The Hive at 21c

4.6
1127 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.
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Springfield
5 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic!
Great service, our server knew way more about the preparation of the food than any server I’ve ever had.
The bar manager came to our table to explain a drink that we ordered that we want to make at home.
The food was the best we’ve had since moving to the area from Cincinnati a year ago!
We WILL be back!

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PR
Memphis
2 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 5

Beer selection good. Food average

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New England
3 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The staff was so fun and attentive and the food was fantastic. Thank you!

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J
Fayetteville
1 review
Dined on January 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We have been to the Hive several times in the past year. Three other than Saturday evening one of the time we brought another.couple.
This time was my wife’s birthday and Brian picked up on conversation and he told cook who furnished cookies on the house. Very nice and considerate.
We will return, always a good place to come too.

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Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great date night at The Hive. Always ask for a green Penguin to be at your table. Cool art!

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JE
1 review
Dined on January 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great Service w/ tasty imaginative food. Definitely a must when in Bentonville

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OT
1 review
Dined on January 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food and drinks were amazing. The 25 minute egg is a must have!

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AH
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 5ambience 5

Food tasted good but very small portions. Paid $200 and left extremely hungry. Ran thru a drive-thru on the way home. Food was tasty and unique. Overall, had a good experience.

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San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

The food was yummy and actually thought it was the best meal we had while in Bentonville. The decor seems to cheapen the restaurant but not a deal breaker. Only thing we were disappointed in was the fact that as part of the dining experience the restaurant brings you a cotton candy dessert. When we finished our meal the waiter brought us our check. We inquired about the cotton candy treat. He said he’d have to make some more but it would take about two minutes. We thought this was a bit odd as it’s part of their routine for every table. Needles to say he did prepare one and it was quite yummy. What he should have done is ask if we wanted to wait while he prepared more rather than putting us in an awkward position of asking if we could get one. Would recommend the place based on food quality and the art exhibit in the hotel is quite entertaining.

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RO
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 3

This place should be amazing, could be great, but food was mediocre. Not sure why, maybe no competition?

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DD
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Wonderful! The food was perfect and the service was the best we have had in years.

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LT
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Treat yo seff.

Peguins, penguins, penguins.❤️

Get the chicken.

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FV
Kansas City
16 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

My boyfriend and I had a lovely Christmas Eve dinner at The Hive. I love the art installation in the restaurant, and it's great to be able to check out the art galleries in the 21(C) hotel lobby before and after dinner.

We had a pre-dinner drink in the bar; the bar tender was friendly without being obtrusive and when asked about an "interesting local beer," he lined all of his options on the bar and described each one.

We shared the mixed lettuce salad with black walnuts and sorghum vinaigrette - it was perfectly light and a great showcase of local (?) ingredients.

Thank you thank you for offering a purely vegan entree option. It's so disappointing to have to resort to salads and side dishes when fine dining. My boyfriend's Carrot and Curry Panisse was absolutely delicious, and purely vegan! It reminded me of the Sri Lankan curries I tasted while living overseas.

I loved my scallops - the menu description didn't do the plate justice, and unfortunately, when I asked our server if there were any actual vegetables in the dish, he really couldn't explain. But I went with it anyway and was pleased to have a generous portion of cooked greens tossed in with the fennel and farro, and the mandarian wedges balanced the dish nicely. (It would have been nice had the mandarins been segmented.)

I will continue to visit The Hive every time I'm in Bentonville.

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Fayetteville
1 review
Dined on December 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Christmas Eve dinner was outstanding! Pumpkin hummus was a great start. Swordfish was excellent as well as the roasted chicken. A definite repeat.

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OT
Fayetteville
3 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent evening and excellent food!

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B
Kansas City
7 reviews
Dined on December 20, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

Great food, ambiance. Service was inconsistent. One server took our appetizer and drink order. Another took our order served us and seemed unusually casual. No two minute check back about the quality of our food. For example, When I asked for more water, ( glass had been empty quite awhile) he was like of course you’ll get more water, You don’t need to ask. But the point is, I DID need to ask.

With only 3 other tables in the place it’s hard to figure out why we were not afforded attention and regular points of service.

Loved the space, chicken was amazing, crispy and moist.

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Kansas City
5 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We were staying at the 21C hotel and were going to a wedding the next day. Read a review of the restaurant and decided to try it. The food was excellent!!

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T
Oklahoma City
14 reviews
Dined on December 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Really lovely restaurant with a nice menu, terrific bar & wine list along with very helpful &knowledgeable wait staff. Totally worth the drive

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L
Denver
4 reviews
Dined on December 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Angela is awesome!
Food always great
Service
Atmosphere: always first rate!

