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Wed, 4/25
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The Griffin Restaurant - Murphy Arts District

4.5
129 reviews
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$30 and under
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American
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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 200-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.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
American, Farm-to-table
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Hours of operation
Brunch
Sun 10:00 am–2:00 pm
Lunch
Mon–Sat 11:30 am–2:00 pm
Dinner
Mon–Fri 5:00 pm–10:00 pm
Sat 5:00 pm–11:00 pm
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Phone number
(870) 444-3008
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
John E. Peters III
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Catering
For catering inquiries, please contact Rachel at rachelj@eldofest.com
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Washington Street
Additional
Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Beer Garden, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 129 People Are Saying
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4.5based on recent ratings
4.4
food
4.4
service
4.7
ambience
4.2
value
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89% of people would recommend it to a friend
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2.0Dined 5 days ago

Mediocre . Food was so so.

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5.0Dined 6 days ago

Meal was hot and fresh. The staff is very friendly. Really nice atmosphere. They food layout was to beautiful too eat.

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5.0Dined on April 15, 2018

Well staffed and plenty of food on the brunch buffet. Overall good value.

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5.0Dined on April 8, 2018

Sunday brunch was fabulous! The food tasted wonderful and there were more than enough options for everyone to enjoy. We met friends and were able to enjoy fun conversation over good food and bottomless mimosas. The mimosas truly are bottomless, they don't look at you in judgement when you order 5 or 6, we didn't feel rushed and everyone was SO NICE and welcoming. This is the kind of brunch I always look forward to while on vacation and it is so wonderful to now have it at home! The price for the brunch buffet and bottomless mimosas are a great value as well. This is going to be a regular thing for my crew!

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1.0Dined on April 8, 2018

The food offered lacked flavor and was cold. We ate there for brunch and it was their interpretation of a buffet style. We tried a little bit of everything and each member of my party all felt the same about the quality of the food. I personally did not finish most of the food items that I selected. This is the third time I have eaten at the Griffin and I have yet to have a good meal.

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3.0Dined on April 8, 2018

The band was great! The service, not so much. Sat at our table for 20 minutes and had to go to the bar to get our own drinks. Not one time during the night did a waitress stop and ask if we needed anything. Very disappointing for such a great venue.

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5.0Dined on April 1, 2018

the brunch was great. The chocolate mousse was great.

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4.0Dined on April 1, 2018

Was a very nice experience. Food was top notch! Excellent brunch apot

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5.0Dined on March 25, 2018

We ate Sunday brunch there. It was great! Variety of good food, great service, and very nice people!

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5.0Dined on March 25, 2018

Very good Sunday brunch. Great variety. Very fresh. Excellent made to order omelets.

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5.0Dined on March 25, 2018

Great food, great service!

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5.0Dined on March 19, 2018

The Griffin restaurant is upscale and urban in feel. Fantastic food, great service, friendly wait staff! Excellent choice and was a lovely surprise in El Dorado!!

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3.0Dined on March 18, 2018

this was the 3rd time there ..it was a total disappointment this time

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5.0Dined on March 16, 2018

Had 6:45 dinner reservation before 8:00 concert and was worried when we arrived that we would be pressed for time as the restaurant was full, but were pleasantly surprised that the service was great, food was wonderful. Huge wine list. Had plenty of time before show. Can't emphasize enough how good the food was.

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5.0Dined on March 16, 2018

I’m thrilled El Dorado has this fine place! The music venue is fantastic, the food is wonderful and everyone that works there is happy and helpful.

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3.0Dined on March 16, 2018

While the food was exceptionally delicious, the service was terrible. Our waitress was not very attentive at all. We waited for almost 25 minutes before she came to our table and took our order. It took about 20 minutes before we got our 2 glasses of water with lemons, which she dropped the lemons on the way to our table. Another 15 minutes to get the sliced lemons. She did not check on us whether we needed anything, nor if the food was good. We have to look for, and wave at her for our forgotten crostini, that was supposed to come with our food order. The crostini did not get to our table for another 15 minutes. When we asked for our check, and a to go box, she did not even delivered them to us. It was another lady who gave us our
to go box, and the check slip to be signed, without a pen. In addition, the hostess called my cellphone while we were waiting for our food to find out if we were coming to our reservation. For the type of this restaurant, and the price we paid for these food, we felt like the service should be as exceptionally well as the food. We were really disappointed.

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5.0Dined on March 13, 2018

The food was very good. Waitress was very helpful and knew the menu and made several suggestions that was helpful.

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5.0Dined on March 11, 2018

Outstanding gumbo as was the entire experience!

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5.0Dined on March 9, 2018

Retirement party
Also dueling piano night—-so much fun!

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5.0Dined on March 8, 2018

Our waitress Sena was wonderful! We never ran out of anything and she was very accommodating

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5.0Dined on March 4, 2018

We had a blast!!!! Great food, great music & awesome service!!!!

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5.0Dined on March 4, 2018

Everything was amazing, we enjoyed the food, atmosphere and the entertainment.

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5.0Dined on March 4, 2018

waitress Jordan is allways great. she’s customer focused, kind & warm. A great addition to the staff. The fish is allways good.

Love the place.

