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The Hive at 21c

4.6
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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.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Clean menu provided to every guest
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
Social Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
Personal Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
What 1374 people are saying
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BrHo
Dallas
12 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The entire experience was great! Excellent drinks, great food, and the environment was very relaxing. Highly recommend and will definitely be coming back often!

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JohnS21c
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food1service5ambience5

Our entries were not cooked to medium. They were very rare.

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Michael
1 review
Dined on July 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very good food! Ambiance was very nice as well. Service was out of this world. Would definitely recommend!!

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vipBeckTreks
St. Louis
6 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The Hive has just started serving brunch, so there weren't very many there while we were dining. The menu was a bit limited, but I am hopeful they will expand it as more people begin to go there for brunch. We will definitely eat there again next time we are in town.

The Hive at 21c
Responded on July 27, 2020

Hello, Thanks for dining with us and for leaving a review. You are correct! Because we are just getting back after being closed for a few months, we are working towards broadening the menu as we start to see more guests. We look forward to your next visit! -The Hive

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Patron1
Little Rock
8 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Stonewall Inn and Halibut were amazing!

The Hive at 21c
Responded on July 27, 2020

We are so glad you enjoyed! See you again soon. -The Hive

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vipMatthewR
Kansas City
9 reviews
Dined on July 21, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience5

This restaurant is consistently good. It was a strange feeling this time due to a majority of the tables being removed.

The Hive at 21c
Responded on July 27, 2020

Hi Matthew, Thanks for your review and for dining with us! The dining room certainly feels much larger with the new socially distanced tables, we hope this leads to our guests feeling safer and more comfortable. Hope to serve you again soon! -The Hive

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on July 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was amazing! Best restaurant in NWA far and away. Been to several other of the highly touted restaurants, and left disappointed. Not at all how I felt here. Will be back again this season for the menu!

The Hive at 21c
Responded on July 27, 2020

Thanks so much for dining with us and for the review! We can't wait to serve you again in the near future. -The Hive

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AllyS
1 review
Dined on July 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server was fantastic! She was so sweet and always on top of it. Of course the food was amazing, but what’s new?

The Hive at 21c
Responded on July 27, 2020

Hi Ally, Thanks so much for dining with us and for the review. We are thrilled the team took great care of you. -The Hive

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RyanD
1 review
Dined on July 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great Service. The Ribeye was excellent and so tender!
Will be back again!

The Hive at 21c
Responded on July 27, 2020

Hi Ryan, Thanks so much for your review! We are thrilled you enjoyed. -The Hive

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BethB
Kansas City
4 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Even with the limited menu due to COVID, it was a wonderful meal. The food was great and so was our server. The ambiance suffered a bit but I appreciate all the precautions they are taking.

The Hive at 21c
Responded on July 22, 2020

We are so happy to see that you enjoyed such a wonderful meal, Beth! We are thrilled you enjoyed the food and genuine Hive hospitality. We appreciate your feedback regarding the extra precautions we are taking for the safety of our guests and teammates. Thank you again and we hope to see you soon, Beth! -The Hive

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Danicady
1 review
Dined on July 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was my first visit and I thoroughly enjoyed it. The service was OUTSTANDING. We order two appetizers - the cavatelli and the pork belly. Before they arrived, the chef sent out an amuse bouche, just a spoonful to taste. This little spoonful set the scene for an amazing meal. Seemingly simple, including cucumber, yogurt, fennel frond and a thin slice of aged sausage, it was a surprising contrast in both flavor and texture, really awakening the palate. The pork belly was sweet and came with radish and sour pickled fennel, so that all combined they were well balanced and interesting. My favorite dish of the meal was the cavatelli. Clearly handmade, delicate, with a light sauce hinting of lemon, I could have eaten that all night. For our entrees, we ordered the hog chop and the prime ribeye. Both were cooked well, but for me, the chop was underseasoned, easily overshadowed by the fantastic pickled peaches and fried shallots. The steak was tender and flavorful, but not extraordinary. The cold fingerling potato salad was disappointing and did need more seasoning, but the accompanying fried zucchini bites were a hit. We also ordered the panacotta , which came with basil shortbread and marinated fresh peaches. This dish was memorable, and the kitchen was kind enough to send out an entire bowl of peaches upon request. Throughout the evening, we also had several cocktails - the Veruka Salt, which was not on the menu but I had seen in other reviews, the Beauty School Dropout, and the Hive n Dime. Each was refreshing, well balanced and a total experience, not just in taste but also in aroma. And speaking of experiences, the Hive’s decor is unique and conversation worthy, befitting the fact that it is located within a museum. In fact, we enjoyed roaming several exhibits while awaiting our reservation time. I can’t wait to go back for another enjoyable night.

