Where to Eat in Little Rock: The Best Restaurants and Bars

April 14, 2018 Enriqueta Cusson

The Clintons may have put Little Rock on the map, but this charming and historic capital city offers plenty of reasons to keep it there. The Central High Museum tells the painful, powerful story of the city's racial struggles. Political buffs and Clinton fans will want to check out the State Capitol. Shoppers can spend hours at the River Market, a collection of tasty eateries and eclectic stores. Kids will be more than wowed by attractions such as the Children's Museum, the Museum of Discovery and the Zoo, famous for its eye-popping ape exhibit. Stay at a charming historic abode, an inviting bed and breakfast or a luxury hotel. Eat at fabulous restaurants and enjoy exciting nightlife. Little Rock has all the ingredients of a perfect weekend getaway.
Things to do in Little Rock

1. Kemuri Restaurant

2601 Kavanaugh Blvd, Little Rock, AR 72205-3990 Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Street Parking, Free Off-Street Parking, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover Japanese, Seafood, Sushi, Asian, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Brunch SGD 7 - SGD 66 +1 501-660-4100
Excellent
84%
Good
14%
Satisfactory
1%
Poor
1%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

5 based on 194 reviews

Kemuri Restaurant

Kemuri is the most creative restaurant to hit the Little Rock scene in decades! Kemuri is not just a sushi lover's paradise, but a full scale restaurant serving some of the most exciting and delicious dishes that Arkansas has ever seen and at a level you would expect to find in New York, Tokyo, and LA. It has some of the freshest and tastiest seafood and smoked meats you will find anywhere. Located at the top of Hillcrest, Kemuri specializes in providing guests the ultimate dining experience. From tantalizing ingredients, to our unique grilling methods and sauces, we are able to give guests a full spectrum of flavors that allow them to have a selection of unconventional recipes. At the heart of the kitchen is Chef Greg Wallis, the master crafter behind our dishes. Also featured is the extraordinary sushi creations of Chef Alex from our sister restaurant, Ocean's, in West Little Rock. With years of experience and talents of our chefs, ranging from all areas of culinary arts, Kemuri is taking the dining experience in the Little Rock area to a new and unexplored level. The ambiance and flavor of the restaurant measures up to its exclusive and highly regarded dishes. But do not take our word for it, come and try for yourself. We look forward to serving you.

Reviewed By travfirst - Basking Ridge, New Jersey

Each time we go to Japanese restaurant we have a ‘standard’ order of sashimi and rolls. At Kemuri our waiter Rachel spent time to explain the menu items, and we ordered several new to us appetizers. We were happy with our selection, quality of food, and wonderful presentation. We enjoyed every course, and definitely would recommend this restaurant.

2. Brave New Restaurant

2300 Cottondale Ln, Ste 105, Little Rock, AR 72202-2052 Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Street Parking, Free Off-Street Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Discover, Reservations, Private Dining, Accepts Credit Cards Steakhouse, American, International, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Brunch SGD 20 - SGD 52 +1 501-663-2677
Excellent
74%
Good
18%
Satisfactory
6%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 598 reviews

Brave New Restaurant

We welcome you... Again! We're serious about quality dining, but in a relaxed atmosphere. We've won a lot of awards for best overall restaurant, best views, best servers, but we'll never rest on our laurels. The best compliment you can pay us is to come back, and bring your friends! You can count on us to use the freshest and highest quality ingredients - always. We may occasionally improvise, or even run out of an item, but we will never offer you less than the best. Freshness also offers some flexibility to accommodate special health needs (check out the number of gluten-free items!), And we will do so to the best of our abilities.

Reviewed By stilliwonder - Little Rock, Arkansas

Consistently at the top of the Little Rock dining scene. Tonight our group had avocado shrimp appetizers, the special, seared scallops and pecan encrusted trout— not a miss in the bunch. Extensive wine menu, great lunch spot as well. Chef Brave himself is always making the rounds. Yes it feels like a weird location when you are parking but once inside it all feels right. The main dining room or patio for ambience — overflow dining needs some decor or better lighting or something. Not up to other standards. If I had booked for romantic dinner I’d have been disappointed .

