Little Rock, Arkansas is situated along the southern bank of the Arkansas River. The culinary scene in the state’s capital city reaches far beyond traditional Southern fried foods. You’ll find the cuisine from Little Rock’s romantic restaurants ranges from Italian eateries like Bruno’s Little Italy and Ciao Baci to Gulf-style cooking from Copelands Restaurant and Cajun’s Wharf to premier Asian fare at Kiyen’s or Kemuri Restaurant. Many offer river or cityscape views that set the tone for romantic evenings out. T

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1.Arthur's Prime Steak House

Arthur's Prime Steak House
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A premier southern steakhouse, Arthur’s Prime Steak House is an elegantly designed restaurant with an extraordinary meat selection including Australian wagyu and authentic Japanese Kobe beef. Dark wood walls, oversized, chocolate-colored leather chairs, and white cloth tables offer a regal quality ensuring their replica of the Mona Lisa doesn’t seem out of place. Providing some of the best grade beef in the world, guests will enjoy selections like broiled pork tenderloin medallions served with a raspberry chipotle reduction paired with a refined, yet extensive list of award-winning wines. The ideal spot for diners in the mood for a little romance, they offer decadent desserts like dark chocolate crème brûlée.

16100 Chenal Parkway, Little Rock, AR, Phone: 501-821-1838

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2.Brave New Restaurant

Brave New Restaurant
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For an all-around casual, yet refined dining experience, Brave New Restaurant is the choice in the trendy Riverdale neighborhood. The restaurant has an eclectic menu, and proudly grows all of the produce and spices used in each selection. This ensures that each meal is brimming with freshness. With its reasonably priced menu, delicious food, excellent service and warm environment, Brave New Restaurant is an ideal setting for a romantic dinner for two. Views of the Arkansas River enhance its already welcoming ambience. A Little Rock staple, Brave New Restaurant has been pleasing locals and visitors alike for over 25 years.

2300 Cottondale Lane Suite 105, Little Rock, AR, Phone: 501-663-2677

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3.Bruno's Little Italy

Bruno's Little Italy
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Bruno’s Little Italy opened in 2013 as an off-shoot of the original Bruno’s that was established by family patriarch Vincent “Jimmy” Bruno in 1949. Located in downtown Little Rock, this Italian staple played a big role in the revitalization of trendy Main Street. Opulent pizza ovens, red checkered table cloths, and locally sourced produce make it easy to imagine dining somewhere in Italy. Boasting romantic low lighting and a quality wine list, it’s a great restaurant for a romantic date night. Lobster ravioli, roasted vegetable ravioli, and Pinenut Salmon are just a few of their selections. They also offer gluten-free options.

310 Main Street, Little Rock, AR, Phone: 501-372-7866

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4.Cache Restaurant

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Named after the Cache River, Cache Restaurant is located in the heart of downtown Little Rock. A stylish southern restaurant, it boasts a modern and sleek design with plush red seats, dark-wood tables, funky silver design features, and unique light fixtures that create a warm and romantic ambiance. Owned-and-operated by the Harding family with Rush Harding as the executive chef, the restaurant offers awe-inspiring views of the waterway while patrons dine on a menu made with fresh local ingredients. Guests can expect pastas like their Garganelli – morel mushrooms, peas, and alfredo sauce and exquisite meat dishes like their 10-ounce New York Strip served with blackened shrimp, broccoli, and loaded baked potato.

425 President Clinton Avenue, Little Rock, AR, Phone: 501-850-0265

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5.Cajun's Wharf

Cajun's Wharf
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Known for its aged Angus beef and fabulously fresh seafood, Cajun’s Wharf is ideal for a romantic dinner while listening to a band perform live on stage. Boasting a rustic, down-home ambiance with dark wood furnishings, they offer various dining areas including an outdoor patio with romantic string-lights. Open for over 40 years, the interior has been renovated and updated regularly while the food has remained consistently amazing with a variety of southern delights. This includes their Crab au Gratin – a delicate casserole of crab meat and creole spices topped with creamy cheddar. Other mouthwatering dishes include fried crawfish tails, sliced beef tenderloins, boiled shrimp, and grilled chicken breast.

