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Capital Bar and Grill, Little Rock, AR

Capital Bar and Grill

4.2
4.2
163 Reviews
$31 to $50
Southern
The Capital Bar & Grill may be the embodiment of Capital’s Southern Comfortable culinary vision focusing on provincial comfort food with a particular emphasis on the bounty of Arkansas. The tools of the bar include the most sought-after liquors, mixers and ingredients. In sort of a back-to-the-future twist, it has been a devotion to handmade classic and custom cocktails (the Aviation vs. the Cropduster) that has established Capital Bar as a nationally-regarded spirits destination. All this said, we strive to create a fun, relaxing experience for all of our guests: The friendly atmosphere is especially suited to business lunches, after-work drinks and get-togethers, as well as special date nights.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 11 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • Cuisines
    Southern, American
  • Hours of operation
    Lunch Mon–Fri 11:00 am–3:00 pm Dinner Mon–Thu, Sun 5:00 pm–10:00 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–11:00 pm
  • Phone number
    (501) 374-7474
  • Dress code
    Business Casual

What 163 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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

4.2
4.2 based on recent ratings
  • 4.3Food
  • 4.2Service
  • 4.4Ambience
  • 3.9Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Little Rock

    Great for brunch

  • Little Rock

    Good for business meals

  • Little Rock

    Lively

  • Little Rock / Central Arkansas

    Great for brunch

  • Little Rock / Central Arkansas

    Good for business meals

  • Little Rock / Central Arkansas

    Lively

163 Reviews
  1. OpenTable Diner

    Little Rock

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 18, 2024

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 1
    I do not recommend this restaurant. My wife and i were celebrating a late Valentines Day dinner on Saturday (2/17/24) and made reservations for 6:45. We spoke to the hostess around 6:40 pm and we were told that our table would be ready shortly and that we could wait in the lobby. 7:00 pm rolled around and the original hostess was not present. I noticed several tables were open and cleaned up, but no one bothered to seat us until we had to check again. (Other patrons had to do something similar) We were seated shortly after 7:00pm with no napkins/silverware and I did not see a waiter till 7:10 to order drinks. Once the drinks came back , we asked about the soup of the day and we would take another minute to look over the menu. Ten minutes later we ordered our entrees Potato Gnocchi with the soup of the day and the Burger with a cup of the gumbo. Our food was then delivered close to 7:50ish and the Grouper Entree was placed in front of my wife. After another ten minutes of waiting , the waiter informed us that our food was up next and that the runner made a mistake. That explanation made no sense as those plates were not delivered to any other tables and the tables that sat down directly before and after us all received their food about twenty minutes earlier. So the “mistake” was the order not being done correctly and I’m assuming they fibbed to avoid “comping” anything for their mistake. We received our final entrees close to 8:20 and it was clear my wife’s plate had been rushed and that my burger was cold, because it was the same one that came out prior to the mistake. We finally got to leave close to 8:40ish and our evening plans had effectively been ruined for our after dinner activities. If you want to wait over an hour to get a $20 cheeseburger and a $13 cup of average Gumbo - this should be your place. Very disappointed as I used to have fond memories of eating at this restaurant. Very disappointed that

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  2. KatL

    Little Rock

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 17, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    My daughter and I enjoyed a very nice dinner before going to see Swan Lake. I started with the crab cake appetizer and an Old Fashioned. Then I had the pimento cheese sandwich as my meal and finished with the strawberry cheesecake and another Old Fashioned. Our server was friendly and attentive. The atmosphere was relaxed and upbeat. Good food, good drinks and good service! I always enjoy the Capital Bar and Grill!

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  3. Klynn

    Little Rock

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 17, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Everything was amazing! Made reservation before performance at Robinson. So glad I did! Many wandered into the bar without reservations and weren’t able to get a table. Food was wonderful! Will definitely be back!

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  4. OpenTable Diner

    Dallas

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 17, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 5
    The food and drinks were good! The creole shrimp and chicken and grits are the best!

