8 Lake of the Ozarks Romantic Restaurants for Your Next Anniversary or Celebration

on 02 Apr 2019


Whether you're vacationing with your partner at the Lake of the Ozarks in celebration of a birthday, anniversary, promotion, or just to get away, you'll want to take at least one night to enjoy a nice meal together. There are so many fine dining options at the Lake, you'll make it your mission to find your favorite over the next few years. Whether you’re looking for the best steak, seafood, sushi, or other delicacy, a treat awaits your taste buds. Add a great view, charming service, superb company, and you've got an amazing night ahead of you. Here are our favorite romantic restaurants at Lake of the Ozarks.

Here are our favorite romantic restaurants at Lake of the Ozarks.

JB Hooks

Despite a casual atmosphere, JB Hooks has been known at the Lake as a fine dining staple for years. The 14 mile view will have you swooning and the seafood will melt in your mouth. You can start in the bar area with a glass of wine and apps, then move to a table in their brand new dining area. Choose from aged steak, lobster, or some pasta and your favorite bottle of vino. Your partner will be pleased as punch.

The Blue Heron

Another time-tested staple at the Lake of the Ozarks is the Blue Heron. The owner has been serving up the best in Ozarks fine dining for over 34 years. Start with a bottle of wine from the award-winning list, then pick from a delightful array of entree options like Osso Bucco and Champagne poached lobster tail. If you're a Cognac fan, be sure to try the house Cognac, which is blended by the owner himself. If you just want a taste of what The Blue Heron has to offer, stop by for drinks and appetizers on their patio. The view and atmosphere will get your romantic evening started off right.

Bentley's Restaurant

Another old school Lake of the Ozarks find dining establishment if Bentley's. It's grand exterior welcomes you in style as you walk through its heavy old doors. Bentley's prides itself on its hard-won consistency- from the maitre d' who has been an owner for years, to the wait staff, ready to assist you at every turn. The menu offers standard fine dining appetizers like Escargot and Oysters Rockefeller. For dinner, you can try the famous Prime Rib or lobster tail. You'll also want to order a frozen cocktail dessert once your meal is complete. Selections like Grasshoppers and Brandy Alexanders are the cherry on top of an impeccably presented dinner. Bentley's also offers a patio if you want to make a night of hopping from beautiful view to beautiful view.

Jeffrey's Prime Rib & Lobster

Jeffrey's is a newer addition to the amazing fine dining that the Lake of the Ozarks offers. Located on KK (near the revamped Margaritaville), Jeffrey's offers world-class dining to visitors and locals alike. The Spring 2019 menu features appetizers like Spinach Artichoke Dip and Lobster Stuffed Mushrooms. The dinner menu offers new twists on simple selections like steaks, lobster ravioli and chicken. The ice cream cocktails are a must-try here as well. You'll leave with your tastebuds satisfied and your partner impressed.

HK's Restaurant and Bar

The Lodge of the Four Seasons is a wonderful place to stay on a romantic getaway, but even if you don't have a room at the hotel, you'll want to check out HK's. Meat lovers are welcome here, because their specialty is hand cut steaks. Choose from a delicious selection of steaks including the Bone-in Cowboy Cut Ribeye. Of course, there are options other than steak, so if you're a pasta or chicken lover, you won't be disappointed. The dining room overlooks the Japanese garden for a romantic view. You may even want to take a stroll in it once dinner is over.

Michael's Steak Chalet

Another great restaurant that specializes in amazing steak is Michael's Steak Chalet. Both the patio and dining room have pretty views of the lake, and the staff is both accommodating and delightful. Couples hae been enjoying dishes like the famous Prime Rib and seafood for generations. WIth awards like Best Steakhouse and Most Romantic, it's the perfect spot for any birthday or anniversary date.

JJ's at the Copper Pot

If you're in search of the famous battered fried lobster tail, JJ's at the Copper Pot will be your new go-to. Dishes like Petite Pork Osso Bucco and the French Onion will have you coming back year after year. Of course, you can add lobster to any entree. The atmosphere will help you and your partner relax, while the food will thrill you from your first glass of wine to dessert. It's easy to make reservations on their website. If you're looking for a more social event to attend together, you'll love their wine dinners.

Baxter's Lakeside Grill

Baxter's is located on a gorgeous bluff overlooking the lake, near the Community Bridge. Of course, you'll find mouth-watering steaks and seafood, but they also have vegetarian and gluten-free dinner options if your diet needs accommodation. With award-winning dining, you'll be able to settle in with your partner over appetizers, dinner, dessert, or after-dinner cocktails. They also have the perfect happy hour if you're hopping around on your romantic night out. For the best view, schedule dinner during sunset to see the lake sparkle at the end of the day.


The Lake of the Ozarks is the perfect place for a romantic getaway. It's easy to find high-end luxury lodging or a quiet spot in the woods. The restaurants here are always accommodating to couples, whether they're celebrating love, work, or just wanting a few hours away from the kids. Choose from outdoor happy hours and drinks with a view, or an indoor intimate setting away from the hustle and bustle. We've got the romantic restaurant, whatever you're looking for!

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