Brave New Restaurant

4.7
1454 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Contemporary American
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  • Waterfront
  • Good for a Date
  • Scenic View
A casual, warm environment, delicious food and excellent service at a reasonable cost. It is our goal to have every meal be a celebration of food and to always keep an edge of new in our work.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Contemporary American, Seafood, American
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Hours of operation
Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:00am - 2:00pm; Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm; Dinner Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm
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Phone number
(501) 663-2677
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Executive chef
Peter Brave
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Riverfront Drive
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Parking details
There is a parking lot in front of the building.
Additional
Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Outdoor Smoking Area, Private Room, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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4.0Dined 4 days ago

The Salmon was great, camembert appetizer was good and shrimp salad.. dont order the shrimp salad.

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5.0Dined 6 days ago

We have eaten at Brave New many times over the years, and every visit has been enjoyable and without any problems. The food and service are outstanding, and the owner always tries to stop by every table. This will continue to be a favorite for us.

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5.0Dined on June 15, 2018

Excellent! Had dinner with a long time friend - outside. The fish was very good as well as the service. Not bothersome, but knew when to show up at the table.

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4.0Dined on June 14, 2018

Brave New is my “go to” restaurant when friends are in town. I’ve never been disappointed but the crepe and soup combo on Thursday 6-14-18 was disappointing. The sausage crepe and corn chowder were lacking and just not up to this restaurants usual standards. However my two guest loved their lunch choices.

Don’t put the sausage crepe and corn chowder back on the menu.👎🏼

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5.0Dined on June 10, 2018

Brave was such an enjoyment. Since we have returned to living in Texas, an opportunity to dine at one oh our LR favs could not be missed. Mixed grill, my personal continuous enjoyable delight, was once again over the top! My wife enjoyed the crab and spinach stuffed trout! Her plate was clean. Our server, Cannon, was very attentive and knew all entrees completely. Can’t wait till we return!

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5.0Dined on June 9, 2018

Our server was just right--sorry can't remember her name, but she's very cute and her name starts with a T I believe--wears glasses. Exactly the appropriate amount of personality without distracting from our experience. One of the true great servers--and this means so much.

We had the wall-eye, which was perfect, as were the vegetables served with it. The gorgeous salad with newly harvested greens really was just so so pleasing.

We ate at a table overlooking the river at sunset. I'm telling you the experience was perfect in every way. And the wine by the glass was lovely. Here's another thing. They didn't pipe music out there. I adored the quiet and the sounds of nature.

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5.0Dined on June 8, 2018

Love brave!!! Peter makes each visit a special occasion. Food is always outstanding, & they make our daughter feel like a princess. She always wants to go.

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5.0Dined on June 8, 2018

Amazing place, wonderful view on the patio, great food, excellent service

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4.0Dined on June 8, 2018

Overall it was a good experience. Great view from the balcony. Owner was very friendly. The server was attentive, until after he brought the entree. Speaking of the entree, my duck was very overcooked. Well done, not medium-rare. Other than that bump in the road, the food was excellent. We will definitely return next time we are in Little Rock.

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5.0Dined on June 4, 2018

Awesome food, service and atmosphere as usual!

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5.0Dined on June 4, 2018

On a scale of 1 to 10 it was an Eleven. This was the best restaurant food I have tasted in months. Wonderful experience. It was great that the owner spent time with his customers.
Will absolutely come back.

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5.0Dined on June 4, 2018

Brave New is my go to restaurant for out of town friends, especially when the season allows you to sit outside and enjoy an heirloom tomato salad and a plate of smoked fish. I like the duck in the off season. All the food is good and the customers are often regulars.

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4.0Dined on June 4, 2018

The only problem is parking but I'm sure you know that

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3.0Dined on June 3, 2018

Food was excellent. Price was good for the food. The server was unorganized, needed repetition for the order, brought us a significant amount of butter with bread that was incredibly hard (inedible). The food is why you go because for our date the location was poor both in the city and for the type of building it’s in. Also the inside was very noisy and poorly decorated for the level of experience you can tell they are shooting for.

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4.0Dined on June 2, 2018

View was amazing. Mushroom Wellington was not my favorite but will be back to try another dish.

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5.0Dined on June 2, 2018

Our experience was exceptional. The food was delicious. The cocktails were refreshing. The view of the river was peaceful. We are making plans to go back to Brave New Restaurant as soon as possible. Thank you for a wonderful evening.

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5.0Dined on June 2, 2018

It was our first time. We received a gift card from a family member. The restaurant has Great food. Its very nice. I took my wife for a special occasion. We thoroughly enjoyed it.

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4.0Dined on June 2, 2018

I think we ordered the wrong thing but the waiter was great and the atmosphere was good

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5.0Dined on May 30, 2018

Great service and great food!!

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5.0Dined on May 29, 2018

Although a little hard to find, it was definitely worth it! We sat outside with a beautiful view of the river. Our meal started with the goat cheese mouse -Yum! I decided I could not pass on the nightly special (Tuna), it was delicious. Wait staff was very attentive, and wine choices were affordable. Overall - a great experience!