2400 Cantrell Road, Little Rock, AR, Phone: 501-375-5351

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6.Capeo

Capeo
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With arched doorways, light yellow walls, white-linen topped tables and cushioned chairs, Capeo is the epitome of a classic, romantic Italian restaurant. Open six nights a week, the eatery situated along Main Street in downtown Little Rock draws in visitors with the subtle aromas of its delectable Italian cuisine. Their eclectic menu ensures everyone can find a dish they like with selections like wood-fired pizzas, antipastos, pastas, shrimp, seafood linguine and various kinds of meat dishes. Veal Saltimbocca with Focaccia di Recco and Pappardelle Pasta made with olives, peppers, and spinach topped with an egg and cheese are just a few of the entrées served here.

425 Main Street, North Little Rock, AR, Phone: 501-376-3463

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7.Capers

Capers
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Open for more than 20 years, Capers has been the recipient of many accolades including Most Romantic, Best Wine List, and Best Outside Dining among countless others. One of its best features, the expansive outdoor patio, is surrounded by lush foliage and adorned with gorgeous wicker furniture highlighted by romantic string lights. The only thing that rivals the rustic chicness of the restaurant’s design is their made-from-scratch Cajun-style menu. They offer a variety of starters like stuffed artichoke, crab cakes, and warm camembert. Entrees include Grilled Mahi Mahi, Chicken Picatta, Tortilla Encrusted Red Snapper, and Shrimp and Grits – Gulf shrimp sautéed with a white wine parmesan sauce laid over spicy tomato grits topped with fresh spinach.

14502 Cantrell Road, Little Rock, AR, Phone: 501-868-7600

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8.Ciao Baci

Ciao Baci
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Located in the quaint and beautiful neighborhood of Hillcrest in Little Rock, Ciao Baci serves gourmet Italian cuisine made with locally sourced ingredients. Housed in a charming refurbished home, the restaurant has a romantic ambiance with dark wood furniture, regal décor and white Christmas-style lights that wrap around rustic wood beams. It also features a quaint porch with wood furniture and streaming lights. Offering seasonal menus that are always changing, patrons can expect delicious dishes like their Spring Green Pesto Cavalappi and their Smoked Half Chicken served with mustard potato salad, chowchow, and chimichurri chicken jus.

605 Beechwood Street, Little Rock, AR, Phone: 501-603-0238

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9.Ciao's Italian Restaurant

Ciao's Italian Restaurant
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Ciao’s Italian Restaurant is a neighborhood eatery serving delicious Italian fare. They offer an extensive lunch menu with entrées like Lemon Chicken, Linguini Primavera, and Fettuccini Pescatore – a delicate blend of clams, shrimp, mushrooms, and cream. Their dinner menu offers a selection of appetizers like Vine Ripe Tomato and Mozzarella, a collection of pasta dishes, and Italian Specialties like Pollo Genoa – grilled chicken breast topped with creamy pesto sauce, served with pasta and sautéed vegetables. Floor-to-ceiling shelves stocked with wines, gorgeous art adorning the walls, and black-linen topped tables create a romantic space ideal for date nights.

405 West 7th Street, Little Rock, AR, Phone: 501-372-0238

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10.Copelands Restaurant of Little Rock

Copelands Restaurant of Little Rock
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Bringing a little bit of New Orleans to Arkansas, Copelands Restaurant of Little Rock mixes classic Southern comfort food with the classy flair of French cuisine. Using locally sourced ingredients, the restaurant created an incredibly extensive and diverse menu of appetizers, pastas, sandwiches, soups, salads, and a variety of classic dishes, as well as a mixture of steak and seafood entrées. Diners can expect selections like Crawfish Bread, Salmon Cobb Salad, Jambalaya Pasta, Seafood Platter, and Blackened Bayou Chicken. The restaurant’s design is equally unique and vibrant with red-tinged lighting that highlights the wood tables and chairs, an expansive LED-backlit bar, grand doorways adorned with billowy curtains, and festive New Orleans-style décor.

