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810 Main Street, Van Buren, AR
Today
6:00 am - 7:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun 7:00 am - 2:00 pm
Mon - Thu 6:00 am - 3:00 pm
Fri - Sat 6:00 am - 7:00 pm
Description: This is the second time I've submitted this place and have yet to hear...
This is the second time I've submitted this place and have yet to hear back. I even included a Ft. Smith newspaper review last time. The wife and I stopped here on the last road trip and it was an excellent place. I notice that UrbanSpoon has already listed it, but no reviews. I would like to write my review while it is still fresh on my mind
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  • 9
    Excellent
  • 7
    Very good
  • 1
    Average
  • 2
    Poor
  • 5
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    3 of 5 stars
Most recent review
Outstanding kind waitress

The waitress was very thoughtful when I could not order what I wanted because they were out of fish and beans. I ordered fried okra which was delicious, and she even brought a roll to go with it. I really appreciated her thoughtfulness. I have serious food allergies, and it is so hard to travel... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 7, 2014
Arlene C
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Lawton, Oklahoma
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24 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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Fort Smith, Arkansas
Senior Contributor
31 reviews 31 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2014

This was a great place two owners back. Once the place changed hands more than once it was done. Not even a shadow of the original. Sad for me to say how bad the service was last visit. Always out of items listed on menu now also, just sad.

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Branson, Missouri
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2014

Ate here on 8/7/14 and it was one of the worst dining experiences I have ever had. The service was horrible and had to wait for an hour for my food. The sandwich and fries were stone cold and the roast beef had odd green flakes in it. Asked waitress to take it back and took forever to get another... More 

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Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
1 review
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2014

Terrible experience! First off the waitress was snotty and rude. She acted like we were inconvience her by being there. We had to ask for menus after like 20 to 30 mintues and she rudely stated they were out menus and we would have to wait. There was only 1 other family who was there, so how can they be... More 

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Lawton, Oklahoma
Senior Contributor
39 reviews 39 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2014

The waitress was very thoughtful when I could not order what I wanted because they were out of fish and beans. I ordered fried okra which was delicious, and she even brought a roll to go with it. I really appreciated her thoughtfulness. I have serious food allergies, and it is so hard to travel with them. Finding a place... More 

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Hot Springs, Arkansas
2 reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2014

On our first trip to historic Van Buren, I chose Cottage Cafe for our meal..BIG MISTAKE! The blonde waitress seemed agitated when we wanted to first select our meal before ordering a beverage. Food arrived in a timely fashion...looked & tasted fine..but...she never came by for tea refill. I assumed she was tired or having a bad day and suggested... More 

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Fayetteville, Arkansas
1 review
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2014

This was one of the most disappointing dining experiences I've ever had (in developed and developing world alike). We wait over one and a half hours for our food. When it arrived it was freezing cold (not cold like sitting out, but cold as in came just from a fridge), greasy, and tasteless. I would recommend avoiding this place at... More 

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Little Rock, Arkansas
Senior Contributor
35 reviews 35 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014

Very good service very good food will go again good home cooking friendly staff good location historic district

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Arkansas
Top Contributor
83 reviews 83 reviews
58 restaurant reviews
117 helpful votes 117 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2014

I ate in this restaurant when it was "Brother's Café". The food was not good. That restaurant closed and a new owner opened the restaurant in March, 2014. I almost gagged when I walked in....the carpet is filthy. One would think that a new owner could at least have the carpet shampooed. The menu choices appeared to be the same... More 

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Fort Smith, Arkansas
Top Contributor
182 reviews 182 reviews
83 restaurant reviews
52 helpful votes 52 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2014

This small little cottage dining establishment has been in this area for a very long time. My husband and I went on a cold Saturday morning, throwing out our good eating habits for one morning, and we were so glad we did. We don't eat this kind of food often, but when we do, we want the best taste for... More 

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Arlington, Texas
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351 reviews 351 reviews
253 restaurant reviews
75 helpful votes 75 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2013

We are from Texas and seriously this may be the best chicken fried steak we have ever had. We also had homemade chocolate pie that rivals my mom's pie. The burger was also very good. The only complaint we have is we got a very dirty fork but that can happen anywhere. Our server Ronnie was great and took very... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 810 Main Street, Van Buren, AR
  • Location: United States  >  Arkansas (AR)  >  Van Buren

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: American

Description

This is the second time I've submitted this place and have yet to hear back. I even included a Ft. Smith newspaper review last time. The wife and I stopped here on the last road trip and it was an excellent place. I notice that UrbanSpoon has already listed it, but no reviews. I would like to write my review while it is still fresh on my mind
Open Hours
Sunday
7:00 am - 2:00 pm
Monday
6:00 am - 3:00 pm
Tuesday
6:00 am - 3:00 pm
Wednesday
6:00 am - 3:00 pm
Thursday
6:00 am - 3:00 pm
Friday
6:00 am - 7:00 pm
Saturday
6:00 am - 7:00 pm

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?