Lake of the Ozarks Named in Top 5 Places in the US for Dockside Dining

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Photo credit: J.B. Hook’s

As if you REALLY need another reason to make it to the Lake of the Ozarks this fall, here ya go!

According to Funlake.com, the Lake of the Ozarks was named, by Boating Magazine, as one of the Top 5 Places in the United States to dock and dine.

Boasting more than 200 restaurants in the area, the Lake of the Ozarks has so much to offer: quick bites, delicate and delicious fine-dining, seafood that will knock your socks off, decadent desserts, and so much more.

Out of the hundreds of restaurants at the lake, 60 of them are located right on the lake. That means gorgeous views, all year round.

Be sure to check out some of these favorites:

For even more choices, visit FunLake.com.

20 Things To Do This Memorial Day Weekend At the Lake of the Ozarks

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It’s time to kick off the summer the right way!!

Memorial Day weekend is a perfect time to relax and unwind with those you love most. And to remember all of the men and women who sacrificed so that we can live in freedom.

Here’s the latest weather forecast for this weekend. We might see some storms on Saturday, but Sunday is looking beautiful!

We’ve put together a list of 20 things to do at the Lake of the Ozarks this Memorial Day weekend. Take a look below, be safe, and enjoy your weekend!

 

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  1. 5th Annual Parade of Lights
  2. Chow down on some delicious BBQ
  3. Fireworks! www.funlake.com/memorial-weekend-fireworks-displays
  4. City of Versailles BBQ challenge
  5. Visit a winery
  6. Treat yourself to a relaxing day at the Spa
  7. Explore down under…and visit one of Missouri’s many caves
  8. Don’t forget the fishing pole. Catch the big one!
  9. Shop ’til you drop
  10. Rent a boat and relax on the lake
  11. Find unexpected treasures at the lake’s many antique shops
  12. FREE LIVE music at the Bagnell Dam’s concert series
  13. Bar Hop Cruise this Saturday and Sunday
  14. Take the kids to Pirate Cove for a mini-golf adventure!
  15. Find delicious dessert at Andy’s Frozen Custard
  16. Test your bravery at the swinging bridge
  17. Bask in quiet, relaxing nature at Ha Ha Tonka State Park
  18. See the Best Show In Town at Main Street Music Hall
  19. Fresh fish and steak at JB Hooks…unbeatable!
  20. Keep it simple: Read a book, play games with the family, just be…

Brunch At the Lake of the Ozarks: The Cozy Cafe

Photo credit: TripAdvisor

Photo credit: TripAdvisor

One of the best things about dining at the Lake of the Ozarks is that chain restaurants are few and far between. Instead, you’re going to find lots of home-cooked meals and friendly service.

The Cozy Cafe is a perfect example of hearty food your mom probably used to cook. This is the perfect breakfast or brunch destination at the Lake of the Ozarks.

Cozy serves up breakfast from 6:30am until 2:30. Take your pick of eggs (any way you like them), Belgian waffles, biscuits and gravy, homestyle omelets, and much more!

As far as lunch goes, they also offer a wide variety, including a deli-style Reuben, patty melt, Philly steak and cheese, and hand-cut rib eyes.

Check out a few of the latest reviews from Trip Advisor:

We have eaten here twice, once in 2011 and this year. Simple menu. Great food. Excellent staff. Good prices. Will eat there next time we visit. Only serves breakfast and lunch. – James H.

Due to other reviews I read on Trip Advisor, I stopped at the Cozy Cafe recently. The reviews are spot on. The food is good and plenty. The place is small, but accommodating of groups. There was a family of 16 who came in while we were there. This is a small place, so you might have to wait for a table during peak hours, but worth it. Their breakfast is really good. The pecan and banana waffle is really sinful! Prices are reasonable. – sj2013

The Cozy Cafe is located at 1018 State Highway Kk, Hwy. 54 & KK, Osage Beach, Missouri.

If you have any questions, feel free to give them a ring at 573-348-3325.

Tea Time: Impressions Tea Room Opens in Sunrise Beach

It’s always exciting when a new business opens at the Lake of the Ozarks!

If you’re coming to visit the lake, be sure to check out Impressions Tea Room, located at 357 State Road F in Sunrise Beach, Missouri.

Whether you’re stomach is grumbling, hankering for a delicious bite to eat, or if you want to do a little shopping, look no further. Lunch is served daily from 10:30 am – 4pm. If shopping is more your thing, Impressions has a variety of vintage gifts and collectibles that you won’t want to miss!

Take a look at their delicious quiche below. That’s enough to make anyone’s mouth water. : )

For more information, visit Impressions Tea Room on Facebook or give them a call at 573-434-4327.

Where to Eat Jamaican Food At the Lake of the Ozarks

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It’s so tasty, MON!

It’s true. You don’t need to head to the Caribbean to try the zesty, spicy, kick-in-your mouth flavors of Jamaica.

During your stay with us at the Lake of the Ozarks, head to Gravois Mills (near mile marker 5) to try out The Jerk Shack!

If this is your first Jamaican cuisine experience, be sure to start with the fried plantains. Crispy, crunchy goodness! For the main dish, there’s plenty of meats to choose from, all cooked with a jerk seasoning that will have your tastebuds craving for more. Their famous Jerk Chicken and Dreadlock Jerk Pork are two entrees we’d highly recommend.

Even though the food and drinks are the star of the show, no restaurant at the Lake of the Ozarks makes the top of our list without having a gorgeous view of the lake. Take a look at this photo below to see the view The Jerk Shack has in store.

Romantic Dinner At the Lake of the Ozarks

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Whether you’re lovebirds newly in love or a couple that’s been together for decades, a romantic dinner is a must for any trip to the Lake of the Ozarks.

With a charming ambiance, delicious food, and a robust wine list, we highly recommend you make reservations at a local restaurant called The Duck.

Opened in 1985, their distinctive lakefront dining experience features both traditional favorites and innovative creations prepared with the freshest ingredients by their culinary staff. A fun little tidbit: They initially opened as small cafe, called The Lucky Duck Waterfront Cafe. Click here to read about the story behind their name.

Begin your dinner with perfectly Smoked Trout or their Cheese & Meat Board that will you get tastebuds anxious for the main dish. Feel free to take a sneak peek at their Dinner menu, lighter options, and of course, their wine list.

The Ducks is located in Lake Ozark off of the Horseshoe Bend. Their address is 67 Cherokee Court, Lake Ozark, Missouri 65049. To make a reservation, call 573.365.9973.

Dinner and an Unforgettable View of the Lake of the Ozarks

Are you craving Mexican food and an unforgettable view?

Sunrise Cantina, located in Osage Beach, is one of the best places to go to get a panoramic view of the lake.

Here’s a recent review from one customer:

This restaurant building has been around for as long as I remember, but I have to say that Sunrise Cantina is the best restaurant that has occupied this space. It has a great view of the lake from high above on the cliff and service is great, along with the food. – Gabi, Kansas City

Open for lunch and dinner, this lakeside cantina offers an abundant menu, from classic burritos to lobster and shrimp tacos for those with a more adventurous palate. They also have a full-serviced bar, with a Happy Hour from 3-6pm, Tuesday through Friday.

Sunrise Cantina is located at 264 Sunset Hill Drive in Sunrise Beach, Missouri.