The intimacy customers have at Paseo Grill is rare in the restaurant business.
But, the owners, Joe Jungmann and Lesley Rawlinson, have almost 50 years of restaurant experience between them and that expertise shows in the quaint atmosphere they have created at Paseo Grill.
With little drive-by traffic, Jungmann said the Paseo Grill is a true destination restaurant, bringing patrons back to the funky neighborhood with good food and memorable dining experience.
One of the restaurant’s best features is the privacy booths that allow customers to close a sheer curtain to give them a dining experience that feels more personal and intimate, Jungman said.
“We want our restaurant to be a place where people can have a conversation without feeling like they are on top of everyone else,” he said.
The outdoor patio is a popular place in the area on nice days, and is a great people-watching destination as the tables sit enough above street level to maintain personal space while still gazing out over the street crowds.
“The hard thing is striving to provide that total package,” Rawlinson said.
Jungmann also is expanding his personal touch across the street with The Reserve by Paseo Grill, a restaurant space meant to serve private parties for any number of functions. The set-up, food menu, scheduling and use are completely flexible, giving customers a chance to create a unique and complete experience tailored to their needs without having to do any of the work to pull it off, Jungmann said.
“Something like this doesn’t exist right now in Oklahoma City,” he said. “I want people to leave wondering if they are in New York City. If the people of Oklahoma are willing to try new things, we want to give them that opportunity.”
At Paseo Grill it is about the simple touches, such as the reader glasses left on each table to help those older patrons read the menu or serve as a conversation starter for new guests. Each customer also is given a 4-ounce cup of berries at the end of the meal free of charge to serve as a "thank you" for coming into the restaurant.
“We are really going for that ‘wow’ factor,” Jungmann said. “We picked this location because of the variety of people the area attracts, and we hope to not only build a great restaurant but also to be a part of a whole community here that serves as a nook for people to hang out.”
The Paseo Grill serves entrees ranging in price from $8 sandwiches and burgers to to $34 for the Chilean sea bass.
11 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. Monday to Thursday
11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday
5:30 to 10 p.m. Saturday
Closed on Sunday