It’s not just the holiday season that has us craving a hearty meal; the entire winter season has us seeking sustenance that will warm us from the inside out, and when your winter vacation plans bring you to Lake of the Ozarks, you will definitely understand what we are saying! As you spend your days playing in the cold and relaxing in the comfort of our Lake of the Ozarks family escapes, this guide to where to find the best hot meals in the region will feed your soul as they fill the empty spaces in your stomach!

Baxter’s Lakeside Grille, 2124 Bagnell Dam Boulevard in Lake Ozark

This popular summer spot is also a favorite in the winter, serving a seafood-centric menu filled with your favorite land-lubber dishes as well in a casual atmosphere that is common for lakeside restaurants in the area! And although it may be a little too cold to enjoy the patio tables, the views of the lake are just as enchanting from the inside; if you happen to be dining at sunset, you may want to order your meal after the “big event” or risk it getting cold as you take in the breathtaking sight of the sun setting over the horizon! Open for dine-in, curbside pick-up, or delivery if you are within range, narrowing down your meal choices will be difficult, so we suggest starting with the perennial winter favorite. Baxter’s Meatloaf served with house-made gravy, smashed potatoes, and the vegetable of the day!

Bentley’s, 3100 Bagnell Dam Boulevard in Lake Ozark

Bagnell Dam Boulevard seems to be the epicenter of your culinary adventures in Lake of the Ozarks, and Bentley’s offers the proof! Featuring a menu filled with all-American comfort foods and some of your international favorites, this much-loved restaurant has been a family tradition almost since the day it opened! Open for dining in and curbside pick-up during pandemic times, a visit to Bentley’s on a cold winter day is a treat you won’t soon forget as you try to choose between their famed prime rib (they offer a $3 off coupon for this dish when ordered before 6 PM, Monday through Friday), their Chicken Wellington, or any of their other dishes. Fortunately for all who visit, there are no wrong choices—just many delicious options!

JB Hooks, 2260 Bagnell Dam Boulevard in Lake Ozark

One of the hardest parts of maintaining a relationship is trying to make time for special dates during your extremely busy days, but when on vacation, a visit to JB Hooks makes it easy! Offering upscale food choices that promise to warm the cockles of your heart, the views of Lake Ozark will blend nicely with the great company and oh-so-tasty seafood dishes that are their specialty. Open for dining in and curbside pick-up during these uncertain times, if you don’t have any issues with being out in public, we highly recommend dining in for the full epicurean experience! The menu is an expansive one, centering around seafood dishes such as Hook’s Stuffed Lobster Tail but also offering some of your favorite turf dishes. When you can’t decide between surf and turf, try both with their steak and shrimp dish or look to the Tutto Mare pasta; created with shrimp, clams, crab, scallops, mussels, and mushrooms in a creamy sauce, this capellini pasta dish is one we can’t ever get enough of!

Tucker’s Shuckers Oysters and Tap, 1339 Bagnell Dam Boulevard in Lake Ozark

Date nights don’t always have to be formal events; they can be casual and fun, especially when you choose Tucker’s Shuckers Oysters and Tap for your dining experience! Open for dining in during the pandemic, they also offer curbside pick-up and delivery in the area, tripling your options for a delicious meal. Of course, if you choose pick-up or delivery, you might miss out on your chance to sample any of their 28 beers they have on tap, but you also won’t have to worry about a designated driver on the way home! Life is all about making the right choices, and their Lobster Mac & Cheese, created with penne pasta, large chunks of lobster, and a blend of gouda, cheddar, and parmesan cheeses offers all the warmth and sustenance you need on a cold winter’s night in the Ozarks.

Create Your Own

The best meals can be the ones you create yourselves, and the fully equipped kitchens in each of our properties are not just the heart of the home, they make cooking fun again! Pick up the ingredients needed at any of our local grocery stores and make dinner a true family experience as you bring in extra help in the form of your children or spouse. Reserve the vacation home of your dreams today and fall in love with winter in Lake of the Ozarks!