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Table Rock Lakeside Dining

Table Rock Lakeside Dining

From casual to spectacular, and all on the water

By Brian Wright

As a U.S. Army Corps of Engineers lake, Table Rock maintains a pristine shoreline and that’s exactly what makes the beautiful Ozark impoundment so desirable for visitors. The lake’s restaurants take full advantage of these impressive views of lush forest, crystal clear water, and orange sunsets with waterfront dining.

Big Cedar Lodge
Land Water

If you want rustic dining with hearty portions prepared with a master chef’s touch, head for Devil’s Pool Restaurant. The historic structure is amazing, as is the food. Start your meal with the Table Rock Ale Fondue prepared with charred onions and sundried tomatoes, and served with crusty French bread. It’s packed with complex flavor and is a great way to start the evening. For the main event, the Hardwood Smoked Prime Rib is simply incredible. This choice prime is served with a horseradish cream, a loaded baked potato, and roasted carrots with maple-thyme butter. Ozark home cooking is good for the soul.

After dining at Devil's Pool Restaurant, make your way downstairs to Buzzard Bar. Comfortable seating amid a collection of remarkable antiques and cowboy-chic decor—as only Big Cedar can do—give an up-close experience with Clay Self, the Singin’ Cowboy, playing and singing all your favorites at the lodge since 1989.

Dining options at Big Cedar Lodge also include the Worman House, the Osage Restaurant at Top of the Rock, and more.

Flat Creek Bar & Grill
Land Water

Where can you find an eight-foot-tall chicken, a guy sitting in a canoe while hanging upside down from the ceiling, and the best dang fried chicken you ever tasted? Flat Creek Bar & Grill, that’s where. And this is just the tip of the proverbial iceberg of unique things at this restaurant.

With all due respect to your momma, these folks have perfected fried chicken. The chicken is roasted perfectly, providing moist meat with a crunchy skin that’s incredible. The fried catfish is off the hook as well, and on Sundays, it’s all you can eat of either for $13.99.

Flat Creek Bar & Grill is family-friendly with a large seating area inside and huge enclosed decks offering lake-view seating as well. Located well up the James River arm of Table Rock Lake, most folks drive to dine. However, there is a courtesy dock for those travelling by water. This isn’t just a bar and grill, it’s an experience.

Flat Creek also operates a restaurant at Cape Fair Marina during summer months.

Lakeside Resort, General Store & Restaurant
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This family-friendly restaurant, complete with courtesy dock for diners, serves the usual lake fare—pizza, sandwiches, burgers, etc. However, what sets it apart is their fixation on treats, specifically decadent ice cream creations. There are two specialty ice cream sundaes that are not to be missed—the Table Rock Turtle and the Brownie Bombshell.

You’ll also enjoy fabulous concretes, shakes, premium hard ice cream, 25 flavors of Hawaiian Shaved Ice, keg root beer, and more. All served with attention to detail and a flair for fun.

Seating is available inside or outside on the lakefront patio. The restaurant is seasonal, so call ahead during the off-season (December through March).

Parrots Pavilion Tiki Bar
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Come by land or by sea (okay, freshwater) and partake in a Table Rock Lake tradition. This open-air fun factory within Rock Lane Resort and Marina is home to good food, live music, and the famous Cruzan Rum "VooDoo Bucket." You might want to leave the kids with grandma for this one as things can get a little wound up on late-night weekends.

A part of Charlie’s Steak, Ribs and Ale, which is located inside the main resort building (seating available), you can order from the restaurant menu and have it delivered lakeside at the pavilion. Charlie’s Nachos—Texas-size tostada chips heaped with seasoned beef and toppings—is served with pico de gallo and spicy cheese dip. If you want to kick it up a notch, order the Texas Hot Wings—one pound of wings with your choice of sauces: zesty, hot buffalo, Carolina, or voodoo.

The Rocks Lakeside Grill & Lounge
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The Rocks Lakeside Grill & Lounge is located within the heart of Kimberling City in the Fisher Creek cove. Boaters are shuttled up the hill to The Rocks via golf cart for convenience. A destination establishment, The Rocks features multiple levels indoors and a sprawling outside area complete with sound stage for live music. This place also has the coldest beverages (if you know what I mean) on Table Rock.

A great place for good times with good friends, you’ll love the “sharables” like the Lord of the Rings, a tower of breaded onion rings served with southwest ranch sauce.

The Rocks is also home to awesome 1/2 pound burgers made fresh, from never frozen angus beef, and served on a buttery brioche bun.

If wings are your thing, and you’re cruising the lake, call in and order a 40-Pack Boat Bucket to go, complete with three sauces for dipping (excellent variety of sauces available). Pull up to the courtesy dock, grab your wings, and you’ll be setting a wake in no time.

Additional Options

Chateau on the Lake, located at the north end of Table Rock Dam, offers fine dining with a lake view at the Chateau Grille. A courtesy dock is located at Chateau on the Lake Marina below the hotel.

Coyotes Dockside Café & Pub, located within the Port of Kimberling facility just east of the Kimberling City bridge, has a courtesy dock and an impressive menu of appetizers, burgers, sandwiches, and a kid’s menu.