Fred's Hickory Inn

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$30 and under
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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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PB
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Food is as good as a remember from years ago. I got the fred’s Same plate. I highly recommended this dish. My wife got the grilled chicken breast. She said it was very tasty but was on the small side and her baked sweet potato was also tasty and cooked properly but was really small. Everyone in our party raves about the taste of their food. Good way to sample a lot of different meats. Waiter was top notch. Very attentive but did not Hoover. Made a reservation so the wait when we arrived was just a couple of mins.

OT
Fayetteville
1 review
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went to Fred’s for a birthday dinner. As always, service was fantastic and food was delicious. Highly recommend to anyone to loves grilled meats, BBQ or Italian food.

L
Birmingham
1 review
Dined on October 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very clean restaurant with great tasting food, wonderful and friendly staff, and overall will go back often, just love it there.

D
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall4food3service5ambience5

A fun neat old school place. We enjoyed the atmosphere, history, service and live entertainment. We were not a big fan of the food however. Smoky sugary encrusted BBQ'd meat isn't our favorite. We will be back and enjoy other menu items like the fish and non BBQ sauced choices. Fun place for a date and a cool bar to hit solo. Enjoy!

OV
Omaha
23 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2019
Overall5food4service3ambience3

Service was a little slow, but we acknowledge there was a bus tour there. Roger Thomas was live tonight and the reason we chose Fred's. He did not disappoint.

K
Tampa
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall4food3service5ambience4

Fred's seems like a nice place - the spinach dip and the dessert were delicious and the service was great. Our entrees were just kinda meh. We had a very nice waitress but the atmosphere kind of left something to be desired. Not a bad evening, but I've had better overall experiences in Bentonville.

J
Little Rock
25 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

The waitress was very understanding with us coming in with 2 small kids. They were unruly as we expected but the waitress took it in stride and was very kind about it. It was the fastest dinner we’ve ever had. We had her pack our food up so we could high tail it out of there. I’m sure people clapped as we left. I would have! Anyway she was great about it all

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A fantastic place for a quiet dinner with cozy decor. Food was delicious and our waitress, Colleen, was joy.

OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience3

Food was not cooked right. Kids meals were cold. Not great overall and expensive.

RC
Dallas
8 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a wonderful little gem. An extensive menu provides a variety of dishes that range from simple comfort to exquisite. Servers were fast, efficient and personable without being intrusive. It can be a private, romantic getaway or family fun. It is a local favorite so reservations are a must. Highly recommend.

T
1 review
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall3food2service4ambience5

We must have gone on a bad night, we ordered a sirloin and it came out a beautiful medium rare that we asked for, but it was incredibly chewy and their steak knives would not cut. (Butter knife cut better than the serrated steak knife) the sides were great albeit a little overpriced for the portion that you get. The server was very attentive regarding our lack luster steak. The staff discounted our meal and gave us the most amazing piece of cheesecake. We would definitely give them a second chance due to their amazing customer service!

BB
Fayetteville
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall4food4service2ambience3

We love Freds. It was an anniversary dinner, always love it. Unfortunately we were seated and ignored for several minutes. I had to wave down a waitress to get served. The service she provided was outstanding! The young people seating people arent communicating with the wait staff. We will be back! Thanks.

TH
1 review
Dined on August 22, 2019
Overall3food2service2ambience4

We had high expectations for this restaurant, while we had no major complaints it was just so so.

M
1 review
Dined on August 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome place! Would definitely go eat there again and recommend it to a friend.

OT
Fayetteville
1 review
Dined on August 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very lovely experience as always at this restaurant. Elaine our waitress was lovely and took care of our needs very well. Never disappointed with Fred's.

BG
Fayetteville
1 review
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very nice dinner. Excellent drink selection. We brought friends, one of which was a scotch drinker. He was thrilled. Menu has a lot of variety. Waitress was very attentive, and friendly. We will return. Wish it wasn’t so noisy.

MB
1 review
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

The strip steak was the best we've had in a long time! Delicious char-grilled flavor and so tender!

BJ
1 review
Dined on August 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

BEST STEAK AROUND!!! Our server was really good, never had to ask for refills and she made sure our food was perfect! Do yourself a favor and visit it soon.

