The Griffin Restaurant - Murphy Arts District

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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.
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Shreveport
19 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delightful! Food was fresh and taste great! We are lucky to have such a fine restaurant in ElDorado Arkansas. Love the fact that dress is casual while you are experiencing fine dining!

S
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on September 4, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 3ambience 4

For a restaurant that shows up as one of the top results in town, we were extremely disappointed. The pricing would be fair if the food quality was up to par, but we weren't impressed by any of our food.

KB
1 review
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall 1food 5service 4ambience 1

Not sure if he was the manager or what. But he circled my husband and I table all night long without acknowledging us. He spoke too everyone but us. But the food was great and the service was awesome.

KS
Little Rock
1 review
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I got the club sandwich. It’s enough for 2 people to eat and it was awesome

LJ
Little Rock
4 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

The Griffin has sort of a split personality.

We arrived at 7:00pm were quickly seated and shown the menu and wine list. I was already familiar with the menu but had not seen the wine list, which was excellent. There was a good selection of by the glass options and the bottle list is extensive. I would recommend that half-bottles be added.

Our entrees were pork chop and 8oz filet. Both cooked perfectly and both first rate. Of special interest are two side items, braised greens with pork and vinegar, also the marinated cabbage. The only item that we didn't care for was the cornbread sprinkled with a mild shredded cheese. We found it tasteless.

Service was excellent, items were brought to the table in order and we were checked on frequently.

The split personality involved a three piece cover band. We didn't realize we had reserved a date that had a band scheduled. We were almost finished with our meals, when the band started their set. The amplified guitars made conversation difficult. The room had gained a number of persons who weren't there to eat but to listen to the music. The type of music was not to my liking. If a slow jazz combo with a singer had been on the entertainment bill. I would have been happy and would probably ordered more wine. But this was just me. Other diners were likely enjoying the band so if making reservations check the scheduled music.

All that said, we would certainly return to the Griffin as the food is great. We would just check on the music.

VP
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

We had a lovely evening and had a wonderful server. I wish they had not run out of the special but we found yummy substitutions.

CP
Kansas City
2 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Much improved since last visit several months ago and questioned whether I’d go back. The rating says it all on this visit

h
Miami
3 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A wonderful place for Sunday/after church brunch. Fast service and nice surroundings frequently with friends that we know.

DD
1 review
Dined on August 15, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Very good welcome. Showed quickly to our table. Drinks delivered very fast. Server laughed at my lame jokes. The kitchen created a meal, at my special order, that was not on the menu. The entertainment started on time. Overall a very good night.

AW
1 review
Dined on August 14, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 5

Not many healthy entree choices. Dessert (peach cobbler with ice cream) was not good at all. We had 5 people in our party. All of us tasted tasted the dessert and no one wanted a second bite.

DH
Little Rock
3 reviews
Dined on August 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

great new menu and of course great service will be back

TJ
1 review
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 1

I do not recommend patrons to visit this establishment. I made reservations to celebrate my sister and brother in law’s 40th birthday. A reservation was made at least two weeks prior to our arrival. As we were being seated I noticed the restaurant misspelled my sister and brother in law name on the menu. Previously I emailed the correct spelling of the name. After we were seated, the wait staff took a lengthy amount of time to take our drink and appetizer order. It took at least 30 minutes before the appetizers were brought out. The staff neglected to fulfill all the orders placed. Afterwards the staff finally completed our requests for entrees. The entrees were finally brought out 40 minutes before the closing of the restaurant. Once the entrees were brought out, multiple orders were mixed up, and or simply not put in. We asked to speak to the manager, who did not seem concerned about our horrible experience. Every member of our party was very upset about our experience. We will not visit this establishment again, nor do we recommend this restaurant for any patrons.

OT
Shreveport
9 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

We had a lovely dinner and especially enjoyed the fried green tomatoes and the Paloma cocktails in a relaxed and romantic setting.

OT
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on August 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Perfect Sunday Brunch: bruschetta & cherry salad, brisket hash, and watermelon pavlova for dessert. A-team in the kitchen and out front. Thank you Keegan, Cody, Kenny and Chefs Austin & Dave.

AF
Chicago
1 review
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 2

I would give them a second try.
Was out of the bone-in ribeye on the menu that I came in for.
Server was very lacking in attentiveness.
Lot's of little problems,but food was good in the end.

GF
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on July 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent eating experience.. from walking in the door and being greeted by employee, seated and drink order taken, was maybe 5 minutes. Meal was served hot and excellent taste. Server was very friendly and helpful.

JT
1 review
Dined on July 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The appetizers and main entree as well as the service was Great!

RU
Little Rock
8 reviews
Dined on July 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food, service, music and ambiance were exceptional, which we have come to expect at the Griffin Restaurant. We will be back soon.

KB
Little Rock
3 reviews
Dined on July 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Nice place to visit with a great ambiance and an enjoyable concert.

JW
Little Rock
1 review
Dined on June 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great evening of food and entertainment. Group was fun and we were still able to talk and visit.

GG
Dallas
6 reviews
Dined on June 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Ceviche was as good as it gets, gumbo delicious, Kenny provided excellent service. A wonderful lunch!

