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Brave New Restaurant

4.9
4.9
2785 Reviews
$31 to $50
Contemporary American
A casual, warm environment, delicious food and excellent service at a reasonable cost. It is our goal to have every meal be a celebration of food and to always keep an edge of new in our work.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 6 times today

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    Contemporary American, Seafood, American

  • Hours of operation

    Lunch Mon–Fri 11:00 am–2:00 pm Dinner Mon–Sat 5:00 pm–9:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (501) 663-2677

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Executive chef

    Peter Brave

  • Private party facilities

    We can accommodate your banquet needs in our private dining facility, with room for up to 80 guests. Please give us a call to discuss your specific needs.

  • Private party contact

    Peter, David or Jeff: (501) 663-2677

  • Neighborhood

    Little Rock

  • Cross street

    Riverfront Drive

  • Parking details

    There is a parking lot in front of the building.

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Outdoor Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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What 2,785 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.9
4.9 based on recent ratings
  • 4.8Food
  • 4.9Service
  • 4.8Ambience
  • 4.6Value

NoiseModerate

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  • Little Rock

    Best Overall

  • Little Rock

    Best Food

  • Little Rock

    Best Service

  • Little Rock

    Best Ambiance

  • Little Rock

    Best Value

  • Little Rock

    Good for business meals

  • Little Rock

    Innovative

  • Little Rock

    Healthy

  • Little Rock

    Neighborhood gem

  • Little Rock

    Good for special occasions

  • Little Rock

    Most Booked

  • Little Rock / Central Arkansas

    Best Overall

  • Little Rock / Central Arkansas

    Best Food

  • Little Rock / Central Arkansas

    Best Service

  • Little Rock / Central Arkansas

    Best Ambiance

  • Little Rock / Central Arkansas

    Best Value

  • Little Rock / Central Arkansas

    Good for business meals

  • Little Rock / Central Arkansas

    Innovative

  • Little Rock / Central Arkansas

    Healthy

  • Little Rock / Central Arkansas

    Neighborhood gem

  • Little Rock / Central Arkansas

    Good for special occasions

  • Little Rock / Central Arkansas

    Most Booked

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  1. OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great service. The food was wonderful reasonably price for this type of restaurant.
  2. LeataP

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food. Great waiters. Great ambience. We went just before dusk, and it was a wonderful experience.
  3. CinCin

    Little Rock

    71 reviews

    5.0

    71 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    New chef did amazingly well. Will def b back walleye is the bomb, fresh roasted veggies, salad came with was huge & roasted veggies again
  4. GinaN

    Little Rock

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Brave new is always fabulous — never disappoints.
  5. Lizzo

    Denver

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 27, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Service was wonderful. It was perfect night for outdoor seating with low lights. Some of the best food we've ever had.
  6. Oldiebutagoodie

    Little Rock

    32 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    32 reviews

    Dined on May 26, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    In the dozens of times I have dined at Brave New I have never had less than a fine experience in all aspects. Last night was even better than most.
  7. DrewN

    Dallas

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on May 25, 2023

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    Our favorite place to go for an upscale meal. Food and service always excellent!
  8. OpenTable Diner

    Little Rock

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 24, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My husband & I recently celebrated our 31st anniversary at Brave New Restaurant (BNR). The scallops (from Massachusetts!) were sublime & the deck seating by the Arkansas River provided the perfect backdrop for our date 😊 We’ll definitely go back for future celebrations & delicious meals 🍽️
  9. MikeG

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 21, 2023

    overall4food3service4ambience3
    Had heard good things about Brave New so expectations were very high. We’ve been in central Arkansas for a year and have spent the last 10 months searching for a really great restaurant…we are still searching! The service staff is really attentive and good but the food didn’t meet our expectations, especially for the price. There were four in our party and all chose a different entree. We all came away thinking our meals were ok but definitely not to the level we were expecting.
  10. MargaretW

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 20, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Probably top dinner I have ever had in the state of Arkansas. Every single item we ordered was top notch and full of flavor. We ordered the specials: Walleye and Tuna-both phenomenal. Will return and bring friends!
  11. David

