Faces of Arkansas: The Face of Steak, Red Oak Steakhouse, Saracen Casino Resort


Red Oak Steakhouse at Saracen Casino Resort is not just another steakhouse. At Red Oak, you’ll find nothing but the top cuts of meat, as well as in-house-aged beef. Red Oak is one of only 38 restaurants in America that offers authentic Japanese Kobe Beef. With appetizers and sides that are only found in fine dining, world-class establishments, Red Oak pushes the boundaries on what guests expect out of a luxury dining experience. 


When Executive Chef Joe Coleman was 8 years old, he moved to the Philippines for three years. 


“At that time, my grandfather, who was a chef and didn’t speak English, used to wake me up at 5 in the morning to go to the local market,” he says. “I distinctly remember the smell was not very pleasant, and animals were being slaughtered in front of me, and it was also very loud. We would walk up and down the market, and he would put food in my hand, making a gesture for me to eat it. From that time, I was hooked on the idea of making special creations with just about every type of food available.”


Coleman states that he’s only as good as his worst chef — that’s why he’s determined to make sure that everyone in the kitchen is performing at their very best.


“As a chef, I like to take risks and push myself to create new dishes — things that I have never done before,” he says. “I’m fortunate to work for the Quapaw tribe, Saracen Casino Resort, the management team and my staff, who all share the same values and ambitions as I do. When taking risks and trying new things, it requires critical support and vision — and that’s what we have here.” 


Red Oak Steakhouse  – 870-686-9001  saracenresort.com/dining/red-oak-steakhouse