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Fred's Hickory Inn, Bentonville, AR

Fred's Hickory Inn

3.8
3.8
429 Reviews
$30 and under
American

Fred's Hickory Inn has been a Bentonville staple since 1970 when Fred first opened the doors. Offering an extensive menu hand crafted to provide a unique experience while staying true to Fred's vision over 45 years ago this ozark jewel is a must visit. Whether you're stopping by for a dinner of smoked meats and fine wines, or simply an after work cocktail and something sweet on our cabin front patio after a long day we've got what you're looking for. Freshly renovated atmosphere, slowly crafted entrees, experience driven service.

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Booked 15 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    American, Barbecue, Italian

  • Hours of operation

    Sat 2:00 pm–10:00 pm Lunch Wed 11:00 am–2:00 pm Dinner Tue–Thu 4:00 pm–9:00 pm Fri 4:00 pm–10:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (479) 273-3303

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

  • Owned/operated by

    Veteran, Women

  • Catering

    Catering - from Pickup to Full Service with Staff Pickup: We have your order ready and will help load it in your vehicle. Drop Off: We will deliver it to your site in disposable pans. Delivery with Setup: We deliver it to you and set up with our stainless steel chaffers, serving pieces and serving utensils. We return later to pick up chaffers and utensils. Full Service with Staff: We deliver, setup with stainless steel chaffers, serving pieces and utensils, plus provide staff to serve and clean up.

  • Private party facilities

    Stress free events at Fred’s Event Hall - “Miss Lou’s Room” Rehearsal Dinners | Wedding Receptions | Small Wedding & Reception Combinations | Wedding Showers | Corporate Events | Birthday and Holiday parties | and much more! -Seating for up to 120 guests -Plated and served or family style buffet meals -Wine and beer garden -Appetizer and dessert buffets -Service staff -Event planner to assist with decor, deliveries and personalized setup -No need to rent anything - Fred’s provides furniture, full place settings, microphone, tv and more.

  • Neighborhood

    Bentonville

  • Parking details

    None

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Delivery, Full Bar, Indoor Fireplace, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout

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What 429 people are saying

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3.8
3.8 based on recent ratings
  • 3.9Food
  • 3.9Service
  • 4.1Ambience
  • 3.7Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Fayetteville / Northwest Arkansas

    Fit for Foodies

  • Fayetteville / Northwest Arkansas

    Good for Groups

  • Fayetteville / Northwest Arkansas

    Great for Lunch

  • Fayetteville / Northwest Arkansas

    Special Occasion

  • Fayetteville / Northwest Arkansas

    Vibrant Bar Scene

  • Northwest Arkansas

    Fit for Foodies

  • Northwest Arkansas

    Good for Groups

  • Northwest Arkansas

    Great for Lunch

  • Northwest Arkansas

    Special Occasion

  • Northwest Arkansas

    Vibrant Bar Scene

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  1. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Kansas City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food4service1ambience3

    Overall we just expected better from Fred’s and hope to see them figure out how to get back to the exceptional service they were always known for. The issues we had were the baked potatoes were cold, the premium mac & cheese was plain and the salad course was apparently forgotten and brought out after the entree. The steaks were great other than than they waitress getting the size of my wife’s steak wrong she ordered the large and it was written on the ticket as the petite. Typically these kind of things aren’t too big of a deal and I understand things happen but when you’re spending over a $100 on an anniversary dinner you kind of expect things to go much smoother. After reading some other reviews it doesn’t seem our issues were just an isolated incident. Fred’s is a local treasure and I sincerely hope they can figure things out but we’ll probably wait a while before giving them another chance.

  2. JS

    JessicaS

    Fayetteville

    1 review

    vip
    2.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall2food3service2ambience1

    Had reservations and was sat next to the kitchen when there were plenty of open seats. Waitress seemed to want to rush us out as wel

  3. TH

    TiffanyH

    Kansas City

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on June 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    We went to dinner to celebrate our 25th anniversary and this was the perfect spot! We will likely make this our anniversary dinner tradition each year! Food was great and the Old Fashion was one of the best I have ever had!

