Fred's Hickory Inn

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345 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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LaurelH
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Service was good but food was mediocre . They ran out of a lot of items

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10162021
Mississippi
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall3food3service5ambience3

We were seated at an outside table, and it was cool outside. The hostess said they had heaters, but out of six heaters only one worked. We were seated in a section farther away that didn’t have any heaters, so we had to get blankets from our car.
The food was not as good as expected. The fettuccine noodles were hard, and the food was cold when delivered to our table.
For the price, we were expecting a nicer experience.

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OpenTable Diner
Fayetteville
4 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great Dinner and Nate our server was excellent!

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CherylH
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food was wonderful! Their andouille is delicious. We were seated in the bar and the lighting could have been better

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DarinB
1 review
Dined on October 8, 2021
Overall3food4service3ambience2

This place has been around for a long time, but overall I left disappointed. This place is fairly expensive but literally they charge you for everything. I bought a $26 entree that came with one side. It was asparagus and they brought me 5 stalks of it. Added a small side salad and it was an extra $4. Want bread with your meal? That’s extra too. The food was good, but I can get better and more value at another steakhouse. I highly doubt we will be back.

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Steakeater
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience3

Food was ok, but not on a favorite list. Lasagna had to be sent back to be microwaved because it was still cold!

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JimS
Oklahoma City
1 review
Dined on September 23, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Excellent food, and wine list. Service was outstanding. Noise level was extremely high.

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OpenTable Diner
Kansas City
1 review
Dined on September 17, 2021
Overall2food4service1ambience4

We were sat for our reservation and over ten minuets went by before anyone came to see us or give us even water. Then we ordered drinks from the bar and they took 20 minutes to get to us. When we ordered our food we waited an additional 30+ minutes for the food to come out. We didn’t start eating until an hour. The wait was ridiculous. The service was sub par. We barely saw our server. Probably won’t go back again.

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Clairram
Little Rock
13 reviews
Dined on September 17, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Had a reservation and we were seated within about 5 minutes. Waitress was lovely and doing her best to keep up - but there appeared to be chaos from the moment we sat down. We ordered drinks and they took forever and came piecemeal. They were great, though, when they came. Eight of us ordered dinner (no appetizers) and salads. Some of us got those salads; one didn’t get his until after they put down his “sides”, then his main course…all at the same time. Two of us ordered grilled shrimp. When it finally came (at least five minutes after the first three people were served) it was ICE cold - like really, really cold. It had apparently been precooked (grilled) but not rewarmed. Then the last member of our party got his side, but waited 20 minutes more for his smoked chicken (when one of the others had already been served smoked chicken). He ate his side, then later finished his dinner alone as everyone else was already done - and the servers were bussing dishes from our table! Our total bill was around $600 which is acceptable for a fine dinner - which this did not live up to. We were excited to revisit after many years and while we loved being there for nostalgia’s sake, our meal was more than disappointing. Not sure how you fix all the things that were wrong. It’s a long drive from Fayetteville and it needs to be worth it! Sad…

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ChristopherO
1 review
Dined on September 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It is so comfortable and relaxing and the food is phenomenal

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RogerW
1 review
Dined on September 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very relaxing, professional service and always quality food and beverages. I have been coming hers since the early 80"s and never disappointed.

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Molly
Fayetteville
1 review
Dined on September 10, 2021
Overall3food3service1ambience5

Took my grandparents here for dinner and it was a great quiet place to catch up!

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vipKyleA
Tampa
9 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

The setting of Fred’s is quite unique, and it really has cool throwback feel to it. The food is good, but we weren’t blown away by it. I give it a solid 4 out of 5.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on September 3, 2021
Overall2food2service4ambience3

Disappointing experience after reading many good reviews. Shrimp was over cooked/charred with no flavor at all, while my wife’s salmon was prepared the same. Baked potato was cold in the middle. Service was good and the restaurant was quite and clean. Would not return for another meal.

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Erica
Fayetteville
3 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2021
Overall2food3service2ambience1

We have visited this restaurant foe over 20 years. This year we were extremely disappointed in the food, service and the noise level was terrible. We could not have a conversation without yelling and my husband was literally a foot away. We will not go back sadly. It’s not the place it used to be.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on August 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing service and food. Loved the patio and live music.
There are stairs to the patio but they aren't too tall. Everything was better than expected

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OpenTable Diner
Las Vegas
2 reviews
Dined on August 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was great: food, service, ambiance. Would have liked if they acknowledged our special occasion listed; outside of that highly recommend and will be revisiting again.

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RogerS
1 review
Dined on August 3, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

We enjoyed our meal. The wait staff were attentive, but forgot a couple of things and had to make a second trip. The room we ate in was well apportioned, but it was very cold. Also, there seemed to be a conservative rally of some sort in the next room, which was not conducive to the environment we were looking for on our 30th anniversary.

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vipKennyP
San Antonio
17 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We made a reservation and glad we did as there was a line.
It was ok.
House salad has been in the fridge, small single ranch container been sitting in salad for a while.
KC strip was cooked to perfection.
Waitresses were spot on and quick.