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TR
1 review
Dined on December 3, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

My fiance and I went in the evening for her birthday and we both really enjoyed the meal! Wonderful flavors and ambiance. Service was excellent. We also both enjoyed some of the best cocktails we have had in Bentonville! Recommend the Hive for drinks or dinner!

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TG
Raleigh
3 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The best Gluten-free food west of the Mississippi!! Where else can you get toasted GF baguettes????
the roasted cauliflower is incredible.

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JM
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This place always should be a choice on places to go eat or drink with friends

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JW
1 review
Dined on November 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Delicious. We loved everything we tried, but the 25-Minute Egg was amazing and most memorable. Waitstaff were very polite and friendly. We will definitely go back next time we are in Bentonville

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JR
1 review
Dined on November 24, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Tucked inside boutique hotel 21C in Bentonville, AR, the Hive was a foodie delight. The menu was innovative yet familiar, not heavy on sauces (which is all too common) and changes frequently, we were told. Be sure to try the 25 minute egg pasta and the chickpea panisse. And don’t forget to order the Black Dahlia cocktail; it was superb! Our server, Britt, was very knowledgeable about the menu and the area, and the service was great. Will be recommending this place to our friends.

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CF
Chicago
1 review
Dined on November 23, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Angela was my server... she made all the difference between ordinary and extraordinary. I enjoyed the evening...

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MP
1 review
Dined on November 23, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 2ambience 2

May have been different for their standard menu, but we came here for Thanksgiving and it was horrible. Let me start by saying we knew the price going in and was perfectly okay with it. But, this was incredibly overpriced for the quality of food we got. The pecan pie was so hard it wasn't even edible. The food was incredibly mediocre at best. At our table we got every food option there was and the only thing we would even consider good was the cod. The turkey was dry, the mashed potatoes had very little flavor, the brisket was dry, and the pasta had so much pesto that only certain people could eat it. We we're truly disappointed. Let me again state that this could have just been a fluke. I have heard lots of good things about this place. It could have just been the Thanksgiving menu, but we won't be back to try again.

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SP
Dallas
1 review
Dined on November 23, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Delicious Thanksgiving menu. Something for everyone. The turkey was the best I've ever tasted!

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JM
Fayetteville
4 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Thanksgivings

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OT
Kansas City
3 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Really enjoyed Thanksgiving Dinner at The Hive! The food was delicious and our waitress was wonderful. The decor was not really my taste but it would not deter me from coming back.

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S
Kansas City
48 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Thanksgiving dinner at the 21c was one of the most memorable Thanksgiving dinners, if not dinners in general, that we’ve had. It was outstanding in every way. This review is for Thanksgiving dinner but I have to mention we had 2 breakfasts at The Hive since we were staying at the fabulous 21c Bentonville, and there was not a single aspect of any of the 3 meals that was not top-notch.

This was a very reasonably priced, delicious meal. First of all, I am extremely grateful to chef Matthew McClure for his accommodation of my wife’s gluten allergy, where he went out of his way to make a few modifications that worked out really well and communicated with me in advance about it, let alone that he stopped by our table to see how we were enjoying the experience (answer - VERY much). In addition, John, the food and beverage manager, and the whole culinary team were pleasant and helpful in every way, and our server was excellent too. Every aspect of service was great.

The Thanksgiving menu was really well done, with several options that would appeal to anyone. Both traditional and non-traditional options were available. I myself went with the turkey, stuffing and mashed potatoes after enjoying a wonderful mushroom tarte for one of the starters (incredible - flaky, light pastry and meaty tasty mushrooms), followed by the delicious sweet potato croquette. I tasted my wife’s carrot ginger soup and it too was great, served in a little glass garnished with some greens, it really hit the spot. But that STUFFING that accompanied the turkey was the best stuffing I’ve ever had. Still thinking about it. And the turkey was great, no gamey taste at all, really flavorful. Mashed potatoes were creamy and fresh tasting, not overly spiced, just perfect. I had no idea that I would enjoy the sweet potato custard as much as I did, either. I’m not normally a sweet potato fan but man, this custard was out of this world. Running out of room here but you get the idea - WOW!

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BH
Fayetteville
1 review
Dined on November 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

I was there for Thanksgiving in mid-afternoon. The food choices were varied and interesting. The food was very good. My only complaint, and it is a slight one, was that my server continually asked how things were. I realize that there is a fine balance between too much and not enough attention. I appreciate a server who is nearby and attentive, but does not constantly ask how things are. Perhaps if I had been there with another person and not alone, he might have not asked as much.

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Dallas
1 review
Dined on November 22, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Service and food were very good. Scallops were a bit salty so I didn’t finish them but everything else was excellent. Love the green penguins and the cotton candy with the bill.

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London
1 review
Dined on November 18, 2018
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
Nashville
2 reviews
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
4 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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