Eleven at Crystal Bridges

4.4
479 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.
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Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Cocktails, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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OT
1 review
Dined on September 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Jerome is our favorite!

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JL
1 review
Dined on September 5, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Special experience to dine right in Crystal Bridges and still feel as if on an island. Food, service and setting made for a special, easy time with loved ones. Will definitely return.

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JN
1 review
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 4food 2service 5ambience 5

We brought out of town guests to see the museum and tour the FLW house. One of us had the shrimp and grits which was good. Three of us had the Lafayette sandwich which was very disappointing. The ham was not shaved as described on the menu, was too tough to chew because of the fat and gristle. My egg was overdone.

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EO
1 review
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

The setting is so serene, you’ll tell your grand children about it.

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K
Kansas City
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Really enjoyed our visit. Thank you. Nice all inclusive day out with art and dinner.

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DJ
Fayetteville
2 reviews
Dined on August 19, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

We always enjoy going for Sunday brunch. We need to go in the evening firing the week.

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JN
1 review
Dined on August 16, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

People in the group would have liked more choices on the menue.

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AB
Little Rock
3 reviews
Dined on August 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous brunch and excellent service!

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p
Oklahoma City
10 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Perfect evening in every way!

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JC
1 review
Dined on August 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were there on a Thursday night. the food was very good and out of the ordinary. we especially loved the jazz duo. I would go back to hear them often. the service was super! she checked on us, answered all our questions and was pleasant all around. it was so nice to be in that atmosphere and enjoy our meal.

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RG
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I love Eleven. My sister and I visited Eleven on our vacation to the area in 2016. Now, we've moved here and intend to stay, and we will be frequent visitors to Eleven forever more. Eleven is WONDERFUL!

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k
Nashville
5 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a wonderful meal to end our day at Crystal bridges. Food was creative and well prepared.

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OT
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on July 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Tried the Tasting Menu . . . AMAZING!!!

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DH
1 review
Dined on July 22, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 5

I was disappointed in the small variety of food selection. The selections were only morning brunch items and we were there at noon. Portions were small.

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CP
1 review
Dined on July 22, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Always enjoy eating at Eleven. Love to bring friends who have never eaten there, they are always surprised. The staff is wonderful! The view is so beautiful.

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CS
1 review
Dined on July 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was my first time time dining at Eleven. The food was wonderful! Usually food at museums is high priced junk food, I had the trout sandwich and it was amazing!

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KS
1 review
Dined on July 13, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

Location amazing!
Menu selection was disappointing With new chef...food quantity & quality was less also...very expensive

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MC
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 5

Service was terrible, food came out cold. Beautiful views!

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F
Las Vegas
7 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We ate at Eleven in conjunction with a visit to the museum. The pork chop was among the best ever.
There was a jazz combo playing which made the ambiance exceptional. Overall, the best meal of a three day stay in Bentonville.

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OT
1 review
Dined on July 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a pleasure to dine at 11! Went up to visit Crystal Bridges and we took advantage of being there to have dinner at 11. The four of each ordered a different entree and we agreed they were all great - excellent preparation and taste. Wait staff was personable and on top of everything. So nice to run into this consistency.

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GS
1 review
Dined on July 8, 2018
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 3

We had a Sunday brunch reservation for 11 am on July 8. We were there promptly and were seated at about 11:05. We got drinks promptly and ordered from the menu -- quiche, a burger and The Lafayette. At 11:50 am we were finally served. There was not a crowd; the dining room was about half filled by the time we were served.
The quiche was extremely over-cooked, the burger was greasy and the Lafayette was nothing that should have a name attached to it.
We have eaten many times at Eleven over the past few years, and the quality of the food has gone steadily downhill from a very good menu in the beginning to what now I would judge unacceptable if our experience yesterday is an indicator.
I will recommend to my friends that they not eat at Eleven.

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RR
New Orleans
2 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Dining while watching the fish in the ponds of the Crystal Bridges museum and the birds in the woods is an experience. The appetizer (trout ruillet) and main courses (flat iron steak, leg of lamb) were great. One of the desserts (pineapple pound cake) was ordinary but the other (flourless chocolate cake) was superb. Will return again if opportunity arises.

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OT
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on July 1, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 3

I made reservations to avoid an excessive wait. Service was cordial but slow initially, just to get water and take our order. After almost an hour, guests at other tables who arrived after us were served. Apparently, our food was given to a different table. Instead of telling us initially, no updates were given and excuses were made. Our meals were eventually served, and although not hot they were generally good. I would have appreciated a more upfront approach to the mistake as opposed to trying to mask it. The waitress offered a very sincere apology and the manager did not charge for our meal. I think under other circumstances this would have been a better review, but it may be a while before I go back.

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B
Dallas
1 review
Dined on July 1, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

It would be so nice on summer events in the Forest Saturday nights if Eleven would NOT close at 6 pm,.

It would be nice to have dinner at Eleven /drinks and then walk over to the Concert in the Forest.

Because it closes at 6 on Saturday nite we had dinner at another location on the square and then came back for the Concert in the Forest .

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JH
Fayetteville
1 review
Dined on June 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We make it a point to eat at Eleven every time we visit Bentonville. It is one of our favorite night's out.

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SE
Fayetteville
1 review
Dined on June 29, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Service was great until we finished our meal. The waitress was very slow to bring our tickets and then very slow to bring back our receipts. Meal was finished and we were out of drinks. Took about 30 minutes to get checked out. Other than that everything was great.

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LL
1 review
Dined on June 28, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Came for striped Marlin. It was dry and over cooked. The sauce was very tasty and needed due to dry fish. Fennel was too undercooked and tasted like the charring. Fennel flavor was all but nonexistent. Rice texture and flavor was excellent. Waitress was rarely seen so extra butter and other needed items were not provided during meal. Cornbread was cold and dried out in bread basket. Next day lunch was the chicken salad. Tasty except for dried out raisin bread. I’ve had better meals there so maybe just an off couple of days. Lunch counter help could smile and pretend we are not such a burden.

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DJ
1 review
Dined on June 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and service. Crystal Bridges was fabulous in every aspect.

Also, I had a conversation with intern Jason Gibson - who was outstanding. What a phenomenal opportunity the folks at Crystal Bridges are offering to young people with a passion for and interest in art. Jason was impressive, and so grateful for the opportunity. Well Done!

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J
Kansas City
11 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Excellent service, good food and wonderful view

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l
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on June 13, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

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

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L
1 review
Dined on June 10, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 1ambience 5

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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DJ
Fayetteville
1 review
Dined on June 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

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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RC
Fayetteville
1 review
Dined on June 8, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 5

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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OT
Fayetteville
2 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2018
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 3

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

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OT
1 review
Dined on June 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love it here.

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C
1 review
Dined on June 7, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

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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MB
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on June 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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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BN
Little Rock
3 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 3ambience 5

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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LB
1 review
Dined on May 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

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DO
1 review
Dined on May 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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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