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Ella's Restaurant

4.6
202 reviews
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$30 and under
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American
Top Tags:
  • Special Occasion
  • Quiet Conversation
  • Good for Anniversaries
Enjoy fine dining with a pinch of history at Ella’s Restaurant in the Historic Inn at Carnall Hall on the University of Arkansas campus.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
American, Indian
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Hours of operation
Breakfast:

Monday - Friday: 7:00am - 10:00am;
Saturday and Sunday 7:00am -11:00am;
Lunch:

Monday - Saturday: 11:00am - 2:00pm;
Brunch:

Sunday 11:00am - 2:00pm;
Dinner:

Monday - Saturday: 5:00pm -10:00pm
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Phone number
(479) 582-0400
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Business Casual
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Neighborhood
Additional
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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OpenTable Diner (Fayetteville)
4.0  Dined on January 20, 2018

Excellent waitstaff, food, and presentation. Only thing lacking is the ambience. Dining room is very non-descript.

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OpenTable Diner (Tulsa)
5.0  Dined on January 20, 2018

We were very pleased with every aspect of our brunch experience.

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OpenTable Diner (Fayetteville)
5.0  Dined on December 27, 2017

Our waiter, Andy, took excellent care of us at lunch yesterday - enjoyed our food immensely

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OpenTable Diner (Little Rock)
5.0  Dined on November 25, 2017

Great setting in a historic building. Service was perfect and friendly. We both had the tasting menu with wine. The food was creative and outstanding. The wine pairings were spot on. The chef even made a visit to our table to see how our experience was. Super place. Will definitely be going back. Outstanding !!

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BillBraskey (Cincinnati)
4.0  Dined on November 22, 2017

I’ve been to Ella’s twice now, and had excellent food both times. The beef tenderloin was great on our last visit. The cocktail I ordered was lackluster, but the beer and wine lists are good. The only drawback is that the atmosphere is SO quiet. Sometimes this may be what you want, but it can also feel dead and that may put a damper on the date vibe or special occasion vibe.

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OpenTable Diner (Fayetteville)
3.0  Dined on November 12, 2017

We enjoyed our brunch at Ella's. The atmosphere is always nice. The seating arrangement makes it easy to have a conversation. The dining room is usually quiet - no loud blaring music. I really appreciate that.
The food was good, but I would like to see some other options for brunch. Many of the choices are very similar. The service was a little below par, the server came very close to spilling hot water on a guest at our table, and also had a few other bumpy dish episodes. Also, it took a long time to get our food, and it was really not that busy.

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OpenTable Diner (Los Angeles)
5.0  Dined on November 11, 2017

Wonderful food and great service! The staff went out of their way to make sure we were satisfied.

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OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on November 1, 2017

Seared scallops were excellent and couscous croquette was delicious. The bite I had of the beef tenderloin will send me back to try that as well.

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arkdiner (Fayetteville)
5.0  Dined on October 28, 2017

Quiet ambience in elegant historic setting. Food was delicious and the service was great. I really enjoyed the crab and shrimp cakes. We were celebrating my mother's 86th birthday and appreciated the convenient parking and handicap accessible entrance through the basement.

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vipOpenTable Diner (Memphis)
5.0  Dined on October 24, 2017

Awesome place.

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OpenTable Diner (Memphis)
5.0  Dined on October 21, 2017

The caprese appetizer was enough to share. iT WAS SUPER !
The duck was also a great option

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vipOpenTable Diner (Philadelphia)
2.0  Dined on October 19, 2017

THe service here was just horrible. We were there for 1 Hour before any food showed up. But the worst part was our server!! He was rude and condescending. A real jerk. It’s a shame because the place has potential but this guy ruined our evening.

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OpenTable Diner (Fayetteville)
5.0  Dined on October 1, 2017

Good food, good service and value. Cozy restaurant

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OpenTable Diner (Detroit)
5.0  Dined on September 30, 2017

Was just perfect.

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TonyS (Fayetteville)
5.0  Dined on September 30, 2017

Our third time there. Very good and consistently high quality food and service. Nice atmosphere. We will definitely return.

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OpenTable Diner (Fayetteville)
3.0  Dined on September 13, 2017

Second time to restaurant. Lunch food and value were good when I last came. We had dinner this time and while the atmosphere has a rustic elegance about it - love that -, the food was just so-so. Price was too high for the quality of food. If I go back, it will be for lunch only. btw: Service was very good - Friendly and prompt.

