The Hive at 21c
The Hive at 21c

The Hive at 21c

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.thehivebentonville.com/
  • Phone: (479) 286-6575
  • Hours of Operation:


    Breakfast:
    Monday - Friday: 6:30am - 10:00am
    Saturday & Sunday: 7:00am - 10:30am


    Brunch:
    Saturday & Sunday: 11:30am - 2:30pm

    Lunch:
    Monday - Friday: 11:00am - 2:00pm


    Dinner:
    Sunday - Thursday: 5:30pm - 9:30pm
    Friday & Saturday: 5:30pm - 10:30pm

    Lounge & Bar:
    Sunday - Thursday: 11:00am - Midnight
    Friday & Saturday: 11:00am - 1:00am
    *Late night menu until Midnight - 7 days a week
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: American, Southern, Contemporary American
  • Executive Chef: Matthew McClure
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Late Night, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Private Room, Smoking Area, Wine
  • Private Party Facilities: Whether you’re hosting a big business dinner or
    a foodie fete with family and friends, the Private
    Dining Room is a comfortable, welcoming setting
    for groups of up to 40.
  • Private Party Contact: Celine Peruzzi 4792866518x

Getting there

  • Cross Street: NE 2nd St.
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: We offer valet parking, parking garage as well as street parking.
A word from The Hive at 21c
Located at 21c Museum Hotel Bentonville, The Hive emphasizes the unique culinary identity of Arkansas, while articulating chef Matthew McClure’s approach to refined country cuisine. Showcasing the region’s farmers and culinary landscape, chef McClure's menus stay true to the High South, highlighting ingredients such as black walnuts, freshly milled corn meal, hickory smoked hams, peaches, melons and sweet onions.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerMost Booked
The Hive at 21c reviews from OpenTable diners
136 reviews since July 31, 2014
Overall Rating4.2
  • Food4.2
    Service4.3
  • Ambiance4.3
    Noise LevelModerate
92% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (95)special occasion (72)hot spot (56)vibrant bar scene (52)neighborhood gem (46)good for groups (40)romantic (34)notable wine list (33)great for brunch (22)great for lunch (18)late-night find (13)kid-friendly (10)scenic view (2)great for outdoor dining (2)Show More
  • First Rate
    HowardRVIP
    Dined on 11/16/2014
    Great food and service in a very fine setting. Terrific experience overall.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best yet!
    HSfoodie
    Dined on 11/14/2014
    This was our best experience yet at The Hive. The food was outstanding and the service from our waiter was top shelf!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, notable wine list, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Terrible brisket (all fat) and problems with bill
    NancyVIP
    Dined on 11/13/2014
    So excited to eat here, but very sad with quality of entre. Mistakes on the bill added to frustration.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • thank you
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 11/11/2014
    All staff have been remarkably helpful and friendly. Beautiful hotel and excellent dining.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, hot spot, neighborhood gem, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Hive Review
    Yummy
    Dined on 11/9/2014
    This was the first time dining here. I am vegan but they accommodated my request of "no cheese." I had the fennel salad, potatoes, and squash soup. My husband had the waffle. Everything was tasty. The staff was exceptionally friendly and knowledgable about the menu.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • FoodCriticVIP
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    Terrific food and excellent service. Best meal on our recent trip to Arkansas.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Southern Food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    The food was delicious. The salt brined pork chop was flavorful and tender. The pecan pie with buttermilk ice-cream was better than Mom made. We did not leave a bite. The sides and salads were good but the meat and pie were the best. Good service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Cocktails were the best
    MaryAnne
    Dined on 11/7/2014
    I had the Belle gone Bad. I am not a big drinker but love to try new things at new places. Most delightful. Great flavor, alcohol did not overpower. Arkansas Trail mix was fun and different, salty and sweet.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Chic!
    MokeVIP
    Dined on 11/7/2014
    Dining at The Hive was a treat on so many levels. We had fun! Our waiter was very engaging without being overbearing. He was interested in us, and laughed with him. It was fun to see the penguins travel from table to table (thanks to wait staff - not on their own). I thought it was lovely that they placed us - two girlfriends - in a corner so we both had a booth seat. I noticed across the room another pair of women, similarly seated. That's just thoughtful! The food is beautiful, inventive and delicious. We scheduled our visit so we enjoyed the docent-led tour of the special exhibit of art (Fridays at 5). It was so enlightening and fascinating. A wonderful spot all around for a special evening.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Unexpected for Bentonville
    SatisfiedfromMemphis
    Dined on 11/6/2014
    The inventiveness and farm-to-table experience was quite unexpected in this Western Arkansas town. The ambiance rivaled any top-notch northern California restaurant. The food was creative, healthy and delicious. The wait staff was attentive and sincere, making us feel as though they really cared to provide an excellent experience for us. Knowledgeable and NOT PRETENTIOUS!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Perfect evening!
    tulsacartrip
    Dined on 11/6/2014
    Four of us were staying at 21C and booked a table at The Hive, never having been there. What a treat! We had a perfect evening from the cool vibe of the restaurant, to the excellent meals (all four were more than pleased with entrees, salads, soups, dessert, bread....everything), attentive wait staff. I would definitely go again next time I'm in town. The green penguins are a fun touch!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Trys a little too hard.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 11/2/2014
    The best part is that you're surrounded by high-quality art. 21C always goes with art that's very meticulously done; you never say, oh, I could have done that. It's also accessible enough to be enjoyed by about anyone, but also has an intellectual edge to it. You usually can see what the artist is getting at. The service is very nice, all of the people who wait on you are knowledgeable and friendly. They obviously like where they work. Unfortunately, while the food is interesting, I think they try a little to hard to be unique. Yes, brine the pork chop, but if you brine it too long it just tastes over salted. Yes, pecan pie can be overly sweet, but if you cut back on the filling and put in too many pecans the nuts can be overpowering, too.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Weekend Retreat
