As the weather warms and the Lake level rises, it’s time to put out the fireplace and get on the water. With the water level above 657 feet of elevation, most boaters are now free to launch, find a favorite spot, and get back on Lake time!
Many lakefront hotspots close during the winter months, so here's a list — as comprehensive as we could get — of every restaurant and watering hole on the water, and when they open this spring. (Editor's Note: If we missed a spot, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we'll add it ASAP.)
*Our Waterfront Picks*
Neon Taco (formerly Beavers at the Dam)
Open April 30, Neon Taco is the much-buzzed-about new waterfront hotspot, next to Bagnell Dam. If the name didn't clue you in, they'll be serving Mexican food, and their docks will also provide free access to the Bagnell Dam Strip from the water.
By Water: 0 MM at Bagnell Dam
By Land: 1076 Bagnell Dam Blvd, Lake Ozark
Ozark Yacht Club
The Lakeside Cafe at OYC boasts a famous weekend brunch that has been a favorite of locals for years. Boat into their pristine marina and enjoy the lifestyle!
By Water: 1 MM
By Land: 500 Yacht Club Landing Drive, Lake Ozark
This one makes the short list.
Jolly Rogers Grub & Grog
Boat into this very busy dock, smaller boats can park in the back with ease. Visit the Kraken for a private chef open kitchen experience with succulent oysters, or sit at the bar with their talking parrot. Live bands on the weekends. Opened for the season April 23. Expect long lines for the weekend buffets.
By Water: 6 MM of the Gravois Arm
By Land: 28443 Polk Drive, Rocky Mount
When you work like a captain, you need to play like a pirate. Lake of the Ozarks boaters can…
H. Toads & Camden On The Lake
The iconic H. Toads is open, in Toad Cove at the 7 Mile Marker. 11am – 8pm, for Dine-In Service, Carry-out, & Curbside To-Go!
For food orders call 573-365-5620
By Water: 7 MM
By Land: 2325 Bittersweet Rd, Lake Ozark
Frankie and Louie’s
This waterfront favorite opened on March 12th for the season. Home to some great pizza and fun regional bands on the weekends, they pack in massive crowds on the extra large dance floor.
By Water: 10 MM
By Land: Lake Road 5-41, Sunrise Beach
Palm trees and sandy beaches might not be the first things that come to mind when you think …
Osage Beach’s oldest tavern is what 1932 renovated from and offers one of the most serene settings at the lake by boat with a newly installed boat dock. Casual-upscale dining!
By Water: 18 MM
By Land: 1202 Procter Drive, Osage Beach
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Dog Days Bar and Grill
Although the two swimming pools are not yet open for the season, and no live entertainment will be available until May, their delicious menu is serving daily at 11am.
By Water: 19 MM
By Land: 1232 Jeffries Road, Osage Beach
Home of the cove-out music festival AquaPalooza, the White Party, and one of the coolest-loo…
Shorty Pants Lounge and Marina
Shorty Pants opened on March 5th with their taste of New Orleans cajun menu, offering many shrimp and fish options. If you're feeling spicy, Shorty Pants menu delivers plenty!
By Water: 21 MM
By Land: 1680 Autumn Lane, Osage Beach
Tucked away in a gentle cove on Lake of the Ozarks’ 22MM, the Creole-influenced Shorty Pants…
Paradise Restaurant & Bar
Waterfront dining at Paradise Bar includes plenty of seafood options, as well a lengthy burger menu. They also have their own gas dock at the boat in parking.
By Water: 24 MM
By Land: 430 Tropical Trail, Sunrise Beach
If you’re in the mood for delicious food, unique tropical drinks, and a breezy atmosphere wi…
This boat in bar boasts a wide variety of musical entertainment through springs with DJ Kyle, and live bands. Grouper, crab legs, and shrimp on the menu, along with their popular four onsite Tiki bars bring in the crowds to their beach.
By Water: 34.5 MM, Buccaneer Bay Cove
By Land: 82 Aloha Lane, Sunrise Beach
Whether ye be an old salt, sea dog, or a mere scallywag, Captain Ron's has something for eve…
—More Waterfront Hotspots—
At the 3MM, the Boathouse Bar and Grill's live music began on April 30th with Lake Collective, and serves CasaGrotto pizza.
By Water: 3 MM
By Land: 107 Village Marina Road, Eldon
Opened April 16, Docknockers is accessible by the boat dock on the water, and is most famous for their crab legs, and affordable menu.
By Water: 4 MM
By Land: 245 Wheelhouse Court, Lake Ozark
Tap & Grill
Spring hours: Friday 5:00pm - 10:00pm, Saturday & Sunday opening at 11:00am
By Water: 6.5 MM
By Land: 31959 Dunwandrin Rd., Gravois Mills
One of the first and newest waterfront establishments to open for the season, Lake Burger has already been booming through March with the Gravois Mills St. Patrick’s Day Pub Crawl, and is getting geared up for the Spring Harbor Hop. They feature live music on Saturday afternoons, and are only open Friday from 4-10pm, and Saturday and Sunday at 11am. Go by for one of their adult loaded milkshakes choosing from six varieties.
