Little Rock, the capital of Arkansas
, is more than just a place known for its famous hospitality, and it is more than its down home cooking. Below is a list of the top restaurants to experience fine-dining in Little Rock.
Chef Scott Rains is among the masterminds behind the exquisite modern American cuisine at Table 28. This is among the many restaurants that source organic produce from farmers of Arkansas and the menu reflects this. The name of this restaurant may seem quite abstract or vague. However, it is without coincidence – there are indeed 28 tables in the entire establishment. If you are lucky enough to dine at the 28th table, then you will be served a six-course meal that is especially made for your party, served by Chef Rains himself. This fine-dining experience has been featured in publications including AYmag, Arkansas Times, and Sync Weekly. Their menu has been a large contributing factor to their accolades, especially options like the prefix menu where a three-course meal is a reasonable price.
1501 Merrill Dr., Little Rock, AR, +1 501 224 2828
Sonny Williams’ Steak Room
Premium fine steaks cut from aged Angus beef is among the many succulent items on Sonny Williams’ Steak Room menu. All of the entrees are served with the chef’s personal choice of vegetables paired with the guest’s choice of garlic herb mashed potatoes, a loaded baked potato, potatoes au gratin, or wild rice with walnuts. Their seafood options include one-and-a-half-pound of Alaskan king crab legs and claws and the delicious Creole seafood risotto with shrimp, scallops, and jumbo lump crab. There is no need to stop at entrees or a large plate of crab legs. The smooth and creamy tasting peanut butter and chocolate ganache cheesecake is among the sweet and tasty snacks on their dessert menu.
500 President CLinton Ave. Ste 100, Little Rock, AR, +1 501 324 2999
Terry’s Finer Foods
Restaurant, American, French
Terry’s Finer Foods
American and French cuisine, seafood, steak, and vegetarian options all grace the pages of Terry’s Finer Foods’ menu. The crew at Terry’s call their French delights ‘a little bit of Paris located in the heart of the heights’ and they’ve right. Staple French dishes, like escargot with garlic and herb butter and breast of magret duck with sage and bread cornbread dressing, haricot verte, and cranberry coulis, are on the dinner menu. There are also steaks at any cut or grade, like the porterhouse a la florentina served with asparagus, pommes puree, and roasted shallot butter.
5018 Kavanaugh Blvd, Little Rock, AR, +1 501 663 4154
SO Restaurant Bar
Bar, Bistro, Restaurant, American, French, African, $$$
SO Restaurant Bar
Appetizers, soups and salads, entrees, and a raw bar awaits guests at the SO Restaurant Bar. The raw bar features fresh oysters, a shrimp cocktail with five U12 shrimps served with lemon wedges and a cocktail sauce, Alaskan king crab legs served with clarified butter at market price per pound, and the ocean sampler that has a half dozen oysters, six shrimps, and one king crab leg. If you’re in the company of seafood lovers, then So Lux may be perfect for your group. It comes with a dozen oysters, twelve shrimps, and two king crab legs. This raw bar has it all. Pair these delicious fresh foods with their award-winning wines from France.
3610 Kavanaugh Blvd, Little Rock, AR, +1 501 663 1464
Kemuri is the first Japanese fusion robata grill in Little Rock. Robata is a style of grilling that was particular to the northern islands of Japan. Of the robata options, there are a wide range of meats that can be slow-cooked, like baby back ribs, kurobuta pork sausage, salmon, shrimp, lamb chops and more. Cold and hot plates are also up for order, like the cold blackened tuna salad served with spring mix, blueberry, grapefruit, avocado, pistachios, fried wonton, radish, and ginger soy vinaigrette. Miso soup, smoked edamame, steamed mussels, and crispy karaage calamari are among the hot plate options. These are perfect to pair with entrees, such as the beef tenderloin, two-piece nigiri, or signature Kemuri rolls, like the new Austin roll made with yellow tail, avocado, shallots, and orange zest.
2601 Kavanaugh Blvd, Little Rock, AR, +1 501 660 4100