8 Great Restaurants to Try in Eureka Springs

Eureka Springs is a charming little Arkansas town known for its art galleries, historic hotels, and fun shops. But did you know that it’s also home to some great restaurants?

One of the things I love about traveling is trying different restaurants in new places. I recently had the opportunity to visit Eureka Springs, Arkansas and was impressed with the variety and quality of the restaurants there. You’ll find dishes with European, Latin American and Asian influences to the typical American burger and comfort food.

Foodies will enjoy a variety of dining experiences, including pubs, cafes, restaurants, and upscale restaurants. If you are looking for a dining experience that is unique and memorable, be sure to visit one of the following restaurants in Eureka Springs!

Restaurants in Eureka Springs are still reeling from the business woes created by COVID-19. Be sure to check their websites to make sure they are open, as many are closed several days of the week.

Espresso options at Mud Street Cafe.
Espresso menu (Photo credit: Mud Street Cafe)

1. Mud Street Cafe

Offering the “freshest food in town”, Mud Street Cafe is famous for its unique location below street level and its award-winning coffee, espressos, desserts and full bar.

Built in 1888, descend a flight of stairs below street level to enter. The stone walls are hung with life-size paintings, and you feel like you’re in a cave. They also have outdoor seating options available on a first-come, first-served basis.

The eclectic menu offers many options. To tickle your taste buds, I recommend the Reuben sandwich with house-made corn beef, sauerkraut and Swiss cheese on bohemian rye bread. Or try one of their croissant wraps or sandwiches.

I want to enjoy the Waldorf Chicken Salad the next time I visit. It’s a grilled chicken breast served with a traditional Waldorf salad of apples, celery, walnuts, walnuts, and grapes with a honey lime dressing topped with cheddar cheese and dry roasted peanuts. (I’ll order mine without the cheese!)

Stop by for breakfast or lunch Thursday through Saturday, or for lunch on Sunday. I promise you won’t be disappointed.

sushi appetizer at Le Stick Nouveau.
sushi appetizer (Photo Credit: Le Stick Nouveau)

2. Le Stick Nouveau

With an atmosphere that has been designed to immerse guests in an experience that emphasizes cuisine and service, Le Stick Nouveau is an affordable fine dining establishment located below the Hotel New Orleans.

The epitome of fine dining, Le Stick exudes an elegant yet rustic vibe that showcases mini chandeliers, wooden columns, and antique statues. Modern décor, inviting private booths, professional staff, and a delicious and innovative beverage menu enhance the upscale experience.

It is a great place to spend a memorable evening. Trip Advisor recently named them one of the top three restaurants for date night in the United States.

The menu features modern dishes and classic recipes with artistic presentations. They offer five-course menu experiences and more.

Pro Tip: This restaurant is moving. They closed the old location on April 24, 2022 and are moving to a new location in Eureka Springs that should be open in June.

pasta dish at Ermilio's.
Photo credit: Ermilio’s

3. Ermilio’s

Dine on family recipes from northern and southern Italy and choose from made-from-scratch pasta and sauces at Ermilio’s in downtown Eureka Springs.

Authentic Italian dishes provide a fine dining experience. From pasta to pizza, the food will delight you and the old world atmosphere will make you feel like you’re in Italy.

Mom’s homemade meatballs in red sauce are a favorite dish. Two large meatballs of lean ground beef with herbs and spices are simmered in a rich, savory red sauce. Served with a side of pasta, the food is delicious and filling.

Don’t skip dessert and enjoy homemade chocolate and pistachio cannolis, tiramisu or Italian wedding cake.

Wood-fired steak Gruta.
wood fired steak (Photo credit: Grotto’s)

4. Wood-fired Grotto Grill and wine cave

A visit to Grotto Wood Fired Grill and Wine Cave isn’t just about a place to eat great food, it’s a full sensory experience. Revel in the beauty of your cave, absorb the smell of your wood-fired grill, and savor your unique flavor combinations while listening to the ambience of your custom music.

A top Eureka Springs restaurant, they serve everything from soup to steaks in a rustic setting. The dim lighting, giant rocks, and the smell of smoke from the wood-burning grill make you feel like you’re in a cave. It is a unique and unforgettable gastronomic experience.

For a unique dish, try the smoked duck served with the house barbecue sauce. Grilled portobello topped with goat cheese and balsamic glaze is a favorite.

