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5 Best Places to Eat on the Lake

Next time you set sail on a boating adventure, leave the picnic basket at home and float on in to one of these top-notch restaurants on the water.

By Savannah Waszczuk

Jul 2019

Burger and fries at The Catfish Hole on Table Rock Lake
Photo by Vivian WheelerNeed some grub to go with that view? Grab an ice-cold beverage, a hearty burger and some fries at The Catfish Hole on Table Rock Lake. Purchase Photo

This article has been updated with new information 07/24/2019.

The Catfish Hole at Table Rock Lake

Located at Table Rock Resort at The Rocks, Kimberling City
Located a quarter-mile north of the Kimberling City bridge, The Catfish Hole at Table Rock Lake is the place to go when you’re looking to have even more fun in the sun. Plenty of tasty fare and incredible views of the lake make this the perfect place to stop for a bite. People love the catfish, and the restaurant serves half-pound burgers if you're especially hungry.

Devil’s Pool Restaurant

Located at Big Cedar Lodge on Table Rock Lake, Ridgedale
For a meal served up with a side of authentic Ozarks ambiance, cruise on over to Devil’s Pool Restaurant. Simply dock your boat at Table Rock Lake’s Bent Hook Marina, then walk or ride a shuttle up to feast on a top-notch breakfast buffet, a new ham and pineapple pizza at lunch or the favorite Hardwood Smoked Prime Rib at dinnertime. Floor-to-ceiling windows provide indoor diners with incredible lake views. 

Boathouse BBQ

Located at State Park Marina on Table Rock Lake, Branson
Open 100 days between Memorial Day and Labor Day, Boathouse BBQ is a summertime staple that you definitely don’t want to miss. For a light lunch, try the classic strawberry chicken salad with poppy seed dressing, or fuel up for an afternoon of watersports with a hefty pulled pork sandwich or a big ol’ juicy burger. Picnic table dining is a bonus of this hotspot, and snow cones keep the kids smiling. 

Flat Creek Restaurant

Located at the Cape Fair Marina on Table Rock Lake, Cape Fair
The menu is extensive at Flat Creek Restaurant, giving hungry lakegoers a chance to eat everything from smoked meats and burgers to fried catfish (one of the spot’s best sellers). Grab a beer to accompany your meal, and be sure to finish it with a signature $2.99 dessert: favorites are the seasonal cheesecake and the brownie sundae.

Just Jackie’s

Located at Pontiac Cove Marina on Bull Shoals Lake, Pontiac
Bull Shoals Lake lovers head to Just Jackie’s when their bellies start to growl. This water-side hot spot has its own dock slips for easy access, and diners have plenty of tasty fare to choose from when it’s time to order. Favorites include specialty thin crust pizzas and wings—particularly the butter-garlic wings—and it all tastes even better when enjoyed on the covered deck and paired with a cold beer.