James at the Mill Restaurant
James at the Mill Restaurant

James at the Mill Restaurant

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.jamesatthemill.com/
  • Phone: 4794431400
  • Hours of Operation:
    Dinner: Monday - Saturday: 5:30pm - 10:00pm
    Closed on major holidays
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: American, Contemporary American
  • Executive Chef: Miles James
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Beer, Chef's Table, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Johnson Exit #69 off of Interstate 540
  • Parking: No
A word from James at the Mill Restaurant
James at the Mill offers an exciting mix of traditional and contemporary American flavors. Chef Miles James' groundbreaking restaurant offers Ozark Plateau Cuisine that shares the haute couture of Guy Savoy's French bistro cooking, as well as drawing from the Manhattan energy and style of David Burke, tailored to the rhythm of Northwest Arkansas. The restaurant constitutes a seminal work of the renowned architect, James Lambeth, with all of the award-winning flair and style of influences from Rome, Paris, London, and Miami -- striking contemporary design, with tall ceilings, flowing waters, and calming views. Join us at the bar or table, and experience an evening to remember.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerMost Booked
James at the Mill Restaurant reviews from OpenTable diners
57 reviews since May 19, 2014
Overall Rating4.5
  • Food4.7
    Service4.5
  • Ambiance4.5
    Noise LevelModerate
92% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (39)romantic (32)notable wine list (29)fit for foodies (28)scenic view (20)good for groups (13)neighborhood gem (12)great for brunch (3)kid-friendly (3)great for outdoor dining (3)late-night find (3)great for lunch (2)hot spot (2)vibrant bar scene (1)Show More
  • Pleasantly surprised
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    We had asked if it were possible to get a vegetarian tasting menu. When they said it was possible I feared that the vegetarian aspect would involve just omitting the protein as I have seen many a chef do before. I was ecstatic when instead, my husband was offered completely different items than I had, that were every bit as creative and tasty as my meatier versions were.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    The service was quick, the food was tasty and atmosphere were all above my expectations.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • extremely pleased
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    I brought my wife here for our 13th anniversary, and I must say we were both pleased! Our server, Charlie, was very pleasant and she was very helpful. The presentation of the food was awesome and definitely picture worthy! The food itself was amazing! I Had The Rib Eye and My Wife had The Tester and both were exceptional! Can't wait to go back and try something else!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, kid-friendly, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • special dinner
    CA1022
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    Dinner here with friends was a special one -- spouse's birthday. Food outstanding, wait staff outstanding, everything was wonderful. will be back!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent Restaurant
    HiddenGem
    Dined on 9/9/2014
    James at the Mill is a great restaurant that I feel is a hidden gem. I'm surprised it isn't more crowded than it is, which I believe comes from simply its location. But those in the area should give this restaurant a try. It's effectively the an old, early 19th century mill turned into a beautiful atrium and bar/restaurant. I'd also recommend parking by the Inn at the Mill (i.e., down the hill), where patrons can enjoy the manicured landscape and stonescape that includes a babbling brook as well as rustic looking water troughs that are ferrying running water down to the original mill wheel. They have a full bar, a great wine selection, and the food is top notch. For Fayetteville area fine dining, it's certainly worth a try.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Rare Park Avenue Plates in Ozarks
    Brutus
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    Having moved to NW Arkansas from the coast we've been aggressively searching, but usually without success, for restaurants that approach the benchmark set by some of the best eateries in the world... I guess you could say we are spoiled. Almost never can we find someplace with the broad selection of meat and seafood cuts that we grew up enjoying, and when we did locate an establishment with a nice menu, the quality and presentation have been disappointing. The duck was a little fatty, as duck is, but very flavorful. The rib eye was superb and nearly melt in your mouth. The goat cheese salad was a big hit, and the desserts tasty and well presented. We were early evening diners and the service very timely and attentive. We will be regulars.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Super experience
    HungryTraveler
    Dined on 8/26/2014
    Not only was the food incredible, but the waiter was friendly and so were the people dining on either side of me. Everyone seemed happy to be there. I recommend the pea soup, andouille sausage corn dog and the pork loin.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great
    avgguy
    Dined on 8/25/2014
    Wonderful dining experience. Food was superb, the staff attentive, great views, and the atmosphere you would expect for fine dining.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, scenic view, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always excellent
    kdlosVIP
    Dined on 8/18/2014
    Have been to James at the Mill often and have never been disappointed. The food varies with the seasons and new dishes are always being introduced. Service is attentive.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, scenic view, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A very long wait for food
    BelleVIP
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    We arrived for a later dinner and waited a very long time before being served appetizer and entrée. Glasses often empty, etc. However, the food was very good. We really like the ambience and food but wish the service was better.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    We had went to the restaurant to celebrate my husbands birthday with a group of 8. This was the first time any of us had eaten or even been there. The food was excellent. The service was good but that evening it was a little slow. I guess they were busy so it took a while for us to get our food. Even with this we would all for sure come back again.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food, poor service
