Home to over 36,000 people, Hot Springs, AR is located in the Ouachita Mountains nestled among several hot springs. While the majority of the restaurants are located on Central Avenue, visitors to Hot Springs will be able to check out the Southern charm and historic buildings in the area. Whether in town for a vacation or special event, be sure to have fun at the Magic Springs Theme and Water Park or a movie at the Farmer’s Market. Check out your luck at the casino and racetrack before heading home. CDC information for travelers. Hours/availability may have changed.
1.Angels in the Park Featuring Chef Rosario
© Angels in the Park Featuring Chef Rosario
When you’d like a night out, consider going to Angels in the Park Featuring Chef Rosario. The restaurant name is a mouthful, but so is the decadent Italian food you’ll order. This old-style restaurant offers some classic dishes and drinks that many restaurants no longer dare serve: cherries jubilee tableside, Chateaubriand, and the delicious crème de menthe grasshopper cocktail. On top of a wine list that would make your head spin with delight, the menu options are decadent. Try one of the carpaccio or bruschetta offerings, such as the artichoke Pomodoro fresco bruschetta or the prime rib with Chantilly cream bruschetta. Only then, will you be ready to get into the entrée course.
211 Fountain Street, Hot Springs National Park, AR 71901, Phone: 501-609-0767
2.Angels Italian Restaurant
Located in downtown Hot Springs, Angels Italian Restaurant is the second on this listing with that name. However, these two restaurants couldn’t be more different. While both serve Italian cuisine, Angels Italian Restaurant serves more rustic and homestyle food than its counterpart. Those interested in a tasty spaghetti, fettuccini alfredo, or crab ravioli will surely be pleased to delve into the sauce and noodle combos. Wood fired pizza is made on site. Wanting desert? Try the zabaglione, a classic Italian custard made with wine. Though open seven days of the week, be sure to plan ahead for your visit.
600 Central Avenue, Hot Springs, AR 71901, Phone: 501-609-9323
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3.Arlington Fountain & Venetian
© Arlington Fountain & Venetian
At the Arlington Resort Hotel & Spa, the dining options are pretty vast. The Arlington Fountain & Venetian, also referred to as the Venetian Dining Room, offers some of the best buffets in town. Every Friday, the seafood dinner buffet features shrimp, salmon, catfish, salads, pasta, desserts, and plenty more options. The Sunday brunch is the real star of the Arlington Fountain & Venetian. Offering both breakfast and dinner options, you’ll find whatever you desire here. Three carving stations include ham, beef, and lamb. Along with this, guests encourage future diners to try out the freshly made Arlington donuts, made right in front of you.
239 Central Avenue, Hot Springs, AR 71901, Phone: 800-643-1502
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4.Back Porch Grill
© Back Porch Grill
Family owned since 2002, Back Porch Grill is home to delicious grilled delights made right before your eyes. Diners and daters can enjoy a romantic evening right off Lake Hamilton, for a cozy but scenic dinner. Every hand-cut steak is certified Black Angus beef, grilled to perfection. For those who want something other than steak, the pasta and seafood dishes are worth raving. Seafood options include fresh diver scallops, stuffed red snapper, orange roughy, and blackened red snapper. Shrimp is, of course, always on the menu and offered both grilled and fried. The lobster ravioli will definitely have you and your date wanting more of the Cajun cream sauce.
4810 Central Avenue, Hot Springs, AR 71913, Phone: 501-525-0885
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© Bone’s Chophouse
Claiming to have Arkansas’ largest bourbon menu, Bone’s Chophouse has been in business since 2017. Serving prime cuts of Wagyu beef is just one of Bone’s specialties. As the name suggests, this is the place to dine on premium pork chops. Seafood is also a top item on the menu, with fantastic appetizers like crab stuffed mushrooms, jumbo shrimp cocktail, oysters Rockefeller, fried calamari, and ahi tuna. If you’re still craving something a bit different from the award-winning choices, their house favorites are also a great place to find fantastic options, such as Chardonnay chicken and quail & grits.
3920 Central Avenue, Hot Springs, AR 71913, Phone: 501-520-5900
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© Crazy Samurai
Prepared for some sushi or hibachi? Check out Crazy Samurai where your hibachi chef will cook your food right in front of you. It isn’t just dinner but an entire experience. There are plenty of sushi options available for those who are craving a bit of the fresh stuff, both raw and cooked. Begin your meal at Crazy Samurai with one of the miso soups or an ocean-inspired salad. When you're done, move into the hibachi entrée, which includes selections of sea scallops, gulf shrimp, lobster, fish, black Angus beef, or chicken. For those who move away from meat products, there are veggie options.
