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Grilled New Zealand Lamb Chops - J&S Italian Villa, Hot Springs, AR

J&S Italian Villa

4.7
4.7
184 Reviews
$31 to $50
Italian
Inspired by the coastal cuisine of Cinque Terra, J&S Italian Villa is a fun and trendy dining experience located in Hot Springs National Park, Arkansas. With seasonal menus crafted by 2-Michelin Star Chef Sascia Marchesi, you’ll enjoy unique and flavorful dishes featuring pasta made from scratch, seafood, steak, and fresh local produce.
 
Whether you’re interested in a date night for two, a special gathering in our private Red Room, catering for your big event, or simply relaxing with drinks and appetizers in a chic bar and lounge, J&S Italian Villa proudly provides attentive service in a welcoming atmosphere.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 3 times today

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Cuisines
    Italian
  • Hours of operation
    Mon–Thu 5:00 pm–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–10:00 pm
  • Phone number
    (501) 525-1121
  • Dress code
    Smart Casual

What 184 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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

4.7
4.7 based on recent ratings
  • 4.8Food
  • 4.8Service
  • 4.6Ambience
  • 4.6Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Little Rock

    Best Overall

  • Little Rock

    Best Food

  • Little Rock

    Best Service

  • Little Rock

    Best Value

  • Little Rock

    Healthy

  • Little Rock

    Hot spot

  • Little Rock

    Neighborhood gem

  • Little Rock

    Great for fine wines

  • Little Rock

    Romantic

  • Little Rock

    Lively

  • Little Rock / Central Arkansas

    Best Overall

  • Little Rock / Central Arkansas

    Best Food

  • Little Rock / Central Arkansas

    Best Service

  • Little Rock / Central Arkansas

    Best Value

  • Little Rock / Central Arkansas

    Healthy

  • Little Rock / Central Arkansas

    Hot spot

  • Little Rock / Central Arkansas

    Neighborhood gem

  • Little Rock / Central Arkansas

    Great for fine wines

  • Little Rock / Central Arkansas

    Romantic

  • Little Rock / Central Arkansas

    Lively

184 Reviews
  1. SteveJ

    Las Vegas

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    AMAZING. The quality of the food and the friendliness of the staff are second to none!!

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  2. JerryC

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 13, 2023

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Food was excellent, Waiter was better. I would like to have seen the shrimp meals with a few more shrimp (4) not quite enough.

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  3. OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 7, 2023

    overall2food2service3ambience1
    Have not been here in a good while. Was in town and decided to stop by. I am definitely disappointed with the changes. This use to be a semi quiet, nice place for a dinner with my wife. Tonight the live music was average but too loud. I had trouble hearing the waitress when she talked about the specials. They have taken my favorite chicken dish off the menu. The bill was $70 without any alcohol, which was $20 more than I think it was worth. Looks like I will need to find a new Italian place when I am in Hot Springs.

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  4. FredT

    Memphis/West TN

    31 reviews

    5.0

    31 reviews

    Dined on September 2, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We arrived a few minutes early but it was no problem. Service (Derrick) was spectacular. Attentive but not overwhelming. Food was awesome. Recommend the eggplant appetizer. I had never had eggplant like this before and it was delicious. Overall great experience. We will go back.

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  5. OpenTable Diner

    Memphis/West TN

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 24, 2023

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    The watermelon and feta cheese salad outstanding. Excellent entrees.

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  6. OpenTable Diner

    Oklahoma City

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on August 22, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was spectacular and the service was fantastic. Highly recommend! The homemade pastas and sauces were delicious. It’s the best Italian food I have ever tasted!!! Bravo!

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  7. DavidM

    Little Rock

    14 reviews

    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on August 20, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    My wife and I enjoyed a great anniversary dinner at J&S last night. The service and food were both outstanding. We arrived a little early for our reservation, but were seated immediately in the “Red Room”. It was like a private room since there were no other guests in the room. I was concerned that we might be forgotten, but our server, Jenna, was very attentive, and the manager came round as well to check on us. For appetizers, we had Caprese salad made with heirloom tomatoes. It was really attractive and delicious. I had steamed clams. We shared the Tuscan Salmon entree, and the salmon was cooked to perfection. Finished the meal with vanilla bean creme brûlée. It had been many years since we visited J&S, but we will be back soon.

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  8. Kitschnart

    Kansas City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 18, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    J &S Italian Villa is my new favorite restaurant in Hot Springs. Impeccable service and food, with an atmosphere that leaves me feeling I could be in Italy! Both the owners and all employees care about my dining experience. If you haven’t checked this restaurant out, do it now!

