The Bugler

4.4
205 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 Craig DeMars 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. Manager/Wine Sommelier Robert Vincent and his staff look forward to serving you.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Staff temperature check required
  • Diner temperature check required
  • Contact tracing information collected
What 205 people are saying
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4.5
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4.5
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Noise · Moderate
90% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Good first time experience. Ryan did a nice job as our waiter. Suggest the wedge salad have dressing option. Normally blue cheese but we got ranch. Appreciated the birthday dessert. We will be back

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StaceyJ
Little Rock
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was excellent and view was beautiful with mountains in the back

OT
OpenTable Diner
Houston
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

All good, I was not dissatisfied

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NanM
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Nice atmosphere. Menu needs more choices. The steak was very good and the branded toast on the charcuterie board was a neat touch.

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StanG
New Orleans
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Good food with a unique menu. Prices reasonable for this level of food and service. Great service. Noise level is a bit high. We celebrated our anniversary and the staff made it special for us. We recommend it.

OT
OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall3food4service5ambience5

Anniversary diner! We are considering membership at Oakland and haven’t experienced the facility. Well done. Great view, food, and ambiance other than the loud table next to us but that is difficult to control.

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suzijim
Little Rock
10 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The meal was delicious, the view was spectacular and the service was excellent

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CurtisC
Little Rock
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really good

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RobinV
Memphis/West TN
6 reviews
Dined on June 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful view! Outstanding food and cocktails. Second time there and just as good as first time!

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DeniseS
1 review
Dined on June 6, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Excellent sea bass. Would have enjoyed a fresh salad with the bread. Best calamari I have tasted. A little overpriced.

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TomP
Fayetteville
3 reviews
Dined on June 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had another great dinner at The Bugler. Hannah gave us exceptional service. We sampled fried and raw oysters, calamari, Caesar salad, strip steak, filets, double pork chop and sea bass. Another 5* evening.

MD
MikeD
1 review
Dined on June 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

If you look at their menu with its steaks and seafood tower your first impression might be that this is just like a chain steakhouse. Far from it! The sparkling new dining area with its floor to ceiling windows and views of the Oaklawn race track and mountains in background Is beautiful. Service is first class. Time and attention is spent on the presentation of the food and the little things. We had the fried green tomatoes as an appetizer and they were great - fresh and very tangy tomatoes, lightly breaded and served with a delicious sauce and no greasy after taste unlike typical “Southern Fried” foods. The wedge salad also a thumbs up. The crumbled blue cheese with its deep flavors clearly superior than the usual blue used for this dish. We had the 6oz and 8oz filets for our main course and they were perfectly grilled. Even though I ordered mine rare, it had charred grill marks on it that gave a just right char taste to mesh with the perfectly rare meat. They must have used an incredibly hot grill. We got them with the complementary cognac peppercorn sauce that wasn’t too sweet nor too peppery. A Goldilocks just right. And then there were the vegetables! Perfectly cooked broccolini, tasty truffle fries and Wye Mountain mushrooms and they were ALL hot - not luke warm. Good to know you don’t have to go all the way to France to find a restaurant that takes vegetables seriously. Had NY cheese cake for desert which was very good but not great, then again I am originally from the Northeast so tough to please. I think the addition of a pastry chef and a desert cart would really fit in at this place. As for beverages there is a good selection of spirits and a good wine list and if you want to splurge there are offerings such as Insignia or some less expensive ones such as Sea Smoke. Finally I suspect many of the good things at this establishment are due to the efforts of the Manager/sommelier Robert. If you go and love wine try to get a chance to chat with him.

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Dharris
1 review
Dined on June 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We loved our dinner last night. Everything we tried was delicious. We will definitely go back, and cant wait to try more items on the menu. We tried the lobster bisque, lobster mac & cheese, fried tomatoes, and the sea bass.

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BillC
1 review
Dined on May 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The next time our family wants a quality experience we will head to the Bugler!!

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MaryH
Savannah
5 reviews
Dined on May 30, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Wish the sides would have been a little larger. They weren’t (in my opinion) family style.
Staff was wonderful! View is fabulous. Food was really good.

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LAGG
1 review
Dined on May 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place to celebrate a special occasion or a an evening out. Great views and ambiance.

ME
Mike2E
1 review
Dined on May 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was excellent, however, the service especially our server made the experience perfect.

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OpenTable Diner
Springfield
2 reviews
Dined on May 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was great. They had a Japanese sweet potato with plum butter and it was the best thing I've ever had! Highly recommend

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Tunabopper
Little Rock
2 reviews
Dined on May 28, 2021
Overall3food3service5ambience5

The menu definitely needs a lot of tweaking. None of the entrees appealed to me and I don’t eat beef. My 3 companions also were not impressed with the selection either. They really disliked the 2 pasta dishes. I thought the lobster bisque was just so so and the Caesar salad would have been better with more shaved parmigiana. I did enjoy the crab cakes and the corn relish was delicious. Also didn’t care for the complimentary breads. But the service and ambiance were excellent. I see no reason to go back unless the menu changes. I love risotto but not mushrooms, would have tried the sea bass but I’m allergic to shiitake mushrooms and that’s the glaze. I’m glad there is another upscale restaurant in town and hope the menu will change in the future.

