For "foodies" and connoisseurs of all types, there is endless dining to be found at the popular restaurants, mom and pop establishments and "hole in the wall" discoveries just off the beaten path.
AMBROSIA - newly located at 307 Broadway St, is a family-owned full service bakery, specializing in homemade goodness since 1975. They offer award-winning decorated cakes for all occasions. Whether you are interested in an elaborate wedding cake, tasty cupcakes, or simply some great homemade cookies, they have the sweets for you; AND they now serve breakfast and lunch
ANGEL'S - 600 Central Avenue. Italian food with a fantastic wood-fired pizza oven
ANGEL'S IN THE PARK - 211 Fountain Street. 501.609.0767 - same ownership as Angel's with very similar menu. (If you're going for pizza - choose Angel's because of the wood-fired pizza oven)
APPLEBEE'S NEIGHBORHOOD GRILL & BAR - 4426 Central Avenue. 501.525-2774.
ARLINGTON HOTEL Massive seafood buffet on Friday nights, breakfast buffet daily, served in the splendor of a grand old hotel. 239 Central Ave. Hot Springs AR Full bar CC $$-$$$ 501-623-7771 BLD daily.
AVENUE AT THE WATERS HOTEL
BACK PORCH GRILL Pasta, seafood dishes and Omaha black angus steaks; Beef Wellington is the signature dish. 4810 Central Ave. (Sun Bay Resort) Hot Springs AR Full bar CC $$ 501-525-0885 LD Mon.-Sat. Located behind Sunbay Resorts with fantastic views of Lake Hamilton, Back Porch Grill offers up a full menu of some of the finest Black Angus beef and seafood dishes in town. You can get to Back Porch Grill by walking, driving, or boating and you can either make a reservation of just walk in.
BAILEY'S DAIRY TREAT - Located at 510 Park Ave., Bailey's Dairy Treat dishes up breakfast, lunch, and dinner, so stop by for your favorite meal. Indulge in all of your favorite American classics with a trip to the definitive standard in town at Bailey's Dairy Treat.
BEANO'S PIZZA - 2230 Malvern Ave.
BELLE ARTI RISTORANTE Ambitious menu of lavish delights in a film-noir setting; excellent desserts. 719 Central Ave. Hot Springs AR Full bar CC $$$ 501-624-7474 LD daily.
BLEU MONKEY GRILL- 4263 Central Avenue - Family owned Bleu Monkey Grill features a great menu with a wide variety of foods so that everyone with you will be sure to find something they love! During the warmer months bring your dog and hang out on the patio (Bleu Monkey’s outdoor dining is pet friendly) and for an appetizer try the Mac & Cheese Balls.
BRICK HOUSE GRILL - BURGERS, steaks, sandwiches, salads & more. It has old time charm and character everywhere and the food is an outstanding value. This deliciousness is located in Spencer's Corner at 801 Central Ave.
BUBBA'S CATFISH TO GO - 5411 Central Avenue. 501.762.3474
BUBBALU'S BURGERS & DOGS - BubbaLu's Bodacious Burgers and Classy Dogs serves up a simple but tasty menu of burgers, dogs, fries, shakes, malts, coffee, specialty drinks and more! Dine in at their special 1950's-style atmosphere with a contemporary touch. 408 Central Ave.
BUFFALO WILD WINGS Buffalo Wild Wings® Grill & Bar is one of the Top 10 Fastest-Growing Restaurant Chains in the country, and their concept is more than just a NY-style wing joint with 14 signature sauces. They are also a sports bar, complete with a full menu featuring everything from salads to appetizers to burgers, and a variety of specialty items. All served in a relaxed, comfortable atmosphere where people like to hang out with friends, play trivia on our Buzztime® Trivia system and watch their favorite games on one of their many big-screen TVs. At Buffalo Wild Wings Grill & Bar, you can always feel comfortable pulling some tables together with your friends and staying as long as you like. They are a fun, edgy, high-energy and easygoing restaurant — much like the personality of their customers. 4104 Central Avenue. 501.525.9453
CAFE 1217 Great gourmet meals served over-the-counter. Bustling at lunch. 1217 Malvern Ave., Suite B. Hot Springs AR No alcohol CC $-$$ BYO wine and glasses 501-318-1094 LD Mon.-Sat.