The Hive at 21c
Responded on July 14, 2020

Hi Danicandy, Thanks so much for dining with us and leaving your review. Wow! We are so pleased you enjoyed and that the team took great care of you! We look forward to serving you again soon. Sincerely, John Robinson Food & Beverage Director

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DeanM
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on July 11, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

It was so good to be back dining at the Hive. The menu was a bit limited but the food was as good as ever. We were placed in the bar area which seemed a bit odd but the server made everything perfect. It will be nice when the world can return to normal.

The Hive at 21c
Responded on July 14, 2020

Hi Dean M, Thanks so much for dining with us and leaving your feedback. In order to socially distance our guests we have expanded dinner seating into the space that was once our Lounge. We are so happy the team took great care of you! We look forward to your next visit. Sincerely, John Robinson Food & Beverage Director

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on July 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food. Service was stellar. Will be back!

The Hive at 21c
Responded on July 27, 2020

We are so thrilled to hear you enjoyed and that the team took great care of you! -The Hive

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NathanR
Orange County
1 review
Dined on July 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We came here for my wife's birthday and had an absolutely incredible experience! Whether it was because of her birthday, or just the good nature of The Hive, we were offered complimentary sparkling wine prior to our appetizer coming out. They also treated us to free dessert for her birthday. In addition to the generosity and delicious food, the service was fantastic. The entire staff was very attentive, prompt, and polite. We plan on making The Hive one of our go-to places for celebrating.

One quick note: I said that the noise level was quiet, but that was because we visited during phase two of the COVID reopening. I'm not sure what the noise level is like at other times.

The Hive at 21c
Responded on July 11, 2020

Hi NathanR, Thanks so much for dining with us and for the review. We are so glad you enjoyed your experience and we hope to see you in the near future. Sincerely, John Robinson Food & Beverage Director

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Foodluver
1 review
Dined on July 3, 2020
Overall2food2service3ambience4

Drinks are always amazing but the food was more than lackluster and definitely not worth the price.

The Hive at 21c
Responded on July 6, 2020

Hi foodluver, Thanks so much for dining with us and for leaving your feedback. We apologize that the experience left you wanting more. We always appreciate opportunity in the moment to fix anything that a guest is not 100% happy with. We look forward to serving you again in the near future. Please reach out if you would like to further discuss. Sincerely, John Robinson Food & Beverage Director 479.286.6583

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Michelle
Dallas
6 reviews
Dined on July 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Personable and food was delicious. Clean and wonderful atmosphere

The Hive at 21c
Responded on July 5, 2020

Hi Michelle, Thanks so much for the review and for dining with us. We hope to see you again soon. Sincerely, John Robinson Food & Beverage Director

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on March 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was a great experience during our visit to Bentonville! Every blog I’ve read prior to our visit said The Hive was a must! It did not disappoint!

The Hive at 21c
Responded on March 19, 2020

Thank you for dining with us, Anonymous! We are so happy to see that you had such a great experience and will look forward to serving you once more! -The Hive Team

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Mike
Fayetteville
13 reviews
Dined on March 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The hive was not what I expected. The service top notch, the food fresh with a variety of items. Our table was comfortable. We had the Rib eye, broccoli and cheesy grits. Topped off with the Hive Cookie Assortment. I see another visit in the near future.