  4. JJ

    JayhawkJim

    Kansas City

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 12, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience3

    I was worried when I booked the reservation because several of the recent reviews were "hit & miss". I wasn't looking for a stellar type evening/dinner, but wanted something good/solid. The meal was fair/adequate - nothing that we ordered would be considered special, or over the top. I had the meatball appetizer and a side of creamed spinach, while my wife had the grilled shrimp - which was cooked well, not dry at all. As an appetizer, we shared the stuffed mushrooms. The staff was very pleasant - hostess, waitress, and bus boy - all checked the right boxes and made the most of our visit. As a prior restaurant owner/operator - the restaurant suffers from an identity crisis. Where else can you find BBQ and Italian coupled together in a 70's style supper club decor? The patio looked amazing, and we would have sat outside, if it wasn't warm enough to melt your face off. The interior needs updating terribly. Perhaps the best idea for this operator, would be to pick a side - BBQ or Italian, OR, split the restaurant - serving Italian out one side and BBQ out the other. And please - lighten up the interior - it's dark and outdated. We wouldn't avoid going back to Fred's, but we won't be recommending it as a meeting spot in the near future either.

  5. AB

    ABentonvilleFamily

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 10, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience1

    Restaurant was not at capacity but we were sat at a booth next to the kitchen. The order came from the kitchen wrong, twice, for multiple people. We were charged for an extra entree (an entire meal) and it took 20 minutes to fix just so we could leave. The food itself was dry, the presentation is easily trumped by McDonalds, and sadly the price model is awful (for example they charge a dollar if you’d like a dollop of butter and some brown sugar on your potato). These aren’t complaints… just facts. I want more for Fred’s than what is happening.

  6. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Fayetteville

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 4, 2022

    overall3food2service4ambience4

    We enjoy Fred’s, and have gone often. Our server and the staff we encountered were all very friendly and helpful. This time, though , the meal was not very good. The steaks were very under seasoned, and not cooked well. They were very fatty. The half chicken skin was very tough and leathery, and the chicken was dry. The baked potatoes were also undercooked. The seasonal veggies (zucchini and summer squash) were cooked and seasoned perfectly! They were delicious! However, at an establishment known for smoked meats, the vegetables shouldn’t have been the highlight of the meal. Everyone has an off night. Hopefully it was just that. We will be back as most of our experiences have been good.

  7. BS

    BarbaraS

    Kansas City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Good food, good service, very friendly environment. Would highly recommend!

  8. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Fayetteville

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on May 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Birthday dinner for my BFF.

  9. SJ

    SandraJ

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Full rack of dry rub ribs were tender and bursting with smoked flavor & spices. The BBQ sauce is a perfect combination of spicy, molasses hints and vinegar. The Smoked sirloin was cooked perfectly as was the side of fettuccine Alfredo. Side salad was fresh and crisp. Creamy parmesan dressing was a welcomed change from the usual salad dressings and served on the side, not drowning my salad leaves. Thank you. Colleen was very attentive as our server and did a great job answering our questions & keeping us well cared for. Highly recommend Fred's!

  10. CM

    ChrisM

    Tulsa

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on May 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Mother’s 70th Birthday. We sat out on the patio and the weather was perfect. Live music was nice and it was a really wonderful evening.

  11. CC

    ConnorC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Fantastic experience! We celebrated our son's college graduation, and Fred's was absolutely perfect!

  12. JW

    JohnnyW

    Fayetteville

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 13, 2022

    overall3food3service5ambience5

    I wish I had ordered the smoked sirloin. Instead I had the scallops special. They were small and the noodles were tuff. My husband's ribs arrived after everyone at the table had finished our meals. Our waitress, Stephanie, did a great job. She went several times to the kitchen to check on the ribs.

  13. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Fayetteville

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall2food1service3ambience4

    Buffet was terrible. Overcooked food. Had to ask for steak knives because meat was ridiculously tough and over cooked. Service was very slow…despite very few customers at the time we were there.

  14. s

    smeddie9

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5

    Nice Mother's Day Brunch in a calm, sophisticated, classic atmosphere.

  15. BR

    BRYANK

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Fred’s always has top notch food and service. There’s never been a bad meal there. The atmosphere is nice, and we always enjoy it.

  16. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Antonio

    4 reviews

    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience3

    Went for Mother’s Day brunch. Service was very good. Food was served buffet style. Food was good, not great. Price for buffet was average for area. Ordered drinks and a simple drink was way overpriced. Overall the resturant was just ok.

