The Hive at 21c
lovelyMy husband and I just moved here and have been extremely dissappointed with the food, until coming to the hive. We were very pleased and will be back on the regular :)5/11/2013 12:00:00 AMBig Find, Small TownThe dining experience was superb. The service was attentive but not intrusive. The menu was eclectic and interesting. My meal was enjoyable. I had the pork chop which boasted an incredible smokey flavor but it was not as tender as one might have expected given the quality and level of culinary excellence surrounding the other items on my plate.5/11/2013 12:00:00 AMFriendly and great environmentLoved the quirky art work, tons of natural light and varied menu. Will be back to try out other choices on menu. Our group of 10 ALL enjoyed their choices. Service was top-notch, too!5/10/2013 12:00:00 AMBest resto in the area by farEverything was spot on!!! Great service great food great ambience5/10/2013 12:00:00 AMThere was very little selectionThere was very little selection of food. The good was great though- just small selection. Service was great.5/9/2013 12:00:00 AMFunky find in downtown BentonvilleWe were surprised to turn the corner from Bentonville's historic downtown square and find The Hive in an ultra-modern hotel that looks more like an art museum than anything else. We had the pimento cheese, pork chop and scallops, and all were prepared well. The 5 & Dime cocktail was a unique Bourbon cocktail that was surprisingly refreshing. We were in and out almost too quickly, as our appetizer and main courses arrived all at once, but the staff was very apologetic and we were there after a long day of business meetings, so we didn't mind finishing early. I would recommend this to anyone visiting Bentonville who wants an upscale dining experience in a sleek, inspired setting.5/8/2013 12:00:00 AMHad breakfast that was creativeHad breakfast that was creative and delicious. There were four for dinner. Three had sea fish and one had pork chop.
All were delicious.Service was friendly and prompt. Hotel is fabulious.5/2/2013 12:00:00 AMHigh-quality, underwhelming flavorWe stayed at the 21c Museum Hotel and dined at the Hive. The hotel is amazing and the atmosphere and décor of the restaurant is also very exceptional. The service was terrific and the food was prepared and served remarkably fast.
The only complaint we would offer is that the plates we tasted, while high-quality, were quite bland in their flavor profiles. The offerings on the menu appear designed to have an "Ozark/southern" connection, which is fine, but the ingredients and overall taste experience left us underwhelmed for such a high-profile, high-expectation ($) place. To be fair, we should give it another shot and try different menu choices, but the three we tried (including dessert) were not what we were expecting in this regard.4/27/2013 12:00:00 AMI put that The Hive has aI put that The Hive has a scenic view because the art in the 21c is so fantastic. The cocktails are inventive, the wine list is beautifully built, the food is outstanding and the service is wonderful. The Hive bills itself as refined country cooking. I have seen this concept many times--and never done quite right. The Hive has absolutely nailed it. This was the best meal I have had since I moved back to Arkansas from San Francisco two years ago. I really can not say enough good things about this place.4/25/2013 12:00:00 AMOur overall experience wasOur overall experience was very enjoyable. The food, however, I feel needs some attention. I had skate which seemed made out of frozen fish, was salty and begged for some sort of a sauce. I had to ask for lemon so I could help the dish. Dessert, strawberry shortcake came with a dry biscuit that tasted floury, the chantilly cream served with it was a very skimpy portion. We also had breakfast there which was better. There, I think a restaurant of this caliber, should be ale to offer croissants for breakfast. The hype associated with the restaurant leads you to expect such offerings made as they should be and not the doughy crescent roll type of croissant most restaurants in the US serve and pass off as croissants.4/25/2013 12:00:00 AMUnique and fascinating decor.Unique and fascinating decor. Unusual menu choices as well as traditional offerings. We had a fun, delicious and memorable evening!4/21/2013 12:00:00 AMDelightfully perfectAs always, everything was wonderful- the drinks, the food, the service. I dine here frequently but tonight I brought two friends that had not been in yet. They were both in love with The Hive by the time we left for the evening. The staff always goes out of their way to make sure the guests have a good experience. And Chef changes the menu up regularly as well.4/18/2013 12:00:00 AM3 Thumbs up!!Brought a foodie from Atlanta to experience The Hive.
He loved it. Thought the poached chicken was
Excellent. ( note to look for it on other menus)
Love the bar / art/ atmosphere.4/11/2013 12:00:00 AMGreat AmbianceGreat service and great ambiance. Food is a bit eclectic and expensive, but is well suited for the theme of the restaurant. Definitely will consider coming back to bring out of town guests.4/5/2013 12:00:00 AMGreat experienceJefferson was an excellent waiter and did everything to make this a special dining experience for us and our guests!3/30/2013 12:00:00 AMPut this on your bucket list.Very open and modern, interesting art and decor. Great service, knowledgeable staff. We had cocktails, salad, entree and dessert. The grilled quail was the best I have ever had. The pecan pie was a little dry but was served with ice cream. We were visiting from out of town, wish we lived close enough to eat there more often.3/30/2013 12:00:00 AMI would recommend that peopleI would recommend that people try The Hive for themselves and decide. The ambiance and the wait staff, all the people, could not be better. Service was impeccable. What was disappointing was the food. Try it and judge for yourself possibly this was just a fluke but for me what was missing in the equation was the food. I would maybe go back but most likely just eat elsewhere.3/29/2013 12:00:00 AMVery good innovative foodVery good innovative food served well in a really cool setting. This is a unique place.3/23/2013 12:00:00 AMThe food was superb and includedThe food was superb and included many locally grown products. The waitstaff was very friendly and helpful. They were well versed on the menu and preparation of the food. Enjoyed the art on display and the quality of food and service.3/23/2013 12:00:00 AMWe had dinner and breakfastWe had dinner and breakfast at the Hive and enjoyed both meals!3/23/2013 12:00:00 AMFun and different atmosphere.Fun and different atmosphere. Classy yet edgy dining experience and delicious food. Pricey and not too many frugal options, but delicious. The penguins are fun. :)3/22/2013 12:00:00 AMUnbelievableCan't say enough about this place...just go and enjoy!3/16/2013 12:00:00 AMGreat experienceGreat ambience. Unique works of art. Love the way the tables are set up. The staff is very friendly and efficient.3/14/2013 12:00:00 AMMy first experience was a winner!My first experience at the Hive was wonderful. The food was delicious, very well seasoned and just the right portions. We were hosting some friends from out-of-town and they were impressed which makes me, the host, happy and proud of our community that we have an eating establishment of this caliber. I will continue to dine there and introduce it to friends and family.3/13/2013 12:00:00 AM