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Sophabella’s is located at 7628 N May (map) in Oklahoma City (879-0100). Hours are 11am – 10pm Mon – Thurs; 11am – 11pm Fri – Sat; and 10:30am – 9pm on Sunday. Brunch on Sunday is held from 10:30am – 3pm.

I have found everything I like in a restaurant at Sophabella’s – comfortable atmosphere, consistent and classy service, robust, flavorful food and great Tony Bennett-esque music. It’s the kind of place you can go to on a dressy date, but feel just as comfortable popping in after a day at the mall in jeans and a sweatshirt. Plus, the menu offers just as wide a variety of food as the people you’ll find dining there.

Sophabella’s in Oklahoma City

Our family’s favorite appetizer has to be the toasted ravioli, probably because of the slightly spicy and thick marinara sauce with which it is served. This is the kind of marinara you can sink you teeth into. I get really disappointed by some of the other thin, runny marinara sauces served by other Italian restaurants, but you don’t have to worry about thin and runny at Sophabella’s. This could easily be a meal in itself, especially if paired with one of their signature salads. I usually just go with the house salad and dressing, which is a really nice Italian viniagrette. My husband won’t leave without a bowl of their homemade lobster and crab bisque – the best in town, he says. And no wonder, after interviewing the owners Bill Brazil and Sandy Ochoa-Brazil, I found out everything in the restaurant is homemade from scratch. And you can tell – it’s delicious.

Sandy says the fish is brought in daily, and one of the daily specials is usually a fish dish. She says the steaks are the same prime filet as what the high end steak houses in town serve, except at a fraction of the cost. And the pasta menu is pretty incredible – one whole page to itself, which contains a really great variety of almost anything one could want.

One of the specialties is their Chicago-style pizza, which you can order with a thin or thick crust, and it’s fabulous. In fact, they have a customer here in town who flies customers in from Chicago just for the pizza at Sophabella’s. The natives from Chicago compare the pizza here favorably to Geno’s in Chicago. The dough is homemade and the sauce is homemade.

Sandy says another specialty during Sunday brunch is their Bloody Mary bar, which has turned into a big hit with customers. For $4, they set up all of the fixings for you to make your own Bloody Mary just the way you like it. The rest of the brunch menu features a Cajun and French flair.

The catering business has recently been expanded by bringing on Peter Seay, who helped get the local Skirvin Hotel started. They are now ready to service wedding rehearsal dinners, as well as large-party catering. For catering information, please call 659-1809.

Sophabella’s in Oklahoma City

There has never been anything we have been disappointed in at Sophabella’s. I would just describe it as an extremely relaxing, comfortable, great place to eat. I never feel hurried – it’s someplace I like to go for the total dining experience. My foodie family members from Dallas really like it too, and I enjoy taking them there.

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  • MarkB says:
    February 3rd, 2008 at 8:19 pm   

    I agree, I have never had a bad meal. The pizza is as close to Geno’s East as I have ever had outside of Geno’s East.

  • sarah says:
    February 3rd, 2008 at 8:35 pm   

    Thanks for your comment – I was hoping someone “in the know” about Chicago pizzarias would post! Haven’t made it up there myself yet.

  • Sheri says:
    February 23rd, 2008 at 11:53 am   

    I have *never* had a great meal here and actually tasted the very worst fettucini alfredo ever created. The sauce had cooked (not carmelized or anything interesting) in it, which was not mentioned on the menu. I wanted to like Sophabella’s so much, but after three or so tries I doubt I ever go back.

  • Robert Williams says:
    March 5th, 2008 at 1:23 pm   

    The service has been spectacularly bad every time I’ve been there, both at lunch and dinner. I know this is an Oklahoma City tradition, but something is out of whack at this place. I would never have gone a second time were the double decker pepperoni pizza not stunning (at least in appearance).

    The pizza is interesting once, but twice was enough. Their desserts are unispired, and everything costs more than it should on north May, especially since poor service keeps you in the place 20% longer than you should be. This is not a high volume or cooking time issue; it is a compotence issue. I’m not going to get into the Geno’s/Uno/several others debate, I love pizza period. However, I feel confident that Sophabella would never, never gain a following in Chicago.

