Ember Modern American Tavern

3.8
91 reviews
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$30 and under
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American
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  • Great for Lunch
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Inspired by the fresh authenticity of time-honored American cuisine, Ember Modern American Tavern welcomes guests to experience a reinvented American tavern. With made-from-scratch and chef-inspired cuisine, the menu recalls familiar, timeless classics with new and innovative takes on both taste and presentation. Ember’s bespoke cocktail program is a nod to the rich artisan cocktail culture of pre-Prohibition and Prohibition-era. The emphasis is in using quality ingredients for seasonally evolving takes on soulful classics.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
American
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Hours of operation
Breakfast: Monday - Friday: 6:30am - 10:30am, Saturday & Sunday: 7:00am - 12:00pm
Lunch: Monday - Friday: 10:30am - 2:00pm, Brunch: Saturday & Sunday 10:30am - 2:30pm
Dinner: Nightly: 5:00pm - 10:00pm
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Phone number
(405) 858-2490
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Executive chef
Collins Idehen, CEC
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Private party facilities
Discover the ease of event planning at Ember Modern American Tavern. Check private event room availability for your next corporate gathering, holiday party or special event in our Oklahoma City event dining space.
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Private party contact
Kyle Lippe: (844) 488-1665
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Cross street
in Renaissance Waterford Oklahoma City Hotel
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Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Entertainment, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Wine
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5.0Dined on July 15, 2017

Great food. Great drinks. Large liquor selection. One of the best hotel bar/restaurants I've ever been to. Was not expecting it.

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3.0Dined on July 15, 2017

While staying in the hotel, my husband and I ordered lunch here. He had a burger and fries and I ordered a salad. Unfortunately my salad was the wrong one and it took quite awhile to get the correct salad. Once it was delivered, it still wasn't right, as I had asked for the shrimp to be swapped out for avocado, which was missing. The food was just ok. My husband is not a picky eater and he even commented that his burger was mediocre at best. Definitely not a fan. The restaurant was empty so maybe that was a sign.

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2.0Dined on July 9, 2017

Looking to try something new for after church brunch, l had looked on the Ember brunch menu shown on Open Table. When we arrived, the restaurant was completely empty. We were seated and given menus only to discover none of the brunch items I looked at were listed. We asked our server if they had brunch available. She was not unfriendly, but she simply gave a slightly sheepish "no", but offered no explanation. My dining companion settled on a Caesar salad with grilled chicken and I went for the Cobb salad. The Cobb was decent, if not quite what I had been in the mood for, but my companion's Caesar was a lot of white lettuce core and leaf rib with little green. At fourteen dollars, we expected better. He didn't eat much of it. Instead of complaining, we decided we had simply made a mistake based on outdated information we had seen online. I doubt seriously if we will go back. We were disappointed.

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5.0Dined on May 14, 2017

Great Mother's Day brunch, wide selection of food. Service was very good, attentive.

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5.0Dined on May 14, 2017

Great Mothers Day brunch

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1.0Dined on May 13, 2017

Horrible. I asked to speak to a manager three times and was told there wasn't one available. I have had better service at McDonald's. This place is the absolute worst. 11:30 OpenTable reservations (not on file) and demanded our check at 1:00 after 6 of the 7 of us turned down our food. The one person that did eat had a caesar salad. By the way, we still paid for all of it. Remember, there wasn't a manager to adjust tickets.

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4.0Dined on April 19, 2017

Tasty Food and fun atmosphere. Try the pork belly!

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3.0Dined on March 20, 2017

Mother's BIRTHdaY

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5.0Dined on February 14, 2017

We came in for a Valentines Day Dinner date and it was great. Friendly and knowledgeable staff. Great service and the food was amazing. We will defiantly be back!