  17. SR

    SarahR

    Fayetteville

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Wonderful Mother’s Day buffet brunch! Loved the food and ambiance!

  18. T

    Tru56qw

    San Francisco

    11 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    The Mother’s Day brunch was one of their best special events yet! Wish Sunday brunch was a regular thing! So good!

  19. DM

    DaveM

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 6, 2022

    overall2food2service3ambience4

    Many times we had eaten there and the Food was always Awesome! It was our first time back in 2 o 3 years, we were very disappointed in the Food. The ribs were very greasy, the food was warm NOT hot!!

  20. s

    scoot

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 1, 2022

    overall1food3service1ambience2

    Recommended by wait staff at another restaurant to not eat here. We should have listened. The food was adequate. The wine list is significantly overpriced. The service… we were seated (we had made a reservation) over 30 minutes before any contact was made. It was almost comical it was so bad. Best suggestion is to skip this place.

  21. AH

    AmberH

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Food was delicious. Service was amazing. Cocktails were fantastic.

  22. j

    johnh

    Kansas City

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 29, 2022

    overall3food2service3ambience5

    I had the ribs and they were very tough and dry. Usually they are very good. My wife had the lasagne it was much smaller than last time, new waitress and we had to ask for the salad to be brought out.

  23. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 17, 2022

    overall1food2service2ambience3

    We made a reservation for the Easter buffet. The fresh carved meats were good, and plenty of fresh greens for salad, but almost all other items were either empty or crusted over, looking like they’d sadly been there since they opened 4 hours earlier. Granted we came about 1.5 hours before the closing, but if they’re accepting reservations, they should ensure items are available, and FRESH! It was a mediocre offering for the price. I would not do their buffet again.

  24. AR

    AndreaR

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 17, 2022

    overall2food2service3ambience3

    The food was disappointing. For the Easter “buffet,” there were mashed potatoes, gravy, carrots, rolls, salad, and a meat carving station with dry ham, Turkey and some kind of beef. The ranch dressing was warm like it had been sitting out for hours, there were no mashed potatoes left, there was no salad left. We fortunately got to eat cheesecake which was the best part of the meal. Will never go back for an Easter buffet and we have been regular patrons of Fred’s for years. It’s really gone downhill.

  25. B

    Blair

    Baton Rouge

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on April 17, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4

    We were seated in the bar area (at a table). The waitress and bartender were very attentive and the host got us seated early (we arrived early). The smoked meats were very tasty. The desserts were very good as well. The rolls and gravy were not homemade but the salad dressing was. We were there for the Easter brunch buffet and for being busy on a holiday everything was well done. We will return for a regular lunch or dinner service since this was our first time.

  26. DM

    DianneM

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 17, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience3

    Service was poor, all she had to do is get drinks and it took 25 minutes, she concentrated on the big tables and we waited forever to be served, it’s sad because as a former server, we probably tip more than the big table

  27. BP

    BenP

    St. Louis

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Amazing high quality food with a great atmosphere!

  28. EH

    EmilyH

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    We had a great experience taking our out-of-town family to Fred’s! The menu had great options, the staff was very nice and the vibe was great!

  29. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 10, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience2

    The place was incredibly loud. There were two tables where the customers were shouting and swearing at on another. The staff did noting to quiet them down, instead they brought them more alcohol and it just got worse. It took a very long time to get the food to the table. The waitress blamed it on another large party. When the food did come out it came out in three stages. Some got their food, then later the brought out food for the others in the group, and finally they figured out the forgot to make one if the dishes. By the time everyone received their order it was stone cold and not good. We will not be back.

  30. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 2, 2022

    overall1food3service1ambience2

    Our order took over an hour. We asked for bread and never got it. Both orders were messed up. And the bartender and waitresses were complaining about customers next to us.

  31. RC

    RonC

    Dallas

    77 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    77 reviews

    Dined on March 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Our favorite barbecue restaurant in all Arkansas. None better. Excellent steaks and ribs. Great prices. Family friendly. Excellent service. Servers are attentive and personable without being intrusive. Great place to celebrate family events. Very popular among locals and visitors . Wonderful dining experience.