OT
Little Rock
2 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was outstanding. A great Father’s Day experience! All of the vegetables were fresh from the garden and cooked to perfection! The desserts were scrumptious. There was such a variety of everything for everybody. Service was flawless.

JA
Little Rock
1 review
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

This was a evening of blues, cold beer, friends and finger foods. It was a delightful evening!

KC
Little Rock
7 reviews
Dined on June 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service, food and music.

RU
Little Rock
8 reviews
Dined on June 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food, service, and music was superb. My wife and I had a great time and look forward to our next visit.

SF
Little Rock
1 review
Dined on June 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

I love coming to the Griffin to listen to live music because the acoustics are so good, and especially when I get to hear my son (deFrance) play. Service was a tad slow but you were very busy. Overall it was great!

GF
Little Rock
5 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The menu always has new items and a few favorites.

RU
Little Rock
8 reviews
Dined on May 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My wife and I along with two friends had a superb dining experience the other night. Everything was world class, from the service, the food, and the music.

OT
1 review
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The service was amazing. The waitress was attentive and worked well under pressure. The food was excellent. I will plan on coming again.

KB
Little Rock
4 reviews
Dined on May 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love the garlic fries. Comedy show was a nice change.

DC
Little Rock
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 5ambience 3

Excellent service, everyone we talked to greeted us cordially and kindfully. Our waiter, brock, took amazing care of us despite the busy Mothers Day rush. The food is decent, definitely things you can't find anywhere else in the area; however, it is way too overpriced for food that plates well, but doesn't have the taste to match.

OT
Little Rock
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Mothers Day Brunch

PF
1 review
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 4

I put no but I would recommend with caution. Facilities were beautiful and atmosphere was great...however, spent an hour waiting on our food. Was disappointed that the restaurant had put more attention on a special party then on their customers in the main restaurant.

JA
Little Rock
2 reviews
Dined on May 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This venue offers a no cover charge Thursday night band. There is a variety of acts that perform on stage weekly and you can just have cocktails or drinks and dinner. Our meal was very good but portions on the pasta dish I ordered were a bit smaller than I would have liked. We really enjoyed the band and the company of our friends.

K
1 review
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

It was, uh. Kind of needlessly fancy. It was honestly a little weird. Since it was my first time there, I decided to play it a little safe and got the burger. It was pretty good, but not what I would paid for it. The fries were delicious though, and my partner loved the sauce on the burger. It seems we got there a little early, because the band wasn't set up, and they still wasn't set up by the time we left. All in all, it was okay, but I probably wouldn't go there again, and I most likely won't reccomend to a friend.

OT
Dallas
2 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 2

Service was exceptionally slow, considering there were several empty tables. Menu seems to need some work 90% of the mains contained some sort of onion in the ingredients. There were no chef specials and by 630 we were told there were only three portions of the ragu left. No shrimp or fish, only scallops of which you got 3 for $31. Also if the bacon bread balls are “complimentary”, keep them coming.

OT
Shreveport
2 reviews
Dined on April 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Brock was our waiter tonight, and did an exceptional job.

OT
Shreveport
10 reviews
Dined on April 14, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 3ambience 2

The Griffin has broken my heart. Our favorite Sunday brunch spot has changed from the fun, lively, friendly hot spot to a somber, quiet, average place to get lunch on Sunday. I will probably get banned after this review but after I have given The Griffin five stars many times for our thoroughly enjoyable past experiences, I have to be honest this time as well. After so many changes within the restaurant, I can't ever keep up with what to expect. I will receive an email enticing me to try out this or that, only to be offered something totally different if I go to the restaurant a few weeks later. The 'bottomless mimosas' that were advertised up until a month or so ago are a distant memory. I don't mind paying by the glass, like anywhere else around here, but if you're going to serve me juice & Cook's/Andre I think you could do it for $2-3 a glass instead of $5. More disappointing was the atmosphere. A year ago we would go at least twice a month and came to expect exceptional service, plenty of food & drinks and fun, lively music and people. The last couple of times there has been such a somber vibe in the place that I almost felt I was at an after funeral luncheon. There was only faint music playing and I was afraid to chat with my partner as to not disturb anyone else in such a quiet room with good acoustics. Also, I think what bothered me the most was I had recommended brunch at The Griffin to friends visiting from out of town. I had bragged on the service, atmosphere and drink specials and they didn't get any of that on their first visit. They were very underwhelmed and I felt really bad about recommending something they didn't enjoy. I know not everyone out there is looking for 'Sunday Funday' when they go to brunch, and I realize that may be the reason for the changes, but after I got accustomed to getting a similar vibe in El Dorado as I do at brunch on vacation in places like Boulder or Austin, I am sad and disappointed with the recent changes.

t
1 review
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very good atmosphere with GREAT service and Hospitality

B
Central Coast
4 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

The food and service was very good. The light was unpleasant. We were a party of four and the lights were beaming directly in our eyes. Also LeBryant Crew was singing and he asked for the lights to be changed for the stage...no one changed the lighting! It’s a very annoying lightning issue that needs to be addressed.

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