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“Simple but Good” 4 of 5 stars
Review of simon's catch

simon's catch
Merritt Rd, from I-40 exit 34, 1 1/2 south, 1 1/2west, follow the signs, Elk City, OK 73644
(580) 225-8400
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Ranked #5 of 39 Restaurants in Elk City
Cuisines: American
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Moore, Oklahoma
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“Simple but Good”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014

Positives: Simple, well-prepared food; quiet surroundings
Negative: Out of the way; basic service

A favorite for locals, Simon's Catch is also a destination restaurant for travelers. Influenced by the large number of positive comments, we decided this was a must-visit restaurant during a recent visit to western Oklahoma.

The restaurant is located near Merritt, a rural community southwest of Elk City. Getting there was surprisingly easy. Local roads are straight and in good condition. Strategically-placed signs mark the way.

Outside and Inside -

Restaurant facilities are basic, simple, and rustic. Turning off the county road, you'll pass through a gate to their gravel parking lot. It provided plenty of space the Thursday we visited but we're told early arrival is important Friday nights and weekends as the place is packed.

Behind the parking area is a log cabin-style main building that features a wrap-around covered porch. Some chairs are provided, probably for customers as they wait during busy periods.

A covered pavilion for special events sits behind the main building. Beyond that, a thicket of scrubby trees.

Interior decor is even more basic than the outside. Main walls are covered with planks, while the ceiling and interior walls are painted waferboard. A corrugated steel divider separates a work station from customers. Various pictures and knick-knacks adorn the walls, and a bear skin is draped over the divider.

Basic pedestal tables and stackable chairs crowd the dining room. Many are worn from use. However, the night we visited, the entire facility was very clean.

Menu and Meal -

Simon's Catch specializes in a few things. All-you-can-eat catfish is one, but the restaurant also has a reputation for excellent steaks. We traveled there for the latter.

The menu offers several varieties of steak. I selected a KC Strip; my wife chose a ribeye. Our entrees were generally good but there was room for improvement.

Before the main course, we were served basic salads garnished with small pieces of toast in lieu of croutons. They were typical of steakhouses. The greens were refreshingly cool and crisp, the toast crunchy and flavorful.

Both steaks were large, high-quality cuts of beef. Sides included baked potatoes and fresh hot rolls. My wife's ribeye was uniformly grilled to medium, but my KC Strip was cooked unevenly. The center section was cooked to medium (as ordered) but was extremely rare on the ends. Both would have been improved with more seasoning.

Overall, our meals were very good...but not the best we've tasted.

Service without a Smile -

Our server was efficient and professional but not particularly welcoming. She appeared more comfortable with familiar customers. Despite her standoffish demeanor, she did provide essentials in a timely fashion...and surprised us by bringing a complimentary dessert in celebration of our anniversary. For the price, though, we thought a few more pleasantries were in order.

The Bottom Line -

Simon's Catch delivers good food in a clean, no-nonsense environment. It's a nice place to celebrate, certainly a destination restaurant, but isn't a restaurant we'd visit every day even if we lived nearby.

Service could use a little improvement. I'm sure the server was busy, but smiles cost nothing and reap big rewards.

Overall value depends a lot on the entree selected. Although we didn't order catfish, the plates we saw were loaded with food at a nominal price. Steaks cost considerably more. Their price is not out of line compared with other steakhouses, but they cost more than we'd normally spend for a meal.

We hope to explore the area further and stop here again. Next time we will definitely try the fish. Who knows...we may also split a steak for a Beckham County "surf and turf."

  • Visited June 2014
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Sayre, Oklahoma
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“Best Steaks in Oklahoma”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2014

Simons Catch serves the best ribeye steak we have found in the state. The service and food are always excellent!

Visited May 2014
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Altus, Oklahoma
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
“Best Steaks Ever!!!!!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2014

We live 60 miles away and usually only go up on special occasions. This past Easter we went up and it was closed. (Kind of nice in this day and age to find a commerical establishment that observes the hoildays). Tried again on Mothers Day and it was packed, wall to wall customers. The third time we made it. We always order the fillet steaks. It comes with fresh garden salad, yeast roll, baked potato or french fries and as always a perfect steak. The cook here is world class, the best I have had anywhere and being retired military, I have been all over the world. I broke a tooth once just before going and I still had the steak. It is one of the most tender and flavorfull. I have
never had room for dessert yet. The staff and the waitresses are always checking on you, never ran low on drinks or anything else. If you are ever in the area, its definitly worth the stop, couldn't recommend it enough.

  • Visited April 2014
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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“Good Catfish”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 5, 2014

A really good place to eat catfish. You will not go away hungry, it is all you can eat!
Their side dishes are good too.
Love the green tomato relish

  • Visited December 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Mobeetie, Texas
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
“They make you beg for more on the "all you can eat" catfish...”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 13, 2013

We ate there today for the first time in several years. The food tasted good but they were very stingy with the fish. You would have thought that our waitress was having to pay for it out of her own pocket. The pieces are really small and they give you 2 to begin with then only one at a time when you ask for more. After we each had eaten 4 pieces, the waitress started taking up our plates! I don't think we'll be going back.

  • Visited December 2013
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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Questa W, Manager at simon's catch, responded to this review, December 14, 2013
We are so sorry about the service that you received last night. This is not at all the way that we want the fish to be served or to make you feel as though you can't have as much as you want. We encourage our staff to take out enough fish so that you can eat fresh hot fish and get more as needed so it is always hot. Please contact me at Simon's at 580-225-8400 or direct email me at simonscatch@gmail.com We would like to make this right and are so very sorry.
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