Whether you have just moved to Little Rock and are looking for the best places to eat or you have lived there awhile and want something for new, this is your ultimate top 10 for places to eat in Little Rock. No matter the craving or the occasion, you are sure to find your new favorite restaurant.

1. Date Night

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The Pantry Restaurant
11401 North Rodney Parham


Nothing says date night then a romantic dinner for two. Little Rock has many options for date night but, whether it be a first date or a night out on the town after years together, the ultimate place for a romantic night is The Pantry Restaurant. The Pantry serves Czech and German classic dishes, as well as, burgers and flatbreads. The have a variety of dishes including a one-pot meal called the Rustic Bowl. The environment is casual, yet still intimate enough to enjoy during a date. Reservations can be made by calling ahead.

2. Pub Food or Burger

Dugan's Pub
401 E. 3rd Street


Nothing says pub like an Irish bar and the best one in Little Rock is Dugan's Pub located in downtown. Dugan's has all made from scratch food that will have you begging for more. They have a delicious recipe for their fried pickles and their potato soup is second to none. You can choose to eat inside at the bar or outside on their gorgeous patio.

3. Brunch Spot

Café Bossa Nova
2701 Kavanaugh Blvd. Suite 105


It's a weekend and you are able to finally sleep in, but now you are hungry and not really in the mood for breakfast, but it's too early for a full lunch. For the best brunch spot in Little Rock, look no further than Cafe Bossa Nova. They serve authentic and delicious Brazilian cuisine. Their Panquecas de Frango are Brazilian chicken crepes cooked in an irresistible sauce. Or if you want something more traditional, try their French toast. It is thick cut and will melt in your mouth.

4. Vegetarians

The Root Café
1500 Main Street


It seems like it happens overtime, you hear of a restaurant that is "to die for" and you excitedly make plans to visit, only to find out they have no vegetarian option. You're not looking for much, just something to choose from other than a salad. For the best options when it comes to no meat try The Root Cafe. The Root Cafe makes it their mission to provide only locally grown produce for its meals meaning everything you eat there is fresh and straight from the local farmers. Their Shiitake Mushroom burger is marinated in a homemade vinaigrette. Pair it with their sweet potatoes fries and you will have the perfect lunch.

5. Steakhouse

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Sonny Williams' Steak Room
500 President Clinton Ave


Nothing says dinner out quite like a thick and juicy steak, but you are tired of the ordinary and are looking for the best steak out there. Step right into Sonny Williams' Steak Room and you will not be disappointed that you did. Located in the market district at 500 President Clinton Ave., Sonny Williams' is open every day of the week except Sundays. Chef Bryan Masters makes sure all of his steaks have been aged at least 35 days and come from only top Angus beef. He creates his menu based seasonally, so you can always count on it to be fresh and they have an excellent selection of wines to pair your meal with. They do take reservations by calling ahead.


6. Best Deal

Gus's World Famous Fried Chicken
300 President Clinton Ave


You're not cheap, but you are always on the lookout for the best bang for your buck. Hey, you work for hard for your money, so why not look for the best deal out there. The best deal with the greatest taste is hands down Gus's World Famous Fried Chicken. Not only are the prices very reasonable, the fried chicken, okra, and baked beans will make you feel like you are at your Southern grandma's kitchen table for her fried chicken. They do have other locations in Memphis, Tennessee and Austin, Texas, so if you are ever traveling you can stop by those locations too and know you are in for a good treat.

7. Expensive and Worth Every Penny

Ciao Baci
605 Beechwood Street


If you are looking for a place to celebrate and money is no object, go to Ciao Baci. Ciao Baci is located in the Hillcrest area. They serve Mediterranean dinner options such as calamari and oysters. They also offer melt in your mouth prime rib and crawfish fritters. Pair whatever entree you choose with a bottle of their long list of wine.

8. Family Friendly

All-Aboard Restaurant and Grill
6813 Cantrell Road


It's family night and you need a place where the whole family is sure to have a good time. Stop in at All Aboard Restaurant and Grill for a night of good food and good fun. Families can step up to the counter and place their order and then take a seat. A train will then deliver the meal to your table. They even have a members program that will offer discounts to families.

9. City Institution

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Whole Hog Café
12111 W. Markham 2516 Cantrell Road
501-907-6124 501-664-5025


If you just moved to Little Rock and want to go to where all the locals go, head down to Whole Hog Cafe. Whole Hog has an excellent selection of bbq and seven sauces to choose from. Their pulled pork is extremely tender and will please the pickiest bbq eater. They are an award winning restaurant for good reason and the price cannot be beat.

10. Best Spot for Catfish

Eat My Catfish
1205 Military Road, Benton


Arkansas is known for its down home cooking, especially its catfish and the best place in Little Rock to go for catfish is none other than Eat My Catfish. Located a short drive south of the city in Benton, Eat My Catfish offers Creole and Cajun selections, but their best, hands down, is their catfish. The catfish is fresh and fried to golden, crispy perfection.