CAJUN BOILERS Expertly prepared boiled shrimp, crawfish and such, served in a fun atmosphere. 2806 Albert Pike Hot Springs AR Beer and Wine CC $$-$$$ 501-767-5695 D Tue.-Sat.
CHILI'S GRILL & BAR
3815 Central Avenue 501-520-0431
COTIJA - Mexican - 1335 Airport. 501.670.1165
CLASSICS BAR & GRILL
18 TVs, Pool tables, Full menu
4813 Central Avenue 501-525-7172
COLONIAL PANCAKE & WAFFLE HOUSE - 111 Central Avenue. 501.624.9273. Wonderful breakfast!
Steaks, Ribs, Mexican Originals, M-Sa
320 Ouachita Avenue 501-623-7992
COLTON'S STEAK HOUSE & GRILL
Choice hand cut steaks, tender smoked ribs, homemade yeast rolls, express lunch specials
120 Crawford 501-623-2110
COPPER PENNY PUB - 711 Central Avenue. 501.622.2570. Provides a traditional Irish pub experience featuring live music, Irish pub fare and nightlife; and they feature an Irish Sunday brunch. Love their burgers with a fried egg on top along with a side of the "string music"!
CRACKER BARREL OLD COUNTRY STORE Homestyle country cooking with quality ingredients prepared from scratch throughout the day, and you can even order breakfast any time of the day.
170 Pakis Street (off of Central Avenue, near the Hwy270 overpass) 501-525-4704
DEBRA'S RESTAURANT - Loving the taste of comfort foods, Debra's has created a wide menu that offers anything from Breakfast all day to Hand-breaded Chicken Fried Steak. Some favorites are, Catfish, BBQ Pulled Pork, Hamburgers, Rubens, Homemade pies, and of course, beer and wine. They have made 'from scratch southern home cooking,' and specialize in Fried Chicken, Hand breaded Steak Fingers, Catfish, Meatloaf, and Smothered Pork Roast! Located at 3371 Central Ave.
DELUCA'S PIZZERIA NAPOLETANA - 407 Park. 501.609.9002. Brooklyn transplant Anthony Valinoti is changing the state’s self-image when it comes to pizza. Valinoti, who named the restaurant for his grandfather, prepares a limited amount of dough each day (Thursday through Sunday), and each pie is made by hand himself. His pizza is New York style: light, thin, and foldable, though not as wide, and comes with a pronounced cornicione that is sometimes nearly as thick as a tennis racket handle. DeLuca’s most popular pie by far is one topped with two-month cured pancetta made by Butcher & Public in Little Rock. Be sure to call first for reservations.
DIXIE CAFE When it comes to dinner, nothing tastes better than a home-cooked meal. And no restaurant knows home-cooking better than Dixie Café. From their made from scratch Southern Classic meals to their Signature Platters (Now served all day), the great taste of home is always on the menu at Dixie Café. And everyone knows that the main course is only part of a proper southern meal. That's why they offer enough delicious appetizers, homemade rolls, side items and dessert favorites to round out any southern feast. 3623 Central Avenue 501-624-2100
DOC-N-MAGGIE'S PIZZA PUB & GRILL - 4330 Temperance Hill
DOC'S PIZZERIA -1018 Airport Road. Owned by Christian ministry with a faithful mission to help struggling individuals. No liquor served here. Great pizza!
DOLCE GELATO GOURMET ITALIAN CAFE - Italian ice cream, Panini sandwiches, salads, pastries, and espresso - Dolce Gelato has it all! They offer 27 flavors of gelato made daily using the finest ingredients directly from Italy. Located at 228 Cornerstone Blvd.
DON JUAN’S - Mex-style enchiladas, runny white cheese dip, great guacamole and great service in strip-mall locale. Two Locations: 1311 Albert Pike Road 501-321-0766 & in the Hot Springs Mall on Central Avenue. Full bar CC $$ LD daily.
EL PADRINO - 1607 Albert Pike. 501.623.2406
ENGLISH MUFFIN - 4307 Central Avenue 501-525-2710
FAT JACKS - 101 Central Avenue 501.623.5225. Located in historic downtown Hot Springs, Fat Jack's Oyster and Sports Bar is always a great choice for a great time. Featuring some of the best Cajun and Creole food in the city, Fat Jack's food can be enjoyed both indoors and outdoors on their covered patio. Either way you are guaranteed to have a great time and get some fabulous food and drinks. I heard the Seafood Crepes are fantastic!
