Eleven at Crystal Bridges

4.3
450 reviews
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$31 to $50
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American
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Welcome to Eleven, the restaurant at Crystal Bridges.
We specialize in modern American comfort food with an emphasis on traditions that hail from the “High South” region…the Ozarks. High South cuisine follows a long culinary history steeped in generations of food preparation centered on locally-produced ingredients. Careful never to manipulate the ingredients beyond their intended flavor profile, our chefs are nevertheless able to transform some of the simplest, most basic Southern staples into sophisticated presentations of earthy, rustic flavors and textures. The cuisine of Eleven not only nourishes, but tells a story—a story of the American spirit, inspired by the artworks, natural surroundings, and regional history connected to our Museum.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
American, Contemporary Southern, Comfort Food
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Hours of operation
Dinner: Wednesday - Friday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm
Lunch: Wednesday - Saturday & Monday: 11:00am - 2:30pm
Brunch: Sunday 11:00am - 2:30pm
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Phone number
(479) 418-5700
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Executive chef
William McCormick
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
J Street
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Parking details
We offer both covered and non-covered on-site parking for all guests. We are also walking distance from the Downtown Bentonville Square.
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Entertainment
Join us for “Culture Hour” every Wednesday, Thursday and Friday night from 5 to 7 p.m.— celebrating the American spirit through exceptional prices on food and wine, featuring live music on Friday evenings.
Additional
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Cocktails, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 450 People Are Saying
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4.2
food
4.1
service
4.7
ambience
3.9
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92% of people would recommend it to a friend
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4.0Dined on June 13, 2018

Wonderful location at Crystal Bridges Museum...very good lamb...

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3.0Dined on June 10, 2018

Beautiful destination, amazing architecture; however, you might as well go to Taco Bell for breakfast. At least you would get some sauce packets! I reserved a brunch table for our 20th wedding anniversary weeks prior and was greeted as such by the host staff. Brandy with the purple hair was our waitress. She took our order and proceeded to never come back. We received our beverage order after we had finished eating. No one ever checked to see if we enjoyed our meal. I actually had to go to the front and hunt down their only bottle of hot sauce. Our drinks were delivered so late and incorrectly. Just a poor experience. Come for the museum and skip the dining scenario. Thanks Eleven for making our special day important and enjoyable – NOT!

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5.0Dined on June 8, 2018

Chef William McCormick is one of the most exciting culinary talents in this region. So exciting to watch as he uses this platform to express his incredible gifts.

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4.0Dined on June 8, 2018

Great food and reasonable service up until the coffee service. This elegant restaurant was apparently brewing coffee and the server brought coffee in a paper cup from the adjacent coffee show. I wasn't asked but I would have been happy to wait until the coffee was brewed or the server could have obtained coffee from the coffee show and served it in the restaurant porcelain or china cup.

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1.0Dined on June 8, 2018

Food was over cooked, waitress was terrible. Lobe their brunch but dinner was disappointing

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5.0Dined on June 8, 2018

Love it here.

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3.0Dined on June 7, 2018

Our server lacked eye contact and seemed nervous. Not enough servers to provide the service that should be expected for fine dining experience. We ordered the meat plate for an appetizer and received the cheese plate. Our wine was never asked to be refilled and we had to wait on our beer. Flavor of our meal was good but execution was poor. Swordfish was raw in the middle, steak was over cooked and carrots were undercooked. For the setting I was expecting an excellent experience and was disappointed.

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5.0Dined on June 7, 2018

We truly enjoyed our dinner at Eleven. We had two young boys with us, a seven year old and a three year old. We all enjoyed the food and the setting. The children’s menu is a real treat. Our food was excellent. It is a special place to eat without being too fancy.