    Traveler
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    My wife & I had drinks & dinner twice, & breakfast once at The Hive during a long weekend stay at 21c. The bar experience was absolutely great! Interesting, unique, excellent cocktails & snacks; great service. Overall, the dinner experience was very good. The food was very good, & wine & service were outstanding. However, the noise level was high, & the close proximity of other diners left much to be desired; a private conversation was impossible. Breakfast was a bit of a disappointment; great service, but the selection was limited, so-so, & over-priced. A better choice for breakfast is the nearby Press Room, which is about 3 blocks from 21c; better selection, better tasting, better pricing...worth the walk.
    Special Features:
    hot spot, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Big City Feel
    HickCritic2014
    Dined on 10/27/2014
    I have been to every NWA restaurant and there isn't one that has a bigger "cool factor" than The Hive. The food is "OK". It's not great - it's not horrible. I just expected more. The bar scene is pretty cool - probably your best chance at running into someone famous in NW AR.
    Special Features:
    hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Bozo
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    A bit too noisey for an older person with hearing aides. Food menu was to. Avant-guard for the other couple. I enjoyed the chicken dish with grapes and kale. But. For the less venturesome diners, there needs to be more mundane offerings.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Uneven, Disappointing
    CarnerosNeighbor
    Dined on 10/23/2014
    Three of us loved the appetizers (pork belly, cavatelli, butternut squash soup), but the main courses were uneven and surprising. I certainly did not expect my "winter squash" to be covered in hot chili pepper and therefore, unacceptably spicy, but the pork chop it was served with was exquisite. My friend's chicken was dry in places, other friend's panisse did not taste like acorn squash as described but still tasted good. Desserts were good. Servers were very attentive and a manager apologized for the "winter squash" surprise. Overall, we had a pleasant experience, but, sadly, we will not be returning when we get back to Northwest Arkansas in the future.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good, needs improvement
    JColVIP
    Dined on 10/22/2014
    Overall enjoyable dining experience with a few glitches. The food was excellent, but the wine list was lacking in moderately priced offerings. Bothersome details include limiting the bread offerings to 1 piece of (very good) cornbread and taking the bottle of wine we ordered across the room where we had no control of when we wanted a refill (this resulted in having our last refill long after we had finished our main course).
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • elke24
    Dined on 10/22/2014
    The food was presented well and the service was very very accommodating. I really felt our server and the manager and the others in the restaurant went above and beyond to make sure we were satisfied. We are connoisseurs of fine food and I really appreciated that the preparation and menu were by a chef with experience and pizzazz!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • distination eatery
    zoee
    Dined on 10/20/2014
    Interesting menu, heavy on meat. Nice ambiance. Very tasty.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Dining with penguins
    Karen
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    The gourmet food at 21C is pricey and excellent: nteresting combinations of ingredients with a distinctly southern flair. The restaurant is attached to a good quality modern art museum, and you can wander around with your beverage while awaiting your table. If you ask, you can dine with a 4' tall lime green penguin, and you can see several diners doing so throughout the night. The penguin gimick exists at all 21C restaurants (now in 4 cities). Friendly staff added to our fun-filled evening.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Unpretentious & Outstanding!
    Kittylong
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    Notably, one of the best dining experiences I've had in a long while. A throughly enjoyable evening; the food stands on its own. Everything was good from the cornbread and sorghum butter to the green apple cotton candy. We loved the unprentious atmosphere, this restaurant is all about the food. Highly recommend the butcher plate. We were disappointed that they had sold out of the pork belly but looking forward to trying it next time.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Maybe They Just Had An Off Night...
    WillTravelforFood
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    We had saved our appetites all day anticipating a special dinner at the Hive. You might assume the limited menu here would indicate they focus on doing a few things very well - but out of a table of 6, not a single person enjoyed their meal. Scallops were tough. Burger ice cold - even after being sent back and the $26 roast chicken entrée was the size of a chicken tender. Seriously, 3 of us ordered this: one got a small breast, the other two were both HALF that size. The dining room is large - perhaps too large (if full) for the kitchen to "get it right".
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • If you're lucky...
    McFish
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    you'll have a penguin as a dinner guest. :) The food and service was exceptional.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • The Best
    Poppy
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    We had a great dining experience. Food was excellent and we were joined by one of the green penguins.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, late-night find, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Catmandu
    Dined on 10/9/2014
    We love this restaurant! Matthew McClure's devotion to local food sources does not limit his culinary sophistication. Dinner at The Hive is a must for anyone visiting Bentonville. The pork chop is outstanding (and I NEVER order pork chops in restaurants). The seasonal vegetable panisse entree is always delicious. Desserts are phenomenal. The menu changes seasonally, so diners are always assured of impeccably timed and themed meals. We can't wait to return.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • cheerhog
