8102 Zircon Dr SW
Lakewood, WA 98498
Deep in the northwest corner of the city of Lakewood, between the winding streets named after rocks, underneath hundreds of giant oak trees and along the back edge of the Oakbrook neighborhood sits the RMG Club at Oakbrook. Formerly the Oakbrook Golf & Country Club, a members-only, 18-hole championship course opened in 1966, the facility was purchased by PGA Tour winner Ryan Moore and his investment group in 2012, which changed the name and opened its restaurant/clubhouse to the public.
Oakhouse Restaurant and Bar diners may enter the bar and restaurant directly from the course, which is perfection for those needing either a celebratory libation or bite to eat to quench the hunger one develops after 18 holes of swinging. Diners may also enter from the lobby, which leads down a long corridor that passes open banquet party spaces and the kitchen - which can be awkward if it's your first visit because it's a long enough hallway to make you wonder if you're travelling the right way.
Ceiling-to-floor windows on one side of the restaurant give diners a nice view of the 18th hole, sandwiched by a duo of televisions for your big game needs. The bar side of the establishment features a backlit bar and a few booths and tables with an additional television.
On a weekend afternoon, I found the place to be pretty quiet. Only a few tables were filled with gentlemen who had finished up their golf games. I eyed the menu and drooled over the very idea of some of the goodies Chef Michael Arena has concocted. The menu highlights a nice balance of appetizers, entrée-sized salads, playful sandwiches and tasty entrées. Two dishes featured are a nod to founder Moore with a "Ryan" Kobe Burger and Mac and "Moore" Cheese.
I opted to begin with portobello fries ($8), a sharable-sized appetizer of meaty mushrooms, deep fried with a panko breading that lended a nice crispness, served up with a garlic aioli. These bad boys were large and in charge and were not only tasty but filling to boot.
The fettuccini alfredo ($10) was spot on, with a generous portion that could also be paired with blackened chicken or salmon. The garlic bread was a real hit - heavy on the garlic and adorned with flavorful sundried tomatoes.
The Thai peanut chicken wrap ($12) caught my eye, but fell just a bit short. Though the crispy chicken, accompanied with ample veggies including fresh and crispy snow peas, bean sprouts, red onions, carrots and romaine lettuce, all carried whispers of sesame, the tortilla wrap was a bit dry and seemed to be missing the Thai peanut dressing.
Service was efficient and fabulously friendly. The server made fantastic suggestions throughout and was quick to give refills. Being a veteran of the service industry myself, I know how demanding the golfing guys can get and appreciated the special attention, even though we were the only non-golfers in the joint.
You don't need the clubs to hit this one up, folks.
OAKHOUSE RESTAURANT AND BAR, 11:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday-Thursday, 11:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. Friday, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, 8102 Zircon Dr. SW, Lakewood, 253.584.8888