Visitors flock to Hot Springs, Arkansas, in the USA for the therapeutic properties of the hot springs and views of the Ouachita Mountains. But once they’re here, they discover the great dining scene that is also on offer. Hot Springs has a restaurant to suit all tastes; we list 10 of the best.
Last Chance Lakeside Cafe is part-restaurant, part-museum. Diners can sit on the lakeside patio while tucking into a freshly baked apple pie and browse the south-western art on offer. Eat here and you’ll want stay for a long, relaxing lunch taking in the beautiful view of Lake Balboa.
The Colorado Grill focuses on fresh-from-the-grill meat dishes and sides. Set in a refurbished century-old movie theater, the original bare-brick walls and copper ceilings create a warm, inviting atmosphere for diners. The Colorado Grill is closed Sunday and Monday.
Colorado Grill, 320 Ouachita Ave, Hot Springs, Arkansas, USA, +1 501 623 7992
Central Park Fusion Cuisine is the only restaurant in Arkansas to feature Australian Wagyu beef on its menu. The menu details wine pairing recommendations for all of the entrees. Central Park Fusion Cuisine organizes food and wine pairing events regularly, details of which can be found on their website and reservations can be made by telephone or email.
Zoe’s restaurant in Hot Springs National Park is the perfect stop for a mid-morning snack or delicious lunch. Zoe’s began as a simple coffee shop but now the mother-and-daughter team have turned it into a delightful and unique spot for lunch. Try one of their delicious salads or on cooler days warm up with a hearty soup. The café is closed on Sundays.
Zoe’s, 2230 Malvern Avenue, Hot Springs, Arkansas, USA, +1 501 321 2921
Mr. Whiskers is a popular local spot slightly off the tourist track, but well worth the detour. Dinner is served in a basket, the traditional American diner way, but without the fast food feel. This is fish and chips with an extra dollop of goodness. All meals are served with fries, slaw and Hush Puppies and go down perfectly with a dash of Mr. Whiskers sauce. The restaurant has a subtle nautical theme, while the food is all freshly prepared and the service is excellent.
Mr. Whiskers, 1538 Malvern Ave, Hot Springs, Arkansas, USA, +1 501 262 3474
Rod’s Pizza Cellar has won best pizza in Hot Springs sixteen years in a row, offering diners a choice of traditional pizza options with American-inspired toppings. Guests can create their own pizza with a choice of bases, sauces, cheeses and toppings too. All pizzas can be loaded with double cheese or double meat for an additional charge and are cooked fresh in the pizza oven. A variety of pasta dishes and a salad bar are also available.
Rod’s Pizza Cellar, 3350 Central Ave, Hot Springs, Arkansas, USA, +1 501 321 2313