2602 South Shackleford Road, Little Rock, AR, Phone: 501-312-1616

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11.Copper Grill

Copper Grill
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Copper Grill is a favorite of foodies in the downtown Little Rock culinary scene. This inviting bistro is a choice for American dishes with a Southern influence. Inside, the restaurant has a modern industrial chic ambience with concrete floors and walls, wood ceilings with recessed lighting, a wall of windows, and copper finishes throughout. Outdoors, there is generous patio space for dining both relaxing in the shade or enjoying the sun. The eclectic menu boasts dishes with the freshest of local ingredients. Diners will find palate pleasers like fried oysters, French dip, and mouth-watering grilled bone in pork chops.

300 East 3rd Street Suite 101, Little Rock, AR, Phone: 501-375-3333

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12.Kemuri Restaurant

Kemuri Restaurant
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It took decades for the most creative sushi restaurant to hit Little Rock, but it’s here. This contemporary Japanese restaurant with its sleek, modern décor is a sushi paradise. It features an all-black industrial ceiling, wood flooring, bistro-style tables with comfortable chairs, a bright blue and white sushi bar, and a dramatic aquarium. The restaurant also has stylish patio dining. Diners can expect specialty and signature sushi rolls like The Crazy Monkey with spicy crab, tempura shrimp, masago aioli, and avocado, flame kissed. Kemuri is not only for sushi lovers; they also serve robata-style skewers, seafood dishes, and smoked meats.

2601 Kavanaugh Boulevard, Little Rock, AR, Phone: 501-660-4100

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13.Kiyens

Kiyens
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Kiyens restaurant in Little Rock serves seafood, steak and their authentic sushi in a contemporary and stylish space. An outdoor patio is spacious and adorned with lanterns, curtains, and tapestries – the perfect ambience for a romantic meal. With a Master Chef who has a background in Biological Oceanography with extensive studies of the benefits of marine life and fresh fish, Chef Kiyen’s cuisine is not only delicious and beautifully presented, but is nutritious as well. Kiyen’s food is free of MSGs, and the restaurant uses only the freshest ingredients to prepare its cuisine. Besides an extensive sushi menu, diners can expect Asian fusion entrées and hibachi meals.

17200 Chenal Parkway Suite 100, Little Rock, AR, Phone: 501-821-7272

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14.Loca Luna

Loca Luna
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Loca Luna is an acclaimed bistro in the blank neighborhood of Little Rock. It has garnered national attention being featured in Bon Appetit Magazine among the “Best Neighborhood Restaurants in America,” and the television show Rachel Ray’s Tasty Travel. Located in the Riverdale neighborhood of Little Rock, Loca Luna offers an airy ambience with a neutral color palette, lots of windows that flood the space with light, and bistro-style tables with fresh flowers making this a perfect place for a romantic dinner. The eclectic menu is a mix of pizza, pasta, and seafood. Renowned owner/chef Mark Abernathy, co-creator of The First White Cheese Dip in America (on the menu), serves an array of signature and classic dishes.

3519 Old Cantrell Road, Little Rock, AR, Phone: 501-663-4666

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15.One Eleven at the Capital

One Eleven at the Capital
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For over 140 years the Capital Hotel has been standing tall in Little Rock. Inside the historic walls of this hotel is One Eleven at the Capital. This restaurant delivers a rich history, as well as some of the finest cuisine in the South. The historic building sets the perfect ambience for the restaurant’s traditional fine dining setting, and a romantic dinner for two. One Eleven’s Chef, Joel Antunes, is a James Beard Award-winner, so diners can expect the best cuisine here. Meticulously prepared with only the finest local ingredients, French-influenced American plates feature dishes like grilled prime beef filet with bordelaise sauce.

