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Diners' Choice: Neighborhood gem restaurants in Little Rock / Central Arkansas

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Updated July 05, 2024

Looking for the best restaurants that are the best neighborhood gems in Little Rock / Central Arkansas? You’re in the right place. Each month, OpenTable analyzes nearly 2 million global diner reviews from the past four months. We sort the results by location and category to help you discover new favorite restaurants. It's a great partnership: you reserve, eat, and review. We listen...and deliver the results for all to benefit. Enjoy!


A photo of Brave New Restaurant restaurant
4.8
4.8 (3104)
$31 to $50
Contemporary American
Little Rock
About the restaurant
A casual, warm environment, delicious food and excellent service at a reasonable cost. It is our goal to have every meal be a celebration of food and to always keep an edge of new in our work.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 3 days ago
Few restaurants earn my praise as a great place for any occasion. Brave New is exactly that. Whether it's a birthday celebration, a date night, or just a Tuesday, a meal at Brave New is always excellent. Always setting a new high bar. Always just right. This particular visit, there were 6 of us celebrating an 87th birthday - at the request of the celebrant. Sean took care of us in a casual, but always professional way. We never felt like we were asking too much - like having a group picture made or substituting something. He and the rest of the staff made our visit exactly what we had hoped. And those scallops ... I mean, it's the food we went for, right? Those scallops are from heaven. This version had a saffron buerre blanc. So tender, so tasty. The heirloom tomato appetizer was a hit for all of us, too. Is Brave New hard to find? Maybe. But it's worth it. And if you want a great view of the Arkansas River and north shore, sit outside. Thank you for all the GREAT years and wonderful meals, Brave New. Don't go anywhere.
A photo of Table 28 - Little Rock restaurant
4.8
4.8 (906)
$31 to $50
American
Little Rock
About the restaurant
The Burgundy Hotel introduces Table 28, serving Modern American Cuisine featuring Executive Chef Scott Rains.

Chef Rains is proud to source locally-grown organic produce from Arkansas farmers in his bold menu that showcases his brilliance in working with Southern flair to create a revolutionary take on Modern American Cuisine. Table 28 offers local charm and an approachable elegance that is second to none. Be sure to join us for our Happy Hour, Monday-Thursday from 4p.m. to 6:00p.m.

Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 4 days ago
Table 28 is the place we enjoy when we travel to Little Rock. The bartender is truly exceptional she always delights us with new cocktails. The wait staff are very attentive and the food is always 5 stars. We would be here every week if we lived in Little Rock.
A photo of Capeo restaurant
4.8
4.8 (373)
$31 to $50
Italian
North Little Rock
About the restaurant
~Fine Italian Cuisine ~ Open Kitchen ~ Wine Cellar ~ Full Bar ~ Free Parking ~ Trolley Stop #1 ~ Casual Dress ~ We Sell Gift Cards ~ Reservations Recommended ~ We Proudly Make Everything In-House ~ Online Take Out and Gift Card Orders ~
Ristorante Capeo, Est 2003, is an authentic Italian restaurant in the heart of the Argenta Arts District in Downtown North Little Rock, Arkansas. Families are welcome to the friendly and historic venue where they can experience a taste of truly authentic Italian Cusine . Our menu offers mainstay items that include wood-fired pizzas, Classic and Signature Antipasti, Homemade Pasta Dishes and Entrees, all made to order in house. For a wholesome and balanced experience at Ristorante Capeo, we have a nice wine cellar with hundreds of labels to satisfy all budgets and a full dining bar. The cozy atmosphere of the 130 year old building and top notch experienced staff serving the best Italian food in Arkansas make your dining experience beyond reproach.

Top review
Peppy
Dined 2 days ago
Wonderful atmosphere and terrific service. Ordered the Risotto and was fantastic!
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4.8
4.8 (273)
$31 to $50
Italian
Hot Springs
About the restaurant
Inspired by the coastal cuisine of Cinque Terra, J&S Italian Villa is a fun and trendy dining experience located in Hot Springs National Park, Arkansas. With seasonal menus crafted by 2-Michelin Star Chef Sascia Marchesi, you’ll enjoy unique and flavorful dishes featuring pasta made from scratch, seafood, steak, and fresh local produce.
 