OT
Fayetteville
1 review
Dined on August 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We had a great time, our server was attentive and friendly. The glasses never emptied and the food was brought out quick.

As always the food was great, cooked as ordered.

OT
Little Rock
1 review
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Service was great! Shawn, a new server on her first day, was awesome! Ribs were a little dry, but cheesecake was awesome as usual! Best cheesecake ever!

TC
Fayetteville
4 reviews
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous as always. We all had a filet and you could cut them with your fork.

KT
Orlando
1 review
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience2

We’ve been there a few times, but the food is consistently just ok. The mixed drinks are very limited and the cabin bar seating is awful; so dreadfully drab and small. The outdoor seating has potential.

C
1 review
Dined on July 3, 2019
Overall4food3service3ambience5

Will you consider spraying for flying insects before you open for the day? It is always so lovely dining outside, but the insects were plentiful. Amazing food and service ❤️

JH
1 review
Dined on June 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Thank you for the good service and great atmosphere!

GU
Indiana
1 review
Dined on June 26, 2019
Overall5food3service5ambience5

Our server was awesome. We went to celebrate our 48th anniversary and was treated very well. The seafood mushrooms were very good the ribs were okay. The cheese cake was unbelievably good.
Yes we will go back and take friend.

D
Fayetteville
1 review
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Not the best trip here was given the wrong wine and the ribs seemed over smoked and a bit dry.
We have been here before and the service and food was outstanding. Must have been an off night for them. Will give them another try

CB
1 review
Dined on June 20, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

We had our cousins from the Washinton DC area. and the compliment one of them gave was "the best steak she 'd had in a long time". Also she said to us it was a good choice for us to bring them to Freds.

BP
1 review
Dined on June 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This place is outFRIGGIN' standing! I will definitely be going back!

CE
1 review
Dined on June 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Some great food and a little historic part of Bentonville. Smoked Sirloin was awesome and a few of the group had the Fred's Sampler Platter. Terrific place to relax and enjoy dinner.

w
Kansas City
1 review
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience4

The ambiance and history of Fred's is lovely. The food, however, was disappointing. There was a lot of variety on the menu but one should stick with the steak. The fettuccini alfredo was terribly bland and sticky. Our table of four received four thin, squished pieces of garlic bread after our entreés were served. And though the vegetable of the evening was asparagus, we were served limp, salty green beans. We'd certainly give it another chance but generally, we were disappointed this go-around.

JB
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2019
Overall3food4service4ambience3

Nostalgic atmosphere and interesting history. Filets were great, had to send the pork chop back, too tough. Expensive.

DD
1 review
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great atmosphere. Wonderful meal. Service was exceptional.

AB
Fayetteville
3 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Very good, not outstanding but did get a huge piece of cheesecake for my birthday!

KG
1 review
Dined on May 30, 2019
Overall3food2service5ambience5

Nice place but disappointed by the fact that people could smoke outside so the table that we had outside wasnot as great as it could be as we were dealing with cigarette smoke. Yuck - who deals with that today especially at a restaurant

K
Tulsa
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall3food2service3ambience3

We had the Mother’s Day buffet, it was ok, certainly not worth what we paid.

MP
Fayetteville
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a great experience for Mother’s day. The cost is just a little high in my opinion.

OT
Houston
4 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great time perfect round table for visiting! Everyone e enjoyed!

LC
1 review
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was excellent and MIKE was an "awesome" table attendant. To our liking, the music was a bit loud. When one wears a hearing aid, loud music muffles the speech of those one is trying to visit with. Otherwise----perfect!

JT
1 review
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall3food1service4ambience3

For regular meals it is ok. We went to the Easter buffet and the food was cold, the ac kept blowing out the warmers. Sliced beef was cold. And no ribs. I went for the ribs. Total disappointment. They comped our meal but we left without finishing.

JB
1 review
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall2food1service3ambience2

The food was ok, but at $103 for 2 adults and 2 kids for a limited buffet and most items where cold. The prime rib was tough and cold and the ham was thin and had so much fat on it. They sat us in the cabin area, even though we had reservations. The table rocked the whole time we ate. We will not return, again the price was outlandish for what it was, total waste, total food regret.