restaurant industry in general — they teach us to eat way too much food. If I’m going to order a four-course meal, I would like to be able to enjoy the entirety of the meal from start to finish without stuffing myself. In this case, I was completely full by the end of course number three. Generally, it is the nicer, higher-end restaurants that serve appropriate, rather than oversized, portions. Deep Fork missed on this one for me.

One thing that would have made it better is if perhaps I could have split the whole thing with my wife. Or, better yet, perhaps a two-person package price. Maybe $100 for two people, with each person getting their own, customized, and appropriately-sized four-course meal. I think $100 would be very reasonable for two people and if the portions were adjusted, I would definitely want to experience this again. The two person package would also help because it’s kind of awkward when one person is getting four courses and the other person has to wait through three of them before they get any food.

But aside from this issue, I have absolutely no complaints. In fact, I have extremely high praise for the level of service Deep Fork provides. Our particular waiter was extremely attentive, easy to talk to, and very, very knowledgeable. He knew details about each and every course he presented. This level of service is worth the higher price tag when you are looking for a high-end experience.

Here’s an example of the great service. Just about the time our main courses came, my wife was starting to feel a little ill. This was not related to the restaurant experience at all, but she really thought she needed to go home and lay down. I let our server know and he acted as though this was the most natural thing in the world as he quickly took our plates back to the kitchen and returned minutes later with everything boxed up (including a light, fruity dessert course), and in a sack ready for us to take home. I cannot tell you how much I appreciated the ease with which he handled this whole situation. It turned what could have been an awkward exit into non-issue.

Bottom line: Deep Fork Grill is one of Oklahoma City’s best. That’s what I’ve heard from most everyone I’ve ever talked to about it, and having experienced it myself now, I would have to agree. They have the whole package going for them. Plus, the opportunity to get a “customized” four-course surprise is very unique in Oklahoma City.

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  • Andrew says:
    March 29th, 2008 at 12:08 pm   

    Deep Fork is fantastic. I rank it up there with Cheevers and El Regio Loco as some of the best food in the city.

  • Andy Mahbubani says:
    April 30th, 2008 at 10:38 pm   

    Time and time again, Deep Fork Grill impresses me. From their outstanding food, to their ability to accommodate people with special requests (I’m a vegetarian), to their impeccable service, to their ability to handle very large groups, I am very impressed with Wade Starr and his restaurant. This is a place I use for my business lunches, nice dates, and catering functions. Deep Fork is the best of the best in Oklahoma City, and I cannot recommend a finer dining establishment in the city, let alone the state. Five out of Five stars in my book.

  • Dr. Pants says:
    May 7th, 2008 at 12:49 pm   

    I just had lunch there the other day and I agree, the portions can be a little too much. Had it not been a business lunch (and had it not been on someone else’s generous dime), I would have jumped at the chance to have the chef choose for me. Maybe for my birthday, I can justify living that large for one meal.

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  • Donna says:
    July 15th, 2008 at 6:56 pm   

    I was very diappointed with the trout I received. it was over cooked,dry, and hard. I did enjoy the cheese and fruit tray. I would think for the prices they charge the entrees would be much better. I can’t remember what my husband ordered but he wasn’t impressed with his choice either. We won’t be going back.

  • Marsha says:
    September 4th, 2008 at 12:16 pm   

    I recently had the lemon chicken with cream sauce and a cup of the tomato crab bisque. Both were absolutely wonderful. My husband and I enjoyed a relaxed dinner in nice atmosphere. We plan to have dinner at the Deep Fork Grill again in the near future.

  • C. Cox says:
    September 4th, 2008 at 9:18 pm   

    Deep Fork is my favorite restaurant. The food is always great. I eat there on Sundays quite a bit and love the menu. The atmosphere in the little rooms around the sides is so relaxing and special.

    I have also eaten at Cafe Nova and feel the same about it. The food is different and wonderful.