The Hive at 21c
Responded on March 19, 2020

Thank you for dining with us, Mike! We appreciate your patronage and love seeing that you enjoyed your meal and that service was top-notch. We are so happy to see that you enjoyed your experience and will look forward to serving you once more! -The Hive Team

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Rebecca
Des Moines
1 review
Dined on March 11, 2020
Overall4food3service5ambience5

Good food, but not as creative as I like.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New England
26 reviews
Dined on March 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had such a delightful time at The Hive! The hotel's art exhibit was fascinating, the food was delicious, the service was welcoming, and we even had a penguin join us for dinner. If we lived closer, this would be a favorite. From a distance, it will be our enthusiastic recommendation for anyone we know going to Bentonville. Thank you!

The Hive at 21c
Responded on March 19, 2020

Thank you for dining with us, Anonymous! We are so happy to see that you had a delightful time and that you enjoyed the company of a penguin as a dinner guest. We will look forward to serving you once more and are thrilled to be one of your favorites from afar! -The Hive Team

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thetonyliproject
Tulsa
1 review
Dined on March 8, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We love visiting the Hive at 21c when we are in town.! Ben is our favorite waiter and is excellent and thoughtful! Can't wait to come back.

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LindaM
London
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall1food1service2ambience3

The onion soup was very salty rendering it inedible. The terrine on the butcher board was also salty. Server was curt and uninterested in hearing about how disappointing the food was. Trying to be pretentious and without warrant

The Hive at 21c
Responded on March 9, 2020

Hi Linda, Thanks so much for dining with us and for leaving your review. Our goal is to make everyone feel welcome and for our food to exceed expectations, and we apologize we fell short during your time with us. We hope to remedy the situation in the near future. Please reach out to me directly if you would like to further discuss. Sincerely, John Robinson Assistant Food & Beverage Director 479.286.6583

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NancyG
Dallas
1 review
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall4food3service5ambience5

Our server was great. He know the menu. The food was hit and miss. My husband ordered the fish dish. It was accompanied by a “room temperature” side.

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vipNikki
Chicago
20 reviews
Dined on February 18, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

The decor was creative. The place had upscale cocktails and food. It’s a bit pricy for the area, but it’s located in a lovely building and a place definitely worth checking out.

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OpenTable Diner
Kansas City
3 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing. Amazing. Best meal ever. Would make the three hour trip just to eat here again!

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OpenTable Diner
Little Rock
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Overall it was great. Service was great... Food was good... atmosphere was good... we went on a busy weekend so a little grace must be given just because of the number of guests, orders, etc... would definitely be back next time I’m in Bentonville.

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vipMatthewL
Oklahoma City
17 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall3food4service2ambience5

Service was the major issue. We have a 6 year old and a reservation. When we arrived we were told they had a table but couldn’t seat us because the table was near people who didn’t want kids near them (hostess words). Front staff acted annoyed that we had a child with us. Finally got seated 15-20 minutes after our reservation time. We ordered appetizers and entree but the appetizer never came. The reason: the waiter forgot to put it in. They will NOT allow you to keep a drink menu because it’s “too expensive” to leave with customers. We ordered a filet and a ribeye and both were so over charred on the outside that cutting through them was trying - to be fair, the inside was cooked to order it was just the exterior that was way over done. The cocktails we tried were the highlight of the evening - amazing. The staff also brought a penguin for our daughter...and then tried to take it from her in less than 5 minutes. Given the pricing, this is a one time experience for us that we won’t be repeating.