FISHERMAN’S WHARF Reminiscent of a coastal seafood joint, complete with large menu and fish nets adorning the wall. Boisterous, family style place.5101 Central Ave. Hot Springs AR Full bar CC 501-525-7437 LD daily. Located on gorgeous Lake Hamilton, Fisherman's Wharf is home to some of Arkansas' finest steak and seafood. Modeled after coastal seafood restaurants, Fisherman's Warf has a large lakeside patio perfect to grab a drink with friends and enjoy the beautiful Arkansas weather. Whether you get there by boat or by car you need to hurry over and get your seafood on.
FROGGY'S - 1834 Airport Road. Steak, seafood & burgers. Open Tue - Sat.
FUJI STEAKHOUSE - 608 E. Grand. 501.321.1688
GILLIGAN'S ON THE LAKE
5200 Central Avenue 501-525-3919 -- Great breakfast & lunch!
GRANNY’S KITCHEN Great breakfast spot with biscuits and gravy and also serving up huge, tasty plate lunches (for $4.99). Dinner plates are even bigger. Don’t miss the blackberry cobbler. 362 Central Ave. Hot Springs AR Beer CC $ 501-624-6183 BLD daily.
HAWGS PIZZA PUB Good pizza and other Italian food, a wide selection of appetizers, salads, burgers and sandwiches in an all-Razorback motif. 1442 Airport Road Hot Springs AR Full bar CC $-$$ 501-767-4240 LD daily.
HIGDON SQUARE CAFE - 706 Higdon Ferry. 501.623.7744
HUNAN PALACE Dependable Chinese cuisine, good soups, nice priced combos for two or three. 4737 Central Ave. No. 104 Hot Springs AR No alcohol CC $$ 501-525-3344 LD Mon.-Sat.
J’S ITALIAN VILLA - Pasta, fresh fish and beef specials. Appetizers and salads are terrific, as are the desserts. 4334 Central Avenue in Temperance Hill Plaza. Hot Springs AR Full bar CC $$$ nightly jazz soloist entertainment 501-525-1121 D Mon.-Sat.
JASON’S BURGERS - Locals love it for filets, fried shrimp, ribs, catfish, burgers and the like at good prices. 148 Amity Road Hot Springs AR Full bar CC $-$$ 501-525-0919 LD Tue.-Sat.
JAVA PRIMO - 4429 Central Avenue Suite A. Voted Arkansas No. 1 coffee shop by both KATV and KHTV, Java Primo is the perfect start or finish to your day. Part gift shop, part restaurant, part coffee bar, Java Primo is truly a one stop shop for anything you need! The side patio is the perfect spot to unwind with a great meal or just a fantastic cup of coffee any time of the day. One of the favorite go-to drinks is the Primo Pounder which combines ice cream, espresso beans and a flavor shot...it's perfect for those hot summer days
JOSE'S MEXICAN GRILL & CANTINA
Open Tue through Sat. 5361 Central Avenue 501-525-9797 & another location on Malvern Avenue.
KING'S CHINESE BUFFET
Open 7 days/week with all day buffet. 3310 Central Avenue 501-318-1888
KREAM KASTLE DRIVE INN
Revisit the past with a stop at this classic spot on U.S. 70 East. Burgers, dogs, cones and shakes the way they're supposed to be made, at prices to like. 15922 Highway 70 East, Lonsdale Hot Springs AR No alcohol No CC $ 501-939-2350 LD daily.
LA HACIENDA Authentic Mexican food; array of entrees.
3836 Central Ave Hot Springs AR Beer and Wine CC $-$$ 501-525-8203 LD daily.
LONGHORN STEAKHOUSE - 1770 Higdon Ferry. Open daily 11a - 11p
LUNA BELLA - Italian-American Cuisine, Open every day except Tuesdays. 104 Grand Isle Way. 501.520-5862. An intimate and inviting restaurant serving upscale Italian-American fare, the much-loved and local eatery Luna Bella opened on the shores of Lake Hamilton in 2010. Executive chef Ryan Dubasek cooks up classic dishes like the fried calamari appetizer with tomatoes, green onions and herbs tossed in lemon butter sauce and mains like the veal osso bucco, a cross cut veal shank roasted with fresh vegetables in tomato and wine served with creamy mashed potatoes. Luna Bella fills up very quickly, especially on weekend evenings, so reservations are recommended.
