The Bugler

4.6
361 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
What 361 people are saying
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OpenTable Diner
Little Rock
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Food wasn’t great. Not impressed

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LeahM
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a great time at The Bugler! The staff was friendly and our waitress answered all of our questions and the food was fantastic! We will be back!!

OT
OpenTable Diner
Little Rock
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall1food1service5ambience2

Wait staff was great!!!!! Food was served room temp....very expressive for poor quality of food.....😕

LT
LovingTheBugler
Little Rock
6 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was our second time to eat here. The first time we had the chilean sea bass and it was amazing. This time, we had steaks. They were wonderful. The food is amazing and the wait staff is the best we have ever seen. Jeremy did an outstanding job. We didn't want for anything.

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MissyP
1 review
Dined on November 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always, from the front desk to the wait staff and the food, the service here is excellent.

OT
OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on November 26, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience1

The food was good but I had to sent my steak back for being under cooked. When it came back it was what I originally requested, (med). There was no atmosphere when we were there. I am sure it would be better if the races were in season. This is not one of those places to have that special night out. For $150 for two I have had better.

If you are looking for a nice steak and don't mind paying $37 to $50 just for the meat then this place will be just fine.

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OpenTable Diner
Little Rock
1 review
Dined on November 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Just great!

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JPRoland
Little Rock
11 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

What a nice surprise! We booked the Bugler on Thanksgiving night because there weren't many options on a holiday. I figured a casino would probably have a restaurant that was open and I made a reservation earlier in the week. The Bugler is upstairs and not a long walk from the main entrance and looked perfect when we walked in. They have a nice wine selection and the wait staff is excellent. My wife had the sea bass and I had the Thanksgiving turkey medallions stuffed with Boursin cheese and wrapped in bacon with an awesome holiday dressing. It was so good and excellent presentation, too. The coffee and creme brulee topped it off. Like I said, it was a big surprise and we shall return!

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MeganS
1 review
Dined on November 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Bugler was the perfect dinner spot. We split the NY strip and added sides. The servers were very attentive.

OT
OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on November 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

25 year wedding anniversary

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ARReview
Little Rock
1 review
Dined on November 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We enjoyed the food at the Bugler. I had the sea bass and my husband had the NY strip. Both were cooked and seasoned perfectly.

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CynthiaG
Dallas
2 reviews
Dined on November 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a great evening celebrating Cindy’s birthday.

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MarlinS
1 review
Dined on November 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The sea bass was great and the filet was cooked perfectly

OT
OpenTable Diner
Omaha
3 reviews
Dined on November 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

11/19/2021. Took my wife and mother in law to dinner. Awesome evening from food to service. Caesar and Caprese salads, lobster bisque, crab cakes, 6oz. filet w/ sautéed mushrooms and topped off with a creme brûlée. Will definitely be back.

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jamesh
1 review
Dined on November 14, 2021
Overall3food2service3ambience4

No flavor taste on steak. Also dry not moist. Would not go back.

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Cafr
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on November 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous experience! Food and service were exceptional!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Little Rock
1 review
Dined on November 12, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Concert night. Menu explained promptly & order placed in time to be able to eat in advance of concert.

Outstanding service & food!!!

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PaulC
1 review
Dined on November 11, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Perfect addition to the Oaklawn experience. Loved the menu (consider adding lamb) and the ambience was great.

Maybe white table cloths would help take it more into the realm of fine dining.

Hope to be back soon!

DJ
DaleJ
1 review
Dined on November 11, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Steaks were overcooked and the quality of the food does not justify the price.

DD
DanD
Little Rock
1 review
Dined on November 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was our second visit. This time we brought friends. It's always nice to have a great experience when you bring others. Our food was great as was the service, especially the service. The best recommendation for a restaurant is when you get consistently great food and service.

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OpenTable Diner
Little Rock
2 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience4

Great service and great ambiance set the stage for a nice dining experience.

