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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

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Rating summary
  • Food
    3 of 5 stars
    Service
    2.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    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
Mimiduffy62
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Aurora, Texas
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Gallatin, Missouri
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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 

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Aurora, Texas
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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.

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Edmond
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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 

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Hot Springs, Arkansas
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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!!!!!!!!

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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 

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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 

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Clarksville, AR
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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 

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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.

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colorado springs
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2012

Just a total dive on the lake. Ordered their Smyly's starter sampler...two bites and left the place. It is dirty , smelly and how they stay in business I will never understand. The tables on the out door deck were dirty and people sitting around smoking . So the smell of smoke and old fish oil was enough to make... More 

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Little Rock, Arkansas
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2012

This is truly a sort of shack that enjoys a reputation for cold beer and loud bands. I guess they serve food, but never had anyone tell me anything about it. Crowded and smoky with a gravel parking lot. Seem to be a local hangout of sorts, but you are liable to see lots of folks you know even if... More 

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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
Sunday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Monday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Tuesday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Wednesday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Thursday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Friday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Saturday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm

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