Brave New Restaurant

4.7
1542 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Contemporary American
A casual, warm environment, delicious food and excellent service at a reasonable cost. It is our goal to have every meal be a celebration of food and to always keep an edge of new in our work.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Contemporary American, Seafood, American
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Hours of operation
Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:00am - 2:00pm; Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm; Dinner Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm
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Phone number
(501) 663-2677
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Executive chef
Peter Brave
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Riverfront Drive
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Parking details
There is a parking lot in front of the building.
Additional
Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Outdoor Smoking Area, Private Room, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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Little Rock
15 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Good every time.

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MM
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

The restaurant did not live up to the amazing reviews that led me to select it. Ambiance is ok. Food is ok. It was not the superlative experience I hoped for. Therefore the price relative to the value did not line up. My date and I both agreed we would go somewhere else next time. Nothing bad. Just not up to the stellar reviews.

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RI
Little Rock
12 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We have always enjoyed dining at Brave. Everything was wonderful, as usual. The heirloom tomatoes were in season and awesome. The butternut squash soup was the best I’ve had! Entrees were superb; fresh, hot and excellent. Just a great place for any occasion.

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DC
Portland
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great view from the back patio of the skyline and as always the food was amazing!!

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VH
New Orleans
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is a fabulous restaurant on any score. Hidden inconspicuously off the main drag, its second-floor location and full-glass wall provide a scenic view of the river that passes just outside. Service is friendly, knowledgeable and prompt. The menu provides sufficient variety to appeal to any diner; and what comes from the kitchen can only be described as exquisite.

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PB
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I LOVE this resturant and always choose it for out of town guest and those I wish to impress.

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RM
1 review
Dined on October 7, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 2

The restaurant parking lot, although having some lights, was really dark and actually creepy. The building looked like an office building that was closed. Went to the front door and there was no restaurant sign until we got to the elevator; Went up one floor for the restaurant and when we got out of the elevator the restaurant rug was filthy. Got inside and the décor was average at best. The food was not good and I am being kind. I got the duck which was supposed to be succulent with a crispy skin. The duck was like a rubber ball that took at least 15-20 bites per piece and the skin was so rubbery that a knife could not cut it. My friend had the fish special, walleye, which had no taste just bland. Lastly, the butter for the bread was served ice cold and would not spread on the bread. The waiter said they put out a certain amount of butter for the night and they had went through it. So I guess if you do not get there earlier enough they do not care what the butter is like....very odd comment from the waiter. I will never go there again.

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CT
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent customer service and great food. Atmosphere elegant and relaxing. View of Arkansas river was beautiful at sunset

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KT
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of our favorite places to dine. Always recommend it to friends and family. Food and staff are consistently top notch.

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SA
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I had the scallops. They were hands down the best scallops I have ever had. Everything we ate was amazing. We were able to sit on the balcony, with a nice view of the river..

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OT
1 review
Dined on September 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Brave New is our go-to for all special occasions and they didn’t disappoint for this birthday dinner!!

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BJ
1 review
Dined on September 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

loved meeting the chef and Cannon was a wonderful waiter. any time i don't have to ask for anything, they will always get a very generous tip. Great food and we will be back. next time with a bigger group! Beaver

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C
Kansas City
2 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 2

Food, wine and service superb! The interior design lacks so much! No ambience at all!

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GO
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on September 20, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 5

Bread was good. Salad was the worst I ever had in a restaurant. Entrees were great.

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P
Little Rock
12 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Another memorable meal at BNR on the balcony. The fish special was delectable and the bald eagle made another welcome appearance. Good wine, a gorgeous day, and fantastic food! You can't go wrong here. The only disappointment we've ever had was the lobster salad. This is where you want to take folks from out of town to impress them with Little Rock's cuisine and scenery! And don't pass up the chocolate creme brulee! HEAVENLY.

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OT
1 review
Dined on September 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of our best meals and dining experiences ever!!

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RS
1 review
Dined on September 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was very good as always, Ben our server was fantastic. He's waited on us in the past & is very professional & attentive

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CO
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Hidden gem on the water. The menu is fantastic and the chef came out to make sure we were enjoying our meal.

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RW
San Francisco
128 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 4

Meh. I don’t know Little Rock, but this was just okay. I had the duck. We shared an heirloom tomato special which for $16 should have actually been special. Terrific waiter.

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SB
1 review
Dined on September 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Double dated with friends and it was perfect from beginning to end. I really appreciated the online table reservations!

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C
Little Rock
3 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Brave New never fails to impress! Outstanding food, excellent preparation and presentation.
Service is very good. Great variety of dinner chef's special selections.

