First off, I've noticed duplicate reviews on this TripAdvisor and Yelp. Links included below.
You pay more than an average meal's cost, but you also get your money's worth out of it...except for the wine. The wine is a bit costly. As far as food goes, I ordered crab cakes and an alaskan filet. It was a 10 oz. filet, and the snow crab they topped it with (along with a brilliant sauce, I think it was bearnaise...?) was perfectly complementary, and the filet was cooked exactly how I wanted it. That cut was one of the better ones I've ever had...and $36. You can't get a filet like that anywhere else in the state, let alone for less than $40 or $50.
The crab cakes were spiced and textured well too, but the real winner there was the spicy sauce that came with it. I was very impressed.
I also recall the bread and oil being paired with a molecular gastronomy. It was bursting with flavor, and I was really impressed when I searched around molecular gastronomy further. Apparently, it's a really big thing, and the head chef dropped in for a bit to talk with me about it. At first impressions, it looks classy and refined, but it's pretty cutting-edge, and the chefs are definitely true to their styles. Even John Barrett (the Citizen Potowatomi Nation Chairman) is pretty partial to Embers, which is reason enough to give it a shot.
Not much to say on service. My glass stayed full and the staff was courteous and organized. Having been a server once, I have a ton of respect for a serving staff that stays out of your hair as much as possible.
I won't beat around the bush, I was directly reviewing this restaurant when I attended. Still, I've had better in some areas (such as bar costs and atmosphere), but the food was brilliant and original. It tasted good and it made me feel good. Not just a little good, either. The food – the reason I went – was brilliant. My older brother is a sous chef and I come from a family that bakes and grills all the time, so food is pretty close to second-nature to me. If Embers wasn't located directly in a Casino, I would probably take my wife there on our anniversary. That said, there are other comparable restaurants in Oklahoma city, whose locations and atmospheres make them better options. Still, it's a close call.
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