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Testimonials

2 months ago
Vincent is an AWESOME person! He is very attentive, polite, full of joy and kindness. He set the atmosphere for the wonderful food! I had great fried green tomatoes as an appetizer. For my main course, I had a WONDERFUL Blackened Orange Roughy. My friend had an INCREDIBLE plate of shrimp and grits! Also, there was a very entertaining piano player!
- Tricia W
9 months ago
My husband wanted to take me out to a nice dinner so I picked this place because we have never been here. We enjoyed every bit of our experience! We got lucky being seated with no reservations. Our waiter Vincent took great care of us! He gave us great recommendations and he wasn’t wrong! We started with the crab cake which was one of the best we’ve ever had! Husband had the shrimp and grits which was prepared differently than used to and he loved it! I had the Citrus Roasted Chicken and ate just about every bite! I loved the caper berry that was in it! I never had one like that in a meal! Presentation was amazing! So yummy! We were to full to have dessert so Vincent talked us into a to go one and went with the Sweet potato and Baileys cheesecake! And the live piano player made the night even more enjoyable! Vincent took the time to listen to how much we enjoyed our dinner and I mentioned my birthday so he brought out a brownie ala mode! Even full we ate every bite of that perfect ...
- Lori C
2 months ago
Initially walking in, the building itself is rather unassuming. After you enter the double doors of the restaurant, the ambience changes. The layout of the main dining area is, in a word, elegant. The lighting and decorations set the mood well. Our attendant, Vincent, was quite the socially gifted individual, and extremely attentive throughout the entirety of our first experience visiting The Rialto. Although initially strangers to the establishment, my mother and I found ourselves very comfortable and at ease with the welcoming staff. As it was our first time, Vincent was thoughtful enough to offer samples to whatever drinks caught our attention. While there was an adequate selection of wines, I chose to opt for a cocktail. Followed by the 14oz ribeye with asparagus and whipped potatoes, and an order of tiramisu. Suffice to say there was a great deal of attention payed towards the presentation of every item ordered, both in the visual aspect and in taste. From here on my expectatio...
- Andres B

history

Co-owners Keith Jeremiah and James Thomas conceptualized The Rialto after their former employer, Fianna Hills Country Club, closed at the end of 2018.
Their vision came to life in the first floor of the First Security building, which originally served as the Town Club. Thomas said he and Jeremiah have taken the staff they’ve worked with at Fianna Hills for 15 years and brought them to Rialto.

“We’re bringing the country club experience to the public!” he said.

Jeremiah said he first got the idea for the restaurant’s name from Brandon Goldsmith, whose play “The Western District” takes place in the original Rialto. One of the private rooms in the restaurant is also named for the Boston Store, which Jeremiah said was “the Neiman Marcus of Fort Smith” and stood where the restaurant stands today.

Keith Jeremiah, has been in the service industry for over 40
years. Most recently he was the Bar and Restaurant manager for Fianna Hills Country Club from
the late nineties until the club closed in 2018. Mr. Jeremiah began his career in the 1970’s with
the El Chico Corporation working in Arkansas and Texas. Throughout the 80’s he was a manager
for Western Sizzlin restaurants in the River Valley. In 2019, Mr. Jeremiah combined forces with
his good friend and Fianna Hills Executive Chef James Thomas to bring a casual fine dining
experience to historic downtown Fort Smith.

James (JT) Thomas Executive Chef was born in Little
Rock, Arkansas, starting on the grill at Cajun’s Warf at the age of 17. Mr. Thomas received his
Certified Executive Chef training from Hyde Park. His specialty styles are French and Cajun with
a strength in sauces and soups. Mr. Thomas honed his skill as Sous Chef at Baby Doe’s
Matchless Mine in Dallas, Texas where he was eventually promoted to Executive Chef. In the
early 2000’s, he refined his Executive Chef talents at Fianna Hills Country Club until they closed
in 2018. Mr. Thomas was Co-Owner and Executive Chef at Larry B’s in Van Buren, when the
opportunity arose, in 2019, to bring his knowledge of worldly recipes and love for the art of
cooking to Fort Smith’s Garrison Avenue, with his good friend Keith Jeremiah.

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720 Garrison Avenue
Fort Smith, AR 72901
USA

Business Hours

Mon:Closed
Tue:Closed
Wed:5:00 – 8:00 PM
Thu:11:00 AM – 2:00 PM, 5:00 – 8:00 PM
Fri:11:00 AM – 2:00 PM, 5:00 – 9:00 PM
Sat:5:00 – 9:00 PM
Sun:Closed
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