White River Fish Market

One of the best

A grateful tip of the hat to tiki and to Howard Baratz, who both recommended we stop at the White River Fish Market while traveling through Oklahoma. 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 a Roadfood gem.

When you enter, step up to a counter where all sorts of raw fish are displayed. Place your order based not only on a posted menu, but on what you see in the case. Pay the man 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 place is best known for: gorgeous whole flounders, catfish, perch, etc. The menu also lists broiled seafood, grilled 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, one very meaty lobster tail is available for about $20. 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.

We started our meals with a cup of gumbo and a bowl of red beans and rice, the latter actually two dishes, one with soulful pinto beans, the other with sausage, beef, onions, and rice in a spicy Cajun sauce.

We love the room tone in this rollicking lunch room (open for dinner, too). It’s clearly the place where all sorts of Tulsa citizens feel right at home. Prices are low, the fish is impeccable, and all the side dishes are very soulful. That’s a combination that adds up to a necessary stop for anyone with an appetite traveling along I-44.

What to Eat
White River Fish Market, Catfish Filets
Catfish Filets
These crusty strips of catfish are accompanied by wicked-good sweet onion rings. The hushpuppies that are part of every dinner are barely visible in the background.
White River Fish Market, Lobster Tail
Lobster Tail
Tuesday and Wednesday are lobster tail days. This big fella was unbelievably meaty, as dense and as full-flavored as a sirloin steak. Of course, melted butter comes on the side. With this dish, the hushpuppies are a rather odd companion, but nonetheless impossible not to eat.
White River Fish Market, Hush Puppies
Hush Puppies
Looking at this photo, I can practically hear the crunch these excellent hushpuppies make when you bite into them. Two are included with every dinner.
White River Fish Market, Red Beans & Rice
Red Beans & Rice
The beans come in their own separate dish when you order red beans and rice. Here, the rice part includes big hunks of sausage and beef, and some very well-spiced rice.
White River Fish Market, Whole Fried Flounder
Whole Fried Flounder
Fried whole flounder.
White River Fish Market, Pinto Beans
Pinto Beans
Simple filling pinto beans make for good bread mopping.
White River Fish Market, Shrimp Cocktail
Shrimp Cocktail
The shrimp in this cocktail are plump and fresh.
White River Fish Market, Grilled Sea Bass
Grilled Sea Bass
The grilled sea bass is moist beyond belief!
White River Fish Market, Ka-Bob
If you want to try a variety of the available fish, the Ka-Bob is the way to go. It includes sweet chunks of grilled tuna, salmon, halibut and mahi-mahi.
White River Fish Market, Fried Shrimp
Fried Shrimp
An order of the fried shrimp supplies four big, butterflied beauties, plus dense hushpuppies on the side.
Cole Slaw
Broiled Tilapia
White River Fish Market, Gumbo
I admit to feeling a little silly as I consider getting the gumbo at a restaurant in Tulsa. Then I notice that everyone ahead of me in line is ordering it. Not only is this very flavorful gumbo, but it packs some heat, too.
White River Fish Market, Onion Rings
Onion Rings
The slightly greasy onion rings are lightly breaded and were a big hit with the group.
Directions and Hours
closed now
Monday9am - 8pm
Tuesday9am - 8pm
Wednesday9am - 8pm
Thursday9am - 8pm
Friday9am - 8:30pm
Saturday9am - 8:30pm
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Open Year Round
Meals Served
Lunch, Dinner
Credit Cards Accepted
Alcohol Served
Outdoor Seating

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