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Smyly's Crab Shack

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4916 Central Ave, Hot Springs, AR 71913-9626
(501) 525-3442
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11:00 am - 10:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Dining options: Takeout

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    3 of 5 stars
    2.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3 of 5 stars
    3.5 of 5 stars
Not bad for a Bar

Sat outside by water. Friendly service. Food surprised us by being tasty. The furniture could have been cleaned up but for a local bar, the salads and sandwiches were good.

3 of 5 starsReviewed October 21, 2014
Aurora, Texas
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English first
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34 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2015 via mobile

This place has amazing crablegs. 2lbs for $25. You can't beat it. We go by boat and they are always the same. Very consistent. I've brought clients there from Maryland and they were very impressed. Typing this review is making my mouth water. Let Elizabeth be your waitress and your cup will always be full.

Thank Germican
Magnolia, Arkansas
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25 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2015

We stopped in for a couple of drinks after dinner and getting the kids and parents home. We were told this is a good place to have a drink on the lake. This place was awful!! Would have been better if it had burnt down and we were walking in ashes. I cannot explain how nasty this place was and... More 

Thank Richard M
Gallatin, Missouri
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6 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2015

Arrived and sat out on the deck..... waited over 30 minutes for a server. Had numerous people arrive after us and they got waited on.... went inside and asked for a menu, was told our server would give us one when she took our drink order..... so asked for it to go..... Ordered our food and it took an hour... More 

Thank Robert F
Aurora, Texas
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7 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2014

Sat outside by water. Friendly service. Food surprised us by being tasty. The furniture could have been cleaned up but for a local bar, the salads and sandwiches were good.

1 Thank Mimiduffy62
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75 reviews
58 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2014

The outside screams biker bar and the inside is not any better. During warm weather they offer a deck facing the lake with a wonderful view and an escape from the smoke fog. While your waiting for your order, you will find 10 legitimate reasons to bolt for the door, but if you can hang in there..... The Crab is... More 

1 Thank Craig H
Hot Springs, Arkansas
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45 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2013

If you are out of Lake Hamilton and are looking for a great hangout,drop in to Smyly's. It starts rompin around 9 o'clock on Thurdays and Fridays. The is great and not pricey and they have a new band there "Midnight Paradise" that will rock your night away!!!!!!!!

Thank Tommie W
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4 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2013

This place is nothing but a hangout for druggies and drunks. The staff do nothing but party and come to work hungover and high. The place is filthy and stinks to high heaven. Fights all the time and someone was even murdered there. It is a dive in every sense of the word. If you're into drugs and drunken fighting... More 

1 Thank KatiaBerg
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81 reviews
52 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 53 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 11, 2013 via mobile

I had made a reservation for ten. The food is pricey. One person ordered an appetizer sampler. The cheese sticks had no cheese. I had crab legs which were yummy and my husband had a rib eye both delicious. He also had crab cakes which were disgusting. Clearly frozen and kind of cooked. Here is the kicker. They did not... More 

1 Thank LWill2
Clarksville, AR
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54 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 69 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 2, 2013 via mobile

I have passed by this joint a few times because it has the looks of a night club from the highway. A friend told me that they had the best stark he had ever eaten (at a restaurant), so I had to see for myself. I have to say that I was impressed. I ordered the 16 oz ribeye platter,... More 

Thank WooPigBeachBum
1 review
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2012

The kitchen is filthy, the waitresses are nothing but bar rats with no ambition to do anything in life except beg for tips and get off to go to longshots ( another bar ) and the security are "wonna be tough guys". A terrible waist of a good location.

1 Thank Gunnerstall05

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 4916 Central Ave, Hot Springs, AR 71913-9626
  • Location: United States  >  Arkansas (AR)  >  Hot Springs
  • Phone Number: (501) 525-3442

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Seafood


Open Hours
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
11:00 am - 10:00 pm

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