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Ashley's Restaurant - Capital Hotel
Ashley's Restaurant - Capital Hotel

Ashley's Restaurant - Capital Hotel Details

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
  • Website: http://www.ashleysatthecapital.com
  • Email: lingold@capitalhotel.com
  • Phone: (501) 370-7011
  • Hours of Operation: Breakfast: Daily: 6:30am - 10:00am;
    Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30am - 2:00pm;
    Brunch: Sunday: 11:00am - 2:00pm;
    Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 5:30pm - 9:00pm;
    Friday - Saturday: 5:30pm - 10:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: French American
  • Executive Chef: Joel Antunes
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Beer, Chef's Table, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Private Party Facilities: From well-appointed conference rooms to our new ballroom, we offer the finest facilities for any event. Both the settings and the service are always intimate, exquisite and private, so you can trust that every detail of your event will be nothing less than impeccable.
  • Private Party Contact: Gigi Magill (501) 370-7004
  • Special Events & Promotions: Set, fixed price menus and special hours for Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, and New Year's Eve dinners.
    No lunch or dinner service on Christmas Day.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Louisiana
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: Valet is complimentary to patrons of Ashley's.
A word from Ashley's Restaurant - Capital Hotel
Ashley's is located in Little Rock's historic Capital Hotel where James Beard award-winning chef Joel Antunes leads a talented team of chefs drawn from premier resorts & restaurants around the world. Chef Joel's classic cuisine features grass-fed beef, duck, game, seafood, and the world's finest rice--from Arkansas!

Guests enjoy ever-changing à la carte menus for lunch & dinner. Sunday brunch features a 3 course prix fixe menu. Not to be missed for a truly sumptuous experience is the private Chef's Table in the beautiful Wine Cellar. The Chef's Table accomodates a minimum of 10 guests with a maximum of 18. All menus are to be savored and paired with selections from an extensive, carefully assembled, fabled wine collection.

Guests may look forward to casually elegant meals featuring fine food and impeccable service.