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LarryL
Little Rock
2 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2021
Overall3food3service5ambience4

The people who work here are absolutely amazing. The place looks amazing and very comfortable. The food was less than stellar for the price you pay. I ordered fried green tomatoes and it came with a pimento cheese sauce instead of a remoulade sauce. My husband had the sea bass and for the price it should have melted in his mouth and it was just okay. I had the shrimp and grits. The shrimp were outstanding but the grits and the sauce were just so so. At the end they did give my husband a piece of cheesecake for his birthday. That was the best thing the whole night. Like I said great atmosphere and great staff they just need to work on the food a little bit

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SharronM
Mississippi
6 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had the dinner special,-porterhouse with ahi & pork belly . It was delicious.

Love this restaurant but would like to see a few more pasta & chicken dishes added to the menu.

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vipjaney
Little Rock
19 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Another excellent meal. We started with the lamb meatballs, served with an excellent taziki sauce. We shared a Caesar salad, which the kitchen plated for us. My husband had the Chilean sea bass, which was excellent and my filet had a wonderful flavor and cooked perfectly. The only negative was the dress of several other patrons. Sloppy sweat pants on both men and women, dirty and sloppy clothing on others. People need to clean it up. Jeans are great - my husband wore jeans, just look neat and presentable in public.
Service was excellent.

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Vince
1 review
Dined on November 5, 2021
Overall2food1service4ambience3

Staff was friendly, but for the price and the food quality it was definitely not worth it! Pork chops with dressing was super dry and overcooked!

LT
LovingTheBugler
Little Rock
6 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was my birthday so they treated us like royalty. The chilean seabass was amazing. The fabulous cheesecake was served free since it was my birthday. Very unexpected but greatly appreciated.

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John
Nashville
2 reviews
Dined on October 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Once again it was incredible

SG
ShellyG
Springfield
1 review
Dined on October 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The mushroom risotto is my favorite. my husband loved the crab cakes and the filet.
Everything from the bread to the salad to the main course was delish!!

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Foodie44
Dallas
5 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The entire staff was fantastic. Exceeded our expectations.

KK
KimK
1 review
Dined on October 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The best dining experience I can ever remember. Staff was extraordinarily friendly, service was terrific. Food was excellent and presentation was outstanding . If you are looking for cheap this isn’t for you, but as they say you get what you pay for. It was fine dining at its finest.

Kim & Betty Kelley

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JamieS
Las Vegas
3 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely delicious food from the appetizers to the dessert. Our server was wonderful and we will be back!

JM
JackM
Little Rock
7 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

After some opening pains, my 3rd time there was a charm. The food from appetizer to dessert was fantastic. Service was top notch. Clearly one of the best restaurants in Hot Springs and with fantastic views of the track.

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NancyRW
Little Rock
2 reviews
Dined on October 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had another wonderful experience at The Bugler Friday night!
Ashley was our server again and she was phenomenal!
The food and atmosphere were superb!
From the minute we walked in the door the entire staff was so friendly and accommodating.
My family and I had the best time!
We will be back ASAP!

OT
OpenTable Diner
Oklahoma City
1 review
Dined on October 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved it, dinner anniversary was a success

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Sierra
1 review
Dined on October 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

10/10 highly recommend The Bugler! The food was amazing. The service was amazing! Everything was absolutely beautiful and the view of the track was awesome! We will definitely be going back!

KK
KathyK
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Alex our server was incredible - every recommendation hit the mark and she was attentive to our every need. Food selections were creative and tasted fabulous - the chef is to be commended. Lovely atmosphere too - heading back in a few weeks when we return to Hot Springs. The new hotel really did it right with this place.

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DanD
Little Rock
2 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service and food were outstanding. Hannah, our server was attentive and helpful. Both my wife's and my meals were excellent. Crab cakes were actually crab cakes full of crab meat. Nice touch with our anniversary cheesecake - wonderful presentation. Overall great experience and will definitely come back and bring friends.

DA
DorothyA
1 review
Dined on October 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were served by an efficient waitress named Hannah. She took care of our requests, made some suggestions and was very pleasant.

As for the noise level, it was at a minimum, however we dined at 5 p.m. and the restaurant was not at full capacity.

We had a delightful dinner.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Little Rock
3 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and exceptional service

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vipRicharddad
Denver
47 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was fantastic, we'll go here again the next time we're through town.

FAQs

The Bugler is rated 4.6 stars by 361 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.