White River Fish Market

Worth driving from anywhere!

A grateful tip of the hat to Roadfooders Tiki and Howard Baratz, who many years ago each separately recommended a stop at the White River Fish Market while traveling through Oklahoma along Interstate 44.  Howard described it at an “old-time Tulsa classic,” in business since 1932. This well-worn combination raw fish market and semi-cafeteria style restaurant northeast of downtown is indeed a Roadfood gem.

When you enter, step up to a counter where raw fish are displayed. Place your order based not only on a posted menu, but on what you see in the case. Pay the person behind the cash register and find a seat at booth or table in the big, open dining room. Soon, your meal will be brought to the table by a member of the staff.

Fried seafood is what the kitchen is best known for: gorgeous whole flounders, catfish, perch, etc. The menu also lists broiled seafood, grilled seafood, smoked seafood, a couple of seafood salads and a fish sandwich, boiled shrimp by the pound and raw oysters by the dozen. On Tuesdays and Wednesdays, lobster tails join the menu. All dinners include a couple of crusty, pepper-laced hushpuppies and a choice of such side dishes as onion rings (excellent!), pinto beans, cole slaw (sparkling!), spiced rice, and baked potato.

Many regulars start their meal with a cup of gumbo and a bowl of red beans and rice, the latter actually two dishes, one with pinto beans, the other with sausage, beef, onions, and rice in a spicy Cajun sauce — practically a meal unto itself.

The White River Fish Market is a place where Tulsa citizens from all walks of life feel right at home. Prices are reasonable, the fish is lovely, and side dishes are soulful. That’s a combination that adds up to a necessary stop for any seafood lover passing through.

Note: There is a 2nd location in Broken Arrow, at 1105 E. Kenosha St., 918-449-0347.

What to Eat
White River Fish Market, Catfish Filets
Catfish Filets
Crusty strips of catfish accompanied by wicked-good sweet onion rings.
White River Fish Market, Lobster Tail
Lobster Tail
Tuesday and Wednesday are lobster tail days.
White River Fish Market, Hush Puppies
Hush Puppies
Hushpuppies audibly crunch when bitten.
White River Fish Market, Red Beans & Rice
Red Beans & Rice
Red beans, sausage, spicy rice
White River Fish Market, Whole Fried Flounder
Whole Fried Flounder
Fried whole flounder.
White River Fish Market, Pinto Beans
Pinto Beans
Pinto beans make for good bread mopping.
White River Fish Market, Shrimp Cocktail
Shrimp Cocktail
Shrimp are plump and fresh.
White River Fish Market, Grilled Sea Bass
Grilled Sea Bass
Grilled sea bass: moist beyond belief!
White River Fish Market, Ka-Bob
Kabob of tuna, salmon, halibut and mahi-mahi
White River Fish Market, Fried Shrimp
Fried Shrimp
4 butterflied fried shrimp + hushpuppies
White River Fish Market, Gumbo
Flavorful gumbo packs serious heat.
White River Fish Market, Onion Rings
Onion Rings
Onion rings are unctuous and yummy.
Directions and Hours
closed now
Monday10:30am - 8pm
Tuesday10:30am - 8pm
Wednesday10:30am - 8pm
Thursday10:30am - 8pm
Friday10:30am - 8pm
Saturday10:30am - 8pm
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Open Year Round
Meals Served
Lunch, Dinner
Credit Cards Accepted
Alcohol Served
Outdoor Seating

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