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. 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.
Lunch: Wednesday - Saturday & Monday: 11:00am - 2:30pm
Brunch: Sunday 11:00am - 2:30pm
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!
Menu selection was disappointing With new chef...food quantity & quality was less also...very expensive
Service was terrible, food came out cold. Beautiful views!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 .
We make it a point to eat at Eleven every time we visit Bentonville. It is one of our favorite night's out.
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.
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.
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!
Excellent service, good food and wonderful view
Wonderful location at Crystal Bridges Museum...very good lamb...
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!
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.
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.
Food was over cooked, waitress was terrible. Lobe their brunch but dinner was disappointing
Love it here.
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.
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.
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.
So glad we drove from Toledo Ohio to visit the magnificent museum
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 !
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.
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.
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.
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.
Waiter seemed hung over
Service was extremely slow
Coffee was cold
The best brunch around. Devastated the chicken and waffles are gone, though!
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.
An excellent atmosphere, delicious food, outstanding wine list, and scrumptious desserts ! What else do you need?
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.
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.
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!
wonderful food, good, service and lovely view. I woudl highly recommend it. Prices were reasonable too.
Pork chop entre with grilled cabbage was excellent! Music so nice. The setting fabulous.
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!
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.