Skinny Chick and Tomato Mozzarella Salad at Saturn Grill in Oklahoma City

Saturn Grill: creativity well done

by | June 1, 2010 | 18 Comments


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Revisit note: this review was originally published in November of 2006, but has been revisited and updated.

Saturn Grill was one of the very first restaurants I reviewed back when I started this website in the Fall of 2006 (see the full text of my original review below). After visiting their new location on Memorial for the first time last weekend, I thought it was time to revisit this review.

It had been a while since I’d been to Saturn Grill. I’m not sure why, but I just got out of the habit of going. Maybe the persistent crowds at the original location and the fact that our family now has three small children kept me away. Yeah, that’s likely it, so when they opened a new location I thought I’d give it a try to see if I could get the same great food with a little more breathing room for the family.

The verdict – yes, indeed. The new location is quite a bit more spacious and not nearly as crowded (at least at the time I went). And, at least in my sampling of the Spicy Steak Sandwich ($8.95), the quality still remained.

I will say, however, that it was a difficult sell for bringing the kids. The kids meals are $5 each with a choice of four entrees. My kids both went for the pizza, but didn’t really enjoy it. It was way too big as well and they should have split one. Maybe that’s the trick I should try next time. Ah, well, at least we had plenty of room to spread out around our ginormous table. And my kids always appreciate the space-like decor which is consistent even in the new location.

I’m glad I made it back to Saturn Grill. If you’ve tried either one of their locations, please let us know what you think in the comments.

Original review from November 2006:

I always love a good surprise, especially when that surprise is extremely tasty. Saturn Grill was just such a surprise for me. A friend of mine invited me to lunch there. I had never heard of the place before, but now it’s at the top of my list.

Saturn Grill

There’s so much to love about the Saturn Grill because there’s so much that’s interesting. Let’s start with the quirky, yet nicely done, decor. On one side the wall is painted to look like the red surface of its planet namesake, while the other side displays a starfield. It’s as if you’re suspended in the depths of space (or so my four year old son believes). The approach could have come off cheesy like some sort of shopping mall arcade, but Saturn Grill pulls it off in a sophisticated yet playful way.

Intriguing tables, chairs, stools and large, half-moon booths provide a great variety of seating for groups of many sizes and a variety of ecletic lighting fixtures add to the vibe. Outdoor seating is also available (always a plus) on simple tables with modern, brightly colored orange and purple chairs.

The menu matches nicely with its environment. The truly eclectic range of dishes defy categorization, but the choices are reasonably limited and every one offers something interesting. This carefully crafted selection separates Saturn Grill from your everyday deli or cafe.

My usual pick is the Skinny Chick and Salad ($7.95). A good portion of flattened chicken breast is seasoned, grilled and served alongside the salad of your choice. I usually pick the tomato and mozzarella salad which offers fresh tomato slices and quality chunks of soft mozzarella on a bed of spinach with a light vinagarette.

In addition to the regular menu, Saturn Grill offers daily specials which are always tempting and widely varied. Often with a southwest flavor, these specialty plates are a great way to experience their creativity. Specialty soups, sandwiches, pastas, and even deserts round out their offerings. Saturn Grill’s menu is a shining example from which many restaurants could learn a great deal — offer fewer choices but make each of those choices unique and purposeful.

Saturn Grill isn’t the cheapest place to eat. For a limited service restaurant, the price tag can be a little higher than what you find at some other places. But remember, folks, it’s about value. And the level of creativity and taste you find at Saturn Grill is well worth the few extra dollars you might spend. Obviously, there are many who agree and for that reason I recommend arriving at times slightly off of the peak hours to avoid what can be very long lines.

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  • metro says:
    December 27th, 2007 at 11:36 am   

    You can’t loose at Saturn Grill. As you mentioned, it is a buck or two more than you’d spend elsewhere, but worth it. They use fresh ingredients and herbs (which most restaurants don’t). They also offer a very unique, creative, diverse and healthy menu. They always have more upscale options than you’d find elsewhere at the same price and they are always adding new items/having specialities of the day or seasonal items. I highly recommend Saturn Grill. You better get there early if you want a seat though, if you get their at noon, good luck on finding a table.

  • Sheri says:
    February 23rd, 2008 at 1:18 pm   

    Yeah, but the weird thing is that I’ve never waited for a table, even when I’m 20 people-deep in line. By the time I pay and get my number, there’s always a spot. Don’t really understand how that can be, but it rocks.

