Republic Gastropub: bringing high end to pub dining

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Republic Gastropub

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5830 N. Classen
Oklahoma City, OK 73118

“Wow! That’s a nice tv!”

That was the first thing my friend and I said when we walked into Republic. You can’t miss it. It measures 23′ (yes that’s feet!) diagonally and is powered by a Christie theater-quality movie projector that costs about the same as a well-equiped Mercedes. Now add the other 4 plasma TVs at 6′ apiece and the 20 or so LCD TVs placed all around the place and you have a room perfectly suited for any sports fan.

Oh wait! This is a food review website isn’t it? Then again, we review restaurants, so I guess it’s relevant.

“A contemporary American Public House bridging the gap between beer bar and upscale eatery,” is how Republic describes themselves. Looking at all the steel, glass and high-end video displays used in the restaurant’s design, I agree that this place is definitely a contemporary and modern approach to the typically rustic images of the European pub. The wall display that features bottles from around the world and anchored by the line of taps below it reminds every guest what this place is really all about: beer.

Republic has around 100 beers on tap and if that’s not enough to quench your beer thirst, they also have around 250 beers in bottle form to choose from. If beer isn’t your favorite libation, they also have a nice selection of wines and cocktails. Although Tapworks in Bricktown has a larger selection of beers on tap, Republic is cleaner, cooler and has a much better menu.

“So what exactly is a ‘gastropub?’” you ask. Well the name is a combination of pub and gastronomy and a gastropub concentrates on quality food. With that in mind, let’s talk about the food.

I heard that this place was all about its burgers so I decided to get the Republic Burger ($8). All of their burgers are made with natural Black Angus meat that’s handmade into patties every morning and they are served in on toasted pretzel buns — very tasty! The Republic Burger is made with caramelized onions, apple wood smoked bacon, relish, arugula, blue and gruyere cheeses and topped with a fried egg. “A fried egg?” you say. Yes, a deliciously fried egg.

It was love at first bite.

My friend and I both agreed that this was one of the best burgers we’d ever had. The gruyere helps neutralize the strong flavor of the blue cheese. Towards the last few bites, however, the cheeses became a bit overpowering. My suggestion — if you come with another person, order the Republic Burger and something else like the fish and chips and just split both between the two of you.

Now, for people who don’t have an affinity for foreign cheeses, the Republic Burger might not be the burger for you. So, another option is to stick with the Just-A-Burger ($6), which is the same great burger with more traditional toppings.

Adding to this burger goodness, I tried a side of elbow mac and cheese with bratwurst ($3) and it was equally delicious, though not as hot out of the kitchen as I hoped it to be.

Although I haven’t tried anything else on their menu, I’m looking forward to trying the fish & chips ($12) and their ale braised & glazed ribs ($19) during my next visit.

With so many food and beer combinations I see myself dining at Republic pretty regularly. Although the place has more dining space than bar space (I feel it could benefit from more bar space considering the place is called a pub), the Good Egg Dining Group has done a good job with Repbulic, creating nice, new addition to the OKC dining scene and the developing Classen Curve area. Once the new Whole Foods opens up across the street from it, it will be very hard for me to avoid stopping by Republic every time I decide to go food shopping.

What’s your experience with Repbulic? Leave your opinions in the comments below.

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  • molly says:
    June 14th, 2010 at 7:52 am   

    we love this place. their jalapeno glazed salmon is some of the best i’ve had in a long, long time. i just moved to OKC from dallas a couple of weeks ago and have been 2x already and am anxious to return again soon. their beer list is obviously great, but they also have a fun cocktail list. stop by for an afternoon with friends and get a pub pretzel with beer cheese fondue. you will not be disappointed.

  • Gary says:
    June 14th, 2010 at 9:45 am   

    My wife and I have eaten there twice. It’s OK, but a little pricey. The atmosphere is the best thing about it. Food is just OK.

  • John says:
    June 14th, 2010 at 4:05 pm   

    My wife loves the open face BLT and the three little pigs is to die for. Wonderful place!!!

  • Anon Reader Dude says:
    June 14th, 2010 at 9:47 pm   

    Nice TVs, excellent beer list. I also enjoy their beer “flights” — a selection of 3 or 4 beers sharing a theme or style.

    Slightly cheeseball twentysomething crowd — and then the middle-aged wannabe playas move in on other nights.

    The food? It’s frustrating. Very good ingredient quality (especially the silky bratwurst), but consistently bland seasoning. They’ll give you “mustard” accompaniment but instead of being pungent and spicy like good mustard, it’ll be sweet, unchallenging, and bland. From a foodie standpoint, it’s insulting. Just because we’re in OKC doesn’t mean we’re six years old.

    They MUST start using adult levels of seasoning before I’ll take their food seriously.