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  9. OpenTable Diner

    Little Rock

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on August 13, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience3
    Wonderful food two times in a row. I’m a critic and a cook. This is not the old J&S. Eggplant rollatini, lasagna and limencello cake were wonderful. I dined in the restaurant & do wish the live music in the bar was quieter. However, I think this is our new place! With its superior food and service, J&S could run Luna Bella out of business.

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  10. Deeds

    Memphis/West TN

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on August 13, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always an excellent dining experience, and the owners Jeannie and Sadiq always come by to check on how everything is going . Chris was our waiter, although new, he was excellent at telling about the specials, getting drinks and very knowledgeable about how to not interrupt conversation at the table. Everyone goes the extra mile to make it a very special evening!

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  11. OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    7 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on August 11, 2023

    overall4food5service3ambience4
    Very slow bar service. But the food is absolutely amazing. We love going here. Consistently great.

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  12. OpenTable Diner

    Las Vegas

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 11, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    One of the best in town. Food is great and owners are fantastic people. Service was attentive and friendly as well.

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  13. OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 5, 2023

    overall5food5service4ambience3
    The food was amazing, service was great, just a bit noisy. you will have the best experience If you can manage to get a table while there not so busy.

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  14. OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 1, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    J&S Italian Villa is always amazing!! It is a favorite!! Wonderful food l, servers, and atmosphere…..

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  15. MattiM

    Richmond

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on July 28, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great service from the whole staff. From hostess to excellent server. The owner spoke with us twice and was very active in the floor. The food was on point. Fresh, homemade pasta-we had the lasagna and the beef short rib. Amazing on both. Will definitely be back next time we see in Hot Springs! Oh and they had live music, an acoustic set with Brooke Martin. Fantastic voice and made the evening that much more special.

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  16. Captain747

    Los Angeles

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on July 24, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The lamb chop was excellent. One of the best that I have ever tried. The service was top notch. Thank you.

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  17. AnniversaryCelebration

    Dallas

    45 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    45 reviews

    Dined on July 23, 2023

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Visiting from out of town and like to try local when we do. J&S can be a little deceiving as it sits within a strip mall with a hodge podge of other businesses. There is outdoor seating but no one was taking advantage of it because of the heat. Stepping inside we were quickly greeted by the hostess who sat us. A server assistant was to follow shortly after who introduced herself, brought some bread and olive oil for dipping. Our waiter came a few minutes later to tell us a little about the menu, specials and take a drink order. We started with the Fried Calamari, Shrimp and Veggies which had two shrimp, a few pieces of calamari and some veggies. It had two dipping sauces. Overall good but could have used a little more calamari. Next up was the wedge salade which we split and that turned out to be just enough for each of us. Lettuce was crisp, enjoyed small pieces of pork belly and the homemade bleu cheese dressing. Main course Baked Lobster Rigatoni which was ample size. It was covered in mozzarella cheese and one finger sized piece of lobster. Was hoping for a few more small pieces throughout. Fettuccine Alfredo with chicken was creamy with fresh pasta. We never try to eat all of our main course and we had plenty for leftovers. The new owner made his way around the tables introducing himself and thanking patrons for visiting. Nice added touch. We would recommend for a date night, group of friends or a night out. It was newly remodled within the last year as part of the new owership.

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  18. Karyn

    Little Rock

    37 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    37 reviews

    Dined on July 19, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The wine pairing dinner was delicious, entertaining and educational. We look forward to participating in other events.

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  19. Steve

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 16, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The best Italian food we have ever had! Owner was checking each table, owner on a weekend? Not the manager.. the owner! It was FANTASTIC!! We will be back!

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  20. DawnW

    Key West

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 14, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    2nd visit to J&S and again a wonderful experience! The owners are so friendly and personable. Netting with each diner at least once if not more. Love the live entertainment!! The food is so flavorful and thoughtfully prepared and presented. Highly recommend!!!! Looking forward to another year of superior dining experiences. Thank you for sharing your special night with us!!

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  21. spdiningJudy

    Little Rock

    12 reviews

    3.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on July 10, 2023

    overall3food4service2ambience3
    The food was very good; but it took way too long to get it. Restaurant was busy; but still no excuse for the long wait for the food. Food is probably somewhat overpriced for what you get.

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  22. PatrickO

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 8, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful arugula and roasted peach salad! The Veal Marsala was very good, but the tomato bisque with crab was Outstanding.

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  23. BarryH

    New York Area

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on July 8, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    All good! Server was attentive and friendly. Would go back

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  24. OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 4, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fantastic as always! Everyone found something different on the menu to eat and it was all fresh and wonderfully prepared.

