3:30 - 9:30 Dinner
Wednesday to Thursday
11:00 - 1:30 Lunch
3:30 - 9:30 Dinner
11:00 - 1:30 Lunch
3:30 - 10:00 Dinner
1:00 - 10:00 Dinner
11:00 - 2:00 Lunch Buffet
11:00 - 10:00 Dinner
Freddie & Amelia Saliba began the restaurant business with a small cafe on main street of Drumright in 1946. They served the typical cafe menu and also served the extra large T-Bone steak for $2.00. They had a lady cook who never wrote down an order. She did everything from memory from the wait staff. She was also known to have the best homemade rolls in town. They were frequented by the cowboy western actor Ben Johnson many times. In 1956 they closed the cafe and moved to their current location west of Drumright. It was called the Fondulac club at the time until they changed the name to Freddie's Supper Club.
There was a large dance floor and a band stand where they would often hold lingerie shows. Over the years they became known for their special hand-cut steaks and Lebanese hrsdrvs. which includes houmas, tabolie, and cabbage rolls. Freddie has always used hickory logs to smoke all the ribs, brisket and bologna that are served. They also served Paul Newman when he was visiting the Hallet Raceway a few years ago. In 1969 Freddie left the Drumright club to one of his son's Paul Saliba who still operates it today with the help of his wife Nancy. At that time Freddie built another steakhouse on the shores of Keystone Lake in Mannford. He worked along with his wife Amelia until his youngest son Rickey took over in 1976.
Freddie still continued his daily trips to the restaurant helping out in the front greeting customers or helping behind the bar of just visiting until his death in 1997. In 2001, Freddie's grandson Brian opened another steak house in Stillwater which is called Freddie Pauls.
The location in Mannford offers lakeside dining with a beautiful view from any table in the restaurant. You can also visit us from the lake. Just park your boat at our courtsey dock and walk up to the restaurant. We offer the same hand cut steaks that have always been a tradition at Freddie's with houmas, tabolie, and cabbage rolls. We also offer many pasta dishes, hickory smoked BBQ, cajun dishes, many many seafood items, freshly made Caesar salads, and numerous appetizers. Rickey and his wife Jerri still operate the Mannford location and as tradition continues, you will also see their girls in the work force too.
In the News ( Tulsa News)
A steak, cabbage roll and tabouli from Freddie's.
John Clanton / Tulsa World
Freddie's Steak House, celebrating its 35th year on the banks of Lake Keystone near Mannford, has the looks and feel of an old-fashioned, Lebanese-style supper club -- a direct reflection of its late founder, Freddie Saliba.
Freddie's Steak House has its roots in Drumright, where Saliba and wife Amelia opened Freddie's Cafe on Main Street in 1946. About 10 years later they purchased the Fondulac Club west of Drumright from the Saffa family -- Amelia was a Saffa -- and changed the name to Freddie's Supper Club.
A huge black-and-white photo of Freddie and Amelia behind the bar of the supper club hangs on a wall at the Mannford restaurant. Look closely in the bottom right-hand corner of the photo and you can see the hand of a man, otherwise out of the picture, at the end of the bar holding a handgun.
A sign in the background advertises "hickory log" barbecue for 95 cents and extra-large T-bones for $2.
"Guess those were a little different times," said son Rickey Saliba, who has operated the Mannford restaurant since 1975. "I remember they even had lingerie shows, which were really popular, on the big, wooden dance floor there."
Rickey said an area banker, L.F. Jones, wanted to build a steakhouse on Lake Keystone, and persuaded Freddie to manage it and to use Freddie's name. It opened in 1969, four years after work on the new lake was completed.
"There wasn't much of anything out here then," said Rickey, who added that his dad purchased the restaurant and property in 1971. Another Saliba son, Paul, still operates the Drumright restaurant, and Rickey's nephew Brian owns the Freddie Paul restaurant in Stillwater.
And, for those wondering, Ricky Saliba said his family's restaurants have no connection to the Freddie's Bar-B-Q Steak House in Sapulpa, a sometimes confusing coincidence to customers of both restaurants.
We made the short trip (20 minutes from downtown Tulsa) to Freddie's in Mannford on a recent weeknight to celebrate the 18th birthday of a niece who lives in Stillwater. It was a lively crowd, and we ordered a variety of dishes off the expansive menu.