3. Star of India Restaurant

301 N Shackleford Rd Ste C4, Little Rock, AR 72211-2887 Delivery, Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Buffet Indian, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Brunch +1 501-227-9900
Excellent
71%
Good
22%
Satisfactory
4%
Poor
2%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 202 reviews

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Reviewed By swwtheman - Little Rock, Arkansas

Disclaimer: I know little about Indian Food. Disclaimer #2: I have only eaten here at lunch, and then only the buffet. Proclaimer: the food is varied and excellent- you can't go wrong with any of the buffet items, and if your like me and not sure what something is, eat it anyway, it will be good! Friendly and efficient service, they treat you like family.

Nice atmosphere for a strip mall location, and it can be crowded. Plenty of parking, but it may not be close. Great value at lunch.

4. Layla's Restaurant

9501 N Rodney Parham Rd, Little Rock, AR 72227-6207 Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Wheelchair Accessible Mediterranean, Greek, Middle Eastern, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Halal, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner SGD 7 - SGD 13 +1 501-227-7272
Excellent
69%
Good
23%
Satisfactory
5%
Poor
2%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 272 reviews

Layla's Restaurant

Reviewed By Rose W - Little Rock, Arkansas

I loved this place so much! Their menu was delicious and the service quality was unbeatable. The place could use a bit more environment, but overall, it was great! They even sell Mediterranean snacks including fig newtons and stuffed leaves. Try the gyro meat strips and their salad! Delicious, small, inexpensive!

5. @ The Corner

201 E Markham St, Little Rock, AR 72201-1627 Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Free Wifi American, Cafe, Diner, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch +1 501-400-8458
Excellent
71%
Good
23%
Satisfactory
4%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 172 reviews

@ The Corner

Reviewed By NWA_RichHightower - Fayetteville, Arkansas

Excellent menu (see pic). Long lines so get here early. Definitely worth the wait. Fantastic prep and service. Interesting menu choices featuring local favs.

6. Three Fold Noodles and Dumpling Co

611 South Main Street, Little Rock, AR 72201-4201 Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Serves Alcohol, Accepts Credit Cards Asian, Chinese, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner SGD 9 - SGD 17 +1 501-372-1739
Excellent
66%
Good
29%
Satisfactory
3%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 277 reviews

Three Fold Noodles and Dumpling Co

Reviewed By travelfanarkansas - Arkansas

I had the pan fried pork dumplings. My kids had the 1/2 and 1/2 noodles and dumplings. I sampled their plates. My dumplings were very good. Loved the dipping sauce. I didn't care much for the pickled veggies. This is a "clean" reataurant so EVERYTHING is planet friendly...even the straws are made from plants....so prices are a little high to pay for all this planet hugging methodology. Good food and great service. There is a street side patio to eat on as well.

7. The Root Cafe

1500 Main St, Little Rock, AR 72202-5038 Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Free Wifi, Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover American, Cafe, Healthy, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Dinner, Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch, Drinks +1 501-414-0423
Excellent
69%
Good
22%
Satisfactory
6%
Poor
2%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 454 reviews

The Root Cafe

Reviewed By HaPPy t - Little Rock, Arkansas

After hearing & reading many wonderful things about this place, we finally tried it. My husband is not much on trying new places, but will on occasion, just for me. The Root is supposed to be known for great burgers, & my husband loves a great burger, so I knew he would be happy to get that while I tried something else. Well, let's just say, the hostess over promised & the kitchen under delivered! The sweet hostess was so excited to learn we had not been there before, & she enthusiastically greeted & seated us, promising us we would love it & would become regulars. My husband ordered the bacon cheeseburger, which the menu stated came with chipotle mustard, stout braised onions, & cheddar. He simply asked for them to swap the mustard out for mayo, as he's not a big fan of mustard of any kind, & definitely not chipotle anything. I ordered the pork belly entree. After watching my husband eat a few bites of his burger & not looking too happy, I asked him about it. He said it was ok, but had a funny, 'wangy' taste he didn't really care for or could even identify. So he opened his burger up on his plate & found 2 tiny pieces of bacon, the onions, & the bottom bun completely covered with some kind of sweet tasting pickle, maybe bread & butter, I guess. What was conspicuously absent was any cheddar cheese. Okay, so hubs doesn't like anything but dill pickles, but since no pickles were mentioned in the description, he didn't know to ask to have them left off. But cheese should have been on a bacon cheeseburger. He refused at that point to ask for any cheese, & just took off all the pickles & ate the rest of it, because we had had a long day, & were tired & hungry. He just didn't feel like trying to send it back. I, on the other hand, thought my pork belly entree was wonderful! But it was hard for me to enjoy it knowing how unhappy my husband was with his meal. We noticed while there that several of the waitstaff, the hostess, & I presume the manager, were walking around chatting with the other patrons asking about their meals. But no one ever approached us after we got our food, not even the enthusiastic hostess who had asked us what we ended up ordering & was so excited we were trying them. We were sure she'd come by & check on us, but she did not until we were leaving. We told her we were a little underwhelmed with the burger & didn't know if we'd be back. She said she was sorry but that's it. My husband did tell me on the way home that he'd be willing to come again for lunch, to give them one more try, & because the bratwurst I had planned on ordering is only on the lunch menu. Also, I recommend you call & ask what they are serving before you go. They are good about serving what is in season & fresh, & the on line menu doesn't always match what is actually being served that day.