  • sarah says:
    March 5th, 2008 at 9:28 pm   

    Thanks for commenting, Robert. I’m amazed that so many different people can have so many different experiences at one place. But that’s why this site is good – we need differing opinions. I’m going back there this Saturday and am anxious to see what happens!

  • Austin says:
    May 15th, 2008 at 1:36 pm   

    I’ve been to Sophabella’s once and eaten the filet with gorgonzola sauce another time at a private function. The filet was UNBELIEVABLE. I couldn’t get enough. When we dined in, my girlfriend ordered the strip steak with crab and lobster cream sauce and it was very tasty as well. I had a “chicago style” pizza. While it tasted good, it was not what I would describe as “chicago style”. It was more in the vein of BJ’s Brewhouse or Pizza Hut deep dish. When I think of Chicago style, I think deep, but I also think buttery, flaky, almost biscuit like crust. BIG difference.
    The service was spot on-though it was pretty empty when we were in there during a prime dinner hour I thought.
    A friend of mine had dinner there the other night and tried the thin brick oven pizza with goat cheese and some other toppings and said it was very very tasty as well.

  • Sarah says:
    May 17th, 2008 at 4:41 pm   

    Thanks for commenting, Austin – I especially appreciate the pizza critique since I have yet to have a “real” Chicago pizza. I’ve dined here twice since my original review and am sticking with my opinion – good food, good service.

  • Zina says:
    May 26th, 2008 at 12:54 pm   

    My family and I always make it a point to stop by our FAVORITE Italian/Eclectic restaurant in OKC when we visit from Houston. Over the past year we have missed the owners because they had opened a second location in Yukon. I personally think the OKC location suffered while the owners were opening the other restaurant, like any business. But my family doesn’t have to worry about that anymore b/c the Yukon location is closed due to embezzlement.
    We love coming to an establishment when you get a personal visit by the owner. The food is impeccable! We’ve eaten at a lot of Italian owned and Italian inspired restaurants in Houston and NONE can compare to the authentic flavors we find at SOPHABELLA’S. Since Mr.Brazil’s return, we have had nothing but delicious food and fantastic service! We love the pizza dough, the house bread and my husband always enjoys the stuffed gorgonzola. Our family recently thoroughly enjoyed a Mother’s Day Brunch fit for QUEEN!!! 15 of us were able to eat our hearts desire from King Crab Legs, Prime Rib to a sea of home made desserts!
    I don’t know if you have been in there recently, but they completely redecorated inside and it’s beautiful by Brunos Home Furnishings.
    I’m originally from Oklahoma and send my boss and his clients there all the time. They love it and appreciate the huge wine selection and great steaks. In fact, my boss just was there last week and had their KOBE Sirloin and said it was out of this world. We will always stop in for the best pizza, steaks, and oh, I almost forgot…the famous SOPHABELLA’S sundae!!
    As you can tell by my comments, we’ve been coming to SOPHABELLA’S for six years and we’ve always had great food and service and will continue to recommend it and eat there!

  • Sarah says:
    May 26th, 2008 at 8:55 pm   

    Glad you’ve had good experiences also Zina – thanks for your insight. I agree the Sunday brunch is still a bit of a great secret here in town. And I’m glad the owner is back onsite only at the OKC location too. It’s great to see him circulating amongst the customers.

  • Rafal says:
    June 20th, 2008 at 2:52 pm   

    Agree, Agree, and Agree – If you havent been to Sophabellas, you need to go immediately.

    For you pizza lovers, try the quattro formagio with your favorite toppings (the caramelized onions are everything you hoped and dreamed they would be)

  • Kristin says:
    July 1st, 2008 at 1:55 pm   

    I have only been for Sunday brunch and it’s definately my favorite brunch place. I’ve had brunch at a variety of places including Nova, Pearls and others. You get a ton of food for $7 or $8. They have a selection of about 10 different dishes and then you get to pick a huge homeade cinammon roll or biscuits and gravy to go with it. The Bloody Mary bar was amazing!

