15+ Best Restaurants in Norman Oklahoma in 2023

Whether you’re familiar with Norman or traveling here for the first time, one truth unites everyone – you gotta eat. But what are the best restaurants in Norman? Where should your “can’t miss” place to eat be during your time in town?

We’ve got you covered with a list of the best restaurants in Norman OK, not far from Oklahoma City!

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Catch a Game & Dine In at Charleston’s Restaurant

You’ll love the food and atmosphere at Charleston’s Restaurant. American classics are made from scratch daily and focuses on providing guests with the best value while selecting the highest quality ingredients. The atmosphere is warm and inviting and you’ll love catching a game as you enjoy the delicious food.

Build Your Own Pie at Hideaway Pizza

Hideaway Pizza specializes in build-your-own-pies. You can choose from 3 crust sizes, 3 crust options, 5 sauces, and over 40 toppings to choose from to build the pizza creation of your dreams. There’s also a standard menu including your favorite starters (fried mozzarella, garlic cheesy bread, fried ravioli, and more), salads, baked pastas, sandwiches, and even dessert (be sure to try a “Sweetza”!)

Feast on Flavor at The Moon Sushi & Asian Bistro

Whether it’s sushi, sashimi, or maki, you’ll love The Moon Sushi & Asian Bistro. Here’s what one customer had to say:

Best Sushi in Cleveland County, and Lauren is the best server of all time. I love this place, we’ve been eating here for years and have never had a bad experience… The chefs are absolutely consistent, and their quality is ALWAYS on point. When they say they have fresh fish they mean it. Thanks for being my spot! – Chris, Google

Support the Local Economy When You Dine at Interurban

Nothing beats amazing queso and a great burger. And you’ll get just that and more at Interurban in Norman. This a local family-owned restaurant that has been serving Norman since 1976. Be sure to try the pulled pork nachos and a Theta burger!

Lick Your Fingers at Ray’s Smokehouse BBQ

A place that is packed at lunchtime is Ray’s Smokehouse BBQ. And shouldn’t that tell you all you need to know? Locals and tourists alike are drawn to the BBQ joint. In a highly competitive market where people are pretty picky about their brand of BBQ, you’ll definitely want to check out Ray’s and be sure to indulge in some of their sides.

This place was a little diamond in the rough that I found on the way back to Texas! It is a nice little place if you want some good BBQ without the wait or line. They fry food well, they have nice employees, and they have sweet tea!! – Julio, Yelp

Dine Internationally at Chips ‘N Ale

Located inside of the Riverwind Casino, you’ll find Chips ‘N Ale, a traditional English pub-style restaurant where you’ll find your food battered to perfection. Favorites include the Chicken Pot Pie and the Codfather.

Tantalize Your Tastebuds at Tarahumara’s Mexican Cafe

If you’re looking for ridiculously fast service and incredibly delicious Mexican dishes, then you’ll definitely want to check out Tarahumara’s Mexican Cafe – one of the best restaurants in Norman. Even during peak meal times, service is fast and friendly.

Whet Your Appetite at Smitty’s Garage Burgers & Beer

Another local chain, The Garage set out to offer the best burgers and fresh-cut fries. Gourmet combos and craft beers will leave you satisfied – and wanting more!

blackened salmon and artichokes at Legends - one of the best romantic restaurants in Norman OK
Legend’s Restaurant | photo courtesy of David L on Yelp

Sample Hometown Favorites at Legend’s

A Norman staple for over 40 years, Legend’s is a legend in the best restaurants in Norman OK. Casually upscale family dining is just the tip of the dining iceberg at Legend’s.

Break Your Fast at Juan Del Fuego

Specializing in breakfast and lunch, Juan Del Fuego Mexican Diner has delicious Mexican favorites. Huevos Rancheros or Eggs and Tamales, coming right up! And if the difficulty getting seating on a Saturday is any indication, this is definitely one of the best restaurants in Norman OK!

Raise a Stein at Das Boot Camp

Offering German pub fare, Das Boot Camp is wunderbar! From homemade sauerkraut to delicious craft beers, your hankering for all things German will be met at Das Boot Camp.

Romance Your Partner at Benvenuti’s

Benvenuti’s is a Norman favorite – especially for the romantic night out scene. The menu is amazing and the atmosphere is fantastic!

Superb dinner service. Our server, R* was just super. We started with the Nutella salad, and the mushroom rigatoni. Just excellent. Main courses were the chicken piccata and filet mignon. Again superb. By far our favorite Italian restaurant in Oklahoma. The ambiance is lovely and the service was great. – Deb G, Yelp

Savor the Options at Scratch Kitchen & Cocktails

If you’re looking for a restaurant that’s true to its name, Scratch is the place you’ve been looking for. Every item on the kitchen and cocktail menu is made from scratch.

Feast on the Patio at The Mont

Mexican delicacies await you at The Mont. They not only have delicious food and unique twists on Mexican cuisine classics, but their patio is also legendary. This is your best choice for an outdoor dining experience.

Grab a Slice at Pryor’s Pizza Kitchen

New to the restaurant scene in Norman OK, Pryor’s Pizza Kitchen has been getting rave reviews from guests at the Montford Inn and Norman locals alike. While they are the first OKC area restaurant to serve coal-fired pizzas, their menu also includes appetizers, salads, and sandwiches.

Sip and Savor at The Meating Place

From food truck to sit down restaurant, The Meating Place is Norman’s only BBQ restaurant with a full bar. The two brothers-in-law that start TMP wanted a downtown location that served delicious, high-quality barbecue, local beer, craft cocktails, and a lively atmosphere, and they succeeded!

Patio at Montford Inn boutique bed and breakfast in Norman OK

Stay Near the Best Norman Restaurants

And while you’re enjoying the best restaurants in Norman OK, we invite you to try one of the best hotels in Norman – the Montford Inn and Cottages. We’d love to treat you to a gourmet breakfast and show you the difference between a hotel and a bed and breakfast in Norman.

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