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The Bugler, Hot Springs, AR

The Bugler

4.5
4.5
511 Reviews
$31 to $50
American

The Bugler, overlooking Oaklawn's legendary racetrack, offers an array of culinary creations including Lobster Mac and Cheese, Fire and Ice Seafood Tower, Chilean Sea Bass and much more. Featuring handcrafted cocktails and wines from around the world. The Bugler staff looks forward to serving you.

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Booked 6 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Fine Dining

  • Cuisines

    American, Seafood, Steak

  • Hours of Operation

    Dinner Wed–Sun 17:00–21:30

  • Phone number

    (501) 363-4790

  • Payment Options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress Code

    Smart Casual

  • Executive Chef

    Ken Bredeson

  • Area

    Hot Springs

  • Cross Street

    Golf Links & Central Ave.

  • Parking Details

    Public Lot

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Popular dishes

Menu

Starters

  • Fried Green TomatoesUS$14.00

    Cornmeal crust, pimento creamed feta, smoked bacon and white balsamic glazed scallion curls

    • Fried CalamariUS$16.00

      Pickled pepper vinaigrette and marinara

      • Lamb MeatballsUS$16.00

        Tzatziki sauce, Yuzu cucumber and grilled ciabatta

        • Shrimp CocktailUS$18.00

          Jumbo prawns, cocktail sauce and grilled lemon

          • Crab CakesUS$21.00

            Jumbo lump crab, tarragon remoulade and sweet corn relish

            • Charcuterie

              Three meats, four cheeses and accoutrements

              • (2)US$21.00
              • (4)US$27.00
            • Lobster Mac & CheeseUS$29.00

              Orecchiette, four cheeses mornay and lobster butter breadcrumbs

              • Fire & Ice Seafood Tower

                Scallops, mussels and clams on a sizzling tray. Six jumbo shrimp, six Gulf oysters and accoutrements

                • MP
              • Oysters on the Half Shell

                • 1/2 DozenUS$18.00
                • DozenUS$32.00

              Soups & Salads

              • French OnionUS$9.00

                • Lobster BisqueUS$16.00

                  • House SaladUS$9.00

                    Iceberg and romaine lettuce, Campari tomatoes, cucumbers, grilled cheese croutons and house dressing

                    • Iceberg WedgeUS$12.00

                      Maytag blue cheese, bacon, vine-ripened tomatoes and smoked cornbread crumbles

                      • Caesar SaladUS$13.00

                        Artisan baby romaine, shaved parmesan, Bugler Caesar dressing, crispy anchovies and grilled flatbread

                        • CapreseUS$15.00

                          Olive oil, aged balsamic, basil and vine-ripened tomatoes

                          Pasta

                          • Ricotta Herb Tortellini & Lamb MeatballsUS$26.00

                            Spicy Moroccan lamb meatballs, roasted tomato sauce, shaved Parmigiano Reggiano, lavender thyme and cured egg yolk

                            • Pappardelle with Braised Wagyu BeefUS$33.00

                              Braised Wagyu beef, pappardelle, pomodoro sauce, citrus sour cream and grilled ciabatta

                              Entrées

                              • The Bugler BurgerUS$21.00

                                Ground Wagyu beef, horseradish bbq, white cheddar and pickled onion straws on a brioche bun. Served with seasoned steak cut fries

                                • Mushroom RisottoUS$26.00

                                  Risotto, assorted mushrooms, shaved Parmesan Reggiano and fine herbs

                                  • Seared Chicken BreastUS$31.00

                                    Chicken breast, roasted chicken jus and mashed potatoes

                                    • Shrimp & GritsUS$32.00

                                      Jumbo shrimp, cured pork belly, grits, roasted garlic, poblanos and fried eggs

                                      • Smoked Double Bone Pork ChopUS$41.00

                                        Jack Daniels honey-glazed pork chop, grilled broccolini and smoked cornbread dressing

                                        • Chilean Sea BassUS$46.00

                                          Miso-marinated Chilean sea bass, shiitake soy glaze, braised bok choy, jasmine rice and scallion curls

                                          Add-Ons

                                          • ShrimpUS$15.00

                                            • Lobster Tail

                                              • MP

                                            Steaks

                                            Bugler steak sauce, béarnaise sauce or cognac cracked pepper sauce

                                            • Filet

                                              • 6 oz.US$41.00
                                              • 8 oz.US$46.00
                                            • NY StripUS$46.00

