42 bar and table at The Clinton Presidential Center

4.6
217 reviews
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42 bar and table, the Clinton Presidential Center’s award-winning on-site restaurant, features unparalleled views of the lighted pedestrian bridge and a menu with a delicious blend of local favorites and internationally-inspired cuisine.

We do have outdoor tables available for booking. Please note, these tables will not be available in inclement weather and we cannot guarantee inside seating in the event that the outdoor tables are unavailable.

We’re happy to offer FREE valet parking for dinner guests. The FREE valet station is located in Celebration Circle.
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BG
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Carly was our waitress and she was excellent! The food was perfect, top quality! Plan on returning often.

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m
Little Rock
5 reviews
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

WE love this place, especially when the weather is just right for the patio dinning experience.

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MB
1 review
Dined on May 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Dining outside near the Arkansas River was delightful! Food and drinks were outstanding.

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CW
1 review
Dined on May 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was fantastic, I will be coming again soon!

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MM
Little Rock
10 reviews
Dined on May 24, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Outstanding evening at 42 Bar and Table. This is a Little Rock gem. The management team on hand each evening in wonderful. Food selection is innovative and diverse and it is nice to have quality wines at a reasonable price. I highly recommend the lobster bisque which is always a standout. Lovely views of the river in an upscale, but not up-tight environment.

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BC
Dallas
3 reviews
Dined on May 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is a jewel in the heart of the city right on the Arkansas River with the best view of the cities many pedestrian bridges that are lit at night so if you’re too fool after dinner you can walk right out the door and over the bridge. There’s free valet parking by college students, an extremely good house manager/ sommelier and a fun bar where you can eat alone , watch tv or the view and grab a bite.
The food is very good st a medium price with something for everyone. Our group food ranged from Osso buco to the crab cake salad to steak to pasta and the presentation on each made us feel like we were in NYC.
Can’t wait to go back.

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RB
1 review
Dined on May 24, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 3ambience 4

We were not told about Happy Hour drinks when we arrived. We were not offered a desert menu before we left. We were told (by all of the staff) "good thing you have a reservation!". Now that seems odd since we were there for 1 1/2 hours total and the restaurant was NEVER packed... always several open tables. Looks like we could have walked right in and sat down at any table. So, I would have appreciated being asked which table I would prefer since there were plenty available.
Food... delicious. The food and ambiance was the highlight. They did bring our entree before we finished our appetizer and soup... oops. But the taste of everything was most excellent.
Yes, we would go again on a special occasion... it was expensive.

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TH
1 review
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent experience. The staff went far above their duties to accommodate our request regardless of how minute. The lighting was warm & inviting. The beverages from the bar were well made & balanced. I would highly recommend their Fish & chips entrée ( generous portions for the price) & the Red Sangria (a light citrus mix drink that would have your pallet reminiscing to the taste of a sweet red wine...only better). Classy atmosphere. Price scale ($$$ ), but well worth it. Ideal for an upscale, intimate dining experience.

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T
Chicago
64 reviews
Dined on May 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was our second visit to 42. We are out of towners. Enjoyed this visit so very much.

Enticing menu and excellent service.

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OT
Memphis
5 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food. Great service. Arkansas strawberries were the perfect finale for a beautiful dinner to celebrate a our Masters Graduate.

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OT
Little Rock
9 reviews
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service and food were outstanding

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Great meal. Service was a little slow.

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OT
Little Rock
3 reviews
Dined on May 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a favorite spot for a business lunch. Service was excellent for the occasion, as we were not rushed or interrupted, but well-attended with refills and food service. Will be back often for business and social meals.

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CI
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My salmon salad was delicious and my husband’s shrimp creole was just the right spicy and also yummy. Service was excellent and we did not mind the walk from the parking that was crowded due to several events at the library.

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AS
Charleston
2 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food & drinks were amazing! Our waiter did an excellent job and made sure we had everything we needed. We did not have to wait too long for our drinks or food. The view is beautiful and the atmosphere is very relaxing.

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A
1 review
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We sat on the terrace for late lunch, on beautiful April day. The food was good and the service was excellent I highly recommend making this a part of your visit.

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OT
1 review
Dined on April 26, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 5

Service was very poor. Did not have enough wait staff. Served bread without a bread plate. Served refrigerated cake without a fork. Horrible information regarding parking due to an event. Left message with information that was incorrect regarding parking. No valet parking. Had to be escorted on golf cart to parking lot.

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AR
Little Rock
9 reviews
Dined on April 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was a beautiful night and we enjoyed drinks on the patio before dinner. Service was excellent and our server, JB, was amazing. We went inside for our food experience and it exceeded my expectations. Lobster Bisque was phenomenal! I highly recommend 42 Bar and Table!