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4.0Dined on February 14, 2017

Valentine dinner. Did the set menu for V Day.
4 course Lobster Tail and 16 oz ribeye steak platters .
We will return

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3.0Dined on February 13, 2017

The cocktails are what you would expect at a typical cheap bar, they are very pricey here. The Manhattan is $13 and it only offers Makers 46 for that price and your typical bitters (nothing special). The fried green tomatoes were great and the Oklahoma Brown Chicken was great as well. The Brussels Sprouts were very salty and soggy. The chicken was dry, but the grits were very tasty. Overall, it's a little expensive for what you get.

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5.0Dined on February 11, 2017

Early Valentine's

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1.0Dined on January 29, 2017

I don't know if a lot of employees didn't show up but one of the worst run restaurants I have ever seen. Bartender was never at bar 20 minutes to get drinks.

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5.0Dined on January 28, 2017

The filet was excellent! The restaurant has a nice atmosphere. The shrimp appetizer was good.

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5.0Dined on January 28, 2017

My Wife & I finally found time to get away for one night. We have not had a night to ourselves in over two years (young kids). I received a great deal to stay in the Hotel & as soon as I found out they had an elegant restaurant, I requested a reservation. Had an amazing meal & even ran into our hometown Mayor who was also enjoying dinner with his wife. We will definitely be back for our anniversary and maybe other special occasions.

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2.0Dined on January 27, 2017

My friend and I have a habit of eating at the bar and with the exception of Robert the bar tender who was great, I thought the food was very poor. since we had never eaten at Ember, so I purchased a Groupon. We ordered the Deviled Egg Flight and Bacon-Wrapped Shrimp for appetizers, and as we were to find out, they were the best part of the meal. My friend is a pizza lover, and she ordered a Margharita Grilled Flatbread Pizza. Despite my urging her to complain, she wouldn't because the tomatoes weren't ripe or cooked enough, and I noticed that she took most of it home in a 'doggy-bag', and threw it away within two days. I should mention that she ordered a pizza at another restaurant the next day, and when she took home a 'doggy-bag', she ate all of that pizza that night. I ordered the Center Cut Filet which came topped with crab and Bearnaise then presented on top of asparagus. The filet itself was cooked properly, but the shredded crab wasn't fresh and tasted 'fishy' and the Bearnaise had hardened on top of the crab. The asparagus was not drained properly, so the filet was sitting in water on the bottom of the plate. When Robert asked me if I wanted to take the uneaten portion home, I declined because it was lousy!! Sorry, but there are too many good restaurants in OKC to go back to Ember again.

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2.0Dined on January 22, 2017

This is not a date place. It's just a fancy hotel bar.

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3.0Dined on January 17, 2017

This place seems a little odd, even off-putting. It's right insidevthe hotel when you come in the main entrance. There was no visible sign so it was hard to know where the place was. No one greeted me for almost 10 minutes. I had a reservation and the place was not busy at all. I was told the table was being set up? Another 10 minutes passed before we were seated.

The menu had interesting choices but alas, the food was overpriced and disappointing. I ordered the bacon wrapped shrimp. 5 smallish shrimp arrived wrapped in undercooked bacon *$15) and fried green tomatoes were over breaded and chewy ($12). My friend's salad was lovely and she liked it so she was happy.

I might go there for a drink as it is fairly quiet and intimate for a conversation. I would not likely return for the food.

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3.0Dined on January 8, 2017

Very cold dinning! Very poor service and management! But the food was good!

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2.0Dined on January 2, 2017

Food was fine, but it wasn't worth the price. You can pay less for better steak and trout at other restaurants. Service was good. Bartender talked loudly and incessantly to people at the bar. Loudly. Much louder than necessary. There were only two other tables eating dinner when we were there.

