The Hive at 21c

4.5
1095 reviews
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$30 and under
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Contemporary American
Located at 21c Museum Hotel Bentonville, The Hive emphasizes the unique culinary identity of Arkansas, while articulating chef Matthew McClure’s approach to refined country cuisine. Showcasing the region’s farmers and culinary landscape, chef McClure's menus stay true to the High South, highlighting ingredients such as black walnuts, freshly milled corn meal, hickory smoked hams, peaches, melons and sweet onions.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Contemporary American, Southern, American
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Hours of operation
Breakfast
Daily 6:30 am–11:00 am
Lounge & Bar
Mon–Thu, Sat, Sun 10:30 am–12:00 am
Fri 10:30 am–1:00 am
Brunch
Sat, Sun 11:00 am–2:00 pm
Lunch
Mon–Fri 11:00 am–2:00 pm
Dinner
Mon–Thu, Sun 5:30 pm–9:30 pm
Fri, Sat 5:30 pm–10:30 pm
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Phone number
(479) 286-6575
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Matthew McClure
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Private party facilities
Whether you’re hosting a big business dinner or
a foodie fete with family and friends, the Private
Dining Room is a comfortable, welcoming setting
for groups of up to 40.

We also have other event space within the 21c Museum Hotel to accommodate groups of almost any size.
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Private party contact
Emily Cotterman: (479) 286-6517
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
NE 2nd St.
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Parking details
We offer valet parking, parking garage as well as street parking.
Additional
Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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London
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We actually were there. !

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Dallas
1 review
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were celebrating a birthday & staying at the hotel as well!

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Atlanta
2 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were very impressed with the service and food at The Hive at 21C. Their menu is not expansive but very selective. It includes local ingredients that the chef creatively uses to provide a delicious and very filling meal. We shared a pancetta appetizer that was a special of the day. It was served with tempura mushrooms and an aioli oil that we had on the side because we were told it was spicy. That was a great way to start our meal. They also serve wonderful cornbread with honey butter that we loved. We both had scallops with red kuri squash, kale and farro. The scallops were perfectly cooked, tender and practically melted in your mouth. The vegetables were very nicely seasoned, not overcooked, and were excellent accompaniments to the scallops. This was out first visit to The Hive, and we thoroughly enjoyed our dining experience. The staff is very friendly, helpful and efficient. I must add that the chef has received many honors and awards, and if our meal is any indication, those awards were well deserved. We look forward to returning for another special dinner at The Hive.

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GM
Dallas
3 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Had lovely dinner and two great breakfasts at The Hive. Only issue was very slow service (no coffee refills, etc) at breakfast on Thursday morning.

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OT
1 review
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic food, ambiance, and penguins

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MB
1 review
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had an amazing dinner. The cotton candy at the end was a fun, whimsical ending to the meal.

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DB
1 review
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

Server, Will, great service, nice guy. Loved the ambience overall. Fun. Great cocktails. Foodwise, the steak tartare was excellent, although maybe just a little heavy on the salt. The pork chop was a little over cooked, a little drier than I would have hoped. Same with the cavatelli. My guess is that this was less of a chef problem and more of an expediting problem. Which should not have been the case since I had carefully explained my dining pace to the server. He understood. I don't think the kitchen paid much attention though. So everything tasted like it had sat under a heat lamp too long. If this was NOT the case, then they have a much bigger problem.

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OA
Fayetteville
2 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

So the House made Campanelle on the paper restaurant menu mentions pink shrimp No it is not on the menu on the website or open table but the actual menu we were given. The two people in our party of 6 who ordered this spent their meal trying to find the shrimp. They asked the waiter about the shrimp and he said they were small but neither of them could find or taste any shrimp. Three of us had scallops which were visible and very tasty. After our dinner we asked our waiter to “show us the shrimp” and he got the kitchen to give him some shrimp to show us. They were big enough to easily identify had they been in the dish and were not in the Campanelle. ordered by my two friends. I don’t believe anyone took us seriously about this because we were gracious in pointing it out and not ugly about it so we were disappointed. I think they just forgot to throw the shrimp in the dish and since we weren’t ugly they really did not believe us. For $26 it would be nice to see at least one small shrimp in the dish listing shrimp as an ingredient. This was our third meal at the hive and it was memorable at least.

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W
Fayetteville
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very enjoyable evening great food and excellent service, will definitely come again!

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OT
1 review
Dined on October 30, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Service was phenomenal 😍 We just moved to Bentonville and wanted to celebrate our 13th Wedding Anniversary. So glad we picked the Hive!! Food was wonderful and service was exceptional! Will definitely return in the future

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Columbus
1 review
Dined on October 28, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Halibut entree was okay. My friends were raving about the hive burger though. Service was as expected.

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JK
Miami
1 review
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

I went on a October lunch. No one was there. Food is very good but not a lot of options from which to choose. I did not like any of the salads or sandwiches presented. I choose a wonderful cornmeal breaded catfish with grits and Brussel sprouts. I would have rather had dinner at The Hive as there is not a good lunch menu.

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DK
Kansas City
3 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Came in a small group for a weekend breakfast. The service was attentive and the food was delicious. The biscuits and the spiced potatoes were stand out. We enjoyed the atmosphere with hidden items to find. I would like to come back and try their dinner menu.

