Best Restaurants in Springfield, MO

We've compiled the best places to eat, dishes to try and bars to sit down and have a drink in southwest Missouri, as voted by our readers.


Feb 2023

(in alphabetical order)
Avanzare Italian Dining
Flame Steakhouse & Wine Bar
Jimm’s Steakhouse & Pub
Metropolitan Grill
Ocean Zen Pacific Rim Restaurant

(in alphabetical order)
Bambinos Café
City Butcher and Barbecue
Jimm’s Steakhouse & Pub
Nearly Famous Deli & Pasta House
Neighbor’s Mill Bakery & Cafe

Black Sheep Burgers + Shakes
Second Place: Bambino’s Cafe 
Third Place: Big Whiskey’s American Restaurant & Bar 

Winner: The Keeter Center at College of the Ozarks
Second Place: Level 2 Steakhouse
Third Place: Chateau Grille (Chateau on the Lake)

Winner: Red Onion Cafe
Second Place: Red Oak Steakhouse
Third Place: Crabby’s Seafood Bar & Grill

Winner: The Ozark Mill Restaurant
Second Place: Mimi's Soul Food
Third Place: The Garrison

Winner: Jimm’s Steakhouse & Pub
Second Place: The Keeter Center at College of the Ozarks
Third Place: Flame Steakhouse & Wine Bar

Winner: Gailey’s Breakfast Cafe
Second Place: Billy Gail’s Restaurant
Third Place: Early Bird Breakfast Pub

Winner: The Keeter Center at College of the Ozarks
Second Place: Aviary by Lavendar Falls
Third Place: Lindberg's Tavern

Winner: Simply Delicious Catering
Second Place: Traveling Chef
Third Place: Char Steakhouse & Oyster Bar

Winner: Jimm’s Steakhouse & Pub
Second Place: Garbo's Pizzeria
Third Place: Bambino's Cafe

Winner: Black Sheep Burgers + Shakes
Second Place: Bair’s Sports Grill
Third Place: Lindberg's Tavern

Winner: Jimm’s Steakhouse & Pub
Second Place: Flame Steakhouse & Wine Bar
Third Place: Metropolitan Grill

Winner: The Sub Shop
Second Place: J. Parrino’s Queen City Deli
Third Place: The Sandwich Scene

Winner: Pizza House
Second Place: Pappo’s Pizzeria
Third Place: Rocco’s Pizza

Winner: Coyote’s Adobe Cafe
Second Place: Ebbet's Field
Third Place: Lindberg's Tavern

Winner: City Butcher and Barbecue
Second Place: Gettin’ Basted
Third Place: Crosstown Barbecue

Winner: Piccolo Contemporary Italian
Second Place: Avanzare Italian Dining
Third Place: Gilardi’s Ristorante

Winner: Cesar’s Old Mexico
Second Place: La Paloma Mexican Grill
Third Place: Mexican Villa

Winner: Cesar’s Old Mexico
Second Place: Tinga Tacos
Third Place: Tacos El Champu

Winner: Thai Express
Second Place: Everyday Thai
Third Place: Rama Thai Café

Winner: Leong’s Asian Diner
Second Place: Lucy’s Chinese Food
Third Place: Corner 21 Chinese Cuisine

Winner: Haruno Japanese Sushi Bar & Grill
Second Place: Nakato Japanese Steakhouse & Sushi Bar
Third Place: Kai After Dark

Winner: 417 Taphouse
Second Place: The Backlot at Alamo Drafthouse
Third Place: MudLounge

Winner: Wire Road Brewing Company
Second Place: Mother's Brewing Company
Third Place: Springfield Brewing Company

Winner: The Golden Girl Rum Club
Second Place: Vantage Rooftop Lounge & Conservatory
Third Place: The Ozark Mill Restaurant

Winner: Cellar + Plate
Second Place: Flame Steakhouse & Wine Bar
Third Place: Metropolitan Grill

Winner: Andy’s Frozen Custard
Second Place: Pineapple Whip
Third Place: Prairie Pie

Winner: Mudhouse Coffee
Second Place: Classic Rock Coffee
Third Place: Architect Coffee Co.

Winner: London Calling Pasty Company
Second Place: I Love Tacos Taqueria
Third Place: Not’cho Ordinary Taco

Winner: Cafe Cusco
Second Place: Farmer’s Gastropub
Third Place: Piccolo Contemporary Italian

Winner: Cafe Cusco
Second Place: Farmer’s Gastropub
Third Place: The Wheelhouse

The Ozark Mill Restaurant
Second Place: Vantage Rooftop Lounge & Conservatory
Third Place: Tie & Timber Beer Co.

