- Helen Armitage
Fayetteville, Arkansas, boasts an eclectic restaurant scene, from farm-to-table fare and contemporary American cuisine to delicious bakery goods and classic hamburgers. In our updated guide on Where to Eat in Fayetteville, we highlight ten of the city’s very best cultural restaurants.
Located just a short walk from both the picturesque Lake Lucille and the beautiful Gregory Park, Rick’s Bakery was established in 1980 by Rick Boone. Situated in a warm and welcoming space complete with terracotta walls, a big wooden counter and retro lantern lighting, guests can enjoy a range of cookies, pies and donuts alongside other dessert delights like baked cinnamon rolls and caramel apple turnovers.
Rick’s Bakery, 1220 North College Avenue, Fayetteville, AR, USA, +1 479 442 2166
Located in a stylish and contemporary space, Bordino’s Restaurant serves up tasty Italian-American fare complemented by an extensive wine list. With various offers available such as its Friday night long happy hour and Monday to Thursday happy hour from 4:30 pm to 6:30 pm, which includes some fantastic $5 wines, Bordino’s is a popular choice for affordable dining.
Bordino’s, 310 West Dickson Street, Fayetteville, AR, USA, +1 479 527 6795
Serving contemporary American cuisine with global flavors, the Greenhouse Grille is an environmentally-conscious restaurant that prides itself on having sustainability at the core of its operations and using locally sourced, organic ingredients in its dishes. The award-winning restaurant offers an extensive menu with daily changing specials and a brunch menu on Sundays.
Greenhouse Grille, 481 South School Avenue, Fayetteville, AR, USA, +1 479 444 8909
Little Bread Company
First established as a wholesale kitchen in 2001, the Little Bread Company has since grown to become Fayetteville’s premier artisan bakery, coffee café and sandwich shop. With a cute, cozy and colorful interior, the Little Bread Company has a neighborly vibe, and offers its guests a place to relax and chat in while they eat tasty treats like the tuna melt sandwich, made with pan-seared tuna steak, cheddar, roasted red peppers and chipotle mayo.
Little Bread Company, 116 North Block Avenue, Fayetteville, AR, USA, +1 479 527 0622
For foodies who love Italian cuisine and are looking for a sophisticated fine dining experience, Vetro 1925, is a must-try. Established in late 2011, Vetro 1925’s beautiful, contemporary interior is full of rich hardwood floors, exposed redbrick, minimalist white walls and artistic lighting.
Vetro 1925, 17 East Centre Street, Fayetteville, AR, USA, +1 479 966 4649
Established back in 1974, Mellow Mushroom has grown from humble beginnings as a hippy-led venture to become widely known as the ‘originator of the Classic Southern Pizza’ with several branches across the USA. Although a franchise, each Mellow Mushroom restaurant – including the Fayetteville branch – is unique in its décor with custom signage and works of art.
Mellow Mushroom, 1460 East Augustine Lane, Fayetteville, AR, USA, +1 479 521 1001
A fixture on Fayetteville’s dining scene since it first opened its doors in 1977, Hugo’s Restaurant is primarily a burger joint and, due to its continuous popularity over the years, the eatery hasn’t changed much and stays true to its roots. Located in a basement level property just off the Historic Fayetteville Square, Hugo’s has a classic burger joint ambience with neon signs and a comfortable interior.
Hugo’s Restaurant, 25 ½ North Block Avenue, Fayetteville, AR, USA, +1 479 521 7585
Arsaga’s is a small but successful family-owned coffee roaster and café business with five locations across Fayetteville. Arsaga’s West Dickson Street branch is located in a former freight train depot and, alongside its award-winning coffee, serves a range of soups, salads, bagels and crêpes.
Arsaga’s, 548 West Dickson Street, Fayetteville, AR, USA, +1 479 443 9900
The Farmer’s Table Café
A popular neighborhood eatery, The Farmer’s Table Café takes the farm-to-table ethos seriously serving up a menu of contemporary and traditional American fare based around locally sourced and organic produce. The Farmer’s Table Café has a warm and welcoming interior with a friendly, vibrant buzz.
Sassy’s Red House
Established in 2009 by Allen and Shawna Brumett, Sassy’s Red House is a restaurant specializing in barbecue food. It is located in charming red wooden building with a spacious but cozy interior, and is a short walk from Fayetteville’s picturesque Wilson Park.
By Helen Armitage