  • Tom Buckley says:
    July 14th, 2008 at 12:38 pm   

    After reading many posts concerning Sophabella’s, I asked my wife if she’d like to try it out. She loves a good Chicken Marsala and me we’ll I just like to look at the menu and pick items that will sometimes lay under the radar. It all depends on my mood. We went on a Sunday night and maybe that was the problem. (Sunday Brunch) We sat down and spoke with the waiter explaining this was our first time at Sophabella’s. He gave us a chance to review the menu and brought us our drinks. I’d heard about the pizza so we decided to start out with some pizza rolls. The waiter put the order in and we previewed the menu more. We decided on Chicken Marsala for my wife and I tried the Linguini Besciamella. Each came with salad and bread, pretty normal. Then, it happened… We waited for the appetizer and then the salads and bread showed up. We asked “What happened to the appetizer”? Sure enough here comes the appetizer. On the table at the same time as our salads. Nothing gets me more @&$*#(#% when you can’t get good service and your food is not out in order. So here we are with our salad, bread and the pizza rolls. We tried the Pizza Rolls and they were fantastic. The crust was wonderful and the sauce great, not too chunky but not runny either. (We also noticed alot of take out orders for pizza and people at other tables ordering pizza) And then it happened again….. The entrees came out and we were still working on the salad. #$#^#%^$%^ The entrees were not great. The sauce on my meal seemed to be burned. The sausage, shrimp and noodles were good but with the sauce seemed to be put together at the last moment and then burned. My wifes Chicken Marsala was a big dissappointment. The chicken was really thick (no tenderizing) and tough. The sauce was really thin and had no flavor. It was just a bland marsala sauce added to noodles with a big piece of chicken. Had much better at Olive Garden.
    So as we ended the night, we felt like we were dissappointed. Service was lacking, food wasn’t that good. We both looked at each other and said the same thing. “Good pizza place, posing as an Italian restaurant” Thanks for letting me say a word to two

  • Sarah says:
    July 14th, 2008 at 5:28 pm   

    Sorry you had such an inconsistent experience, Tom. I had the same thing happen to me at Hideaway the other night. Our appetizer, salads and pizza all arrived at the same time. Makes for a blah dining experience. Seems Sophabella’s needs a little help on its consistency also. People either really love it or…not.

  • Dayna says:
    July 30th, 2008 at 10:47 am   

    We have been to both the Yukon and OKC locations. We really liked the pizza, but my husband thought the chicken marsala was disappointing. The one thing that was always consistent during our visits to either location was the service. It was very poor but the staff was friendly. I was willing to sacrifice service for the pizza.

  • KevinW says:
    September 3rd, 2008 at 12:11 pm   

    This is the place my friends go to for pizza. It is always good and we usually have very good service. It can take awhile for the waiters to get around to you sometimes but usually we are not in a big hurry so I don’t mind. I also love to decor of the place, it seems like the type of place Sinatra would hang out at back in the day.

  • Giannina says:
    October 13th, 2008 at 8:43 pm   

    I tried Sophabella’s this past weekend. I thought the atmosphere was lovely and the service was very good but was highly unimpressed by the food. The soups were alright, though in need of a bit of salt. The main course, I cannot say the same for. I got the salmon en croute, which looked great but, regretfully, did not taste like much. My husband had the same experience with what he ordered. We noticed that EVERYONE around us was ordering pizza, so maybe we just missed the memo. I would give it a second try to taste the pizza but not for their other options.

  • ChelC says:
    February 20th, 2009 at 4:42 pm   

    Robert Williams,

    Thank you for your post. When I go out with my guy, we tend to have bad luck with service, no matter where we go! And, if this place proved to be poor service, there is no doubt I wouldn’t hear the end of it for WEEKS! Thanks!

  • Laura says:
    April 17th, 2009 at 5:29 pm   

    Sophabella’s is one of my favorite places to eat in the city. Every time I’ve been, I have had wonderful food and wonderful service! I can’t imagine why people have had such a terrible experience with with staff. They have always been helpful and prompt! If you are kind to your servers, they will be kind to you :) I ate at Sophabella’s last night and had a deep dish pizza (it was amazing, as always!) and my date had the gorgonzola filet (which was also wonderful..I stole a bite!). I’m addicted to their spinach and artichoke dip and they have a GREAT wine selection. The atmosphere was perfect, I could have spent all night at our candlelit table listening to Frank Sinatra and Diana Krall. I highly recommend it to all!

  • Anon Reader Dude says:
    July 12th, 2009 at 1:20 pm   

    In my opinion this review seriously overrates the restaurant. The readers’ ratings (a mediocre 3 out of 5 stars) are more accurate.

