Eleven at Crystal Bridges

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535 reviews
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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. 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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RG
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The menu and service has really come together under chef William McCormick. The new layout of the restaurant is attractive and welcoming. Our octopus appetizer with grits was delicious, as was the chicken pot pie entrée. The cornbread is to die for. The bartender made us a special non-alcoholic fruit juice spritzer which was sophisticated rather than overly sweet, and beautifully complemented our meal.

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SR
Dallas
33 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

The restaurant is in the most beautiful setting. The architecture is amazing and the beauty of the environment makes it a very special place. The entré offerings were somewhat limited, but the food was very fresh and the portions were quite large. We started with the roasted carrots and some delicious mushrooms. Both were great. I had red snapper served over a very flavorful cornbread pudding. It was tasty but a bit heavy. We enjoyed the live music as well. The acoustics in the dining room are very good so it was an enjoyable evening.

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JF
Kansas City
2 reviews
Dined on March 17, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

St Patrick’s Sunday brunch $25/person buffet. Menu option not available. Pricy. Delicious
Variety of choices in buffet for anyone’s preference. Recommend going at least once.

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OT
Fayetteville
1 review
Dined on March 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Thick cut bacon is wonderful.

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S
Dallas
1 review
Dined on March 14, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 5

The setting was wonderful, as was the live music. The menu was not good, in my opinion. It was trying to be too unusual, too avant-garde. Also, the portions on some items were too small. There were 4 of us, and only 1 of us could find an entree to order. The rest of us had appetizers.

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New England
1 review
Dined on February 27, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Gorgeous building and great food, but very loud (voices echo) and staff was overwhelmed tonight by a couple of large parties. We had a reservation, but were out at a table too small for our party. Plates did not fit well and was very crowded. Staff kept apologizing, said they don’t typically place parties of 4 at these tables, but it was still very cramped. Waiter seemed to be new and got a few items wrong, but tried to talk us into keeping wrong items vs correcting. This was not a typical experience, just an off night - I will definitely be back again!

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C
Fayetteville
1 review
Dined on February 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Eleven is THE SPOT for Sunday brunch in NWA with a glorious spread of high south options. There is something for everyone at the buffet and Patrick's Bloody Mary is the bomb!

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CK
1 review
Dined on February 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

An amazing beautiful setting for a true Brunch of well prepared food. Presentation was delightfully done. Lemon bars got the best taste award.

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OT
1 review
Dined on February 24, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Meat was kit as good.
Everything else was ok.

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JB
1 review
Dined on February 17, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 3ambience 3

It was my 2nd trip there from Tulsa. A 2 hour drive. The first time was order off the menu at a decent price. I brought two friends. One from Chicago and one from Nashville. Only buffet was offered for $24. The food was a terrible disappointment. All high fat. Mystery meat. May have been pork ?? Not tender. Odd scrambled eggs..we all thought it was macaroni until we found the macaroni. Out of cinnamon rolls. It will be awhile before I make the 2 hour trip with guests.

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E
Little Rock
1 review
Dined on February 17, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 5

Eleven is a gorgeous restaurant in a perfect spot at the museum. I’ve heard people rave about this place, and I was impressed with everything except for the actual food. It lacked creativity and wasn’t particularly flavorful. I honestly wouldn’t characterize the buffet as “brunch” food either. It was more of the banquet variety (if that makes sense). The waiter was fantastic and I’d recommend this to a friend for the experience of being here alone...just not for the cuisine.

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San Antonio
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Chef McCormick is amazing!

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Little Rock
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Very enjoyable. We for the Valentines Day prix fixe, and had a beautiful evening.

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DC
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 1ambience 4

After we were seated we saw others around us, seated after us, receiving the appetizer. It took over an hour to receive our order. I had ordered the fish. I was brought the steak. I elected to keep the steak. It was cold. My wife mentioned she was curious about the fish, so they brought a sample so we could taste it. I’m glad I stuck with the steak. The fish was horrible. Not fresh, over salted. Dessert was good. It appeared the servers were overwhelmed with the Valentines nite dinner, even though only a little over half the tables were occupied.