    SWTravelerVIP
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    This is my 5th visit to James at the Mill. We sat for about 20 minutes before a waiter appeared. From there on, it was spotty attention. We noticed the tables that were drinking heavily were getting all of the attention from the waiter. My steak was great but my wife's halibut was overcooked. Overall I was disappointed with the service and the food was good but not spectacular.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Expensive Dinner
    Cheers
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    Wonderful tasting food, great service and nice atmosphere. It's just too expensive to do on a regular basis. Food isn't that expensive to purchase and it shouldn't be this expensive to prepare and serve. They have a well deserved reputation, so be prepared to pay for it.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Surprising cuisine
    ksdiner
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    We had heard about this restaurant from friends and found it even better than we expected. My husband ordered the tasting menu with wine pairings. I had a taste of each of his courses in addition to my order of a chicken breast that was beautifully presented and delicious. This is a wonderful destination dining experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great restaurant
    pplepou
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    I was very surprise how excellent the quality was. The Whole thing, taste and decorated plates.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • James at the Mill, a slow go
    Fayetteville
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    Our experience was terrible. Although the restaurant was not even full, we waited for 45 minutes before they took our first drink order and waited 2.5 hours for our dinner. In the end, our checks were incorrect & overall service was horrible. We will not be going back.
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  • Excellent "date night" location
    Dickeysa
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    The food is outstanding and presented in a beautiful artistic fashion. High quality ingredients, that are expertly prepared makes for a very memorable dining experience. Highly recommend for a romantic or special occasion dinner.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good food, good times.
    Nightout1
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    Dining with a group of six, everyone found many options they were interested in on the menu. Wheelchair bound party was comfortable and found everything accommodating. Overall a great experience.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Highly Recommended!
    Reddieland
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    The food is second to none, characterized by freshness, presentation, and taste. We will be back.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The James at the Mill
    Mike
    Dined on 7/17/2014
    Presentation of all dishes were extremely creative. The flavors are spectacular. Meal choices are difficult to decide but having eatin here multiple times a reason to come back!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent
    Vika
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    You husband and I are always looking forward to dine at James at the Mill
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, scenic view, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious!
    drakefam
    Dined on 7/2/2014
    Everything was wonderful. The service was attentive, stylish decor, food was great. The desserts were the real star of the meal.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Odell
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    Small menu, pricey. grounds attractive but inside ordinary, staff person dusting pictures during the dinner hour, not appropriate.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great service and food
    davisark
    Dined on 6/27/2014
    The menu is varied and reasonable with many appetizers and a broad array of entrees. The creme brulee is wonderful. Some reasonably priced wines. Draft beer.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great experience
    Rebecca
    Dined on 6/27/2014
    My husband and I went here for our anniversary. Honestly, we've never been able to go somewhere as nice for several reasons. Our first experience for having such a nice date night was excellence. The service was great, the food was fresh and the steaks melted in out mouths. We had a great experience and will definitely keep this place in mind.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Inspiringly Impressed!!
    Inspired
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    The food and atmosphere was notably Parisian. The food was very flavorful and served hot. Service unbelievable! I would give this restaurant a 10++++!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Jackson
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    The finest service, ambience and locally sourced restaurant in NW Arkansas.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, scenic view, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Can't wait to come back
    MaggieVIP
    Dined on 5/30/2014
    This was our first visit to the James, we were a party of five celebrating a birthday. Loved the decor, very trendy! The food and service were incredible. I had the tasting menu with the wine pairing which I highly recommend. The rest of the party ordered a variety of things from seafood, pasta and beef. Everything was cooked to perfection. We loved all the items in the bread basket, especially the biscuits. The desserts did not disappoint. The coffee drinkers in our group also commented on how good the their coffee was. Also, do not miss ordering a drink from their cocktail menu, they have a great bartender. We will definitely be coming back to eat at James at the Mill.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Go for the chef's tasting menu...
