Fortunately, Bentonville has some of the very best restaurants to be found in Northwest Arkansas. The wildly popular downtown Bentonville restaurants on the square are always brimming with delicious food and fun, however the Top 10 restaurants can be found throughout the city. From fine dining to longtime standards to fish and Sushi restaurants, the restaurants listed below have one thing in common – delicious food prepared just the way you like it.
Blu Fish Marketplace $$
607 S. E. Fifth St, (479) 925-5300
A unique fish house, restaurant and raw sushi bar with an upbeat atmosphere that is conveniently located in the Market District of Downtown Bentonville, Blu offers the freshest fish and other seafood to be found in all of NWA. Shipments of shrimp, lobster, crab, salmon, halibut are flown in daily. Imagine eating seafood so fresh that it is only hours off the dock. Customers may dine in, order takeout, or buy fresh to cook at home. Blu also features a good selection of wine and beer.
Doe’s Eat Place $$$
2806 S Walton Blvd, (479) 254-8081
Anyone would be hard pressed to find a better steak than those on the menu at Doe’s. Thick, juicy, flavorful, tender and cooked to perfection just the way you like them. These steaks are enormous, and most will feed two. Once you try one of Doe’s mouthwatering steaks, you’ll be hooked for life.
Eleven at Crystal Bridges $$
600 Museum Way, (479) 418-5700
Dining at Eleven is an experience long to be remembered. The dining area has floor to ceiling windows, which overlook Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art’s ponds and woods. Lunch is a quick-service affair, but dinner is an exquisite fine dining experience including some of the most delicious High South cuisine you will find in the Ozarks.
Oven and Tap $$
215 South Main St, (479) -268-5884
Open for weekend brunch, lunch and dinner, and located just a block off the famous Bentonville Downtown Square, Oven and Tap sports a custom built wood-fired oven for turning out scrumptious pizza and pasta fare and a unique tap wall, which pours forth cold craft beer and other delicious libations. A quality meal can be expected as Oven and Tap prides itself on attention to detail throughout including its atmosphere, service, food and drink. Reservations are advised.
100 NW 2nd St #100, (479) 657-2905
Located just off Bentonville’s Historic Downtown Square, Pressroom is open for breakfast, brunch, lunch, dinner and late night dining. It pulls together, under a delightful modern space, the atmosphere of a hip coffeehouse, amazing cocktail bar and smart restaurant. Foodies from across the country flock to the Pressroom for a chance to sample some of the delicious creations, and locals find the Pressroom the perfect place to gather with friends for coffee or drinks.
River Grille $$$
1003 McClain Rd, (479) 271-4141
Fine dining at its best can be found at the River Grille in Bentonville. Relax in masterfully upholstered chairs while you enjoy an expertly prepared meal of steaks, chops, seafood or poultry. You won’t find a more relaxed setting anywhere. The dining room features a warm fireplace, elegant wood paneling and dark wood floors. While you’re there, check out their schedule of Special Events including a four-course date night, Dining in the Dark, Brewmaster Dinner and wine tastings. A meal at the River Grille is the stuff of which memories are made.
Table Mesa Bistro $$
108 E Central Ave, (479) 715-6706
An upscale Latin American style bistro offering a full range of unique menu items including entrees, burgers, starters and desserts. Try the Steak Madagascar or the Kiki’s Burrito and for dessert the Bananas Foster a la Mesa. Located right on the famous Bentonville Downtown Square, a meal at Table Mesa is not to be missed.
The Hive $$
200 NE A St, (479) 286-6575
Located in Bentonville’s 21C Museum Hotel, the Hive, under the direction of award-winning Chef Matthew McClure, offers refined country cooking with a focus on the traditional foods of Arkansas. Chef McClure makes use of locally sourced produce in his signature dishes. You’re sure to have a memorable meal when you choose The Hive. Note: Photo at top of the page is courtesy of The Hive.
The Preacher’s Son $$
201 NW A St, (479) 445-6065
Amazing food, drinks, service and atmosphere characterize this beautiful Bentonville restaurant housed in a former church building complete with stained glass windows. Gluten free menu has many incredible dishes from which to choose including a scrumptious crab fritter appetizer. For an intimate yet friendly setting, don’t miss the cozy bar downstairs. Great place for special occasions and date nights.
Tusk & Trotter $$
110 SE A St, (479) 268-4494
Rustic, but chic and located only a block off the Bentonville Downtown Square, this award-winning restaurant is designed to accommodate families, traveling gourmets or a group of friends wanting a place to be together. Owner/chef, Rob Nelson, offers seasonal menus inspired by local fresh produce and other local ingredients. Even picky eaters will be delighted as the menu is filled with options for everyone to enjoy. Try the Fried Chicken and Waffles for a taste-treat you won’t soon forget. Note: Image at top of the page is courtesy of Tusk and Trotter.
Fred’s Hickory Inn $$
1502 N Walton Blvd,
Bentonville, AR 72712
Fred’s has been a Bentonville favorite for eons for a very good reason. It’s the unforgettable flavor of its famous hickory-smoked BBQ, steaks and Italian pasta dishes. In addition its bar, The Cabin, has become a popular venue for drinks and live music on specified evenings.
Yeyo’s El Alma de Mexico $
801 SE 8th Street Suite 41
Serving flavorful authentic Mexican food, Yeyo’s on 8th Street has a bustling, lively environment that promises to be one of the bright spots of the city. Only the freshest of Rios family farm ingredients are used, and the seasoning, oh my, it is spot on. A meal at Yeyo’s El alma de Mexico is a happy memorable event, and one that your family will want to repeat often.
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