  • Kevin says:
    November 17th, 2008 at 7:34 am   

    > atmosphere in the little rooms around the sides

    Have yet to visit DFG. Is it a converted house, or are these a set of theme rooms like Gopuram, or what?

  • Tim says:
    November 17th, 2008 at 7:51 am   

    @Kevin, no they are not theme rooms. They are just some more private little dining areas — booths that are sort of tucked into the wall so you feel set apart from the main dining area.

  • Christi Waller says:
    November 21st, 2008 at 4:13 pm   

    I’ve had mixed experiences at the Deep Fork. Meals with my husband have been excellent and the wait staff always seems to have that just right mix of knowing when to be at your elbow when needed and out of sight when not. But one Christmas lunch with a group of women spoiled the Deep Fork for me and I haven’t been back in a while. We seldom saw our waiter, our food was served too cold or too dry, and we went without drink refills and bread. Maybe the lesson to be taken away was to not go during the Christmas rush.

  • Robbie Canada says:
    December 23rd, 2008 at 11:08 pm   

    Deep Fork is not the same restaurant as it used to be. The reason is clear–Chef Ryan Parrott is no longer a part of “The Deep Fork Group”. He was truly the heart and soul of the restaurant. Their catering is totally different, too. Please contact me personally for more information.

  • Bill says:
    January 1st, 2009 at 2:52 pm   

    This place flips on my list from ‘top’ to ‘bottom’ with almost each dining experience. Sometimes the food, service and surroundings are outstanding, at other times I find myself saying ‘I won’t be back’. About 2 weeks ago we had an ‘outstanding lunch’ there and unexpectedly chose to return for a dinner that night. The dinner experience was far from satisfactory. We both had the evening’s specials, the fish special flavorless and overcooked. The beef special was just the contrary….overly smoked, overly salty and well undercooked for ‘specified cooking temperature’.

    It’s hard to believe that we were eating dinner at the same place where we had enjoyed lunch. The culinary staff needs to do a better job at insuring that the food is consistently great, not just occasionally satisfactory.

  • Monkeyhead says:
    January 25th, 2009 at 3:19 am   

    Great food, but sometimes I think they need to change their menu a little more often. Then seem to have fallen into a culinary rut.

    However, try their catering service. Great prices and quality food!

  • Sam says:
    March 3rd, 2009 at 12:28 am   

    My food took about 1.5 hours to come out and I complained to the server. The food that I got was also a bit cold because I’m sure it was sitting out for a while. Anyway, when time came to pay, the manager comped the meal AND gave us free dessert. NOW THAT’S WHAT YOU CALL SERVICE!!! I obviously had to give a nice tip, but that was the first time I left a restaurant and was totally wowed.

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  • Josie says:
    June 7th, 2009 at 3:14 pm   

    I’m a firm believer that it’s okay to have expensive food when it’s GOOD food. Deep Fork has the price tag of fine dining with food that doesn’t even qualify as casual fine dining. I am obsessed with food, and Deep Fork was severely disappointing after reading the positive review.

    I got the 4 courses (which are $75, including wine pairing), and the scallops in my first course were gritty with sand still.
    My mom ordered her prime rib medium, and after three steaks, it still wasn’t right. She gave up and just told the waitress she’d pay for it and not to worry.
    The one redeeming factor was the waitress. She tried her best to make it up to us and comped my mom’s steak. She even brought out three different desserts when she found out that I’m madly in love with chocolate.

    I did have a wonderful salad as the second course; beef tenderloin with mixed greens, Canadian walnuts, green apple slices, tomatoes, and balsamic.

    Overall, Deep Fork is far too expensive for what you get. On the weekends, it’s a very loud restaurant, and I don’t recommend paying big bucks to eat here!

  • Tim says:
    June 8th, 2009 at 4:21 pm   

    @Josie, I’m sorry your experience wasn’t as good as mine. I too had scallops and they were perfect when I had them. Of course, my last visit was a while back and things can certainly change over time. Thanks for giving us your perspective.