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4.0Dined on December 25, 2016

Embers was one of the only places that would take reservations on open table for 8 people on Christmas Day so that's how we decided to go there. They had posted online a menu of special selections priced from $22-29. I wasn't crazy about paying this price for 8 people but on their Facebook page it said that their regular brunch menu would also be available. Those prices were reasonable so I was not as concerned. I did however send a message on Facebook to Embers just to make sure. I received a reply Saturday afternoon (the day before our reservations) confirming they would have the brunch menu. We arrived on time and were seated in a very nice room away from the other diners. It is a lovely simple restaurant. The waitstaff was courteous but when we were only given the special selections menu I asked about the brunch menu. I was informed that they had decided it would be better not to offer brunch. I thought to myself "yeah , better for the restaurant." So we were stuck with three selections. We asked about drink menu items that were on the website but were told their site was not up to date. The Bloody Mary was made with a different vodka and didn't have jalapeño olives as advertised. It was still delicious however. Dorian was our waiter and apparently the bartender. He did a great job but you could tell he was really running around trying to get everything done. We ordered 6 prime rib dinners and two chicken. One prime rib had to be sent back for being undercooked. We were told it would be medium but it bordered on rare. You could tell where it had been cooked well on one side and maybe just turned over briefly. It was replaced and we were satisfied. The chicken was delicious as well as the potatoes and asparagus even though the portions were small for the price. Overall the food was good, staff was nice, and we didn't have to cook or clean. Our biggest disappoint was the nearly $400 tab after tip when we expected much less based on the brunch menu prices.

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5.0Dined on December 18, 2016

Loved it! Close to home, quiet, pretty. Great brunch! We're going back for the pork belly! !!

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4.0Dined on December 16, 2016

Ember is a hidden gem that's over looked because of their location, but worth the effort. Want a good meal and drinks than this place is for you!

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2.0Dined on December 9, 2016

If you are looking for a quiet, non-smoking place to catch up, this is not it. It smells like an old bar & every time the front door opens, you are blasted w/ cigarette smoke. No matter where we sat, the odor was overwhelming. Service is not a concern here either. The menu looked promising, but when it comes out cold- forget it. We had a poor experience all around. With all of the new places popping up, no need to return here.

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1.0Dined on November 24, 2016

Reservations were not required. The "restaurant" is just a hotel lounge and bar with only the bartender for service, who was not to be found. We sat ourselves, then waited five minutes before asking the front desk if we were in the right place? We ended up going to a pub after for our first Thanksgiving in OKC.

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3.0Dined on November 24, 2016

We went here for Thanksgiving, having waited until too late for a choice of restaurants available. We had stayed at this hotel and liked it so we booked this restaurant. We
were literally the only diners when we arrived at 5:30, with maybe 8-10 people at the bar.
By the middle of our meal, there were diners at about 6 tables - all of us with the same
waitress. There was a private party of about 10-12 people in a separate room as well.

While the entrees were good and the initial service was great, by the time our food arrived
there was a change in waitress and she was not as friendly or efficient as our initial server.
We tried the Deviled Egg and Margharita Flatbread for appetizers. We were very disappointed
in the Deviled Egg - nothing like the description or appearance on the website. Apparently
(we were later told) they were out of a number of ingredients in the kitchen. What we got
were basically hard boiled eggs, sloppily put together with little taste. The entrees and
the desserts were better, but we would not return. This is basically a hotel restaurant that
caters primarily to hotel guests.

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4.0Dined on November 11, 2016

Overall good deal. A little noisy but good experience overall

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1.0Dined on October 30, 2016

The bartender is top notch, with delicious cocktails. The food is not good at all.
The prices are *completely* wack. Even with a Groupon, the price for dinner was exorbitant.

We had the Charcuterie plate, the "Kobe" burger, the Filet, and 2 cocktails each. Things came to over $110 before tip.

We opted for the cheese grits for our side order, and if the grits had ever seen Cheese, it was only if it drifted overhead and cast it's shadow upon the grits.
The side salads were either boring, or, in my case, a severely overdressed Caesar.

Go to Whiskey Cake twice, for the same price, and you'll be much happier.
My wife said the only reason you should eat here is if you are staying at the hotel and have no rental car.
I say also if you've never heard of Uber or Postmates.

Skip it at all costs.