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OT
Fayetteville
2 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Wonderful Sunday brunch. Buffet style.

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KD
Fayetteville
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

I requested a bottle of wine prior to showing up and it was not there. Oh well

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JB
Kansas City
3 reviews
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

While the price is a bit expensive, the quality (and quantity) of the food makes it worth it. It will have to be more of a special occasion spot for me because of the cost, but I will definitely come back!

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KM
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 4ambience 5

Was not made aware when making a reservation that their kitchen was closed and they were offering a very limited buffet. The food in the buffet was mediocre to bad. We have eaten at Eleven many times and enjoyed dinners. We assumed the buffet would provide their usual quality. Wrong. Won’t eat there again until the kitchen reopens. Also, their remodel status should be posted when making a reservation.

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SM
1 review
Dined on January 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

An exceptional restaurant, impeccable, friendly service in a world class museum setting. Don't miss taking a look at the Frank Loyd house that is part of the permanent collection. Bonus - there is a full coffee bar too.

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AG
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on January 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had dinner with some new friends. The food was very good. Loved the selection. We've been here for brunch several times but nice to see its just as beautiful (if not more!) in the evening.

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TM
Fayetteville
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

The food and ambience were OUTSTANDING! I’m not a “buffet person,” but the selection, quality, and variety were wonderful. The waitress, and the support staff were all very accommodating and gregarious. In particular, even though she wasn’t our server, “Brittany” stopped by our table and asked if we needed anything, and fulfilled our request. The only negative aspect of our visit, was when we were initially seated. My daughter and I made the reservations, not knowing it was a buffet, and when we were seated, a piece of paper with the #2 written was placed on the table by the host, and he then walked away. When we realized that no menus were left, we were unsure as to what to do next (wait for a server? Go grab a plate? Do we get our own coffee/juice/mimosa?) after almost 10 minutes, my daughter went to the hostess stand and asked for clarity, as a server had yet to come by the table. I would recommend when seating, that they give some basic info, so customers aren’t left in the dark. Other than that initial lapse, I would highly recommend the Eleven Sunday Brunch.

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t
Las Vegas
6 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 1ambience 5

Had the Sunday brunch, service was slow and waitress seemed to have more tables than she could handle. The brunch buffet looked amazing and the flavors were good but nearly everything I got was cold or Luke warm. (Beef, grace, potatoes, eggs, sausage were all cold) disappointing at the price point.

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AM
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined on December 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great end to our day of art. Food delicious, service charming, and great view of Sol LeWitt’s “Loopy Doopy”!

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s
New York Area
143 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

WELL, I for one was extremely disappointed by the change in menu six weeks ago to a buffet
The food was tepid at best and i for one dont wz t cold grits cold cheese and potatoex
The old menu had a very interesting selection , was freshly cooked and delicious
Still the setting was spectacular but I would not go back for Sunday brunch
They had no microwave to heat the food up
Cold gravy?
For those who dont care about the temperature of their food or got a fresh serving like some members of our party, they were happy

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BT
Fayetteville
1 review
Dined on December 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Attended Eleven's Sunday Brunch for the first time. It was delicious - Shrimp & Grits were amazing with a little kick and large shrimp. The biscuits, assortment of Southern gravies, the chef's grandmother's fried chicken and breakfast items were a great representation of the restaurant's High South cuisine. Will go back!

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OT
1 review
Dined on December 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved the buffet style brunch. They had everything and more! Will definitely be back.