Whether you’re interested in a date night for two, a special gathering in our private Red Room, catering for your big event, or simply relaxing with drinks and appetizers in a chic bar and lounge, J&S Italian Villa proudly provides attentive service in a welcoming atmosphere.

Top review
Wonderful
Dined 3 days ago
This was an incredible dining experience! Loved the food and our waitress Megan was very friendly and accommodating. Would definitely recommend.
A photo of Allsopp & Chapple Restaurant + Bar restaurant
4.8
4.8 (1242)
$31 to $50
Contemporary American
Little Rock
About the restaurant
Allsopp & Chapple is open for dinner 4pm - 9pm (Sun-Thurs) and 4pm - 10pm (Fri-Sat). We pride ourselves in outstanding service, fine dining, and an extensive wine list. There is a full bar on-site with signature cocktails. We look forward to serving you!
Top review
LoriB
Dined 3 days ago
Allsopp & Chapple is one of our favorite local restaurants. We had our anniversary dinner there last night and as usual, it didn't disappoint. Delicious appetizer, cocktails, entrees and dessert. The free valet parking provided is a great added bonus for dining here.
A photo of Park Grill - Arkansas Museum of Fine Arts restaurant
4.8
4.8 (281)
$30 and under
American
Little Rock
About the restaurant
Park Grill will serve contemporary American fare inspired by local and seasonal ingredients. The new restaurant seats approximately 100 guests and features floor-to-ceiling views of the museum's outdoor sculptures, landscaped event lawn, and MacArthur Park and has outdoor dining options, as well as a spacious private dining room.

Park Grill hours are as follows: Tuesday through Friday from 11:00 a.m.– 2:00 p.m. for lunch service, Wednesday through Friday from 4:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. for dinner service. Brunch is served on Saturday and Sunday from 11:00 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.

Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on Jul 17, 2024
Good and presentation was top notch. Our server, Bradley was extraordinary. Ambience was lovely.
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4.7
4.7 (110)
$30 and under
American
Maumelle
About the restaurant
At Marty's Place we believe delicious food and awesome customer service will set us aside from the rest.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on Jul 3, 2024
Stephanie was outstanding! This was our first trip in and we will definitely be back because of her! She is soft-spoken, relatable, and confident in her atmosphere. My husband and I enjoyed talking with her on our date night!
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4.5
4.5 (460)
$30 and under
Contemporary Southern
Little Rock
About the restaurant
Our vision for The Grumpy Rabbit is to serve both Lonoke residents as well as people from surrounding communities and visitors passing through town. We want Lonoke to thrive and be prosperous and believe that leading by example and running a successful business will attract others to the area and inspire similar investment. Our hope for The Grumpy Rabbit is that as an anchor for revitalization, it will become a central location that draws foot traffic to historic downtown Lonoke. Additionally, as we employ both full-time and part-time staff, we are excited to bring new families to Lonoke, and know they will love the area as much as we do!
Top review
SherriR
Dined on Jul 11, 2024
Wonderful food, great atmosphere and friendly helpful staff! ❤️
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4.3
4.3 (1653)
$31 to $50
Bavarian
Hot Springs
About the restaurant
Arkansas' finest German Restaurant and Biergarten. Located in the grotto of Spencer's Corner in historic Dowtown Hot Springs. Our cave-like atmosphere is truly unique. Enjoy your favorite German beer in our lush Biergarten. We look forward to seeing you. Prost!
Top review
AnnHvip
Dined 6 days ago
Each item ordered at our table was wonderful. We sat outside I. The patio and enjoyed good service and food.
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4.2
4.2 (42)
$31 to $50
American
Conway
About the restaurant
Executive chef and partner, Steve Binotti, is a culinary graduate form Kendall College. Steve began his career in Chicago at David Burkes Primehouse and later worked with Virgin Hotels. He was voted 2021 Executive Chef of the year in Arkansas, after crafting menu items for Petite and Keet, as well as Cypress Social in Central Arkansas.
Come be inspired by our smokey flavors of your favorite bourbons and hone into the inspiration that curated our menu, filled with interesting ingredients, unique flavor pairings, and new twists on some southern classics.


Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on Jul 1, 2024
BBQ flatbread pizza was incredible. Even though it’s a million degrees outside, I ordered the brisket chili and it will easily become a winter staple for me. Highly recommend.
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