Bentonville, a charming city nestled in the heart of Arkansas, is not just known for its rich history and vibrant arts scene, but also for its burgeoning culinary landscape. This city is a gastronomic haven, boasting an array of restaurants that cater to a variety of palates and preferences. From upscale dining establishments serving gourmet fare, to cozy eateries offering comfort food, Bentonville's restaurant scene is as diverse as it is delightful. This article will guide you through the best restaurants in Bentonville, ensuring your dining experience in this city is nothing short of extraordinary. Whether you're a local foodie or a tourist seeking culinary adventures, these top-rated restaurants are sure to satisfy your cravings.
Stylish cafe with a sweeping wooden roof & large windows for a selection of local, sustainable grub.
My partner and I are members of the museum and have been many times. We’ve eaten at Eleven many times and have had great meals and experiences. This time was a miss. I ordered the hot crispy chicken sandwich. It came out burnt to a crisp. I notified staff and 5 min. Later the chef came out to speak with me and tell me there was another on the way. It finally arrived after my partner was finished eating and it also was burnt to a crisp. Maybe the kitchen was having a bad day. Anyway I wouldn’t recommend the crispy chicken sandwich. I would, however recommend trying the restaurant. It’s a beautiful place in a beautiful setting and usually they get it right.
3 / 5
The museum was spectacular; the food at Eleven has not changed in, well, 11 years. The fries were not fresh and merely tepid. The hamburger was edible but bland. My wife's meal was less than savory. The bottled water was great (spring water from Hot Springs). The pickle spear was bread & butter, not dill. For nearly $60 for two, I advise an omission of the restaurant. There is a coffee bar we did not try at the other end.
3 / 5
Beautiful architecture. We just got coffee but it was real good. A beautiful view of the lake.
5 / 5
Lovely views and great coffee and lunch spot, watched the kids play checkers from the restaurant. So fun!
5 / 5
Had pork and grits and it was cold, like it had been prepared earlier and had been sitting near a warming lamp for a while. Also got a salad, which was pretty good for an area where most restaurants have gross salads if they have one at all. Later on we got a couple scones and they were excessively sweet.
2 / 5
Elevated, locally sourced Arkansas fare served within the sleek, modern 21c Museum Hotel.
Great vibe in the 21c’s restaurant. Excellent cocktail program and great food. The beer salad was delicious, but a fairly small portion. The baked ricotta is a must! I ordered the ribeye and it was great.
4 / 5
The princess and I traveled to Bentonville Arkansas to visit the art gallery/ museum Crystal bridges . While in Bentonville we discovered this great restaurant. Although a bit pricey the quality of the food and excellent staff justified the price. Our waitress, Lauren, was very friendly and helpful without hovering. Lauren as well as the manager made us feel welcome. We shared the ribeye and the the pasta. Everything was tasty and served hot and fast. My steak was done perfectly and the pasta dish complimented it well. Highly recommend, we are sure to return, maybe for breakfast right now!
4 / 5
We basically just got appetizers and it was amazing. We ordered the Baked Ricotta and paired together with Crispy Pork Belly. It was ridiculously amazing. Ask for more French bread. The beets were great too. Loved the cocktails. The black dahlia packs a punch and it’s delicious but boozy.
5 / 5
To be honest, I came to Bentonville to see the Annie Liebovitz exhibition at Crystal Bridges; HOWEVER, I am so glad I decided to indulge in a special dinner out at the Hive. Three words for you: 25-Minute Egg. Simply surprising and stole the show. Thank you Chef Sam for stopping by - the entire culinary experience was an amazing start to my getaway.
5 / 5
If you want to find a non-traditional restaurant, add The Hive to your list. Eclectic in decor and unique in location, The Hive is a perfect fit for Bentonville Arkansas. The menu offers some unique creations and the beverage selection is good. My wife and I both ordered the evening special, umbrella-shaped pasta in a special light cream sauce with a generous portion of crab. Delicious. Regarding customer care, the pasta was inadvertently served lukewarm. The chef repeated the order and it was served by the manager with apologies. The meal was capped off with a complimentary serving of cotton candy. Eclectic for sure. All in all, a good experience.
