Growing up in Central Arkansas, summers always meant trips to one of the lakes around the Hot Springs/Arkadelphia area. Most years we would spend more time by the water than home. I even decided to go to college just a few minutes from Lake Degray and spent a summer working at a camp on Lake Catherine.
The lake culture is deeply rooted in Arkansas. It is no surprise then that as food tourism has increased, so have the quality of dining options around Arkansas’ best lakes. Nothing is better than a summer day on the lake followed by nice meal or quality craft beer just miles from the boat ramp.
There are plenty of options too. This year we have covered some of the best craft beer options, date night dining, and quick casual getaways in the area known as the Diamond Lakes region of Arkansas. There are also plenty of destinations right on the various lakes and state parks themselves in the area.
We put together an interactive map to help with planning your summer in Arkansas. So whether you are at Lake DeGray, Ouachita, Hamilton, Catherine, Greeson, or just visiting the region, you will always find good food and craft beer around the corner.
|The Vault||Date Night||723 Central Avenue|
|The Shoreline Restaurant||Destination Dinner||2027 State Park Entrance Road Bismark, AR||501-865-5810|
|The Back Porch Grill||Casual Dining||4810 Central Avenue Hot Springs, AR||501-525-0885|
|The Avenue||Date Night||340 Central Avenue Hot Springs, AR||501-625-3850|
|The Arlington Resort and Spa||Date Night||239 Central Avenue Hot Springs, AR||501-623-7771|
|Superior Bathhouse Brewery||Craft Beer||329 Central Avenue Hot Springs, AR|
|Stubby's BBQ||Casual Dining||3024 Central Avenue Hot Springs, AR|
|SQZBX Brewery & Pizza Joint||Craft Beer||236 Ouachita Avenue Hot Springs, AR||501-609-0609|
|Silks Bar & Grill||Date Night||2705 Central Avenue Hot Springs, AR||1-800-625-5296|
|Shangri-La Resort||Destination Dinner||987 Shangri-La Drive Mount Ida, AR|
|Rolando's Restaurante||Date Night||210 Central Avenue Hot Springs, AR||501-318-6054|
|Quapaw Café||Casual Dining||413 Central Avenue Hot Springs, AR||501-609-9822|
|Purple Cow||Casual Dining||1490 Higdon Ferry Road Hot Springs, AR||501-625-7999|
|La Hacienda Mexican Restaurant||Casual Dining||3836 Central Avenue Hot Springs, AR||501-525-8203|
|KimberLite Café Restaurant||209 State Park Road Murfeesboro, AR||870-285-3113|
|J&S Italian Villa Ristorante||Date Night||4332 Central Avenue Hot Springs, AR||501-525-1121|
|Harbor Lodge Restaurant & Jenn's Speciality Foods||Destination Dinner||994 Mountain Harbor Road Mount Ida, AR||870-867-2191|
|Glenwood Country Club||Destination Dinner||585 Highway 70 East Glenwood, AR||870-356-4422|
|Fish Net Family Restaurant||Destination Dinner||5000 Valley Street Caddo Valley, AR||870-246-7885|
|Echo Canyon Resort & Marina||Destination Dinner||2845 Blakely Dam Road Royal, AR||501-767-2997|
|Don Juan Bar & Grill||Casual Dining||1536 Malvern Avenue Hot Springs, AR||501-620-4140|
|Dolce Gelato||Casual Dining||222 Cornerstone Boulevard Hot Springs, AR||501-525-6580|
|DeLuca's Pizzeria||Date Night||407 Park Avenue Hot Springs, AR||501-609-9002|
|Craft Beer Cellar||Craft Beer||120 Ouachita Avenue Hot Springs, AR||501-881-7232|
|Cajun Boilers||Casual Dining||2806 Albert Pike Road Hot Springs, AR||501-767-5695|
|Café 1217||Date Night||1217 Malvern Avenue #B Hot Springs, AR||501-318-1094|
|Belle of Hot Springs/Gilligan's||Destination Dinner||5200 Central Avenue Hot Springs, AR||501-525-4438|