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The Restaurant

Tusk & TrotterTusk & Trotter American Brasserie is located a block off “The Square” in Downtown Bentonville and features an atmosphere casual enough to invite families with a menu sophisticated enough to wow the most traveled gourmet. Our menu features local produce when possible and shifts seasonally to accentuate available ingredients. Our Owner and Executive Chef, Rob Nelson has been recognized repeatedly as one of our region’s best.

Tusk & Trotter’s floor plan was designed to invite families seeking to enjoy a delicious dinner, professionals wanting to meet for lunch or unwind after work, or a group of friends who just need a place to catch up. Our space, which was once Sam Walton’s general office and warehouse, is divided structurally in a way that naturally separates the quiet dining area to the South from the casual lounge area to the North. Interesting architectural elements of our space include exposed trusses overhead, acid-stained concrete floors, Sam's original warehouse door and an arched doorway connecting our lounge and dining areas.




Rob Nelson, Owner and Executive Chef of Tusk & Trotter American Brasserie, brings his unique creativity and food passion to the Bentonville, Arkansas food scene.

Rob has always had a love for food. After attending the University of Arkansas, Rob spent several years working for local fine dining restaurants. In 2007, Rob moved to Boulder, Colorado to attend the Culinary School of the Rockies (now Auguste Escoffier School of Culinary Arts).

Following Boulder, Rob studied in Avignon, France, located in the Provence region, attending Le Marmiton Cooking School and Universite du Vin in Sousse la Rousse, France, where he studied under the Disciples d’Escoffier. While in Avignon, Rob worked at La Mirande, a Michelin 1-star restaurant.

In 2011, Rob opened Tusk and Trotter – a casual restaurant focused on High South cuisine. Much of the menu is sourced locally from farmers and ranchers with whom Rob has spent years collaborating.

Rob and Tusk & Trotter are proud members of the Bentonville community. Tusk & Trotter has sponsored the Bentonville Farmer’s Market as well as several community events. Rob is on the board of the Arkansas Restaurant Association and of the Auguste Escoffier School of Culinary Arts, is an Advisory Board member of Brightwater: A Center for the Study of Food, and is a founding member of the Bentonville Chef’s Alliance.

Accolades & Publications

  • 2018 Nomination, Proprietor of the Year from Arkansas Food Hall of Fame
  • Arkansas Restaurant Association, Treasurer (2017); Vice President-elect (2018)
  • Atlanta Food & Wine Festival, Advisory Council & talent (2014,2015,2016,2017)
  • James Beard House performer (Nov 7, 2013; Dec 31,2016)
  • Northwest Arkansas Business Journal “40 Under 40” (2016)
  • James Beard Foundation Bootcamp for Policy and Change - Alumni 5th camp (2014)
  • Southern Living Magazine, nominated Best Restaurant in the South (2017, 2018)
  • Arkansas Times Best Chef Around the State Finalist (2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018)
  • USA Today – “Ozarks Original Food & Drinks” (2015)
  • Plate Magazine – “The Pork Issue”, featured Crispy Pig Ear Salad (2013)
  • Southern Living – “Best Bacon Incident” (2012), Best of the South (2012)

Dining Information

Tusk & TrotterLike traditional Brasseries, Tusk & Trotter offers a streamlined approach and a focus on seasonal ingredients. And you'll always find a laid-back, neighborly atmosphere and reasonable prices. It is within this culinary framework that Chef Rob has created a different type of pub menu that celebrates local food, honors tradition and welcomes seasonality, with special attention given to illustrate the varying ways beer and food can be paired to make both more enjoyable.

The upscale pub atmosphere at Tusk & Trotter brings a new and exciting element to Downtown Bentonville. Our beverage menu will include an extensive selection of micro brews, both on tap and by the bottle and our selection of wines has been hand selected to complement our menu and thrill enthusiast looking for something a bit “outside the box”. Our bar top is handcrafted from wood recovered during local historic renovations, our tables are darkly stained butcher block, and our motif is reminiscent of the early 20th century with historic photos and aged light fixtures at every turn. These factors all weigh together to invite one to sit and stay a while, have great laugh and come back again.

Hours & Directions

Tusk & Trotter American Brasserie is here to serve

you 7 days a week (except for major holidays).

Operating Hours

Mon :: 4:00 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.

Tues - Thurs :: 11:00 a.m. - 9:30 p.m.

Fri :: 11:00 a.m. - 11:00 p.m.

Sat :: 10:00 a.m. - 11:00 p.m.

Sun :: 10:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m (kitchen closed 2:00 - 2:30)



Tusk & Trotter American Brasserie is located at:

110 SE A St, Bentonville, AR (479) 268-4494


Online reservations are available for parties of 14 or less, however we do not offer reserved or call-ahead seating for Friday and Saturday evenings.

If you would like to make a reservation for a party of 15 or more, or would like to make a reservation for a holiday or special event, please contact our management staff at 479.268.4494. They will be happy to assist you.