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About Eleven at Crystal Bridges
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.
Bentonville, AR 72712
American, Contemporary Southern, Comfort Food
Hours of Operation:
Dinner: Wednesday - Friday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm
Lunch: Wednesday - Saturday & Monday: 11:00am - 2:30pm
Brunch: Sunday 11:00am - 2:30pm
$31 to $50
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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.
We offer both covered and non-covered on-site parking for all guests. We are also walking distance from the Downtown Bentonville Square.
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Cocktails, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
Eleven at Crystal Bridges Ratings and Reviews
Service was impeccable. Server’s knowledge of food and menu was impressive. Food, though, was a disappointment. Chicken Marsala was tasteless and no lingering flavor of Marsala wine. Risotto was bland. Beer cheese soup had some flavor. Beautiful location. Crystal Bridges just needs to make the food world class, like the museum, its art, and building.
Very excited. Unfortunately it wasn’t clear on website that everything was closing at 3:00 on Christmas Eve and our reservation was at 2:00 so we were a bit rushed for meal time and didn’t get to experience the museum. Staff was very friendly and food was excellent.
The service was initially OK, it somehow became less and less attentive. By the time our food arrived, the eggs Benedict were just slightly warm and the muffin tough. No suggestion of dessert or coffee after, very little service after. We have had brunch before and it was very nice, this was considerably less than hoped for. No we did not complain....it was Christmas and we did not want to have that for anyone.
The Happy Hour gimlet was fresh and delicious, as were the minestrone soup, filet mignon, and celery root mash (which tasted like good mashed potatoes). The spiced pear, cashew, cranberry, greens and diced garlic infused yellow squash salad was terrific, as were the roasted carrots and fresh bread sampler.
The dining room was beautiful at dusk, with the lights of the wooden ceiling beams reflected in the glass, and the soft lighting making for a very relaxed and romantic mood!
All in all, a perfect dining experience. We highly recommend Eleven (at 5ish).
The food was very good. We had smoked trout club and eggs benedict. Both well executed and very tasty. Service was attentive but not overbearing. Bloody Mary had a pickled okra (new and very surprising positive taste for me). The cheesecake creme brulee was excellent!
The museum surrounding was wonderful although a bit stark in the dining area.
A rather lonesome evening dining experience with very sparse occupancy for an 8 pm time slot, but our server was anxious to please. Not a large wine list but a few gems, and nice shareable appetizers, especially the carpaccio and pate. Nice to see the Crystal Bridges complex at night, such a beautiful setting. Entrees were good but a few nit picks for each. Would go again anyway.
We found some of the food to be way too sweet, such as the bruschetta and the Autumn Harvest salad. Strange combinations for other dishes, such as steelhead trout with pork belly. The toast served with the chicken liver pate was fried in way too much butter. The basic bread seemed OK, but I think that it should be just dry toasted and not fried. The chicken liver pate was excellent. The dessert (figgy toffee pudding), on the other hand, was not sweet enough. The pudding tasted of too much baking powder/baking soda, which was rather unpleasant. Not enough toffee sauce. Service was awkward, as the main course served while we were still eating the appetizers, and the dessert was served while we were still eating the main course.
Eleven is located inside the Crystal Bridges museum. We have dined one other time when we were going to the museum to see an exhibit and remembered it being a nice place. It was Sunday so we both ordered shrimp and grits from the brunch menu. It was very good and service was good as well. We enjoyed having brunch and the location was excellent. We highly recommend Eleven.
Very disappointing. Seafood pasta was overcooked and portion was extremely small. Not even a salad, just a very small bowl of pasta for $32. We decided against wasting even more money on dessert. Major walkway for the museum cuts right through the restaurant, so it's extremely noisy. Crystal Bridges is a treasure--it deserves a much better restaurant, or give up on the idea of fine dining and turn it into a sandwich place!
Food was very good. Nice selection. Our Waitress turn out to be delightful. One hitch. They were not prepared for us despite reservations. Had to wait for table to be set up . Also need something to block sun. Had to wear sun glasses, as did several people.
My date and I had been to Crystal Bridges several times and were looking forward to trying Eleven. We decided upon trying their current tasting menu, and although the portions were very large so that we were almost full after the second course, the pork and cheesecake were quite tasty. We also ordered the wine tasting to go with each course. Unfortunately, we didn't receive the corresponding wine pairing until after we were half way through two of the courses. The server actually tried to box up one of the courses before the wine arrived, and we often could not find her when we needed her. The views are very beautiful, but when spending $200 for two people, having the courses explained and having the wine pairing when your course arrives is a reasonable expectation.
This was not my first time to dine at 11, nor will it be my last. I ordered the scallops for $32 and was disappointed to find only three on a pile of macaroni. Everybody else enjoyed their entry and I have always enjoyed mine previously. The red cabernet I had was excellent.
Our experiences at Eleven have been very uneven. The service has always been excellent, and the lunches and fresh salads very good. Sadly, our recent evening meals were disappointing. I ordered lasagne, and it was a solid rubbery block which I had trouble cutting.. The individual ingredients did not stand out, and there was almost no spinach or arugula which I was looking forward to. There were no pine nuts. The tomato half was uninspired. I missed some vegetables and flavor. My husband's chicken marsala was also disappointing. The chicken was tender and flavorful, but the gnocchi were flavorless and gummy, and the "grilled local mushrooms" consisted of a single mushroom slice. The bread, butter, and beer were superb. We would like to eat here again, but would be somewhat wary. For a restaurant as beautifully situated as Eleven one would expect a finer dining experience.
Girls' trip. Appreciated that restaurant was open for lunch as well as dinner since we were there for night showing of Chahuli as well as daytime viewing of regular museum, then a walk in the sculpture garden. We didn't have to leave and then come back. Perfect
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