Preacher's Son

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Rustic American restaurant in a historic church located in downtown Bentonville, focusing on local and sustainable cuisine. In 1849, John Ruskin wrote The Seven Lamps of Architecture which spread Gothic Revivalism across the western world. In 1904, that same style is used for the First Christian Church in downtown Bentonville. In 2015, Chef Matthew Cooper, son of a Methodist preacher, becomes the executive chef of this restaurant. In 2017, We proudly connect these moments to open The Preacher’s Son.
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Dallas
4 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall2food1service4ambience3

We were terribly disappointed after waiting a long time to come to this restaurant. Our service was fine - not fabulous - but efficient. Service was Way too fast - we were in and out in 50 minutes and the meal came right on top of the appetizer. The restaurant is beautiful (albeit very loud and difficult to talk), and that was the best part of our experience. My husband's meal of short ribs was inedible and I don't think it was short ribs. It was a large hunk of meat, completely black on all sides with tough membrane in the middle and the taste was terrible. He sent it back and got mushroom risotto instead, which was fine but had no seasoning and cost $30 for a very small portion size. The server only brought salt to the table when we asked for it (no pepper) and we couldn't find her to get the pepper so he doctored it up with salt and was able to eat it. I ordered the pork shank which was tender and should have been delicious but again, had absolutely no seasoning. I could not salt it enough to cover the very bland flavor. It was served on top of mashed potatoes that were literally swimming in demi-glace (but the demi-glace wasn't bad. It was at least seasoned"
We had the mushroom appetizer which was fine (no seasoning) and a very small portion for a "shareable" dish.
Our check was $175 with tip. I never mind paying for a great experience, but this was anything but a great experience. Too many other options in the area to give this place another chance.

OT
San Antonio
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great atmosphere. Local food sourcing. A little on loud side.

OT
Detroit
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent food. The artichokes were amazing! Corn bread delicious! My son has a severe gluten allergy so finding a gluten free restaurant with delicious food was a treat!

LE
Fayetteville
2 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our reservation was for 11:30 lunch. We were seated a few minutes early. Our waiter was Stu and he was very knowledgeable about the building and the food. We enjoyed our meal and our time spent here. I will definitely recommend this place to my friends traveling to Bentonville. Linda

SS
1 review
Dined on November 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding food. Went for Sunday Brunch.
Excellent dining experience. Staff was very friendly and answered any questions we had. We’re already looking forward to our next visit. Thank you for a wonderful meal.

DH
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Went here for our anniversary. Great space. The prices are not cheap but you definitely get what you pay for. Everything was delicious if not a bit salty and the portions were adequate. Would definitely return the next time we are in Arkansas.

SF
Dallas
7 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Loved the short ribs, cauliflower and squash. Cocktails were delicious! Very friendly service and ambience. Looking forward to returning.

DP
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Ryan is a great server!
Table was ready on time and the food was outstanding

MR
Little Rock
8 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

45th Anniversary.
Great Bar
Great food
Great service!

L
Fayetteville
1 review
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Preacher's Son is our favorite restaurant in town. My husband and I have now celebrated three anniversaries here, and regularly come back to enjoy all the dishes on the menu. The service and staff are the best, and the food is amazing. You have to try Preacher's Son for lunch, dinner AND Sunday brunch!

TS
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Mixed greens with chopped apple roasted beets and goat cheese heavily caramelized pecans and sweet vinaigrette was fabulous and what I had for my meal. For an appetizer with drinks we shared the Grotto Misti squash. It was the best thing I’ve had in awhile. Cubes squash, firm and crispy with a tempura kind of coating. Delicious!! Husband had the shank. Service was good, waiter knowledgeable. No complaints. Would go back!!

LJ
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The old church setting was fabulous and the selections each person in our party made was great
Would highly recommend if u r in Bentonville

SH
1 review
Dined on November 6, 2019
Overall3food4service3ambience2

Your designer(s) have done a good job with the interior, Overall Old Church ambience retention, and a superb site/landscape design.

HOWEVER...………….noise levels are way too high, due to completely insufficient sound-absorbent vertical plane/overhead plane material to absorb these way-to-high noise levels. Suggest you need to work with an appropriate Architect or Engineer who specializes in the matter of noise suppression.

Otherwise, I give you very high marks

SG
Dallas
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Such a beautiful restaurant with a fun atmosphere! The food was absolutely incredible!!! I would say this place makes my Top 5 List and we can't wait to come again next time we are in town!!

