The Griffin Restaurant - Murphy Arts District

4.5
182 reviews
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$30 and under
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American
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
Sat 11:30 am–2:00 pm
Dinner
Mon–Wed, Fri 5:00 pm–10:00 pm
Thu, Sat 5:00 pm–11:00 pm
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Phone number
(870) 444-3007
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Brian Milne
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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 182 People Are Saying
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4.7
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1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

I’ve been when the food was exceptional. The past couple of times it was really good but something has changed. Can’t quite put my finger on it. The music was great. The server was friendly. I enjoy going here and it continues to be a favorite date night place. Love that they use local produce and meats.

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MG
Portland
1 review
Dined on October 7, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

The Sunday lunch/brunch was delicious! You could choose to go through the brunch buffet and omelet station and/or the lunch buffet line. There was another station for salad and dessert. It was all delicious and the bottomless mimosas were great. The wait staff was very nice and attentive.

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CB
1 review
Dined on October 7, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

We love dining at the Griffin. We love the atmosphere and we like the fact we don't have to drive an hour or two to find this type of dining. We do think they made a big mistake taking the Tornadoes and the Chicken Rochambeau off of the menu. Those were the dishes we looked forward to and have heard that from others. Andrew was our waiter and as usual he did a great job.

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GB
Little Rock
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 5

I do not want the review to appear on the website. I was writing as a private note.

Gregg and Sue Buchanan

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Las Vegas
3 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

I love the griffin when they have live music great food and drinks

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BH
Little Rock
2 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I planned a birthday party for family, and the staff was very accommodating with the set up and location of our table. The wait staff was great and the food was yummy. We love the breakfast bar and omelet station. The fruit salad was amazing! My sister loved the "birthday dessert plate".

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WC
1 review
Dined on September 22, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

This restaurant is not bad. The atmosphere is nice. The food, however, is not worth the price at all. I realize that this place is more up scale but for a $30 10 oz steak I would like it to be better than most other steaks that I have had. It was not even close. This would be a place that I would go back to for very special occasions only. This will not be a restaurant that becomes a staple of my date nights. For that I will continue to travel to Little Rock, Ruston, Shreveport and Monroe.

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OT
1 review
Dined on September 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service was attentive. Drinks were cold. Fresh catch (Halibut w/lobster sauce) was delicious. Live music was entertaining. This place is a staple for South Arkansas.

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MS
1 review
Dined on September 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

It took a while to get a server to our table, but once she came it was great service and incredible food all the way!! We will absolutely be back!!

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J
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

Kristen and Courtney are the best weight staff. Katina is best bartender.

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LR
Little Rock
1 review
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Nick was wonderful. Food was phenomenal as always.

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FG
Richmond
2 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

My wife and I went to the Griffin for brunch. Bottomless mimosas and a great variety of breakfast and lunch option were fantastic. The omelette station and the cheese grits were my favorites!

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Dallas
16 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Foodie hotspot meets southern friendly charm.

Outstanding experience. Very decent wine list surprisingly.

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DH
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service from Nick and tasty food from the kitchen! Thanks, guys!

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SF
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Always a delight to come to the Griffin, usually on Thursday nights. The acoustics here are fabulous and the bands always sound great. Thanks for putting a venue like this in South Arkansas.

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Shreveport
3 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

We enjoyed brunch, the food tasted great and the drinks were good. The drink refills could have come a little faster but overall, it was a nice experience.

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BB
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

First time and wont be our last. Enjoyed the food, service, and atmosphere.

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Las Vegas
2 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

Our second dinner at the Griffin. Food was good, service was great, food wasnt rushed this trip. Live music was awesome. I still think its overpriced for what you get but, I understand the reasoning. We will definitely be going again.

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NL
1 review
Dined on August 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service and good food options. Everyone around us was enjoying the experience. We went early on a Thursday evening and were able to chat a bit with the performers when they came in to eat. Fun!

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MH
1 review
Dined on August 22, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 2

My husband and I went for our wedding anniversary on a Tuesday and I could have gotten better food and had a better time at Dairy Queen. I didn’t enjoy wating on a refill for our our drinks, because the glasses are so small. My husband had gotten the steak and it was cooked more at medium-well rather than medium-rare, and when you ask for a side of rice you’d expect gravy and you just got plain rice. I have a severe seafood allergy and the special on pasta for the day had shrimp in it. I just asked if they could possibly cook some with chicken and the waiter told me it wasn’t possible and I would have to order something else.
Overall, I didn’t no enjoy dining there.

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Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on August 11, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 4

Food was great, service was fast...too fast. App, salad, and entre all came out within 5 min of each other. Prices are high for the area and quality of food, but I suppose that's a way to control who they get as customers. Overall it was a great evening and we will return for a live music night.

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Detroit
1 review
Dined on July 29, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Brunch was great

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EB
1 review
Dined on July 28, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 5

We went for a comedy show, which was very entertaining. The Griffin has a welcoming and energetic vibe. However, the menu was a special one for that evening, and we didn’t get to try the items we had chosen from the online menu. The food was ok, just not what we wanted. The service was friendly and efficient, and the bar drinks were outstanding! We will definitely give it another chance very soon.

