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Big Jake's Steakhouse

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1702 Fayetteville Rd, Van Buren, AR 72956-2233
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
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Sun 6:00 am - 9:00 pm
Mon 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Wed - Thu 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Fri 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Sat 6:00 am - 10:00 pm
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Huron, Ohio
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327 reviews
104 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 112 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

I was on my way to Coltons's as T.A. listed Big Jake's as being closed, but as I drive by I saw that it looked open so I circled around and went in. I sat in the bat area and was taken care of by the Manager, who you knew was the Manager as it was embroidered on her shirt.... More 

Thank MessNmagic
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5 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Ordered New York strip dinner with baked potato and salad. Yes they both came with it. Steak cooked to perfection. They also bring you beans and bread before dinner. Had never had beans offed before meal but tried them and they were good. You get a lot of food for price. Average price for steak dinner. Excellent service too.

Thank Sherry C
Camarillo, California
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48 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Bread and beans come out with your drinks. Not sure why the beans weren't with the entree. Cajun Cat fish was filling but not much on the cajun spices like I am used to having. The salad was small with not much other than lettuce. My dinner partner had a hamburger. Nothing spectacular. It was not a memorable meal. The... More 

Thank 196CindyJ196
Fort Smith, Arkansas
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99 reviews
68 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

But it wasn't that busy and it was lunch... I had beans and cornbread and the waitress recommended the pepper sauce but never brought it. The cornbread was extremely dry! My husband ordered a hamburger with mayo and fries. He was served a hamburger with mustard... fortunately it was a packet, (which I don't care for though.) The staff was... More 

Thank Goldrush40
San Gabriel, California
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91 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We enjoyed ourselves at Big Jakes! Mema greeted us and was very charming! The entertainment was a nice touch. We loved it. Brittney, our waitress, took care of us and was very attentive. Our food was quite delicious and the portions were generous. The decor was very interesting and included movie posters of John Wayne, Clint Eastwood, and other famous... More 

Thank hrhvictoria
Van Buren, Arkansas
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9 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Big Jake's has a friendly atmosphere. With old John Wayne memorabilia. It is a fantastic place to take your children, or have a leisurely drink after work. The food is excellent, but some items are a bit pricey for the area

1 Thank charlesrZ7738NI
1 review
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 10, 2016 via mobile

Pass this place at least once a month and hadn't ever stopped. The food was great, the prices were very reasonable, but the atmosphere was even better. Live country music (two different guys), Big Jake's Mom visited with us (sweet lady), won a T-shirt, got cards for complimentary appetizers on future visits, etc. Will definitely be back!

1 Thank Dianna D
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30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 7, 2016

We used to eat at Big Jakes regularly, but their food is not very good anymore. I think they changed owner or changed hands in the family and with that change, the food changed. They have tried everything to keep it afloat including adding music, karaoke, and getting a liquor license, but I recently heard it was up for sale... More 

Thank MARK D
Nashville, Tennessee
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27 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 21, 2016

The steak and the ambiance was perfect. Excellent flavor and cooked to perfection. However, my wife ordered a glass of wine with her meal and we had to inquire twice before receiving it with her desert. The manager was nice enough to comp the desert (which was also very tasty) but still charged us for the glass of wine. Not... More 

1 Thank Jason S
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15 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 9, 2016

Great atmosphere, competent service, different than a lot of steak houses around here. Tried the 8 oz. sirloin after the Gallopin' Gastro named it the best steak around for under $15, and it was. Bread and beans, table top pepper grinders and a nice, unusual variety on the menu made this a different kind of steak house dining experience. Extra... More 

2 Thank Arthur W

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    3 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
$10 - $20
Steakhouse, American
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Takeout, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Kids, Families with children, Large groups
Open Hours
6:00 am - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
6:00 am - 10:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1702 Fayetteville Rd, Van Buren, AR 72956-2233
  • Location: United States  >  Arkansas (AR)  >  Van Buren
  • Phone Number: 14794745573
Big Jake's is the one and only premier steakhouse in Van Buren that is family owned and operated. Our creator James Garner planned and executed his dream for a 2 story restaurant, which opened in 1996. We take pride in hand cutting our steaks daily. We have a varied menu ranging from steaks, pastas, salads, and hamburgers all made in-house. Upstairs we have a large room that will accommodate up to 125 people. The John Wayne memorabilia throughout the restaurant is truly one of a kind. For the kids we have a train that runs the perimeter between the downstairs and the upstairs. For the music lovers, we have live entertainment on Wednesdays, Fridays, and Saturdays from 6-9pm.

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