Bentonville’s newest hot spot, Lady Slipper, deserves to be your next place for girls night out, an elevated happy hour moment, or a date night—especially the ones you go on solo to reconnect with yourself. Offering “shareable, seasonal, original creations inspired by Spanish, French, and Latin American traditions,” the menu is basically begging you to have a little fun and discover a new flavor you didn’t know you needed in your life.
First, let’s talk about the food. The dishes I most recently enjoyed are the Chilled Crab Tacos with crab salad, avocado crema, and apple; the Corn Empanadas with humitas and poblano pepper aioli; and the Steak Tartare with sirloin, nopal, salsa verde aioli, and tostones. Each one compliments the flavors of the other while also being different enough that it doesn’t feel like you’re eating the same thing (IYKYK). The Shishito Peppers and Octopus dishes are also high on my list of go-tos when I visit Lady Slipper, and since the dishes are served seasonally, you know you’re getting the freshest ingredients Bentonville has to offer.
If you happen to find yourself craving delicious food late in the evening, Lady Slipper even offers a late night menu. That menu’s star is a Smash Burger that almost makes me want to purposely wait until 9 or 10 pm for dinner.
Images left to right: Steak Tartare with sirloin, nopal, salsa verde aioli, and tostones.
Corn Empanadas with humitas, and poblano pepper aioli.
Second, we have to talk about the atmosphere and artwork. While located in the basement of Bentonville’s historic Massey building, there surely are no creepy basement vibes here. It’s warm and inviting, cool, and elevated. It’s filled with beautiful and unexpected artworks like Kehinde Wiley’s Saint George and the Dragon painting. (You read that right!)
So whether it's for the food or the art, you won’t regret an evening spent at Lady Slipper.
Before your next visit to Lady Slipper, here are some important details to keep in mind:
Location: Located in the back of the Historic Massey Building in Downtown Bentonville at 138 SW 2nd Street.
Parking: It’s free and located in front of the main entrance (see map here). There are several free spots around the Downtown Square if full. Biking? A bike rack is located near the front entrance as well.
Reservations: A limited number for dining are made available each day via Tock here. Walk-in guests are always welcome. If you are coming with a party larger than seven, email them directly at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Hours: Closed Sundays and Mondays. Open 4–11 pm, Tuesday–Thursday and 4 pm–12 am, Friday–Saturday.
Dining Area: Seating options include tables, lounge, and bar. Outdoor seating is available as well pending weather conditions.
ABOUT EMILY NEUMAN
Emily is all about travel, wine, art, and food. She has lived in Northwest Arkansas for over 12 years, and has a bachelor's degree in hospitality management and a master's degree in communications. When not exploring Northwest Arkansas, you can find her traveling to some of her favorite spots around the world and discovering new ones.
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