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McClard's Bar-B-Q

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505 Albert Pike Rd, Hot Springs, AR 71901
+1 501-623-9665
11:00 am - 8:00 pm
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Tue - Sat 11:00 am - 8:00 pm
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 66 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Half tamale spread is enough for most. Layers of flavor. Get the onions and cheese on top. Iconic local restaurant since the 1940s. Crowded at lunch go early. Lunch bar is quicker than a booth.

Thank barjlaz
Prairie Home, Missouri
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28 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This restaurant is small and quaint -- filled with locals and tourists alike. Our waitress was a pro and the service was excellent and very fast. The food was unusual and had huge portions. I got a half order of the Tamle Spread and only got through about 1/3 of it and was stuffed. The food is very good.

Thank katherine a
Jonesboro, Arkansas
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188 reviews
84 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

When you ask the locals about the must-sees and must-eats of Hot Springs, inevitably someone will say "You HAVE to eat at McClard's. They have world famous BBQ!" I cannot for the life of me figure out why. The only thing truly enjoyable about this place are the celebrity plaques on the wall. It certainly has history. But it also... More 

Thank femaleboxer
Crestview, Florida
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14 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Up visiting from Florida, Mom wanted McClard's so off I went.. We got it to go, order was correct even for 6 people. We had beef, pork, tamales, beens and fries it was all good. Would come back.

Thank Andy W
Lafayette, Louisiana
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34 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

My ribs were overcooked and stringy-these are BIG ribs-not babybacks, By the way. Hubby got the beef....this is NOT Brisket like ALL the rest of the BBQ places-just like Grandmas pot roast sliced-dry. Beans were good but spicy....the BBQ sauce was VERY spicy (and we are from Cajun country-home of some of the best food in the USA) The tamale... More 

Thank Ruth g
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3 restaurant reviews
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Well on a recent trip thru Arkansas for family reasons I stopped at McClards's BBQ. Haven't been there for a few yes. Ordered my favorite ribs and fries, fries were under cooked and ribs were lukewarm at best. They no longer include a piece of bread to go with meal. Food still good just not great.

Thank Genevieve D
Louisville, Kentucky
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17 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The atmosphere is friendly at McClard's Bar-B-Q. The air is filled with the smell of the food and the smell wafts to the outside. There are pictures of past patrons including at least two pictures of Bill Clinton. The food is served up hot. The tasty Bar-B-Q items are good to enjoy. People have been coming to McClard's for years... More 

Thank Healthywalker
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29 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 22, 2017

Grew up near McClards so I've eaten there for 60+ years. Went on Wednesday when they serve delicious chicken--for the spouse. Wanted to try the "new" links. However, I was disappointed: too much like bologna -- would have preferred a denser, smoked brat or kielbasa style. Several locally-grown options available. Cornmush tamales (single) are filling. Slaw some of the best... More 

Thank Jeff S
Maumelle, Arkansas
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30 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 15, 2017

We stopped in to have lunch one day while visiting Hot Springs. I've been to a lot of BBQ places and this is not my favorite. The service was good but the chopped BBQ sandwich took the word chopped to a new level, more like minced. The slaw was cut the same way. I did not enjoy the slaw by... More 

Thank Karen P
Flippin, Arkansas
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6 restaurant reviews
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 14, 2017

Old BBQ joint and looks it. 6:30 arrival and out of ribs and beans. Beef was ok as was the tamale. Was disappointed in the food. Probably won't go back. Not worth the trouble.

Thank ParkviewPizza

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
American, Barbecue
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Dining on a budget, Kids, Families with children, Local cuisine
Open Hours
11:00 am - 8:00 pm
11:00 am - 8:00 pm
11:00 am - 8:00 pm
11:00 am - 8:00 pm
11:00 am - 8:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 505 Albert Pike Rd, Hot Springs, AR 71901
  • Location: United States  >  Arkansas (AR)  >  Hot Springs
  • Phone Number: +1 501-623-9665

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?