McALLISTER'S DELI You can’t miss it and chances are you won’t find one like it anywhere else—their huge chalkboard menu hanging proudly behind their counters and filled with 100 delicious choices. It tells you everything you need to know, like what comes on the Spud Max™ or how they dress each sandwich. It displays their many bread options, their large variety of salad choices and the soups of the day. Like an old friend it will always be there— standing tall and helping you make the perfect selection. Located on Central Avenue
MCCLARD’S Considered by many to be the best barbecue in Arkansas — ribs, pork, beef and great tamales, too. 505 Albert Pike Hot Springs AR Beer only No CC $ 501-624-9586 LD Tue.-Sat.
1603 Airport Road 501-767-0595
MICKEY’S BAR-B-Q Tasty, meaty spare ribs, huge plates of sliced pork and beef and decent chopped meat sandwiches, served cafeteria style. 1622 Park Ave. Hot Springs AR No alcohol Amex only $-$$ 501-624-1247 LD Tue. - Sat.
MR. WHISKERS - 1538 Malvern Avenue. 501.262.3474. Widely regarded to serve the best catfish in Hot Springs, Mr. Whiskers is a local favorite. The restaurant is casual and welcoming with a subtle nautical theme and all food is served in a basket in the traditional American diner style. A visit wouldn't be complete without trying Mr. Whiskers' legendary catfish, available grille, in a po'boy or in basket with fries, slaw and hush puppies. Open Tue - Sat.
MUELLER'S BISTRO & BAKERY - 111 Crawford Avenue. A quaint, cozy bistro with a diverse mixture of Sandwiches, Salads & Quiches. They specialize in baked delicacies, cakes & artisanal breads. Great food and friendly faces with a casual atmosphere! Now a sit down restraunt with table service. Open Mon - Sat
NEWK'S EXPRESS CAFE - Great sandwiches, salads, soups & pizza. 1412 Higdon Ferry. 501.321.4221
NEXT LEVEL KITCHEN - 1006 Airport Road. It may just be something your tastebuds have never imagined. This food paradise is a delivery/carry out restaraunt only, but they serve up the food combinations of your wildest dreams. When the freshest ingredients possible are used, and everything is made from scratch, the only limit is your imagination - starting with the light and flavorful veggie burger, all the way down to the succulent smoked brisket, they have something for everyone.
OAKLAWN CAROUSEL TERRACE RESTAURANT If you're in the mood for a little gambling and a cheap meal on a Friday night, Oaklawn can provide both. While simulcast betting goes on downstairs, the Jockey Club serves up a $6.99 prime rib buffet special upstairs. Drinks are extra. It's serviceable food for the price. 2705 Central Ave. Hot Springs AR CC $-$$ 1-800-OAKLAWN Fridays
OHIO CLUB - 336 Central Avenue. A building with a colourful history, The Ohio Club dates back to 1905 when it was opened as a bar and casino. Since then, it has been an illegal speakeasy masquerading as a cigar store, a hangout for gangsters including Al Capone and Lucky Luciano and a jazz and blues venue. Thought to be the oldest bar in Arkansas, The Ohio Club’s interior is decorated in a stylish nostalgic fashion with vintage pictures, slot machines and other antique items nodding to the venue’s history. Its menu includes options such as salads, sandwiches and the signature Ohio Club burger.
OLIVE GARDEN. A variety of Delicious Italian fare. 4108 Central Avenue. 501.525.1070
ON THE BORDER Tasty Tex-Mex at reasonable prices; great margaritas too. 190 Pakis St. Hot Springs AR Full bar CC $$ 501-520-5045 LD daily.
OSAKA JAPANESE STEAK HOUSE
Hot Springs' largest Japanese steakhouse & sushi bar, private tatami tables & party room, full cocktail lounge, daily lunch specials, reservations honored. M-Su 3954 Central Avenue 501-525-9888
OUTBACK STEAKHOUSE Huge portions of well-grilled meats at decent prices as well as perfectly roasted rack of lamb and scrumptious salmon. 180 Pakis St. Hot Springs AR Full bar CC $$-$$$ 501-520-5800 D daily.