    Portland

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on May 19, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wow! Arriving at the Brave New Restaurant is a magical experience. Like making your way through hidden passageways into a hip prohibition-era speakeasy, you park at an office building, take an elevator up to an ordinary hallway, and when you get half way to the end of it, you begin to hear and smell what will completely mesmerize you when you turn the corner at the end of the hallway, a beautiful view of the river behind a perfectly appointed dining room. And the food. Wow! The chef is amazing. I'm speechless. I don't know if I'll ever be back in Little Rock, but I know I will remember this rare experience of someone's passion.
  12. OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 19, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had a great experience. We started with the Louisiana half shell oysters. I had the avocado shrimp appetizer, loved the presentation. The mix of avocado and shrimp with a light dressing was perfect. The mixed grill was enjoyed by my husband. I had the special hole fish with a lovely butter sauce. The fish was cooked exactly the way I like it, melt in your mouth. We shared the butterscotch ice cream! Overall, great service by Ryan. Plus, the owner/manager was greeting clientele and asked if we enjoyed our dinner. Absolutely!
  13. OpenTable Diner

    Little Rock

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 19, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Brave New Restaurant never disappoints in all aspects of dining!
  14. JohnG

    Little Rock

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 14, 2023

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Food is always consistently good. The pork tenderloin was outstanding, though the brussell sprouts were overcooked. Would love them to get a bigger local or regional beer list.
  15. OpenTable Diner

    Little Rock

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on May 12, 2023

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    My husband, son, and I enjoyed our dinner. Sitting on the patio was a fantastic experience.
  16. BGentry

    Little Rock

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 10, 2023

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Our waiter, Thurman, was absolutely awesome. Knowledgeable, friendly, engaged and attentive to us.
  17. DineshM

    Little Rock

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 10, 2023

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Need to improve on the vegetarian options for the main course
  18. SteveD

    Little Rock

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on May 7, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Peter Brave never fails to deliver. I love the specials and their bread. The patio dining is the best in Little Rock.
  19. DoniJ

    Little Rock

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on May 6, 2023

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Eating at Brave is always a fun experience. We enjoy talking to Peter when he makes his rounds at the tables. We like the unique offerings and the atmosphere. This time, we ate out on the deck with a great view of the river and it was lovely. The wine list is very good.
  20. OpenTable Diner

    Little Rock

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 6, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I’ve always enjoyed their food and services. I always come back and it just keeps getting better
  21. OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 4, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything was so fresh. Salmon and Walleye were fantastic.. made to perfection! The fresh baked ciabatta bread was addictive, and the grilled peaches were a refreshing surprise on the salad! Enjoyed the outdoor deck seating, so nice to watch the lovely birds while we dined.
  22. SoniaH

    Fayetteville

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on May 3, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The outdoor seating at Brave New Restaurant is one of the best in LR. The only traffic noise is that of a barge floating down the river. The view is beautiful and the seating is very comfortable. On our most recent visit we had a larger group so we were seated at the end of the outdoor space with a nice distance from other diners providing our party with privacy. The food, wine and service were excellent as always. Our family has celebrated many special occasions at Brave New over the years. The use of local produce, quality food, beautiful presentation and professional servers are just a few of the things we appreciate here and will keep us coming back.
  23. DumasG

    Little Rock

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on May 2, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Brave New is our favorite restaurant in Little Rock. It never fails to impress. Great food everytime!
  24. OpenTable Diner

    Little Rock

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on April 30, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food is always plentiful and amazing at Brave New.
  25. MarkB

    Little Rock

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 29, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    As usual the staff at Brave New did an outstanding job. And it was good to see Peter Brave roaming the dining room.
  26. Pickygirl

    New Orleans

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on April 28, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We have always enjoyed our experiences at Brave New but last night was exceptional. I ordered the Chicken Risotto, a relatively new item on the menu, and it was love at first bite! What an incredible addition to the menu!
  27. OpenTable Diner

    Little Rock

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 27, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Perfect lunch. Food was amazing, and service was spectacular! Have been dining with BNR for 25 years. Our favorite.
  28. mikec

    Houston

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on April 25, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was delicious, and service was exceptional. Monica was attentive, efficient and professional!
  29. ARtraveler

