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$15 - $15
American, French, Steakhouse, Wine Bar
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0.7 miles from Oklahoma City National Memorial & Museum
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Reviewed November 16, 2019 via mobile

After a reception commitment ended earlier than expected on Friday evening, my husband called the Mantel to see if they might have an opening for two in the next few minutes (around 7:30pm). “Sure, come on in”, was the reply (this perhaps should have been...a clue, but there was a Thunder game, so we didn’t think much about the availability). “I want to take my favorite girl to my favorite restaurant”, he said playfully. So, in we went. The outside host(?) opened the door, welcomed us and wished us an enjoyable meal. We were immediately seated in a corner on the wall next to a man slouched down playing a game on his phone, waiting for his date to return, it appeared. “Is this alright?” Said the seating attendant. The middle of the restaurant was mostly empty, with many seats around the perimeter taken. We said it was fine, thinking these must be the best seats and not having a reservation. Then the circus began. When the date returned, sitting next to him on the bench side, loud loud talking and laughing (mostly him), awkward snuggling, wet sloppy kisses. We were not at all far from this couple and it was uncomfortable. We should have left. We could have left. It would have been awkward, but we could have done it. I’m not sure what I expected the staff to do, but perhaps offering to reseat us? The salad and shrimp martini arrived for them about the time our salads arrived. Loud talking from our dinner partner “Oh my g*d, this is the best salad! Let me try yours...oh my g*d...” I tried not to look at them. Our salad was fine. Nothing exceptional to me. Our server (who was also their server) did not tell us of the special. I am remembering that now because she was always in a hurry when waiting on us. Reflecting back, perhaps she was embarrassed or irritated with those sitting next to us and was forgetting herself. Anyway, our dinners came first. We had both ordered steak—I the ribeye and my husband “the Mantle cut”—-both medium. I cut into my ribeye and it was tough and red...more of a medium rare. I know this all sounds like I am making it up, but I assure you I am not. I take a bite of steak and it has gristle in it. My husband loves this restaurant. I quickly swallow this bite and hope that will be the last of that experience. I look over at my husband’s steak and it is very red. I am surprised he is eating it. He is more discriminating in levels of done-ness than I. Maybe he thought it was fine (?). There was really no checking back to see how our food was. One refill of tea that I can remember. More gristle in my steak. I did remove this bite to my napkin, wondering if I could finish this meal. I cut half of the steak away and cut a bite from the other half. It was tough but all meat. I ate a few more bites and a little of the potatoes which were now pink from the medium rare meat. The table next to us had received their food and the man somehow lost control of his knife. It went clattering to the floor by our feet where he looked and left it. I heard something about a lobster tail. Some loud talking(him) and half hearted shushing from her. He then began to recount his version of how they had begun their dating relationship. Something about how he was flirting with all the girls “there” for about 45 minutes and then he saw her and couldn’t stop meeting her eyes. Ugh. Another shuffling about as she put her head on his shoulder. He dropped his fork under their own table. She signaled the server for another. Then the server picked up our plates. Mine still had well over half of the food, but she did not ask me if I would like to take it home. I thought that was weird, but I would not have taken it. Mashed potatoes (whipped potatoes) were much too light to have a big steak plopped on top of them. Maybe ordering the other potatoes (Julia potatoes or something) as an extra would have made for a better pairing. The whole dinner was disappointing and not what I remembered the other times I have eaten there (my husband’s birthday a few years ago for example. He has also taken clients to the Mantel and our son wanted to take his dad out with his first paycheck to ‘his —my husband’s—favorite restaurant’ which was the Mantel). We have a fairly long history with this place and never a bad experience. Until last night. But to finish our evening: the server asks if we would like dessert. I look at my husband with an “of course not” look. I think he is hoping there will be something amazing there to salvage the evening’s meal (and he has not had my unfortunate vantage point, just being aware of the noise and still hoping to salvage his previously favorite restaurant.) As he is looking, he points out the Créme Brûlée which is always MY favorite. As I look to the dessert menu that we are sharing, my eye is drawn to the couple at the next table (who lost his knife, remember) and he has picked up the lobster tail (yes he did) and was holding it as one might have held grapes as a Caesar might have held them in biblical times. Over his head. Eating bites from it with extended middle, ring and pinky fingers. Like this 👌🏼but over his head. His date is trying to stop him but he says, “It’s funny!”. She wants the check. He wants dessert. The server says she will bring both. We are out of there. To recap: 1. If you can immediately get in at 7:30 on a Friday night, maybe question that. 2. Do not assume that the hosts know what would be the best seating. 3. If the seating seems unacceptable, do not expect the staff to bail you out. Ask to be moved. 4. Ask what their version of medium steak is. 5. Apparently ribeye is not tender. The “Mantel cut “ is the better choice. 6. Get another side. Whipped potatoes don’t taste like made from scratch mashed potatoes. Maybe ask to get the side separate. They put your steak on top of it and as you eat, it looks unappetizing. 7. Do not assume that because this is a moderately expensive restaurant that the clientele is classy. It used to be that, but last night proved differently. Mantel—-I cannot counsel you on how to handle such a situation. If the experience had been lovely with attentive service and a bad steak, perhaps I would have sent the steak back and you would have brought me a little yummy for my inconvenience of waiting for better, but the experience made me just want out of there. To the reader: Red Prime is excellent. Paseo Grill has little booths with curtains where being an audience to such a classless couple would not have even been an option. Cheever’s is also very good. Mickey Mantle is quite good. This was super disappointing. We have not been to the Mantel in a year or so (lots of good places to eat in OKC) and though we have history with them as a wonderful, classy delicious experience, apparently those days are gone. We still have a gift card that someone gave my husband for the Mantel but it will probably never be used. So sad.More