                                              • RibeyeUS$52.00

                                                Sides

                                                • Grilled BroccoliniUS$8.00

                                                  • Grilled VegetablesUS$8.00

                                                    • Mashed PotatoesUS$8.00

                                                      • Sweet PotatoUS$9.00

                                                        • Baked PotatoUS$9.00

                                                          • Creamed SpinachUS$9.00

                                                            • Four Cheese MacUS$9.00

                                                              • Sweet & Smoky Creamed CornUS$9.00

                                                                • Sautéed MushroomsUS$10.00

                                                                  • Truffle FriesUS$10.00

                                                                    • Mushroom RisottoUS$11.00

                                                                      Last updated: 21 February 2022

                                                                      What 511 people are saying

                                                                      Overall ratings and reviews

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                                                                      4.5
                                                                      4.5 based on recent ratings
                                                                      • 4.5Food
                                                                      • 4.7Service
                                                                      • 4.5Ambience
                                                                      • 4.1Value

                                                                      NoiseModerate

                                                                      Loved For

                                                                      • Little Rock

                                                                        Notable Wine List

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                                                                      • Little Rock

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                                                                      • Little Rock / Central Arkansas

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                                                                      • Little Rock / Central Arkansas

                                                                        Notable Wine List

                                                                      • Little Rock / Central Arkansas

                                                                        Romance

                                                                      • Little Rock / Central Arkansas

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                                                                      1. OT

                                                                        OpenTable Diner

                                                                        Dallas

                                                                        4 reviews

                                                                        5.0

                                                                        4 reviews

                                                                        Dined today

                                                                        overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                        Everything was good. Cool view of track.

                                                                      2. TD

                                                                        TerriD

                                                                        Memphis

                                                                        1 review

                                                                        5.0

                                                                        1 review

                                                                        Dined 1 day ago

                                                                        overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                        The service, atmosphere and presentation are fantastic! And the food was phenomenal. 10/10 would absolutely recommend.

                                                                      3. AP

                                                                        AnneP

                                                                        1 review

                                                                        5.0

                                                                        1 review

                                                                        Dined 1 day ago

                                                                        overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                        Food was absolutely amazing! The view of the race track was a nice touch! I cannot wait to return and try another fantastic dish.

                                                                      4. TB

                                                                        TomB

                                                                        1 review

                                                                        5.0

                                                                        1 review

                                                                        Dined 1 day ago

                                                                        overall5food5service5ambience4

                                                                        We had a great meal. We enjoyed great service. We will definitely return.

                                                                      5. OT

                                                                        OpenTable Diner

                                                                        Dallas

                                                                        3 reviews

                                                                        5.0

                                                                        3 reviews

                                                                        Dined 2 days ago

                                                                        overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                        Loved the food. Must have an excellent chef

                                                                      6. S

                                                                        Sissy71

                                                                        Mississippi

                                                                        4 reviews

                                                                        5.0

                                                                        4 reviews

                                                                        Dined on 13 May 2022

                                                                        overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                        Everyone was very nice and friendly. The food was excellent. The crème brûlée was the best I’ve ever had. Highly recommend.

                                                                      7. M

                                                                        Muffy

                                                                        Shreveport

                                                                        4 reviews

                                                                        vip
                                                                        5.0

                                                                        4 reviews

                                                                        Dined on 12 May 2022

                                                                        overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                        Exceptional wine, food and service. My Chilean Sea Bass and my husbands Filet were done to perfection and we enjoyed every bite. And then we were surprised with a dessert of Cheesecake compliments of the restaurant with a Happy Anniversary wish as we were celebrating our 61st anniversary. It was a great and memorable evening.

                                                                      8. MC

                                                                        MelissaC

                                                                        1 review

                                                                        5.0

                                                                        1 review

                                                                        Dined on 12 May 2022

                                                                        overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                        Dinner a the Bugler was a perfect ending to a long day of driving in from Waco. Rebecca was attentive, food was cooked to perfection. Margarita was delicious. Excellent experience. Would recommend.

                                                                      9. JT

                                                                        JanaT

                                                                        1 review

                                                                        3.0

                                                                        1 review

                                                                        Dined on 12 May 2022

                                                                        overall3food2service4ambience3

                                                                        Salad looked and tasted like something anyone could make. The risotto with mushrooms was not eatable to me. And, the chicken dish was dry and tough! Our drinks were delicious!

