Batesville Food Guide: 10 Must-Eat Restaurants & Street Food Stalls in Batesville

April 14, 2018 Ying Subia

Batesville is the county seat and largest city of Independence County, Arkansas, United States, 80 miles (183 km) northeast of Little Rock, the state capital. According to the 2010 Census, the population of the city was 10,248. The city serves as a regional manufacturing and distribution hub for the Ozark Mountain region and northeast Arkansas.

1. Natalie's

3050 Harrison St, Market Place Center, Batesville, AR 72501-7550 Takeout, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible American, Cafe, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options Lunch +1 870-698-0200
Excellent
84%
Good
14%
Satisfactory
2%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

5 based on 82 reviews

Natalie's

Natalie's is a cafe and catering restaurant done in a Louisiana theme and is located in Market Place Square in Batesville Arkansas. Natalie's is open primarily for lunch and for take home dinners. Hours are 10-6 M-Th and 10-4 F. The menu features a variety of homemade soups and salads, sandwiches, hot open faced sandwiches, paninis, and rotating plate specials like cheesy chicken spaghetti, pasta milano , poppy seed chicken, gumbo, etouffee and many others. She also has numerous homemade desserts that change daily. Natalie's also has an extensive catering menu for private functions. Natalie is on site most everyday and really lights the place up with her warm, friendly, outgoing personality. You feel like you are eating with a friend whenever you go in. She is fast and free with samples of everything on the menu. She will NOT let you leave hungry. Nothing is fried...Everything is fresh and so tasty. Natalie's is a warm, cozy good ole Southern/American cafe that is the perfect alternative to fried/fast food. Natalie's is also co-located with Charles' Lil Shop of Coffee...A fine gourmet coffee and pastry shop.

Reviewed By drmoore - Mackinaw, Illinois

Went to Natalie's to get items to go for family get together. Restaurant is so adorable! Service was fast. We got chicken salad & their spaghetti casserole which was very good!

2. Dairy Queen

763 St Louis St, Batesville, AR Wheelchair Accessible, Seating Fast Food, American
Excellent
27%
Good
37%
Satisfactory
18%
Poor
18%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

3.5 based on 11 reviews

Reviewed By redbirds1960 - Batesville, Arkansas

Love getting the $5 lunch special the burgers are always good. The only thing that I don't like about the dairy queen is the location if going through the drive thru it hard to get back out on the road.

3. Daylight Donuts

280 S Saint Louis St, Batesville, AR 72501-3552 +1 870-793-2427
Excellent
100%
Good
0%
Satisfactory
0%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

5 based on 7 reviews

Reviewed By fortglory - Arkansas

They are only open in the morning, if you do not get there very early there will not be a great selection left as they sell out fast. They only make enough for each day. But they sell out fast for a reason. And that is because the donuts are great! Love the Bavarian cream filled ones. they really pack them full !

4. Morningside Coffee House

616 Harrison St, Batesville, AR 72501-6943 Seating Cafe Breakfast +1 870-793-3335
Excellent
70%
Good
10%
Satisfactory
20%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 10 reviews

Reviewed By travelingBard23 - Houston, Texas

The homey feel of Morningside comes naturally— the shop inhabits a converted house. The owner, Wes, has carefully constructed a friendly, relaxing place to enjoy the best coffee concoctions anywhere.
Bring your laptop, your friends, your guitar— but bring your appetite— because the scones and sandwiches and cookies (and more) will make your taste buds dance.
We look forward to every stay in or near Batesville because we know we’ll get back to Morningside. I’m salivating just thinking about it!

5. Baskin-Robbins

1509 S Saint Louis St, Batesville, AR 72501-7627 +1 870-793-4316
Excellent
75%
Good
0%
Satisfactory
25%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 4 reviews

Reviewed By Frank K - Melbourne, Arkansas

Better than DQ or Sonic by far. Loved my ice cream scoop. It is not soft serve which may be why it is so much better. They even have a drive through. We picked the kids up ice cream after a long day at the hospital when my husband caught sick. Great pick me up.