  • Tim says:
    August 13th, 2008 at 1:20 pm   

    Went back today. It’s been a while since I’ve visited. It is still excellent. Had the spicy steak sandwich which is great. And a beautiful day to sit outside.

  • Megan says:
    September 21st, 2008 at 9:11 pm   

    I’ve been wanting to try Saturn Grill for quite some time now, but we keep forgetting about it. Reading this review, and the subsequent comments, makes me all the more eager to try it.

  • Rachel says:
    September 30th, 2008 at 7:37 am   

    I had some sort of unpronounceable Indian soup that started with an M. It was one of the most interesting and delicious things I have ever tasted. It had grapes, chicken, curry and cashews. I will have it again and again….. Love the pumpkin cookies, too.

  • Annette says:
    October 1st, 2008 at 11:21 pm   

    I tried Saturn Grill for the first time today, and frankly, I wasn’t all that impressed. I ordered the fettuccine carbonara because it sounded fantastic. Unfortunately, it was kind of bland in spite of the bacon, the sauce was really, really thin and the mushrooms were tough. If I ever get a chance to go back there, maybe I’ll try one of the salads or something.

  • David H. says:
    December 8th, 2008 at 3:53 am   

    The cupcakes are excellent.They said they get them from Sweet Memories on North May. The chicken salad sandwich is also very good with a side of much better than average potato salad.

  • Sam says:
    March 7th, 2009 at 1:35 pm   

    I think this place has THE BEST soups by far. I’ve never once had a soup I didn’t like, and I could probably eat their soups forever. The Caribbean jerk chicken and the spicy steak sandwiches are also money. I just wish I could get a different side from their potato salad…

  • John says:
    June 2nd, 2009 at 2:00 pm   

    Absolutely everything there is fresh, unique, and delicious. One of my favorite places in OKC.

  • Kaylee says:
    August 5th, 2009 at 11:24 am   

    My co-workers and I went here yesterday and it was SOO good. I had the grilles veggie pizza and it was amazing! I was handing out bites all around. The veggies were tender but still crisp and fresh. It was So good. Everything everyone else got also looked good. I really want to try one of their sandwiches on that flatbread. Looked yummy! I also had a choc. chip oatmeal cookie and it was really good. Think and chewy. I will go back for sure!

  • Kaylee says:
    February 4th, 2010 at 10:08 am   

    OK I know I was the last person to leave a comment, but I have been back and I just can’t get over this place! SOOOO good. I took my husband the other day and I had the blackened salmon sandwich on flatbread, OMG it was soooooo good. And Sam, you can get another side. I got fruit as my side item as I didn’t want potato salad. My husband had the chicken alfredo pizza and he said it was very good. I try to get everyone that comes to OKC to go here. SO GOOD!!

  • Tim says:
    February 5th, 2010 at 6:50 am   

    Kaylee, I am glad to see that Saturn Grill is still delivering the goods. This was one of the first reviews posted on this site long ago and they have remained solid through it all. Plus, I hear they have opened a second location.

  • Christina says:
    June 4th, 2010 at 9:09 pm   

    I agree with Annette about the carbonara. It’s exactly as she stated.

    I was no impressed. Cool decor though.

  • Tacha says:
    August 14th, 2010 at 9:39 pm   

    Saturn Grill is def a cool place to eat. All the food Ive eaten there has been really good. We would always go for lunch, where we would stand in lines, sometimes all the way outside the revolving doors. Obviously, if we were willing to wait, having only an hr for lunch, we thought it was worth it. I especially like to Alfredo chicken pizza. REALLY good… me and my friend would get it and split it. Definitely too big of a pizza for just me. Had their Strawberry cheesecake one time too.. and BOY was that gooood!!! def recommend this place. havent tried to one of memorial they just opened yet..

  • Debbie says:
    February 15th, 2011 at 9:59 am   

    I love the variety at Saturn Grill. My favorite sandwich is the SBLT – I hate mayo & it is made with honey mustard & better lettuce than iceburg. I don’t care for potatoe salad which is the standard side so I really like being able to get a small side of fresh fruit insteady. I also like getting the combo of 1/2 sandwich and salad – my favorite for that is the grilled chicken & fresh fruit & spinich salad. I have also enjoyed some of their daily specials – like the additional options. The white chocolate cranberry cookies are great. My only complaint is the Nichols Hills Plaza location doesn’t always have enough dining space during peak hours.

  • Brian Grider says:
    February 15th, 2011 at 9:02 pm   

    I love Saturn Grill, can’t say I have a favorite dish, I try something new each time. Been pleasantly surprised every time. Food’s great, and fairly inexpensive.

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