Eleven 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. Our Brunch is a buffet of High South delights such as fried chicken, shrimp and grits, local veggies, homemade pastries, and much more, all crated to create a special Sunday experience. 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.
We waited 45 minute for cold food. Very expensive for such slow service
I love eating here, the setting is beautiful. Hadn’t been to their brunch since they made it a buffet, so were surprised to find it was, but we didn’t learn until later that there was still the menu option. We do wish the server would have mentioned that to us. The food for the most part was good, but I can’t give it an excellent rating.
Beautiful setting within the museum, but odd food traffic from backside. Not sure what keeps those folks coming "in" from the museum just walking to buffet and serving themselves. We entered through "entrance" near Museum gift shop and went to hostess stand. We had reservations, went very smoothly.
Our waiter was efficient albeit a bit condescending. The Bloody Mary my friend ordered was very, VERY hot/spice. My mimosa was "meh"...very dry and a bit flat. The food offering were generous and varied. I did, however, miss the Eggs Benedict as mentioned and pictured on the website. Our waiter said they hadn't had that dish in quite some time. It is a huge area with lots of hard surfaces and sound travels. Overall, a nice experience.
Note: the restrooms are a hike away from the service line
Beautiful scenery, great food and awesome service.
We were on vacation and loved the setting and ambiance. Staff could not have been nicer but the wait (probably b/c of two tables of 12!) slowed things down too much. Lemon ricotta fried balls were outstanding: light and very tasty. My pasta was delicious but not al dente...and chicken I ordered w/it could have been presented more attractively. Dessert (on the house b/c of our long wait) was good but not great. Still, the ambiance was wonderful, like the museum!
Lovely. We had a business dinner that we thoroughly enjoyed. The wait staff was very patient and allowed us to go at our pace. I had the pork chop which was amazing - and everyone raved about their food.
All buffets have the problem of keeping hot food hot. The food was not cold, but it could have been warmer. Also, the selection of desserts was small.
Disappointing. The venue is beautiful, the service was good, food was blah on the brunch buffet. They were low on everything good and the stuff that was on there was cold. We asked several times for more fruit, desserts and French toast, but it was demolished before we could get to it. $50 for two people is way too expensive for what’s being served.
My daughter chose Eleven to celebrate her 21st birthday! It was a wonderful experience from beginning to end, and made her day very special! It wasn’t our first trip and it won’t be our last! Thanks for the memories and delicious food!
Food was far overpriced for its quality. The host was rude but waitress was very sweet. The restaurant itself is spectacular but I will not be dining there again.
We enjoyed our dinner at 11 at Crystal Bridges. The meat and cheese tray appetizer was varied and tasty. The main courses were good, but a little overpriced for what was delivered. However, the quality was there so it helped balance it out. Being able to see parts of the museum lit for the night is very beautiful. I would recommend it for special occasions.
Everything was amazing. Fall menu was very creative. Tennessee ham appetizer was beautiful. Gorgeous setting.
The Brunch was over priced. The Bloody Mary was terrible and when we asked the wait staff for more tomato juice they did not have any and brought back orange juice.
So disappointing! We had been told this was a fabulous dining experience only to be greeted by a buffet filled with cold food and u healthy choices. Such a bummer!
Food was pretty good. Loved the squash dish. The biscuits were excellent. The fritters with sausage and the Brussels sprouts were so over spiced that we could not eat them
Service was bad. We waited a long time for water, then she did not come back despite her promise. We gave up and helped ourselves to the buffet. I just think that either there was confusion on who had our table or they were very understaffed.
Several items on buffet were empty and took a long time to refill. Not enough waitstaff for the crowd. The line for check in needed ‘reservation only’ and ‘no reservation’ queues.
Fabulous Sunday Brunch with well prepared old favorites like quiche and fried chicken and some most unique dishes that were wonderful!! Views to make a special event and excellent service. Not cheap but worth every penny!
We much prefer when we were able to order off the menu. Not all of the food at the buffet was hot. Some was warm and some of it was very warm. It was certainly not worth $24.00 a person. I expected a better variety of food for that price. The food we ordered when we were able to order off the menu tasted fresher and hotter. Switching to a buffet decreased our enjoyment.
