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About The Griffin Restaurant - Murphy Arts District

The Griffin Restaurant opened in September of 2017 as a part of the Murphy Arts District in El Dorado, Arkansas. Exuding an air of industrial chic, the Griffin Restaurant will make you MAD happy with crazy good farm-to-table food as well as live entertainment weekly during our Thursday Night Live series.

Excluding seafood, all food served at the restaurant will be Arkansas grown from farms within a 150-mile radius of the city. Please note that all of our farming sources are listed on a mural inside the Griffin Restaurant.

The Griffin has seating for more than 200 patrons including two private dining rooms, which are available for private rental, and outside patio seating.

101 E. Locust St.
El Dorado, AR 71730
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
American, Farm-to-table

Hours of Operation:
Lunch
Mon–Fri 11:30 am–2:00 pm
Saturday Hours
Sat 11:30 am–11:00 pm
Sunday Hours
Sun 11:30 am–9:00 pm
Dinner
Mon–Fri 5:00 pm–10:00 pm

Cross Street:
Washington Street

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(870) 444-3008

Website:
http://www.eldomad.com/griffinrestaurant

Executive Chef:
John E. Peters III

Additional:
Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Beer Garden, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Full Bar, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

The Griffin Restaurant - Murphy Arts District Ratings and Reviews

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4
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4.3

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.1

service

4.2

ambience

4.7

value

3.9

Noise

Moderate

92% would recommend it to a friend

Good for a Date (48)
Special Occasion (45)
Good for Anniversaries (43)
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Good for Birthdays (41)
Local Ingredients (39)
Live Music (38)
Business Meals (32)
Creative Cuisine (29)
Neighborhood Gem (28)
Quiet Conversation (27)
Good for Groups (25)
Fun (25)
Romantic (25)
Pre/post Theatre (24)
Bar Seating (23)
Hot Spot (23)
People Watching (22)
Worth the Drive (21)
Casual (19)
Great for Lunch (19)
Fit for Foodies (17)
Handcrafted Cocktails (15)
Healthy (15)
Notable Wine List (15)
Sunday Lunch (15)
Great for Brunch (14)
Authentic (12)
Cozy (10)
Late-night Find (10)
Organic (10)
Great for Outdoor Dining (10)
Scenic View (10)
Vibrant Bar Scene (10)
Seasonal (9)
Great Beer (8)
Happy Hour (8)
Good Vegetarian Options (8)
Comfort Food (7)
Disabled Access (7)
Afternoon Coffee (5)
Tasting Menu (5)
Kid-friendly (4)
Afternoon Tea (2)
Gluten Free Options (2)
Paleo Friendly (2)
Spicy (2)
Quick Bite (1)
Vegan (1)
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·Dined 2 days ago

Service was great but the food was a little disappointing, when i go Back i will not be ordering the Steak.

Tags: Hot Spot
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·Dined 4 days ago

The Griffin was great as always. Went on a Thursday evening for the music. Music was great.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Outdoor Dining, Live Music
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·Dined 7 days ago

The snapper was excellent and the charcuterie was very good. There was a lively crowd there for a Monday night.

Tags: Business Meals
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·Dined on January 14, 2018

Well worth every penny. Staff took care of us, and food was great. This place will have no problem keeping its doors open if they take care of every customer the way they took care of us. Great to see the downtown area revitalizing.

Tags: Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Quiet Conversation, Special Occasion
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·Dined on January 14, 2018

The food was below standard for the price we paid. My food was cooked incorrectly! We waited 25 minutes to be waited on for water. The waitress appeared to be lost and the floor managers were not very observant to how quickly the tables were being waited on. I would not recommend this to anyone.

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·Dined on January 12, 2018

We were celebrating my husbands birthday. The food is excellent and the service is great. The staff is very friendly.

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Live Music, Special Occasion, Great for Brunch, Quiet Conversation, Great for Lunch, Local Ingredients
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·Dined on January 12, 2018

Excellent red snapper

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·Dined on January 12, 2018

We had an amazing night. I love all the culture you offer. 😊

Tags: Authentic, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Fun, Good for a Date, Worth the Drive, Romantic, Good for Groups, Scenic View
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 (Toronto)·Dined on January 11, 2018

Thursday night music is a good night. Highly recommended

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·Dined on January 7, 2018

Food was great. Service was just as good. Our drink glasses never got empty. The huspuppies were delicious. I liked the spudnut desert. It felt like a local place still but also like a get away. The steak was wonderful! My husband is picky and he enjoyed it.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Quiet Conversation, Good for Anniversaries, Healthy, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Comfort Food, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Great Beer, Cozy
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 (Little Rock)·Dined on January 1, 2018

Great ambience. Attentive wait staff. Cool location

Tags: People Watching, Disabled Access, Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Authentic, Handcrafted Cocktails
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·Dined on December 30, 2017

Wonderful!