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2.0Dined on June 1, 2018

I sent a personal note to the restaurant 9 days ago with direct feedback about our recent visit and received no response … we have traveled the world and have never experienced a total lack of response from a restaurant when providing feedback. After our dinner a week ago, we were asked on a survey why we liked being a frequent visitor of Eleven’s restaurant? When Chef Bill Lyle was at Eleven, we visited often because of the excellent food and the ambience. The restaurant was our favorite date night spot. We honestly were not enthusiastic about the the new menu (the descriptions of the food seemed boring and lacking in creativity) … so we reluctantly decided to give it a try before an art class on a Friday night. Very disappointed. We absolutely loved the bruschetta with Gorgonzola, local honey, figs and walnuts. Nothing compared in the appetizer options on the new menu. We reluctantly tried the pickles. The dill emulsion was way too strong and the pickles were like small, dry pickle crumbs. Our meals were nothing special. We ordered the chicken and the steak. The steak was sous-vided and not as juicy as you might expect and it was served just barely lukewarm? I prefer my steaks grilled or pan roasted and sizzling hot. Especially if it is described with butter! The potatoes were not good (sort of lightly seared on the cut side, but tasteless and mushy overall. Needed salt!) and carrots and celery were just kinda boring and super firm. My husband’s chicken was cooked with rosemary and/or thyme. Not very good. Overall everything was lacking flavor or uniqueness. Definitely not worth the $27-35 per entree we paid. We paid about $100 (with tip) for our meal with 1 glass of wine, 1 appetizer and 2 entrees … it was not worth it. It is disappointing to have such a beautiful atmosphere and lovely setting with bland, underwhelming and overpriced food.

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5.0Dined on May 30, 2018

So glad we drove from Toledo Ohio to visit the magnificent museum

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5.0Dined on May 27, 2018

We always love to eat brunch here on Sunday before seeing one of the exhibits at Crystal Bridges. We love the Shrimp and Grits !
Very friendly and efficient staff !

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4.0Dined on May 25, 2018

My girlfriends and I used to love to eat at 11 but we were so disappointed Friday night that the menu had changed and not for the better. No wonderful mushroom lasagna, no salmon, only one salad and the prices had gone up. Even the bread wasn't as good. No sourdough, no bread sticks...just plain old rolls and some kind of other plain bread. Our waitress was excellent and we always enjoy the views but the food is the main event and quite frankly it has gone downhill. We couldn't find anything on the main menu that sounded good so all 4 of us ordered appetizers and/or the one salad you offered. The lettuce wedge was very good but it is not a meal. We won't be back till you change the menu to some semblance of what it used to be. I just read some of the reviews on your website and quite frankly you need to read them too. Most were negative. If I had read them before Friday I wouldn't have come to 11. I heard you got a new chef...gee, is he responsible for these changes? Maybe you need to look for another new chef.

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3.0Dined on May 18, 2018

The menu is limited. The food was, at best, mediocre and for some dishes, the portions were quite small. The dining room is beautiful but not enough to make up for a very overpriced dinner.

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5.0Dined on May 18, 2018

Our server was outstanding and "made" the evening! The food was very good. The ambiance lovely but had the room been fully booked, I think the noise level would have bothered me for a lovely dinner out at a special place. By day it is fine; by night? I doubt it.

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4.0Dined on May 16, 2018

Eleven is all about the views out the floor to ceiling windows. The food is beautifully presented and definitely order dessert. I found the wine list to be on the expensive side, and the entrees are rather small for the prices. We did have a good experience and will tell people to try it.

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2.0Dined on May 13, 2018

Waiter seemed hung over
Service was extremely slow
Coffee was cold

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5.0Dined on May 13, 2018

The best brunch around. Devastated the chicken and waffles are gone, though!

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2.0Dined on May 13, 2018

The Crystal Bridges Museum should not be missed. Can’t say the same about the restaurant. We ordered the special quiche of the day for brunch. It was tepid when it arrived and portion was small. The salad was ok except some of the lettuce was slimy. Someone in the kitchen should have looked at it and picked the offending pieces out before serving. Very off-putting. The coffee was hot but weak. Our server was nice enough but seemed a little like a deer in the headlights. Would go back to the museum in a heartbeat but I’d eat in town. It was Mother’s Day but honestly the restaurant was not crowded enough to excuse the sub/par meal.

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5.0Dined on May 2, 2018

An excellent atmosphere, delicious food, outstanding wine list, and scrumptious desserts ! What else do you need?

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4.0Dined on April 28, 2018

Hi. The food is well presented but the menu update is a little left field. Vegetarian option was far from inspiring. Be great if there was vegetarian options and one wasn’t the same an appetizer. Wine choice is lovely.

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3.0Dined on April 27, 2018

This was the worst experience I've had in ANY restaurant in a very long time. My sister and I were seated and given a glass of water, and sat there for over 15 minutes and still no wait staff! My daughter came out of the kitchen and greeted us and had to go find out exactly who our waiter was supposed to be. We ended up with the bartender. He didn't have very good people skills. Fortunately the evening was not a total loss, as the food itself was excellent. I had never had lamb before, and was a bit apprehensive. No regrets! It was delicious! The food "saved the day". The service was not up to your usual standards, however.

