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The Bugler, Hot Springs, AR

The Bugler

4.6
4.6
564 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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2 people

19:00


Booked 15 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

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What 564 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.6
4.6 based on recent ratings
  • 4.5Food
  • 4.7Service
  • 4.6Ambience
  • 4.2Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Little Rock

    Notable Wine List

  • Little Rock

    Romance

  • Little Rock / Central Arkansas

    Best Ambience

  • Little Rock / Central Arkansas

    Notable Wine List

  • Little Rock / Central Arkansas

    Romance

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  1. R

    Ruthc

    Little Rock

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Excellent staff and food. Steaks melt in your mouth!
  2. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Little Rock

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall3food2service5ambience4
    The food was ok I don’t think I would go back. The restaurant in the Pine Bluff Casino is a lot better.
  3. CF

    CarlF

    Little Rock

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall3food3service4ambience4
    Fried green tomatoes are delicious; limited dessert menu
  4. BL

    BillL

    Houston

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The servers are outstanding!
  5. r

    renhuff01

    Houston

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was great. We ordered the special (porterhouse) and it was amazing! We will definitely visit again.
  6. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Little Rock

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    Joel is a wonderful server! I always get the Sea Bass and it is always wonderful, but the portion was smaller this time. It would also be nice to see a local craft beer like Bubba Brew’s on the empty tap at the bar.
  7. BK

    BakerK

    Little Rock

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 31 July 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Great experience. Sea bass was excellent. The test of a steak restaurant, to me, is the NY strip. Mine was a little less than I would have hoped. It was rare on one end when I asked that it be cooked medium rare. Not a big knock. Just a bit tougher than you might expect, but the restaurant doesn’t run the feedlot or the ranch. But overall a great evening with super service, lovely view, and good food.
  8. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 31 July 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience4
    My family went here for the Bugler Burger that was made with Wagyu beef. I ordered medium rare but the burger was cooked medium well. Service was not super quick. Overall a nice venue though.
  9. r

    rockhead

    New Orleans

    15 reviews

    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on 30 July 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was excellent, service above and beyond.
  10. TW

    TomW

    Dallas

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 28 July 2022

    overall3food1service3ambience2
    I ordered the sea bass and it was like rubber, I couldn’t eat it. Also the online published price was $37 the price at the restaurant was $45. They took the dinner off of our bill, but never asked I’d I wanted something else. One of our party ordered a steak and it looked like it was cooked in a microwave, grey in color. It’s a shame for a really nice restaurant to have such poor food.
  11. KM

    KevinM

    Little Rock

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 28 July 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Highly recommended! Everything was amazing! The lobster Mac and cheese is a great app to split or have as a meal!
  12. c

    champamc

    Austin

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 24 July 2022

    overall4food3service5ambience4
    The crab cakes and French onion soup were delicious! The seared chicken was really good as well. Some of the sides were kind of bland. Our server was great though and the view was nice.
  13. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Nashville

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 24 July 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great experience
  14. SP

    SusanP

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 23 July 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our anniversary dinner was fabulous! The bread was warm. The crab cake appetizer was full of lump crab and little filler. The pork chops and steak special portions were more than one person could eat and cooked to perfection. The staff even provided a complimentary piece of cheesecake with strawberry topping, whipped cream and a piece of white chocolate that read "Happy Anniversary- The Bugler" Our server, Rebecca, was very attentive. We are telling our friends to try The Bugler. We'll definitely be back!
  15. MW

    MarkW

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 22 July 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We enjoyed everything. Look forward to dining at the Bugler again
  16. LP

    LisaP

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 22 July 2022

    overall4food3service5ambience5
    The ribeye ordered medium rare was cold in the middle and almost raw. Otherwise the meal was great. Grilled shrimp and filet were great.
  17. L

    Luv2eat

    Dallas

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 18 July 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We made reservations since we were staying at the Oaklawn Resort. We were seated upon arrival and ordered drinks. Old fashioned was well made and my wife enjoyed a glass of wine. We opted for appetizers to share which was just the right amount. The iceberg wedge was nice and the calamari was breaded in cornmeal and served with a traditional and a spicy sauce. We also shared the crab cakes which were exceptional. It was not a huge meal but just the right amount for us. Our waiter was attentive and the staff seemed happy working at the restaurant. We finished up passing on dessert so we could do some gaming in the casino. Read several questionable reviews but we gave it 5 stars. We plan to return soon!
  18. M

    Muffy

    Shreveport

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on 17 July 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This was our fourth time dining at the Bugler and the service has been great and we have tried a different entree each time and have enjoyed them all. We will be back again.
  19. M

    Maggie

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 16 July 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Thoroughly enjoyed our meal our Server was attentive and efficient. Fried green tomatoes were delicious and topping it all off with yummy cheesecake on the house for the Hubby’s Birthday was a nice gesture. Thank you . We’ll dine again another time for sure 👏🏻☘️
  20. CH

    ColbyH

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 9 July 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was awesome! Shout out to the head chef, and the lady chef that prepared the dessert! Our server Rebecca deserves a raise she’s great!
  21. JF