  • Andrew says:
    June 8th, 2009 at 8:05 pm   

    I haven’t been in a while either. My guess is it is not the same since Chef Parrott left. If you want to spend $75 and be wowed, go to Table One.

  • Kaylee says:
    July 14th, 2009 at 1:23 pm   

    Just went here for the first time last Saturday night. Service was less than expected, the manager had to take our order because out waiter was taking so long. They did send out a complimentary crab cake because we told them it was our anniversary (well it was, we didn’t just tell them that-haha. The crab cake and the little hor’dourves they bring out to everyone were fantastic. We ordered the calamari (before we knew we would be getting those things and the bread!) and it wasn’t that great at all. I actually just gave up on it. BUT-our entrees were AMAZING. I had the salmon and it was delicious!!! It came with asparagus and risotto and was soooo good. I am kind of picky about salmon and it was perfect. My fiance got the lobster alfredo. It was also very good, all BIG chuncks of lobster so it was worth the extra cost. We will try them again for sure. The food made up for the service and I think it was just our waiter.

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    February 5th, 2010 at 10:40 pm   


  • Shane says:
    February 23rd, 2010 at 5:13 pm   

    I took my wife to The Deep Fork Grill for Valentines day, to give her a fine dining experience, or to at least try as it turned out. They had a special choose 3 courses for $60, and we both chose this option. I had the lobster bisque, and my wife had a salad. She enjoyed her salad, but the bisque must have had something in it that mde the back of my throat tickle and made me cough,I did not finish it though the flavor was good. Out came the main course. Her filet was pretty good, but overcooked. My ribeye left me with the larget pile of gristle ever. The flavor was good, but the cut was poor. The whipped potatoes were good and so was the asparagus, but the presentation was terrible. She enjoyed her chocolate cake even though it was a tiny piece, and my cheesecake was bigger and tasty. We were both supposed to get a chocolate covered strawberry, but I assume that due to their poor planning we only ended up with a half. Our reservations were for 6 o’clock, so they should have had enough. I was not near impressed for what we paid and several times during the meal had wished we had gone to the Cimmaron Steakhouse, Cattlemans, or another similar restaurant. I went because of the good reviews I found while researching, but will not be back.

  • al says:
    April 16th, 2010 at 8:02 am   

    Why are they taking over the Blue Note? That place is historical – a lot of our parents went there and i am 40. I have no interest in eating at a place that behaves poorly to small businesses in my city.

  • Brian says:
    September 8th, 2010 at 9:29 am   

    I have been to Deep Fork for lunch and had a sandwich that was quite tasty and then tried their sour cream cheesecake for dessert. It was definitely a different twist on cheesecake than what I am used to, but I quite liked it.

  • Kathy Caplinger says:
    November 30th, 2010 at 9:02 am   

    Deep fork is AMAZING! When I think of the holidays I think of Deep Fork! My husband took me there for our anniversary and they came out with an amazing dessert for us because they knew we were celebrating!

  • OMGOMEZ says:
    February 16th, 2011 at 10:07 am   

    great taste and better service. after dinner drinks put the icing on the cake. i would reccomend the sered tuna all day!

  • Emm says:
    February 17th, 2011 at 4:38 pm   

    I would like to say that I absolutely LOVE Deep Fork! The Colorado Rack of Lamb might be the best thing I have ever tasted!! It was phenomenal! The asparagus was wonderful as were the whipped potatoes. My dinner guest had the special that evening, a steak. Sorry, don’t remember what it was. I was for too consumed with my delicious meal. He raved about the exquisite taste of his selection as well. Deep Fork is definitely number one on my list for Oklahoma City dining!

  • Angela Van Alsdorf says:
    March 8th, 2011 at 7:45 am   

    Special evening with my daughter — perfect setting, delicious food and great wait staff! Did I mention the drinks were great too!

    Thank you Wade for a wonderful evening!

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