Fred's Hickory Inn

4.4
152 reviews
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$30 and under
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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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DH
Fayetteville
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 2food 1service 2ambience 4

Was seated right away, however the server was overtasked and hurried. Ordered the combination meat plate, the ribs and sausage were overcooked, couldn't even chew the ribs as they were hard and burnt. The baked potato was so cold it would not melt the butter. The server did ask about the desert, not the meal, I think she knew. At my wife's request, I didn't say anything, it was our Valentines Day celebration.

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OT
Fayetteville
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

My wife and I went for lunch. There was only one waitress for the entire room. She did a good job, considering the circumstances. I had the sliced pork loin. It was good. My wife had a pulled pork sandwich. She did not like the bbq sauce, because it was runny and very salty. I tried the pulled pork and determined it was the pork that was too salty, not the sauce.

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MB
Cleveland
3 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We visited Fred’s for the first time on Valentine’s Day. They had amazing food and drink specials. Service was great and food was wonderful! And dessert...amazing!

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DP
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a great Valentine/Anniversary dinner at Fred's. We had our first date at Fred's so this was a special night. The food was perfect and everyone did a great job. Thanks for giving us a wonderful night.

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j
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great Food!! Nice atmosphere! I loved the outdoor patio area very beautiful! Great Place

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JK
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Always a reliable place for a great meal. From appetizers to entrees to their desserts it’s always easy to take folks there and not be disappointed.

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T
St. Louis
10 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

This is a restaurant that has been in operation 40 years. It serves very good barbecue, and steaks. The interior is nice, with a cozy fireplace
Unpretentious
Decent wine list. My wife enjoyed a great cucumber and lime martini
The Fred’s sampler was very good which included homemade andouille sausages

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CE
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best food and our server was amazing! Smoked sirloin and mashed potatoes were amazing!! Will definately come back!!

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OT
1 review
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Birthday dinner for my wife.

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TC
Fayetteville
7 reviews
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 3

Took my mother because this place held special memories when it was owned by Fred himself. It’s not the same quality food as it was in past. I had a ribeye which was very fatty and very thin and a baked potato which was really small. Mom had the ribs which I had two of which I felt I was eating a bbq bone. She said the beans and slaw were good. The dessert was good as well as the service. Overall, not a place I would recommend for the price you pay.

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L
Little Rock
7 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

First time I’ve ever had a bad meal at Fred’s. Steaks were overdone and my wife’s meal was cold. Server was slow and made lots of excuses.

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JH
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 16, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 3

Service was excellent however the food was average.

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AS
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and fantastic service. We will be back !

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S
Fayetteville
4 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 3

We dined at Fred’s Christmas Eve. The restaurant was very busy. Our party of seven was seated quickly. Our waitress was friendly and efficient. We enjoyed a variety of menu items including appetizers. No complaints on food or service, but there was a very unhappy baby seated at the next table, which was no fault of the staff. We had a nice Christmas Eve meal at Fred’s.

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SE
St. Louis
7 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We wanted a special dinner for Christmas Eve, and Fred’s did not disappoint. The service, food, wine, and ambiance were all amazing! This may become a Christmas Eve tradition for us.

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TM
1 review
Dined on December 12, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

Took my wife to supper for her birthday and we had a very relaxed evening. We split a Romaine Wedge Salad and ordered the Filet and Shrimp Andouille Pasta. All was seasoned and cooked to perfection.

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J
1 review
Dined on November 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

First time to go to Fred's Hickory Inn! It was just perfect in every way... Great service, food and atmosphere. Already planning when we can go back !

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D
Fayetteville
3 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Family birthday dinner at one of our local favorites. We’ve been fans for about 20 years now. Always good food.

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SM
Kansas City
1 review
Dined on November 13, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Had a reservation for 6 people, all from out of town on Monday night only to show up and find the restaurant closed... I guess new hours and no one communicated from OT or Freds. Sure put me in a pinch as the organizer to find something last minute.

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BH
1 review
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Great meal as usual. Brought someone for their first time and it was a hit. Especially the cheesecake!

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BH
1 review
Dined on October 30, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

My favorite place to take friends and family. Just a trifle disappointed in the ribs today - they were a bit dry and chewy

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JM
Fayetteville
2 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

This was a very nice, family oriented place to eat. It's a good spot for just a casual night out or to take a significant other for a special occasion. Would also be a nice celebratory location for a sharing a meal for anniversaries, birthdays, graduations etc. The food was great. The kids menu was pleasing and inviting to the toddler grandchildren we took with us for this night out. All in all a very nice experience with excellent service, atmosphere and food. It is a little pricey on some of the menu items in comparison to other local options, but not way out of market expectation. We will be visiting again in the future.

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LD
Denver
3 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent meat based meals with impeccable service. Building is old and quaint. Definitely a nice dining experience. Ann was our waitress and she did outstanding.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 24, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

We love Freds. It’s always good and the service is great.