4 / 5
Casual bistro offering family-style Italian dining with a long wine list in a trendy, modern space.
Best bread I’ve ever had at a restaurant. The complimentary bread was unique and delicious! I highly recommend the bruschetta as well. We had the malaras special (? Maybe a little off on the title), salmon, and lemon cutlets.
5 / 5
Went for Sunday brunch. We didn't know it was brunch, but it was until 1:00pm. I really liked the menu, it's AYCE for $20 per person. Everything we had was really good, except the chicken parm sliders. The brunch menu is split into 2 sections and it's small plates for the most part. There's a pizza on it which was great, but it was large for "small plates"- I'm not complaining! It's just easy to over order and don't want to waste food. Poached egg carbonara, pancetta quiche, a whole plate of bacon, waffles, potatoes, champagne folded eggs. Really good scones too. At first I was disappointed that it was brunch and not their regular menu, but after trying so many dishes it was such a delight! And very reasonable. Definitely will go back, there's something for everyone. UPDATE: went for dinner a few times, pasta mirabella was good, lasagna was just ok. I don't particularly like foccacia bread, but they'll give you some. Tasty cesar salad!
4 / 5
Any Italian restaurant that also boasts “all you can eat brunch” is definitely a cause for concern. The wait staff, hostess, and manager were all extremely polite, friendly, and professional. I cannot applaud their service any more. The food, however, fell a bit flat. The bread for the table came with a side of smashed tomatoes, basil, and olives. However it tasted mainly like olives, little to no tomato flavor was present and the basil only showed through when I picked it out of the sauce and ate it by itself. I had the mussels and Ossobuco as my main course. The muscles were delicious, and the bread served along with the muscles was good as well. It’s hard to mess up muscles, and they definitely did not. The vegetable/sauce left over was perfect dipping sauce for the bread in place of the olive tomato mixture. For my main course I had the ossobuco. The veal was cooked to fall apart tender, which, in my opinion, is the best and only way to cook a veal shank. It was served over risotto, which was quite bland. I’d did not detract from the veal but slightly more flavor in the risotto would have been desirable. It was also ever so slightly undercooked. The vegetables that were served with the veal shank were over cooked mush, and this texture was rather off putting in conjunction with the already tender veal. Potentially other dishes here are a winner, but the ossobuco didn’t hit the mark. The atmosphere was okay, however the cement wall in the dining area lacked charm and only gave the dinning area an industrial feel. Once again, I applaud the wait staff and hostess. They did an amazing job.
4 / 5
10 out of 10. Service 10. Food.10. This place is definitely one of our favorite family restaurants. My daughter is a fan of meatballs🔥 and cheese🔥 pizza, my son a fan of pizza Giovanni , we enjoyed the family size Ceasar salad, Bruchetta 🔥, pasta Marcelo's, and to top it off with coffee and a Tiramisu.
5 / 5
We were seated upstairs in room which had no decoration, plastic folding tables,an itty bitty sound bar for entertainment etc.I ordered caprese salad which was basically 2 slices of mozzarella and some uncut frozen tomatoes on the vine..The poor waitress was totally overwhelmed with a room from of people..The rest of our dinner was mediocre at best.
2 / 5
This lively place with a sushi bar & tables offers a familiar menu of rolls plus beer, wine & sake.
This place was absolutely outstanding! I have heard so much about it over the years and I just have never made it here. I am so glad I finally did and I can’t wait to come back! Everyone says this is the best sushi in Northwest Arkansas, and they are 100% right… This is better than most sushi restaurants in my home state of California. The selection was huge, service was amazing, absolutely amazing… They were so on top of it and everyone was in sync. I’ve spent most of my life in the restaurant business and many people can take a lesson from what they are doing here. If you haven’t been here, do not hesitate hurry up and go!
5 / 5
Wayne Hanseth - Realtor
Everything was absolutely delicious! Come prepared to bring your appetite - portions are very large and generous! Razorback Roll is brought to your table and set on fire to complete cooking process. Free sample is two pieces of the Sam Roll (you'll love it so much that you'll order a plate of them) Everything had outstanding flavor!
5 / 5
I was visiting Bentonville and my friend took me to this place… Best tempura rolls I have had in years! Also loved the soup, two pieces of sushi, and fruits.. the three of them for free during dinner! And excellent service even when the restaurant was at capacity. Hope to be back soon!