Please note: the intimate nature of the venue precludes parties greater than 12 guests.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Overall
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Ambiance
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Food
Diner Reviews
  • "One of the best food we had in the U.S. - believe us - we know what we are talking!"
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "This is a highly rated trip advisor restaurant Even the serving team told me that tidbit. Warning sign Will Smith My expectations scouring the menu was that this is a outstanding foodier. It was good, just not great. Foie gras was tasteless which is incredible Ashley's is good food at a premium"
    Dined on 4/1/2014
  • "Lunch was excellent. As only one of two diners table selection (window), noise level, and server attentiveness were superb! The seared scallops with gnocchi, artichokes and sundried tomatoes were delicious. A version of a caprese salad with cherry tomatoes was quite tasty. The setting is out of the past and somewhat formal but comfortable. Would gladly return."
    Dined on 3/31/2014
  • "The food and atmosphere at Ashley's was really good. CLEARLY they have an exceptionally talented chef----loved the unique flavors. My husband and I eat out quite a bit and love good fine dining......and I know in America, our portions are out-of-control huge.....but we are small, fit people who felt like a meal should be a little bigger than 3 scallops and a tiny artichoke heart. The taste was fantastic, but we went to another restaurant right after we left there (because the portions were really small and we were still hungry). Also, I'm sure there are people who prefer that European hard, crusty bread---but I would prefer hot, soft bread, and more than one piece please."
    Dined on 3/21/2014
  • "I would highly recommend Ashley's. Service is amazing, Food is delicious. Great wine list."
    Dined on 3/17/2014
  • "Everything was great and I highly reccomend Ashley's to anyone seeking fine dining."
    Dined on 3/14/2014
  • "This restaurant was recommended by us. It was fantastic and more than I imagined. We went there for dinner Saturday night. We were so impressed we made a reservation for brunch the following day. The restaurant is located in a hotel over 125 years old... For us it was perfect. I would highly recommend this restaurant to anyone visiting Little Rock Arkansas. I can guarantee it's not the type of restaurant you would expect to find in a small city like Little Rock Arkansas.... More like something you would find in New Orleans San Francisco or New York... We were told later it was ranked the number one restaurant in Arkansas and that I can believe.. It was excellent and we are already planning our next trip to in the capital Hotel."
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "We were in town for a retirement party. Several people recommended that we eat breakfast here before we left town. I am so glad that we listened! If you like grits, you must get the cheesy grits with poached eggs. Yummy! Plus the staff was super nice and made you feel at home"
    Dined on 3/9/2014
  • "Food was amazing!!! Great setting to celebrate my engagement!!!"
    Dined on 2/28/2014
  • "I chose one for noise level because noise was not a problem. Ambience I chose four because it was cold at the first table where we were sat. It was by a window. There is no view by the window, so there is no reason to sit early guests by the window. We were moved to a semi booth which was more intimate and warmer. It made us much more comfortable. Our service and dinner was wonderful."
    Dined on 2/22/2014
  • "My wife and I had an early dinner at Ashley's before a show at Robinson. They knew we had a show to make and they made sure our service was prompt without being rushed. The food was very good and the presentation was excellent. We had a very good waiter, who was very helpful with the menu. We highly recommend"
    Dined on 2/18/2014
  • "The food was excellent, but their service was what really made this memorable experience. We went for our anniversary, and they went out of their way to personalize the experience for us, from specially printed menus to giving my wife a rose at the end of the meal. Servers were attentive, knowledgable and polite. The shrimp and grits were amazing. The scallops were also good, but maybe a little underseasoned. The desert (ice cream, carmelized apple, and doughnuts) was mind blowingly good, though. I can't wait to eat there again."
    Dined on 2/13/2014
  • "Ashley's in the Capital Hotel is THE place for special occasion dining. Their latest chef is French with a wonderful background. Our three course dinner was perfect and my husband and I had different things so that was six perfect plates of food. The waiters are professional - always there when you need them, otherwise non-intrusive. They are about to undergo some renovation and change in menu but I think they are perfect just like they are. But I imagine they'll be perfect after the renovation too!"
    Dined on 2/10/2014
  • "Had a great meal and our server was wonderful. Highly recommend it."
    Dined on 2/4/2014
  • "My husband and I celebrated our 25th wedding anniversary at Ashley's. This was the first time dining there for both of us. We had a fabulous time. The entire staff was professional, friendly and well informed. The food was delicious, visually appealing and plentiful. We will definitely go back to Ashley's!!"
    Dined on 2/1/2014
  • "Everything about this restaurant was perfect! The food was delicious and perfectly prepared, the service attentive, the ambiance romantic. It was a real gem."
    Dined on 1/30/2014
  • "It's the small things that make all the difference. I mentioned that we were celebrating an Anniversary. When we opened the menu, we found that an anniversary greeting with our names had been printed on top. Nice touch to add to wonderful service and a great meal."
    Dined on 1/25/2014
  • "Ashley's called ahead to see if we had any dietary preferences or if we were coming for a special occasion. While we weren't there for any real reason other than wanting a good dinner, we asked if natural beef, free range poultry, fresh seafood, and organic vegetables would be available. Amazingly, Ashley's had it all. The service was perfect. The food was wonderfully fresh, delicious, and beautifully prepared and presented. Every mouthful was delightful. It was an expensive a la carte experience, but worth every penny. We have eaten at many restaurants in the Little Rock area and Ashley's, now under the guidance of Chef Antunes, is a must for anyone serious about food!"
    Dined on 1/14/2014
  • "Beautful restaurant. Delicious. Food. Excellent service!"
    Dined on 1/7/2014
  • "The experience began on a positive right at the Valet station. Then carried over to the hostess and wait staff. Food was great and well as the service. Never had to flag anyone down for more of anything. They always seemed to know when was the right time."
    Dined on 12/28/2013
  • "We came here for Christmas day breakfast and enjoyed it as we always do when we visit Little Rock. This restaurant is in the historic Capital Hotel downtown with a beautifully restored lobby and restaurant space. The service is impeccable, but friendly and accessible. The breakfast menu is varied and everything we have had is delectable. You cannot help but feel pampered when you dine here. I highly recommend."
    Dined on 12/25/2013