Winner: Vantage Rooftop Lounge & Conservatory
Second Place: Lavender Falls Farm
Third Place: Cherry & Pickwick in the Rountree Neighborhood

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Women served in Springfield MO restaurant
Photo by Brandon AlmsJimm’s Steakhouse & Pub took the top spot of the Best Restaurant Service category. Purchase Photo

Editor's Picks

Best Daily Specials That Make Us Swoon

Farmers Gastropub

If you want inspo to ditch your cooking plans in favor of going out, follow Farmers Gastropub on Instagram. They post pictures of mouthwatering daily specials that are always creative. At press time, we were swooning over butter chicken and mushroom curry, fried cod tacos with spicy crema and marinated onions, and seafood croquets with remoulade.

Best Place to Find Unique Cocktail Supplies

417 Cocktails

Since 417 Cocktails opened a brick-and-mortar store, we’ve visited to buy gifts for a whiskey-loving relative, create a shareable cocktail for a staff happy hour, and find the makings of a tasty take on sangria that won us the highest scores in a family cocktail contest over the holidays. This place is just plain fun—with lots of regional products to boot.

Best Server Who Makes the Ladies Who Lunch Feel Like a Million Dollars

Tim Hill at Derby Deli

At Derby Deli, guests know they can expect a few specific things. They’ll get some good food. They’ll get some good wine. And they’ll get a good experience thanks to Derby Deli’s beloved server, Tim Hill. Read our chat with him about his role at the deli.

Best Place for Quick Eats That Feel Fresh

Greek Belly

When we’re busy-busy-busy downtown, we love to pop into Greek Belly for a meal that comes out fast but always feels so fresh. Plus, you can eat light (we love the grilled veggie skewers and Greek salads) or treat yourself to an indulgence (the loukaniko sausage pita with spicy feta cheese dip is always a winner), before wrapping up the meal with some delish baklava.

Best Indulgent Veggie

Spicy Fried Green Beans from Maso Pizza Bar

This dish is a win for you and both your healthful and indulgent urges. That’s because you can remind the angel on your shoulder that you’re eating green beans while you spoil the devil on your other shoulder with the crispy fried breading and sweet chili aioli dipping sauce. Your tastebuds will be pretty happy too.

Best Dinner Date & Stroll

Therefore Pizza + The Moxie

The best dates have fun little surprises, which is why we love starting a date night at Therefore Pizza. It shares its space with Prairie Pie and feels like a secret hole-in-the-wall. Once we’ve munched on all the pie we want, we walk it off with a stroll across downtown to The Moxie Cinema for a movie night that feels both intimate and cozy since it takes place at Springfield’s only independent movie theater.

Best Precursor to a Nice, Long Nap

The Humboldt Hot Brown from Ms. Gilmore’s Tea Room

You’ve heard about the delightful sweets at this tea room and antique shop. But the belly bomb of a hot brown deserves some love too. The turkey sandwich is grilled and smothered in mornay sauce, Parmesan, grilled tomato and bacon before being broiled. It’s dang good.

People eating at Coyote's Adobe Cafe in Springfield MO
Photo by Leah StiefermannCoyote’s Adobe Cafe came in top of the Best Chicken Wings category. Purchase Photo

Best Outside-the-Box Taco Tuesday

The Press

We’ll never turn down a chance to enjoy a Taco Tuesday. At The Press, the taco offerings have an Asian-fusion twist that makes every bite a little bit unexpected, and we love that. For a Korean twist, order bulgogi tacos on soft flour tortillas with spicy goji sauce. The tacos are super-stuffed with lots of fresh ingredients, and the tortillas are nice and toasted. Perfection!

Best Taste of Puerto Pico

Fried Yuca from El Maseton Lechonera Food Truck

When we find a place to munch on an ingredient that’s not common in 417-land, it feels like we’ve just stumbled upon a hidden treasure. This Puerto Rican fried yuca fits the bill. It has a nice contrast in texture, with a crispy outside and creamy inside. The yuca was well seasoned and left us craving more.

Best Little Surprises

Menu Updates at The Finley

We get so, so, so excited when we see new menus at local restaurants, and The Finley never disappoints. They tend to keep some favorites (like the pimento dip hoe cakes), and their updates always bring delicious surprises, like with the Chilean sea bass dish they recently added. It’s served with walnut pesto spaghetti squash and red pepper coulis—and that means it’s as bright and colorful on the plate and is bright and flavorful to eat.

Best Motivation for an Early-Morning Workout

Kingdom Coffee After a Galloway Creek Greenway Run

Step 1: Feed your soul with a jog along the scenic Galloway Creek Greenway from Pershing School to Sequiota Park. Step 3: On the way back, feed your body with a stop at Kingdom Coffee’s Lone Pine location (right off the trail) to relax on the patio with a cortado and a muffin. 

People eating at Cesar’s Old Mexico in Springfield MO
Photo by Brandon AlmsYou voted Cesar’s Old Mexico as the winner of Best Mexican Food. Purchase Photo

Best Way to Taste the Flavors of Cuba

Ropa Vieja from La Habana Vieja

Did you know La Habana Vieja serves the national dish of Cuba? It’s called Ropa Vieja, and it features slow-cooked beef brisket that’s served with rice and veggies. It’s tender, it’s savory, and it always satisfies. Be sure to order it with a side of plantains, either as tostones or the sweeter platanos candied plantains.