5431 Central Avenue, Hot Springs, AR 71913, Phone: 501-525-0488
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7.J & S Italian Villa Restaurante & Bar
© J & S Italian Villa Restaurante & Bar
Voted the best Italian restaurant in Hot Springs every year since 2002 in Hot Springs, J & S Italian Villa Restaurante & Bar serves up classic Italian food made-to-order. J & S has an expansive menu, with its own wine menu to accompany your meal. Start your dinner off with caprese, bruschetta, gamberi napoleon, calamari, vongole brodette, or insalata di spinaci. No matter what type of Italian dish you’re craving, you’ll find something to soothe your wants. Lobster ravioli, penne arrabbiata, lasagna alla Bolognese, and fettuccine primavera are just a few of the pasta dishes. J & S also serves chicken, steak, seafood, and veal entrees.
4332 Central Avenue, Hot Springs, AR 71913, Phone: 501-525-1121
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© Luna Bella
Luna Bello begins your dining experience with a martini and wine menu. Luna attempts to bring red and white wines from around the globe to your table to try every region’s best. If you’re more of a martini person, there are over 10 martini options, including the chocolate covered strawberry, the raspberry sweet tea, and the Luna Bella martinis. Don’t just stop by for the drinks, be sure to check out some of their best food offerings as well, like the arancini balls, the roasted beet salad, or the warm cabbage salad to start. Move into fantastic pasta, seafood, and “land” entrées, like the rack of lamb, the veal osso buco, the lobster and shrimp risotto, or the chicken marsala.
104 Grand Isle Way, Hot Springs, AR 71913, Phone: 501-520-5862
9.Osaka Japanese Steakhouse & Sushi Bar
© Osaka Japanese Steakhouse & Sushi Bar
When you’re ready for a taste of Japanese cuisine, head on over to the Osaka Japanese Steakhouse & Sushi Bar for your date night. Whether a local or a visitor to Hot Springs, you’ll be sure to enjoy the hibachi and sushi options. Lunchtime offers Bento Boxes, a Japanese tradition that comes with a spring roll, salad, miso soup, rice, a California roll, and the entrée of your choice. Consider one of the great Teriyaki options: beef, salmon, chicken, or shrimp. Of course, dinner entrees shine the true Japanese culture, with favorites like Una Ju (broiled eel), Katsu Don (pork and veggies over rice), Tempura Udon (noodles with fish cake, mushrooms, and tempura crab/shrimp), and the Sushi Love Boat (plate for two, perfect for date night).
3954 Central Avenue, Suite M, Hot Springs, AR 71913, Phone: 501-525-9888
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© Rolando’s Restaurante
When your date is asking for some Latin cuisine, make your reservation for Rolando’s Restaurante. With three locations, it’s easy to see why they’ve expanded so much with a delicious fusion of South and Central American cuisines. When you’re ready to order, be sure to check out some of the house favorites, like the Popeye burrito or the fried tilapia. You’ll surely fill up before the entrée even comes with delicious starters like shrimp quesadillas, tamales, taquitos, or the queso flamado, a cheese and chorizo mix set aflame with rum. If you make it through the meal and are still hungry, be sure to check out Rolando’s bananas (an Ecuadorian recipe) or the Caribbean rum cake.
210 Central Avenue, Hot Springs, AR 71901, Phone: 501-328-6054
© Steinhaus Keller
For food that will fill you up and make you happy, Steinhaus Keller German restaurant is what you’re looking for. If you plan just right, weekends have boisterous gatherings and entertainment to make your date night an entire experience. Travel back to a simpler, rural time in Germany with comfort food like Saurkraut cakes, cabbage rolls, Bavarian pretzels, and a sausage & cheese platter. When you’re ready to dive into the full course, you’ll find so much comfort food, you won’t know where to begin your adventure: beef sauerbraten, goulash, spaetzle, and wursts. If you want to try authentic schnitzel, chicken or pork is available with over eight different sauce choices.
801 Central Avenue, Suite 15, Hot Springs, AR 71901, Phone: 501-624-7866
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© The Avenue
With a classy atmosphere, The Avenue keeps its customers comfortable with a laid-back attitude. Whether you and your date want to people watch out of the bank of windows to Central Avenue or you want some privacy at a high-top table, you’ll find food and drink that will make you crave seconds. The full bar has some signature cocktails up its sleeve for the adventurous types, while craft beers and wines are for those that are happy with familiar options. For dinner, be sure to check out the pork shank gnoccetti or the scallop bouillabaisse.