PANCAKE SHOP If there's ever a wait, the host will steer you next door to The Savory Pantry - you'll be met with hot coffee and samples of specialty foods while you wait. Fresh squeezed orange juice, pancakes made from scratch, award-winning ham, and all the coffee you can drink. 216 Central Ave. Hot Springs AR No alcohol No CC $ Checks 501-624-9465 B 7 days
PARADISE GRILL & BAR - 1020 Airport Road. (501) 781-3360
PARK ISLAND CAFE - 250 Park Avenue. 501.547.7172
PHIL'S - 2900 Central. Southern/Soul food. 501.623.8258. Opened in 2001 by chef Phil Dugan, who has been working in the restaurant industry for over 40 years, Phil's Restaurant serves traditional American Southern-style home cooking in warm and unpretentious surroundings. The popular restaurant received two titles in the 2014 Hot Springs Sentinel Readers Choice Awards: Best Family Owned Restaurant and Best Home Cooked Meal. Comfort food classics feature on its menu like hamburger steak with grilled onions and gravy or fried shrimp and crispy catfish nuggets.
PICANTE'S - Mexican - 801 Central. 501.623.2300
PORTERHOUSE - 707 Central Avenue 501-321-8282
PURPLE COW - 501.625.7999. The Purple Cow is a 1950's theme diner located at 1490 Higdon Ferry Road that is family friendly. Treat yourself to one of their famous burgers, tasty grilled sandwiches, delicious salads and creamy hand spun milkshakes.
THE QUARTERS CAFE - A little dining hot spot at 250 Park Ave. that serves up a Cajun/creole menu that'll send a zing right through your tastebuds! Their breakfast menu offers a wide variety of options including Eggs Benedict, Beignets, pancakes, and their signature breakfast plates. Their lunch menu includes Andouille and chicken gumbo, red beans and rice, Jambalaya, shrimp, catfish, and oyster po boys and platters, and most importantly the famous Muffalata! (501) 321-4990. Open Sun & Wed 7a - 2p; Thu-Sat 7p - 9p
RED LOBSTER RESTAURANT
4500 Central Avenue 501-525-7613
ROCKY'S CORNER - Knock-out pizza at a hopping eatery across the street from Oaklawn Park. 2600 Central Ave. Hot Springs AR Full bar CC $$ 501-624-0199 LD daily.
ROCKY MOUNTAIN GRILL - Great home-cooked food & seafood. 5812 Airport Road, 501.767.2887
ROD’S PIZZA CELLAR Terrific handmade pizzas highlighted by the Godfather, a whopper. They have a fantastic lunch buffet during the week. 3350 Central Ave. Hot Springs AR Beer and Wine CC $-$$ 501-321-2313 LD Tue. -Sun. Serving Hot Springs with amazing pizza since 1975, Rod's Pizza is a local staple. Rod's is known for serving pizza with only real cheese that is sliced at the Cellar daily and homemade sauce and dough. Rod's other "secret" is serving up a fantastic atmosphere both indoors and outside on their Godfather sized patio, which means you must try their Godfather pizza.
ROLANDO'S - Nuevo Latino Restaurante, Open every day, Open at 11a for lunch, and dinner service starts at 4p. 210 Central Avenue 501-318-6054. If you are in the mood for some fantastic Latin American food then head on over to Rolando's near Bathhouse Row. The cuisine at Rolando's is unique and Rolando's artistic talent is found in the beautiful presentation of the entrees, as well as the golden walls of the restaurant. Rolando even hand carved the murals on the walls. Rolando's boasts a twinkle light adorned mountainside patio with live music and a menu full of great food and drinks. And the guacamole is out of this world!