    I’ve never been impressed by anything at Sophabella’s except for the thin-crust pizza, which is tasty. The deep dish pizza is a gloppy mess in comparison to actual, good Chicago deep dish.

    I also had an undistinguished, flavorless chicken marsala here. Then I stopped going.

  • Kaylee says:
    July 14th, 2009 at 1:39 pm   

    My fiance and I tried Sophabellas about a month ago. He is really in to italian and I read the review on here so I thought we would try it. It was better than “ok” but not great. We split the chicken alfredo pizza and the lobster ravioli. Both were good but I wasn’t blown away. We also had the fried ravioli as an app. which was yummy. We had one drink each and our bill was pretty hefty, more than I would say it was worth. I would go back, but would stick with the cheaper stuff instead of paying lots for not GREAT food.

  • Bill Turner says:
    July 22nd, 2009 at 12:39 pm   

    Sophabella’s is quite good. I’ve been there for lunch twice now, and both times it was excellent. I had the soft tacos the first time, which were nicely spicy (probably too much for most Okie palettes). Last time I had fetuccini with pesto sauce, which was also very good. And the service has been good both times.

  • Norma says:
    August 16th, 2009 at 1:14 pm   

    All I have to say is if you have a large party for Sunday Brunch it is a very bad idea. We had approximatly 30 people and we had one waiter that took all of our drink orders and food orders. It took over 45 min. to get drinks to everyone. The food was not good the service was terrible and no manager or owner to be found until we all were walking out the door. The hostess stood at the front and never offered to help get water along with 2 or 3 other wait staff, I think that ESPN was more important than us getting good service. I could go go on and on and on and on about what a bad experience this was but what good would it do if the Owner doesn’t even care. Oh by the way this was a 3 hour ordeal.

  • Sarah says:
    November 4th, 2009 at 2:05 pm   

    Ate here again last Friday night, and the food was very good, as was the service. We split the chicken fettucine, and had the bean soup and a house salad before hand. In addition to our main server, we also had two other servers keeping our drinks filled and dishes cleared.

  • Daniel says:
    February 2nd, 2010 at 6:17 am   

    I live in the neighborhood and have driven by this place hundreds of times and finally decided to check it out. Conclusion: there’s a reason there are so many mixed reviews for this place, it’s just not very good. For those of you who like it, I’m kind of shocked as I thought everything was incredibly bland. We did not have the pizza, so I can’t comment on their best dish, but the rest of the food was tasteless. Even the wine was from a bottle that must have been opened for a few days as it was flat. Also, maybe this is an Oklahoma thing, but why have a big screen TV in an otherwise nice candlelit bistro?

    I will definitely not go back and wouldn’t recommend the place to anyone else.

  • Disappointed says:
    February 16th, 2010 at 10:04 am   

    I have been a regular customer of Sophabella’s for about three years. I like the atmosphere, and I am okay with the slow service. Sunday, Valentines Day, became the biggest disappointment dinning experience that I have ever had! My date and I arrived at 4:07 P.M.,(The staff was eating sonic at the first table when we arrived. The restaurant opened at 4:00. We did not have reservations, so we asked if the restaurant was only taking reservations and they said that would be later, but we could dine, as the dinning room was empty. We ordered an appetizer and our meals from the special Valentines menu, I ordered the center cut pork chops, that I had to ask for a steak knife to cut. (Albeit a lost cause trying to cut the pork chops because they were so tough). The food was not the issue, eventhough it was bad. I know Sophabella’s has good food; one bad experience wouldn’t turn me away. Which brings a sidenote: don’t develop a special menu for holidays, if it’s not as good or better than your regular menu. Here is the real reason I am posting this comment. WE ARRIVED AT 4:15, OUR FOOD ARRIVED AT 5:00 AND THE OWNER TOLD US…”THERE IS NO NICE WAY TO SAY THIS BUT WE NEED TO HURRY AND FINISH OUR FOOD”. STANDARD DINNING TIME IS TWO HOURS, SANS SLOW SERVICE. I COULD EVEN UNDERSTAND HER ISSUE IF THE RESTAURANT WAS FULL. THE DINING ROOM WAS 75% EMPTY!!!! DO YOU MEAN TO TELL ME YOU COULDN’T HAVE SEATED THE PEOPLE WITH 5:15 RESERVATION (WHO MAKES RESERVATIONS ON THE 15 OF AN HOUR, SHE WAS PROBABLY LYING!) IN ONE OF THE TWENTY OTHER EMPTY TABLES? IT ALL HAPPEND SO FAST AND I’M NOT A COMPLAINING CUSTOMER, I SHOULD HAVE ASKED FOR A DISCOUNT FOR FORCING US TO LEAVE. WHEN WE ASKED IF IT WAS RESERVATIONS ONLY THE OWNER WOMAN COULD HAVE SAID YES AND WE WOULD HAVE BEEN FINE WITH THAT. INSTEAD, MY GIRLFRIEND, WHO CAME ALL THE WAY FROM ST LOUIS, WAS ABLE TO SEE HOW THE PEOPLE AT SOPHABELLA’S TREAT FOLKS. A REAL DOSE OF OKC HOSPITALITY. I AM VERY DISAPPOINTED IN SOPHABELLA’S! AFTER THREE YEARS OF PATRONAGE, I AM SORRY TO SAY I WILL NOT BE BACK AND I WILL SHARE MY STORY WITH OTHERS!