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NathanP
Memphis/West TN
1 review
Dined on May 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great dining experience with a beautiful track view!

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hank
1 review
Dined on May 26, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Drinks with tonic water were not good. Should change to Schweppes tonic. Food was average.

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Geniedar
Washington DC
35 reviews
Dined on May 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our food was excellent. Our server Joel was very attentive. Beautiful views. Ambiance. I would highly recommend. Excellent crab cakes. Pork chop was huge. Steaks great. Large portions.

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RobinV
Memphis/West TN
7 reviews
Dined on May 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Celebrated our anniversary. Food, atmosphere and service was top notch! Highly recommend!

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DavidG
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on May 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time here
Great view
Great service
Great spot for special occasion

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MeganB
1 review
Dined on May 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and service were both amazing. They had an incredible wine selection. We came here to celebrate our engagement and our waiter greeted us with a congratulations. Great service!!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on May 22, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Ryan our server was spread too thin. While he seemed very knowledgeable and trying to accommodate,he seemed to have more than he could handle. His service teammates picked up the slack and delivered food hot from the kitchen. But we even had to wait for our check.

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Foodies
1 review
Dined on May 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was one of the best meals I've had in a long time....My wife and I eat at a lot of upscale restaurants, such as Loca Luna and Doe's. They are very consistent and use the freshest vegetables and meats available and are very well represented. The Bugler ranks right up there with these places, if not a notch above! Our server was very informed and helpful. The lobster bisque was to die for and the filet steak was so tender.....not to mention the sea bass was top notch. We thoroughly enjoyed our meal, although we weren't as lucky at the casino.....lol
Thanks for a wonderful meal, Mike & Nancy

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on May 19, 2021
Overall4food4service2ambience5

Service was horrible. Ordered wine and forgot to bring chiller, just left white wine on table. When waiter realized his mistake he took wine to put it in a chiller but never brought it back to table. Had to ask for wine refills constantly. Never cleared table in between courses, forgot to bring sharp knives to cut steaks. Asked for dessert but never brought it. On the plus side the pork chop was outstanding as well as the lobster bisque. The waiter did try to compensate for lack of desire by bringing us free dessert to go, so I do believe they were trying to make up for the poor service. However, since it was our anniversary the poor service made for a less than memorable experience.

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MikeH
Little Rock
1 review
Dined on May 16, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Our party of six dined at The Bugler in mid-May, 2021.
Everything went well. The food was good and the recommendations/service from Heather was excellent.
Be aware that the some of the dishware they have are strange, and some of them are not easy to use. For example, their martini glasses have an uneven rim, and you can only drink out of one side of the glass. Customers who unknowingly try to drink out of the wrong side end up spilling. (We avoided that issue because two people at our table had been to the restaurant before.)
I was paying the bill and thought that the place is a tad overpriced, especially the cocktails.
There are other fine restaurants in Hot Springs that are more reasonably priced.
I suspect that we will still go back there sometime, but will be a little more careful about what we order.

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OpenTable Diner
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on May 15, 2021
Overall3food5service1ambience5

The food was excellent. Service has a lot of improvement needed.

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MarcusE
1 review
Dined on May 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Customer service was great food was great lots to choose from the chef sent out samples while we were waiting for our appetizers. I left full and satisfied. Will definitely be back asap.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Little Rock
1 review
Dined on May 15, 2021
Overall1food2service1ambience2

Worst service and food wasn’t worth the price ! Waited 15 minutes just for a hello from our server . H

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DeanoCasino
Orlando
1 review
Dined on May 15, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Nice restaurant, great location, good food, a little overpriced.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Little Rock
1 review
Dined on May 15, 2021
Overall2food1service1ambience3

I had high expectations for this restaurant: I ordered my filet medium and it was brought out well done. Server wouldn’t correct the mistake. Server was not attentive. I left without eating my food. Expressed my concern to the server and he said come back another time with another chef.

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OpenTable Diner
Dallas
1 review
Dined on May 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My birthday dinner was perfect! The service, the scenery and the food exceeded my expectations.

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vipBumpskier
Denver
22 reviews
Dined on May 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our meal was really quite good! They were very good about making sure our dietary preferences were honored. Extremely attentive staff!

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OpenTable Diner
Little Rock
1 review
Dined on May 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great anniversary dinner. We will be back again!

OT
OpenTable Diner
Denver
3 reviews
Dined on May 14, 2021
Overall4food4service2ambience3

Overall a nice experience. Servers were a
little overwhelmed but still attentive. The food was good, plate
presentations were outstanding. Wine pours were generous!
I didn't care for the lighting, which took away a little from the
ambience, but the restaurant itself is very well appointed. Starched napkins were a nice touch.

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JamesS
1 review
Dined on May 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Bugler was excellent!
Service was great
The sea Bass was delicious, and plentiful
The wedge salad was large and tasty
Cornbread at beginning was delicious!
Lot of attention from manager.
Wonderful experience!

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gwbell
Little Rock
19 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our family had brunch at The Bugler for Mother’s Day. We enjoyed being there! The staff was attentive and the food was was very good. This was our 2nd time to dine there and we will be back.

FAQs

The Bugler is rated 4.4 stars by 205 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.