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, Chef's Table, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
James at the Mill Restaurant Ratings and Reviews
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!
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!
Stunning venue, delectable cuisine
Our first visit to James at the Mill was a topnotch dining experience. The menu is interesting and varied, the service was aces, and the place is absolutely beautiful--great ambiance. The downstairs dining area's design is built around a tree and overlooks an outdoor patio and a waterspout. The bread presentation was fun and delicious, my glass of cabernet was excellent, and the warm chocolate cake divine. Portions were ample. It's an expensive outing, but worth it!
Always great food
Have been here several times and the food is always consistently excellent. The desserts are divine. The chocolate cake is probably the best dessert I've had and I've had a lot. Very chocolatey but not overwhelming. Could do with varying the menu some however.
Everything was great, need more confident staff.
All the dishes were delicious! The ambiance and architecture will amazing! However our server was so shy or nervous that it was painful to interact with her each time she came to the table. Not sure what exactly was going on, she did forget to put in one of our appetizers, which was fine because it was taken care of but if you work in fine dining, there has to be a level of confidence and pose.
This would be a good restaurant to take a first date if you want to impress them which how much money you're willing to spend, but the quality as compared to the price could have been much better. The hostess was incredibly friendly, and probably would be better suited for a job as a server because of her hospitable personality. Our actual server, while friendly, was not very attentive. She never asked if we wanted to order a second drink, and we eventually had to ask another server to put in a wine order with our dinner as ours kept passing and not looking at our table. The food is plated beautifully but the taste was less than anticipated. The vegetables and other side items were delicious, but the pork tenderloin was over-cooked and dry. Without the sauce that was served with it, I probably would not have eaten it. The ambience was beautiful, but the seating is uncomfortable. Overall, for the price of the restaurant we expected better. We normally eat at Bordino's for a nice evening out, but thought we would try something new. Next time we will stick to Bordino's.
I was expecting a bit more intimate setting.
I hate sitting in a restaurant just a foot or so away from another table of people. Also the place i was seated at had my back to the rest of the restaurant. My view was a bunch of teapots!
The food was presented well - but was just ok. It wasn't "special" and it needed to be special to justify the price.
Few restaurants can match the combination James at the Mill has achieved: food that is both delicious and well presented; service that makes you feel fully cared for; and a seamlessly blended modern and natural character. Four days later and I have already recommended it to four people. Go and enjoy.
A gem in NWA
I've had the pleasure of eating at James at the Mill several times and it has never disappointed. I made a reservation for eight people (four couples) on a recent trip to NWA. As soon as I made the reservation, I began to hear that the quality had slipped and it wasn't as good as it used to be. Then, the night before we were to travel to NWA, I was sent an article saying the owners were selling. So, I was really nervous since I had raved and recommended James at the Mill to my friends.
As it turned out there was nothing to fear. It is still just as beautiful and the food is just as good. All eight people loved their meal and some are very picky and can usually find something not to like. I was so relieved. The only complaint any of us had was the ridiculous mark up on wine. It's about a 3 1/2 times mark up, which is gouging. If the wine prices were more in line, it would have been a perfect evening.
The restaurant is lovely with contemporary decor
The food was great, service attentive and great ambiance. The only flaw was that the address provided is inaccurate and has no satellite coverage. Using the address given by Open Table and James, we ended up in the middle of a field and arrived 30 minutes late for our res! The staff wasn't real clear on directions either. Note: restaurant is located just off the 69th exit off of I-49.
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