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TomD
1 review
Dined on July 21, 2021
Overall3food4service2ambience3

Expected more for the price - menu has food stains - we were rushed to order food - we were rushed to clean table - could have gone to fast food place if I wanted to rush - was bad experience and was very disappointed

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OpenTable Diner
Tulsa
6 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

We were quickly seated even though the weather forced our reservations indoors. Wait staff was prompt and knowledgeable even though our waiter was new to the restaurant. Good selection of local beers on tap. I ventured out and ordered the spaghetti while my wife got the smoked sirloin. Both dishes were well plated, and did not disappoint. It was a pleasant experience after not dining at Fred’s for nearly 4 years. Hopefully we’ll make it back again soon. The only knock on our experience was the restrooms were messy and in need of a little service. Overall, a very good experience.

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LauraS
Fayetteville
1 review
Dined on July 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food. Smoked sirloin was perfectly smoked and delicious.

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Ruby
1 review
Dined on July 9, 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience3

I was hoping to have a nice anniversary dinner with my husband, but my special request submitted via Opentable was ignored. Fair but slow service over all.

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OpenTable Diner
Denver
4 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was exceptional. Highly recommend the streaks or ribs! Sat on the patio and everything was great.

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CathyG
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on June 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We enjoyed our dinner on the patio listening to live music. We started out with delicious appetizers (meatballs, spinach & artichoke dip, and stuffed mushrooms), as well as fabulous blood orange cosmos. The homemade pasta dishes were on point! We were greeted and seated promptly and our server was very attentive. This was our second time to eat here, and it won't be our last!

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RobertB
Denver
1 review
Dined on June 19, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience4

The server was the best part of the meal. Ribeye had more fat than meat. The smoked sirloin hard very little smoky flavor and a lot of fat. Desert was good. This place is way over priced for what you get.

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JIMMY
Indiana
1 review
Dined on June 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

...........................................Great Food & Service

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JodieL
1 review
Dined on June 9, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience3

Our server was rude, argumentative and not knowledgeable about her product. The food was average, but relative to the price it was disappointing. We are new to the area and love to dine out. We will not visit Fred's again.

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Rich
Central Coast
2 reviews
Dined on May 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

First time in. Very enjoyable experience. We will be back.

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VAndry
1 review
Dined on May 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was great. Had the ribeye. So good. Drinks were always filled. Miss Elaine was a delight!!

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Sisters3
Tampa
5 reviews
Dined on May 14, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Our food was very good but we found the service lacking. One of our party didn’t get her salad even after reminding the waitress three times. We had to get someone else to get drink refills. A 20% tip was added to our bill automaticallly; a voluntary tip would certainly have been smaller.

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AimeeZ
Austin
6 reviews
Dined on May 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

They’re always happy to sit us outside as that is what we prefer.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on May 14, 2021
Overall2food2service3ambience1

Disappointed with the dinner. Reservations were not honored, seating was delayed, food came out cold, waitress was rushed and distracted. Have spent many great meals at Fred's over the years but will not be returning. A special graduation dinner after two long stressful school years was not at all what I wanted for my daughter.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First visit to Fred’s......I was thoroughly impressed. The atmosphere, ambiance, and mood was perfect for a romantic dinner. Food and service was excellent! Had the smoked sirloin and it was delicious. Will definitely be back!

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DoctorG
Fayetteville
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Always a great place to share a meal with friends and family.
This property was home to our summer church camp and the founding of our church.

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MichaelR
Fayetteville
4 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall1food2service2ambience1

We booked our Mother’s Day lunch through Open Table. We had no idea we were going to a buffet. We received Fred’s Hickory Inn menu from open table, but that’s not what we found when we got there. Very disappointed, not sure who is at fault. Apparently bad communication on both parts.

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vipRonC
Dallas
58 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Fred’s Barbecue remains our favorite family owned barbecue restaurant in Arkansas. The quality of food served is always impeccable. Though the restaurant is closed on Sundays, it opened in honor of Mother’s Day. I have to say that staff must have reserved its high quality servings for regular business hours because the Mother’s Day buffet was horrible and overpriced. No ribs, no chicken, and no brisket available. Only cold ham and super thin cold slices of roast beef was served. Yuck. Even the veggies were limited and undercooked. If it’s such a bother to open on a Sunday, they didn’t bother to hide it. No honor for Mother’s Day at this restaurant. Don’t get me wrong, it’s still a wonderful time honored legend, but I was deeply disappointed in its Mother’s Day buffet.

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NormS
Fayetteville
1 review
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience1

Do not expect to eat low end breakfast items at noon. Only high quality item was the smoked sirloin which was too rare for my liking. All the items were very average in quality and taste. No way did the meal warrant $29. Sorry, not able to give a better survey.

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OpenTable Diner
Dallas
2 reviews
Dined on May 8, 2021
Overall3food4service1ambience3

Graduation. They were late to get drink order and bread. It took FOREVER for the food to come out. We were there hours. Which was ok because we were with family, but reservations were at 8. So we were starving! Food was good but service was not.

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BobS
Dallas
1 review
Dined on May 8, 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience3

Service was not very attentive. Upcharging for what is essentially mac & cheese that is out of a box seems ridiculous. I thought the mac & cheese was going to be some homemade version that was worthy of an upcharge. My "mixed grilled vegetables" turned out to be some version of asparagus that was grilled but very crunchy. They didn't take the time to break away the offshoots on the stalk. Truly looked like some type of weed.

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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 4 stars by 345 OpenTable diners.

Fred's Hickory Inn does offer gift cards which you can purchase here https://www.giftfly.com/shop/freds-hickory-inn.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.