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JJ
1 review
Dined on October 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious smoked sirloin. Never would have guessed it could be as good as prime rib.

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SH
1 review
Dined on October 7, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Food and service were top notch. Enjoyed the Smoked Sirloin, loaded potato and salad with their yummy Parmesan dressing.

This was our 20th anniversary. Had not been to Fred’s in several years. Only downside was the noise. It was a little loud and our table was near the front door which made it slightly less romantic.

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VD
Little Rock
3 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food! Just as I remembered! Will always be one of my faves!

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S
Denver
14 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Jo was our server and did superb. Food was great! We enjoyed the patio seating with live music. Highly recommend.

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WH
1 review
Dined on September 22, 2018
Overall 4food 2service 5ambience 5

The only complaint was that both of our steaks were too salty, to the point we could not finish our steaks. However, our waiter was very polite and apologetic and Fred's Hickory Inn made it right. I would go back for sure and would recommend them, and next time order my steak without seasoning.

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AA
1 review
Dined on August 18, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

service was very good. Much better than it has been in the past. Food was good and satisfying. I had the strip steak and it had to be the best I have ever had there.

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MM
1 review
Dined on July 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great atmosphere. Great service. Great BBQ - sausage and sauce were outstanding. I really enjoyed the Shrimp Parmesan salad. The shrimp were cooked perfectly, and the dressing was great. We enjoyed the live music. We'll be back!

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DB
Dallas
2 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 3

Waitress, although friendly, was persistent with clearing the table and checkup questions. We were attempting a small birthday gathering for our daughter with family and before she started college and felt rushed to leave. This was frustrating, irritating and unnecessary as the restaurant was not busy. There was no need to rush us as we were quiet and well mannered. Disappointing.

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F
San Francisco
35 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our first visit and we were not disappointed! We will definitely return.

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OT
Tampa
21 reviews
Dined on July 19, 2018
Overall 2food 5service 1ambience 5

We love Fred’s and usually have a perfect experience so tonight was a disappointment. Our server was friendly and skilled but something was wrong with the service somewhere. Everything took so much longer than it usually does at Fred’s (than it would anywhere) and we didn’t see our server very often. The dining area was very noisy and full to the point of feeling crowded which was odd for a Thursday. I don’t know if they were under staffed or what. This place is generally wonderful so I’m considering this a fluke. We were taking our parents out this evening to show them one of the places we are considering for our wedding dinner so this was doubly disappointing but we will be back, hopefully to the usual great experience.

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J
1 review
Dined on July 14, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 3

We tried this place for the 1st time to celebrate our anniversary. We liked the unigue building and interior but were not impressed with some of the food or service. The stuffed mushroom appetizer had so much cheese and other toppings that there was very little mushroom to taste. We assumed that our waitress would bring complimentary bread as most restaurants like this offer bread and we saw it on other tables. When we asked she said she'd bring it if we wanted it. My soup was brought next(Mediteranean Veggie). I was expecting a broth type soup with assorted vegetables but it had a thick chili consistency and tasted burnt. Our main entrees were brought out next although I was supposed to have a loaded sweet potato and they brought a loaded baked potato. They were quick to remedy this. Both my meat and potato entree and my husband's were good. A little while later the complimentary bread was finally brought out. For a moderately expensive restaurant we were a little surprised that the bread was a hoagie roll that had been spread with garlic butter and cut in slices. My husband and I had water to drink. By the time we were finished with our meal I had about half a glass left and my husband had finished his. Our waitress had never offered to refill our drinks or come by to check on that but finally another person, maybe a manager, came by and noticed. At this point we decided to forego getting dessert not wanting to wait any longer especially if it didn't turn out well. As I mentioned before it was our anniversary and we thought we might be better off just going to a local dessert shop. When we asked for the check the waitress told us that they had complimentary cheesecake for us as it was our anniversary and we just let her know we would take it to go. When we did try it at home it was very good. Though our main entrees and the cheesecake were good we don't plan to come back due to the other things mentioned.

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MS
1 review
Dined on July 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food & atmosphere. I miss the shrimp salad with the Parmesan dressing though.

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JR
1 review
Dined on July 6, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Nice dining experience. Enjoyed the ambiance and the main course was great. I had the smoked pork. The stuffed mushrooms were good as well. The cheesecake was very soft and didn't seem baked, not the best I've ever had but was good.

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CM
Louisville
1 review
Dined on June 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food and service was excellent. Had their filets. Cooked perfectly. Been going to freds since the 70s usually not disappointed.

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B
Fayetteville
30 reviews
Dined on June 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Father’s Day Lunch. Food and service were both outstanding.

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RB
Fayetteville
6 reviews
Dined on June 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fathers Day lunch 1/2 Rack was awesome. Just right for dry rub.

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