Vesuvio Bistro
Vesuvio Bistro

Vesuvio Bistro

  • 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: Steak, Italian
  • 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.
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Vesuvio Bistro reviews from OpenTable diners
106 reviews since July 31, 2014
Overall Rating4.5
  • Food4.6
    Service4.6
  • Ambiance4.4
    Noise LevelModerate
97% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (81)romantic (71)fit for foodies (59)neighborhood gem (40)notable wine list (38)good for groups (31)late-night find (8)hot spot (6)kid-friendly (3)vibrant bar scene (3)great for outdoor dining (1)Show More
  • Consistent
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 11/23/2014
    Great service that is friendly and helpful is a constant at this true Italian oasis. My party of four each enjoyed different drinks and entrees which were all perfectly prepared and delicious. High quality food and expertly cooked with attention to every detail and this was on Sunday night! Consistency and continuity is what you get at Vesuvio!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 11/14/2014
    We felt that for the price the service level was just adequate. I was a bit surprised at how frugal you were with your bread. We had to ask several times for bread to be brought more than two slices at a time. We enjoyed finding a new restaurant but and we will be back just not quickly. Sorry
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good, but too expensive.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 11/14/2014
    Comfortable dark atmosphere - sea bass very tasty and rich - Caesar salad was cheap and tasteless - I would recommend if sea bass and a small pasta dish wasn't $100. Did not drink alcohol, so can't comment on drinks.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Gnocci
    Rick
    Dined on 11/7/2014
    My gnocchi was bland and flavorless. My husbands Spaghetti Chitarra was very good and remains our favorite.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful
    BobPenny
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    We had a most enjoyable evening. This was our second time there as we were visiting from CA This is a very special restaurant and is our go to place when we visit Little Rock. The Piano was a favorite and so romantic. Splendid.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great place to eat.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    I took my husband here for his birthday. This was our second time dining there and the food has been delicious both times. I would recommend this restaurant to anyone that wants a nice, different place to eat. They always have specials that are not something you can find in just any restaurant and the food is always cooked to perfection and nicely presented. It is somewhat pricey in the evening so it's probably best suited for special occasions.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • birthdaydinner
    birthdaycelebration
    Dined on 10/31/2014
    My husband and I dined here for a romantic setting for my 30th birthday. We brought our own wine and chose to use a corkage fee, as the wine list was underwhelming online. Food was very good, but temperature was just warm. A bit surprised you don't get birthday dessert at this restaurant, but our waiter was quite attentive.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Excellent again!
    Rockboy51
    Dined on 10/30/2014
    Our party of eight enjoyed a very pleasant dinner. Nice off-menu specials, ample wine selection, and attentive service. Try the veal with eggplant, or my favorite spaghetti chittara.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • good food with excellent service
    Stu1
    Dined on 10/29/2014
    The food here is very good, especially the salads. Service was excellent.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • suzijim
    Dined on 10/27/2014
    This is a wonderful restaurant. It never disappoints! They have a very knowledgeable wait staff. Very nice atmosphere and a convenient location. It is great for any occasion.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Service and Food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    Best Italian Restaurant in Arkansas. The Food and service were top notch.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Wonderful Evening
    Chazel
    Dined on 10/24/2014
    Between the service and the food, our evening was simply perfect!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Sicilian royal cuisine
    ijsvvtVIP
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    Fit for the Don's gourmet and wonderful for the rest of us. So good that we returned the next night for another feast. Irving
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Service
    Schmede
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    Excellent service by Jacob - knowledgable, courteous, helpful, attentive.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, late-night find, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • overpriced mediocre food
    boxturtle
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    Went for family birthday, disappointed. Food very mediocre, with limited menu, and everything VERY overpriced!
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  • Another great meal at Vesuvio
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIP
    Dined on 10/9/2014
    We have always had good luck with our trips to Vesuvio. The service is dependable without being overbearing, and the food is authentic, well-prepared, beautiful presented, and just the right portion size.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good food and great service
    HAPP
    Dined on 10/6/2014
    Was a great dining experience and staff was attentive but did not interrupt the flow of conversation. Very good variety of choices and everything was excellent. The wheel of Parmesan cheese dish I would highly recommend! I'll be back!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lori
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    Service was great. Food was delicious. Osso bucco special was incredible... Although expensive. Was surprised when we received the bill and saw $38 for this entree. However, I should have asked first. My bad. The piccata was delicious also. Just the right amount of yummy lemon sauce and capers.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • New location, same great food
    Rick375
    Dined on 10/1/2014
    My first visit to the new location was like seeing an old friend. The food was the same great variety with a few new items thrown in. An all around excellent choice for a special night, or just an excellent meal. The staff was attentive, and adapted to our food allergy requirements very well.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food, atmosphere, and staff.
