Top 10 Restaurants In Branson, Missouri

Aerial Photo of Table Rock Lake in Branson, Missouri © KTrimble/WikiCommons
Aerial Photo of Table Rock Lake in Branson, Missouri © KTrimble/WikiCommons
Photo of Sophia Francis
9 February 2017

A popular travel destination for tourists and visitors, Branson, Missouri attracts people from far and wide. With attractions such as the Hollywood Wax Museum, scenic views of Lake Taneycomo and a range of great local restaurants it is no wonder that Branson is a place to visit! If you’re in the area and are looking for delectable eats, be sure to check out these restaurants.

Table Rock Dam, Missouri | © Michael McCarthy/Flickr
Aerial Photo of Table Rock Lake in Branson, Missouri | © KTrimble/WikiCommons

Mel’s Hard Luck Diner

Diner, Restaurant, American, Fast Food, $$$
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Grilled chicken salad
Grilled chicken salad | © Steven Depolo/Flickr

A 1950s hang out that features singers, songwriters and entertainers, Mel’s Hard Luck Diner combines great food and a relaxed dining experience. Listen to popular artists while you dine on grilled chicken salad served with sliced almonds, eggs, tomato, cucumbers and croutons on a bed of lettuce. Alternatively, sample an authentic American burger served with lettuce, tomato, onion and pickles on the side, with fries and your choice of milkshake. With a wide-ranging menu and the perfect atmosphere in which to relax and enjoy music from the 60s, this is a great place to dine with family and friends.

Meal service:

Takeaway, All Day, Dinner, Lunch, Breakfast, Brunch


Casual, Open Kitchen, Traditional

Danna’s BBQ & Burger Shop

Restaurant, Fast Food, American, $$$
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Burger and chips
Burger and chips | © Katherine Lim/Flickr

A restaurant and family business with a communal, local feel, Danna’s BBQ & Burger Shop serves up hearty meat dishes, sandwiches and salads that satisfy diners and make mouths water. Their specialty is smoked meats, which are marinated and slow cooked to perfection. Winner of a Certificate of Excellence from Trip Advisor, the eatery has received accolades and positive reviews for its absolutely delicious food. Sample from their menu a whopping Smoked Pit Plate, which comes with pulled beef, half a chicken, pulled pork, smoked sausage, ribs, beans coleslaw fries and a Memphis roll – you will not leave hungry.

Meal service:

Takeaway, All Day, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner


Casual, Open Kitchen, Cosy

Billy Gail’s Café

Cafe, Diner, Fast Food, American, Pub Grub
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A cozy log cabin that serves up affordable eats for breakfast or lunch, Billy Gail’s Café is the place to visit if you are looking for good portion sizes and tasty food. The restaurant has a great atmosphere and friendly service, and their menu boasts some excellent dishes. With breakfast classics such as the Camp Breakfast served with two eggs, sausage, mushrooms, onions, hash browns and cheese, the café’s food will not disappoint. Other must try options include pecan French cakes and their four eggs omelette.

Sugar Leaf

Cafe, Patisserie, Restaurant, Tea Room, American, Tea , $$$
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Apple and Fig Salad
Apple and Fig Salad | © Courtesy Sugar Leaf

Serving up sweet and savoury treats, soups and cookies, signature Panini sandwiches and salads, Sugar Leaf has a big menu and award-winning food. Established in 1996, the restaurant has flourished, attracting diners with its family atmosphere and delicious recipes. From the menu, sample a Cajun turkey wrap, served in a jalapeno wrap and filled with turkey, tomato, banana peppers and homemade Cajun sauce. Alternatively, opt for your choice of soup, which comes served in either a cup or a bowl. Catering for weddings and special occasions, they also produce some absolutely spectacular-looking cakes.

