You’re sure to work up an appetite in Bella Vista with all the activities the city has to offer. While some days you may enjoy cooking in your vacation home rental, other times you might prefer to leave the cooking to someone else.

Bella Vista eateries serve every budget and style, from food trucks to fine dining. Plus, you can find Mexican, Chinese, and American fare. A majority of the cuisine is local, sprinkled with a couple of regional chains and a few national chain restaurants offering fast food.

Ozark Pig Rolls at Rhythm & Q

Ozark Pig Rolls at Rhythm & Q in Bella Vista

A quick search on social media shows Bella Vista restaurants are popular with locals and tourists alike.

For example, Duffer’s is a much loved local joint for breakfast and lunch. “We went there after the October Craft Fair in Bella Vista. It was just down the street and a great place to rest with friends after ‘crafting’ all morning. They had a great menu to choose from. You ordered at the counter and then got your drinks. Your food was brought to the table by a cheery server in a reasonable amount of time. My chicken salad included a small lettuce salad and two slices of a dessert bread,” said Jann G of Fayetteville, Arkansas on TripAdvisor.

Kurt R from DeKalb, Illinois enjoyed a visit to Papa Mike’s recently and said on his TripAdvisor review, “Had lunch here today. It was just down the street from our condo. The food was delicious. It was all homemade. We enjoyed eating here.”

El Pueblito is a high ranking restaurant on TripAdvisor that impressed Cindy W. of Bloomington, Minnesota this year. “We’re visiting in Bella Vista and while looking for somewhere to have dinner, stumbled upon this place. Starting with the fresh salsa and warm chips, we were impressed. I ordered the nachos with chicken and was amazed. There had to have been nearly two pounds of very tasty shredded chicken on the top with sautéed onions, green and red peppers, and yummy melted cheese. I took home over three-fourths of the platter and plan to use that yummy chicken in enchiladas. Everyone else raved about their choices. The service was great and staff was very pleasant and accommodating. We will definitely be back during our stay here. I highly recommend El Pueblito!!!”

Patio at Bella Vista Bar & Grill

A favorite with the locals is Bella Vista Bar and Grill. Located at the Bella Vista Country Club, this casual eatery offers bar, restaurant and patio seating overlooking the first tee of the golf course. Daily specials are offered in addition to a full menu that includes appetizers, salads, burgers and entrees.

Gusano’s is popular for its Chicago-style pizza, salads and sandwiches. Plus, it has lots of televisions for fun sports viewing and a great game-day atmosphere. Another standout is Rhythm and Q, a chef-owned and -operated restaurant offering mouth-watering barbeque.

Lakepoint Restaurant has casual dining with a gorgeous view of lake Loch Lomond. Patio seating is available. Yelp user Kim T. of Bentonville said, “The Lakepoint restaurant is a great spot for Sunday brunch, dinner or drinks. Good food and a great view, it doesn’t get much better.”

Whether you’re passing through or staying for several days, grabbing something quick or celebrating with a special night out on the town, here’s a look at options for dining in Bella Vista:

Lakepoint Restaurant
Lakeside dining on Lake Loch Lomond with a full bar and scenic view

Duffer’s Cafe
Offers breakfast, lunch, and brunch, is vegetarian friendly, and has outdoor seating

El Pueblito
Mexican fare, full bar

Rhythm & Q
Barbecue, burgers, beer and wine

Papa Mike’s
Breakfast and lunch, some dinners, full bar

BV Bar & Grill
Burgers, salads, full dinners, full bar

JJ’s Grill
Burgers, wraps, salads, full bar

Pizza, sandwiches, full bar

Las Fajitas
Mexican fare, full bar

Top China
Chinese fare


Mai Chinese
Traditional Chinese, closed Tuesdays

Java Dudes
Drive-through coffee hut

Pasta a la Vista
Traditional Italian

Taqueria El Pueblo
Mexican Fare


Pizza Hut
Dairy Queen
Love’s Donuts


By Jill Rohrbach