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The Bugler, Hot Springs, AR

The Bugler

4.6
4.6
628 Reviews
$31 to $50
American
The Bugler, overlooking Oaklawn's legendary racetrack, offers an array of culinary creations including Steaks, Fire and Ice Seafood Tower, Chilean Sea Bass and much more. Featuring handcrafted cocktails and wines from around the world. The Bugler staff looks forward to serving you.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 13 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Fine Dining

  • Cuisines

    American, Seafood, Steak

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner Wed–Sun 5:00 pm–9:30 pm

  • Phone number

    (501) 363-4790

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Executive chef

    Ken Bredeson

  • Neighborhood

    Hot Springs

  • Cross street

    Golf Links & Central Ave.

  • Parking details

    Public Lot

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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What 628 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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

4.6
4.6 based on recent ratings
  • 4.6Food
  • 4.7Service
  • 4.6Ambience
  • 4.2Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Little Rock

    Good for special occasions

  • Little Rock / Central Arkansas

    Good for special occasions

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  1. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Dallas

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Chris was an excellent server
  2. KM

    KimberlyM

    Memphis/West TN

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience3
    Food was great, service was great! No real ambience though. I think being evening, if the lights were lowered a bit it would help. It just felt like a hotel restaurant.
  3. DJ

    DJay

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful service, excellent food, stunning presentation and lovely ambience. Chef Omar is very talented!
  4. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Little Rock

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    ABSOLUTELY THE BEST FOOD I HAVE EVER EATEN! The service was good,the atmosphere friendly and welcoming, the people lively and happy. Great overall experience. Will be back.
  5. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Dallas

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 24, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience4
    The Bugler was… okay. We waited quite a while despite our reservations. One of the front doors was closed and locked, so it was difficult for patrons to go in/out. We watched a man in a wheelchair struggle and it was sad. Dinner was okay. The cheese plate was quite boring with only fontina, havarti and brie. A thirty dollar cheese plate ought to be more sophisticated in my opinion. My partner ordered béarnaise with his steak and we had to remind the waiter three times to bring it. When it finally came, it was cold. Overall, a very underwhelming dinner for $400.
  6. KK

    KevinK

    Little Rock

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent service. The Rib Eye was perfect
  7. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our waiter was outstanding and patient, the atmosphere was extremely quiet and exquisite!!! And the food was just great!!
  8. CF

    CarlF

    Little Rock

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 19, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience2
    Terrible ambience and sky high prices make the Bugler a poor second choice to the Oak Room. I might be a place to consider during the racing season -- you can have a good view of the track -- but otherwise checkout the Oak Room or the Deli.
  9. M

    Muffy

    Shreveport

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on November 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The Short rib Friday night special was excellent. Special compliments to the Chef. Portion was so large we brought it home and ate on it the next evening. Always enjoy dining at The Bugler.
  10. AB

    AbbyB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It was a great experience to have for our anniversary dinner.
  11. BC

    BradleyC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The service was beyond expectation. The food was phenomenal. It's good motivation to work hard for a lifestyle that can sustain such high level dining.
  12. GV

    GerryV

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The Bugler is a very well run restaurant. Service was very good - as was food quality. Overall, I would say that the value was there, although the meal was a little pricy.
  13. S

    Surveyman

    Dallas

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 30, 2022

    overall3food4service2ambience2
    Overall it was okay. Not what I expected. The food was good but the service was slow and the atmosphere was lacking.
  14. B

    Brad

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I brought my mom to dinner for her 65th, and we absolutely loved everything about your restaurant. The service was remarkable. Your wine selection by the glass is spectacular ( prisoner ). Your portions are perfect, and the flavor is OUTSTANDING! Chris was one of the best waiters I have ever had.
  15. RL

    ReneL

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Service was excellent. Starting with the valets to the hostess. Our waitress Page was outstanding. The food was fantastic. We had a great experience.
  16. HT

    HandT

    Houston

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on October 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience3
    We were celebrating our 38th anniversary. As always, the food and service were top notch and we will definitely be back.
  17. KB

    KathleenB

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 23, 2022

    overall2food5service3ambience1
    Food was great! Table we (party of 2) were seated at was next to a party of 18 people who were loud and rude. We could not even hear ourselves have a conversation due to the loud noise coming from the party of 18.
  18. JA

    JessicaA

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food and service were exceptional. Highly recommend.
  19. RH

    RichardH

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful dinner to celebrate our anniversary. Rick and Linda Hill
  20. DD

    DanD

    Little Rock

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This was our third visit to The Bugler. My wife had the Lobster Pasta which was excellent. I had the Plank Salmon which was also excellent. Rebecca, our server, did a great job of informing us about the selections and the status of our order (although we were not in a rush). Very enjoyable evening. Will definitely go back.
  21. D

    Deeds

    Memphis/West TN

    2 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 16, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience5
    The cedar plank salmon was delicious as was the sea bass! For an appetizer we always get the crab cakes which are always fantastic!
  22. SG

    ShellyG

    Springfield

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Awesome place to dine. Wonderful view of the race track! Excellent food, crab cakes are so good!! Our waitress Ashley was very accommodating and so very nice!!
  23. TN

