The Lake of the Ozarks has a lot to offer in the way of waterfront activities and entertainment. But what many people who aren’t from the area don’t realize is that there’s so much more to the Lake area that’s off the water! This week, we’re featuring the Top 10 LOZ Off-the-Water Restaurants and Bars to check out!
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Casablanca starts off the Top 10 list because it is the longest established bar on the Bagnell Dam Strip, dating all the way back to 1932! They offer live entertainment every Thursday-Sunday night, and have several large screen tv’s to watch all the games on. This hometown favorite is known for brick oven pizza! It’s the perfect spot to enjoy a delicious meal and cold drink. Everything is made with the freshest ingredients and cooked to perfection!
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Shell’s Pasta
This locally owned restaurant offers some of the best authentic homemade Italian food made from recipes that come directly from the owner’s passed down from generation to generation. Which such delicious choices that are always fresh, it’s no wonder this one makes our Top 10 list! Pasta dishes and pizzas are a popular menu item but don’t forget to check out the daily specials for a unique Italian flavor! For a fresh taste of Italy that you’re sure to love, stop by this quaint restaurant in Osage Beach.
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Wobbly Boots
Wobbly Boots is THE go-to place for excellent bar-b-que at the Lake of the Ozarks. In fact, Wobbly Boots has been the recipient of a numerous amount of awards, including receiving praise by Southern Living, Golf Magazine and the Kansas City Star for GREAT BBQ at Lake of the Ozarks. Over their 25+ years of business, they’ve won National Awards from the most prestigious barbecue contests around the country, including The American Royal, Memphis in May and The Iowa BarbeQlossal. This award-winning bbq establishment has a ton of scrumptious flavors to explore but you can’t go wrong when you dine here! Traditional and bbq menu items are all equally delicious – it’ll be hard to choose your favorite.
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Li’l Rizzo’s
For one of very few Italian restaurants at the Lake, we couldn’t leave out Li’l Rizzo’s. Li’l Rizzo’s has been voted Best Italian Restaurant 5 years in a row, and for good reason! Bill and his team serves up some scrumptious plates that keep you coming back for more, plus they have Happy Hour every weekday from 3-6PM, and all day on Sunday. This restaurant is doing Lake living right! They have two awesome locations, one with a lake view on Horseshoe Bend in Lake Ozark, and the 2nd location is in Osage Beach in the Outlet Mall.
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JJ Twigs
JJ Twigs is a unique pizza place at the Lake unlike any other, conveniently located on the corner of Hwy 242 and Bagnell Dam Blvd in Lake Ozark. As soon as you walk through the door, you immediately realize this is a place where past meets present and it’s a place you’ll easily remember. Plus, JJ Twigs was voted ‘Top Ten Family Friendly Restaurant in the Country’ by US Foods! Offering pizza and bar-b-que and other Chicago inspired dishes, this is definitely a must-try if you’re in the Lake of the Ozarks area!
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Jones Outpost
A newbie, but a goodie, Jones Outpost is making waves as being one of the best hidden gems at the Lake! Tucked away down Hwy 7 in the small town of Montreal, this family restaurant is the perfect place to get a very generous helping of some great food. It’s definitely worth the drive to Montreal to check them out! Known for their down-home cooking, this restaurant is sure to impress! Don’t forget to check out the daily specials for your new favorites!
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Cannon Smoked
Imagine some of the best bar-b-que you’ve had… Now picture enjoying it in an ‘old western’ setting. That’s the experience you’ll get at Cannon Smoked (less the gun smoke and stray bullets). From smoked ribs, to freshly baked pies, to ice cold Rootbeer floats, there’s a little something for everyone. And it all starts once you take a step back in time and walk through those saloon doors! Try the tasty twist this restaurant puts on good ol’ fashion BBQ!
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Tucker Shuckers
Tucker Shuckers is one of the Lake’s newest restaurants on the historic Bagnell Dam Strip! Featuring oysters and 28 beers on tap, live music and sports on every screen, this restaurant is quickly becoming a local favorite. They also offer some amazing burgers, sandwiches, salads and steaks – a little something for everyone. And don’t worry about not having enough room… they have 2 stories of seating, including outdoor seating overlooking the strip.
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Chances ‘R’
This family owned and operated restaurant has been a West Side tradition since 1989. If you’re looking for great food and a comfortable ‘country’ atmosphere in Laurie, this is the place to go. Traditional favorites are prepared to perfection Whether you’re looking for breakfast, lunch or dinner, Chances ‘R’ offers all three, and ‘Chances R, You’ll Be Back’! Stop by for a delicious meal or refreshing drinks at this West Side staple!

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JJ’s at The Copperpot
The #1 choice in the Top 10 goes to JJ’s at the Copperpot! This vibrant upscale restaurant offers steaks, seafood, delicious desserts, and several embellishments. If you’re looking for a delicious taste of the finer things in life, this restaurant is a must! Not only that, but JJ’s Beverage Books is incomparable to anything you’ll find at the Lake, containing coffees, cocktails, beer, nonalcoholic drinks and over 180 different wines. This restaurant truly is one of the Top Off-the-Water restaurants at the Lake of the Ozarks!

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