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5.0Dined on April 22, 2018

I wasn't sure about ordering the Shrimp and Grits, a distinctly Southern dish that I'd not tried. Me and my friends were all very pleased. My only suggestion — create and sell a cookbook with some of the recipes from your menu!

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5.0Dined on April 21, 2018

wonderful food, good, service and lovely view. I woudl highly recommend it. Prices were reasonable too.

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4.0Dined on April 20, 2018

Pork chop entre with grilled cabbage was excellent! Music so nice. The setting fabulous.

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4.0Dined on April 15, 2018

We chose to have brunch here because we were visiting Crystal Bridges and it was convenient. The location is lovely...terrific views of the amazing museum and its surroundings through enormous windows on both sides. The food was adequate. My friend's quiche was lukewarm and dry. My shrimp and grits were tasty but too oily (I've had better, but that was in Charleston!). Perhaps it's better to stick with simpler dishes like burgers and sandwiches. The bloody mary's were CHEAP ($5) especially by New York standards! The meal was fine, however, for where we were, and the service and ambiance were very good. They do book up, so reservations are recommended!

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3.0Dined on April 14, 2018

Although the ambience is stunning, I am not sure it made up for the overpriced average to poor quality food. The pork chop was almost inedible as it was so tough and the lamb was very fatty. However on the bright side the chicken was pretty good, but too expensive for chicken. It is a shame as it is such a lovely setting.

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5.0Dined on April 13, 2018

It was my wife's birthday. It was a perfect day to spend indoors as the area experienced very heavy storms that day. We really enjoyed visiting the museum and found the art to be beautiful. It was an incredible journey back in time that we all seem to overlook in our busy lives, especially, the Soul of the Nation. We loved the peaceful and interesting ambience of the museum as well as, the dining experience being both food and staff. Thanks, Scott & Julita Winter - Fort Smith

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2.0Dined on April 6, 2018

Food was very good but our service was slow getting our receipt and paying.

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4.0Dined on April 1, 2018

Easter brunch was overall a very enjoyable experience. Limited menu selection and small portions.

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5.0Dined on April 1, 2018

Love this restaurant at Crystal Bridges Museum! great food in a lovely setting.

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5.0Dined on March 30, 2018

Eleven is one of the best restaurants I have eaten at.

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3.0Dined on March 30, 2018

Eleven is a wonderful experience, and I'll definitely be back. The menu, which features special dishes that coincide with the exhibits at the museum, is creative and fun. ..and the cocktails are superb! I enjoyed two visits thus far, and look forward to many more. We're so happy to have something so exciting and fun to experience, so accessible to us here in NWAR.

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3.0Dined on March 30, 2018

Food was good, but not very big portions at all! Paid $29 for New York strip and just got 3 slices. 3 tiny carrots, half a stalk of celery and 1.5 red potatoes. Asked for med-well done and got no red in the meat. Not up to the usual standards. Music was excellent.

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5.0Dined on March 29, 2018

We had a wonderful meal before visiting the Soul of a Nation exhibit. The museum has great energy and ambiance. Looking forward to a return visit.

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2.0Dined on March 23, 2018

I have always loved the food and the appearance. Several in my party were disappointed in the new style shrimp & grits. It was my favorite dish, but we did not like the new recipe.

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5.0Dined on March 22, 2018

Delicious dinner beautifully and graciously served. Happy hour drinks and appetizers were innovative and delicious as were our main courses! The dinning area is lovely and serene with water and gallery views. It delightful to dine there at sunset. Though we’re a two day drive away is our second visit to the museum and will return at the first opportunity.

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3.0Dined on March 21, 2018

Really poor experience. Scallops were over cooked and chewy and the waitress was terribly slow inspire of only about 5 tables being occupied and not all of them being her responsibility. The atmosphere was great and and the views over the water are amazing. Wish the meal matched the location.

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3.0Dined on March 17, 2018

Orders were wrong, they took a really long time to fix, food was meh like they had been sitting for awhile. The chicken Marsala was not anywhere near as described, no gnocchi, tiny piece of chicken that was drenched in a pepper infused oil of some kind. Where was the cream sauce? Kind of disappointed, seriously.

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5.0Dined on March 15, 2018

We go to Eleven quite often and enjoy it very much.

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4.0Dined on March 15, 2018

We have eaten here a few times and really enjoy the space. Although we enjoyed our food, drinks and surroundings, we think they need to work on varying their menu. For a restaurant like this, we also think the shrimp and grits need a better presentation, especially for this type of restaurant. We will definitely return and recommend going, we just think there need to be a few improvements.

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