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Vesuvio Bistro
Vesuvio Bistro

Vesuvio Bistro Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.vesuviobistro.com
  • Phone: (501) 225-0500
  • Hours of Operation: Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 5:00pm -9:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian, Steak
  • Executive Chef: Fabrizo Castangia
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Takeout, Wine
  • Catering: Vesuvio can cater your next event, big or small. We can have a chef come to your home and cook for your family dinner, or cater a party of up to 1000.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Market Steet
  • Parking: Hotel Parking
  • Parking Details: Parking is in the lot of the Governors Inn, additional parking is available across the street.
A word from Vesuvio Bistro
Vesuvio Bistro has been called Little Rock’s "Best Italian" by many who have dined here. Featuring a "Country Italian" cuisine paired with both old world and new world wine selections. , Vesuvio is also known for its great martini list. If you are looking for a great place for a romantic dinner or a family get together, Vesuvio will be the perfect choice.Continued
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Diner Reviews
  • "Love this restaurant. Consistently good food, attentive but not intrusive service, and wonderful live piano playing which can be heard from the lounge area throughout the restaurant. The chef is Italian - from the enchanting Italian island if Sardinia!"
    Dined on 8/16/2014
  • "one of our favorite restaurants! Always perfect!! Tried many things on the menu including specials always good! Great salads! Great martinis and wine list!"
    Dined on 8/15/2014
  • "The food and wine were outstanding, and the service was top notch. We ordered specials and items off the menu, and it was all excellent. Will return soon."
    Dined on 8/15/2014
  • "The service was awesome. The food was incredible. I highly recommend the chef's special charcuterie and cheese plate."
    Dined on 8/13/2014
  • "The wait staff was helpful in making our selections made us feel special. The food was excellent."
    Dined on 8/13/2014
  • "Enjoyed our first experience here. Waiter was awesome and very knowledgable. Good food and great dessert."
    Dined on 8/10/2014
  • "Went to Vesuvio with family and an out-of-town friend. Stellar food and service."
    Dined on 8/10/2014
  • "The perfect atmosphere to celebrate our 39th anniversary. The food and service over the top."
    Dined on 8/9/2014
  • "Considering this location was well known as a long standing average Mexican Restaurant, to dine with up scale surroundings, soft piano and wonderful service was only surpassed by marvelous food. We were very pleased with our experience."
    Dined on 8/8/2014
  • "First of all the food is very good I had halibut blah blah plus a fancy Greek salad, and some fancy lintel and potato soup. My dining partner said her pork loin and salad were very good. Her chocolate meltdown cake and gelato were kind of "chain" but still pretty good. Only a couple of picky complaints. One is that the restaurant was so dark. Our table was in a corner and was lit by a lil candle. . The noise+dark was odd. Next. Our waiters somewhat excessive concern about the portion size and calorie count. I am pretty sure we were under 1000 cal. For example he described the salad and soup asbboth being gigantic. The soup n salad were a lil grtr than avg. overall, very good food but the noise dark and waiter were an odd groove."
    Dined on 8/1/2014
  • "Vesuvio - one of my favs in LR! You don't want to miss the Zorba salad! Selection of pasta dishes is wonderful! The eggplant parmesan and lasagna are out of this world! The homemade pasta is marvelous! The service is always superb! Jacob provided wonderful service on this visit! But all the servers are very focused on each customer's experience being enjoyable - a terrific consistency for this establishment! The pianist in the bar area was very enjoyable! When we have 'official dinner functions' at work, this is often on the 'agenda' for dinner. If you're looking for excellent Italian cuisine and excellent service - look no further! You won't be disappointed!"
    Dined on 8/1/2014
  • "Authentic, great tasting menu. Was not disappointed in anything we ordered. Excellent service as well."
    Dined on 8/1/2014
  • "We ate here to celebrate my wife's birthday. Our server Nick was very professional and knowledgable and made some very helpful recommendations. The food was off the chart good and the piano in the background provided a luscious, relaxing, romantic ambience. The Sicilian owner came by each table to check on the guests. Awesome."
    Dined on 8/1/2014
  • "Great food, service and atmosphere! I will be back!"
    Dined on 7/26/2014
  • "If you do not mind spending a little extra for a wonderful romantic evening with a loved one, go to Vesuvio Bistro. A hidden Italian gem off of Rodney Parham. The food matches the romantic ambience."
    Dined on 7/26/2014
  • "Our waiter was outstanding. The food was great, well prepared and presentation was lovely. We didn't have to wait long for service or our food. I will definitely be back and would recommend to others."
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "One of my clients recommended this restaurant. Very good Italian food. I went with the cannelloni and a salad. Great wine list. Waiter knew all of the ingredients when I asked about the meat inside the cannelloni. He even recommended what I should have the next time, a pasta made inside of a cheese round. Sounds interesting!"
    Dined on 7/14/2014
  • "Great restaurant with a good wine list and knowledgeable staff. And not too pricey."
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "My food has always been outstanding at Vesuvio. Waiter was a bit "quick to the draw" on this particular occasion, heading to take away my fiance's plate before he was finished with his meal, salad and meal overlapping. However, overall a GREAT dining experience!"