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  25. Whitehouse241

    Little Rock

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on July 1, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food and service was excellent. My husband had the lasagna and he said it was really good. We split the grilled Caesar salad which was fantastic and I had the crab gnocchi with a beef tenderloin. The steak cooked perfectly and the gnocchi were excellent. Our server was so sweet and bubbly she made the dinner so enjoyable. We will return again soon!

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  26. Karyn

    Little Rock

    36 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    36 reviews

    Dined on June 30, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We love J&S and the new owners and Lee as our waiter. We had a party of 6. Everything came out timely and the presentation of our food and taste was wonderful. So fortunate to have this quality of restaurant in our midst.

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  27. David

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 22, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food is excellent . Our waitress is friendly and wonderful serve to us.

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  28. AnnH

    Little Rock

    11 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on June 19, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our server was excellent. The fettucine afredo was the best I have had in a very long time.

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  29. ChristyO

    Salt Lake City

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 18, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I reserved the table in my name for my parents. They had a lovely time and said the service and the food was very good. They were visited by the owner/manager. I called the restaurant when they were about half way through their meal and asked to pay for their dinner over the phone. The manager was very accommodating and even texted me a copy of their receipt after the meal. Thanks so much for providing them with an awesome experience!!

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  30. Jadiegirl

    Dallas

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on June 17, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    We always love eating at J&S. Love the courteous and attentive service. Food was awesome!

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  31. ChrisS

    Houston

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on June 17, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I had not been there for a little over 2 years as rest of family doesn't enjoy Italian food as much as I. The menu was new since last visit as was the owner, many staff, and the decor. 2 of our party had the Baked Lobster Rigitoni, one had Chicken Parmesan (his favorite Italian meal) and I had the special of Wild Boar with angel hair pasta served with a apple/citrus/sage sauce. All the meals were wonderful and plentiful. Wine selection was satisfactory. My daughter inquired about one and a sample was brought for her to taste test. A piece of white chocolate/raspberry cheese cake was the finish to my Father's day dinner with my daughter and others. Wonderful meal and we would all order our same dishes again.

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  32. SteveJ

    Las Vegas

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 16, 2023

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Our absolute FAVORITE restaurant in Hot Springs. EXCEPTIONAL food and service.

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  33. SteveD

    Little Rock

    12 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on June 16, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    As usual food and service was impeccable on a busy Friday night. Lauren was our server and did a wonderful job.

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  34. OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 9, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Exceptional waiter (Derrick) and food! Music was fantastic too!

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  35. OpenTable Diner

    Little Rock

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 4, 2023

    overall3food2service5ambience4
    We were an interracial pair on a date. They literally sat us in a room by ourselves (party room) and then did not sit anyone in there with us. That didn’t bother me so much because in the main dining area there was a one man band that was a little loud (but he was decent). The waitress was the best thing about the place and delivered excellent service, but the food was so so. I ordered short rib pasta that tasted more like osso bucco.

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  36. OpenTable Diner

    Little Rock

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on June 4, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing experience from start to finish! We celebrated my mom's birthday. The rice balls are amazing, and the lasagna was delicious as always!

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  37. LindaD

    Little Rock

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 3, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The most delicious food and hospitality! Wonderful experience from the moment we arrived. J&S Italian exceeded our expectations on every level. The food was outstanding, and the service was top-notch. It is truly an elevated expression of Italian cuisine. The owners are highly attentive and make you feel like family. We look forward to returning soon! - Mark & Linda

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  38. Nibbles

    Austin

    104 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    104 reviews

    Dined on May 29, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    So wonderful to have everything just right! Thank you for real food, great drinks, and amazing service!

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  39. AlistairS

    Little Rock

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 28, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent food and excellent service from Heather - she was great! Had the calamari, followed by chicken parmigiana and cioppino and all were wonderful.

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  40. OpenTable Diner

    Central Coast

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on May 27, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had an excellent meal…..sea-bass, salmon, chicken parmesan and beef tenderloin were all fantastic. Everyone in our party was very happy with this restaurant. We will definitely be back and we highly recommend.

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J&S Italian Villa is rated 4.7 stars by 184 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 3 times today
Google Map for J&S Italian Villa

4332 Central Ave STE B, Hot Springs, AR 71913-7404

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Neighborhood
    Hot Springs
  • Hours of operation
    Mon–Thu 5:00 pm–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–10:00 pm
  • Cuisines
    Italian
  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Dress code
    Smart Casual
  • Parking details
    None
  • Additional
    Bar/Lounge, Entertainment, Outdoor Firepit, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Weekend Brunch
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