340 Central Avenue, Hot Springs, AR 71901, Phone: 501-625-3850
© The Porterhouse
Open Monday through Saturday, The Porterhouse is located right in the center of downtown Hot Springs. If you happen to be there at the right time, you can meet the owners Penny and Joseph Gargano, who love to meet their customers. While known for delicious seafood and steak, don’t be afraid to try one of the burgers and comfort sandwiches. The shrimp Po’Boy Hoagie and the Porterhouse cheeseburger are two great options for those wanting to sink their teeth into something tasty. When you’re ready for dessert, remember you only live once, so why not try that chocolate crème brulee, black forest cake, strawberry daiquiri cheesecake or Bourbon bread pudding?
707 Central Avenue, Hot Springs, AR 71901, Phone: 501-321-8282
Though lacking an online presence, the Vault at 723 is not lacking in taste. In the historic 1890s Bank building in downtown Hot Springs, the Vault gets its name from the original bank vault to the building for a private party room. The vibe of the restaurant is similar to a high-end night club, where the color blue provides a calming, eclectic feel. When you’re ready to order, check out some high-end dishes, like foie gras, a charcuterie or oysters prepared one of six ways. Entrees also feature classic fine dining foods, like cioppino, puttanesca, or duck confit leg.
723 Central Avenue, #100, Hot Springs National Park, AR 71901, Phone: 501-596-8800
15.Via Roma Italian Restaurant
© Via Roma Italian Restaurant
Though last on this list, Via Roma Italian Restaurant is far from a forgotten treasure. Previous customers rave about the filet mignon and chicken piccata. No matter when you go, you’re guaranteed a delicious meal, but on Fridays and Saturdays, complimentary valet parking is available. You and your date will find some of Italy’s fines classic dishes available at Via Roma, such as the cannelloni, the manicotti, the puttanesca, penne vodka, or the lasagna Bolognese. As mentioned before, the chicken piccata is recommended by locals, but don’t hesitate to try out the veal piccata as well.
1521 Malvern Avenue, Hot Springs, AR 71901, Phone: 501-318-1516
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15 Best Restaurants in Hot Springs
- Angels in the Park Featuring Chef Rosario, Photo: Angels in the Park Featuring Chef Rosario
- Angels Italian Restaurant, Photo: neirfy/stock.adobe.com
- Arlington Fountain & Venetian, Photo: Arlington Fountain & Venetian
- Back Porch Grill, Photo: Back Porch Grill
- Bone’s Chophouse, Photo: Bone’s Chophouse
- Crazy Samurai, Photo: Crazy Samurai
- J & S Italian Villa Restaurante & Bar, Photo: J & S Italian Villa Restaurante & Bar
- Luna Bella, Photo: Luna Bella
- Osaka Japanese Steakhouse & Sushi Bar, Photo: Osaka Japanese Steakhouse & Sushi Bar
- Rolando’s Restaurante, Photo: Rolando’s Restaurante
- Steinhaus Keller, Photo: Steinhaus Keller
- The Avenue, Photo: The Avenue
- The Porterhouse, Photo: The Porterhouse
- Vault, Photo: Vault
- Via Roma Italian Restaurant, Photo: Via Roma Italian Restaurant
- Cover Photo: Nelly Kovalchuk/stock.adobe.com
More Ideas in AR: Cliff Cottage Inn
Perched on a scenic hillside overlooking downtown Eureka Springs, Cliff Cottage Inn offers a tranquil and relaxing Ozark getaway. The charming adults-only Inn features spacious, well-appointed private suites and individual cottages within walking distance of the bustling main street’s restaurants, cafés, nightclubs, museums, and galleries, with a variety of entertainment right on the doorstep.
The Inn’s beautifully decorated and comfortably furnished guest suites have private bathrooms, whirlpool hot tubs, and stunning views, while three individual cottages feature fully-equipped kitchens and private outdoor hot tubs. A full-gourmet award-winning breakfast is served in-room every morning, and an array of exotic teas, coffee or hot chocolate can be enjoyed from the in-room complimentary beverage bar. Cliff Cottage Inn is ideally based for exploring the area, which is packed with things to see and do, including the Crystal Bridges Museum or watching the Arkansas Razorbacks play a game.