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "What a pleasant discovery of a fine Italian dining venue in the old El Chico location on Rodney Parham. The food was excellent as was the service. The owner checked on us several times and explained menu items. Overall an outstanding experience."
    Dined on 7/2/2014
  • "Vesuvio is on my list of 5 top restaurants in Little Rock."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "Everything was outstanding-from the taste and quality of the food, to the wine list, to the service. We enjoyed our visit here and will probably be back on another special occasion. We weren't disappointed."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "We have visited Vesuvio Bistro at its previous location in the Best Western. The new location is larger with more room between tables. The food we had was very good. The menu has food from all regions of Italy; not heavy on the Southern Italian style which is often the case at Italian restaurants. The wine list is quite impressive.We started with the spinach almond salad. My husband had the tuna and I had the tilapia piccata. Everything was prepared and presented well. We did not have room for desert. Our server, Flora, gave us great service and was helpful with the menu."
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "All made from scratch and presented with passion by the servers. I'll keep going back. Piano player had excellent repertoire and made atmosphere great."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "Menu sounded delicious but recommended specials were what we picked this time. Soft music, attentive staff and flavorful food. We will go back for more memory making for the two of us."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "The evening was very enjoyable with a group of friends. Atmosphere was quiet enough that we could hear everyone talk no matter where you sat. Even when the piano music started, it was not overpowering. Food was superb and cooked per our request. Service was done with excellence. Overall, all of us would return and would highly recommend this restaurant."
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "Finally Little Rock has a 5 star Italian restaurant. Outstanding specials, pasta, appetizers, desert. There really is a difference between a spaghetti house and gourmet Italian."
    Dined on 6/16/2014
  • "Awesome food and service; I do miss the cozy feeling experience from prior location! Still, a great place to dine and for special occasions, particularly if larger group."
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "Went on recommendation from a friend and was not disappointed. Excellent way to celebrate our 28th anniversary. Had the ahi tuna which was the daily special. Also the tiramisu and cannoli were fantastic. Will be back for sure."
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "Food and service were both first rate and our group of six enjoyed every aspect of the experience. Two of us are restaurant owner/operators from other cities and have high expectations which were met and exceeded."
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "Vesuvio has become our favorite dining spot in Little Rock. The atmosphere is lovely with a live piano player playing beautifully in the background. We love 1620 Savoy, Ashley's and Table 28, but Vesuvio's has the best menu. The other places seem limited on their offerings and seem to be trying to hard to be exotic (quail, rabbit, etc.). Vesuvio has plenty of class yet has a menu that keeps you constantly trying something new. Wonderful!"
    Dined on 6/12/2014
  • "We like the new location even more than the old. Uniformly attentive service and good food."
    Dined on 6/5/2014
  • "Wife and I ate there for dinner and really enjoyed it. Food was excellent. We each had steaks."
    Dined on 6/2/2014
  • "Excellent food with great service. Our waiter was attentive without being intrusive."
    Dined on 6/1/2014
  • "Very much enjoyed the food and the service was outstanding. One of the specials (linguini con vongole) was prepared with a white wine sauce, I preferred a garlic cream sauce and they were happy to accommodate and it was delicious. "
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "Enjoy wine from Italy and inspired salads while being attended to by wait staff who are personable and informative. The live piano was a nice touch."
    Dined on 5/30/2014
  • "While the prices are a bit pricey, they are worth the cost especially if it is a special occasion. Service was excellent. Waiter was attentive, knowledgeable and personable. We live in the general area so this makes it a very convenient place for us. "
    Dined on 5/28/2014
  • "Celebrated 2 birthdays. It was so nice to be able to talk and hear each other without screaming! So many restaurants are SO noisy nowadays. Food was excellent and our server was great. I had the pesto ravioli .... It was simple and divine. Just what I wanted. Another outstanding dish was the lamb special ... Cooked perfectly and delicious. I enjoyed my Cosmopolitan martini - just perfect!"
    Dined on 5/24/2014
  • "Our anniversary! Started out with a cocktail at the bar and enjoyed talking to the Dan the bartender. We were seated in the bar area, which has a nice piano in the center of the area. No one playing that night, but when there is, low-key. The wine list was very extensive. I had the lobster ravioli and shrimp special and my wife had the sea bass. Both dishes were excellent. We shared a pistachio gelato and a marvelous panna cotta with fresh berries. Not overly sweet. The lasagna and pasta dishes are always good also. We have dined here in the past, and the staff and service is consistently great. Santo, who is Italian, comes by your table periodically to check on your food and service. Highly recommend for date night and special occasions. "
    Dined on 5/21/2014
  • "And it won't be my last. Best salad I've ever had - spinach with spiced pecans, pears, goat cheese, and a blood orange vinaigrette dressing. It was a special. My dining companions had the sea bass special and raved about it. I had the Ahi tuna. I have seen comments about prices, but this restaurant isn't meant to compete with Olive Garden. It offers upscale Italian food. "
    Dined on 5/20/2014