Sophabella’s for a great complete dining experience
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.
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.
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.