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·Dined on December 29, 2017

Overall the experience was very good. However, we (2 people) each ordered a dinner salad. The waiter only brought one out. When he came out with the 2nd salad he brought the main course as well. This is a no no. So while we are eating our salad our food is sitting there getting cold. This stuff can be attributed to growing pains. And should get better with time. But music was fantastic by DeFrance.... but I knew that before attending. I will be back for another visit.

PS: please book Trey Johnson and Jason Willimon for a show. Contact Alexis for contact info.

Tags: Good for Groups, Good for Anniversaries, Worth the Drive, Good for Birthdays
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 (Shreveport)·Dined on December 22, 2017

Food taste and portions were much better than my last visit. A bigger menu would be nice, unless they are going to have a few AWESOME, special signature dishes that will be the main focus, but overall I was pleased with the taste, presentation and portions given. We still weren't served what the menu said would be served with our order, but everything tasted good. Service is great and the mood of the restaurant is fun and makes for an enjoyable night out.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Romantic, Bar Seating, Special Occasion, Organic, Seasonal, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Live Music, Local Ingredients, Notable Wine List, Good for Groups, Great for Brunch, Handcrafted Cocktails, Neighborhood Gem, People Watching, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Anniversaries
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·Dined on December 18, 2017

It was great food and dining experience. Went before going to a concert, Home Free

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion
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·Dined on December 13, 2017

Great rehabed space! Daytime lighting and dining space remind me of my favorite restaurants in Houston and Austin. Well done. Highly recommend sharing Crab cakes and humus appetizers. Great first start! Looking forward new selections as the seasons and available produce changes!

Tags: Business Meals, Scenic View
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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on December 10, 2017

Brunch was great!

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·Dined on December 10, 2017

A party of 6 friends made reservations prior to the MAD concert on Saturday, 12/9. We arrived on time and were seated immediately. I wish I could remember our server's name because she was VERY GOOD. The food was tasty BUT COLD! Every single dish for every single one of us was COLD! The filet mignons were good, but COLD! The garlic mashed potatoes were good, but COLD! The jambalaya quickly cooled because the bowl it was served in was COLD. Very disappointing. When we notified our server as we were given our checks she immediately found an assistant manager who gave us a card for a free meal. What's the likely hood that 6 friends from East Texas will be back? Anyway, I would go back if I'm ever that way again and overall I think it's a restaurant worth trying. OH - it was a packed restaurant and a busy weekend and they ran out of potatoes. Planning???

Tags: Casual, Pre/post Theatre, Good for a Date, Local Ingredients, Notable Wine List
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·Dined on December 10, 2017

We enjoyed the ease of dining. Table was ready right at the reserved time. The waitress was phenomenal. My only complaint is it was a little cold in the restaurant but I would rather be cold than hot.

Tags: Good for Groups, Good for Birthdays, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Great for Outdoor Dining, Bar Seating
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·Dined on December 10, 2017

Took my wife out for her birthday, very special occasion. I had reservations and we were excited to finally have a nice place to go eat in Eldorado. The atmosphere and service was wonderful but the food really disappointed me. The complementary hushpuppies were great. My wife had the macaroni with pulled pork. The macaroni was hard and dry and it wasn't pulled pork it was more like little minced pork with a very overwhelming BBQ sauce. She barely ate any of it. I had the fillets with garlic mashed potatoes and fresh vegetables. The steamed broccoli was only thing on my plate that was good. Ordered medium rare and got well done/ burnt on one fillet and medium to well on the other I ate that one. The potatoes were dry and tasteless no garlic flavor at all. I would have generally sent the food back but I really didn't want to ruin my wife's birthday so we just enjoyed our time in a nice place. It's a shame the food was not good I was so hoping this to be a great new restaurant in Eldorado! Funny thing my wife opened her menu and it was all blank, I really hope they get it together it's a nice place.

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·Dined on December 10, 2017

The facility was great. As for the food, my wife and I ordered Red Snapper with vegetables (specifically broccoli). What it appeared we go was tilapia and cabbage. Waitress informed us that they had ran out of broccoli and that's why we got cabbage (She should have came and informed us, which didn't happen). While we eating the table next to us received their meal which had broccoli. Not happy at this point but didn't want to ruin the evening since it was my wife's birthday. Food was overpriced and improvements are definitely needed. I will most likely give it another try.

