FOOD: Twelve Oaks

Written by Laura Beam in the October 2013 Issue

Kristi Jolly, Manager and Lisa Janes, OwnerJust a stone’s-throw away from the ambitious tempo of city life is a truly distinct fine dining getaway with an ease as natural as its country setting. Atop one of Oklahoma County’s most scenic hills in northeast Edmond, the grandeur of Twelve Oaks Restaurant captivates you at first sight­—and first bite.

You don’t need a three-piece suit, fancy friends or gourmet vocabulary to relish the pleasures of this genteel manor. Yet if your special occasion calls for elegance, this exquisite dinner and event retreat entertains with grand style and charm. It’s that rare combination of sophistication and leisure that has attracted guests to Twelve Oaks for nearly 20 years.

Striking the perfect balance between contemporary refinement and warm, Southern hospitality, the gracious plantation-meets-Victorian restaurant is a local treasure—and the fulfillment of its original owner’s lifelong dream. In 1990, during a routine visit to the barber shop in Guthrie, Bill Horn serendipitously overheard that the church down the street was expanding. Seizing an unexpected moment of opportunity, Horn purchased the turn-of-the-century Victorian house next to the church and had it moved to Edmond. After four years of tireless renovations and additions, Twelve Oaks opened in June 1994.

Though Horn recently passed away, his legacy lives on, with his daughter Lisa and her husband Gregg Janes lovingly tending to the restaurant and grounds. In celebration of the restaurant’s upcoming 20-year anniversary, gorgeous new interior updates, décor and expanded gardens now usher in a third decade of exceptional dining.

Twelve OaksThe sweeping country vistas, lavish gardens and epic storybook setting are purely enchanting, but the impeccable menu reigns as the crowning masterpiece of this manor. Even amid beautifully appointed dining rooms and cozy nooks with linen-clad tables, gentle music, candlelight and stunning sunset views, the sensational steaks, ocean-fresh seafood and show-stopping shelled lobster, in ample portion, still manage to steal the show.

Though set on rolling plains, this country charmer boasts all the thrilling touches of contemporary cuisine. You’ll be hard-pressed to find a more perfectly prepared rib eye, sirloin strip or filet, thanks to the chef’s grilling wizardry and wait staff’s extensive menu knowledge. Twenty-year restaurant manager, Kristi Jolly, delights in making guests feel as comfy as if they are dining at her own home. That includes insightful tips, like ordering your steak prepared medium plus to ensure that perfect pink middle. (Who knew such a simple, magical phrase could ensure a steak is done to absolute perfection!)

The attentive staff is also happy to recommend select wines from their abundant collection to perfectly complement your meal. And with sumptuous steak, pork chop, lamb chop, lobster, salmon and shrimp entrées for the choosing, the optional pairings are plentiful. Lavish desserts like Twelve Oaks’ signature toasted pound cake with rich vanilla ice cream and praline drizzle finish your evening with sublime indulgence.

Stroll the grounds afterwards and take a peek upstairs at the private party rooms with even more amazing views of this lush, culinary playground. Fine dining in Oklahoma has never been such a serene pleasure!

Twelve Oaks Restaurant is located at 6100 N. Midwest Blvd., just off I-35 and Waterloo in Edmond. Visit TwelveOaksRestaurant.com or call 340-1002 to make reservations Tues.-Sat, 5:30pm-close.

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