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OT
1 review
Dined on July 28, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 5ambience 3

I had a good experience using the app and was sat promptly upon my arrival.

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MR
1 review
Dined on July 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent food and service. High prices so will only go for special occasions.

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Las Vegas
4 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 3ambience 5

Great place for Thursday night live music

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PT
Calgary
3 reviews
Dined on July 22, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 4

IMO musicians should not start before 9pm (They commence at 8pm.) Diners should have time to enjoy conversation and then follow up with some nice music. The cuisine is usually quite nice; however, there is the occasional disappointment, ie steaks/burgers not prepared as requested; room-temperature sides. New menu to debut today, so will definitely check it out.

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OT
1 review
Dined on July 15, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 3

Wasn't impressed at all with the brunch. The guy making the omelets didn't know what he was doing, under cooked the omelet. The other food on the buffet was cold and didn't taste good. Definitely not worth the $18 price tag. I really want to like this place, but after this visit I will not be back.

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VM
1 review
Dined on July 11, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 4

Meal and atmosphere was great. Service was easily distracted and needs some improvement. Drink orders took long time to fill.

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M
Little Rock
1 review
Dined on July 6, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 5

We came for the Thurs night music. There was a very limited menu. I have food allergies and the only food I was able to eat were chicken strips. I have had many good meals from the restaurant, and I was so disappointed to have nothing I could choose from. I can eat chicken strips anywhere. I understand the limits but add a few more choices, at least add a salad to the menu.

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CT
1 review
Dined on July 6, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

The server was very attentive and the bands were amazing.

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New Mexico
2 reviews
Dined on July 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Celebrating. Brunch was delicious and our server, Andrew, was wonderful.

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Little Rock
1 review
Dined on June 17, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 5

We came here to celebrate my birthday. I love the new MAD district and had been dying to eat here. The food and wine was all amazing. Only downside was our waitress was not attentive at all. When bringing us the check she claimed she had so many tables and she was sorry for the absence, however there were less than 10 full tables with at least 4 servers. We watched her walking in and out of the kitchen, forgetting our drinks at the bar several times. It also took 15 minutes for her to bring us a glass of water. But we weren’t in any hurry and it was my birthday so I didn’t really mind - however, it will affect how often we return.

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AG
1 review
Dined on June 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I treated a friend from Little Rock who was going to be in El Dorado last Friday. We really enjoyed it! She was really impressed with all the things going on in El Dorado now!

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Little Rock
1 review
Dined on June 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Date night with my husband at our local Murphy Arts District (MAD)...the Griffin Restaurant is wonderful!! Great atmosphere, delicious food, great band and spectacular lemon drop martinis!!! Highly recommend if you are in Eldorado, AR!!!

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JJ
1 review
Dined on June 3, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 2ambience 2

Food was not cooked to order. Bland tasting food. Over priced for what you get. Hardly saw our waiter. Complained about our food not being right, and nothing was done. Had high hopes for this restaurant, but sadly I will not be returning nor will I recommend this place to anyone. Maybe in the future it will be better?

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J
1 review
Dined on June 1, 2018
Overall 1food 4service 1ambience 4

The food and atmosphere were absolutely fantastic. Unfortunately, that was overshadowed by the terrible service that accompanied it. Our server acted as if she had never worked or even dined in a nice restaurant environment. She was not knowledgeable of the menu, she spoke poorly of other employees, and she would disappear for long periods of time. We ordered drinks immediately upon being seated. We ordered our food approximately 30 minutes later. Our food arrived before our drinks. We asked to get our checks which took another 30 minutes. When they came, everything was wrong. We asked to see a manager but no one ever came. We finally paid for the overcharged tab just so we could put an end to the miserable experience.

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Shreveport
1 review
Dined on May 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As always the food and service were excellent as was the entertainment

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MS
1 review
Dined on May 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We enjoyed the opportunity to visit the Griffin. It was quiet when we arrived, but it was also late when we got there. Our reservation was at 9:15. We had a cocktail that was well prepared and the particular one I ordeeed was served in a mason jar. I ordered the filets served on a grilled green tomato with two different sauces and was well pleased. Tender and tasty. My wife ordered a vegetarian dish made with a portabello mushroom with vegetable and cheese. I tasted it and it was great however my wife finished it all so I didn’t get any more. We didn’t get desert because it was late and we were full but they looked interesting and were offered. The place was clean,service was great, and the value was good. We will be back.

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AE
1 review
Dined on May 20, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

I would of given all 5 stars had the food been served in larger portions. A friend of mine a table over ordered the exact same entree as I did and he received almost double the portions I received on my plate. His filet medallions were much bigger than mine along with his sides. I always have to take a to go box anytime I go to dinner. This evening I did not which is not the usual. Everyone at our table noticed how small my portions were on my plate.

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