6. Big's of Batesville

101 E Main St, Batesville, AR 72501-5509 Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible American Lunch, Dinner +1 870-569-4986
Excellent
78%
Good
19%
Satisfactory
3%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 56 reviews

Big's of Batesville

Reviewed By beachatthedoor - Cherokee Village, Arkansas

This place is downtown where quality food and a unique atmosphere needs to be incorporated into a cojoined experience. Bigs is the start of such an experience in that the food provides a unique twist to the ordinary. If your looking for fast food, you're in the wrong part of town. If you're looking for a better taste, a better experience, and a new twist, this is the place. The people are friendly, the environment trendy, and the service exceptional. The only thing to make it better would be a craft draft or fine wine. Batesville needs more like this.

7. Fred's Fish House

3777 Harrison St, Batesville, AR 72501-4005 Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible American, Seafood Dinner, Lunch +1 870-793-2022
Excellent
54%
Good
35%
Satisfactory
9%
Poor
2%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 98 reviews

Fred's Fish House

Locally owned traditional southern catfish house with great grilled catfish, homemade hush puppies, pickled relish, onion and brown beans... (870) 793-2022

Reviewed By S5538CUjohnb - Houston, United States

I loved this place. The food was absolutely delicious. My wife and I also loved all of the side dishes. The portions are huge, my wife could not finish hers. The place is literally a house that has been converted to a restaurant. We enjoyed our visit, will be back when in the area.

8. Mexican Mama's

1350 Myers Avenue, inside Pioneer Plaza, Batesville, AR 72501-7305 Reservations, Waitstaff, Takeout, Seating, Parking Available, Validated Parking, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Discover, Outdoor Seating, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Accepts Credit Cards Mexican, Spanish, Vegetarian Friendly Lunch, Dinner SGD 14 +1 870-698-1085
Excellent
74%
Good
13%
Satisfactory
13%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 38 reviews

Mexican Mama's

Reviewed By janeen2278 - Jonesboro, Arkansas

First of all, reviewers are right the staff was excellent. Our server, Juan was amazing, attentive and alluring. He helped make our experience what it was! The food was great as well. Chips and salsa arrived first... chips were very fresh and tasty. Salsa has a unique flavor (sister in law said it tasted just like salsa in Mexico). We ordered Molcana Fajitas, Ella's Rice, Chicken chimichanga, Beef Tamales with verde sauce and a special Mexican Pasta. The beef tamale was by far our favorite but the Mexican pasta was delicious as well. Elias Rice was good but a little bland. The fajitas were also enjoyed with leftovers for the next day. We highly recommend eating here... they are not open on the weekends so hope you're passing through during the week! Enjoy!

9. Italian Grill

2360 Harrison St, Batesville, AR 72501-7419 Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Reservations, Highchairs Available Italian Lunch, Dinner +1 870-612-8002
Excellent
40%
Good
38%
Satisfactory
17%
Poor
5%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 52 reviews

Italian Grill

Reviewed By DeeDee T - Batesville, Arkansas

This restaurant has a fairly broad menu, and on weekends, it offers prime rib in addition to its Italian dishes. The lasagna with meat sauce is to die for, and the portion is large! The garden salad is always cold and crisp--but ask for dressing on the side. They tend to put a LOT of dressing on the salads. Smaller offerings are available for lunch.

10. Josie's Steakhouse

50 Riverbank Rd, Batesville, AR 72501-7645 Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar American, Steakhouse, Bar Lunch, Dinner +1 870-793-7000
Excellent
31%
Good
39%
Satisfactory
15%
Poor
10%
Terrible
5%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 93 reviews

Josie's Steakhouse

Located on the river in Batesville, AR.

Reviewed By Jerry M - Rogers, Arkansas, United States

The family met up in Batesville and chose Josie’s for lunch meal. The atmosphere is excellent, food was great and the service above par. We would eat here again. The Restartant is located on the White River and adds to the experience.

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