There are many great things to do in Hot Springs 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.

1. Angels Italian Restaurant

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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. Check out our best romantic getaways in Arkansas guide for more ideas.

600 Central Avenue, Hot Springs, AR 71901, Phone: 501-609-9323

2. Arlington Fountain & Venetian

Arlington Fountain & Venetian
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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. Browse best places to visit in Arkansas on vacation.

239 Central Avenue, Hot Springs, AR 71901, Phone: 800-643-1502

3. Back Porch Grill

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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. Browse best things to do in Arkansas and explore the areas nearby.

4810 Central Avenue, Hot Springs, AR 71913, Phone: 501-525-0885

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4. Bone’s Chophouse

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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

5. Crazy Samurai

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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

6. J & S Italian Villa Restaurante & Bar

J & S Italian Villa Restaurante & Bar
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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

7. Luna Bella

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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

8. Osaka Japanese Steakhouse & Sushi Bar

Osaka Japanese Steakhouse & Sushi Bar
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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

9. Rolando’s Restaurante

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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

10. Steinhaus Keller

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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

11. The Avenue

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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

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12. The Porterhouse

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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

13. Vault

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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

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14. Via Roma Italian Restaurant

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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, See the Map

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