About James at the Mill Restaurant
James at the Mill offers an exciting mix of traditional and contemporary American flavors. Chef Miles James' groundbreaking restaurant offers Ozark Plateau Cuisine that shares the haute couture of Guy Savoy's French bistro cooking, as well as drawing from the Manhattan energy and style of David Burke, tailored to the rhythm of Northwest Arkansas. The restaurant constitutes a seminal work of the renowned architect, James Lambeth, with all of the award-winning flair and style of influences from Rome, Paris, London, and Miami -- striking contemporary design, with tall ceilings, flowing waters, and calming views. Join us at the bar or table, and experience an evening to remember.
American, Contemporary American
Hours of Operation:
Dinner: Tuesday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:00pmClosed on major holidays
Johnson Exit #69 off of Interstate 540
$31 to $50
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Beer, BYO Wine, Chef's Table, Corkage Fee, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
James at the Mill Restaurant Ratings and Reviews
My group of five enjoyed a delightful di ...
My group of five enjoyed a delightful dining experience at James at the Mill. On a busy football weekend, we had excellent dishes, especially the grilled tenderloin with its amazing red wine sauce and the salmon served on leeks. Our drinks from the bar and wine served at the table were refreshing and satisfying. The service was attentive, but not intrusive, and our friendly waitperson exhibited a sense of pride in her job while tending our table. We are anxious to return and once again end our meal with a variety of the heavenly desserts.
We were very disappointed with this rest ...
We were very disappointed with this restaurant. It had come recommended because of their good reviews from years past. I found the place noisy, I had to send my dinner back ( was not
charged for it) and overall it was not good experience . It was also difficult to find. Signage was poor.
We had friends in town for the Alabama / ...
We had friends in town for the Alabama / Arkansas game and had a great time at James at the Mill. It's nice to enjoy great food and wine in a beautiful atmosphere a little off the beaten path-- a nice change from the Dickson Street crowd. Chef Miles came to our table to introduce himself to our out of town guests and make sure everything was great. Everyone in our group loved their meal--were still raving about it on Sunday!
Food was wonderful with the exception of ...
Food was wonderful with the exception of the strawberry shortcake. It was very dry. The noise level is somewhat high for an intimate dining experience. The service was OK, but not necessarily on par with the food. Not exceptional.
This restaurant was a let down. It was ...
This restaurant was a let down. It was an old mill that has been decorated in a very spartan, modern way with wooden based chairs (no padding) and mostly all white, sterile decor. It was the noisiest restaurant we have ever patronized. It was unpleasant. The food was very, very mediocre. It tasted like an untrained cook was trying out a complex recipe that did not get properly executed. We would not go back or recommend it.
This was our first time dining here and ...
This was our first time dining here and had a great experience. The staff were nice and attentive and the ambiance was very nice. The restaurant wasn't crowded during our visit and it was quiet and we had a nice view of the mill. The food was good--small portions but creative and tasty. Our dessert selection was just ok, but others looked good. All in all, good experience and we will go back when in town.
Overall it was a average experience. Se ...
Overall it was a average experience. Service was VERY slow (nearly 45 minutes from ordering the entree until it arrived) even though we like slow service. And entrees ordered were not available and our reservation was not late. Prices for higher end entrees are not in line with overall menu. Wine selection is top notch. We ordered a sale wine (2013 Syrah) that was charged at full price on bill. Although the price was adjusted after pointing that out, it is disappointing that your system did not catch it. Suspicious!! With all said, we will be back because the restaurant is unique and charming. One final comment. Your online menu and prices are well out of date. Our friends actually wanted items that were not offered and the prices are misleading online.
Have been in Fayetteville, AR for one ye ...
Have been in Fayetteville, AR for one year from 28 yrs in Providence, RI. This meal was fantastic !! From the soup through the dessert! This place rivals any restaurant in RI or Ma !! Will return soon!!
The combinations of flavors were outstanding!!!
I live in Seattle but have family in the ...