Meal service:

All Day, Breakfast, Lunch, Afternoon Tea, Brunch


Cosy, Quirky, Relaxed

Vasken’s Deli

Deli, Restaurant, American, Fast Food, $$$
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A Mediterranean deli that uses the freshest ingredients, Vasken’s Deli produces great food and has a modern, welcoming atmosphere. With family recipes that have been passed down for generations, they serve up dishes that are mouth-watering and delectable. From hot sandwiches such as pastrami and cheese served on a wheat hoagie with mustard and homemade garlic mayo, to curry chicken served on a bed of green leaf lettuce salad with tomatoes and onions, the deli food is wholesome and delicious. Don’t miss out on their pizzas.

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Meal service:

Takeaway, All Day, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Late Night


Casual, Open Kitchen

Dobyn’s Dining

Restaurant, American
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Smoked meatloaf
Smoked meatloaf | © Larry Jacobsen/Flickr

Ranging from a small couple’s lunch to catering-style service for big dining parties, Dobyn’s Dining Room caters for every occasion and creates a unique dining experience for students and locals alike. Based at the Keeter Center at the College of Ozarks, the eatery functions with the help of student-run farms and student-produced foods. For this reason, the eatery is truly unique and produces delicious dishes such as smoked meatloaf – served with ground chuck and pork with potatoes, vegetables, blended mushrooms and seasoning. Having received multiple awards including the Certificate of Excellence from Trip Advisor and much positive acclaim, the eatery is a must visit if you are hungry for a good meal.

Meal service:

Breakfast, Dinner, Lunch, Brunch


Stylish, Casual, Cosy, Modern

Grandma Ruth’s

Bakery, Cafe, Diner, Patisserie, American
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Grandma Ruth’s offers its diners sweet, satisfying desserts such as cinnamon swirl rolls that look an absolute picture. With a range of rolls also including caramel, toffee or chocolate-hazelnut, choose delectable eats from the menu and savor the delightful flavors. Children receive a delicious cookie that is lovingly made by Grandma Ruth, an added perk of visiting this cozy, nostalgic eatery. You can also sometimes enjoy live music at Grandma Ruth’s.

Meal service:

Takeaway, Breakfast, Afternoon Tea, Lunch


Cosy, Casual

Main Street Alley

Restaurant, American, Fast Food, $$$
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Breakfast sandwich
Breakfast sandwich | © Yvette Tan/Flickr

A restaurant and gift shop that produces tasty, appetizing food, Main Street Alley has received multiple positive reviews for its food and service. The shop sells delicious jams and honey and a range of other foods, and the restaurant serves up great eats. From the menu, sample a filling breakfast sandwich complete with sausage bacon or ham on a burrito, or opt for a breakfast plate served with two any-style eggs, hash browns, bacon or sausage and Texas toast.

Meal service:

All Day, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner


Casual, Open Kitchen, Modern, Relaxed

White River Fish House

Restaurant, American, Seafood, Fast Food, $$$
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Maple-glazed salmon
Maple-glazed salmon | © Sodexo USA/Flickr

Recently named the Best Restaurant in Branson by 417 Magazine, White River Fish House offers its guests views of Lake Taneycomo and serves up delectable eats to locals and fishermen. With dishes such as maple-glazed salmon, topped with homemade pecan butter and served with fresh vegetable and portabella rice pilaf, you’ll not want to miss this place. The restaurant’s menu is wide-ranging too and diners can choose from alternative options such as delicious sandwiches, satisfying burgers or rib eye steak.

Meal service:

All Day, Dinner, Lunch, Breakfast


Casual, Cosy, Relaxed, Traditional, Quirky

Branson Café

Cafe, Diner, Restaurant, Fast Food, American
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Peach cobbler
Peach cobbler | © Ralph Daily/Flickr

Established in 1910, Branson Café is the oldest restaurant in the area. It is family-run, has been featured on Fox News’ ‘Across America’, and has received many positive reviews from satisfied diners. From the menu, sample sweet treats and savory dishes, their renowned homemade pies, succulent burgers, filling sandwiches, light, fresh salads and wholesome food. The café’s portion sizes and flavors are sure to gratify you.

Meal service:

Takeaway, All Day, Lunch, Breakfast, Dinner


Casual, Relaxed, Traditional