Vesuvio Bistro
Vesuvio Bistro

Vesuvio Bistro

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.vesuviobistro.com/
  • Phone: 5012250500x
  • 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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  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Ambiance
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Food
Vesuvio Bistro reviews from OpenTable diners
110 reviews since May 25, 2014
Overall Rating4.6
  • Food4.7
    Service4.7
  • Ambiance4.4
    Noise LevelModerate
98% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (89)romantic (78)neighborhood gem (54)fit for foodies (54)notable wine list (38)good for groups (19)hot spot (6)kid-friendly (3)late-night find (3)scenic view (2)vibrant bar scene (2)great for brunch (1)great for outdoor dining (1)Show More
  • Romantic, Delicious, and relaxing
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Outstanding evening with family
    redearedslider
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    Went to Vesuvio with family and an out-of-town friend. Stellar food and service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Anniversary Celebration
    willbegoingback
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    The perfect atmosphere to celebrate our 39th anniversary. The food and service over the top.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Pleasantly Surprised
    alwayslooking
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Dark Shadows
    ZielatlastVIP
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • One of my favorites for dinner!
    TPAC
    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!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Tasty In The Rock
    TastT
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    Authentic, great tasting menu. Was not disappointed in anything we ordered. Excellent service as well.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great food, service and atmosphere.
    alexinlittlerock
    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.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A must go!
    Jmike
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    Great food, service and atmosphere! I will be back!
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Northern and Southern Italian
    Desi
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great food!
    mammyschoice
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great recommendation!
    VIPOTVIP
    Dined on 7/14/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Love this place
    Joshp
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    Great restaurant with a good wine list and knowledgeable staff. And not too pricey.
    Special Features:
    romantic, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful Food!
    BKay
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent food!
    Stu1
    Dined on 7/2/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • RestaurantMAG
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    Vesuvio is on my list of 5 top restaurants in Little Rock.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • GREAT REASONABLY PRICED FOOD
    BIRTHDAY
    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.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Good Italian Food
    jaydeejayVIP
    Dined on 6/27/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good, not obvious food.
    siltcosta
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Perfect Evening
    2ofus
    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.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Enjoyable Evening.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 6/20/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Outstanding
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009VIP
    Dined on 6/16/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • RIck
    Dined on 6/15/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • First time
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Perfect
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.