                                                                      10. S

                                                                        Steinberg

                                                                        Baltimore

                                                                        4 reviews

                                                                        3.0

                                                                        4 reviews

                                                                        Dined on 8 May 2022

                                                                        overall3food2service2ambience5

                                                                        Sarah and the Racetrack view made our experience pleasant. Rebakah was polite but not really attention to detail. She never offered us dessert. Most importantly, the manager NEVER came to our table to greet or converse with us the entire time, he just walked around and avoided us. The cinnamon buns were the only flavorful dish but everything else was super bland.

                                                                      11. TK

                                                                        TessaK

                                                                        Little Rock

                                                                        2 reviews

                                                                        4.0

                                                                        2 reviews

                                                                        Dined on 7 May 2022

                                                                        overall4food3service5ambience5

                                                                        Sea bass was delicious. The salad and meatballs were ok. It was a little pricey for what you get. We loved the view!!

                                                                      12. OT

                                                                        OpenTable Diner

                                                                        Omaha

                                                                        5 reviews

                                                                        5.0

                                                                        5 reviews

                                                                        Dined on 6 May 2022

                                                                        overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                        Great food and service. Early Mother’s Day dinner for my wife. We were also able to see live horse racing while sitting at our dinner table. Very exciting!

                                                                      13. KW

                                                                        KristinW

                                                                        Fayetteville

                                                                        9 reviews

                                                                        5.0

                                                                        9 reviews

                                                                        Dined on 6 May 2022

                                                                        overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                        The experience overall Excellent. Wait staff was top notch, food very good. My friend and I were a bit shocked at the special price we thought somewhat overpriced however our fault for not asking, I usually do. Otherwise would highly recommend.

                                                                      14. JW

                                                                        JamesW

                                                                        Exclusive

                                                                        2 reviews

                                                                        5.0

                                                                        2 reviews

                                                                        Dined on 6 May 2022

                                                                        overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                        Great as always and Ashley was our outstanding server. I like the way repeat customers are taken care of and the staff has our dining preferences stored in their computer.

                                                                      15. OT

                                                                        OpenTable Diner

                                                                        1 review

                                                                        5.0

                                                                        1 review

                                                                        Dined on 5 May 2022

                                                                        overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                        Waitress was awesome!

                                                                      16. OT

                                                                        OpenTable Diner

                                                                        Little Rock

                                                                        1 review

                                                                        5.0

                                                                        1 review

                                                                        Dined on 2 May 2022

                                                                        overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                        Beautiful restaurant with delicious food and wonderful service.

                                                                      17. OT

                                                                        OpenTable Diner

                                                                        Las Vegas

                                                                        1 review

                                                                        5.0

                                                                        1 review

                                                                        Dined on 2 May 2022

                                                                        overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                        Fantastic service

                                                                      18. KG

                                                                        KimberlyG

                                                                        Fayetteville

                                                                        1 review

                                                                        2.0

                                                                        1 review

                                                                        Dined on 1 May 2022

                                                                        overall2food3service5ambience1

                                                                        The noise level was off the chart LOUD! Our table of 3 couldn’t even hear each other to have a conversation! The party of 12 were loud but the acoustics are terrible! I won’t pay that kind of money for a meal at this restaurant again

                                                                      19. OT

                                                                        OpenTable Diner

                                                                        Little Rock

                                                                        1 review

                                                                        2.0

                                                                        1 review

                                                                        Dined on 1 May 2022

                                                                        overall2food5service3ambience1

                                                                        My wife and I were on a rare date without the kids. The food was good and I felt like it was priced right for what we ordered. The restaurant was new and clean. Ambiance was terrible. We were seated in the back room. There was also a large group that had several very intoxicated individuals. They yelled the entire time we were there. F-bomb this, F-bomb that…cussing at their waiter. The echo was unreal. It was like high school gym at the state championship game yelling. Everyone wants to have a good time when they go out to dinner, it sucks that their good time ruined ours and the other table in the same room. My wife and I were not even able to have a conversation because of the noise.

                                                                      20. SR

                                                                        SamanthaR

                                                                        1 review

                                                                        3.0

                                                                        1 review

                                                                        Dined on 30 April 2022

                                                                        overall3food2service5ambience2

                                                                        The food wasn’t great for the price. The service was great and it was clean.