Cliff Cottage Inn is comprised of four beautifully restored historic buildings, and one purpose-built Victorian replica, all of which house the retreat’s luxurious accommodations. Deluxe suites are located in the Cliff Cottage main house, The Place Next Door, and the Artist’s Cottage, as well as the stand-alone Oscar Wilde’s Cottage and Zelda’s Studio. All suites and cottages feature country-style décor and furnishings, plush Victorian king or queen-size beds with designer linens and hypoallergenic pillows, and private or en-suite bathrooms with six-foot two-person whirlpool tubs and walk-in showers, plush towels, and organic bath products. Spacious living rooms have sizeable triple bay windows that flood room with natural light and beautiful views of the historic downtown, and some suites and cottages have faux fireplaces. Modern amenities include individually-controlled central heat and air, overhead ceiling fans, flat-screen televisions with cable channels, DVD players, and VCRs, CD players, mini-fridges stocked with beverages, including Champagne and white wine, coffee makers with imported coffee, tea, and hot chocolate, and complimentary wireless Internet.
Decorated in an elegant, whimsical safari theme, Oscar Wilde’s Cottage is a 1920s cabin surrounded by pristine woodlands and is ideal for a romantic getaway for two. The Art Deco style cottage has a fully-equipped kitchen stocked with imported teas, coffee, hot chocolate, chai, and appliances necessary for light catering and cooking, a mini-fridge stocked with beverages, including Champagne and white wine, coffee makers with imported coffee, tea, and hot chocolate, and coffee maker. A spacious living area and den have a picture window overlooking the forest, a faux fireplace in a separate enclave, and a private bedroom has a queen-size bed with luxury linens and an en-suite bathroom with a shower/bath combination. The cottage has a deck with a private hot tub surrounded by woods and fantastic views of the village below.
Tucked into a rock bluff surrounded by the woods just a few steps down to the village below, Zelda’s Studio offers the perfect alternative to a cabin with a covered deck and a private hot tub. The studio boasts rustic beamed wooden ceilings and age-old native stone walls, a large open plan living room and a fully-equipped kitchen, a king-size bed in luxury linens, and an en-suite bathroom with a two-person walk-in shower. Modern amenities include individually-controlled central heat and air, overhead ceiling fans, flat-screen televisions with cable channels, DVD players, and VCRs, CD players, mini-fridges stocked with beverages, including Champagne and white wine, coffee makers with imported coffee, tea, and hot chocolate, and complimentary wireless Internet.
Guests are treated to a gourmet breakfast delivered to the suites and cottages every morning and include fresh fruit juice and fruit, hot and cold cereals, yogurt, freshly baked bread and pastries, and coffee, and tea. In-room coffee makers and hot beverage can be enjoyed in-room before breakfast, and guests who are staying in the cottages can use the fully equipped kitchens for light cooking and catering.
Amenities and Recreation
Cliff Cottage Inn boasts an array of facilities and guest services ranging from in-room conveniences such as flat-screen televisions with cable channels, mini-fridges stocked with beverages, coffee makers with imported coffee, tea, and hot chocolate, and complimentary wireless Internet to private hot tubs overlooking the forest. A gourmet breakfast is delivered to the suites and cottages every morning, and guests can self-cater in the kitchens of the cabins.
Eureka Springs is a tranquil village which is packed with activities, attractions and things to see and do in and around the region. Exciting local sites include cruising around Beaver Lake, whose waters are deemed to be the cleanest in the country and also offer excellent fishing and swimming. Spend a day at Starkey Park and rent a pontoon for a fun day out on the lake or enjoy snorkeling or scuba diving. Blue Spring Heritage is a historical site where the Cherokee wintered over during their ancient Trail of Tears exodus and has a fascinating visitor center and trout-filled lagoon. The Cosmic Cavern features two deep lakes which can be seen on a 90-minute tour, and the Eureka Springs & North Arkansas Railroad offers excursion trips and a lunch or dinner dining car.
The Intrigue Theater and Opera in the Ozarks offers culture buffs a chance to enjoy performances and opera, and outdoor lovers can soak up the beautiful wildlife and natural scenery of the surrounding area at the Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge. The Arkansas Pig Trail is a famous trail that lies between Little Rock and Fort Smith and boasts spectacular natural landscapes and breathtaking scenery. Other attractions and interesting sites include the Crystal Bridges Museum and the Thorncrown Chapel.
40-42 Armstrong Street, Eureka Springs, AR 72632, Phone: 479-253-7409
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