On the shores of the Lake of the Ozarks, Osage Beach is one of Missouri’s most popular vacation destinations and has a great dining scene. Whether classic steakhouse fare, barbecue or gourmet burgers whet your appetite, our guide to the city’s best restaurants has got you covered.
The winner of a whole host of local awards and competitions, HalfSauced Barbeque is the place to the head in Osage Beach for fans of smoked-to-perfection barbecue classics. Staples like beef brisket, baby back ribs, pulled pork and sausage are smoked daily over HalfSauced’s oak and hickory fired barbecue pit. They are served with sides like pit beans, potato salad and creamy coleslaw. Starters, sandwiches and a children’s menu are offered too. If there’s one must-try dish, it’s HalfSauced’s smoked wings – they’ve scooped several awards at the Lake of the Ozarks Annual Wing Ding over the past 10 years.
Something of a Lake of the Ozarks tradition, locals and visitors make it their mission to stop by Randy’s Frozen Custard for a cooling, sweet treat during Missouri’s long, hot summers. All of Randy’s products are freshly made from scratch each day. Guests can choose from build-their-own concretes, shakes, malts and cones. A trip to the popular spot wouldn’t be complete without trying its famous Ozark Turtle sundae. This i a concoction of frozen custard with hot fudge and caramel sauce topped with toasted pecans. It has received recognition from the likes of Midwest Living magazine.