By Water: 4MM of Gravois Arm (Mill Creek Cove)
By Land: 29475 Mill Creek Marina Road, Gravois Mills
Hillbilly Yacht Club
This hidden gem is open all year, and has Taco Tuesday, and Fish Fridays. The local favorite dive bar has the most fun karaoke on the water. Tucked in the back of Coconuts Cove.
By Water: 3 MM of the Gravois Arm
By Land: Navarro Beach Lane, Gravois Mills
Coconuts Caribbean Beach Bar & Grill
Coconuts is always busy and has opened a new RV park this spring. The Powerade is the recovery drink of choice at Coconuts with rum and juice, and the Bangin Shrimp is a favorite.
By Water: 7 MM of the Gravois Arm
By Land: 15208 Red Hollow Road, Gravois Mills
Perhaps the most populated party spot on the lake, Shady Gators is already open for 2021 Friday through Sunday. Shady’s is offering charter boat service, and their cajun menu on the weekends already.
By Water: 7 MM
By Land: 132 Sweet William Rd, Lake Ozark
Lake House 13
Already presenting Live entertainment, Lake House 13 has your Friday nights covered. In fact, they stayed open all year with live music. The boat dock is open whenever those feel it’s warm enough to boat in.
By Water: 13 MM at Pointe Oasis
By Land: 98 Oasis Circle, Sunrise Beach
Open Thursday through Sunday, Backwater Jack’s brings back their popular daily specials, starting with Crabby Ol Mondays snow crab legs, Pain and Rum Runners. Wine-O Wednesdays and Raw Deal Thursdays see a lot of boats sliding in by water to their open dock.
By Water: 17.7 MM
By Land: At 4341 Beach Drive, Osage Beach
Redhead Yacht Club
Redhead’s Lakeside Grill is open and serving customers and has remained open the entire year, seven days a week. From brick oven pizzas to steaks, dine in with an incredible view of the 21 mile marker.
By Water: 21 MM
By Land: 1700 Yacht Club Drive, Osage Beach
LandShark Bar & Grill
Margaritaville Lake Resort has the LandShark open seven days a week! You can grab a Cheeseburger in Paradise to dine in or take back to the boat.
By Water: 26 MM
By Land: 494 Tan Tar A Drive, Osage Beach
Closed on Tuesdays, Papa Chubby’s is in Peaceful Valley Resort on the 26MM. They are opening for weekends only on April 16, then normal hours begin on Memorial Day weekend. With ample boat parking, and a beach for the kids to play, Papa Chubby’s has a wide variety of pizza perfect for grabbing to take on the water.
By Water: 26 MM
By Land: 820 Serene Valley Drive, Sunrise Beach
The Fish & Company
Now open on the weekends, The Fish brings an updated menu for this season. The waterfront home of crab legs opened on March 12th.
By Water: Linn Creek Cove
By Land: 268 Wego Fish Lane, Camdenton
Larry’s On the Lake
The only floating restaurant and bar on the lake, Larry’s, offers some of the cheapest lakeside food and drink with daily specials.
By Water: 31 MM
By Land: 364 Galley Road, Camdenton
NautiFish Rum Bar
Open 4-10 p.m. Friday, and 11 a.m. – close on Sat/Sun, daily openings begin in early May. NautiFish Rum Bar is a favorite spot for fun on the Niangua Arm, and, of course, rum!
By Water: 3.3 MM of the Niangua Arm
By Land: 1022 Nautica Rd., Camdenton
The Trophy Room at Old Kinderhook
Easy access by water is available to The Trophy Room via the Old Kinderhook Marina. Step off to some of the most elegant cuisine at the lake, with weekly specials and outdoor dining.
By Water: 12 MM on the Big Niangua Arm
By Land: 56 Club Pl, Camdenton
Bulldogs Beach House
Weekends only are the hours at the present time, with Tiki Bar and limited food menu until Memorial Day Weekend.
By Water: 33 MM
By Land: 121 Teton Lane, Camdenton
Bear Bottom Resort
A family resort, the Bear Bottom is open daily with gas dock and boat slips.
By Water: 38 MM
By Land: 123 Bear Bottom Drive, Sunrise Beach
Big Dick's Halfway Inn
The infamously named lakefront hotspot well upstream from the busiest part of the Lake is still a popular place for a day-trip on the water. They're currently open on Fridays and Saturdays beginning at 11 a.m.
By Water: 47 MM
By Land: 1038 Cup Tree Road Gravois Mills
Red Fox Bar and Grill
Opened for the season the first week of March, their renowned fried chicken is being served on Sundays, and the dock and marina are ready to receive guests by water.
By Water: 50 MM
By Land: 1433 Red Fox Rd, Climax Springs
Holiday Hills Store & Marina
Closed Monday & Tuesday. The one and only place to get a famous frozen “Frogarita” or get beaned with their spicy Bloody Mary, garnished with a homemade pickled green bean. Delicious hand-topped pizzas, sandwiches & munchies served with a smile. Your "one hop" lake spot with gas dock, c-store, great drinks, food & people ready to serve!
By Water: 66 MM
By Land: 2825 Lick Creek Rd, Edwards