Paseo Grill: fine dining with a southwestern flair

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2909 Paseo Dr.
Oklahoma City, OK 73103
405-601-1079
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When you run a website about Oklahoma City restaurants, you hear a lot of feedback on restaurants from a lot of people. Usually, you hear opinions from both sides, with some people liking a place and others either not liking it or not thinking much about it.

However, Paseo Grill was an exception for me. Before I even went to try it out, it seemed like I heard nothing but great things. Everyone I talked to either really liked it or really loved it. This is pretty rare in my experience, so I was pretty excited to try out the Paseo Grill.

I really find this restaurant to be very similar to Cheever’s Cafe. The two are located walking distance from each other, their price ranges are similar at lunch and dinner, and they both offer great atmosphere and a southwestern culinary spin. However, Paseo Grill seems to have a more polished interior, with richer fabrics and decor throughout. I have heard some people say they feel Paseo Grill is “fancier” which I can understand. Whether you favor one approach over the other will be a matter of personal opinion. As far as I’m concerned, they are both excellent restaurants.

A while back, we took our regular writing team to Paseo Grill for lunch. This gave us a chance to try a lot of different things and get a wide range of opinion from all the members of our team. This review reflects input and feedback from several of our writers.

We started off with the fried green beans ($6) — a real delight that is starting to filter down to other area restaurants. These are crisp and delicious and while other serve them with ranch dressing, Paseo has a chipotle aioli that makes a perfect compliment. If you don’t want them as an appetizer, you can substitute them for french fries as a side.

One team member ordered the Cuban sandwich ($11, lunch only) and offered these thoughts:

“The Cuban combines ham, salami and pork loin with gouda and a dill pickle on a ciabatta roll. At $11, I think it’s a bit over-priced, but it was quite tasty.”

Sam tried the Southwest meatloaf ($10 at lunch, $18 at dinner), made with ground tenderloin, pork sausage and smoked cheddar, topped with a chipotle red wine demi glace and served with mashed potatoes and carrots. Meatloaf appears to be making its way up the culinary ladder (much like mac and cheese) and this is definitely a “fancy” meatloaf offering that Sam enjoyed.

Sarah had the Crab and Avocado Salad ($14 lunch, $18 dinner). While it was definitely original and offered fresh and flavorful avocado and crab, this one didn’t overwhelm her or any of the rest of us who tried it. The lemon vinaigrette dressing was pretty sparse, so perhaps a little more of that would have given it more punch.

I hit the jackpot, though, with the chicken pot pie ($9, lunch only) . Now, if you’ve heard about Paseo Grill, you’ve likely heard about the chicken pot pie. It was what I had heard most about prior to going, so I had to try it, and it definitely lived up to the hype. It has a bit of cayenne and curry in it, which gives it a delightful and interesting flavor. To me, it was a nearly perfect dish, very filling, and one of the least expensive items on the menu. However, it’s only available at lunch and while supplies last.

The lunch experience at Paseo Grill is a great value, in my opinion. You get their lush atmosphere, quality service, and very good food at a reasonable price. I always love it when quality places like this offer lunch menus that let you try them out for a fraction of their full dinner pricing. I personally haven’t been for dinner (yet), but I have heard from many who love the fine dining experience they offer at night.

So, let us know what you think about Paseo Grill. We’d love to hear about your experiences in the comments below.

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  • Pomb says:
    October 9th, 2010 at 12:40 am   

    I love this restaurant, but I would hardly describe their menu as having a “southwestern culinary spin.” It’s so much more French, with an American-TexMex spin. And to place PG in the same category as Cheevers….inconceivable. Have you been to brunch at Cheevers? It is a decidedly LATIN menu. While PG doesnt serve brunch, I dont think Migas is going to make it onto thier menu. Also, NONE of the menu items you mentioned maintain your claim of “Southwestern” influence, save the use of chipotle in ailoi. This hardly quilifies PG as “southwestern culinary spin.” The service is exquisite, the food is beyond par for the best 5-stars in NYC, and the price is straight up on par for the quality and quanitity of food recieved.

  • Michele says:
    October 9th, 2010 at 8:16 am   

    …and none of you had the best thing on the menu, the Mushroom Soup? That is just a sin!!!

  • Tim says:
    October 9th, 2010 at 8:24 am   

    Pomb, you make some good points, and perhaps my use of “southwestern” is overstated as a part of the headline as I know that’s not the only influence on their menu. But I’m speaking of the experience as a whole, from the architecture of it’s structure and the surrounding area in Paseo, the casual-yet-sophisticated feel that is prominent in the southwest, some of the interior influence, and certain items on the menu. They even call their own meatloaf “Southwest Meatloaf.” The Cuban we discussed has a latin influence. Even the chicken pot pie has a hint of it to me with it’s added spiciness from the cayenne and curry. Plus, other options on the menu like the blackened chicken and trout, quesadillas, and the regular use of the Chipotle Aioli you mention — all of these things say “southwest” to me. Perhaps my use of the terms isn’t precise in a strict sense, but I’m speaking of the general impression I get and I think it fits.

