Tongues that experience upscale cuisine find themselves better prepared to make insightful comments at highbrow film festivals and to recite Shakespeare to crème brûlée. Foster cultured taste buds with today's Groupon: for $30, you get $60 worth of upscale steak and seafood at The Grand Taverne in Eureka Springs, Arkansas.
Romance blooms at The Grand Taverne, an upscale restaurant nestled inside the The Grand Central Hotel & Spa's restored Victorian-era building, where head chef David Gilderson sprinkles a from-scratch smorgasbord of steak and seafood with herbs freshly plucked from his balcony garden. Chef David artfully arranges the menu's pan-seared scallops, completing his culinary replica of Starry Night with strokes of lobster butter sauce and potato risotto ($26). A slab of grilled beef steeps in béarnaise sauce beside a mound of gratin dauphinois potatoes ($29, add crabmeat for $7), and a sesame-encrusted tuna carpaccio relaxes beneath gingered napa slaw and grapefruit-wasabi sauce ($13). Unravel onions stuffed with herbed goat cheese, cradled in a balmy bed of house-made pasta and sautéed spinach, draped with a blanket of roasted tomato coulis ($17), and sung to sleep by a legion of tiny grandmothers.
Named for Paris’ La Grande Taverne de Londres, the world's original luxury restaurant, The Grand Taverne swaddles diners and ghosts of Paris's first wait staff in Victorian-inspired décor, including plush floral chairs, intimate candlelight, and antique armoires. Specialty martinis and a deluge of wines flow from the full bar as imbibers drink in Arkansas Red's guitar ballads on Friday nights and the elegant plink of Jerry Yester's baby grand piano on Saturdays.
37 N Main St.
Eureka Springs, Arkansas 72632