This was without a doubt the most enjoyable brunch we experienced anywhere in the country. The casual atmosphere along with the great views made it great. The food! Oh the food! While not a huge selection it was more than enough to have to go back for seconds. All of the food was delicious, the fried chicken possessed the taste that I have been searching for these past many years, it was truly the best southern fried chicken I’ve ever tasted. I’ve never been a grits fan, now I am! We will be back, soon. Yet another benefit of moving to NW Arkansas from Oregon, we LOVE IT HERE, thank you Walton family.
I had brunch. It is always difficult to keep food fresh on a buffet. The food was hit or miss. I would recommend a carving station.
The brunch selection made no sense. It seemed like a mixture of whatever was leftover from the previous week. The pastries were dried out. Nothing was labeled which almost caused a serious problem for my friend with a seafood allergy. Fortunately, I tried the grits first and noticed they contained shrimp!
Excellent food and the crystal bridges ambiance was fantastic.
Sunday brunch buffet wasn’t quite ready at 11:30–they didn’t have salad dressing out for example. Would help to have sauces labelled. Biscuits great croissants amazing, fried chicken delicious, cheese grits check. Desserts seemed tired, uninspired—same things they serve at coffee bar. Wait staff very good. Ambience + museum = fabulous.
Experience was wonderful! We would have preferred to have sat by the window but were told that was for parties of two people only - we had four. As the night progressed, no one ever came to any of the outside tables. You might want to revisit that policy and put 4 seaters near the windows as well. Food was fabulous - although the kitchen seemed quite slow between the main course and the desserts - which we all thought was quite unusual. Our waitress was very well informed and polite.
Great atmosphere, great food, lovely service. Had a great dinner with my wife and our kids (9 & 11) for my wife's birthday. Afterwards, enjoyed walking through Crystal Bridges and checking out the latest collection.
our waitress was EXCELLANT! I was expecting more variety in the food options, given the price you pay. I like not feeling rushed to leave so that someone else could have our table.
Get your reservation for 11:30. Buffet was not quite ready at 11, even though it was open. Delicious food and excellent wait staff.
Food and service inconsistent at times but we always enjoy your evening. Took a group of about 4 couples... brought our own wine (when entering via the museum, have your wine in a covered bag... just trust me).
The food was fantastic. I had the pork cheeks and they were lovely. The gentleman had the halibut and he loved it. Service was good, although drinks came out slowly. Still overall great experience.
Best Brunch in NWA❤️
Beautiful restaurant with delicious food served family style. We loved it. The view is breathtaking. Well worth the experience.
I didn’t like that the only option on Sunday was a buffet - food never tastes as good when it’s been sitting out for a while.
a person in our party requires gluten free, unfortunately it took about 15- 20 minutes to receive plain scrambled eggs as an option after many requests - although there were several meat/salad/fruit options for that person. For the remainder of us in the party, we had no dietary restrictions and enjoyed our meals
We were there for Sunday brunch, it was very good with a nice selection of meats, salads, desserts, etc.
Enjoyed it. Service was great. Some brunch dishes great, otheres OK. But a great variety so everyone
could get what they wanted.
Wasn’t what I expected. Museum empties into the restaurant. Not the lobby but the dining room, so the dining room is somewhat of a museum hallway. A glass corridor would solve the problem. Food was good but the entree was pricy for the setting and the giant prawns on top of the site made pasta couldn’t be peeled. They brought out peeled shrimp as a replacement but these were so salty they were inedible. It was a fail that hobbled an otherwise B grade meal. B minus overall.
Interesting food well prepared: particularly the special (salmon) and the savory rice pudding. Rather small portions, but adequate.. Timely and pleasant service.
Great food! Beautiful environment. The service was friendly and attentive.
I will not eat there again. It is way too expensive for the quality of food that was provided. It's been better at other times when I have been there and eaten something off the menu. It is the brunch that is way to expensive for the quality of food that was provided. Runny eggs and dried out quiche are not worth $24 a pop! The asparagus and squash dish was very good, but it was not out until after I had eaten.
Service was great, location and decor were great. Overall, a very expensive brunch buffet for a very small variety of food. Lots of fried, cheesy and delicious options, but limited healthy options.