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Nestled within Bentonville’s historic home district, the Momentary and coffee shops is a gem of a place that instantly feels like the comfy-cozy favorite restaurant you always wanted: The Table Restaurant on 6th.
Way back when Bentonville Square was just a lovely old downtown where you went to the bank and jewelry store or a lone restaurant, The Station held its own on the corner. The Station was a fixture, the resident greasy spoon, and a place to get a pile of French fries (ahem, Freedom Fries, as they called it).
As the dynamics of downtown Bentonville exploded, The Station moved into a charming old home on the corner of 6th and D Streets. Locals followed them down the road for our familiar plates of omelets and Freedom Fries. In 2019, the owners of The Station retired, and Carl and Lindy Garrett took over. They kept the name for a while and then switched it over to join their family of “Table” restaurants – Table Mesa, Tavola Trattoria and Mirabella’s Table.
The Table Restaurant on 6th had its own story to tell.
Table Restaurant on 6th is less than a mile from the busy Bentonville Square, nestled in Airbnb City, where half of the surrounding houses are rentals, and people come from all over the country.
General Manager Austin Hatzenbuehler thinks it is pretty cool that Table Restaurant on 6th is “like the second wave when folks come to observe First Friday and events on the square, and then we become their second stop after the event.”
And who can blame them? The adorable restaurant has gone through several expansions since 2019 beyond the main dining room. The addition of a sunroom, upper patios, lower patio, and grass seating makes the Table on 6th a perfect place for any occasion, formal or informal.
I can’t believe I’ve gone this long without talking about the delicious food at Table Restaurant on 6th. They serve traditional foods, like burgers, soups, salads, sandwiches and house specialties.
In other words – comfort foods with an extra, unique twist from Chef Layla. For instance, stuffed mushrooms aren’t just deep-fried mushrooms. Instead, they are loaded with Boursin cheese, topped with fresh herbs, and served with house ranch. Appetizers include deviled eggs and a smoked steelhead trout board.
House specialties are generous, so bring your appetite or share it with a friend. I highly recommend the Braised Beef Short Ribs with a bourbon reduction over house mashed potatoes topped with sauteed mushrooms. This is the real deal with braised celery, and it’s one of their top sellers. Their Fried Chicken is also one of the most popular items and can be ordered on a salad or as a House Specialty, served with a spicy Thai chili with mashed potatoes, slaw and biscuit.
Each week, the managers will offer new cocktail selections and will take input from regulars. Seasonal menus rotate in limited menu specials.
I like that Table Restaurant on the 6th opens for lunch through dinner, so it’s also a quiet spot to meet up with friends or work. Many locals will use the quiet afternoon hours to get in and out before the dinner crowd takes over. The lunch crowd tends to be a little more business-focused during the week.
There is always something new and exciting going on at Table Restaurant on 6th. With holiday events, patio nights, weekend brunches, and special occasions where you can reserve the Sun Room for all-inclusive menu events, Table Restaurant on the 6th is exceptional, and the staff is heavily focused on serving their customers. Austin says best, “I want more people to know we are here. Please see us. I love that I know our neighbors and that we can have an impact and know the people around us.”
Challenge accepted, Austin.
Table Restaurant on 6th
409 SE 6th Street
Monday – CLOSED
Tuesday-Friday 11 a.m. – 9 p.m.
Saturday 9 a.m. – 9 p.m.
Sunday 10 a.m. – 8 p.m.
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