  • "Our group of 8 enjoyed a special birthday dinner and the experience was everything we expected. The menu offered a broad selection, notable among the appetizers we enjoyed was the Oysters Rockefeller - flavorful but not too piquant. The seared scallops and sea bass selections were prepared to perfection, not overcooked in the slightest. The wine list offered a wide selection and the Pinot Gris that was paired with our fish and seafood complemented those selections fabulously. The desserts were very good, especially the Parisian chocolate cake and chocolate peanut butter Kit Kat. The port wine we selected was fine. The dining experience was greatly enhanced by the fine waitstaff - knowledgable, attentive, but not hovering."
    Dined on 12/28/2013
  • "We went there for a special anniversary dinner and it certainly was special. The staff was attentive and wonderful, server was friendly and the food was outstanding. They made our anniversary a wonderful celebration and we highly recommend Ashley's if you are looking for a quiet upscale romantic restaurant!"
    Dined on 12/11/2013
  • "I made reservations to treat my good friend to a birthday lunch. Everything was delightful and the service was very good. When we were seated,the menus at our table had a birthday greeting on them. We both chose the lunch special with fish, butternut squash soup, shrimp caviche and rice pudding. The portions were small, but with the variety, it was plenty overall. Every bite was delicious and each dish compimented the other. The soup was amazing and the rice pudding was a perfect end to a perfect meal. If I had a negative comment, it would be that the water for our tea wasn't hot enough to steep it."
    Dined on 12/16/2013
  • "As always, great food and great service. Ashley's does it right!"
    Dined on 12/16/2013
  • "Our food was wonderful but the price has gone up for lunch beyond reasonable...and much more than previous years for the same selections. Our service was pitiful. The servers dropped dishes several times around us. They brought out my dessert before I had even had my soup. In previous years there was always a small appetizer on the table and nothing was there, not even bread or crackers. The serving time was very slow from beginning to end. I was very disappointed because this had been an annual Christmas lunch with friends."
    Dined on 12/16/2013
    Dined on 12/13/2013
  • "There is no more wholly civilized dining experience than Ashley's, t in the Capital Hotel in downtown Little Rock. My wife and I love the Sunday brunch, a three-course prix fixe menu for $39 with at least a half-dozen choices in each category. The pace is relaxed, giving time to enjoy the food and the elegant atmosphere. Ballet Arkansas and the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra were presenting "The Nutcracker" at 2 p.m. that day, and there were many families with well-dressed, well-behaved young children in tow. It was a festive holiday meal we won't soon forget. In my reservation on Open Table I had mentioned we would be celebrating my wife's birthday, and our menus were specially printed with Happy Birthday greetings and balloons. Outstanding!"
    Dined on 12/15/2013
  • "Really nice dining experience all the way around - nice job!"
    Dined on 12/13/2013
  • "It is always fun to gather at Ashley's at the Capitol Hotel. Beautiful atmosphere, and it was so festive with many friends gathering for a holiday lunch together!! And the food is delicious and beautifully served!"
    Dined on 12/11/2013
  • "We took our Mother to dinner at Ashley's to celebrate her 90th birthday. We had been there before so we knew it was elegant and the food was good. They made it special by printing personalized menus for our table and writing "Happy Birthday" in chocolate on her dessert plate. These small but unexpected touches helped make the evening more special."
    Dined on 11/15/2013
  • "Ashley's is the metric by which all Little Rock eateries should be measured. It is the standard. Full stop."
    Dined on 11/10/2013
  • "A bit pricey, but well worth it. We opted for the Sunday prix fixe brunch and were favorably impressed: the food was nicely prepared, artfully presented, conveyed an orchestra of flavors and the service was superb. Closest thing to a complaint would be that the otherwise excellent Argentinian malbec was served chilled rather than at room temperature. We will, however, be back...the next time we visit family in Little Rock."
    Dined on 10/27/2013
  • "ate here for a business event a few years ago and was impressed was finally able to take my wife this trip even though there was a new chef, we were both impressed and thrilled with the selections, preparation, presentation, and service suggested wine pairings were wonderful as well."
    Dined on 10/26/2013
  • "I went to Ashleys on 10/17/2013 and it was the best dining experience Ive ever had. Our waitress was so helpful and very kind. The wait staff never let our drinks get low and the whole inside of Ashleys is STUNNING... People talking about how pricey the food is but I promise you it was worth it. I will be going back"
    Dined on 10/17/2013
  • "I had read other reviews here and thought they might be somewhat exaggerated in their praise of Ashley's but they were not overstated. Everything was as we hoped it would be. We were celebrating our 19th anniversary and noted that I noted that in our reservation. When we arrived we were greeted by name and show our table. Our server brought our special personal menus that even had our names on them. We enjoyed a before dinner cocktail in the adjacent Capital Bar which is a must do if you have the time. "Best" Maker's Mark Manhattan ever. Great wine list, great food and don't skip dessert either. I would rate this restaurant one of the best we have ever dined in. We will be back soon!"
    Dined on 10/8/2013
  • "We have always thought of Ashley's as Little Rock's finest place to eat, and when we had visitors from Los Angeles--people who are familiar with Patina and other justly esteemed restaurants--we made a point of taking them there. Our experience was a distinct letdown from most of our previous meals at Ashley's. One of our entrees--lobster with fried noodles--was an out-and-out disaster, lacking in lobster but loaded with soggy noodles. Other dishes were good, but overall, our meal was by no means special enough to merit the price tag. The (sweet) cornbread was not a happy substitute for the amuse-bouches we've had on previous visits. The service, so often excellent in the past, was adequate but ordinary. We'll hope for better next time."
    Dined on 10/16/2013
  • "The food and atmosphere were both very good but the service was lacking. When we arrived it took at least a minute or two for our name to be found on the reservation list; this despite the fact that we were called the day before to confirm the reservation. Once seated, I ordered a martini and requested it be served with 2 olives yet when it arrived there were no olives to be found. My wife had a glass of white wine as I had my martini and she was never ask if she would like a 2nd glass with her dinner. These are just a few examples of the lack of attention we experienced. We will return the next time we are in Little Rock and hope the service improves to equal the food and ambience."
    Dined on 10/19/2013
  • "Great food. Drinks were slow to show up. Appetizer was late then they put dinner on top before we finished. I believe it was a fluke with our waitress, she seemed new. Other staff seemed on the ball. Good value on great food. I had the pork - delicious! Try the asparagus!"
    Dined on 10/12/2013
  • "At Ashley's, we had one of the best dinners we have had. The food was creatively delicious, service exceptional and elegant ambience."
    Dined on 10/12/2013