Tags: Good for a Date, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Birthdays
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·Dined on December 9, 2017

We celebrated our anniversary with the red snapper and ribeye steak. Both were cooked to perfection and the taste was sublime. I was pleasantly surprised how good the side items were. Everything tasted fresh . Our waiter was very attentive and polite. We definitely will be back and we won't wait until a special occasion .

Tags: Special Occasion, Quiet Conversation
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·Dined on December 9, 2017

Fabulous dinner and atmosphere.

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·Dined on December 5, 2017

We’ve been so excited to eat here since it opened. My birthday was the perfect occasion. We were disappointed in the food. They had really pumped up the farm to table concept. I guess the food made it from the farm but by the time it got to our table it was definitely lacking. Our server, Audrey, was fabulous, as well as, all the staff we had contact with. I received a free dessert because it was my birthday - the lost spudnut - really good and def gluten free, low fat, calorie free etc.......jk.

Tags: Good for a Date
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·Dined on December 2, 2017

SALTY and way over priced I would never go to this place again

Tags: Live Music
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 (New Orleans)·Dined on December 2, 2017

Service slow. Restaurant mostly full. Poor choices for light food.

Tags: Great for Brunch
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·Dined on December 2, 2017

This is my second time eating the the Griffin, I was not disappointed. The food, service and the atmosphere are all very good. It’s nice to have the view of the street.
My husband got jambalaya and I got catfish with sweet potato fries and a salad. The food was very tasty, salad was fresh and the fish was cooked just the way I like it, flaky(indicating it was fresh)on the inside and lightly breaded on the outside.
Eldorado has needed a finer dining experience for the locals, as well as for those visiting. Great job!
Looking forward to our next dining experience.

Tags: Organic, Good for a Date, Notable Wine List
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·Dined on December 2, 2017

The Griffin Restaurant is a welcome addition to downtown El Dorado. My last visit was my fourth, and the staff gets better with each visit. I will continue to enjoy the great food and entertainment as often as possible.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Romantic, Creative Cuisine, Hot Spot, Cozy
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 29, 2017

A fun, new spot with fresh ingredients and local flavor. Not your typical El Dorado restaurant, in a good way! Love that my dish felt healthy and that our server was extremely friendly.

Tags: Good for Groups, Good for Birthdays, Vibrant Bar Scene, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine, Local Ingredients, People Watching, Worth the Drive, Comfort Food, Hot Spot, Neighborhood Gem, Live Music, Business Meals, Great for Lunch
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 (Dallas)·Dined on November 24, 2017

Family get together.

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·Dined on November 24, 2017

Food and $ are good. Atmo is great. Service is spotty. Food is great.

Tags: Great for Lunch
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·Dined on November 23, 2017

I ate around 1:30. The buffet was disappointing. Fruit and salads were ok. Mixed vegetables were good. Sweet potatoes were too runny. Collard greens were tough. Turkey was dry and dressing was bland. Good roast beef. The desserts were a disaster! Pies should have been home made. The trifles looked totally unappetizing. Overall the food was passable but not what I am sure you are going for!

Tags: Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation, Happy Hour, Pre/post Theatre
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 (El Paso)·Dined on November 23, 2017

Everything was just fine. Buffet was a great. The variety of meat we had for Thanksgiving. Turkey, ham, and beef.

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Creative Cuisine, Disabled Access, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for Birthdays, Great for Lunch
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 (Little Rock)·Dined on November 23, 2017

The employees are attentive and courteous. The atmosphere perfect for a festive and the savory Thanksgiving meal made it very special for our family. And one employee offered to take our photo. We love this place.

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·Dined on November 18, 2017

Table was ready on time, excellent meal and service! Will definitely return!!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Sunday Lunch, Late-night Find, Seasonal, Paleo Friendly, Romantic, Tasting Menu, Good for Birthdays, Fun, Live Music, Healthy
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·Dined on November 17, 2017

Nice atmosphere, good music, excellent service. Enjoyed our night.

Tags: Live Music
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 (Little Rock)·Dined on November 14, 2017

I invited two out-of-town guests for dinner. Both the food and service were wonderful. We had a great time.

Tags: Great for Brunch, Seasonal, Fun
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·Dined on November 10, 2017

Came to enjoy Thursday night live music. We were not disappointed. Great time and everything was fantastic!

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Business Meals, Worth the Drive, Bar Seating, Local Ingredients, Great Beer, Great for Lunch, Handcrafted Cocktails, Fit for Foodies, Good for Birthdays, Live Music, Creative Cuisine, Late-night Find, Notable Wine List
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·Dined on November 10, 2017

Dinner and a show at the restaurant.

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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on November 10, 2017

Free concert by Barret Baber was great.

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