Eleven at Crystal Bridges

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$31 to $50
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American
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. 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.
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KH
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 3

We waited 45 minute for cold food. Very expensive for such slow service

RH
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

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.

RD
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

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

FM
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Beautiful scenery, great food and awesome service.

K
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 5

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!

OT
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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.

BD
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

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.

JP
Fayetteville
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

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.

KV
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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!

JH
1 review
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 5

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.

AR
Fayetteville
1 review
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

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.

M
Austin
7 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was amazing. Fall menu was very creative. Tennessee ham appetizer was beautiful. Gorgeous setting.

P
1 review
Dined on September 22, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

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.

OT
Dallas
5 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 3

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!

OT
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 5

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.

LH
Little Rock
8 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 3

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.

G
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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!

MR
Little Rock
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 3ambience 3

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.

DE
1 review
Dined on August 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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.

JJ
1 review
Dined on August 18, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

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.

CW
1 review
Dined on August 18, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

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!

OT
Dallas
3 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and the crystal bridges ambiance was fantastic.

LA
Houston
1 review
Dined on August 18, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

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.

TS
Fayetteville
1 review
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 3ambience 4

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.

IK
Las Vegas
2 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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.

l
1 review
Dined on August 11, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

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.

CS
1 review
Dined on August 11, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Get your reservation for 11:30. Buffet was not quite ready at 11, even though it was open. Delicious food and excellent wait staff.

MO
Fayetteville
7 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

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).

LB
Little Rock
3 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

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.

JL
Shreveport
4 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best Brunch in NWA❤️

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OT
Seattle
5 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Beautiful restaurant with delicious food served family style. We loved it. The view is breathtaking. Well worth the experience.

OT
Dallas
1 review
Dined on July 28, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 4

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.

KC
1 review
Dined on July 14, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

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

KW
Fayetteville
3 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We were there for Sunday brunch, it was very good with a nice selection of meats, salads, desserts, etc.

a
Fayetteville
2 reviews
Dined on July 7, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Enjoyed it. Service was great. Some brunch dishes great, otheres OK. But a great variety so everyone
could get what they wanted.

J
1 review
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

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.

p
Little Rock
2 reviews
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Interesting food well prepared: particularly the special (salmon) and the savory rice pudding. Rather small portions, but adequate.. Timely and pleasant service.

OT
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food! Beautiful environment. The service was friendly and attentive.

PE
1 review
Dined on June 30, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 4

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.

OT
Dallas
1 review
Dined on June 30, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 3

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.

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