Fisherman’s Wharf offers casual, family dining on Lake Hamilton. Menu items include steak, seafood, burgers, and more served by a friendly staff. They have been a local favorite for over 20 years with specialty dishes like oysters, fried seafood platters, grilled shrimp, and more. Enjoy lunch or dinner inside or on the expansive outdoor deck. They are located at 5101 Central Avenue.
McClard’s BBQ opened its doors in 1928 when Alex and Alice McClard started a tourist court that included a gas station and diner whose featured dish was a barbecued goat. A traveler who could not pay them after staying there offered them a secret recipe for “the world’s greatest barbecue sauce.” The McClard’s adjusted the recipe and soon the barbecue business became larger than the tourist court or gas station. Scott McClard is the fourth-generation owner of the business which is a local favorite. In fact, former President Bill Clinton stops to eat there whenever he is in town. Find them at 505 Albert Pike.
Luna Bella’s offers dining options that include chicken marsala, pasta Fortuna, salmon with crab, Chilean sea bass, chicken Luna Bella and more. Located at 104 Grand Isle Way, they also offer an extensive wine list. The bar specialty is the martini with favorites like the Luna Bella, the Lemon Drop, and the Chocolate Martini.
Founded in 2002, the Back Porch Grill is a local’s favorite. Located on Lake Hamilton, the restaurant welcomes boaters and walk-ins to enjoy Black Angus hand-cut steak as well as seafood, pasta, and salads. There is indoor seating or enjoy your meal on the sun-splashed patio overlooking the lake.
Phil Dugan began his restaurant career at 15, working at Jud’s Steak House before spending 26 years at Western Sizzlin Steak House. In 2001, he opened Phil’s Family Restaurant on Grand Avenue, moving to 2900 Central Avenue in 2014. Offering some of the best home cooking in the area. The restaurant is open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
The Purple Cow is a diner and soda fountain with several locations in Arkansas, including Hot Springs. It is a family favorite due to its nostalgic atmosphere, gourmet burgers, specialty sandwiches and old-fashioned soda fountain treats like the purple vanilla shake. No two locations of the Purple Cow are the same with the Hot Springs location offering a circular counter area featuring a full bar, traditional diner seats, and the trademark purple walls. They are located at 1490 Higdon Ferry Road.
Located at 2806 Albert Pike Road in Hot Springs, Cajun Boilers has 34 years’ experience creating authentic Cajun dishes. They offer fresh seafood, steaks, chicken, sandwiches as well as appetizers and desserts. The dinner menu includes boiled seafood like blue crab fingers, Alaskan King Crab legs, snow crab legs, shrimp, and more. Ask the server about the catch of the day or try the crawfish etouffee or red beans and rice to get a real taste of Cajun cooking. There is also a full bar offering beer, wine, and cocktails.