8. The Pantry

11401 N Rodney Parham Rd, Little Rock, AR 72212-4123 Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar German, European, Czech, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night SGD 20 - SGD 26 +1 501-353-1875
Excellent
70%
Good
23%
Satisfactory
5%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 542 reviews

The Pantry

Reviewed By Kkgriff - Little Rock, Arkansas

We have always loved this place for its bar area and appetizers. It is always crowded and a local favorite. Some of my favorites are the flat breads, truffle eggs, cheese board, and their fish dishes. Many of these dishes can be shared. Portions are large.

9. Whole Hog Cafe

2516 Cantrell Rd, Little Rock, AR 72202-2116 Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Television, Serves Alcohol, Free Wifi, Takeout, Seating, Parking Available, Free Off-Street Parking, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Accepts Credit Cards American, Barbecue, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner SGD 9 - SGD 26 +1 501-753-9227
Excellent
66%
Good
27%
Satisfactory
5%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 859 reviews

Whole Hog Cafe

Reviewed By JDevlee - Wausau, Wisconsin

Very good BBQ! I ordered a full slab of ribs. They ask you if you want them dry or sauced. I ordered mine dry and they were fantastic! Fall off the bone with really good flavor. The sauce was also excellent. Very friendly staff. It's...MoreHey, really appreciate the kind words. My brother developed that dry rub years ago for our competition team; and we've only been using it in the restaurant for about a year. Many thanks! Please come back next time you're down!

10. Lost Forty Brewing

501 Byrd St, Little Rock, AR 72202-2629 Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Discover, Accepts Credit Cards American, Bar, Pub, Brew Pub, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Drinks SGD 10 - SGD 16 +1 501-319-7275
Excellent
63%
Good
29%
Satisfactory
6%
Poor
2%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 218 reviews

Lost Forty Brewing

Lost Forty Brewing takes its name from the historic, storied forest that stands on 40 acres of Arkansas&apos;s last truly virgin soil in Calhoun County. We aim to craft beers as unwavering, wild, and uniquely Arkansas as the the land itself. Lost Forty, both the forest and the brewery, is part tall tale, a little bit of hearsay, a lot of history, a few facts, a big cast of characters and completely Arkansas. Every Monday we tap into a new beer. Join us for new beers on &apos;FreshCut Monday,&apos; Burgers on BackBar Burger Tuesdays, FREE Brewhouse tours at 1:00pm and 2:00pm on Saturday, and for our Beer Brunch every Sunday form 10:30am - 3:00pm. Cheers!

Reviewed By PKPollard - Bartlett, Tennessee

While in town for a two-day training seminar, I explored the beer scene with another out-of-town trainee. I'm glad that we saved our appetite for Lost 40. He ordered the Turkey sandwich, also a recommendation from our helpful and cheerful waitress, and I ordered the brisket sandwich. It was comical watching my friend try to eat the massive sandwich and keep all of its contents together. My attempts to keep my overflowing sandwich was not any easier!

So, the food portions were plentiful. The food was delicious. And the service was fantastic. Phoebe provided us insight to both menus (beer and food). Also, with her wonderful personality and a smile to match, she put us right in the mood to settle right in and enjoy the whole experience. It's great to have such a good time like these.

Thank you for everything!

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