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TS
1 review
Dined on December 16, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

My wife and I with 2 friends ate the brunch on Sunday , the 16th of December. When we sat down after serving ourselves ,we realized that most of the food was cold or cool. We didn't say anything until our server asked how everything was and I mentioned that the food needed to be hotter. She offered to help but we said we would eat it anyway. Some of the food had sat for awhile since our reservation was at 12:00 noon. We were given a table right away and then offered to serve ourselves at the buffet table which we did. A suggestion may be that someone monitor the food temperature for the entire 2 hour service, making sure that the food is hot for the public. Some of the food had sat for awhile making for some of it to get hard and hard to eat.

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GR
Fayetteville
3 reviews
Dined on December 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a pleasure to dine at Crystal Bridges

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k
Dallas
14 reviews
Dined on December 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Beautiful start to a beautiful day in Arkansas. The food was amazing and the view was spectacular.

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KH
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on December 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 4

Food was excellent, easy buffet to serve yourself noise level low, very friendly staff.

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BT
1 review
Dined on December 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent! It was so enjoyable that I would prefer to attend every Sunday. The food was delicious and diverse.

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GO
Fayetteville
30 reviews
Dined on December 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The new Sunday brunch buffet is incredible. All our usual favorites with some innovative twists! We were very pleased. The gluten free chocolate mousse cake is over the top good!

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TE
Charleston
1 review
Dined on December 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

The night we had dinner it was the first night for buffet EVER at Eleven. I was not excited about it before I tried it. Now that I have experienced it, I without reservation I recommend it!!! The food was amazing and the experience was outstanding.

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BE
1 review
Dined on November 25, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

We went for a nice Sunday Brunch and enjoyed a beautiful fall view, delicious food and excellent service. Enjoyed it very much!

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SD
1 review
Dined on November 21, 2018
Overall 3food 1service 3ambience 4

Wanted to give this place another try, since it’s nice to combine dinner and a museum visit.
Their vegan options are non existent and the waitress was not very open to changing a few items off a vegetarian dish.
There was only one entree item that was vegetarian.
The portion sizes were so small and so expensive.
$19 for quinoa with almost raw carrot and the very end pieces of asparagus, also hard to chew
Our appetizer was forgotten, even though only 3 tables were occupied that evening.
The only two things that were pleasant was the atmosphere and the food was spiced well.
I spent over $100 for 4 people eating the vegetarian entree and one appetizer, the falafel which had only 3 falafel balls and we left still hungry. We only drank water btw
I wish an amazing museum would have amazing restaurant like it once was.
In the past, there was bread or a salad served with your entree, at least for the price, one could get full.
Anyway, I won’t return until the menu changes to have some vegan items on it for an affordable price.

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SH
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 18, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

Our brunch was very good, but the real star is the restaurant itself and the views. This is a spectacular venue and we will come back when we are again in the area.

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JN
1 review
Dined on November 18, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 3ambience 5

I recommend a better chef that knows the menu and who does not leave out ingredients. The Bloody Mary's we had were too spicy and had an odd taste. Bloody Mary's are supposed to have a rich tomato taste. And there was no alcohol in it. The eggs benedict - the eggs whites were under cooked and not served with yogurt. The grits and shrimp did not have any andouille sausage or bell peppers as stated on the menu. Pricing would have been fine if we were served what was on the menu. I really like the concept of a restaurant in the museum but it needs to reflect the quality of the museum. Much improvement needed.

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LF
Dallas
1 review
Dined on November 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

The food and service at Eleven was exceptional. The selection is small, but everything on the menu is delicious. This is the first time we tried the brunch, and found that we prefer the ambience of the evening lights better than the day. The flow of people walking through the restaurant area is my only complaint. But not enough of one to miss the delicious food! I'd recommend a day or night visit to Crystal Bridges and meal at Eleven to anyone!

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Little Rock
16 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food and server.

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p
Jacksonville
19 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had the lamb which was excellent. By friend had the pork chop which was even better. Amazingly quiet with a pleasant hum that still allowed for conversation. Acoustic engineering must be impressive because it looks like a place that would be noisy. Beautiful views out the glass walls.

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