  • Anon Reader Dude says:
    June 14th, 2010 at 9:57 pm   

    Also, they need to rethink the background music. It’s bizarre. At lunch, you’re nagged by one-hit wonders that sound like they came from a second-string AM soft rock station. circa 1974. “Hey There Georgie Girl” played LOUD. Gah. No idea what demographic that’s supposed to appeal to.

    There are definitely some good things about Republic, but there are plenty of kinks left to work out of this concept.

  • JuJu Beans says:
    June 15th, 2010 at 12:11 am   

    This place is a pretty fancy bar for Oklahoma, and it’s nice, but our group had terrible service. My water wasn’t brought to me until I had to ask twice, and we had to wait 10-15 minutes for another drink. Our server never even came to check up on us, and another server brought us a wrong order of food too.

  • SSSNAKES! says:
    June 15th, 2010 at 9:08 am   

    I thought I should mention that “Just-A-Burger” is also on the menu at Whataburger.

  • Tim says:
    June 15th, 2010 at 11:26 am   

    @SSSNAKES! – hahaha, nice! Whataburger’s version doesn’t have the hyphens, though, and I’m sure there may be some other differences between the two :)

  • Anne says:
    June 15th, 2010 at 5:13 pm   

    This place has potential — it’s hard to find decent food late in this town. Maybe it’s that their menu descriptions are so good — or that we went several times in the first month it was open. (We really wanted to like it!) I was honestly dumbfounded when I heard that Republic was connected with the Good Egg folks, because I like their other establishments. The first time, I ordered the turkey burger with the macaoni and cheese. The burger was moist, but even with the white cheddar and avocado salsa, it was weirdly tasteless. The macaroni and cheese was saved by the sausage in there, which imparted some flavor to an otherwise bland (but pretty) little casserole. The next time, I thought I’d just order smarter: I ordered a beef tenderloin sandwich with arugula, gruyere and horseradish mayo. I was expecting some intense taste! But it fell so very flat — I can’t really explain how that’s possible with the described ingredients, but it is. There was hardly any beef — and priced at $14 for just the sandwich, that’s a tasteless but pretty bitter pill. I just checked their website menu and noticed that the beef sandwich has changed. If that’s an indication that they’ve changed things up, that’s good! We may try it again.

  • Chris Johnson says:
    June 16th, 2010 at 8:33 am   

    I’m so torn with this place. I’ve been twice. Had two different burgers. Two different sides. Different beers. Different desserts. The food is very good. Is it my favorite? Absolutely not. I think the $3 burger at McNellies is far superior (review is coming Tim, I swear), and it’s nowhere near Nic’s.

    I have to agree 100% with JuJu Beans – the service is wretched. Visit #1 was just myself in a half empty gastropub. From the time I ordered until the time my food arrived was almost 30 minutes. I’m sorry, but 30 minutes for a cheeseburger? Trip #2 was a party of 2, and equally bad service. It took and hour and a half to get in and out of rePUBlic, which makes it impossible to dine here on a lunch break.

    It is flashy though. Perhaps the flashy decor masks the (just barely) above average food?

  • John says:
    June 17th, 2010 at 9:00 am   

    Don’t listen to all the whiner’s. My wife and I have been 4 times with 3 different party sizes and have had good to great service each time. The food was wonderful as well, not bland by a longshot. Some people just can’t be pleased!!!

  • JF says:
    June 18th, 2010 at 4:15 pm   

    Been once, was wonderful! Planning on taking 2 guests next week… sure hope service and food is as good as it was a month ago!

  • says:
    June 23rd, 2010 at 11:02 am   

    Great food, Great service!

    what’s up with all you people wanting spices? Do you not like the taste of food that you cover it up with spices? Spices are to enhance the natural favor of food…not mask it.

    Also…hardly expensive! All prics are very reasonable! If you want Whattburger prices…go there!

  • Sid Burgess says:
    June 25th, 2010 at 1:17 pm   

    Try their brownie. It is divine.

  • Eric Granata says:
    June 27th, 2010 at 4:19 pm   

    I had a Reuben made with “pork belly” it was extreme and a pleasant surprise.

  • PBaird says:
    July 8th, 2010 at 4:15 pm   

    Great atmosphere with cool vibe.

    I split a Republic burger and a Piggy-Back burger with a friend & shared sides of strings and their mac&cheese. I found everything but the Piggy-Back to be bland. How can a burger with a fried egg be bland? Surely this isn’t possible but it certainly seemed like their hamburger meat was unseasoned. Maybe a part of it was that we ordered both burgers “Medium” and they both came out with zero pink on the inside. Am I wrong or should something ordered Medium have some pink in the middle?

    Now for the positive – The Piggy-Back is a burger that I will order again. I love a sweet and spicy mixture and although it tips to the too sweet side, I loved it.

    We had above average service from our waiter during a busy lunch time so no complaints there. I will likely give them another try.