    Little Rock

    30 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    30 reviews

    Dined on April 25, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Ricardo is always amazing! He remembered I love strawberries and proactively offered me some as an appetizer. Brave New is a gem in Little Rock and is our families go to place!
  30. PatrickM

    Anchorage

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 24, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Best restaurant in the area for consistently high quality food and service. Great location looking out over the Arkansas RIver. The location is somewhat difficult to find on your first visit, even with GPS, but well worth the effort. BNR is a high-end restaurant and we generally eat there on special occasions. We are more than willing to pay the price for exceptional food and service. If you are fortunate to have nice weather and can be seated on the outside deck, it makes the experience even more special.
  31. BrendaW

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 22, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Freshest ingredients creatively prepared. Wide variety of entrees and wine. Superb service and attention to detail. Best restaurant in Little Rock.
  32. Sherri

    Oklahoma City

    7 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on April 22, 2023

    overall4food4service3ambience5
    Great ambiance. Service started out friendly and efficient. However, something happened with our food order and instead of letting us know, the waitress started avoiding our table. We waited an hour for our food and ended up being there two hours and 30 minutes total.
  33. OpenTable Diner

    Little Rock

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 21, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Celebrating a significant anniversary my husband & I chose Brave New Restaurant. I had an unusual but very delicious scallop and strawberry salad accompanied by a tasty tomato basil soup & Brave New’s outstanding bread. Knowing my fondness for sweets, my husband requested a dessert tray-one of each of their desserts including their homemade ice creams. If you’ve ever been to that restaurant, you know they do not have a dessert cart or dessert tray. However, our attentive server went way out of her way to assemble a beautiful tray of desserts Of course the chocolate crème brûlée was to die for (my fav), closely following by the rack of 6 tiny ice cream cones, one in each their flavors. A special celebration for sure.
  34. AnnaS

    Memphis/West TN

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 19, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Perfect outdoor dining experience. Highly recommend!!!
  35. OpenTable Diner

    Little Rock

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 12, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Brave New has always been a great experience and this visit was no different
  36. SuzyQ

    Little Rock

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on April 12, 2023

    overall5food2service5ambience5
    I would not order a steak again. It was tough and gristly and had very little flavor. I was very disappointed. Also did not care for the salad. Would much rather have a Caesar salad. I've always loved my meals here, but it's not the place to order a steak.
  37. RonnieL

    Little Rock

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on April 9, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Excellent dinning experience. I will be returning and can recommend the restaurant to others.
  38. WadeP

    Dallas

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on April 5, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Great and attentive service. Food was very good. Menu could be expanded a bit.
  39. OpenTable Diner

    Little Rock

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 31, 2023

    overall4food3service5ambience5
    The meats were incredible, but the veggies left something to be desired. Service was fantastic; Maddie did an awesome job explaining specials, keeping our drinks full, and serving us dinner. All in all, we would come back again!
  40. Jimmy

    Detroit

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on March 29, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Service was outstanding! Some menu items and wine selections were limited, but the suggested replacements were excellent. Enjoyed the mixed grill. The duck sausage is spiced with anise and very good. Would absolutely recommend Brave New. Can't wait for my next visit!

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Physical distancing

    • Limited number of seated diners
    • Distancing maintained in common areas
    • Extra space between tables
  • Protective equipment

    • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

FAQs

Brave New Restaurant offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (501) 663-2677.

Brave New Restaurant is rated 4.9 stars by 2785 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 6 times today
Google Map for Brave New Restaurant

2300 Cottondale Lane, Suite 102, Little Rock, AR 72202

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Riverfront Drive

  • Neighborhood

    Little Rock

  • Hours of operation

    Lunch Mon–Fri 11:00 am–2:00 pm Dinner Mon–Sat 5:00 pm–9:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Contemporary American, Seafood, American

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Parking details

    There is a parking lot in front of the building.

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Peter Brave

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Outdoor Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (501) 663-2677

  • Private party facilities

    We can accommodate your banquet needs in our private dining facility, with room for up to 80 guests. Please give us a call to discuss your specific needs.

  • Private party contact

    Peter, David or Jeff: (501) 663-2677

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