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  5. OpenTable Diner

    Oklahoma City

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 16, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    Great food and drink. Ambiance was fine. I feel like the wait staff was very busy as we had to wait quite a bit for them. Noisy level was rather high. Had a hard time conversing with spouse and we sat right next to one another

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  6. joshb

    Little Rock

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 14, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    It was really great! We had a great time and food was amazing

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  7. OpenTable Diner

    Little Rock

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 14, 2024

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 3
    My waitress was very rude. Attitude food was good.

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  8. OpenTable Diner

    Fayetteville

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 11, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    This place has been consistently great for at least 15 years. Dinner is excellent. But if you don’t have time for dinner before a show at Robinson, postgame mixed drinks and snacks are worth a stop; so many good choices on the out of the ordinary but not weird drinks menu. For apps, get either the pimento cheese, the queso with brisket, or the spiced pecans. You’ll be glad you did.

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  9. TimS

    Nashville

    10 reviews

    4.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on February 10, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    A good solid choice. A favorite pre-concert venue before attending The Robinson Center.

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  10. BrandonB

    Little Rock

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 10, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    It was pretty good. The food didn’t have as much flavor as I would’ve hoped, since we spent $165, but it wasn’t bad.

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  11. OpenTable Diner

    Dallas

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 5, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 5
    We ordered the crab cakes. When we got the plate there was only one crab cake. Had we been made aware of that we would’ve asked for a different appetizer to share between the 3 of us. During our meal we could hear two employees arguing at two different times. The burger that one of us ordered was dry and hard. Not worth the money it costs.

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  12. DocC

    Milwaukee

    128 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    128 reviews

    Dined on January 29, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Stroganoff was great. Wine glass pours were a bit pricey

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  13. OpenTable Diner

    Atlanta Metro

    21 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on January 6, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Beautifully preserved historical treasure. Food was just ok. Service was outstanding. We will definitely be back again.

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  14. JacquiS

    Little Rock

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 31, 2023

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 2
    A disappointing experience for. New Year’s celebration with my husband and daughter. The order ticket system for the kitchen malfunctioned and so the main course was delayed by around 45 minutes. The main course food for my husband and I was luke warm, not hot. The bill at the end did not reflect the meal or dining experience. We will not return to the Capital Bar & Grill again.

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  15. ErnestC

    Little Rock

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 31, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 1
    It was extremely noisy. The employees were great. They made it for us to eat a limited menu up stairs which was delightful. I highly thank the maitre d', and the waitress who made it a nice experience. I would recommend the Capital Bar if they could avoid the noisy times.

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  16. walkersloan

    Little Rock

    10 reviews

    2.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on December 29, 2023

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 2
    This was the worst experience I’ve had. I’m not sure what has changed but the atmosphere is just not very nice any more the food was average at best, our poor waiter was overwhelmed so the service wasn’t good either and all of that for over $400 for the 4 of us.

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  17. Valgal

    Little Rock

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on December 28, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Our meal was very good. My husband has a shellfish allergy and they were very easy to accommodate us, as he wanted to order the special, which was a NY strip with shrimp on top, so they changed the special held the shrimp and discounted his dish. I felt like our wait person was so into customer service. What a breath of fresh air in a time where that is sometimes forgotten. Loved seeing the Capital hotel Christmas tree and the seating hostess took our picture. Overall we had a very special date night.

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  18. TerryH

    Little Rock

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 26, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food was very tasty. Desserts were great. Service was very good.

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  19. SteveC

    Dallas

    5 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on December 26, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    The State of Arkansas recently signed into law…no alcohol sales at restaurants etc on Christmas Day. Lot’s of customers dining at the Capital Bar & Grill-we’re not happy and some even cancelled their reservation. Absurd law by the state government of Arkansas.

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  20. Robert

    Little Rock

    34 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    34 reviews

    Dined on December 26, 2023

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 5
    It was Christmas night and hopefully it was not the usual food and service. Waited a very long time for our food-over 30 minutes. Waiter had too many tables also. The ribeye was tough and full of gristle.