  • Aimee says:
    July 12th, 2010 at 2:18 pm   

    I have been there several times with several different groups and the food is… ok. The service is horrible. But the place is interesting and if you like to try cool beers, it is an interesting visit. But yes the service is awful. it is like they are too cool to care if you have a bad time. It is weird. But I will keep trying, i guess it cannot get worse. Or am I jinxing myself?

  • Elegy444 says:
    July 19th, 2010 at 3:45 pm   

    I love the atmosphere. I like the bar. The pretzel is the best I’ve ever had, the burger was tasty.

    However, I TOO have had mixed service experiences. Every time I’ve sat at a table, it’s been fine. When I’ve sat at the bar, IN THE MIDDLE of the bar, both times have had to wait extraordinarily long times to be served. The last time I was at the bar at 3:00 pm, 7-8 people there, I waited 17 minutes before being greeted. Yes I timed.

    I do enjoy the rest so much, I’ll keep going back. But I understand where other reviewers are coming from.

  • Kacy says:
    August 26th, 2010 at 11:12 am   

    I’ve had the turkey burger and the cheese ale soup here and both were fantastic. I would skip the Caesar salad. The donut dessert kind of tasted like pure salt to me, but I liked the idea.

  • EC says:
    September 2nd, 2010 at 11:13 pm   

    Going in, I thought gastropub was taking a new inventive twist on pub food.

    The service was good, was not really busy when we went during lunch on a Sunday.

    I got the fish and chips, my wife got a salad with chicken. We were a little dissapointed. The food we got did not live up to how the menu described the food. Not that it was bad, but just that the food seemed to be stuff I could just go to grocery store and throw together to make the same thing (in fact my wife did that with her salad and now makes it at home). I was expecting to be surprised and possibly wonder how they made it. My “fried caper” tarter sauce appeared to be just grocery store tartar sauce with a few fried capers on top. The fish was really fresh, but the batter was not any better than fast food, neither were the

    We both just walked away thinking, not bad, but we could make the same thing easily at home.

  • Sam says:
    September 2nd, 2010 at 11:36 pm   

    Thanks EC for your thoughts on the Fish and Chips. Maybe I’ll forego that option when I visit them again.

  • Zombii says:
    September 9th, 2010 at 2:41 pm   

    I’ve been to Republic twice now, and I can’t say when a future visit will happen. There just isn’t a compelling reason for me to return (aside from the burger with the pork belly…omg…). I *love* the restaurants by the Good Egg group, and if this one was named anything other than a pub, I would love it too. Unfortuantely, the word “pub” comes with a set idea of what to expect: warm, inviting atmosphere, beer, and good food to accompany the beer. They’ve hit the mark with the beer selection and good food. I’m just not feeling it from the atmosphere. It’s too cold, too sterile, and too separated. The booths are too private, without a view of the bar, and the TVs just seem out of place. The bar is nice and pretty to look at (if you can see it from your booth), but it lacks the atmosphere and layout of a place like McNellie’s – where everyone is pretty close and talks to everyone else. Pubs are a place to relax, enjoy a beer, and chat up some strangers (not in some sleazy-pick up way, just in a friendly “reconnecting with your fellow man after a long day at the rat races” kind of way), not sit in your sterile little seat with aloof waitstaff trying to overlook you and feel like something is “lacking.” I didn’t relax on either trip to Republic, and I found my party to almost get less talkative as time went on. It was just weird, like the place was slowly sucking out our good cheer. *shrug* maybe it’s just me.

    Anyway, food wise: I have tried two burgers, the Republic Burger and the Piggy-back burger, Fish and Chips, and the Three Little Pigs.

    For the burgers, I found the Republic burger to be good, but incredibly messy by the end – too messy. The Piggy-back burger? Don’t get me started. It was amazing. Just amazing. So rich and sinfully delicious and coats the lips with that slick fat. It was the first time having pork belly and now I’m hooked. Fish and Chips was the best I’ve sampled in the city so far. And as for the three little pigs. *sigh* Not a winner for me. If you’re going to provide me with what amounts to two or three bits of each thing for $20, it had better be the best you can possibly do with the ingredients. Sadly, it wasn’t. The best of the bunch was the pork belly (duh, can’t mess that one up), with the ribs coming in a distant #2. Why do restaurants here (lookin’ at you too, 1492) put such heavy sauce on ribs? Like, waaaayyy too much, way too strong, and it totally drowns out the flavor of the meat. Color me not happy, the sauce was just too overwhelming in every area. And the least impressive was the osso buco. A fine piece of meat, but it would have fit better in a stew instead of sitting all by its lonesome on my plate. Needless to say, I won’t be suckered into the three little pigs again.

    Any return trips will be dependent on my craving of the pork belly burger. It’s a fine restaurant, but it’s not a pub, and I don’t like the cold, uninviting atmosphere. Your mileage may vary.