111 West Markham Street, Little Rock, AR, Phone: 501-370-7011

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16.Riverfront Steakhouse

Riverfront Steakhouse
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Riverfront Steakhouse is the signature restaurant of the Wyndham Riverfront Hotel. The classic décor features tables with black linens, white china, candlelight, and red napkins. With its views of the river, subdued lighting, and outstanding service, Riverfront Steakhouse is a great venue for a romantic meal. The restaurant starts with the finest cuts of USDA Prime beef, and has a unique way of preparing them with an infra-red broiler oven that gives their steaks a distinct flavor that’s different from regular ovens or grills. Diners should try the House Special Surf & Turf – a six-ounce filet with a six-ounce cold water lobster tail.

2 Riverfront Place, North Little Rock, AR, Phone: 501-375-7825

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17.SO Restaurant

SO Restaurant
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SO Restaurant in Little Rock, Arkansas, is the perfect spot for couples to relax and unwind, or enjoy a romantic evening out. SO’s inviting atmosphere is a testament to its rustic chic style, and their friendly wait staff. SO Restaurant prides itself on using the freshest quality ingredients, sourcing produce from local farmers. Fine ingredients prepared meticulously means tantalizing cuisine at SO. The menu features classics like chicken marsala, grilled salmon, and duck au poivre. After dinner, couples can enjoy SO’s much talked about Chocolate Sack 13 – tempered chocolate sack with berry jam, vanilla ice cream, chocolate cake, graham cracker crumb, white chocolate, and whipped cream.

3610 Kavanaugh Boulevard, Little Rock, AR, Phone: 501-663-1464

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18.Sonny Williams' Steak Room

Sonny Williams' Steak Room
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Being awarded Best Steakhouse in Arkansas is an enviable position, and Sonny Williams’ Steak Room bears the moniker with pride. The upscale restaurant serves outstanding thick-cut Angus beef steaks, specialty meats, and fresh game. Guests will also find Alaskan king crab, grilled Chilean seabass, and Sonny’s Cioppino – shrimp, scallops, mussels, and fresh fish in a champagne tomato broth. Dishes are complemented with an award-winning wine list. Located on President Clinton Avenue, in the River Market District of Little Rock, Sonny William’s Steak Room is a great venue for the couple looking for a romantic dinner.

500 President Clinton Avenue Suite 1, Little Rock, AR, Phone: 501-324-2999

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19.Table 28

Table 28
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Inside The Burgundy Hotel, Table 28 features American cuisine prepared by an award-winning chef. Executive chef Scott Rains’ dynamic cuisine is made from organic produce that is locally grown. The meals at Table 28 are styled with a Southern flair. For an evening of decadent dishes, fine dining and great atmosphere, Table 28 is the place. Table 28 menu features authentic Southern dishes, such as crispy ham hocks, dumplings, rabbit, and of course, their famous fried chicken. The ambience inside Table 28 is set for romance with linen napkins, high booths, and low lighting, all of which help create a memorable evening.

1501 Merrill Drive, Little Rock, AR, Phone: 501-224-2828

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20.Taj Mahal Indian Kitchen

Taj Mahal Indian Kitchen
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Taj Mahal Indian Kitchen brings the authentic taste of Halal Indian food to Little Rock. Those with a vague familiarity with it may think that high spicing is required in Indian cuisine, but in actuality, it is the delicacy of spicing that cultivates its taste. Many of the delicately prepared Halal dishes at Taj Mahal Indian Kitchen are cooked in a tandoor (a clay oven), ensuring their flavorful nature, like Chicken Tandoori, Tandoori Masaledar Lamb Chops, and Seekh Kebab. Guests can expect classic and vegan dishes, along with a brunch buffet. Menu highlights include, chicken, lamb, goat, and seafood dishes, desserts, and an extensive wine list.

