White River Lodge / Branson Lakes Area Dining

“Where’s a good place to eat dinner?” is a question we get often from our bed and breakfast guests.  The answer depends on a multitude of factors.  Here’s a few favorite possibilities but feel free to ask us when you’re here too–we love a good meal.  Google Map of Branson/Lakes Restaurants in Blog

Going toward Branson one mile on 86W is Twin Island market, deli, and restaurant.  The diner is open most days from 6am-2pm with specials and from the menu, but on Friday nights 4-8pm is their catfish dinners.  They have a Two for $20 special that includes drink, soup or salad, 3 pieces fried catfish, choice of potato, roll and choice of dessert–a local country-style favorite. 417-779-0319

Continuing on 86 for 3 more miles is the entrance for Bass Pros’ Big Cedar Lodge.  Take a left on Devil’s Pool Road for almost 2 miles until it takes a hard right for Devil’s Pool Restaurant and Buzzard’s Bar (eat inside or out).  For a more fine dining experience you may prefer The Worman House.  They also have Truman’s Smoke House.  Check out menus from Big Cedar’s website. You must ask to be connected to one of these when calling for a dinner reservation or we’ll be happy to call for you  417-335-2777.  In less than a mile more you come to the junction of  65 where you will take a left going North.  (You may notice the Top of the Rock entrance on  the left,  right before the light–this is also part of Big Cedar and when the golf course is completed they will open the Top of the Rock restaurant again which was an excellent place to eat and mostly likely will be again!).

Heading North on 65, the next light is 265 (which runs into 165 and goes across Table Rock Lake dam.  If you take a right at the light, just past Fall Creek Road is one of local favorites, Dana’s BBQ.)  But if you continue North on 65 on the right is the entrance to Branson Creek and Murder Rock Golf courses, and the new Branson Airport.  Murder Rock’s club house has a great Ozark hills view and Glenn’s restaurant 417-239-1900.  If you continue on 65 N, the next exit is Hollister.  Turn left after exiting for McDonalds, Harter House fine meats, and College of the Ozarks, Keeter Center–inside the beautiful log lodge is Doblyns Dining Room 417-239-1900.  If you take a right at the exit and a left at the light, there’s Country Mart grocery store which has a deli and there’s an Oscar’s BBQ (bring it back to the lodge–there’s also an Oscars at the 65/86 Cedar Junction), Elenitas Mexican, Kentucky Fried Chicken, Sonic, Subway and Pizza by the Chef.  If you continue on the back road and to the right, down the hill, into old Hollister and take a left onto Downing Street, stop at Little Hacienda–great Mexican and mmmm frozen drinks.  You can also continue along 65 left across the new bridge onto Branson Landing Blvd. There are many restaurant choices and shops along the “promenade” or go along the other side of Taneycomo to The Candlestick Inn –a romantic fine dining restaurant with a view of The Landings’ fountains.  Old downtown Branson has Rocky’s Italian and Mr. G’s, Bleu Olive, and several country style diners.  Along the 76 strip our favorite chinese buffet and sushi “Great Wall of China”.

If you go west on 86, we like Nicole’s at the Pier (Kimberling City-20 min.) 417-739-4311 and our favorite steak house is at Shell Knob (45 min. drive), The Steak Inn 417-858-6814.  There’s also great food at Eureka Springs but I’ll save that for another blog.  There are many  good chain type restaurants in the Branson area that maybe a good choice when you’re coming or going to a show.  Some shows come with meals.  Please feel free to ask if we can help you–sometimes guests tell us about ones they liked.  Maybe some will comment on this blog.

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