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5.0Dined on March 2, 2018

The food was outstanding. And the waiter was really great! I will be ordering the Salmon Oscar again for sure. Hope that it is a regular special. In fact, it was the waiters recommendation! This was my third time eating at The Griffin and it was my favorite by far. Thanks for changing the live music to an earlier time. We can now enjoy dinner, music and a good time and still be on time for work the next morning. Gives the weekend a nice start!

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5.0Dined on February 23, 2018

We really enjoyed our time! The live music (Dazz and Brie) was fantastic and I definitely would go again on Thursday nights.

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5.0Dined on February 23, 2018

We went to the Griffin Restaurant as a family to celebrate our grandson's 18th birthday. There were 11 in our group including 3 children. Everyone enjoyed the Griffin Restaurant from oldest to youngest. The food was delicious. We were pleased with our decision to go there.

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3.0Dined on February 18, 2018

There were 6 of us. Our table location and ambience were excellent. Staff was very friendly. Our waitress was friendly enough, but there were issues. She was unfamiliar with drink offerings, e.g. the term "well bourbon" I tried to order. She was resistant to any further explanation. She claimed the only offerings they had were premium brands at $11 a shot! I knew better, but didn't want to belabor the point in front of my friends. The water and other initial drinks ordered (simple wine and beer) were very slow to arrive. Then the waitress brought me bourbon on the rocks which is not what I ordered! I had clearly asked for it straight except for one cube of ice..very common order..not complicated. I very nicely offered to drink it on the rocks as it was. However, she never apologized or acknowledged her error, but jerked the drink from in front of me and replaced it with a glass straight up..still incorrect! (I added a cube out of my water glass). When you pay 11 bucks for a simple glass of whiskey, it should be served correctly!
Next, I was shocked that my grilled Red Snapper came absolutely smothered in strong spices and even cayenne pepper! Inedible for me, and that's something, as I normally love it, and have eaten it at restaurants literally world wide (Little Rock, Dallas, Boston, Atlanta, Rome, London, etc), but never like that! Who takes a great clean serving of sea fish and smothers it in very strong spices?!..only in south Arkansas?! My wife took the fish home in a to-go box, and it was too spicy for her the next day, and she normally likes strong spices! The only reason I gave this restaurant as high as overall 3 stars was because our other diners did not have the multiple issues I did, and perhaps I may have better luck if I ever go back (certainly ordering something else!) Btw, because of the bourbon issue, and again in deference to my friends, I did not complain to the waitress about the snapper. It was not her fault the way it was served.

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5.0Dined on February 15, 2018

The Live Music was great. Enjoyed my Angus burger Smithfield is an up and coming band, I suggest listening to them

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5.0Dined on February 15, 2018

Music was great. Wish it started a little earlier.

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4.0Dined on February 15, 2018

The restaurant is a great setting, however we were so close to the next table it was hard to focus on our own conversation. The food items were good in theory but some of the food temperatures were off.

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5.0Dined on February 14, 2018

My wife and I were on our first visit to Griffin Restaurant, to celebrate Valentine's Day. We had what can only be described as a fantastic evening.

Parking was readily available close by. The ambience inside the restauarant was perfect - with a central bar, attractively laid out tables, and a pleasant low noise level. The staff were most friendly and obliging.
The dinner menu and the quality of the dishes were absolutely top class. We both ordered the Foie Gras, my wife had Oysters Rockefeller Soup and Grilled Duck, whilst I had the Spinach Strawberry Salad and Roast Beef Tenderloin. We finished with the Raspberry Mousse in Milk Chocolate Cup. The food was exceptional. My wife, who is an excellent cook, was able to meet the Chef, and to compliment him on his cuisine and discuss recipes.

Dinner was followed by a superb performance from singer Christopher Nolan, performing a Nat King Cole tribute. We had the added pleasure of meeting Mr, Nolan after the show.

All in all, this was a perfectly magical evening. Thank you Griffin Restaurant!

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5.0Dined on February 10, 2018

A great place to eat, relax and listen to music!

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5.0Dined on February 8, 2018

Rodney Block was awesome and enjoyed time with good friends

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5.0Dined on February 3, 2018

What a great addition to El Dorado! Blackened catfish is amazing. What a beautiful spot converting a 1920’s auto dealership into a restaurant and music venue.

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5.0Dined on February 1, 2018

They regularly have a live band but when they dont its nice and quiet.

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2.0Dined on February 1, 2018

I enjoy coming to Griffin Restaurant the staff is friendly and accommodating. The atmosphere is pleasant. Table setting is attractive. I have had a problem with the long placemats that hang over the table catching on my clothes causing snags and getting in the way when using my napkin. I’m learning to navigate around the placemat, but it is annoying.

Would like the menu more varied with weekly changes and to reflect a variety of seasonal farm to table foods such as Salad ingredients and vegetables.

Suggest following The Spoon Trade (thespoontrade) and Ember Restaurant (emberrestaurant) (fulloflifefoods) on instagram. These people are knocking it out of the park!

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5.0Dined on January 24, 2018

Excellent food, excellent service, the sauce on the Red Snapper is so good you want them to serve it to you in a glass so you can drink it by itself. The Hummus is soooo flavorful unlike any other humus I have ever eaten. Definitely a refreshing change of pace.

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5.0Dined on January 23, 2018

Love having a great place to take friends and family for a great meal and entertainment in El Dorado. It is a wonderful venue and I thank all those that have made it a reality.

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5.0Dined on January 20, 2018

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

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4.0Dined on January 18, 2018

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

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