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AR
1 review
Dined on April 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent Service. Loved the food. Will definitely come again.

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OT
1 review
Dined on April 25, 2019
Overall 5food 3service 5ambience 5

Dwayne is hands down the best waiter in Little Rock!

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JH
Little Rock
1 review
Dined on April 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely dinner out on the patio with friends -- can't beat a night like that!

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ES
1 review
Dined on April 19, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 5

I agree with everything I have read-- good food and it would be a great value-- but the service leaves much to be desired. There are simply not enough servers. Drink orders took several tries to be filled. A salad was nearly forgotten. Other tables appeared to have bread baskets, but not us. And it was just slow.

Yet the food was great and the scenery is unbelievable. Get this problem fixed and you have something amazing!

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GG
Dallas
5 reviews
Dined on April 18, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

Though delicious, soup was lukewarm. Lighting at night could be better. Good menu, venue, drinks, and service.

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BY
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on April 18, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 4

The food was very good but pricey. Dwayne, our waiter, was very good and friendly. My biggest complaint is the valet service. This was our first time to Little Rock so it was our first time at this restaurant. It was pouring rain when we arrived. Saw the valet attendants just standing around. Our daughter had to get out of the car and go ask them about the service. One of them finally came to take the car. She said they were acting silly about who they were and weren't in any rush to do their job. Meanwhile the cars behind us were honking. We dont know if they were honking at us out of towners or the vallet staff.

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LS
San Antonio
2 reviews
Dined on April 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful food and service. The view from the patio was nice. Very reasonably priced and just a nice comfortable setting.

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RW
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on April 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Every time I go, it’s consistently great great food, service is not just good but enjoyable interaction with great people.

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KB
1 review
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Nice dining atmosphere. I much prefer this restaurant for lunch, and at catered events! However, the dinner options were okay.

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LC
1 review
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 5

The restaurant was hopping so I felt they were understaffed but they made up for it and paid for a round of drinks. Highly recommend the crab cakes.

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RW
1 review
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We took out of state guests to celebrate their 62nd wedding anniversary and they were SO pleased with the total experience! The ambience, the service, the food were all just wonderful! Thank you.

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RA
1 review
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great bartender that serves amazing drinks! The happy hour is a great deal! Nice ambience.

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JT
1 review
Dined on April 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Duwayne was the best. He made our entire evening so much fun.

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AD
Fayetteville
3 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Dinner on Saturday evening was the best I've ever had at 42! We always plan to have dinner at 42 when in town for events. The atmosphere was also great. People were there enjoying the evening after several events that were happening in Little Rock for the evening. Thanks for dinner 42. See you next time.

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GD
Little Rock
2 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Over-priced but otherwise okay. If you live in LR do it once to say you did it. Valet parking was a plus.

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DS
1 review
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Would absolutely recommend. This was a great experience in all respects.
Thanks for the great time.

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c
Raleigh
3 reviews
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

There is a full wall of glass running the length of this restaurant, which affords a beautiful view of the Arkansas River. The food was very good, including touches of originality and Arkansas, and the service was first class. We had a great experience, and I look forward to coming back again when visiting.

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TW
1 review
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My wife and I enjoyed a belated Valentine's Day dinner at 42. It was the perfect setting for a couple's night out. We were greeted at the entrance to the Clinton Library with complimentary valet parking. The staff at the front door were welcoming and directed us to the restaurant. The hostess, waitress, and manager extended professional hospitality. It's the kind of restaurant that serves from a real kitchen and that has a staff who take pride in their jobs. The fact that 42 is associated with President Bill Clinton and his Library is an added bonus!

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RW
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My waiter was so great. He was funny and very helpful. I’ve been to all the Presidential Libraries and although this is far from the best library, the restaurant is the very best! What a great place to come for just anytime you want a great atmosphere and awesome food.

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Q
Little Rock
1 review
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

I brought my nephews from out of town to the event at the Clinton School. We had cocktails outside on the 42 patio; then had dinner inside. The food was excellent but the service was spotty - it looked as though their may have been too few waiters. they were both impressed with the restaurant.

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CC
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 2

Good service. Pretty good pricing. Glasses and cutlery were dirty.

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TC
New England
10 reviews
Dined on March 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

We started the evening with drinks on the patio then moved inside for dinner as the temperature started dropping. Great patio and the dining room is nice but I could do without seeing the two TV's on the wall in the bar from across the dining room. Food was great and service was good except our server failed to inform us when we first ordered drinks that they had a happy hour in progress, but the specials only applied to certain drinks, which we would have ordered had we known. We only found out about it by overhearing the same server telling another table about it. But that was the only glitch to otherwise good service. This was our second visit and we will definitely return.

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