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“Special Treatment on a Special Anniversary” 4 of 5 stars
Review of The Grand Taverne

The Grand Taverne
37 North Main Street, Eureka Springs, AR 72632
800-344-6050
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Ranked #11 of 120 Restaurants in Eureka Springs
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $14 - $50
Cuisines: French, American
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Good for: Doing business, Entertaining clients, Romantic, Large groups, Special occasions
Dining options: Dinner, Reservations
Description: Elegent, Gourmet CuisineAll food is created from scratch beginning with Chef Dave Gilderson's balcony herb garden. The bread is baked fresh daily. We also serve our own gourmet specialized coffee.Unforgettable cuisine with elegant presentations creates a memorable upscale dining occasion for even the most discriminating. Treat the one you love to a romantic dinner by candlelight!Open nightly from 5pm-9pm
Shell Knob
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53 reviews 53 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 16 cities Reviews in 16 cities
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
“Special Treatment on a Special Anniversary”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2013

From the time we entered the Grand Taverne to the time we left; our server Crystal gave us excellent service. We shared their famous scallops in lobster creme sauce and it was excellent! Our caesar salad came next. The dressing was a little sour, but the rest of the meal made up for it. We ordered pork medallions for our entree and it was tender with a perfect salt/pepper crust that just made the entree!. They are famous here for their dauphnoise potatoes and although the special was with mashed potatoes, they gladly switched. Make sure you order these when you come. It is Chef Daves' crowning achievement! Because it was our anniversary and my husband let them know when we made our reservations; Chef Dave had prepared a beautiful presentation on a white plate of "Happy Anniversary" in chocolate around the rim with death my chocolate cake with raspberry and vanilla creme sauce. To die for! Thanks for making our Anniversary special! I really love the Victorian feel of this hotel. It is NOT Dated but timeless and the tables were so beautiful when we walked in.

  • Visited June 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Denver, Colorado
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14 reviews 14 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 8 cities Reviews in 8 cities
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
“Complex sauces, rich flavors, and great presentation”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 12, 2013

On vacation with my parents, we chose The Grand Taverne (TGT) for our special Saturday night meal. My parents own a meat processing plant so a key reason for chosing TGT over other well-rated restaurants was the entree variety - more than standard steak options. We were very pleased with the quality of the food, the presentation, and our wait staff service. We were less pleased with the fact that the hostess walked us through the kitchen to seat us at a 4-top right next to the kitchen doors - distracting and understandably, alot of traffic. We each ate four courses and the best of the table was the pan seared sea scallops in lobster butter sauce,
the Arkansas Hawg Chop, Berkshire pork rubbed with sage, calvados sauce & gratin dauphinois potato; and the portabella mushroom, stuffed with caramelized onions and sautéed spinach, toasted pecans and quinoa. As a chef, my husband understands what it takes to make and present a high quality dish. The complexity and rich nuance of the lobster sauce was one of the best he has ever tasted. Unlike the half duckling with blueberry citrus jus, dried cranberry wild rice. The duck was cold on the plate and we sent it back. I thoroughly enjoyed the mushroom - as a meat lover, this was a delicious, filling and flavorful vegetarian alternative. As a hog farmer, my father knows his pork and he really enjoyed the pork chop and again the sauce made this dish enviable. My mother enjoyed the grilled fillet of salmon and it was cooked to her preferrence. We wrapped up the meal with a port and the dark chocolate flourless cake - cake is a misnomer for this dessert, it was all ganache and utterly devastating to the waistline. We were mesmerized by the plating and were pleased it was just more chocolate decorating the plate. Really, really worth ordering.

  • Visited June 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Springfield, Missouri
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“Very poor service. Smoking more important than serving.”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 11, 2013

The Grand Hotel is one of our favorite places to stay in Eureka Springs. We stay here every 3-5 years as a nice weekend get away. We were excited to try the restaurant, and we were very disappointed. The service was horrible. The staff kept going out the door we were next to and smoking about every 15-20 minutes. How do we know, 1.5 hours to get our food. We almost missed a show because of the slow service. The food was fine, but the staff needs some serious training on service. If they would have stopped and checked on us on the way out to smoke, it might have been a little better.

  • Visited June 2013
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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Dustin D, General Manager at The Grand Taverne, responded to this review, June 14, 2013
Wow...you're just an genuinely unhappy person. Good luck with that.
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arkansastraveler74
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48 helpful votes 48 helpful votes
“Interesting place....”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2013 via mobile

Interesting decor at the Grand Tavern. You step back as if you were in your great mothers house. Hasn't been updated in a long time!

Service was good. Food was good as well. Little pricey though. Bread was a little bland.

Not sure we will go back.

  • Visited June 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Northwest Arkansas
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75 helpful votes 75 helpful votes
“One of the Best in Eureka”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2013

The food was excellent, menu varied enough, service was spot-on, and a terrific atmosphere. A definite "should try" while in Eureka Springs!

  • Visited June 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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