The Bugler

4.6
408 Reviews
$31 to $50
American
Hot Springs’ newest fine dining experience is now open at Oaklawn! The Bugler, overlooking Oaklawn’s legendary racetrack, will offer an array of culinary creations by Forbes-recognized Chef Ken Bredeson with ingredients harvested in Arkansas. Daily specials will include Lobster Mac and Cheese, Fire and Ice Seafood Tower, Pappardelle with Braised Wagyu Beef, Chilean Sea Bass, Bone-In Ribeye, and much more. Save room for Baked Hot Chocolate or White Chocolate Lavender Creme Brûlée. Plus, handcrafted cocktails and wines from around the world. The Bugler staff looks forward to serving you. Patio seating available upon request.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
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BrentG
Nashville
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service and food was outstanding. We were celebrating our 2 year dating anniversary and I proposed. The complimentary cheesecake with the HAPPY ANNIVERSARY on it topped the dinner off. We will definitely be back.

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OpenTable Diner
Little Rock
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall3food3service3ambience5

Overall nice place

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OpenTable Diner
St. Louis
10 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food5service4ambience3

For the price point of the food, we had slightly higher expectations for the ambiance and selection.
The steak tasted outstanding and the knife selection is a nice touch.
One thing we both commented on was it would have been nice to have a list of spirits available not just the wine and specialty cocktails.
One more thing I’d note is there seems to be no food allergy information available and no gluten free options for bread. (I asked)
Overall, we enjoyed our experience, but wouldn’t consider it “fine dining” as compared to other restaurants we enjoy.

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BrittneyJ
Little Rock
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience! Delicious food! Awesome service!

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Gelsea
Mississippi
8 reviews
Dined on January 9, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and service was great. Wished they opened for lunch at least while the races are going on. Great place !!!

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OpenTable Diner
Little Rock
1 review
Dined on January 8, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Exceptional food and service! Can’t wait to go back!

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OpenTable Diner
Little Rock
1 review
Dined on January 8, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were greeted and seated immediately at a nice table next to the window. The oysters are cold and the lobster Mac n cheese is on point. I had the chef special shrimp and grits…phenomenal. The wine selection is exceptional and reasonably priced.

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Alli
1 review
Dined on January 8, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Paige was our server and she was amazing! The food was five stars plus, we would highly recommend to anyone coming to Hot Springs. We were there again this evening, and everything was absolutely delicious again!

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AshleyA
Dallas
5 reviews
Dined on January 7, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food! Service was excellent.

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OpenTable Diner
Naples
1 review
Dined on January 7, 2022
Overall4food5service5ambience3

It’s a great restaurant at Oaklawn Racetrack. The food is very good and the service was excellent. The decor is very nice and modern. Our only suggestion would be to dim the lighting for evening dining.

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TamaraG
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2022
Overall5food1service2ambience5

We sat in the back area which was much quieter than sitting in the front. All our food was wonderful, except a well done steak that was still red (not just pink) in the center area. My daughter-in-law ate around it and when I pointed it out to our waiter he didn't apologize, he just looked at me and walked away! How rude. I will go back because normally they are excellent but next time a steak is cooked incorrectly I will just ask for the manager. I highly recommend the sweet & smoky cream corn and the cheese cake!

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Tasty
Atlanta
3 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2022
Overall3food3service5ambience5

I was able to be seated 30min before my rsvp which was nice. The server was friendly and the restaurant overlooks the race track. The menu was very limited to a New Year’s Day brunch. My husband and I have 1 drink each the vodka cranberry special holiday drink it was an average vodka cranberry with a better name and we both had the frittata (egg with topping and a berry side) also have one appetizer the Ahi tuna that we shared total bill $72 plus 20% tip $87 not worth it.

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Jla1
Mississippi
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Very amazing and upscale environment. I would definitely recommend for date night, anniversary, birthday, or New Year celebration!

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Cruise33
Memphis/West TN
2 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We always love The Bugler. The service is always terrific. The food is very fresh and tasty. A nice variety for an “upscale menu”. We were disappointed that the charcuterie tray has been revised. It was smaller than normal and did not have the honey that sets it apart for “usual meat trays”.

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DougW
Dallas
3 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was spectacular! Service very good. Very nice date night.
Recommendations: pasta with lamb meatballs and mushroom risotto.