    TeriN

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 9, 2022

    overall1food1service4ambience4
    The ambiance was great but the food was sub par.
  24. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food and view of the race track!
  25. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Shreveport

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 7, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    We recently visited Oaklawn resort for a girls trip. This is one of the two “upscale” restaurants on the property. Our meal was delicious! I can’t remember our waitress’s name but she was very knowledgeable & helpful. Drinks were excellent. We had crab cakes & a stuffed portabella mushroom appetizer. So good!! One friend had 6oz filet. It was cooked perfectly along with her loaded baked potato. Another friend had the Sea Bass which looked delicious & she loved it. I ordered the shrimp & grits. I was hesitant because it’s a dish that can be really good or really bad. Our waitress assured me it was one of their most popular items. It was perfect! Nice size shrimp, andouille sausage, spicy tomato based sauce & white stone ground Carolina grits. Super fun night & great dining experience. Highly recommend.
  26. D

    Dave

    Las Vegas

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on October 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent service by Paige, attentive but not hovering. We had shrimp and grits, 2 had sea bass and salmon, all were cooked to perfection and delicious. The chef even came out and talked to us. He said they were going to change the menu seasonally which is nice. Pricey, but not any more so than the other places similar in Hot Springs. Highly recommend.
  27. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Pittsburgh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    From parking in valet and getting a recommendation and tips from the valet driver on what to eat to our friendly and awesome waitress Ashley. Our first wedding anniversary was one to remember. Not a single bad thing to say about the hospitality and atmosphere of it all. Followed by some casino time to end the night. I have been to several nice restaurants and casinos in my time and can say without a doubt this experience was top notch. Would recommend to anyone with any kind of experience in nice restaurants and casinos.
  28. m

    mmccain

    Memphis/West TN

    10 reviews

    3.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on October 2, 2022

    overall3food3service5ambience5
    My sea bass was delicious but my boyfriend’s porterhouse was stringy and chewy. Maybe not the place to get steak, but my fish was great!
  29. GH

    GaryH

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Enjoyed it all!! Rebecka was outstanding! We will be back. Thanks to all for a lovely evening!
  30. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New Orleans

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Dinner was excellent.
  31. PA

    PARD

    Little Rock

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 25, 2022

    overall3food3service1ambience3
    This was a repeat visit to The Bugler. We had brought a guest with us to whom we had raved about this restaurant, expecting to treat him to what we had come to expect and enjoy. Service and food had been impeccable in the past, but on our last visit it was very much lacking. When you have a good experience at this restaurant it is memorable. We will try The Bugler again and hopefully will be impressed once more.
  32. JB

    JamesB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    wonderful service and food. The staff was extremely friendly and personable.
  33. SH

    SeanH

    New Mexico

    22 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on September 23, 2022

    overall3food2service4ambience4
    Service was pretty good, a bit slow but it is a sign of the times. My wife enjoyed her dinner, but I was very disappointed with the mushroom risotto. I love mushrooms and it isn’t often you see oyster mushrooms on a menu so I had to try them. I love oyster mushrooms and shiitake which were both supposed to be in the dish. As far as I could tell there were no shiitake mushrooms and there were definitely no oyster mushrooms. The risotto was good and I don’t often enjoy risotto, but I was primarily wanting the mushrooms. Kind of disappointed at what looked like sautéed white mushrooms only.
  34. JP

    JohnP

    Little Rock

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on September 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great service really good food. They have new menu so if you haven't been in a while you should go back.
  35. RR

    RuRu

    Charleston

    65 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    65 reviews

    Dined on September 23, 2022

    overall3food2service2ambience3
    French onion soup was very good. It was a wonderful start to what we thought was going to be a wonderful meal! The crab cakes were horrible. So fishy they were not edible!! Awful. Lemon thyme chicken was good, no complaints there.
  36. CP

    CharlesP

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 16, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    We went to the Bugler for my wife's birthday. She was greeted at the door with a happy birthday wish that seemed sincere. Service was great and the food was plentiful and so delicious. There were several unique menu items and even the dessert plates had a different and interesting look. We felt special and we will return for the next big occasion.
  37. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Fayetteville

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our server (I believe her name was Amy) was awesome. Big smile & very welcoming. She was very attentive & efficient. The food was delicious with very nice presentation. We will definitely be back for a visit.
  38. JP

    JamesP

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This was a very enjoyable experience!…every aspect was a pure delight..the food was beautiful and delicious ..service was impeccable..we will definitely be back soon!
  39. S

    Sharon

    Nashville

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful food- as always.
  40. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It was my birthday dinner and it was wonderful

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

FAQs

The Bugler is rated 4.6 stars by 628 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 13 times today
Google Map for The Bugler

2705 Central Avenue, Hot Springs, AR 71901-7515

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Golf Links & Central Ave.

  • Neighborhood

    Hot Springs

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner Wed–Sun 5:00 pm–9:30 pm

  • Cuisines

    American, Seafood, Steak

  • Dining style

    Fine Dining

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Parking details

    Public Lot

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Ken Bredeson

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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