Summer at the Lake Food Guide

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



Summer at the Lake Food Guide