The Lake of the Ozarks is home to many great restaurants, especially ones on the water. Since there are so many it can be tough to choose the right one. We’ve compiled a list of the top 10 places to eat the next time you’re down in the Lake of the Ozarks.
1. Coconuts Caribbean Beach Bar & Grill
15208 Red Hollow Road, Gravois Mills, MO 65037 | Website
This restaurant is nothing short of a party. If you’re down at the Lake of the Ozarks with your friends looking for a place to hang out for the day, look no further. When you get done dancing and have had enough drinks from their swim up bars, feel free to grab a bite to eat. The menu is filled with a variety of tacos, burgers, and much more. Their specialty is their 1 pound cold water crab legs that are served daily.
2. Shady Gators
132 Sweet William Rd, Lake Ozark, MO 65049 | Website
With an impressive sized food and drink menu, Shady Gators does not disappoint. Serving the best Cajun inspired food on the lake, the self-proclaimed “Party Capital of the Lake of the Ozarks” always has a bundle of events going on weekly, so you’re missing out if you don’t hit this place at least once.
3. Beavers at the Dam Bar & Grill
1076 Bagnell Dam Boulevard, Lake Ozark, Missouri 65049 | Website
Besides the great food, what makes Beavers at the Dam so enjoyable is its proximity to the Bagnell Dam Strip. The strip has so many fun activities to enjoy. Take the family shopping, enjoy the arcade, and then finally head to an old-time photo booth to capture memories that will last a lifetime. Beavers at the Dam has a lot of food options like pizza, Mexican dishes, seafood dishes and traditional foods like burgers and chicken. Bring the kids to enjoy it, or leave them at home, stay awhile, and explore their plentiful drink menu.
4. Captain Ron’s Bar & Grill
Lake Road 5-50, Sunrise Beach, MO | Website
A trip to Captain Ron’s is sure to keep your entire family busy for a while! There’s a large variety of food to munch on and a number of drinks to keep your thirst quenched. You won’t have to leave their man-made beach at the lake all day. With a volleyball court, a swing set, and other lakeside activities; you are sure to get the most of your day.
5. Bear Bottom Resort
123 Bear Bottom Drive, Sunrise Beach, Missouri 65079 | Website
This place is perfect for a day of fun with the family! Bring the kids and pay just $10.00 a person for a full day of going down the resorts water slides. When they take a break from swimming, be sure that you feed your crew a great meal at the restaurant. Their nachos are the best in the Ozarks, and a half order will feed at least 4 people.
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6. Franky and Louie’s Beachfront Bar & Grill
Highway 5, Lake Road 5-41| Website
This place has everything you need for a great day down in the Lake of the Ozarks. Bring the family for delicious food, and stay for the beachfront fun. Rent a boat and fill up the tank both at Frankie and Louie’s. Finish your day off with some ice cream from their ice cream shop. Kids are sure to love the fun, and the adults are guaranteed to enjoy the drinks.
7. Big Dick’s Halfway Inn
1038 Cup Tree Road, Gravois Mills, MO 65037 | Website
Come here when you could go for a drink. Along with their large assortment of drinks, Big Dick’s is the home of the minnow shot. They will put a minnow in your favorite shot (or the kids can put it in their soda) and then you can say that you’ve shot the minnow. Get a shirt that says just that in the gift shop, or just keep the satisfaction inside. Either way, you’re sure to have a blast here.
8. Bulldog’s Beach House Bar & Grill
121 Teton Lane, Camdenton, MO 65020 | Website
You’ll want to stop next time you go down to the lake thirsty for a drink. They have daily specials and “Bulldog” himself may be your bartender. Dog name inspired drinks will bring out your inner animal lover. Home of the stuffed burgers, you won’t go hungry here. Live music on the weekends brings a fun crowd, so make sure you put this place in your plans.
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9. Baxter’s Lakeside Grille
2124 Bagnell Dam Blvd, Lake Ozark, MO 65049 | Website
If you’ve looking for food with a view, look no further! Baxter’s is right next to the lake, i.e. lakeside, so getting a table by the windows during the sunset, makes for the perfect meal. Not to mention, their food is also impeccable. It is apparent that they pay close attention to detail to make sure every customer walks away happy and full. Their service is great, and they’re one of the best places to grab a steak in the area!
10. Stewart’s Restaurant
1151 Bagnell Dam Blvd, Lake Ozark, MO 65049 | Website
And of course, you can’t forget to have in mind somewhere for the perfect brunch before going swimming all day. It has a wide variety of foods to choose from on the menu that will please everyone, including picky kids. They serve HUGE cinnamon rolls that could nearly feel an entire family, but that’s if you really want to share this delicious treat. The portions of just about everything are huge! The service is great and the atmosphere is a great way to start the day down in the Lake of the Ozarks.
No matter if you are looking for a party, a place to go with your family, or even just a place to get drinks and relax at the Lake of the Ozarks; there are so many restaurants to choose from. Make sure to try them all and decide which one is your favorite. Happy eating!
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