    Dined on 10/9/2014
    To our delight the special was a rich, filling gumbo. Five of our party of six ordered it and the one who didn't was sorry ! The chef uses local fresh ingredients and the results are astonishing. We had a great time visiting because the noon crowd was quiet enough we could actually hear each other -a difference from today's noisy loud restaurants.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Disappointed
    Diner
    Dined on 10/8/2014
    Although the food is good and it has potential, we were disappointed by the adjacent diners who were conducting a business meeting using their brightly lit computer screens which were glaringly brightly on our table. We asked our waiter if he could ask them to dim it but the assistant manager told us he could not ask a customer to do that. We assumed they wanted their business over ours. They should have moved them to a corner table or more private area. It spoiled our evening which we had looked forward to.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Know what you like
    NoDuckLover
    Dined on 10/7/2014
    Everything was lovely. Beet salad the best I've ever had. Service impeccable. But we both ordered the duck special and found out we just don't like duck! And it was very salty. I'm sure duck lovers would have appreciated it; we shouldn't have been so adventurous. Not the chef's fault, except for the the salt. But when we didn't eat much of it, waiter asked about it and came back and offered a complimentary dessert. How gracious! We would go back, but order an entree where we are at least familiar with the meat! The experience was delightful.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Live at the Hive
    ReviewswithCharlie
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    Great hotel restaurant! Fantastic food, except for the pimento cheese appetizer, which is just a little above ordinary. Fun atmosphere with modern art on the walls and interesting lighting. Waiter apologized for the very slow service, telling us that it was their busiest night since opening.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, late-night find
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • It was OK
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 10/1/2014
    This seemed like it could be a great place but the chef insists that meats be cooked rare without concern for what the customer wants. The menu was interesting and provided some unique dishes.
    Special Features:
    hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • price doesn't fit service level
    datenight
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    food was good at price point but the service is seriously lacking in knowledge of food preparation and didn't provide an experience that made us feel like coming back back. Service was similar to a chain restaurant - we left disappointed.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Unique experience
    bunnygirl
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    This restaurant came highly recommended for the food and interesting art pieces. It did not disappoint! A simple breakfast of eggs, sausage, grits and home-made biscuit was delicious and very filling. The museum pieces were interesting to look at afterward. And of course - the penguin.... It was a little hard to find, due to the confusing street signs.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful food and service
    Eatalot
    Dined on 9/21/2014
    So glad to see a restaurant of this caliber and imagination. The food and service was great. I liked the creative, modern twist to the dining area, but the spaces are too large, and it feels like you're eating in an airport cafeteria. The lack of intimacy will not bode well when looking for a special place for dinner, which is just too bad, because the food and service are certainly worthy of it.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, kid-friendly
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Awesome ambience, romantic yet chic
    DianaDaleHughes
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    21C is a fabulous boutique hotel and the Hive was an added bonus. Excellent cocktails and knowledgable, helpful and very top-notch service. I was a bit disappointed in the menu, as entree choices were very limited, but the appetizer we chose, local cheese platter was exquisite, loved the honey and caramelized pecans and the other accoutrements. Once again what it lacked in the food department the cocktails more than made up for, my fave was a concoction w tequila called the "little lion man". As it was a Saturday and later, appx 8, was a bit louder than expected so will dine earlier our next stay. Hope to see a larger menu then also!
    Special Features:
    romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great restaurant
    BeeMack
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    Our server Megan was the best. Service was attentive, timing was perfect, our party of six had an enjoyable dining experience. Love the energy in the bar and restaurant.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Yes
    arkrazor
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    Overall yes, must visit however it was a little disappointing this visit. The Hive is a wonderful restaurant however this visit the menu was limited and we were a little disappointed with the food.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    Cornbread was a surprise and very good. Also the Bibb lettuce salad and pimento cheese spread were delicious. We didn't realize the pork bellies were so fat; however the lean was delicious.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    Everything was delicious (unique and fun with the penguins). So nice to have a special place to look forward to for a special evening - so few left today. Brings back memories of the same sort of place as Justine's in Memphis ........ Thank you for providing this !!!!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A great place to eat
    GJLFG
    Dined on 9/18/2014
    As in the past this was a great place for dinner and not TOO loud for a change. We will return soon.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Not good food...GREAT Food!!
    Eggndart
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    We spent the weekend at the 21C Hotel and ate breakfast and a lovely dinner in the Hive restaurant. They had healthy options as well as decadent options (Chocolate Satisfaction). The Poached eggs with cheddar and bacon grits and tomato jelly were a breakfast favorite. The service at breakfast left something to be desired, but our dinner waitress was on the ball and did a great job. Highly recommend this restaurant!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, kid-friendly, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.