    Foodinbelly
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    Food was great and the waitress was knowledgable about the menus items. They have a nice soft piano playing in the background.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • yummy!
    happy
    Dined on 9/22/2014
    Delicious salad with pears, toasted nuts, goat cheese and spinach!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Very Nice Restaurant
    TK123
    Dined on 9/21/2014
    We really enjoyed the meal and the service. The waiter was very attentive yet wasn't bugging us constantly. He kept very good table maintenance (something I always notice as I was one a manager in a restaurant) and made sure we had what we needed. We'll be back.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fine, just fine...
    JimV
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    This restaurant continues to maintain consistent high quality, and is our first choice for special occasion dinners. The waitstaff are professional and gracious.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Romantic, Delicious, and relaxing
    Hires
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    My husband and I celebrated our one year wedding anniversary here on Saturday, Sept 20, 2013. The restaurant was beautiful, the staff were friendly, knowledgeable about the menu and wine selections, they were courteous, and acknowledge our celebration. We will do this restaurant again and we will recommend it to our friends. The food was delicious, the atmosphere was romantic and the piano player was an added bonus. He didn't play too loud or too softly, it was perfect. Thank you Vesuvio Bistro for a very romantic, pleasant and wonderful evening.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Amazing food!
    Donna
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    My husband, his mom, our friend, and myself had dinner here on a Friday night. The service was impeccable and the food was very high quality. The prices were not bad for what you received. I would definitely eat here again!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Birthday Dinner
    SusieQ
    Dined on 9/9/2014
    A friend & I enjoyed a great meal & great service from our friendly waiter, Nick. Complimentary bruschetta arrived with our menus, the bread basket included a dish of olive tapenade & was refilled when our entrees arrived. The crab cake appetizer was huge & delicious. Pasta Cittara was finished table-side & Nick explained how they make the pasta as he swirled it inside the huge cheese wheel. The cannelloni stuffed with both beef & pork was a hit. We finished with strong coffee. crème Brule & chocolate lava cake topped with vanilla gelato. We were there a long time & never felt rushed or pushed to finish up. A great meal!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Business couples
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/8/2014
    Service and pacing of meal was perfect and not rushed or interrupted. Gave us plenty of time for discussion and visiting with full services at desired intervals. Food was excellent. Couldn't have been better. One of our guests asked for special foods from the chef who came out to discuss what was available and the dish was just what he wanted. Perfecto!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • perfect
    momsnightout
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    I chose this restaurant for a nice meal with a friend prior to seeing a show in town. The food was delicious, the service perfect and the staff very accommodating to our needs to enjoy our meal yet get out in time to see the show. I have dined here before and am never disappointed. Chef's choice antipasti dish was delicious.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Still best in the area, but...
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    The fresh bread and olive tapenade were great. Our waiter was great, but the apron-less server we saw was out of place, as is having a Greek salad on an Italian menu. The chicken in my Chicken Cacciatore lacked moisture...and flavor. My husband's Salmon was also overcooked. The single scallop on his dish however was done perfectly, so consistency is the main problem. Our salads were simple Capreses: the mozzarella ball was HUGE, but tasty. More tomatoes, and an heirloom variety would have been better, since they were a bit too firm. Overall, the quality has definitely fallen off since moving to the new location. It's still the best food in the area, but it used to be the best around, period. 'Missing the days!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Very good!
    Kt82
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    Food is excellent, we lived in Italy for 5 years the food is very authentic! Best Italy food we found! Server was great.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • LittleRockFoodEnjoyer
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    This was my first time to try out this restaurant. I searched for awhile to find a nice romantic restaurant that was open on a Sunday. Let me tell you it is hard to find. The appetizers were wonderful. I had the ribeye, which was one of the best I've ever had and I've had many good ribeyes. My date had the fillet, and it was amazing as well. Highly recommend this restaurant. We defiantly will be going back. We loved it!
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Purp41
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Great food, great presentation, good service. small portions , over priced
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    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great dining experience
    kellyvan1960
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    The specials were fantastic. I had the veal and my wife had the scallops. We each had greek salads which were fresh and the dressing was light. The service was steady and attentive. Couldn't have asked for a better dining atmosphere to celebrate 12 years together.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • atmosphere, food, service all great
    SBGB
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    We were looking for a place to go for a special dinner. Found the menu on line and it looked good. Made the reservation on line and that worked perfectly. The atmosphere, service, and food were all great. Staff was very friendly and helpful,A nice quiet place to have dinner and talk without having to shout over noise and loud music. The piano music was very nice
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Authentic, Excellent Italian Food
    TravelLover
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • always wonderful!!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    one of our favorite restaurants! Always perfect!! Tried many things on the menu including specials always good! Great salads! Great martinis and wine list!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • World class dining experience!
    buffy
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • KatiA
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    The service was awesome. The food was incredible. I highly recommend the chef's special charcuterie and cheese plate.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    The wait staff was helpful in making our selections made us feel special. The food was excellent.
    Special Features:
    romantic, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Cool place
    MCReynolds
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    Enjoyed our first experience here. Waiter was awesome and very knowledgable. Good food and great dessert.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.