  • Never Again.... says:
    February 16th, 2010 at 10:50 am   

    I was visiting my boyfriend in Oklahoma City from St. Louis for Valentine’s day. He decided to take me to Sophabella’s for dinner for Valentine’s Day. We attempted to go there on Saturday night, but the sign said it was reservation only and based on the crowd that was there…I assumed it must be a really good place so I wanted to try again. We tried again on the following day, Sunday 2/14/10. We arrived around 4:10PM. The restaurant opened at 4PM and we arrived at 4:10 PM. Upon our arrival, the staff seemed like they were still setting up for the evening. We asked the hostess and the owner if today (Sunday) was reservation only. The owner told us that it was, but they could seat us because it was early and it shouldn’t be a problem. I graciously thanked her and we proceeded to table 11. We ordered an appetizer (spinach artichoke dip) which was mediocre…but we ate it anyway. We received it around 4:30 PM. We then received the salad that came with our entree about 10 minutes later. Finally we received our entree around 4:50 PM. I orded the Lasagna and my boyfriend orded center cut porkchops. My lasgna’s quality did not match price that was being charged for it and my boyfriend pork chops was about as touch as a leather coat…to the point he had to ask for a steak knife. Despite all of that, we proceeded to eat our food. About 15 minutes later (5:05 PM) the owner came over to our table and told us, “This table had a 5:15 reservation and they are here. So there is no easy way to say this but you are going to have to hurry up”. I was appalled. How could she come over there an interrupt our meal to tell us a 5:15 appt is here. This is not a dentist appoint, its a meal reservation. It wouldn’t have been so bad if the restaraunt wasn’t COMPLETELY EMPTY! There was only 4 other couple in the entire restaurant! What kind of restaraunt makes reservation by table, rather than by availability. We should have had our meal reduced as part of the price of the meal is the ambience of the restarunt and the fact that you can take your time to dine. If I wanted fast food, I could have went to Sonic next door.

    To sum up, this was the worst dinning experience I have ever had. Not only was the food mediocre, similar to any other greasy spoon, over-priced pizzaria, the owner was unprofessional and rude. I will never come back to Sophabella again! I invite the owner to visit St. Louis’s The Hill to learn how to prepare tasty authentic italian cusines and brush up on her customer service skills as she was a poor representative of the Sophabella organization.

  • KiKi says:
    February 15th, 2014 at 7:50 am   

    Ok I really don’t know where to start because I eat at Sophabellas often and have my favorites! As far as desserts go! I’m a chocolate freak and there isn’t a restaurant that has better home made chocolate cake in Okc! The wild Salmon is great! Stuffed Gorgonzola is awesome! I mean awesome! I’m pretty sure I’ve had all the pizzas and they are great! My favorite is the chicken pesto! Sunday brunch is always great!
    I can’t imagine anybody getting a bad meal at Sophabellas and if I got something I didn’t care for, or it wasn’t like I’ve had there before? I’d tell my waiter and know it would be corrected, I haven’t had that and don’t expect to. I’m loyal to businesses that are worth my time and money! Sophabellas is great homemade food with great flavor! That’s why I eat there at least 3 times a week.

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