Date of visit: November 2019
Reviewed August 31, 2019 via mobile

We had the crab cakes to start with, and lamb rack for main which was devine! Wine, dessert, cocktails and coffee! Service was very attentive. We will definitely be back and bring some friends next time! Delicious!!

Date of visit: September 2019
Reviewed June 10, 2019

We have made Mantels a tradition every year. We try to bring friends that have never eaten at the Mantel, because we know they will re-visit.

Date of visit: June 2019
Reviewed May 9, 2019

We were so disappointed with our meal at Mantel’s. We ordered a $68 Strip topped with what was supposed to be crabmeat with 3 shrimp, potatoes, and asparagus. We split the meal as it was fairly expensive. The steak and shrimp were both over cooked....Actually, the asparagus was the best thing on the plate. The crab tasted weird as did the French onion soup that was reviewed by one person to be awesome. It was cool and was not awesome. It was my husband’s birthday and we were very disappointed in the meal and the next day we were both sick and we think hat the crab must have been spoiled. We were asked how our meal was, but it was too early in the meal, and so we didn’t want to embarrass ourselves by letting anyone know just how bad the food tasted. It is a very quiet place and was definitely not busy! Our server didn't act like she cared if we liked our food or not. She did give us a creme brûlée for my husband's birthday dessert which was nice of them, but it was burnt on top and cold underneath! We understand that brûlée is heated from the top (we have had it elsewhere many times before,) but it just was not a quality item. As I read good reviews of The Mantel, I find myself wondering if we dined there on the night that the good chef was off, as I don't think I have ever seen my husband unable to eat his meal! It definitely wasn't the birthday meal I was hoping to buy my husband after 35 years together!More

Date of visit: May 2019
Reviewed February 3, 2019 via mobile

4 of us ate there before the JT concert. Spent almost $500 after tip, two halibut orders were ice cold inside (lost my appetite), NY strip steak was tough, French Onion soup was odd. Cheese plate was good, but it was $24. They were obviously...concerned with turning tables, kept rushing/hovering over us. The other bad reviews here are accurate. The food truck tacos I ate after the concert were much more enjoyable.More

Date of visit: February 2019
Reviewed October 12, 2018

I love this little intimate restaurant, very cozy and romantic! We did not feel like it was too dark at all.

Date of visit: October 2018
Reviewed July 15, 2018

This place is so dark that I expected strobe lights and backlights to turn on any moment. They would have gone with the near techno style background music. The television in the bar was tuned to women's boxing. Real romantic feel! The place was 60%...empty but the service was incredibly slow. Decent wine list with many by the glass offerings. Food was good but not remarkable.More

Date of visit: July 2018
Reviewed June 29, 2018 via mobile

My hotel recommended this place for good food and it was not. Very disappointed. Steak was like bubble gum and scallops were gooey. The sides were ok. Service was average. Much better choices in the area than this dive.

Date of visit: June 2018
Reviewed June 24, 2018 via mobile

When I told my server that my shrimp was rotten and my husband’s food was too over salted, there was no reaction. I said I could show the manager my rotten food before it was taken away and all of their shrimp should be thrown...away immediately. The waiter didn’t want to call the manager so she offered us a free dessert. I had to insist not be charged for spoiled shrimp. The waiter still charged us for my husband dangerously over salted food. None of the food we ordered could be consumed. I asked to have our free dessert to go because I was in a hurry. The free dessert never came. We had to leave without it. Their service was inaccurate and very slow. I got no edible food or customer service. I do not recommend The Mantel.More

Date of visit: December 2017
Reviewed May 19, 2018 via mobile

I was traveling alone so hide to sit at the bar. The bar is small, about 8 seats maybe. I had the crab cake appetizer which was plenty for my meal. They were a bit on the done side, but plenty of crab and little...filler. My complaint is the onions were large and overpowering when you bit into one (and I love onion). I would personally prefer a smaller dice. I would go again and had two glasses of wine. The staff were great, well trained and polite. It would be a great spot to go with someone special.More

Date of visit: May 2018
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It is not in a hotel. It is near Brick town.
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