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  21. MarkF

    Little Rock

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on December 22, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 2
    We enjoyed the food at Capital Bar & Grill. The Christmas decorations were nicely done. There is nothing like the historic beauty of both the B & G and the Hotel. I have hearing issues, however, and the decibel level of the surrounding conversations was very high. I could hardly hear my spouse on the other side of the table. I miss Ashley's Restaurant! The food was good, but quite expensive. Dinner for two with no appetizers, an entre apiece, 1 drink each, and sharing a dessert ran $160 including a 20% tip.

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  22. dylat

    Fayetteville

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 22, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    I’ve been a die hard capital bar fan for decades. Something has changed recently. It’s lost its soul, friendliness, willingness to do anything for you service, and ability to always squeeze you in. It feels like a new operations company is managing the food and beverage program. It’s sterile, choked by corporate protocol and processes, and the food feels like elements have been substituted for more streamlined ingredients for cost saving measures. The servers don’t care as much anymore, the hosts are brutal to deal with to get a table, and the new tableware is very 2000s embassy suites. I wish the capital would just be what it needs to be and stop trying to fit into a mold established by an out of town hotel group.

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  23. PeggyH

    Tahoe

    11 reviews

    4.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on December 21, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Lovely place, especially at Christmas. Server was kind and professional. Pretty loud the night we went and house wine by the glass pricy. Food was solid but smaller portions than expecting for the price but adequate. Always a special treat to be there.

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  24. BrenM

    Little Rock

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 18, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 4
    Wait staff was very inattentive. Business was slow and we were interrupting their break. Menu was limited, portions small and prices were high. I’ve enjoyed the capital bar and grill for years but this experience was a big disappointment. We had gone to have a drink, enjoy the decorations and have lunch. Will not return.

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  25. OpenTable Diner

    Dallas

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 18, 2023

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 5
    Very pretty atmosphere. HORRIBLE food! Great drinks. Better bar than restaurant.

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  26. JDPapa

    Nashville

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 16, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    The ambiance was nice only after being reseated to move away from pet dander allergens as there was a non-service dog with some patrons. We were moved near an outside door that permeated the restaurant with the smell of cigarette and marijuana fumes. My brocollini was not prepared as requested. My husband's chicken/shrimp/grits dish was overcooked as his chicken and shrimp were browned. The waitress did not clean his area by removing items as needed. The other guests in our party enjoyed their dishes. It was a hit and miss that night.

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  27. Richard

    Little Rock

    13 reviews

    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on December 15, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We’re a couple of long time girlfriends who meet every year at the Capital Bar and Grill for a birthday dinner. The hotel is beautifully decorated for Christmas, atmosphere is electric and great friends are always so special, see you December 2024 if not before!!

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  28. AmyB

    Little Rock

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 14, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    Not as good as this used to be and the service is marginal.

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  29. OpenTable Diner

    Little Rock

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on December 14, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Always a fun place to celebrate. Time to up the annie and hate a 5 star restaurant like a George's in 111.

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  30. JohnL

    Little Rock

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 13, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great burger and fries, beautiful hotel and nice bar with a warm club feel. Great service from very friendly staff.

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  31. AnnC

    Little Rock

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 12, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Highly recommend the Capital Bar and Grill. Beautiful hotel, especially at Christmas Time.

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  32. RachelM

    Little Rock

    4 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on December 10, 2023

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 1
    The Capital Bar used to be the go to place if you were looking for a sophisticated dining atmosphere. However, that is not what we experienced last night. Granted, it is the holiday season and there are tons of events happening downtown this weekend. Even so, the restaurant was overly crowded, especially around the bar, which made it ridiculously loud. We were unfortunately seated near the bar and had to deal with bar-goers crowding our table. The service was slow and the food no longer lives up to its previous reputation, especially not at its current elevated prices. Pass on the Capital Bar, and either wait until One Eleven reopens or visit the Clinton Library’s Cafe 42 instead. At least it’s never disappointed us.