                                                                      21. VW

                                                                        VickeyW

                                                                        Oklahoma City

                                                                        1 review

                                                                        2.0

                                                                        1 review

                                                                        Dined on 29 April 2022

                                                                        overall2food2service2ambience3

                                                                        Service was poor- waiter seemed overwhelmed and could not keep up with all his tables. Had to service our own water refills. Noise level very loud. Food : shrimp & grits very sweet and Grits no seasoning. Pasta dish: pasta was tough as well as beef.

                                                                      22. OT

                                                                        OpenTable Diner

                                                                        1 review

                                                                        5.0

                                                                        1 review

                                                                        Dined on 27 April 2022

                                                                        overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                        Wonderful experience, highly recommend when visiting oaklawn or even staying at the hotel! Staff was very nice and attentive. I highly recommend Jeremy as a sever. Did a wonderful job !!

                                                                      23. TK

                                                                        ThomasK

                                                                        1 review

                                                                        5.0

                                                                        1 review

                                                                        Dined on 24 April 2022

                                                                        overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                        The Bugler kindly moved up our reservation to please us. The service was excellent. Prices fair. We will be back.

                                                                      24. FW

                                                                        FoodieWannaBe

                                                                        Little Rock

                                                                        20 reviews

                                                                        4.0

                                                                        20 reviews

                                                                        Dined on 23 April 2022

                                                                        overall4food4service5ambience4

                                                                        Family in town & we had a large group. Made reservations well in advance. Seated in the back room with another even larger group. The noise level was deafening. I’m sure for them as well. Overall restaurant acoustics seem pretty loud. Starters were great, promptly served. Wine, beer & cocktail selection very nice. Always heard bone-in chop was good & waitress indicated a favorite & top seller. Mouthwatering presentation, but this one brined too long & meat was mushy. The salt breaks down the meat if left in too long. Other entrees very good with no complaints; sea bass, steak, shrimp & grits, pasta. Personal opinion, a la cart, somewhat pretentious & typically overpriced. For the entree prices, a side or two of smaller portions could be included. We’ve been numerous times & will be back.

                                                                      25. TO

                                                                        TOandPP

                                                                        Indiana

                                                                        404 reviews

                                                                        vip
                                                                        4.0

                                                                        404 reviews

                                                                        Dined on 22 April 2022

                                                                        overall4food4service5ambience5

                                                                        After reading negative reviews, we were hesitant to book The Bugler, but our food was great, service by Page was excellent, and the view was spectacular! We will be back!

                                                                      26. DD

                                                                        DonnaD

                                                                        Memphis

                                                                        1 review

                                                                        vip
                                                                        5.0

                                                                        1 review

                                                                        Dined on 22 April 2022

                                                                        overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                        Always a wonderful dining experience at The Bugler! The staff is very personable from the moment yoy are greeted by the hostess Sarah, to some of our favorite waitresses and waiter Cassie, Paige and Keaton. Always making sure we have a great dining experience!

                                                                      27. JB

                                                                        JackB

                                                                        1 review

                                                                        5.0

                                                                        1 review

                                                                        Dined on 22 April 2022

                                                                        overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                        Good and service were excellent. A bit pricey but overall experience was excellent.

                                                                      28. L

                                                                        Lori

                                                                        Fayetteville

                                                                        1 review

                                                                        5.0

                                                                        1 review

                                                                        Dined on 21 April 2022

                                                                        overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                        My husband and I agree dinner at The Bugler was a highlight of our visit. Food was delicious (especially fried green tomatoes, lobster bisque, french onion soup, Wagyu burger), nice selection of wines by the glass, great view of the racetrack, service was professional and pleasant but not rushed allowing us to relax and enjoy the experience. We'll be back!

                                                                      29. RT

                                                                        RickT

                                                                        Little Rock

                                                                        1 review

                                                                        5.0

                                                                        1 review

                                                                        Dined on 21 April 2022

                                                                        overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                        Excellent food and service. Very handy inside the hotel.

                                                                      30. GT

                                                                        GeorgeT

                                                                        1 review

                                                                        2.0

                                                                        1 review

                                                                        Dined on 20 April 2022

                                                                        overall2food5service1ambience3

                                                                        We had the Fire and Ice Seafood Tower that was excellent. A little pricey $150. Service was poor. Sat for 15 minutes and then got up and requested service from Hostess. Only five tables of patrons.

