When you think of award winning restaurants led by expert chefs and an array of cuisines to choose from, Eureka Springs, Arkansas might not be your first thought, but maybe it should be! Eureka Springs restaurants offer a range of choices from authentic Italian, Mexican, Cajun and Mediterranean to Czeck-German dishes and plenty more. With so many options to choose from, there is a menu for every taste and budget.
Located in the heart of Eureka Springs downtown historic district is the Grand Central Hotel. This Victorian style hotel is home to The Grand Taverne. Chef Dave Gilderson is executive chef for the restaurant and creates made from scratch menu items using herbs from his balcony garden. The menu is a collection of American and French dishes with elegant presentations and served with freshly baked bread. The piano player creates a romantic vibe throughout the restaurant and dinner is served by candlelight. The Grand Taverne is open nightly from 5:00-9:00pm.
Home of Eureka Springs Best Burger and to some of the best views of the town, The Balcony Restaurant located in the Basin Park Hotel is the place to find the locals of Eureka Springs. The Balcony Restaurant overlooks Spring Street and offers three seating areas and live music. Patrons stop by for their fun menu options including the Ozark Mountain of Nachos, the Balcony Burger and the Downtown Crown. To satisfy your sweet tooth, enjoy the Arkansas Strawberry Shortcake or the house specialty of Fried Huckleberry Pie with Huckleberry Ice Cream. Click here to view a coupon for 10% off your next entrée when you visit The Balcony.
If it’s pizza you’re craving, Chelsea’s Corner Cafe and Bar has been a favorite in Eureka Springs for twenty years. Offering specialty pizzas including the Mean Supreme, Mexicali and the Chicken BLT, there is a large selection to choose from at a price that will fit any budget. The menu also includes items like the Calazone and Stromboli and garlic knots and cheese bread for appetizers. Several nights a week they offer live music for entertainment. If you feel like having a night in at your favorite Bed and Breakfast, they even offer delivery.
With its unique setting in an authentic 1860’s log cabin, Gaskins Cabin Steakhouse is the ideal setting for a special occasion celebration or romantic dinner for two. Home to such awards as “The Best Steak around Arkansas in 2011” and “Best Overall Restaurant In Eureka Springs 2011” owners Lisa and Bert with executive chef Mark Cook take pride in the quality of the selection of meat they serve and also preserving the history and memories of the Cabin. In addition to steaks, the menu also offers seafood options like Atlantic Salmon and Shrimp Scampi and pasta dishes like Fettuccine Alfredo. The restaurant offers call ahead seating to get your name on a wait list versus a reservation. Gaskins Cabin Steakhouse is open Wednesday through Sunday with the first seating at 5:00pm.
Just one mile down from Eureka Springs sits the Bavarian Inn Restaurant. The cozy Alpine atmosphere draws in diners with its unique setting inside a Swiss chalet. The menu offers made from scratch, home cooked Czeck-German entrees including items like the Bavarian Plate and Wiener Schnitzel and the signature homemade Apple Strudel. The Bavarian Inn Restaurant has been featured in such publications as The New York Times and has been four diamond rated for seven consecutive years. Seating begins at 5:00pm daily and reservations are encouraged.
When visiting Eureka Springs, Arsenic and Old Lace Bed and Breakfast, located in the Historic District offers luxurious suites and breathtaking views of the Arkansas hills. Wake up each morning to their breakfast spread including a fruit course and homemade breads followed by a savory or sweet main course accompanied with coffee, juice and tea. The Inn is two blocks from all the Eureka Springs Restaurants waiting to please your palate. With the abundance of Eureka Springs restaurants to choose from, it’s a good thing there are three meals in each day to indulge.
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