  32. TS

    TedS

    Fayetteville

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 18, 2022

    overall3food4service3ambience3

    6:30 reservation. Arrived 6:25. Only table available was a small 2 place next to the fireplace. Requested a table where we could sit together for our date night. It seemed to disrupt their routine of sitting customers where they thought people should sit. Finally found a table where we could sit together. The service was a bit trying because we heard their Italian meals were good and we ordered 2 and it took a long time to arrive. It was good. Ordered a beer. Server could not bring it because only bar person could serve it. Again, it took a long time. This was our three or fourth time at Fred's over a 20year period and every time our visit was less than expected. I know help has been hard to find and I guess Fred's is going through what most restaurants are having to contend with .

  33. M

    nitaM

    Fayetteville

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 17, 2022

    overall3food2service4ambience3

    on this visit the ribs and sausage were overcooked and dry, also the dinning room was very cold.

  34. M

    Melissa

    Fayetteville

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 9, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience5

    Great experience! Lovely atmosphere. Will be back!

  35. JS

    JanetS

    Fayetteville

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Evening Dining was calm and good for my visiting with a friend. Food was very good and service was above and beyond the normal from other establishments.

  36. RL

    RandyL

    Houston

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great food and service! The best in Bentonville!

  37. L

    Lina

    Birmingham

    2 reviews

    1.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 19, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience3

    A 12oz ribeye is $35 with 2 sides. I got one side with my non medium rare (as I ordered it) steak. My steak was charred overly cooked and disgusting. All I could taste was the char on it. My other side never arrived. Our waitress had long fake nails which harbor germs and came to our table chewing food, when someone else delivered our food. She uses unsettling terms like lover when asking how we were. When I mentioned that I couldn’t eat the food any longer due to the taste, she took away my plate and wouldn’t look at me any longer while we were there. She passed our table after that multiple times never offering to refill drinks. This to me was very unacceptable. We spent over $100 there and still tipped her well, since it’s likely the only income they get. I however will not go back or recommend Fred’s. We went 2 Thanksgivings ago, and one other time and food was not great then for the price either. My Grandfather really wanted to go try it again so that’s why we went this time around. I would recommend a better chef and menu or lower the prices.

  38. LS

    LindaS

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Everything was delicious ! The smoked Ribeye was so tender we could cut it with a butter knife. Absolutely a First Class Meal ! "A One of a Kind Restaurant" in a world of copycats.

  39. J

    Jeff

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Very good! Server was awesome, food was delicious and fast

  40. T

    Taylor

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 18, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience4

    Ambiance was slightly dated but pleasant and quiet. Meat was dry and and pretty under seasoned. Service was adequate. Overall I felt for the price that the food showed the biggest lack which was disappointing.

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You can order delivery directly from Fred's Hickory Inn using the Order Online button. Fred's Hickory Inn also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (479) 273-3303.

Fred's Hickory Inn is rated 3.8 stars by 429 OpenTable diners.

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

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Booked 15 times today
Google Map for Fred's Hickory Inn

1502 N Walton Blvd Bentonville, AR 72712

Additional information

  • Neighborhood

    Bentonville

  • Hours of operation

    Sat 2:00 pm–10:00 pm Lunch Wed 11:00 am–2:00 pm Dinner Tue–Thu 4:00 pm–9:00 pm Fri 4:00 pm–10:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    American, Barbecue, Italian

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

  • Parking details

    None

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Owned/operated by

    Veteran, Women

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Delivery, Full Bar, Indoor Fireplace, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout

  • Phone number

    (479) 273-3303

  • Catering

    Catering - from Pickup to Full Service with Staff Pickup: We have your order ready and will help load it in your vehicle. Drop Off: We will deliver it to your site in disposable pans. Delivery with Setup: We deliver it to you and set up with our stainless steel chaffers, serving pieces and serving utensils. We return later to pick up chaffers and utensils. Full Service with Staff: We deliver, setup with stainless steel chaffers, serving pieces and utensils, plus provide staff to serve and clean up.

  • Private party facilities

    Stress free events at Fred’s Event Hall - “Miss Lou’s Room” Rehearsal Dinners | Wedding Receptions | Small Wedding & Reception Combinations | Wedding Showers | Corporate Events | Birthday and Holiday parties | and much more! -Seating for up to 120 guests -Plated and served or family style buffet meals -Wine and beer garden -Appetizer and dessert buffets -Service staff -Event planner to assist with decor, deliveries and personalized setup -No need to rent anything - Fred’s provides furniture, full place settings, microphone, tv and more.

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