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TonyS (Fayetteville)
5.0  Dined on September 9, 2017

Our second time here. Food very good and also good for conversation as not too loud. Highly recommended!

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OpenTable Diner (Fayetteville)
4.0  Dined on September 8, 2017

A great dining experience! The starters were a little bit late, other than that everything was delightful! Would recommend to anyone willing to take the chance.

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vipemptynester (New York Area)
2.0  Dined on September 8, 2017

We were visiting Fayetteville for a football game and chose Ella's based on reviews. Pretty disappointing experience. The service was incredibly slow and we had to repeatedly flag down servers to even get bread for the table. The food was not up to par for the price. They were very busy but for a restaurant of this caliber and price point that is no excuse. The setting in a historic hotel on the Arkansas campus is noteworthy; however the service and food were not.

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OpenTable Diner (Fayetteville)
5.0  Dined on September 2, 2017

Expensive but delicious! $130 for two people, appetizer, dessert, one glass of wine, and tip. But it was so so good. But only for an event like a 5 year anniversary like ours. We wouldn't go just for a normal date. Dress nice!

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OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on August 5, 2017

Ella's was wonderful. Great service and great food!
A little expensive but great place for our anniversary.

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OpenTable Diner (Dallas)
5.0  Dined on August 5, 2017

We are from out of town and our local friends suggested your restaurant as a good place for brunch. Great suggestion! And we could actually hear each other.

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Nope (Fayetteville)
5.0  Dined on July 25, 2017

Wonderful ambience and great food. The server was very knowledgeable.

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BillBraskey (Cincinnati)
5.0  Dined on July 20, 2017

While there were surprisingly few people at Ella's, the food was top notch and the service was great. It's a nice choice for a special occasion or date night when you want to be able to chat with your table/date.

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OpenTable Diner (Fayetteville)
5.0  Dined on July 1, 2017

We went to Ella's to celebrate our anniversary. We had been there for weekend Breakfast a number of times but decided to try the dinner selection. We started with the shrimp cakes appetizer, similar to crab cakes, which were outstanding. Both our entrees were steaks, mine the rib eye and my wife's the tenderloin. Both our steaks were cooked to perfection and my wife liked the mashed potatoes that came with hers. Mine came with grilled carrots, asparagus, and beets. If you like beets, they were probably pretty good. I don't like beets but still ate about half of them. The bread that came with the meal was very good. We did not do dessert but had dessert coffees, hers Irish and mine Nutty Irish. The coffee at Ella's is the best tasting and smoothest we have ever experienced which is the primary reason we do breakfast there. But the highlight of the meal was the service. Ben, our waiter, was funny, knowledgeable, and knew when to be at the table and when not to. The hostess, I can't remember her name, was also very "Johnny on the spot" when Ben was engaged with other customers to make sure our drinks were filled and dishes cleared when necessary. Also, the remodeling job of the old women's dormitory turned into a hotel is incredibly well done and appointed making it a very comfortable place to come. Ella's is an elegant restaurant that would be an excellent choice for a celebration or simply a high end dinner. Ella's is pricey but compared to other high end restaurants, it is actually a value.

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OpenTable Diner (Fayetteville)
5.0  Dined on June 30, 2017

Exceptional food, great service and wonderful ambiance. Will definitely return for another dinner date.

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LindaB (Fayetteville)
4.0  Dined on June 4, 2017

We had not been to Ella's in awhile for brunch. Our meal was not their best effort. The chocolate chip pancakes were very thin and maybe 10 chocolate chips. Both our husbands had been looking forward to them and both were disappointed. My other friend had shrimp and grits. The grits were under cooked and crunchy. I had asked for no tomatoes on my Benedict but they were there.

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JeffL (Fayetteville)
5.0  Dined on May 24, 2017

Experimented with the five course prix-fixe and wine pairing. The staff and chief provided a wonderful evening with interesting flavors and excellent wine pairing.

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linda (Richmond)
4.0  Dined on May 17, 2017

The food was very good and the service was great. We would definitely dine at Ella's again.

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OpenTable Diner (San Diego)
4.0  Dined on May 13, 2017

Visited after graduation ceremony. Thought it would be jammed and it was not. A calm, quiet refined place to eat after such an occasion. A fire in the laundry interrupted our lunch, and I feel we were adequately comped. Food was good. It is a small adult restaurant in a historic hotel. No place for young children who cannot sit still.

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