    Whether the southwestern term fits or not, I do think the comparison to Cheever’s is legitimate. They are similar in many ways, though obviously unique in many ways as well. As I mentioned, I think they are both great restaurants.

    I appreciate the feedback and look forward to any insight that others might bring to this discussion. Does Paseo Grill have a “southwestern flair” to you?

  • Tim says:
    October 9th, 2010 at 8:30 am   

    Michele, we did actually try the Mushroom Soup as we had heard a lot about it. We tried several things that we didn’t actually mention in the review as there wasn’t room to discuss everything we tried. In our opinion, the soup was good, but maybe not as amazing as we had heard. Glad you mentioned it though :)

  • Debbie says:
    October 9th, 2010 at 9:02 am   

    I like Paseo Grill & really love their fried green beans! I rarely get to eat there since they aren’t open for lunch on Saturdays. Some years I have gone during the Paseo Arts Festival but very crowded & have to wait for table plus sometimes do limited menu then – still the best food of the festival. Thanks for giving detail about chicken pot pie – I have always wanted to try it.

  • Christina says:
    October 9th, 2010 at 1:47 pm   

    They have the best cream of mushroom soup I’ve ever tasted, the stuff dreams are made of! I’ve only been there once, and while the staff was a bit snooty the food and atmosphere made up for it. I also had the crab and avocado salad. The dressing was made primarily of creole mustard. I think if they served it with a dressing with a deeper more complex flavor profile it would be better.

    All and all it’s a great place, especially for special occasions.

  • Aimee says:
    October 12th, 2010 at 8:44 am   

    Great food… love the interiors, which were done by the building owner Kathy (of Kathy’s) and her son Craig (of Craig’s). They put a lot of work into making that restaurant what it is. The food is great and the mushroom soup is so wonderful on cold days. I do wish they were open on Saturdays for lunch and sometimes the prices are a little steep, but I keep going back!

  • Sandy says:
    October 31st, 2010 at 12:01 pm   

    I’ve always enjoyed Paseo Grill – especially the service which I’ve never found “snooty”. However, I too had the crab & avocado salad on my last visit and was very disappointed. The crab was tasteless as was the rest of the salad. But this was an unusual experience. Have you tried their key lime pie? OMG!!! The best ever and I’ve been around the block a time or two. But don’t try to order a whole pie to take home – I was told it would be like $90. Come on Paseo Grill – it’s not THAT good!

  • Brian Grider says:
    February 15th, 2011 at 11:29 am   

    Been to Paseo many times, one of our Favorites to dine at. Dinner is great, but we generally go for lunch. My personal pic is either the lunch steak with the fried jalapeno strips or the southwest meatloaf. Both are some of the best food I’ve ever had, in my opinion. The mushroom soup is also very good. As far as the pot pie goes, I was very excited when I saw it on the menu. Tried it twice, regretted it twice. Both times it has been very dry. Almost un-eatable dry. I was very disappointed. The Cuban sandwich is very good also with their great french fries. And the glazed carrots are awesome (and I hate veggies)

  • Deborah says:
    February 26th, 2011 at 6:13 pm   

    This restaurant has wonderful food. I would really recommend the meatloaf. The mashed potatoes are to die for. But if you want a special treat, try the fried green beans with the special sauce they bring with it. You will go back over and over again.

  • Sharon says:
    May 16th, 2011 at 4:44 pm   

    I finally got the chance to use my voucher today at lunch. My husband and I both loved it. It’s such a lovely atmosphere. Our waitress was wonderful. She was so helpful at making suggestions for what we should try. And, everything she suggested we loved. My husband had the special. It was a steak wrap. And, I had the Blackened Trout. We also ordered the Spinach Artichoke Dip w/ the crabmeat for an appetizer. It was so delicious. We will be going back for our wedding anniversary and we can’t wait!!

  • Nate says:
    January 5th, 2014 at 4:48 pm   

    I found this restaurant ultimately very confusing. Privacy is definitely a plus in dining but when you make every booth into it’s own little room, well it seems sort of like a house of ill repute and there should be flashing red lights on the outside of all the tables. The food is simply alright and not all too great especially for the price that they charge, perhaps to pay for all the velvet fabric that they have hanging near all the booths.

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