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Shell
1 review
Dined on December 25, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Very nice surroundings, charcuterie boards yummy, bread and butters wonderful. Steaks cooked great.

Burger too raw looking (wagu), toppings don’t pair well with burger, would rather just have good burger with avocado etc, potato logs to big and dry (consider truffle fries with sauced for pairing)

Creme brûlée grainy and wrong consistency but nice portion.

Pork chop at next table looked yummy.

Will eat there again most definitely, just needed some tweaks

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HighRoller
Las Vegas
7 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went for Christmas night. Loved it!

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ElenaG
1 review
Dined on December 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went for Christmas dinner and loved every bite of our food! Such a great ambiance and service!

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vipMuffy
Shreveport
3 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time visit to The Bugler along with another couple. Every dish from appetizers, soup, salads and entrees were exceptional and excellent presentation also. I had the Sea Bass and it was superb. Friendly staff, service was great and waitress, Paige, made for a great dining experience.

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stephanie
Little Rock
1 review
Dined on December 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic from beginning to end. The sea bass was exceptional! Cannot wait to go back.

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DavidS
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on December 24, 2021
Overall4food3service4ambience5

The martini I ordered slightly dirty had way too much olive juice, my bad… should have sent it back. Oysters were delicious! Pasta with wagyu beef was good…. cocktails expensive. Shrimp and grits just ok. Sides of creamed spinach and mushroom risotto pretty good not great. Overall just too expensive for the the food. Needed to be spectacular to justify the cost

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OpenTable Diner
Little Rock
1 review
Dined on December 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very attentive staff. Good food. Nice ambience. Will return.

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KarenW
Dallas
2 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful restaurant, great service and fantastic food! It was a perfect wedding anniversary dinner.

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KirkT
Austin
5 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and service was so outstanding, on my way out I made a new reservation for the following night!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on December 18, 2021
Overall3food4service1ambience3

Service was poor even the waitress admitted that her Service was bad .
Even thev Appetizers came out after our dinner.

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OpenTable Diner
Little Rock
3 reviews
Dined on December 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a pleasure. Always great food. Always good service.

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molly
Little Rock
10 reviews
Dined on December 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Evening at the Casino-Resort

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Travelers
Peru
2 reviews
Dined on December 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food & great service!

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OpenTable Diner
Omaha
4 reviews
Dined on December 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Took my grandson to the races at Oaklawn and then dinner.

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MarkR
Little Rock
1 review
Dined on December 17, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Nice atmosphere, service was outstanding. Calamari was some of the best we’ve had. Shrimp & grits was excellent. Only problem had ordered the burger well done, it wasn’t quite medium. Didn’t want to send back, as wife woulda been finished by the time mine was recooked.

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JamesW
1 review
Dined on December 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service from Ashley was excellent. Food was outstanding and steaks cooked perfectly.

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vipPinkey
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on December 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was wonderful! Food was delicious, beautiful ambiance and the waiters/ waitresses were very attentive. Overall amazing!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service and very accommodating to food intolerances!!

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OpenTable Diner
New Mexico
2 reviews
Dined on December 12, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Very beautiful dining experience with a view that overlooked the horse racing track. Food was delicious and we had an amazing server that even gifted us a cheesecake for our anniversary. Definitely will be back and would recommend!

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ChrisS
1 review
Dined on December 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The whole staff from the minute your greeted at the door truly made you feel welcome! Everyone/ Everything was elegant without feeling pretentious! the wait staff, friendly, knew the menu, helpful with decisions. Very prompt but not rushed. Relaxing, amazing very enjoyable experience. Every dish, from appetizers, soups, salads and entrées were Superb. Our group had a little of everything and loved every bite!

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Ardukhunter
Memphis/West TN
1 review
Dined on December 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Outstanding pasta, service was equally as good. Bar could be a little larger

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NevAW
1 review
Dined on December 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Delicious food. Varied menu. Overlooking the track with some outdoor dining weather permitting. Very good knowledgeable service.

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EugeneT
1 review
Dined on December 10, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Excellent fillet, good sides. Sweet smokey corn was good. Quality mixed drinks, too.

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John
Nashville
5 reviews
Dined on December 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The waitress Paige, made the evening

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OpenTable Diner
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on December 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Concert ate at the restaurant before the concert at the event center.

FAQs

The Bugler is rated 4.6 stars by 408 OpenTable diners.

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.