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3.0Dined on October 22, 2016

At dinner this evening, my husband mentioned to the server that we were celebrating my birthday dinner. The server immediately said, "Be thinking about dessert then" and proceeded to tell us all of the available desserts.

At the end of our meal, he asked me which dessert I wanted so I chose one.

We were totally surprised to receive the bill and were charged for that dessert! The server implied the dessert would be complimentary for my birthday. We certainly did not appreciate being deceived in this way.

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5.0Dined on October 16, 2016

Excellent food and service! We had the salmon and the trout. The roasted Brussels sprouts were wonderful

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5.0Dined on October 15, 2016

Love everything about the Ember! The food and service is fantastic! The decor is very nice. Great place for special occasions! We will definitely be going back!

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2.0Dined on October 14, 2016

We were not happy with our experience. Food was average. We asked the server for coffee and she said they didn't have any. We wanted to have coffee and dessert. So we passed on dessert and left early. I never knew a restaurant that doesn't have coffee.

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5.0Dined on October 11, 2016

Great food! The lamb is amazing and the filet is also!!

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3.0Dined on September 19, 2016

Mediocre at best.
We were not aware the restaurant was located in the hotel. No where on this website or their's does it state it is.

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4.0Dined on September 18, 2016

The food, especially the starters/appetizers, were delicious. I plan on returning.

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1.0Dined on September 11, 2016

Worst customer service I have seen. Our server left (for the day... As in, she went home). We got the appetizer and the entree together. 30 mins passed after getting our order and no one showed up. We had to walk to the bar to ask someone to come lease give us out check. The bartender actually helped us, but got into a little bit of an argument, with whom I assume was the manager, about what had happened.
Food was ok, but after how the manager (or whoever he was) made us feel, I am NOT going back.
I was planning on suggesting the place for our state society dinner.... That is NOT happening anymore.

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5.0Dined on September 8, 2016

Excellent Service and Food. The Manger went out of his way to make sure our first visit was a memorable one.

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5.0Dined on August 29, 2016

After browsing the menu online we were excited to try ember, despite its location inside a hotel.
I wish they blocked the restaurant off from the hotel a little more. The walls are open so you can see the lobby from the restaurant, which makes it feel a little less upscale.
We started with the wild mushroom flat bread, which was delicious. Then the duck gumbo which was very decadent and tasty. It does have a little kick to it (but I also can't handle spice, my husband had no problem with it.)
I ordered a Singapore sling to drink, which I would definitely recommend and my husband had an old fashioned.
For entrees we had the Kobe burger and the Oklahoma hot brown. The hot brown was very good and unique. The turkey was cooked perfectly. The burger was good, but it was a burger, so not too much excitement there. We ordered a side of Brussels sprouts as well, which were very tasty.
Overall we had a great meal with excellent service and would definitely return!

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4.0Dined on August 21, 2016

Very nice dinner. Will be back. Our waitress was so pleasant. It is getting very hard these days to find a person this thoughtful.

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3.0Dined on August 14, 2016

We wanted to go out to brunch without breaking the bank and found a Groupon for Ember. We arrived 30 minutes before our reservation time but were seated promptly. First, our server brought out a basket of hot beignets. They were lightly dusted with powdered sugar. What made them taste good was the lemon curd that was served alongside them.

We both ordered benedicts. I ordered the beef brisket benedict, while my wife ordered the pork belly benedict. We both thought that the brisket benedict was better than the pork belly benedict. The brisket was not fork-tender, but you easily chew it and it had the smoky, beefy flavor that I like in brisket. The pork belly was rubbery and unseasoned. Neither of us cared for it very much. The eggs on our benedicts had rubbery, not runny, yolks. We were okay with that for our first visit, but we might send our eggs back on a future visit if they don't come out with runny yolks.

The hashbrowns that came with the benedict was my favorite part of the meal. These were crunchy, crispy, buttery, and well seasoned. I did not have to add any salt, pepper, or ketchup to them. The asparagus that came with the benedict was closer to mushy than fork-tender, but it was still tasty.

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