For a lighter appetite, try the small plates. I recommend the crispy fried Brussels sprouts.

main dish in local flavor.
entrée at Local Flavor (Photo credit: Local Flavor Cafe)

5. Coffee with a local flavor

Popular with locals, Local Flavor Cafe is a chef-operated restaurant. Located in quaint downtown Eureka Springs, dine in an eclectic setting that highlights local art and vintage lamps, or dine on the streetside patio.

The cafeteria offers fresh and creative dishes. For starters, try the crab cakes served with sautéed arugula, red bell peppers, and a dill-lime sauce.

I suggest the eggplant parmigiana or the pork piccata as a main dish. When I visit again, I look forward to trying the wild-caught salmon, grilled and served with its own raspberry barbecue sauce.

6. Spring on Main

The Spring on Main, a casual restaurant offering craft cocktails and upscale American fare, is located in the Eureka Springs entertainment district on South Main Street. Unique charcuterie options are available and they serve brunch on weekends.

Start your meal with the smoked meats and cheese board that includes smoked turkey, smoked sausage, smoked duck pastrami and smoked cheddar cheese. Fig jam, wholegrain mustard, red grapes, and Lahvosh crackers accent the board.

A favorite main course that you can enjoy is grilled Kurobuta pork cutlet. Served with sautéed broccolini and roasted sweet potatoes. You’ll love the sweet molasses gastrique drizzled over the meat.

I’m a salmon fan, so the Miso Charred Salmon was at the top of my list. They marinate a Norwegian salmon in white miso and honey tamari soy sauce. Served with blanched baby bok choy and shitake mushrooms with a lemon tamari beurre blanc sauce drizzled on top.

7. Cafe Amore

Cafe Amore is located off Highway 62-E and serves authentic Italian dishes in a casual setting.

The brick walls, arches, and art from European countries make you feel like you’re in Italy when you walk in. A bite of their delicious pizza will thrill your palate.

The house specialty is Uncle Pat’s meatball pizza. Chef Katherine makes her own pizza dough and sauce. She starts with her homemade pizza dough and sauce and then adds garlic, mozzarella, balsamic green onions and tops it with delicious homemade meatballs. What luxury! They even have a gluten free pizza available.

If this is your first visit, I highly recommend the House Sampler as your happy teaser. Bruschetta, caprese and olive tapenade are served with their famous balsamic glaze, fresh basil and seasoned crackers.

A variety of Italian dishes are also available. Make sure to save room for their homemade desserts.

You can certainly “Taste Love” at Cafe Amore!

smokehaus wagyu brisket sandwich at Rockin' Pig Saloon.
smokehaus wagyu brisket sandwich (Photo credit: Rockin’ Pig Saloon)

8. The Rockin’ Pig Lounge

Meat lovers enjoy dining at the Rockin’ Pig Saloon. Its exquisite grilled dishes and beef burgers reign supreme in a pub-like atmosphere.

Ingredients are sourced locally where possible, providing fresh dishes served indoors or on the patio. Rockin’ Pig raises their own Japanese black wagyu beef on their farm for a true farm-to-table operation. Their wagyu farmhouse burger comes straight from the farm and they do limited farm-to-table wagyu steaks.

Start your amazing meal with an appetizer of crispy Korean Brussels sprouts with a Korean glaze and sprinkled with sesame seeds.

Favorite entrees include the smokehaus wagyu brisket sandwich with Rockin’ Pig’s own barbecue sauce on a brioche bun topped with pickles and pickled onions.

Another favorite is the aforementioned farm-to-table wagyu steak topped with white cheddar cheese, lettuce, tomato, onion, pickle, and Russian dressing.

Try my favorite, the Strawberry Walnut Bacon Salad, for a lighter meal. Fresh vegetables are mixed with fresh strawberries, dried cranberries, toasted pecans, bacon and blue cheese with a strawberry poppy seed dressing. (Again, I order mine without the cheese!)

The Rockin’ Pig Saloon is closed on Tuesdays and Wednesdays.

If you’re looking for great food in a charming city, Eureka Springs is the place to be. No matter what you’re in the mood for, we’re sure you can find something to satisfy your palate at one of the restaurants listed above. So the next time you’re in Northwest Arkansas, be sure to stop in and enjoy a dining adventure in Eureka Springs.

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