  • Zombii says:
    September 9th, 2010 at 2:42 pm   

    Holy crap that was wordy! Sorry guys! Should have scaled it back!

  • NathanM says:
    September 10th, 2010 at 3:50 pm   

    I’ve been 2-3 times, and only the last time tried any of the food — the Pulled Chicken Nachos, which weren’t all that great. I am looking forward to trying the Piggy-Back Burger, based on everyone’s raving here.

    Service-wise my experience has been a little mixed, but I really think it boils down to what Elegy444 said. The couple times I’ve sat at the bar, it has been mixed (though not terrible, and both times it was admittedly crowded), but on my most recent time, sitting in a table, the service was excellent and we had a fabulous time.

    In the end I come away liking the place. The atmosphere, similar to Red Prime Steakhouse, is not something you find in OKC often enough. And while I agree with Zombii that the word “pub” carries certain connotations, we already have those at McNellie’s and elsewhere, and I see Republic as holding itself out as more swanky, pub+sports bar fusion than a misguided Irish pub.

  • Kaylee says:
    September 30th, 2010 at 1:20 pm   

    Ok-I just got back from this place and I have no idea why most are giving it a bad review. I had a GREAT experience. We went for a co-worker’s birthday so there was 10 of us. I called ahead and although they don’t take reservations they went ahead and set our table up for us. Right when we got there, waters were at every seat, and when i returned from the bathroom they already had our drinks out. Service was fast and friendly, and everything was right. The food was great! Most of us got a burger, and I heard no complaint. I thought it was very flavorful! Out of the 10 of us our waiter had to deal with 9 seperate checks, again, this was handled quickly and correctly. I will be back for sure!

  • Sam says:
    September 30th, 2010 at 1:39 pm   

    Kaylee, thanks for your report. I guess some days are just better than others. Hopefully they become more consistent as time passes. Like you said, I had great service and good food so I had no reason to complain.

  • Lesa Olive says:
    October 18th, 2010 at 9:40 pm   

    we ate there last night for the first time and it was great!! We tried their scotch egg omg it was yummy. We also had their hot onion and bacon dip it was a little small but fantasic. We had the brat with saurekrat and potatoes the mustard that comes with this was excellent. What can I say about the beer selections. We loved it and we are already planning our next visit with more friends.

  • Cristela says:
    November 8th, 2010 at 6:51 am   

    My husband and I went there last week for a post-theatre snack and have to say we were extremely disappointed. Having never been there, we didn’t know what the protocol was for seating so we stood there (by ourselves mind you, it was pretty empty) for more than 5 minutes, as at least three servers and the manager walked past. It wasn’t until I said, “If one more employee walks past me I’m leaving,” that we were told to sit anywhere we wanted. I don’t particularly like feeling as if I have to be a member of the group to know how to order.

    We had the pretzel burger with a grainy, flavorless beer cheese fondue and tepid scotch egg. Having lived in England for four years, I know pubs and I know scotch eggs. This establishment is neither that good. While they do have a great beer selection, so does McNellies or even S&B’s Burger Joint for that matter. And neither of those places are quite so self-important.

  • Suzy says:
    November 26th, 2010 at 8:24 pm   

    Ate lunch at Republic today. It was crowded-no problem with the service however. There were eight of us so we sampled a few things. Potato skins were good- burgers good. We like the chicken pot pie- tasted like the chicken was smoked-had very good flavor. Not a fan of the ale soup or the gnocchi. The guys liked the wings and we loved the pretzel. I definitely will go back for lunch.

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  • Brian Grider says:
    February 15th, 2011 at 9:01 pm   

    Republic is a nice change up for a burger. The pretzel buns are awesome. The burger that has the cheese fondue is by far my favorite. It’s a little pricey for a burger since you have to pay extra for a side, but the food is excellent and the atmosphere is great. Highly recommend to others!

  • Paula Thomas says:
    February 17th, 2011 at 1:33 pm   

    I dream weekly of the Beef Cobb Salad…not heavy, the beef melts in your mouth, and full of good protein! Delish doesn’t begin to describe it.

  • Lesa Olive says:
    February 17th, 2011 at 1:35 pm   

    you just made me want to go back there real soon. yum….

  • Becky M says:
    February 17th, 2011 at 3:45 pm   

    Been there three times and never had a problem with the service.Food is good, not great and not the reason I”d go back. I did get their mac ‘n cheese and presonally I didn’t care much for it and I love mac ‘n cheese. I’d go back for all the beers. Took my parents there and they got a kick of all the 20s and 30s in there all decked out in there pick-me-up clothes.

  • Debbie says:
    March 2nd, 2012 at 6:32 pm   

    I think one of their pub pretzels with mustard sauce is starting to call my name!

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