With more than 200 restaurants and nightspots in the Lake of the Ozarks area, there is no shortage of options for great places to eat. One of the most memorable and popular ways to enjoy a meal is dining lakeside, where the views are as spectacular as the food. Named as one of the top five destinations in the country to “dock and dine,” Central Missouri’s Lake of the Ozarks features over 60 restaurants that are situated lakeside, either with a stunning view of the water or with convenient marinas where boaters can tie up their vessels, step off their boats and onto the dock and walk up to the restaurant to enjoy their meal.
Some of the most popular “dock and dine” restaurants at the Lake offer a variety of fare, ranging from Cajun cooking to classic American cuisine and beyond. And, most feature live musical entertainment and each has its own unique amenities and experiences as well. Although arriving to dinner by water is arguably a lot more fun, having a boat is not necessary to enjoy these great lakeside dining options – all of the restaurants are also accessible by land.
Featuring two sandy beaches, four Tiki bars and Captain Ron’s very own pirate ship, customers can appreciate the diverse menu options, including handmade pizzas, grouper dinners or a “B-Lob-T” (bacon, lobster and tomato) sandwich while choosing to dine inside or outside on the expansive patio. Located at the 34.5 Mile Marker (MM) or by land at 82 Aloha Lane in Sunrise Beach, is a pirate-themed dining and entertainment complex
Located on the 7 MM of the Gravois Arm of the Lake or by land at 15208 Red Hollow Road in Gravois Mills, this bar and grill brings a tropical paradise to central Missouri. Artificial palm trees, a sandy beach, multiple swimming pools and a swim-up pool bar are prominent features of this Caribbean-themed bar and grill. The restaurant’s popular menu items include its Caribbean Rice Bowls, tropical salads, crab legs, fish tacos and other tropical-inspired dishes.
Dog Days Bar and Grill, at the 19 MM or at 1232 Jeffries Road in Osage Beach, has been named one of the top 10 “performance boating watering holes in the nation” by Powerboat magazine. Dog Days features gourmet burgers, tasty appetizers as well as steaks, seafood and pasta and a wide array of popular frozen cocktails. Dog Days has multiple swimming pools and a swim-up bar.
Osage Beach – One of the Lake’s newest dockside eateries and has wasted no time in earning plaudits from the local community. Redhead was voted the best at the Lake in multiple categories in Lake Lifestyles magazine’s 2018 readers poll: Best Bar and Grill, Best Dining on the Water, as well as having the Best Chef at the Lake. Redhead features two stories of dining and entertainment space, a swimming pool with a swim-up bar, a Tiki bar as well as the largest TV at the Lake of the Ozarks. Redhead’s menu boasts brick oven pizzas, burgers, tacos and other delicious specialties.
The restaurant at the 38 MM of the Osage Arm of the Lake or at 123 Bear Bottom Drive in Sunrise Beach, is part of a sprawling, family-owned resort, complete with rental cabins, campgrounds and the Lake’s largest waterslides that are easy to spot from the water. The most popular menu items are the massive Bear Bottom Nachos, which can feed three to four people with just the half-order, and the “Bear Bones” jumbo chicken wings. Bear Bottom also features live musical entertainment on weekends.
This is merely an appetizer of some of the excellent lakeside options vacationers at the Lake of the Ozarks can expect to enjoy while in the area. For a complete list of dining options in the area, including many other award-winning restaurants dotting the landscape, head to www.FunLake.com