If you venture into Avalon in Alpharetta, manage to find a parking spot and don't get too terribly turned around you will find Oak Steakhouse peppered into the retail and restaurant complex. It's lovely to walk around Avalon at night and see the lights draped over the walkways. No doubt the resident units above have a nice view down below.
Oak has some outdoor seating (with heaters if it's chilly out) which is a great option if you want to take in the view of the complex. Inside though, you can expect more traditional steakhouse albeit modernized. Dark and woody, inviting and cozy and those steakhouse aromas that make my knees go weak.
The waiters have on leather aprons to give a butcher feel. It's pretty fab. The menu is fairly steakhouse standard but don't limit yourself to beef. The truffle parmeasan fries put me in heaven at first bite. But I digress. The parkerhouse rolls served warm with big crunchy salt flakes is a fine way to start the meal.
I could not resist ordering a short rib. Sure it's a steakhouse but I don't often see short ribs on such menus. It did not disappoint. Everything you want in a braised short rib was there. Complex flavor, tenderness and the ride mix of sidecar veg to make every mouthful perfection.
Dipping some fresh mini donuts for dessert is both whimsical and delicious. Excuse your manners for just one moment and lick your fingers. Who doesn't enjoy an interactive dessert now an then? Salted caramel ice cream and warm caramel sauce make this a three way win in my book.
My only warning is sitting outside with heaters on doesn't keep the food warm, only your body. Eat fast or order wisely. All in all I enjoyed this somewhat modern take on a classic steakhouse.