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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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "Vesuvio is on my list of 5 top restaurants in Little Rock."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "We were four, each having a different dish. While the Cesar salad was fine, the spinach with goat cheese salad was excellent. The traditional guitar pasta was excellent, as were the swordfish paillards. Two ordered the specials - both were excellent, except of a minimal amount of grit in the sea scallops. Serving sizes were just right. The service was outstanding. "
    Dined on 5/18/2014
  • "What a wonderful surprise this nice restaurant was! We had the the specials for the evening...for me the gnocchi was superb. We visited on our way to Memphis and liked it so well, we decided to stop in Little Rock and Vesuvio for a return visit on our drive back to Oklahoma City. "
    Dined on 5/6/2014
  • "I was craving some carbos. They have a delicious spaghetti, mushroom, Parmesan dish and some dislish gnocchi. Filled the bill with a decent Greek salad and some good red wine. "
    Dined on 5/14/2014
  • "Always in our travels, my wife and I try to find a great Italian restaurant in the city we're visiting. We were certainly successful in Little Rock. Excellent service and certainly some of the best food we've had. The owner came to our table and partially served one dish. He had just the right combination of friendliness and gratitude we came in addition to an air of confidence in the quality of his restaurant. Prices were surpisingly low; we would have paid more for what we received at this gem. Can't wait to go back."
    Dined on 5/14/2014
  • "Vesuvio is a family favorite for celebration dinners from birthdays, Mothers Day, marathons, etc. I have never had a disappointing experience and I have recommended this restaurant to many who have also not be disappointed. I heart Vesuvio."
    Dined on 5/9/2014
  • "One of the best filets (steaks) you can get in Little Rock, despite everything else you'll hear about steaks in Little Rock. I've eaten there my whole life and still think this one is up there. The Spaghetti Chitarra is absolutely amazing! Me and dates usually split the spaghetti dish and each get a filet. great meal!"
    Dined on 5/12/2014
  • "This is our second trip to Vesuvio's and this time we took our adult children for an early Mother's day dinner. We arrived on time, were seated immediately, and the wait staff immediately appeared. We had the same waiter as last time, Andrew, who is extremely professional and very knowledgeable about the menu. He remembered us from our last visit and even remembered most of what we ordered. This is a great place to take your time and enjoy several different dishes, all of which were superb. I would definitely recommend Vesuvio's to anyone wanting a fine dining experience in Little Rock. The service, food, and ambience is first rate and the pecans are to die for. Oh the pecan's!"
    Dined on 5/8/2014
  • "I have to say my dish was excellent. Don't remember the name, but it was a pasta with mushrooms that they prepare in this $1000 cheese 'barrel' that lasts 4-5 weeks. Rich, but really good. Being a visitor to L.R., this place reminds me of a great neighborhood joint that has a loyal following. I think it needs a update in terms of ambiance, piano is a nice touch, but the song selection and quality was a little low. "
    Dined on 5/10/2014
  • "Great place togo with a special person and have a quiet night out with some great food and service. Jeff and Flora are the best! The cheese wheel was awesome and the pork chops were divine."
    Dined on 4/25/2014
  • "We went to Vesuvio recently on the recommendation of a friend. It was delicious!!!! There were so many things I wanted to try on the menu. My husband and I both loved our meals. And our waiter, Vinny, was great. We'll be back. "
    Dined on 5/5/2014
  • "I arranged a surprise birthday dinner for my sister's 40th birthday. I walked in to a very romantic atmosphere. The area reserved for my party was beautiful and set apart. The Bruschetta was complimentary to the reservation as well as bread and olive tampanade. The majority of my party was obviously out of their element, yet the designated server "HanK" was patient and so awesome!!! He took the time to answer every question nicely. We weren't rushed, we took tons of pictures, and no one was annoyed. They maximized our potential to have a great fine by going with our flow. There was a table set aside for the cake and presents, without requesting. The experience was better than great!!!"
    Dined on 5/2/2014
  • "Great food. Gnocchi, lamb, salads, crab cake, wine, and flora were excellent. You cannot go wrong!! Parmesan bowl demo looked amazing. Don't know real name on menu but ask you service other table said it was amazing and it looked fabulous. "
    Dined on 5/2/2014
  • "Vesuvio's is a restaurant you can count on for consistency. It serves excellent food in a pleasant environment with exceptional service. It just does not disappoint! The nightly specials are always extremely good. Price point has lots of variety from pasta dishes to steaks so there is something for every budget."
    Dined on 4/24/2014
  • "good service. okay food...we got scallops & the filet but will try the pastas next time. most enjoyable was the piano player in the bar area. the bartender needed to be more attentive/personable. enjoyed the evening & planning on returning."
    Dined on 4/19/2014
  • "We had a wonderful young attentive waiter named Vinny. The wine was delicious. The bread was tasty as it was sourced from a local European bakery. Best ciabatta in town though..... Greek Salad- Tasty Crab cake- Poor dish- burnt not much crab present Veal- Poor shoe leather cut with grain Ribeye- best dish of the night still average needed the sweet element from the Caramelized onion to cut the Gorgonzola. Lasagna- in edible over cooked pasta and red sauce was tasteless. Creme brûlée- fair Molten Chocolate Cake-fair "
    Dined on 4/18/2014
  • "We had a great experience at Vesuvio Bistro. It was for a b-day, & our first time at Vesuvio's. The food was top notch, the best we've had in Little Rock. I ordered 2 Appletinis, 1 was made by the owner & the other by the bar attendant, you couldn't tell the difference! The wine selection is beyond great! I got the bacon wrapped pork w/ apples & it was fantastic. My fiance got the ribeye w/ gorgonzola, & it was to die for! Both entrees came w/ mixed veggies, which were great (usually veggies are a last minute thought, not here!) & cheese potatoes that were so good! I ate everything, which doesn't happen often. I will definitely be back, & will recommend this place to everyone I run into! I couldn't stop thinking about our meal the next day."
    Dined on 4/17/2014
  • "Having been here many times, dating back to when Rosario was alive & I had a birthday celebration pat the restaurant, I return when I can. My friend & I went to high school together, and I was looking for a quiet place with excellent food, for us to spend her one evening together to catch up on the last 30 years of our lives. We were not disappointed, everything was perfect, thank you Santo!"
    Dined on 4/14/2014
  • "Pleasant dining spot in west Little Rock. Certainly would return."
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "I was not impressed with their pork loin or veal. Both meats were extremely tough and chewy. I was disappointed. What i enjoyed most was the wine and tiramisu. The service was okay."
    Dined on 4/12/2014