5 / 5
Best sushi we have ever had. The rolls are huge and filling. We got the green dragon roll, the crazy crab roll and the Sam’s roll(the sample of the day). The miso soup was very good too! The 2 of us had to get a to-go box because there is so much food! Will return
5 / 5
Let me start by saying that I've always hated sushi. Someone told me to come here, and I was hesitant. I walked in, sat down, and they gave my friend and I some samples. I took a bite and was in love. I ordered something random, hoping it wasn't a fluke, and I enjoyed what I ordered even more. It's safe to say that if I ever eat sushi again, it'll be from the Sushi House.
5 / 5
Established American restaurant featuring steaks as well as tamales in a casual, relaxed space.
Clearly a local staple, as it's been in the area for many decades. Is it decent? Absolutely. Is it amazing? Absolutely not. The food is basic but consistent. They use the same recipes from the 1930s, founded in the Delta area of Arkansas. The fries are amazing, "biscuits" which are more like donuts are pillows of heaven. The mushrooms were over salted while the steaks were under salted. The "World Famous" tamales, are good only because of the chili served with them, which has good flavor, seasoning and texture. The remaining side options are subpar and very basic like boiled potatoes. I asked for sour cream, it came in packets, same for butter and cheese. The atmosphere is a roadside diner meets your grandfather's collection of sports memorabilia, old pictures, dead animals etc in his dirty, cluttered garage, finished with checkered plastic table cloths. You can see the wine list I posted, hand written, same for beer selection. Should you visit? Probably, at least once. Mostly to discount those locals who rave about the food and atmosphere, and to say you've tried it.
3 / 5
Steakhouse extraordinare! Steaks and seafood on the menu. Had chili w/beef tamales and the 3 lb porterhouse, fries and new potatoes shared 3 ways. Of course, took bone home for the dog.
5 / 5
The food was amazing, as we split their marbled Ribeye steak and had their "drop rolls", which tasted more like Louisiana style beignets. The atmosphere was more casual than we had expected, but the service was great.
5 / 5
If you know. You know. Does is fantastic! We have our holiday party here every year and it's always a great time. Queen filets, with sides served family style. Potatoes, crispity crunch French fries, side salad, mushrooms and fried & boiled shrimp! And always always get the fry bread biscuits! Plus the desserts are pretty damn delicious. Great service!
5 / 5
The tamales came out cold but tasted pretty good. The oysters tasted good, reasonably fresh. The steak (ribeye) was awful. I ordered it medium rare, and it came out raw and cold throughout. It was under seasoned and was barely even seared, still refrigerator cold in the middle. The mushrooms were inedible. They had been soaked in soy sauce and too salty to eat. The fried biscuits (which are actually donuts) were good. Overall, it was hit and miss with the food, but serving the worst steak I've ever had at a restaurant is not acceptable for a place that is supposed to feature amazing steak and charges premium prices.
2 / 5
Long-standing, family-operated restaurant serving hickory-smoked BBQ, plus steaks & Italian pasta.
I loved the old Fred's, so we came to try out the new place after it was bought out. We are here on our ten year anniversary as this has been our anniversary spot since forever. The menu has changed a bit, which was disappointing. HOWEVER, the steak and prime rib were absolutely perfect. I could cut my filet with a fork and no knife, as it should be. To quote my wife, "the prime rib is so good I may cry." It was so very good. I win at anniversary dinner. Thank you Hickory Inn! LOL!
4 / 5
This place is amazing! Loved, loved, loved it. Wonderful service that really cares and makes you feel welcomed. The atmosphere is beautiful and lit just right for intimate dining. The food is seriously show stopping and we can't wait to revisit this little gem. Such a great family owned business. Do yourself a favor and go treat yourself to a meal at Fred's Hickory Inn. It really is excellent.
