First time in the new version
First time in the new version of the Packet House. I was overwhelmed as I entered by the beautiful decor. The remodel was highest quality. I loved the expanses of the room where we were (the side with the bar). All sevice people were very attentive: woman who greeted us and took my coat, manager, our waiter. Food was good and prepared in a quirky manner. (My husband commented that his grits looked like pound cake slices!)He ate every bit.
3/22/2013 5:00:00 PM
First Timers from Nashville, TN
My wife and I recently moved to Arkansas from Nashville, TN and have spent a good amount of time trying to find restaurants that can offer both Superior cuisine and excellent service in a great atmosphere. We visited the Packet House Grill for the first time Friday night and are still raving of the positive experience. The filet was phenomenal and our server Jeffrey was amazing. During the meal we kept telling ourselves that we actually feel as if we are still in Nashville. We will most definitely go back and ask for Jeffrey as our server again.
3/28/2013 5:00:00 PM
My third visit to PHG. Previous
My third visit to PHG. Previous visits at lunch and dinner. Love the decor and atmosphere. Food is good. Great wine list. I discovered Butternut Chardonnay at the PHG and it has become a favorite. Service was a little too prompt. We felt rushed and we were not in a hurry. We tried to kindly tell our waiter a couple of times to slow down, but didn't seem to matter. Also, we were given a table that was not the greatest. Restaurant was not full, in fact, a rather slow evening for a Friday. Better tables were available. We will go back.
4/11/2013 4:00:00 PM
Took my wife there for her
Took my wife there for her Birthday. Everything was perfect. The staff and food were outstanding.
4/18/2013 4:00:00 PM
The Packet House Revived!
So happy to see the "Old Lady" opened back up and in use for the public to enjoy once gain!Food and service were excellent-the atmosphere was inviting,if just a tad austere in some of the dining rooms (which may be the point).We enjoyed the tour of the place, a chance to see the historic building and relive memories from its former life as a restaurant in the 80s.One suggestion(which comes from those days)might be to add edible flowers(orchids, pansies, etc.)to the salads and on the plates for presentation(and eating!).This unique feature of the "old" Packet House Restaurant made the experience unforgettable and enticing(noted in the media and the restaurant scene)-- made it the talk of the town.
4/23/2013 4:00:00 PM
Food was very good and service
Food was very good and service was excellent. My only complaint would be the serving portions are a little small on the appetizers. Our entrees were delicious and what I consider to be reasonably priced for high-end dishes.
4/25/2013 4:00:00 PM
Fabulous but might hurt the wallet
This was my first time going to Packet House Grill. We went for a special occasion and really enjoyed ourselves. I had the Mojo Chop and did green beans instead of the kale. The pork chop was cooked perfectly. It was the right temp and color throughout without burning on the ourside even though it was very thick. The bottom was seared just enough to make it a bit crispy to add some texture. The Mojo BBQ sauce was fantastic and I would love to know what all was in it. If I could buy that at the store it would be on all my grill items. The sweet potato hash and green beans were well prepared and seasoned. The presentation of the plate was also very well done. Desert was strawberry and apple pie. It was also fantastic!
4/29/2013 4:00:00 PM
My husband and I highly recommend this restaurant. The food and service were wonderful. We had the filets and they were cooked to perfection. The lobster bread appetizer was very good. We will definely be back.
5/3/2013 4:00:00 PM
This was a fantastic dining experience. I was worried we were underdressed but we received fantastic service and everyone we encountered was pleasant and friendly. The food was delicious and our waiter was awesome. Such a great experience, can't wait to return!
5/3/2013 4:00:00 PM
Lovely Graduation Dinner
Lovely environment with delicious food and wine. Perfect location for a celebratory dinner!
5/10/2013 4:00:00 PM
My husband and I ate here for the first time a few days ago (on a Saturday night). We got there around 6:00 so they weren't extremely busy yet. I really liked the atmosphere and the decor. It was perfect for our "date night". Our waitress was great - very knowledgeable and attentive. Our food was wonderful - I had the Richard's filet entree and my husband had the Mojo Chop entree. We were both very impressed with every bit of it. We also splurged for dessert which was the apple strawberry pie (I think that's correct). It was amazing as well. We will definitely be going back again and would definitely recommend this place to others!
5/10/2013 4:00:00 PM
Traditional, in the Best Sense
Packet House doesn't feel like an up-to-the-minute, cutting-edge restaurant, and thank goodness for that. It's the kind of place where you go not to seek out some hot new fad, but to enjoy favorite dishes, in my case the extraordinary macaroni and cheese, which is better than any other mac-and-cheese you've ever tasted. Everything I've tried there has been comparably outstanding, classically Southern but with just the right sophisticated twist. My wife always enjoys the seafood dishes. The warmth and continuity of the service is as big a plus as the menu.
5/23/2013 4:00:00 PM
Date night dine right
Great food and service. Fine dining without the attitude. A little pricey but the quality and attention to detail are worth it for special occasions.
