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Only in OKC – Rococo Restaurant

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Looking for something a little different than the usual steak, seafood, or lobster?  Then you’ll want to try Rococo’s, an East coast restaurant that features some very different entrees.  Oh, sure, you can get a burger, fettuccine alfredo, or a chicken salad, but you can also try things like Prince Edward Island mussels, Long Island duck, or the roast rack of Colorado lamb. 

Personally, though, I don’t go to Rococo simply for the food.  I love the atmosphere of the place.  One of the first things you’ll notice about Rococo is that it’s dark, but there’s light in all the right places, like over the tables.  This gives the restaurant a very distinct feel, and it can easily turn romantic if you’re with the right dinner guest.  Everything is very comfortable in Rococo: there are no hard chairs or unpadded booths.  The fireplace also adds a nice, cozy feel during the cold winter months.

While I said I don’t go to Rococo only for the food, it’s certainly a large reason to go.  They have a little bit of everything, including seafood, beef, Italian dishes, and some great appetizers, including their cookies.  These cookies aren’t desserts, though.  They’re small amounts of beef, fish, and other meats combined with different things.  My favorite, for example, is the sliced sirloin cookie.  It’s a baguette with sirloin, roasted peppers, and some provolone cheese.  It’s very tasty.

For the wine connoisseur, Rococo offers a good sized wine list and has a full sized bar.  They have some interesting specialty drinks that aren’t widely available elsewhere, so if you’re into trying beverages, you’ll want to see what the bartender has to offer.  They also serve wine made by
Oklahoma wineries,
some of which, like wines from the Tidal School Vineyards, offer specials when you purchase dinner and wine at Rococo.

In addition to regular dining, Rococo offers some unique experiences.  They offer a Sunday brunch that includes a list of special drinks that aren’t always available, like a mimosa.  Rococo is also a jazz hotspot, so if you love the cool sounds of the sax, you’ll certainly want to make a trip to Rococo while you’re in Oklahoma City.  The Sunday brunch features a live jazz band, as does dinner on Thursday evening.  On Monday night, Rococo opens the stage to local jazz bands, giving diners a taste of not only what OKC has to offer food-wise but also a taste of some of our great local musical talent.

If there’s one downside to Rococo, I’d have to say it’s the prices.  They aren’t the most expensive place around, but they’re a bit more than Chili’s or T.G.I. Friday’s.  The lower end dishes are around $13.00, while some of the more expensive entrees push $30.

Rococo is one of the most interesting restaurants in Oklahoma City and one that I and many others encourage any visitor to check out.  It’s located on North Pennsylvania near 23rd street, which isn’t that far from downtown or from a large number of hotels. 

Want to check out Rococo’s menu for yourself?  It’s available online at along with directions, their calendar of events, and much more.  You can also check out their MySpace page.

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