SALSA MEXICAN GRILL 4324 Central Avenue 501-520-5305
SAM’S PIZZA PUB & RESTAURANT A cozy, inviting spot decked out in Christmas lights and offering several tasty styles of pizza (try the Sam's special) and other dinner specials. Accessible by boat or car. Often rocks at night with lake locals. Despite the name, Sam's Pizza serves up a wide variety of sandwiches, steaks, catfish, daily specials and of course, pizza! Sam's back patio makes you feel like you're at relaxing at home. So feel free to kick up your feet, enjoy a cold drink, and listen to some live music while you dine. It's recommended you call ahead or make reservation to ensure your wait time will be limited (they have limited parking beside the restaurant, and also offers valet parking when full. Open for lunch & dinner 7 days/week & late on Friday & Saturday. 401 Burchwood Bay Road Hot Springs AR Full bar CC $$ 501-525-0780 LD daily.
SAN FRANCISCO BREAD COMPANY
They bake their own breads & pastries daily and offer unique catering options for your meetings or parties. Stop by for a meal or just relax with a cup of gourmet coffee. They also provide internet access. 261 Cornerstone Blvd 501-525-7322
SILK'S BAR & GRILL@ Oaklawn - 2705 Central Ave.
SLIM CHICKEN - 1384 Higdon Ferry. 501.463.9797
SMOKIN' IN STYLE - 2278 Albert Pike. 501.767.9797 - Awesome BBQ! This one is our favorite place for BBQ
STEINHAUS KELLER - 801 Central Avenue. 501.624.7866. If it's German fare you're craving then head down Central Avenue and check out Steinhaus Keller in the lower level of Spencer's Corner. There is an amazing grotto style patio with several seating options and a German beer menu that would make you think you were actually in Germany. I've heard really good things about the Potato Pancakes and Schnitzel!
STUBBY'S BBQ - Doesn't short you on near perfect pork and beef - lean, flavorful, smoky. Stubby's has been proudly serving up delicious barbecue entrees - a meld between Tennessee and Texas style - cooked with passion and love over savory hickory wood and featuring nationally renowned Stubby's BBQ Sauce for more than sixty years. Stubby's was featured on 'BBQ Crawl', the popular TV show on the Travel Channel. They've also been written up in the BBQ aficionado road guide 'Roadfood' and in the book "500 Things to Eat Before It's Too Late" 3024 Central Ave. Beer only CC $-$$ 501-624-1552 LD daily.
SUPERIOR BATHHOUSE BREWERY & DISTILLERY - 329 Central Avenue. 501.624.2337. Located on Hot Springs’ famous Bathhouse Row, the Superior Bathhouse Brewery & Distillery is located in a historical building constructed in 1916 in the classical revival style. The owners repurposed the property in 2012 as a brewery-cum-distillery. A restaurant and craft beer tasting room uses the natural spring water from the surrounding Hot Springs National Park to create its beers, spirits and non-alcoholic beverages. Head chef Angela Nardi creates a menu of eclectic pub fare based around produce from Arkansas artisans designed to complement the brewery’s beer.
TACO MAMA - A great little Mexican spot at 1209 Malvern Avenue. Built from an up cycled hardware store from the 1930s, Taco Mama is home to truly authentic Mexican food and some of the coldest margaritas and draft beer in town! Taco Mama also hosts a self-serve condiment bar featuring several different salsa types and roasted hot peppers. The fabulous covered patio is located at the back of the building and features fans and misters for the hot summer months. As for their menu, people rave about the Shrimp Quesadillas!
TACO PRONTO - 4236 Central Avenue. 501.525.7309
TOSHA KITCHEN - 610 Central Avenue. An Indian and Pakistani restaurant
TREJO'S MEXICAN - 3040 Albert Pike. 501.760.2316 and there's another one on Central Avenue near the intersection at the by-pass.
VIA ROMA - 1521 Malvern Ave
VINA MORITA - 610 Central. 501.625.7143. Feeling fancy? Make a reservation at the brand-new Vina Morita Restaurant and Wine Bar and sit outside on the street-side covered patio and enjoy their handcrafted menu of locally sourced food and drinks no matter the weather! Serving upscale Mexican inspired food and with a wide variety of wines, you can't go wrong here. The margarita flight is a must try and it's pretty!
WOK EXPRESS - 1418 Albert Pike. 501.623.4932
ZOE'S - 2230 Malvern. 501.321.2921 - Love this little place! It's the perfect place for a quaint lunch date. It's such a hit, that a second one opened up downtown and it's now a chain. The newest location is at 510 Ouachita, nestled in the Culinary District. Open Tue - Sat 11a - 4p