Downtown Bentonville may be the hottest location for fine dining restaurants in Northwest Arkansas, but there's a gem that has been a Bentonville establishment since 1999. River Grille is well known to business members, both local and travelers, who frequent the restaurant for client lunches, small meetings or the evening getaway from the hotel, but it's not as well known to the public. Located just off of Exit 88 in Bentonville, tucked into the Beau Terre office complex, River Grille boasts a cozy environment, for both the bar area, as well as dining room. Even during its busiest of times, it's easy to carry on a conversation at your table, with a dining room that may have a total of 20 tables. The decor lends itself to a stately, yet simple experience. The beautiful wood paneling, adorned with Ansel Adams prints, gives the restaurant an elegant look. The combination of those items makes this the ideal date night spot.
Above all, River Grille has two great features that must be called out. Most importantly, the wait staff is amazing. They truly make the experience. In frequenting the place, they go out of the way to get to know you and your tastes. Extending back to the kitchen is the other great feature...great food, how you want it. Don't like what an item has on the menu, just ask for what you would prefer, and they will do their best to make it for you. Fine dining also does not need to be super expensive. They have a wide range of items on the menu at different price points. For example, the large bone in brown sugar bourbon glazed pork chop is amazing for only $25.
When you are looking for fine dining in Bentonville, remember to go off the beaten path for River Grille.