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 5/27/2014
    ...you will not be let down. It was paired with a wine for each dish. Just a great place to 1) eat great food prepared exquisitely and 2) focus on the friend that you have brought with you. Love James at the Mill.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food was disappointing
    Becomingone
    Dined on 5/24/2014
    I was disappointed with the pork tenderloin. It was flavorless and not at all tender. Thankfully the Brussels sprouts and potato-goat cheese croquette were delightful. A companion said his salmon was perfectly cooked but a bit bland. Another companion described her chicken as so-so. That said, the crab cake appetizer and chocolate cake dessert were delightful.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Busy, busy night
    BikerdougVIP
    Dined on 5/23/2014
    A repeat trip; the busiest of several. VERY energetic, too much so for the price at this visit. Food, typically good, inventive, fine combinations and excellent presentations. Had the Tasting Menu; great variety. Asparagus Risotto outstanding. Agnolotto good but odd in deep bowl, difficult to handle. Better in shallow bowl. Halibut GREAT! Quail good but also odd for this format. Had to use hands, no way around it. Berry Cobbler good but not very "special". Service attentive; efficient and hurried if not warm. However, it was busy. Seem to always be able to count on quality though for a special evening/meal. Hopefully, popularity will not precede a decline in what makes James at the Mill so special. Will return to be sure.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • never disappointed
    STLtravelgirl
    Dined on 5/20/2014
    Travel to the area on business 2x a year, and dine here most every time. Took customers here, they are also repeat visitors, and again had a great meal. Love to sit at bar and watch the kitchen.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 25 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 19, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.7
    • Food4.7
    • Ambiance4.6
    • Service4.6
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 122 reviews are from the James at the Mill Restaurant reviews archive.
  • Great Service Matched Great Food
    razorbackfoodie
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    I went to James at the Mill for Mother's Day Brunch with three families, who are sometimes hard to please. James at the Mill blew us all away with their service. We sat in a private dining room overlooking the mill and had amazing service. My father even joked with our waitress to place a piece of bacon on everyone's plate and she provided even that odd request. The highlight of the service was Chef James coming to greet us. Overall a great location, great food and even more amazing service.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Extremely slow service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 5/9/2014
    Food was good and could almost be called great. However, the service was painstakingly slow. Got one of our orders wrong and it was going to be 20 minutes to correct - so after waiting too long already, one of us had to eat something that wasn't ordered, just so the evening would end. Additionally, there was only a fixed price menu available. Don't know if that is normal as we were there on graduation weekend. While the food was good - it was not worth the fixed price menu.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always special
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 5/9/2014
    This was my 4th visit to NW Arkansas and have had the opportunity to dine with you on 3 of those trips. Our experience was excellent and you make it very easy to Impress that special someone for the evening!!! You are one of my top 3 dining Experiences in Ar!!! Thanks
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food, great ambience
    DeltaWhiskey
    Dined on 5/3/2014
    We visited the restaurant both nights of our state at the Inn at the Mill, once for drinks and once for dinner. Service was exceptional, friendly and professional without being officious. We enjoyed the food and give it high marks for presentation, but felt like the chef could focus more on a central taste sensation. I ordered halibut, and it came with a pesto sauce on top, sun dried tomatoes on the side, dollops of tomato sauce on the corners of the plate, green beans strewn around the base of the halibut, and a couple of other flavors on the plate. Seven different distinct flavors or a total of 49 possible flavor combinations. It was too much! The wine list is extensive. A vegetarian option would balance out the menu.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Romantic, special occasion, Scenic View, Notable Wine List
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Would Recommend
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 5/1/2014
    The restaurant was very good and I would recommend to anyone.
    Special Features:
    Romantic, special occasion, Scenic View, Notable Wine List
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Spectacular Restaurant
    NWAfoodie
    Dined on 4/25/2014
    James at the Mill is one of the best restaurants in NWA. My wife and I went out to celebrate me finishing my MA degree, and I decided to try James at the Mill. I could not have been more pleased with our selection. The restaurant has a great atmosphere and a great view. The wait staff was knowledgeable and very courteous. Our meal was without a doubt the best meal I have had at any restaurant here since moving to NWA two years ago. There tasting menu is available as a whole, or individual specials, and I highly recommend it! This is a great restaurant to spend a special evening or just enjoy a great meal!
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Romantic, special occasion, Scenic View, Notable Wine List
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The Best IN NW Arkansas
    dfs24653
    Dined on 4/23/2014
    This is off the beaten path and worth finding. I've been here many time of the years and it is consistently good. The setting is unique; it's a working mill. The food is a good value. You won't be disappointed; I never am.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent! But there is one thing..
    Triguy
    Dined on 4/23/2014
    Let me first say that the food is PHENOMENAL. My date and I shared their take on the corn dog for an appetizer, and I highly recommend it. Our entrees were both delicious as well. The service was prompt and attentive, but not too much. The only thing that needs to be changed is the decor. It felt almost as if I stepped into a 1990's Disney resort. It's a great restaurant though. Don't let the decor fool you. The views are great, service is prime, and the food is superb! I would definitely recommend this to a friend.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Romantic, Scenic View
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.