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JD
1 review
Dined on September 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Peter Brave has a great restaurant! He personally met us as we were coming in! The ambiance is great, ask for a seat on the deck overlooking the Arkansas River. The food was delicious. I had the tuna, sushi grade, my friends had the sea scallops (6) and the steak, each done to perfection!

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OT
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

There seemed to be no supporting meal services staff to set tables, clear dishes, deliver food. The waiters were having to run around to get things done and should NOT have been in such a bad situation.

Food was great. My girlfriend was gifted a wonderful birthday celebration meal and it was a pleasure to make her happy..

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CI
Little Rock
4 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Consistently good. Hard to find but you'll be glad you did. A fine restaurant.

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P
Little Rock
13 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Another fabulous meal: marvelous mushroom tart with fresh chanterelles, delicious walleye, exceptional tuna, delectable vegetables, a fine glass (or two) of an excellent cabernet, and a chocolate creme brulee to die for—all while sitting on the balcony overlooking the Arkansas River, admiring the mandevilla in brilliant bloom and watching the hummingbirds and the egrets along the river. This is the life!

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AW
Little Rock
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 5

I wasn't hungry enough to order a usual lunch salad or main course, and being gluten free, I ordered onion soup and caesar salad two dishes I had never eaten at Brave. Generally, I love this restaurant and treat friends here on special occasions. But, honestly, my meal was low mediocre. I make a fabulous French onion soup after living in France, and this was either the worst or one of the worst onion soups I've ever eaten. The I said hold the croutons on my salad, but what I got was a relatively small portion of greens with a bland dressing on them. I ordered a dish of ice cream that was yummy. Clearly, this was not my typical experience and I will be back, but this one was a disappointment.

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S
Little Rock
9 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Expensive but delicious food. Worthwhile for a special outing.

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e
Seattle
31 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely view restaurant, tricky to find but worth the journey. Food was amazing and service was perfect. Will definitely go back!

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TO
Little Rock
18 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, as usual. My wife and were able to have our anniversary dinner at an outside table with stunning views of the Arkansas River and North Little Rock’s Burns Park cliffs as a backdrop, as well as the Little Rock skyline. Perfect weather too.

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JW
Dallas
15 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Excellent service!

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DN
Dallas
2 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Very nice choice for our anniversary dinner. Food was excellent and service was outstanding. We ate outside and enjoyed river view.

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BP
Little Rock
1 review
Dined on August 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We drive 500 miles to eat at the brave New Restaurant. Great food , great service! My mother is 95, and it is imperative we take her there for her birthday celebration.

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OT
Little Rock
1 review
Dined on August 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a pleasant dining experience

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m
Las Vegas
7 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great experience! Had scallop special and beef tenderloin. Both were perfectly cooked. Look forward to going back.

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L
Little Rock
1 review
Dined on August 18, 2018
Overall 2food 5service 1ambience 2

The young waitress could not have been more ill prepared to be a member of the wait staff. After years of superior service, we were in shock. At first, we had sympathy for her as she struggled to open a wine bottle We have all had this issue. She struggled with taking the order. Our order was clearly waiting to be served and she was unaware. We waited patiently and finally had to ask for our food. Worst of all, it was evident she did not care and was not being properly supervised.

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MS
1 review
Dined on August 18, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

Great for special occasion. Food was amazing however this was my third time there and the roasted potatoes were not as good as normal (a little dry). The server was very nice and energetic however a bit scatter brained and unattentive. Beautiful outdoor veiw from the patito. Will bring you desert with a candle for your birthday but WILL NOT embarass you, which personally I enjoyed.

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L
1 review
Dined on August 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

AMAZING! Seriously a religious experience. Go and you will not regret it.

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D
Springfield
9 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Except for difficulty finding Brave New Restaurant in an office building area, the evening experience was outstanding. We were seated inside with a table overlooking the Arkansas rever. Our waiter was perfect in his timing. We enjoyed a good bottle of wine from a complete wine list. The meal included a baked Camembert appetizer, excellent salads, the special scallops for my wife and mixed grill for me. We finished with chocolate crepe brûlée for my wife and cheesecake for me. Each item was great and worth the trip.

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CG
Dallas
1 review
Dined on August 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We thoroughly enjoyed our first visit to this restaurant! Food , service and ambiance all first rate. Especially pleased to visit with the owner. Will definitely be back.

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CN
New England
1 review
Dined on August 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and breath-taking view of the Arkansas river. Unbeatable service. Locally known gem.

Has indoor and outdoor seating. Perfect for a date or special occasion.

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