Lake of the Ozarks, Mo. -- Great food is an important part of the experience of visiting the Lake of the Ozarks. With more than 200 restaurants in the area, there is sure to be something to please every palate. Sixty of the Lake's eateries are located lakeside, ensuring visitors can enjoy the water even while they eat.

Come by boat to the many dockside dining restaurants, which allow you to step right off the boat, onto the dock and into the restaurant to enjoy a meal. A number of these locations offer casual "bar and grill" menus typical of a friendly resort community like Lake of the Ozarks.

Boating Magazine named the Lake of the Ozarks one of the top-5 places in the US to dock and dine. The food is as creative as the names of some of the Lake's best waterfront restaurants. Dog Days features entrees like Creole shrimp and chicken for the "big dogs" and a kid-friendly menu for the "puppies. " Try a "Shiver Me Shrooms" chicken sandwich with a Portobello mushroom at Jolly Roger's Grub and Grog or sample Shady Gator's " Phueben," the offspring of a Philly and a Rueben. There are plenty of traditional favorite sandwiches, salads and brick-oven pizza offerings for the less adventurous. However, for a change of taste, diners can try something different like a BLT - bacon, lobster and tomato - sandwich at Captain Ron's, sample Cajun cuisine at Shorty Pants , You'll get a taste of the Caribbean with Jamaican specialties at The Jerk Shack. Many of these locations also offer live entertainment on site.

Small, family-owned resorts also offer dockside dining at their restaurants. For example, locals boat in by the dozens on the weekend for the all-you-can-eat breakfast buffet at Bobber's at Alhonna Resort. The buffet offers home-made favorites like biscuits and gravy, sausage, bacon and Belgian waffles - good food and plenty of it.

The filet and lobster entree at The Duck is a favorite among diners at the Lake. Elegant dining is also available dockside at stand-alone restaurants in the Lake's full-service luxury resorts, like H.K.'s Restaurant and Bar at The Lodge of Four Seasons or Windrose on the Water at Tan-Tar-A Resort. World-class chefs delight in adding their signature touches to steak, seafood and pasta dishes with all the trimmings at these fine-dining favorites. Combine first-class food with first-rate entertainment at H.Toad's Restaurant at Camden on the Lake Resort. The complex features live entertainment with some of the hottest bands appearing at the Lake.

Although arriving to dinner via water makes for a memorable meal, having a boat is not necessary to enjoy these great lakeside dining options - all of the restaurants are also accessible by land. There are other area restaurants that do not offer boat access, but still feature stunning panoramic views of the Lake. The topography of the Lake of the Ozarks area allows diners to sit atop the Ozark bluffs and enjoy the sparkling water below, which only enhances the dining experience. The Blue Heron , J.B. Hooks and Baxter's Lakerside Grille are perennial favorites while the many other restaurants add to the selection of options available to diners.

For information about all dining options at the Lake of the Ozarks, as well as information on events, activities and accommodations, visit our website at or call 1-800-FUN-LAKE.
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