                                                                      31. AH

                                                                        ArnoldH

                                                                        Dallas

                                                                        1 review

                                                                        5.0

                                                                        1 review

                                                                        Dined on 17 April 2022

                                                                        overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                        Easter Brunch

                                                                      32. BT

                                                                        BrianTD

                                                                        Houston

                                                                        5 reviews

                                                                        vip
                                                                        5.0

                                                                        5 reviews

                                                                        Dined on 17 April 2022

                                                                        overall5food4service5ambience5

                                                                        Everything was great except the lamb meatballs had too much spice. Curry? Other than that everything was great and Jeremy did a great job serving us.

                                                                      33. OT

                                                                        OpenTable Diner

                                                                        1 review

                                                                        5.0

                                                                        1 review

                                                                        Dined on 16 April 2022

                                                                        overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                        My husband and I had an afternoon without the kids so we went to Oaklawn and then had a wonderful dinner at The Bugler

                                                                      34. JW

                                                                        JamesW

                                                                        Exclusive

                                                                        3 reviews

                                                                        5.0

                                                                        3 reviews

                                                                        Dined on 16 April 2022

                                                                        overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                        Most outstanding service from Ashley. We are repeat diners at The Bugler and Ashley has served us both times. She is an excellent person and a pleasure to deal with and talk to. Her service is both efficient and welcoming.

                                                                      35. AS

                                                                        AmandaS

                                                                        Fayetteville

                                                                        1 review

                                                                        5.0

                                                                        1 review

                                                                        Dined on 16 April 2022

                                                                        overall5food5service5ambience3

                                                                        The food was amazing - we had the crab cakes, mushroom risotto, halibut special and steak. Everything was delicious and flavorful, and we will definitely be back. The only room for improvement is just that it was a bit loud - not overly so, and certainly not enough to keep us from coming back. Loved it overall and the service was great!

                                                                      36. OT

                                                                        OpenTable Diner

                                                                        1 review

                                                                        5.0

                                                                        1 review

                                                                        Dined on 15 April 2022

                                                                        overall5food4service5ambience5

                                                                        Excellent service and food was very good. The crabcakes were excellent. The cheescake & creme brulee are excellent desert choices. We enjoyed the atmosphere and our waitress Ashley was great!!

                                                                      37. MM

                                                                        MrMango

                                                                        Denver

                                                                        2 reviews

                                                                        5.0

                                                                        2 reviews

                                                                        Dined on 10 April 2022

                                                                        overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                        Lobster bisque, Chocolate Martinis, and complimentary Happy Birthday Cheesecake... WOW! The Bugler was everything and some...AGAIN! We can't wait until our next trip!!

                                                                      38. A

                                                                        Allycat

                                                                        Mississippi

                                                                        1 review

                                                                        4.0

                                                                        1 review

                                                                        Dined on 9 April 2022

                                                                        overall4food4service4ambience4

                                                                        Food was good service was great. Would highly recommend

                                                                      39. FF

                                                                        FredF

                                                                        Louisville

                                                                        4 reviews

                                                                        5.0

                                                                        4 reviews

                                                                        Dined on 6 April 2022

                                                                        overall5food5service5ambience4

                                                                        Heather bartender was excellent as was our server

                                                                      40. OT

                                                                        OpenTable Diner

                                                                        1 review

                                                                        5.0

                                                                        1 review

                                                                        Dined on 3 April 2022

                                                                        overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                        Everything was amazing! Including our server Jeremy!!

                                                                      Safety precautions

                                                                      • Cleaning & sanitising

                                                                        • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
                                                                        • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
                                                                        • Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers
                                                                      • Screening

                                                                        • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

                                                                      FAQs

                                                                      The Bugler is rated 4.5 stars by 511 OpenTable diners.

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                                                                      Booked 6 times today
                                                                      Google Map for The Bugler

                                                                      2705 Central Avenue Hot Springs, AR 71901-7515

                                                                      Additional information

                                                                      • Cross Street

                                                                        Golf Links & Central Ave.

                                                                      • Area

                                                                        Hot Springs

                                                                      • Hours of Operation

                                                                        Dinner Wed–Sun 17:00–21:30

                                                                      • Cuisines

                                                                        American, Seafood, Steak

                                                                      • Dining style

                                                                        Fine Dining

                                                                      • Dress Code

                                                                        Smart Casual

                                                                      • Parking Details

                                                                        Public Lot

                                                                      • Payment Options

                                                                        AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

                                                                      • Executive Chef

                                                                        Ken Bredeson

                                                                      • Additional

                                                                        Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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