First Look: The Grillehouse in Fayetteville

It was a couple of months ago that we heard about Table on the Hill closing the doors on its Dickson Street district restaurant in the Legacy Building after two and a half years. The prime location did not stay vacant long, in fact the notice of closing stated that another restaurant, listed as Fayetteville Grille Company at the time, would take over the lease. A little shy of two months later, The Grillhouse is open and ready to serve fantastic steaks and seafood.

The Grillehouse is the second restaurant of its kind by owner and chef Clint Boutwell. His other location, Oxford Grillehouse, shows that he has the experience needed to operate in a college town.

“I wanted to create an upscale dining option in Fayetteville, while still allowing a casual atmosphere,” Boutwell tells us. “There are a handful of great fine dining options in town. I think we give people something new to try for a nice night out without having to go up the road to Benton County. I think this can be a place that keeps locals in town and attracts those from nearby cities.”

Boutwell certainly has the culinary chops to produce a great meal. He spent time interning at Emeril’s in New Orleans while in culinary school, after he worked at another New Orleans steakhouse before Katrina forced them to leave the area. Boutwell worked and operated a number of additional steakhouses around Memphis and North Mississippi before opening the Oxford Grillehouse.

Walking in the Grillhouse, the first thing you will notice is the new dark tones to the interior. In fact everything is updated with a little touch of class, moving away from the casual Latin feel of the previous occupant. In the far back corner of the restaurant are four prohibition style private rooms for those wanting a little more privacy.

“Especially in a college town I feel these are important,” Boutwell says. “Sometimes people want to feel comfortable and private having dinner. We get coaches, football and basketball legends, university figures, notable alumni, and others that just want to enjoy their dinner or discuss things in private.”

The food seems to match the atmosphere with great looking steaks and seafood that come (thankfully) with 2 generous sides that are included in the price. The dinner menu features five cuts of steak, including a dry aged ribeye, along with more than a dozen topping and sauce options to dress it up. The seafood features a strong list of salmon, redfish, catfish, crab, and shrimp dishes.

A glance down the bar quickly puts this at one of the top bars in town for those wanting more quality liquors. Grillehouse has a strong selection of whiskey including a few house-aged whiskies that they are working on. After those have aged Boutwell says they will reuse the barrels for aged cocktails, something that is popular across other parts of the country, but a rare find in NWA.

Don’t stop at dinner though, Grillehouse has an impressive looking brunch menu filled not only with classics like eggs benedict and shrimp and grits, but also more innovative takes like chicken and waffle on a stick and andouille and tomato gravy and biscuits. Brunch also features a DIY Bloody Mary and Mimosa bar.

Grillehouse is located at 401 W Watson St Ste. 203 in Fayetteville. Hours are Tues-Fri 4 – 10; Saturday and Sunday 10-2 for brunch and 4-10 for dinner.

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First Look: The Grillehouse in Fayetteville