5 / 5
I don't normally give one star.. in fact I Wish it would have gone differently. Our server was really good. She really tried to make things right but her manager was not interested. We waited several minutes at the host stand. When no one showed up, we asked a waiter if we could it. He said the kitchen was closed but it was o my 8:40 and they close at 9. They still had live music. I think he thought it was later so no biggie. Then they told us to go to the host stand... said we have been waiting there for over 5 minutes so we were seeking help elsewhere. Finally seated but had to wait another 10 minutes for anyone to even say hi. We finally flagged down someone and said we have 5 minutes until the kitchen closed and so we really need to get our orders in. Our server came out and was quick to get the orders in. Food came out quick as well but my smoked chicken was basically chicken jerky. No meat on the Qing because so dried up. Meat was so dry you had to drown it in the bbq sauce or take it with a swig of beer. We were so hungry that I picked the meat out under the burnt skin and at as much as I could find. It was terrible. Gas station chicken is like 5 stars compared to this. I told the waiter and she said she'd take it off the bill. The manager came out and because I ate it gave some lame excuse that their supplier is t giving them good meat she overruled the waiter and left it on! Unless their supplier is smoking it, that's not the problem. It was either super old and burnt or it was just left in the smoker too long and burnt or not was rehired and burnt. We paid the bill and left a decent tip but I just am so sad because it was one of my favorite restaurants and the experience was just yuck. My husbands food was good but he had a salad with steak on top of it.
1 / 5
It's been three years and it is still amazing. Great food, excellent wait staff, and fine dining as expected. The cheesecake was homemade, and they had blueberry topping!
5 / 5
The saga of Fred’s continues... It’s been nearly four years since this legendary Bentonville supper club was temporarily shuttered by a fire. Upon reopening things just weren’t the same, not by a long shot. The rebuilding of the structure was fine but the food and staff barely resembled the old Fred’s. Finally things have begun to seriously turn around. I would urge anyone that wrote Fred’s off as a lost cause to give them another look. On a recent visit we were greeted warmly and quickly seated. It was immediately obvious that our server was the kind of pro Fred’s used to regularly employ. I usually don’t mention names, even when the service is great, but Casey was quite possibly the best server we’ve had in Northwest Arkansas, and we’ve had some very good service locally. His knowledge of the menu, both food and drink, was impressive. Further he had extensive knowledge of Fred’s history and an obvious passion for his profession. Fred’s is unique in that it’s calling card is smoked meats, especially ribs, combined with a relaxed fine dining atmosphere. In recent times this was one of the areas where Fred’s struggled; not anymore. The house-made sausage, pork and beef made for a terrific appetizer, The Fred’s Sampler. The Steak Salad was elevated to outstanding by the perfectly seasoned and grilled steak and wonderful house-made dressings. The Smoked Chicken with an accompanying Rib were off the charts, like I’d been transported to Fred’s circa 1971. The Cheesecake was a fitting end to an exceptional dining experience that I hope to soon repeat. One word of advice; unless you are already a fan skip the spaghetti, this just isn’t an Italian restaurant.
5 / 5
Gastropub offering a locally sourced, seasonal menu & craft beers in a casual, rustic-chic setting.
The best restaurant in town for sure! Food is very great, natural, fresh, directly from farms. The test of the food is very gourmet! Kids menu is very special. The size salad is great and very, very fresh. The desserts are some very special! My God the dessert we had! Love the place!
5 / 5
There were not many people there when we arrived late in the afternoon, but it still took the server a little time to get our drinks. Service seemed a bit slow overall. We ordered two appetizers, one was the delicious pork rinds! We’d go back for those again. They were salt and peppered just right. Our lunch was just okay.
4 / 5
Lots of choices on the menu. Ordered the Tusk burger, med well with fries and a Cobb salad. 2 cokes. Service was excellent and attentive. Burger was tasty and cooked perfectly. However it wasn’t big enough to fill the bun. Fries were all over cooked. Salad was perfect - sorghum Dijon dressing is wonderful!
4 / 5
Best brunch in Northwest Arkansas! It was our favorite brunch while we lived here and decided to come here with my family when visiting from KC. It was fantastic! I had the hot chicken & waffles and so glad I did. My family all enjoyed their food and drinks as well. Nice casual atmosphere and the servers are very helpful and professional.
5 / 5
Great place with excellent food! Craft beer, gourmet meats cooked to perfection. The pork rinds were the best I ever had! We will definitely return. This was the best brunch we have had in NWA.
5 / 5