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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.
El Dorado, AR 71730
Hours of Operation:
Mon–Fri 11:30 am–2:00 pm
Sat 11:30 am–11:00 pm
Sun 11:30 am–9:00 pm
Mon–Fri 5:00 pm–10:00 pm
$30 and under
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
John E. Peters III
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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???
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.
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.
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 .
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.
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.
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!
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