LW
1 review
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent! We were visiting from out of town and went two nights in a row because there was so much on the menu that we wanted to try. Our waiter, Stew, had great recommendations.

CS
Little Rock
10 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Preacher’s Son was absolutely amazing. Everything from the beautiful bar downstairs to the gorgeous windows upstairs to the amazing food. It was an incredible experience. We will be back in May with 12 of our friends and family.

OT
Orlando
27 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2019
Overall2food2service5ambience5

My husband ordered gnocchi which instead of being potato dumplings was just a bowl of potatoes with crepe freche . I ordered the Mahi which I had to send back because it was undercooked. They were very nice and comped the fish entree and the second one was cooked well but I didn’t like the combination of flavors that can with it.

SH
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was good, service was good, table is too small to accommodate our food selection.

OT
Charleston
2 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and excellent service! Would definitely go again.

OT
1 review
Dined on October 30, 2019
Overall3food1service3ambience4

My short rib was so tough that I could not cut into it. I didn’t want to complain about it because we were with out of town friends but they should have noticed and done something about it.

OT
1 review
Dined on October 29, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Luved it as well as the speakeasy below

OT
1 review
Dined on October 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and ambience

JW
Los Angeles
14 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Great service and very good food in this old converted church building. Only drawback - it was really loud in there which made conversation virtually impossible unless you were a good lip reader.

LP
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful food as always. One of the absolute best restaurants!

LY
1 review
Dined on October 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The grilled sweet potato (brunch) was outstanding. Flavor profile was spot on. This restaurant is a must visit whenever we are in town from Chicago. In fact, I might consider travelling from Chicago just for that brunch again. Perfection.

TB
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience3

The concept seems great, the food was reasonably good, but the atmosphere feels a little empty. It's a beautifully renovated space, but lacked 'warmth'. They also accepted our 9 PM reservation and then informed us after they served us drinks (930ish) that the kitchen would close at 10, so it seemed rushed. Chicken meatballs were great, but service was a little standoffish (unusual for the South), so overall I would not rush back.

PB
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall3food2service4ambience5

I would recommend the downstairs bar and the rooftop- not so much the food at the main restaurant. Expensive for mediocre food.

Z
Tulsa
13 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Started off with cocktails downstairs at Undercroft. I had a great Sazerac riff. At the time of our reservation, we were promptly seated and greeted by our waitress. I started off with the cornbread and panisse, followed by the walnut and squash salad. For my entrée, I had the lamb bolognese. Everything was excellent. My highest recommendation.

MM
Dallas
2 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We thoroughly enjoyed our evening at Preacher’s Son. It was our first visit and won’t be our last. We had the cast iron cornbread and roasted cauliflower appetizers which were both excellent. Our entrees were the mushroom risotto and smoked fried chicken. I am a huge risotto fan and this was wonderful. My wife had the smoked fried chicken. It had a nice smokiness to it and was fried but not breaded so the skin was crispy with a great taste. The service was unbeatable. Can’t wait to be back in Bentonville for another night here.

c
Little Rock
2 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic food. Very eclectic menu, but everything was outstanding. Great job Chef Cooper!

SS
Orlando
4 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2019
Overall3food2service3ambience3

Risotto was much too salty and I enjoy salt. Also, just not nicely done. Some of the mushrooms had to be cut. Any other taste did not come through.
Disappointed in this meal , especially since I had read the menu and expected much more.

JF
Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience3

The ambiance was great, but the food was overpriced for what it was. Service was just OK.

OT
Oklahoma City
1 review
Dined on October 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I loved the atmosphere and they were very accommodating with all of my food allergies. The food was wonderful and the service was top notch.

SS
1 review
Dined on October 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Not gonna find your standard menu items here, but you may find some new favorites! Vibe was relaxed, friendly and fun.

RJ
Milwaukee
2 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was amazing. Best grits ever! We loved the venue also.

GU
1 review
Dined on October 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lunch was amazing! We had great service and really enjoyed the soup and salad combo. The atmosphere is great for a break from the work day.

MH
1 review
Dined on October 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service, food, atmosphere. Exceptional facility with most impressive basement speakeasy and rooftop bar. The Interior of main dining room was breathtaking with those exquisite windows. Beautiful and well designed renovation. Wishing this must-dine establishment much success.

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Birthday dinner

OT
Fayetteville
3 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was great❣️

MJ
Savannah
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome experience! Great food, service, and beautiful building. Very Accommodating to dietary restrictions. So excited to go back! Please go and try
❤️👏