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5.0Dined on May 27, 2018

I have been to this wonderful restaurant twice before. I found it on Open Table and fell in love with it. We live in Texas but I gleefully plan vacations to go to Little Rock just to eat here! Peter Brave is wonderful! I had the mushroom tart as an appetizer and was scraping the plate. I had the duck and my husband had the mixed grill. For dessert he had yellow cake with a lovely glaze covered in strawberry’s and for me the chocolate creme brûlée and nothing of our dessert was left over!!! Peter came over as we sat outside watching the sun set on the river and I was so peaceful and happy I never wanted to leave. The fish dishes sounded amazing and I was sorry they were not open Sunday or we would eat there the next day. It is hard to find, upstairs in a building with businesses and near a hospital but if you find Brave New Restaurant, you will keep returning!

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5.0Dined on May 27, 2018

Fantastic view of river from our table, service was well-paced and food/wine paired really well together thanks to our server’s recommendation!

My parents were blown away by the experience and they kept talking about their duck and salmon entrees the entire weekend!

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5.0Dined on May 26, 2018

Although we’ve experienced Brave New before, my sister and her husband gave us a gift certificate to celebrate the life of her dog, Abbie. Abbie passed while in our care while my sister and her husband were out of the country.

Other points:
—I’m a little disappointed in OpenTable because of the time constraints when I try to reserve online. I get better service when I just call the restaurant.
— The staff and the owner at Brave New are always on-point and patient. I really like that.
— The service, food, preparation, and display are absolutely fabulous and unmatched, in my opinion.
— Dinner prices seem a bit high, so maybe go for a great lunch and drink.
— The Avocado Shrimp is one of the best-tasting, most balanced dish I’ve ever had. Perfection.

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3.0Dined on May 19, 2018

The service was very slow, we waited almost 10minutes before being greeted, and nothing changed about that all night. The steak was ordered medium, but came rare, and when I sent it back it took about 20minutes, no one apologized, no manager to check on us, just more poor service. The steak was very bland, it was supposed to be a tenderloin, but really had very little flavor, all in all poor quality. The only thing nice was the view along the river, but there are plenty of better choices with equal or better view, I would avoid this restaurant.

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5.0Dined on May 18, 2018

A wonderful evening with lovely food a good wine selection and excellent service!

Just a lovely restaurant to visit!

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5.0Dined on May 16, 2018

THE spot to get the Freshest seafood in Arkansas! Local ingredients and clean eating!

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5.0Dined on May 15, 2018

Another five-star meal at BNR: fantastic sea scallops from New Bedford, perfectly prepared, like velvet on the tongue; wonderful noisettes of lamb, again, cooked to order; and the best chocolate creme brulee I ever ate! We sat on the deck and watched the birds and the river on a perfect summery spring day just after a huge thunderstorm had blown by. One of the very best restaurants in Little Rock—a great favorite.

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5.0Dined on May 13, 2018

Best restaurant in Little Rock. Peter Brave is an awesome and very friendly chef

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5.0Dined on May 12, 2018

Very romantic! Food was amazing and ambiance is like no other!

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5.0Dined on May 12, 2018

My husband drove from Mississippi to treat me to this tucked away Gem.
Don't let the entrance fool you because when you walk into the restaurant you are totally surprised. The food and atmosphere was perfect! Oh! and I am a lover of art and the art was exciting to see and then to know the chef/owner was the creator of it all! Didn't realize it but the owner came right up to table and chit chatted with us briefly! VERY ENJOYABLE NIGHT!

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5.0Dined on May 11, 2018

Amazing food. Superb service. Dining here either for lunch or dinner is always a treat.

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5.0Dined on May 11, 2018

A beautiful evening seated outside along the Arkansas River. Delicious food and great service. Appetizers - roasted oysters and mushroom pastry. We both had fish. A crab stuffed trout and a walleye both in delicious buerre blanc. For dessert we had an ice cream sampler - all their flavors each in a tiny sugar cone. Service was prompt and professional. House wine was nice.

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5.0Dined on May 9, 2018

Birthday Dinner

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5.0Dined on May 8, 2018

Overall - wonderful dining experience: presentation, flavors, atmosphere, and the view. Thank you and I look forward to seeing you in the future:) RAH

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5.0Dined on May 5, 2018

Five of us met in Little Rock for a Girls' Trip. Several people recommended Brave New Restaurant including one Uber driver. Dinner was very good, but the customer service from the host to our server was EXCEPTIONAL.

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3.0Dined on April 28, 2018

We wanted to be on the patio, but for some reason you don't reserve tables on the patio. I would think you would honor reservations before just showing up. Food is ok at Brave; the main reason to eat there is for the patio.

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1.0Dined on April 28, 2018

Have previously had excellent experience with you. This time we were not seated in the area requested. We waited over 30 minutes for first contact with waitress (no one knew who was assigned our table). We waited over one hour for our order to be taken. We waited another hour for our food. Wine ordered at the beginning was brought when dinner was almost finished (after it was re-requested). Fortunately the food was excellent when we finally got it! The evening was topped off by the elevator not working, while your staff was aware of the situation.

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5.0Dined on April 23, 2018

One of my very favorite spots to meet friends for a glass of wine, delicious meal and conversation.

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3.0Dined on April 21, 2018

Wanted to like this place after reading about its history and awards, but we were disappointed. The cooking is old school trendy, if that makes sense -- a lot of beurre blanc going around. One fish dish was undercooked, but another was fine, as were the first courses. Service was good.

The bigger issue was the atmosphere. It felt like a suburban country club we weren't members of. On one side, we had a party of 12 with yelling kids; on the other, several couples standing over us (literally) to catch up (loudly). Not awful, but not a great night out, either.

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5.0Dined on April 20, 2018

Brave New is always dependable: superb food , attentive wait persons and live but not too lively atmosphere.

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