Omni Oklahoma City Hotel


Article by Cleveland County Lifestyle Magazine

Photography by Courtesy of Omni Oklahoma City Hotel

OKLAHOMA CITY (Jan. 19, 2021) – Omni Oklahoma City Hotel, a 605-guest room convention center hotel, will soon introduce seven new eclectic food and beverage outlets to Oklahoma City. The hotel is set to open on Tuesday, Jan. 26, accompanied by the opening of four of the seven outlets with the remaining opening at a later date. Accomplished corporate chef and restaurateur David Gilbert will serve as the hotel’s executive chef. 

“Omni Oklahoma City Hotel will offer enticing options with a variety of dining experiences for any occasion,” Gilbert said. “Whether you are looking to sip on a local beer while watching the Oklahoma City Thunder, experience elevated dining with an aged steak or simply grab a latte for a ride on the Street Car or while visiting Scissortail Park, Omni provides a unique food and beverage destination for those traveling to Oklahoma City, enjoying a staycation, spending time downtown or seeking memorable dining experience for a night out in the city. We look forward to welcoming locals and guests to Omni Oklahoma City Hotel.” 

A recipient of StarChef’s Rising Star Chef Award, a James Beard Foundation Best Chef: Southwest nominee and a published author, Gilbert comes from Dallas, Texas and is well-versed in quick service, fast casual and fine dining with experience working in the hospitality industry. An accomplished chef and sommelier with a proven track record of managing high-end properties, building multi-cultural teams and improving standards, Gilbert’s menus have turned heads across the United States, Europe, Asia, Africa and in international competition. 

Omni Oklahoma City Hotel will offer seven culinary outlets, with several restaurants lining Robinson Avenue featuring outdoor patio seating and street entrances. Dining experiences will include a Bob’s Steak & Chop House; lobby bar; two-story sports and entertainment bar; all-day dining outlet with to-go offerings; coffee shop; walk-up burger bar; and a poolside bar and grill.

Basin Bar

First impressions matter and Basin Bar, located in the lobby of the hotel, is the perfect place after check-in to enjoy a pre-dinner drink and small plate, meet a client or close out the evening with a selection of local craft beers and expertly crafted cocktails. This inviting space, opening with the hotel on Tuesday, Jan. 26, showcases the beautifully-designed details inspired by the state of Oklahoma that are carried throughout the hotel. The exquisite chevron pattern derived by the state bird, Scissor-tailed flycatcher, and the chain wall influenced by the state’s industrial background, add meaningful touches to this space.

Those who walk through the doors of Omni Oklahoma City Hotel won’t want to pass up Basin Bar’s regionally-inspired dishes including imported Jamon Iberico and manchego cheese.

OKC Tap House

Located off the hotel’s main lobby and accessible from Robinson Avenue, this two-story entertainment venue and sports bar, opening on Tuesday, Jan. 26, will be the place to cheer on Oklahoma sports teams or to enjoy live music. For those looking for a more intimate experience while enjoying the vast list of local brews, two private dining rooms will be available to host watch parties and events. The two levels of outdoor terrace space will offer stunning views of Scissortail Park, while the downtown Oklahoma City energy fills the air.

OKC Tap House will offer an extensive list of local brews, craft cocktails and an array of menu offerings including flavorful steak frites with tiger bite sauce, blistered tomatoes, herb salad and frites; a classic Thunder Pretzel with roasted garlic butter, beer mustard and cheese smear or Omni’s unique take on the popular cauliflower trend with brick roasted hot cauliflower with Fresno chili-chimichurri, labneh and pomegranate.

Bob’s Steak & Chop House

Bob’s Steak & Chop House, also opening Tuesday, Jan. 26, is nationally renowned and specializes in the finest corn fed, Midwestern prime beef. The menu formula is simple: incredible meat, gigantic shrimp, fabulous salads and decadent desserts. Classic steak house food is prepared and presented in a manner that Bon Appétit calls “the kind of fare you’ll want to go back for again and again."

As the first Bob’s Steak & Chop House location in the state, Oklahomans will have the opportunity to experience the restaurant’s signature glazed carrot, paired with mouthwatering steaks, including the prime “côte de boeuf” bone-in ribeye and the prime filet. Patrons will also select from epicurean seafood offerings including cold water South African lobster tails, Maryland crab cake, jumbo shrimp cocktails and more.

Quality and service are two of the main ingredients that make-up the culture. Because of the caliber of the product, servers exude a friendly confidence that charges the atmosphere in the restaurant with vitality. Award-winning food, educated service and warm, classic décor make dining at Bob’s Steak & Chop House an outstanding experience.

