Not long ago I was in Oklahoma City. I only rarely get to this part of the country and I was eager to check out some of the local Martini options. As one might expect from this part of the US there were several recommended Steakhouses but one stood out head and shoulder above the rest. Literally above:
Vast Restaurant is on the 49th floor of the Devon Energy Center in Oklahoma City. You can’t miss the building as it is the tallest one in the city, by far. It’s almost twice as tall as the next tallest building.
Overall this is a beautiful restaurant with beautiful views of Oklahoma. Absolutely magnificent views, in all directions. While I didn’t get a chance to visit at sunset, I would imagine that would be incredible.
The decor is modern, clean, and bright. Lots of stainless steel but with warm wood trim. Almost, but not quite, what I could call industrial. The only decoration was the view.
The food I sampled was excellent. I would have liked to try more of the dishes but time did not allow that. The bar staff were very cheerful, helpful, and knowledgeable. As I arrived upon opening and it was still a bit slow, the bartender was kind enough to show me around and point out some of the Oklahoma landscape landmarks.
Finally, and most importantly, the Martini was top notch. Served shaken, ample, and very cold. I don’t usually comment on the twist, but this one was artistically done! It was easy to sit back and slowly savor the Martini while enjoying the beautiful scenery of Oklahoma.
My one, and only, complaint was that the bar was set up opposite the windows. So sitting facing the bar my back was to the view. I spent much of my time at the bar turned around to enjoy the view which left my Martini on the bar behind me. Just a bit awkward.
Vast is a special restaurant worthy of any sort of celebration. Even if you’re just celebrating dinner or a drink.
I’ve now reviewed several restaurants at the ‘top’ of buildings, all with stellar views: 71Above in Los Angeles and R2L in Philadelphia come quickly to mind. One common thread I’ve noticed is that these tend to be on the pricey side. I keep writing something about the ‘prices being worth it for the view’ or something similar. Vast is no different. It’s just a bit too expensive for the food and drink alone, but absolutely worth it for a special evening out.
Overall VAST gets one stem.
The Martinis really are quite excellent, they’re just not perfect enough to warrant my two stem award. However, the overall atmosphere and experience are truly worth a visit.
For selection Vast gets a B.
Their current list of Gins include Bombay, Bombay Sapphire, Tanqueray, Tanqueray 10, Hendricks, Beefeater, No. 209, Plymouth, Bols Genever, and Brokers. These may change in time, of course.
If you’re interested in a bit more information, menus, or directions: www.vastokc.com
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