5/31/2013 12:00:00 AM
My favorite lunch spot
always good. staff remembers me and are very courteous. love the chicken. I always bring out of town business guests there for lunch.
6/6/2013 4:00:00 PM
Lovely old house!
We love that the Packet House is re-opened! Went there for first date 27 years ago and it's back and great again!
What an exceptionally beautiful old home on a scenic spot!
6/8/2013 12:00:00 AM
Fancy but Friendly
Beautiful experience, from the beautiful rooms to the atmosphere and food presentation. Excellent service with unique dish selection.
6/13/2013 4:00:00 PM
A pleasant dining experience.
Although the restaurant is fairly spacious and wasn't very crowded, we were seated directly next to a larger party so we could hear their conversations during our entire dinner. The restaurant was a little warm but the service and dinner was at a very nice pace. The salad and soup portions were very large and the dinner portions were also large so a doggie bag was definitely needed. The soup of the day was a sweet cream corn bisque that was fantastic. The dinner salad was large enough to feed 2 if not 3. The ribeye was cooked exactly to order and the mahi portion was certainly hearty. The presentation of all the food was great. Eating at a leisurely pace the meal still only required about one hour.
6/21/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great food and service
We enjoyed our experience at the Packet House Grill very much. Not only was the food delicious, but the service was top-notch. In addition, one of the nicest things about the experience was the ambience. The character of the old restored home really added to the overall experience. I will definitely go back.
6/22/2013 12:00:00 AM
First time visit
My husband made reservation for us to dine there last Saturday . The atmosphere was very pleasant . I don't like a lot of noise when we go out to eat so this place was great. The staff were very friendly especially our server. The food was great . I just dislike as my first time eating there that the crab cakes weren't prepared as it stated on the menu . The crab cake didn't have any spicy sweet corn sauce really wish it did. Overall the dinner was good.
7/5/2013 4:00:00 PM
Great southern gourmet food.
Great southern gourmet food. The service was what really stood out. Waiter was very knowledgeable and recommended some great options. Definitely worth a trip.
7/12/2013 12:00:00 AM
Everything was excellent! Service was great, friendly and he made good recommendations. The food was amazing! Best filet I've ever eaten. We will be back!
7/12/2013 12:00:00 AM
Halibut was a delight!
We had guests from out of town & took them to The Packet House. They thoroughly enjoyed the food. The special was Halibut wrapped in a fig leaf. It was awesome. Would highly recommend this restaurant.
7/19/2013 12:00:00 AM
Lovely soups and fresh salads. Licked-the-bowl great. Attentive service. Will go back and recommend to friends and family!
7/26/2013 12:00:00 AM
Good, but should have been better.
I had the Shrimp and Grits, which was good, but not outstanding. The sauce over it was pretty blah but the shrimp was done really well. Very tasty. My husband had the double pork chop and it WAS outstanding! Overall I would definitely eat the food again and the service was very nice too.
The thing this place needs is MUSIC! The restaurant is gorgeous, but it's too quiet. If you're looking for something uber-romantic where you feel like you need to whisper (and spend $$$), it'll do, but there are a lot of other reasonably priced gems in Little Rock that I'd recommend before Packet House.
7/27/2013 12:00:00 AM
Special was great. Steak was great.
Be careful of some of the menu fish items
8/2/2013 12:00:00 AM
Lived up to all we had been hearing
Our first visit to the Packet House Grill was everything we hoped for and more! The food was incredible and the service was efficient, warm and hospitable. This will be our go-to restaurant for special occasions and for out-of-town guests from now on!
8/3/2013 12:00:00 AM
Excellent all around!
The hostess was very warm and welcoming, then wisk us straight to a great table in a beautiful sunroom with stained glass. Our server was charming, attentive and informed. The food !!! Dinner salad of fresh garden greens, walnuts, onions and a choice of three housemade dressings. We selected two entrees: Shrimp and Grits (polenta slices) and Maui Maui over risotto and tunip mix, pared with a beautiful glass of wine. We could not have been more pleased with the freshness, quality and presentation of each dish. The Chef's in this kitchen, love food and it shows! We can't wait to go back and experience another adventure in food, at such a reasonable price! The level of culinary greatness just increased in Little Rock with this new addition!
8/3/2013 12:00:00 AM
great ambience - food needs work
The Packet House is located in an old house that used to be a restaurant years ago. It is fairly elegant. We sat in the "sun porch" room during a thunderstorm, which was wonderful. The wine and beer list is small, but interesting. The food, at least what we had, was over-salted and loaded with fat, however. If they could improve on the food, the Packet House would be a great place for a charming evening out.
8/10/2013 12:00:00 AM
great birthday dinner
Took my wife to Packet for her birthday. We made reservations through Open Table. We arrived on time & were immediately seated. Our server Renee was very good. She was nervous about the approaching storm, but did great otherwise. The drinks were great. The fried green tomatoes were good, but they needed a little more salt or some extra seasoning. The bone in pork chop with the sweet potato hash was superb. I had the red snapper. It was very good.
We had the peanut butter chocolate mousse. It was good. Their coffee was excellent. It is West Rock Coffee. Very good stuff.