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OT
1 review
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 3

Foodcame out lukewarm and the pork chop and braised ribs were both tough,bland, and over cooked. Waitress was waaay too talkative and is likely the reason food came out cold. She wanted to argue about whether or not the food was cold. Very annoying server. Wine glasses would be empty before she’d refill and we couldn’t do it ourselves because she took the bottle away. Was going fine until they got busy and then it fell apart. I do not recommend! Just mediocre food.

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Dallas
3 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great atmosphere and great food ! The drinks where great and good splendid !

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SC
1 review
Dined on October 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Delicious food and great service, we enjoyed celebrating my Sons 25th bday🌟👑 a unique place ~ and the artwork in the Hotel was fun🖼

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P
Dallas
5 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Most of the meal was excellent. However, for one entree that came highly recommended by our server, edibility was apparently subordinated to creativity.

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ER
Fayetteville
1 review
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had some high expectations going to the Hive, as much as we had heard about it. Jefferson waited on us and blew our expectations out of the water! His level of enthusiasm, attention to detail, and product is very refreshing for someone who has 15 years of hospitality experience. Thanks to the chef and everyone else helping him and your restaurant look good!

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PA
Fayetteville
2 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful art installation decor. The food was delicious and service was great!

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Dallas
40 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 3

Disappointing. On a friend's recommendation we ate here. Why is smoke pipped into the lobby, when there is nothing smoke related on the menu ? Pretentious? Pseudo hipster lumberjack with a great beard, wearing flannel took our order but of course couldn't serve the food,
Dinner. Pork chop was okay . Scallops were not brought up to room temperature before cooking and were barely warm. I tend to like my food hot. They were cooked properly, however and weren't gritty. Bonus point. Beans would have gone better with pork chop than under the scallops. They were delicious. Corn bread was stale and dry. Wine list is way, way overpriced. Coffee was too acidic for dinner service.
Breakfast. I ordered the egg muffin. One and a half stale biscuits that were warmed up on the griddle. Need I say more? Better food and much better coffee is available with in walking distance. Little to no value for the price. Hive theme is unique but overdone.

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BM
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a good time. Waiter reminds me of Finch from American Pie which isn't a bad thing. Always treat food and quality service. The penguins stare ;)

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M
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 2

Was very disappointed in food, service and ambience . Salad and meat dishes had very little taste. It took over an hr to get entree. Desserts not worth trying. Would not recommend this restaurant.

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A
Kansas City
9 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 2

Hugely disappointing , poorly flavored food, poor service rushed and negative attention, food greatly overpriced, even the Martini was terrible. I will never return! Way too many bees and beehives! So overdone and way overrated !

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EP
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Wine markup is excessive
Extremely noisy
Food portions were average at best
Not what I expected

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Las Vegas
5 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

We have been to the Hive several times and have always enjoyed the restaurant. Love decorations and cotton candy at the end of the meal. Not a large menu but plenty of options to satisfy everyone in our group. Just good food and fun place to go.

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SH
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent & fun atmosphere! Great waiter!
Culinary Delight!

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r
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, people and service! Such a beautiful place as well.

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NS
San Antonio
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Our dinner was good; however, the parsnip puree was bland and needed seasoning. Our breakfast was good with the eggs done perfectly, but the sausage was mediocre.

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San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Enjoyed our evening, but service was very slow. We waited an hour for our food, which was very good when it finally arrived.
Also, the wine on our checks was priced incorrectly and the checks had to be redone.

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Des Moines
1 review
Dined on September 30, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 3

Had to send scallops back as they weren't cooked through. Accompaniment of pinto beans was way too salty. Companion's fried chicken was overdone. Would not go a second time.

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p
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 3

The food was just ok. Ordered the "hog" chop and they were both dry and mine was tough. Very disappointed in that they had come highly recommended. Not good value for the money.

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Oklahoma City
5 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 4

Romantic weekend

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MS
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My fiancé and I came here for our birthdays, and it was a wonderful evening. Our waitress was attentive but not overbearing, and she made great suggestions for our meal. We also enjoyed the cocktails from the bourbon menu. I always recommend The Hive to friends wanting a special dining experience, and it has never disappointed. I will continue to have this restaurant as my first choice for any time I want to make dinner out a little extra.

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RM
Kansas City
1 review
Dined on September 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food from the entree (entrance, i.e. appetizers) through the main course culminating with superb desserts provided our party of 4 an outstanding experience. Two of our party live in Switzerland and indicated the several 3 star restaurants in their area are comparable (except for perhaps a better view).

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D
Dallas
7 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 5ambience 3

Food was not good at all. Service was great and the art is wonderful. But will never eat there again

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JS
Fayetteville
2 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and service.

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RS
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service by Rhonda was stellar, by any measure. She is knowledgeable, personable and professional in every way.

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DG
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 4

Good food, ambiance, and wait service. Only disappointment was when I called to make reservation I’d asked if they’d provide a special dessert for my wife’s birthday. Didn’t happen.

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HH
Dallas
10 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Crafty cocktails and fantastic Southern food! Don't be fooled by the online menu. There is a reason this is the number one restaurant in the area. You will be pleasantly surprised by the food. The scallops were perfectly cooked and the squash was to die for!

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JJ
Houston
6 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The catfish at lunch was delighful...beautifully seasoned.

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