The Hive at 21c
Responded on February 18, 2020

Hi MatthewL, Thanks so much for dining with us and for leaving your feedback. We pride ourselves on being a comfortable, welcoming environment for everyone and we apologize if that was not your impression during your experience. We look forward to the opportunity to remedy the situation in the near future. Please reach out to me directly if you would like to further discuss. Sincerely, John Robinson Assistant Food & Beverage Director 479.286.6583

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall4food3service4ambience3

The Hive is OK

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EvaE
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall3food4service2ambience5

We felt like we were at a typical hotel restaurant. The wait staff was not professional and nor did they look professional. The hostess seemed confused (new), gave us wrong menus, we waited way too long to be greeted by waiter, food was not cooked as requested. The table next to us had issues as well. Will not be returning any time soon. The only worthwhile part was the artwork in the hotel lobby.

The Hive at 21c
Responded on February 16, 2020

Hi EvaE, Thanks so much for dining with us and for leaving your feedback. We apologize that your dining experience didn't exceed your expectations. That is always our goal and we are sorry to hear we fell short. We look forward to remedying the situation in the near future. Please reach out to me directly if you would like to further discuss. Sincerely, John Robinson Assistant Food & Beverage Director 479.286.6583

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Elegantly, charming

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RalieghL
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall3food4service5ambience2

I made reservations a month in advance and they seated us next to the waiters station. Open table throughout the restaurant.

The Hive at 21c
Responded on February 18, 2020

Hi RaleighL, Thanks for dining with us and for leaving your feedback. Our hosts seat guests utilizing server sections, that optimizes service and allows for a smooth experience for each guest. We always welcome our guests to just simply request whatever will enhance their experience and our answer will always be "yes!". Please reach out to me directly if you would like to further discuss your experience. Sincerely, John Robinson Assistant Food & Beverage Director 479.286.6583

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JessS
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience5

On Valentine's Day there was a fixed price menu that included multiple courses. The least expensive option was $65 and most options were $75 - $90 per person without liquor. There wasn't a way to order something else less expensive. I would have liked to know that before making reservations. The food was very good. We are from out of town and the ave menu cost on the restaurant description was "$$", which wasn't reflective of the fixed Valentine's menu.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Britt was a Great Waiter! Food was FABULOUS!
Always a great choice, never disappoints!
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Annie
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved all of it!

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Robu
Little Rock
2 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2020
Overall3food2service5ambience5

My husband and I had looked forward to eating here as we had seen numerous positive reviews. We, however, were very disappointed. I’ll start with the positive, we had a drink in the bar before our table was ready for dinner. The drink was on point...very very good. We had an appetizer as well (hummus), which we weren’t crazy about...very average. The atmosphere was very cool. The wait staff were all very friendly and accommodating. Our server for dinner was excellent. However, the food did not live up to our expectations. I had the Hog Chop which our waiter had recommended and my husband had the brisket. Neither of us enjoyed our meals. When we left, we both said we would not ever eat here again. However, we did say we would return to enjoy a drink in the bar area, but skip the food.

The Hive at 21c
Responded on February 15, 2020

Hi Robu, Thanks so much for your feedback and for dining with us. We are thrilled that you enjoyed your experience in the bar and lounge, and that the team took great care of you. We apologize that your entrees didn't meet expectations. We would love the opportunity to remedy the situation in the near future. Please reach out to me directly if you would like to discuss further. Sincerely, John Robinson Assistant Food & Beverage Director 479.286.6583

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Amanda
1 review
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service was phenomenal. It was my boyfriend’s birthday and the chef made a personally dessert for him! The decorations make the place feel very fun but the lighting and music are very nice and calming. I recommend getting the pimento cheese with bacon to start, it was very good!

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Jpearl
1 review
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was my birthday, and all of my expectations were vastly exceeded. You should eat here.

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vipSammy
St. Louis
24 reviews
Dined on February 4, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Beautiful decor in a hotel restaurant. Fabulous service. Very good food and excellent drinks. Would return.

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KateD
Memphis/West TN
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and great service! The Notorious F.I.G and the baked ricotta and the duck were all outstanding.

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KyleP
1 review
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food great bar choice's great date place makes you feel fancy with the food and cocktails

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