Overall Packet House was a great time & we will be back.
8/10/2013 12:00:00 AM
We went with friends for our 39th anniversary; sat near the same table from over 30 years ago. Service and food were outstanding.
8/10/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great restaurant in an historic large house. Great food, great drink, great service!
9/5/2013 12:00:00 AM
best quality restaurant in LR
Packet House was a wonderful surprise. The menu is familiar with unique twists rendering each dish a welcome surprise. The food and atmosphere rival ashley's, savoy, and brave new at a much lower price point.
9/6/2013 12:00:00 AM
Before the theatre dining
We had been wanting to try Packet House for a while. It's in a very beautifully restored mansion. I had come to Open Table to make a reservation for a restaurant closer to The Rep, but saw Packet House and decided this would be a perfect opportunity. We were there at 5:45, to be sure we would have time to dine before the 8:00 show. We were there by ourselves for a while. So it was nice and quiet. The back sunroom where we were seated was lovely, but a little warm. The food was excellent and our server was very attentive and well-trained. We both had steaks, which were excellent. Plenty of leftovers to take home. The peanut butter tart for dessert was yummy!
9/7/2013 12:00:00 AM
The food was great. The waitress was very good. The only problem is the way the tables in the area we sat in keep you from being close to the person you came there with
9/13/2013 12:00:00 AM
I ordered 2 different drinks from the bar and both were excellent! The service was great and the food was delicious.
9/20/2013 12:00:00 AM
The food was incredibly delicious. Our server was on point
all night. All the staff was friendly and made us
feel welcome. We are planning a couples date night very soon!
10/3/2013 12:00:00 AM
Food was great. Very good steak and potatoes. Order the crab bread as well.
10/4/2013 12:00:00 AM
The food, the decor, the service, the drinks, amazing!! We had dinner there on Saturday and were so impressed and can not wait for our return visit. Our server Carly was wonderful with her descriptions and having Chef Wes come by and serve one of the dishes and greet us was so nice. This place deserves to be jam packed!!
10/5/2013 12:00:00 AM
Food Great...Staff Even Better!
Engaging and knowledgeable staff...unique menu...comfortable setting...our first trip to the Packet House was all we hoped it would be. The sauces were rich and creative, and the dessert menu was deliciously out of the ordinary. Visiting with the server during and after the meal solidified a return visit...he made us feel like a guest and that made all the difference in the world! Oh, one more thing - lobster bread! Wow...
10/5/2013 12:00:00 AM
I took my wife for her birthday, it was a great atmosphere and in an incredible old building that has been beautifully restored. The food was great and our waiter Jeffrey was a pleasure.
10/17/2013 12:00:00 AM
Back to the Old Packet House
We have not been back to the Packet House since it reopened. This past Saturday evening my partner, dear friend and I had a wonderful dinning experience there. Our food was first rate, great wine list, wonderful service and ambience. Could not have asked for a better evening. We will certainly be going again.
Good Luck Packet House Grill. You are certainly one of Little Rock's Gems.
10/26/2013 12:00:00 AM
I loved it! I hear a lot of talk about this place being horrible so I was a little skeptical, but literally it was AMAZING I would highly suggest to eat there ASAP. Everything was outstanding.
10/29/2013 12:00:00 AM
Keep this restaurant alive!!!
Food was excellently prepared and plated. I had the lobster risotto and husband had duck with hopping john, begun by their BLT and Caesar salads respectively. Service was well-informed and outstanding. Had the Mayan Apocalypse drink to start which was wonderful. The only disappointing part of the evening was that more people weren't there. People that enjoy fine dining need to go see what they're missing and make this restaurant a success.
10/31/2013 5:00:00 PM
The owners did an outstanding job renovating the historic Packet House, creating a spacious beautiful dining space while retaining the charm of the home. The restaurant is divided into 4 quiet dining areas. The lobster bread appetizer was very good. I ordered the roasted duck breast. The duck was cooked very well, maybe a little on the chewy side. The blackberry port reduction was good though my plate could have used more of it. My wife ordered the pork chop. The chop was covered in a perfect bbq sauce and came with a hearty order of sweet potato hash and creamed kale. Both were excellent. Salted-caramel cheesecake for dessert. Good selection of craft beers on draft and several quality bourbons and rye whiskeys.
11/14/2013 4:00:00 PM
Recommended without hesitation
Packet House Grill scores memorable ratings in all categories. The service was impeccable and the food was outstanding. The s'mores dessert was over-the-top scrumptious!
11/29/2013 4:00:00 PM
Not one notable negative.
We chose packet house grill from an ad in soirée. And the curiosity of passing the beautiful house from time to time. We had a group of 8. The cocktails and bad menu was wonderful. We cleaned the appetizer plates. The entrees were unbelievable. Everyone had something different and we passed plates around to share our favorites. Or server amber could not have been better. She gave great recommendations and had wonderful table service. I have absolutely nothing negative
To say about this gem. Everyone should go.
12/2/2013 4:00:00 PM