I live in Seattle but have family in the Fayetteville area, so I have dined at James at the Mill on several occasions over the years. I must say that the food on this trip was disappointing. There are so very many ingredients in most appetizers and entrees, and an overuse of truffle oil in several of them. Truffle oil is nice, but often drowns out the taste of other ingredients. In general, the food is very, very rich. I would appreciate a lighter touch, and less use of Arkansas bacon. The chocolate cookie crust on my lemon tart was as hard as a rock -- I had to hammer it into edible pieces. I am not normally this critical of restaurant food, but based on my past experiences, James at the Mill needs to step up its game.
Our entrees were served at different tim ...
Our entrees were served at different times causing some dishes to get cold while waiting on others. We feel this is a major defect in service. Dishes should remain warm until all can be served. We were a party of 5. Foie Gras appetizer was almost completely absent of Foie Gras. It was over powdered with cornbread, it was a miss for us. Desserts were delicious!
Everything about James at the Mill is ex ...
Everything about James at the Mill is excellent. Service is very good without being overly attentive, and as for the entrees, they were exceptional. Only comment, the fusilli is a bit rich with the andouille sausage and the portion is a little bit large. It is rare that a restaurant can make chicken breast into something spectacular.
We celebrated our wedding anniversary at ...
We celebrated our wedding anniversary at James at the Mill. This is our second time visiting and the setting was perfect, the food was marvelous and the service was top rate. I would recommend this restaurant for special occasions.
Food was the star
First time to James at the Mill and the food did not disappoint. The ambiance and decor left more to be desired. I was hoping for a more updated scene to match the upscale food. Especially shocking was the state of the windows- filled with cobwebs and bugs. Food was the star, the decor detracted from our experience.
The food is always very creatively prese ...
The food is always very creatively presented. The chef has put together an amazing mix of flavors resulting in unique delicious food from the appetizers/salads to the entrees and finishing with the desserts! If you are in NW Arkansas and want a one of a kind dining experience you have to try James at the Mill!
Caesar Salad was bland. The house salad ...
Caesar Salad was bland.
The house salad with all the veggies was great.
The beef tenderloin was overcooked and tough and basting in a horrible sauce.
Salmon was dry.
Seabass was great.
Bone in ribeye was good.
Great pinot noir from Oregon from Lange winery.
Nine of us ate for $800.
Will probably not return.
Blissful food, wine, and ambience
We have used The Inn at the Mill and James at the Mill Restaurant as a romantic getaway for 18 years. The architecture is outstanding, as is the food. 1/2 price Wine Wednesday Happy Hour can't be beat. They plated our shared side salad on separate plates, each which was a masterpiece. The apple tart dessert is perfect. The french fries with mustard/horseradish sauce as well as ketchup were so good we had to take half of our fat bacon cheeseburgers home. We went at 5:30 and sat at a window table toward the back of the room and away from the balcony, so we were not disturbed by the large party in the downstairs area. Perfect in every way!
Not for my group, but it was great people-watching to see the kids all decked out and using the big mill wheel for a photo op. But then we had to get busy checking out the menu. Lots of good choices! They accommodated our requests for a Caesar salad without chicken on it for a starter salad. I thought it was ODD that they didn't offer a side salad. Their salads either had chicken or potatoes in them. But the entree selections were varied and interesting. The one that caught the eye of three-of-the-four of us was the pork chops. They were delicious. Our other friend had a pasta dish that she was savoring. Wine was delish, also. Service was friendly, but rather young and inexperienced. No complaints though. Would definitely return if in NWA again.
Birthday dinner at JaTM
I booked through OpenTable and added in the comments that it was for my wife & daughter's b-days. Our hostess welcomed the girls with a "Happy Birthday" as soon as we walked in the door. And the wait staff was also aware of the occasion and brought their desserts with a candle in each. Every trip to James at the Mill is a great experience. The bar is friendly and fun, wine tasting nights are always great, and dinner never disappoints. Miles & crew do a phenomenal job!
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