Best Way to Make a Kid's Day

Customizable Popsicles from Main Street Pops

Main Street Pops (formerly called Dreamsicles) is a sweet little spot in downtown Branson that offers cream- and fruit-based ice pops topped with tons of tasty ingredients. Take your favorite kid, and let them go wild with all the fun options. You’ll be their favorite adult in no time. 

Best Happy Hour on the Waterfront

Wine Deals at Ramata Italian

We love the relaxing vibe of happy hour with friends, and this is one of our favorite hot tips for fellow lovers of both good wine and good happy hour deals: During Wine Down Wednesday at Ramata Italian, dozens of bottles of wine from their extensive wine menu are marked down to half off. They all pair well with a Lake Taneycomo view.

Best Cravable Thai Dish

Panang Curry with Shrimp from Thailand Station

One of us is obsessed with the flavorful panang curry at Thailand Station. Another one of us is obsessed with any dish there that has shrimp for the protein. So we joined forces and found the most cravable Thai dish around: panang curry with shrimp. It’s truly divine!

Couple eating at Metropolitan Grill in Springfield MO.
Photo by Brandon AlmsMetropolitan Grill is one of the reader-chosen 5 Best Springfield Fine Dining Restaurants winners. Purchase Photo

Best Dinner Stop That'll Please the Whole Fam

The Food Options (and Full Bar) at Hy-Vee

Mom wants sushi. Dad is craving a Wahlburger. One kid wants fresh hibachi, while the other is screaming “Pizza or bust!” We love that you can go there and make everybody happy—plus there’s cozy booth seating and even a fireplace. Bonus for the parents: There’s a full bar too.

Best Addictive Sweet Treat

Black Walnut Harvest Crunch from Hammons

Black walnuts (and their earthy flavor) can be a little divisive. But these dreamy candy bites are not. They are universally loved. The bite-size bits have black walnut chunks in the middle, surrounded by crunchy toffee and then blanketed in chocolate. It’s impossible to eat just one of these delights.

Best Cake Game

St. Michael’s Restaurant

The banana cake here has always gotten all the attention (and for good reason!), but the entire cake menu at St. Michael’s is truly to-die-for. The lemon-blueberry cake gets just as much love from us! The rich double chocolate cake with peanut butter icing makes us swoon. The strawberry cake has a nostalgic flavor we love. And the Quad Cake (four cake flavors in one) is a crowd pleaser.

Best Shopping-to-Dining Experience

Visiting Farmers Market of the Ozarks then Brunching at Progress

At Farmers Market of the Ozarks, you can shop for the ingredients that’ll make your dinner shine at home. But you need to treat yourself too, so follow your shopping up with a leisurely brunch at Progress. (We recommend the Fall Hash or the ever-popular Brunchwrap Supreme.)

Best Lunch On-the-Go

Curry Chicken Salad from MaMa Jean’s Natural Market

The grab-and-go area at MaMa Jean’s Natural market has saved our bacon on many a frazzled lunch hour, and our favorite thing to grab is the curry chicken salad. The meat is tender, the sauce is flavorful, and the whole thing is filling. It beats a greasy drive-through lunch any day.

Best Twist on a Donut

Savory Donuts from Liz Cookie Co.

Listen, we love a super-sweet donut as much as the next person, but there is just something so cravable about the completely not-sweet-at-all savory donuts from Liz Cookie Co. Super light and airy dough is fried to perfection and then stuffed with a cream-cheese-based and herb-packed filling that is reminiscent of your favorite bagel concoction, but all tucked into one hand-held package.

How does 417 Magazine pick the Best of 417 winners?
Throughout the year, our team has kept up with what’s new, hot, in style, delicious, making waves, going viral, selling out and making a big impression in 417-land. Then our editors combined them into a slate of nominations for 417-land to vote on. There were killer contestants to vote on for each category, plus voters had the option to write in anyone we left off the list. (Ugh, why didn’t we think of them?!) After the voting period ended, we compiled your votes, and the winners are published right here.

How do I tell you about my business?
If you think your business deserves to be on next year’s ballot, we want to know about it! Send a note to our editorial staff at editor@417mag.com. We take calls, letters, emails and skywriting from our readers about what to check out. We’re sure you’re awesome, so tell us why. Don’t be surprised if some of our staffers come around to check out what you have to offer. In fact, exploring new, fun local stuff is our favorite part of our jobs! We are always looking to share the best with our audience.

Do advertisers automatically win?
Nope! Let’s put this rumor to rest. Still skeptical? Ask one of our advertisers who didn’t win. We take serious measures to keep our integrity intact and maintain boundaries between our sales and editorial departments. In fact, we’re required to in order to uphold our good standing with the City and Regional Magazine Association (CRMA). You can’t buy a Best of 417 nomination or win with money. You can only earn a spot on the list by being the best, getting the word out and raking in the votes!

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