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Dining in West Little Rock

Ethnic Restaurants


West Little Rock is one of the more commercial areas of Little Rock. Many chain restaurants call this area their home.

I've put an * by my personal faves,and many of links go to reviews.


Bravo! Cucina Italiana
17815 Chenal Pkwy (in the Promenade)
11:00 a.m.-10:00 p.m. Sunday- Thursday, 11 a.m. - 11 p.m. Friday & Saturday
Italian chain with some unique dishes. Upscale casual atmosphere. $$$
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315 N. Bowman Road
5-10 p.m. Monday through Saturday
Great, fresh made Italian food. I especially like their pesto.
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Johnny Carino's
11600 Pleasant Ridge Rd
This chain of Italian restaurants features traditional pastas and a little more grilled food than at some Italian chains.
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Romano's Macaroni Grill
11100 West Markham Street
This chain offers heartier Italian food than some of the other chains. It's a favorite among locals.
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Shotgun Dan's Pizza
12011 Westhaven Drive
Fun location and great pizza. Shotgun Dan's has a unique flavor. It's thin and very cheesy. $$
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*Vesuvio Bistro
Located inside of the Best Western/Governors Suites Hotel, 1501 Merrill Drive
Don't let the Best Western fool you, this is one of the best upscale Italian restaurants in the city. Fresh pasta and ingredients and substantial menu. $$$
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*The Villa
12111 W Markham
This is a Little Rock standby, and still delivers a consistent experience. I crave Villa salads. Large portions. The food is basic and hearty Italian. $$
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Cactus Jack
11414 West Markham
11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sunday - Thursday, 11 a.m. to 10:30 on Friday - Saturday
Interesting Mexican restaurant with a few unique flavors, like Pollo Hawaiiano. $$
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Cozymel's Mexican Grill
10 Shackleford Drive
11 a.m.-10 p.m. Sunday-Thursday; 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Friday-Saturday
They describe their chain of restaurants as a Yucatan-style seafood grill, however their non-seafood menu items are plentiful too. They do have a different flavor than our Tex-mex restaurants, using more fruits and lighter flavors. Pricing is $$
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*El Porton
12111 W. Markham Street
11 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily
This is a local favorite for Mexican food and margaritas. Most Little Rock residents list El Porton as their go to Mexican food joint. You can't beat the price. $$
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On The Border
11721 Chenal Parkway
This chain of Mexican grill restaurants has a big menu and pretty good food. It's often crowded on the weekends due to the location.
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*Chi's Dim Sum
6 Shackleford Drive
11 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily
Chi's is many local's favorite Chinese anywhere, not just in West Little Rock. They have great prices and an extensive menu. $$
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Fu Lin
200 N Bowman Rd
11 a.m.-10 p.m. Monday-Thursday, 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Friday-Saturday, 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Sunday
Homemade dumplings, good selection. Try the hot and sour soup. Great for lunch. $$
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Genghis Grill
12318 Chenal Parkway
Genghis was the first "make your own" Mongolian stir fry restaurant in Little Rock. It's a chain, but solid. Great for picky eaters.
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Gina's Chinese Kitchen & Sushi Bar
14524 Cantrell Rd Ste 110
Daily from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Sushi and large selection of Chinese dishes. $$$
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Kobe Japanese Steakhouse
11:00 a.m. - 2 p.m. Monday-Saturday, 4-10:00 p.m. Monday-Thursday, 4-11:00 p.m. Friday-Saturday, 4-9:30 p.m. Sunday
11401 Financial Centre Pkwy
This steakhouse also has great sushi and a hibachi grill. $$$
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Sekisui Sushi Bar & Hibachi Grill
219 North Shackleford Road
This chain has a Hibachi grill and a fun sushi bar. It's a fun place to go and a great place if you like sushi as they have a large selection.
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*Panda Garden
Shackelford Crossings Shopping Center, 2604 S. Shackelford Road, Suite G
Hours: 11 a.m.-9:30 p.m. Sunday-Thursday, 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Friday
Panda Garden is all you can eat Chinese food, with some American foods like fries, prime rib and chicken strips. They also have sushi. One of the better buffets. $$
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Papa Sushi
17200 Chenal Parkway 501-821-3474
Fairly new sushi restaurant in the area. Mixed reviews. $$$
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P.F. Chang's China Bisto
317 S. Shackleford Rd
You can't miss the big horse statue on the outside. This chain of Chinese themed restaurants has typical menu choices. $$
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*Pho Thanh My
302 N Shackleford Rd
10 a.m.-9 p.m. Monday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Sunday
Great soups, but most of their menu is good. Great for lunch. Large portions. $$
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Gaucho's Grill
11 Shackleford Drive
5-9:30 pm. Monday-Thursday, 5-10:30 pm Friday, 4-10:30 pm Saturday, 4-9 pm Sunday
Best known for delivering all you can eat meat on skewers, Gaucho's makes for unique dining, but they are expensive. Great place for out of town visitors or special events.
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Khalil's Pub
110 S. Shackleford Road
11 a.m.-2 a.m. Monday-Friday, 11 a.m.-1 a.m. Saturday, 11 a.m.-12 a.m. Sunday
A large variety of different foods, like Shepard's pie, bangers and mash and scotch eggs. Sometimes hosts live music. $$
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The Pantry
11401 Rodney Parham Road
11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday-Friday, 4 p.m. to Midnight Monday-Saturday
501-353-1875, Facebook, Twitter
Hearty German/Czech comfort foods served by friendly staff. If you crave things like homemade brats and schnitzel, the place is for you. Casual dining, moderate price.
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*Star of India
301 North Shackleford Road
Buffet daily from 11am-3pm, Menu Sunday-Thursday 5-10pm, Friday-Saturday 5-10:30pm
This is a favorite of Little Rock locals. Casual with a great buffet for lunch. If you like Indian food, you won't be disappointed.
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Taj Mahal Indian Cuisine
Buffet from 11:00 a.m.-2.30 p.m. Monday-Thursday and 11:00am - 3.00pm Friday-Sunday, Menu 5-10:00 p.m. Monday-Thursday, 5-11:00 p.m. Friday-Saturday and 5.00 - 9.30 p.m. on Sunday
Another favorite of locals, but relative newcomer. Taj Mahal has a great buffet, but some dishes tend to be Americanized than other local Indian restaurants.
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*Ya Ya's Euro Cafe
Promenade at Chenal, 17711 Chenal Parkway
Mon - Thurs 11:00 a.m.-10:00 p.m. & Fri - Sat 11:00 a.m.-10:00 p.m.
A European themed cafe chain.
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