    JesseF

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 9 July 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience3
    The crab was excellent and the steak was rated a 10 for taste and was cooked to perfection
  22. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Las Vegas

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on 4 July 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had the best time and loved eating at the Bugler. Service was exceptional. Food was great. Beautiful window view of the track and the Mountain Tower at sunset. Highly recommend.
  23. c

    carla

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 4 July 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience5
    The waiter didn’t pay attention. The bar drinks had to be asked for several times. Food was good.
  24. AC

    AlexisC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 2 July 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food and service was AMAZING. So good that we ended up going back to eat here in our short 3 day visit. 10/10 would recommend
  25. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Little Rock

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 2 July 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Service and food great. Attending show at Oaklawn and everything clicked!!’
  26. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Hawaii

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 2 July 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It was nice.
  27. JW

    JamesW

    Hawaii

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 29 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We went on a Wednesday night and there weren't too many people there. The decor is beautiful, and our waitress was absolutely outstanding. We plan to ask for her the next time we go. If you need an entree recommendation, it is the seabass. Truly a dish to remember. Overall it was a wonderful time as were enjoyed the view and were able to talk without shouting. Good place. Ranks with The Vault.
  28. ST

    SusanT

    Fayetteville

    6 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on 26 June 2022

    overall2food2service3ambience5
    We were very disappointed. We’d been here once before and loved it so we were excited to go back. We arrived a little early after the show and the hostess was very nice to get us seated. Our server was pleasant, although we felt rushed at every stage. We ordered drinks and charcuterie for two and both came quickly. The charcuterie was fine, although they only gave us four crackers. Our server said he’d wait to put our meals in but they came while we were still eating our appetizer. My husband ordered the small filet medium and it came well done. I ordered the sea bass without the sauce (which was sweet). He brought the sauce on the side but it was so marinated and glazed on the sauce that it was sickeningly sweet. The fish was mushy, the book choy and rice were coated in pepper. None of it was edible. Our server took away my full plate without a word. We also got a side of the mushroom risotto which was completely tasteless. With drinks, appetizers, and dinner, we were out the door in 45 minutes. So much for leisurely dining.
  29. BH

    BillyH

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on 26 June 2022

    overall2food1service3ambience3
    Waited an hour for main course. Salads and appetizer took 30 mins to get. Food was not what you would expect when looking at the place. Burnt on outside of one dish, cold in the middle. Truffle fries tasted like dirt. Truffles may have been unwashed. Very disappointed. Won’t eat there again. Server was really friendly and kept apologizing.
  30. J

    John

    Fayetteville

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 25 June 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Server (Jeremy) was excellent and very attentive and knowledgeable. Quality of food was very good although it could be considered a little expensive for the average diner. It was a very enjoyable experience for a special occasion. I would certainly dine there again.
  31. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 25 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    GREAT customer service and the food was amazing!!!
  32. TK

    TrentK

    Austin

    1 review

    vip
    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 25 June 2022

    overall3food4service2ambience4
    The waiter was condescending and rude. It was awkward. I’ve never experienced anything like it.
  33. JC

    JoyceC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 23 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We enjoyed a very relaxing meal. Food courses were brought out just at the right intervals. Filet mignon and the Chilean Sea Bass were perfectly cooked. Sides were good, creamed spinach and a corn dish. Dessert was excellent. Service was outstanding but not intrusive. I think they need to add a few more wines but everything was 5 Stars!
  34. MK

    MKSGroup

    Cincinnati

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on 22 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The service was top notch and the food was excellent and at a very reasonable price for dinner for 4.
  35. M

    Muffy

    Shreveport

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on 22 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This is a great place to dine. Bonnie waited on us and she is always so pleasant and efficient in getting the food to us. We certainly will be back.
  36. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Cincinnati

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 19 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The Bugler has become our favorite restaurant I. Hot Springs. Service is outstanding and the food has really gotten good and very consistent. Paige, our waitress, was delightful. It was a great way to celebrate Father’s Day and my husband’s birthday.
  37. RB

    RonB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 18 June 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    I felt welcomed. Excellent choice for dinner. 👍👍
  38. WM

    WendeM

    Little Rock

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 18 June 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Very nice staff. Ashley was great! The sea bass & pork chop were delicious! We will definitely be back! Amazing view of the track & mountain as well.
  39. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Little Rock

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on 17 June 2022

    overall2food2service2ambience5
    I had high expectations but it was very underwhelming. The good parts were the Purple G&T and calamari. The restaurant design and atmosphere is very nice lots of good natural light. The bad parts were waiting a while for wine, being sat in front of a column that blocked our view of the track (plenty of other seating was available), and a steak that was cooked past medium rare. They did try to fix the steak by bringing another one but it was still more medium but the taste was acceptable. I also ordered a 6 oz but was charged for an 8 oz. I think this place has the makings of an upscale restaurant but food quality needs attention.
  40. s

    sulltiger

    Tallahassee

    17 reviews

    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on 13 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    GreT stuff. Great staff.

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 4.6 stars by 564 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

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2 people

19:00


Booked 15 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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