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  33. Hubbub

    Little Rock

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on December 7, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    Made a reservation for lunch mid week. Got to the front and had to talk over the host to let him know we had a reservation as he was trying to tell me that they didn't have any tables. Not really rude, but sure wasn't listening to me. Got a table, nice atmosphere. Like an old fashioned bar and grill, great decor, very nice bar, place to "do business" at lunch time so to speak... lots of suits present. Limited menu, but some interesting choices so not disappointed. Wife ordered the chicken panini... but they're out of the parmesan fries? How do you run out of fries at a high end restaurant one hour after they open? They had potatoes for the house made chips and the roasted potatoes for my order? I ordered the cordon bleu. Wife's was NOT a panini, it was a toasted sandwich (not pressed as a panini should/would be). $18 for the sandwich and potatoe chips. Mine was a breaded piece of chicken breast with ham and cheese on top... not your typical cordon bleu as well. $26 for the chicken, a handful of mixed greens and a generous portion of roasted potatoes. Both lunches tasted fine, but nothing spectacular. As we were finishing the manager was apologizing for something to the table next to us (didn't overhear the conversation so I don't know what for), but what I did catch is that the cooking is outsourced? Not what we expected to hear for a "to go" place for food. We did order desert and it was the best part of the meal. I had the strawberry cheesecake and my wife had the carrot cake, each around $15. Both were very well plated, what I would have expected for the entire meal, and both were delicious... but, they were both obviously plated and prepared well in advance and things like the sauces drizzled on when served. Not necessarily bad, but not freshly made either. All in all it was underwhelming for an almost $100 lunch and we expected it to be so much more. We probably won't be back.

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  34. OpenTable Diner

    Little Rock

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 2, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    Hotel is special but the bar and grill is nice but not special. Service was very good. Food was okay but presentation plain and food itself middle of the road. Anytime anyone goes to the Capitol Hotel, it should be memorable. For many of us not here for business, it is an event. Unfortunately this was okay but neither of those things.

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  35. OpenTable Diner

    Nashville

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 2, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Delicious food! Fantastic cocktails! Great service! Beautiful ambiance. Kicks off the Christmas season!

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  36. OpenTable Diner

    Little Rock

    36 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    36 reviews

    Dined on November 27, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Very cold in the bar. Vegetable pasta soup was almost all broth. Disappointing.

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  37. kimw

    Orange County

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 26, 2023

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 1
    I made reservations for myself and family from out of state to have a nice dinner. The service was very slow and nonresponsive. Our steaks were tough and over priced for the quality. When the manager asked how my steak was, and I responded negatively, he never said a word again. He gave a $12 Discount on the ticket with no response. I was so disappointed. We have been there before and had a great time. Things are not the same there.

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  38. JudithH

    Minneapolis

    27 reviews

    3.0

    27 reviews

    Dined on November 24, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 2
    Service was marginal. Food was overpriced and not anything special. Won’t be back and this used to be a tango to when in Little Rock.

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  39. Eatoutkid52

    Little Rock

    6 reviews

    2.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on November 23, 2023

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    Our server was attentive & very nice. The egg nog I had was very good. The butternut soup with basil oil was delicious. However, the entree was not worth the money. Very average. The mincemeat tart was great & the pumpkin pie good. We spent $500 for 4 people & would have been happy if the food had been better.

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  40. KristiP

    Little Rock

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 15, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I appreciated the ease of the reservation process, how accommodating the staff was when we arrived early, and the handsome appearance of the establishment. The food was elevated Southern and very delicious.

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FAQs

Capital Bar and Grill is rated 4.2 stars by 163 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 11 times today
Google Map for Capital Bar and Grill

111 W Markham St, Little Rock, AR 72201-1507

Additional information

  • Neighborhood
    Little Rock
  • Hours of operation
    Lunch Mon–Fri 11:00 am–3:00 pm Dinner Mon–Thu, Sun 5:00 pm–10:00 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–11:00 pm
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • Cuisines
    Southern, American
  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Dress code
    Business Casual
  • Parking details
    None
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