Nicer restaurants in Hot Springs
The wife and I are gonna be up there with another couple for a weekend from Sept 17-19. Did a search, but didn't see anything that jumped out at me. Is there anything chef driven with a tasting menu? Price isn't really much of a concern.
This is after your trip, but for better dining in Hot Springs at the moment, consider Central Park Fusion--just past downtown, within walking distance of art galleries and shops, and has a nice open dining room and also outdoor dining if weather is decent. Had a very nice thai-style crusted whole red snapper (I think it was snapper, was a couple months ago) there, and it's been pretty consistently good. Another good option is Bohemia--it was an old German restaurant and looks like it got stuck in the 50's decor-wise, but the chef/owner is a NYC chef who moved here w/his wife and son and is making a nice go of it. Very reasonably priced, too. Other places to consider would be Rolando's (also downtown in what used to be the Faded Rose), "nuevo latino" cuisine--try to sit outside on the upstairs back patio that backs into the bluffs, very quaint and pretty. Further from downtown, Bella Luna is just getting going and is quite pretty altho I think they're still working the kinks out and food is still better at Bohemia. Some folks like Jahna's (Italian) altho we were not overly impressed. Sadly, both Chef Paul's and Pompeii have closed.
Hope you found some good food!
Faded Rose Restaurants
400 N Bowman Rd, Little Rock, AR 72211
4330 Central Ave, Hot Springs National Park, AR 71913
here are some reviews of Hot Springs restaurants. Chef Paul's sounds the closest to what you are looking for.
I wish I was more familiar with Hot Springs and be more helpful!
If you like BBQ McClard's is as good as there is. Brick House is great for lunch and dinner also.
Brick House Grill @ 801 Central Ave # 24, Hot Springs, AR 501 - 321 - 2926.
McClard's BBQ @ 505 Albert Pike Rd., Hot Springs, AR. 501 - 623 - 9665.