1520 Market Street, Little Rock, AR, Phone: 832-722-1744

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21.The Pantry

The Pantry
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For 10 years, The Pantry in Little Rock has been serving German and Czech classics. The Pantry’s charm may be European, but it also has a few classic American dishes on the menu. Diners can enjoy classics like house made bratwurst with sauerkraut and spicy mustard, goat cheese flatbread with shiitake, Portobello, shallots, and chive oil, or Svickova – Czech roast beef with creamy root vegetable sauce, bread dumplings, and stewed cranberries. Their full bar serves imported beers, microbrews, signature cocktails, and wines. The cozy, homey ambience makes it a great place for a special night out for two.

11401 North Rodney Parham Road, Little Rock, AR, Phone: 501-353-1875

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22.The Pantry Crest

The Pantry Crest
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In 2014, Thomas Bohm opened his second Pantry restaurant in Little Rock – The Pantry Crest. In Little Rock’s historic Hillcrest neighborhood, The Pantry Crest continues the traditional European vibe. The restaurant also held onto that same down-home, casual feeling as the original Pantry. The European décor infuses the restaurant with a romantic vibe. Europe. Serving house made Hungarian sausage, Bratwurst, paté, and Lasagna al Forno, along with its full service bar, The Pantry Crest offers diners the opportunity to sample European cuisine in Little Rock. Family-style dining at an oversized dining table is available upon request.

722 North Palm Street, Little Rock, AR, Phone: 501-725-4945

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23.The Terrace Mediterranean Kitchen

The Terrace Mediterranean Kitchen
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The Terrace Mediterranean Kitchen has relied on creating dishes with only the freshest Mediterranean ingredients for 30 years. Today, the daughters of the original owners instill that same principle into the employees here. By honoring classic recipes from Mediterranean recipes, The Terrace continues to serve the Little Rock area with a fine Mediterranean dining experience. The Terrace’s menu is a testament to true Mediterranean cuisine with dishes from warm goat cheese, babaghanouj, moussaka, and a Gyros dinner, paired with perfectly selected wines. This is a unique night out for a dinner for two.

2200 North Rodney Parham Road, Little Rock, AR, Phone: 501-217-9393

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24.Trio's Restaurant

Trio's Restaurant
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Trio’s Restaurant has evolved from a gourmet shop with coffee, cookbooks, specialty foods, cookware, and a well-stocked deli into one of the finest catering and dining establishments in Arkansas. Established over 30 years ago, Trio’s offers private dining for large groups, but also caters to couples longing for an intimate dining experience. Trio’s has been dubbed the “Grand Dame of restaurants in Little Rock.” Many who dine at Trio’s as adults now, dined there with their families as children. Trio’s menu changes monthly to ensure the freshest local ingredients. The environmentally conscious eatery serves New American cuisine.

8201 Cantrell Road, little Rock, AR, Phone: 501-221-3330

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25.YaYa's Euro Bistro

YaYa's Euro Bistro
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Named after the co-founders’ grandmother, Yaya’s Euro Bistro serves elegant, honest and simple food. The menu is infused with a mixture of Greek, Italian, French and American cuisine. Yaya’s Euro Bistro is committed to quality and freshness foremost, and sources ingredients from local purveyors whenever possible. Yaya’s has an ambience that others try to emulate but can’t duplicate. With stone columns, heavy beamed ceilings and hand-blown chandeliers, Yaya’s is a great venue for the romantic couple. The restaurant has an extensive wine list that pairs exquisitely with its eclectic menu. Yaya’s has been featured in Ingram’s Magazine and has been a top 100 restaurant in a Zagat’s survey.

17711 Chenal Parkway, Little Rock, AR, Phone: 501-821-1144

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