Bob's Steak & Chop House has been voted one of the “Top 50 Restaurants in the Country” by Travel + Leisure, “Diner's Choice Winner” by Open Table and "Best Steak," "Best Wine List" and "Best Hotel Restaurant" in Fort Worth Magazine's Annual Culinary Awards. Bob’s will also have its own dedicated entrance and valet off of Robinson Avenue to ensure ease of access.

Park Grounds

This neighborhood espresso bar, ice cream shop, bakery and deli will open with the hotel on Tuesday, Jan. 26. From micro-roasted artisanal coffee drinks and locally-sourced ice cream, to fork and plate pastries and savory sandwiches, Park Grounds is the perfect start or end to the day. Guests can curate the perfect picnic with to-go items to enjoy at Scissortail Park or stay and delight in favorite items while taking in views.

The coffee shop features Omni’s exclusive Stance Coffee brand that will be available for purchase by the bag. Park Grounds is located on the hotel’s lobby level and accessible from Robinson Avenue making it the ideal spot to plug in and stay for a while.

Seltzer’s (Opening in Q2 of 2021)

This modern bistro will feature retro classic design elements reminiscent of 1950’s diners popular in Oklahoma City during that era. Guests will have the option of enjoying a meal at the counter or experiencing the lively open kitchen concept from a cozy booth. From a classic cup of java to elaborate wines, Seltzer’s will allow guests to create new memories in a retro-inspired setting.

Seltzer’s enhances the eclectic food scene in Oklahoma featuring a traditional, lobster or vegan mac ‘n’ cheese, a hand-sliced pot roast sandwich with black beer braised chuck roast, fried heritage chicken topped with savory peppercorn gravy and more with a genuine emphasis on comfort food made daily from fresh sustainable ingredients.

Indoor and outdoor dining will be accessible from the hotel and Oklahoma City Boulevard.

Catbird Seat (Seasonal)

Catbird Seat’s innovative menu of hand-crafted beverages and delectable plates will only be rivaled by the scenic views spanning from Scissortail Park to the downtown skyline. The rooftop pool bar will feature sliding glass doors that will allow for year-round indoor and outdoor enjoyment.

Those sitting pool side can enjoy an OKC picnic basket, a refreshing summer salad, off-the-flame charred quesadillas with a twist of lobster, octopus or duck or frozen novelty bars and bites and so much more.

This concept is located on the hotel’s third floor with direct access to the pool and terrace deck.

Double Double Burger Bar (Seasonal)

Offering walk-up service from Robinson Avenue, Double Double will serve hotel guests, Scissortail Park visitors and locals – it will be the perfect place for those looking for a delicious bite to-go. The menu will focus on mouthwatering burgers, fries and hand-spun shakes with a selection of mainstream and popular old-fashioned sodas and ice cream float selections. 

Double Double uses Midwest stockyard prime-grade beef offering simple craft burgers, such as the popular Theta Burger with hickory sauce, pickles and mayo on a patty fried in beef tallow cooked on the griddle with no gimmicks or fillers. Also on the menu are Kennebec potatoes, hand cut daily and fried-to-order along with warm, sugar-dusted donut holes.


“The breadth of the culinary-forward experiences we are bringing to Oklahoma City will make this an indelible retreat for guests, foodies and locals alike,” Omni Oklahoma City Hotel’s Director of Food & Beverage Jamel Taggart said. “We look forward to working with local brands throughout the city to support the community and bring the Oklahoma adventure alive for all.”

Bringing more than 15 years of experience, Taggart was named director of food & beverage of Omni Oklahoma City Hotel in November 2020. He first began his Omni career in 2014 at Omni Severin Hotel in Indianapolis, Indiana before taking a brief intermission to lead other luxury food and beverage operations such as the Fairmont Scottsdale Princess and the ARIA Las Vegas. Taggart returned to Omni in 2019 where he held the role of director of restaurants at Omni Dallas Hotel.

The 17-story hotel located at 100 West Oklahoma City Blvd. will serve the city’s revitalized downtown area including the future convention center, Scissortail Park and Chesapeake Energy Arena, home of the NBA’s Oklahoma City Thunder.

The hotel will feature 605 luxurious guest rooms, inclusive of 29 suites, with dramatic views of the 70-acre Scissortail Park and the downtown skyline. A true outdoor recreation, entertainment and culinary destination, Omni Oklahoma City Hotel will offer an expansive pool deck with event space, retail, 76,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor meeting space and the Mokara Spa in addition to the food and beverage outlets. 

Omni Oklahoma City Hotel will become a part of Omni’s robust, and growing, Convention Center Collection, which features signature properties in Atlanta, Louisville, Dallas, Nashville and Boston (opening in 2021).

For more information, visit Omni Hotels & Resorts or follow them on Facebook or Instagram.

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