Selected restaurants

Posted: August 14, 2014 at 1:53 a.m.

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3000 Kavanaugh Blvd., Little Rock, (501) 603-9630

Monday-Tuesday three-course, prix-fixe dinners are one of the area's top restaurant values at owner-chef James Hale's homelike Hillcrest spot, with a creatively eclectic, seasonally changing menu and superlative wine list.

Dinner Mon-Sat. Full bar. Corkage fee. Moderate.


2300 Cottondale Lane, Little Rock, (501) 663-2677

Chef-owner Peter Brave consistently fulfills his advertised promise of the freshest and highest-quality ingredients with an eclectic New American tenor; the spacious deck overlooking the Arkansas River is one of Little Rock's loveliest dining venues.

Lunch Mon-Fri, dinner Mon-Sat. Full bar. Corkage fee. Reservations. Expensive.


14502 Cantrell Road, Little Rock, (501) 868-7600

With wine country flair and Southern fare (Gulf seafood, fried catfish, fried green tomatoes with homemade tomato jam, etc.), this award-winning west Little Rock eatery caters to classy couples and ladies who lunch.

Lunch, dinner Mon-Sat, brunch Sat. Full bar. Reservations. Moderate-expensive.


605 N. Beechwood St., Little Rock, (501) 603-0238

A recent chef turnover has changed the menu emphasis from tapas to more full meal options at this stylish Hillcrest cottage, which has an award-winning wine list and is still the place for the young and well-heeled to see, be seen, drink and nibble.

Dinner Mon-Sat. Full bar. Reservations (eight or more). Moderate-expensive.


300 Third Tower, 300 E. Third St., Little Rock,

(501) 375-3333

Capers and Cajun's Wharf magnate Mary Beth Ringgold has struck culinary gold with an eclectic, slightly eccentric menu in a copper-dominated decor.

Lunch, dinner Mon-Sat. Full bar. Reservations. Moderate-expensive.


3519 Old Cantrell Road, Little Rock, (501) 663-4666

There's been a recent remodel and menu tweak at what uber-foodie Rachael Ray once hailed as "one of America's best neighborhood restaurants." But you can still get the fabulous Blue Mesa cheese dip and brick-oven-baked pizzas and some first-rate fish dishes.

Lunch Mon-Fri, dinner Mon-Sun, brunch Sun. Full bar. Reservations (seven or more people). Moderate.

1620 SAVOY

1620 Market St., Little Rock (501) 221-1620

Semi-legendary Chef Denis Seyer, back in Little Rock as an adviser to the parent company, has revamped the menu at this chic old-new eatery, with lots of nods to 1920s Art Deco.

Dinner Mon-Sat, brunch Sun. Full bar. Reservations. Moderate-expensive.


3610 Kavanaugh Blvd., Little Rock, (501) 663-1464

There's still an emphasis on seafood (including raw bar) at the intimate Hillcrest establishment that remains on the area's top restaurant rung.

Lunch Mon-Sat, dinner daily. Full bar. Corkage fee. Reservations (six or more). Moderate-expensive.


Best Western Premiere Governor's Suites, 1501 Merrill Drive, Little Rock,

(501) 224-8051

Chef Scott Rains, who made his culinary bones in the Bay Area and once operated a first-rate Italian place (Horseshoe Vineyard) west of Hot Springs, returns to Arkansas with a "comfortable and casual" fine dining establishment with a real wow factor (plus a $200-a-meal chef's table that gives the place its name).

Dinner Mon-Sat. Full bar. Expensive.

Weekend on 08/14/2014