The Lake of the Ozarks is one of my favorite summer destinations. It’s a gorgeous place to relax, unwind and have a great time with friends and family. The Ozarks have really grown in popularity over the years and is now voted the #1 recreational lake in the country. With that kind of title, you’re guaranteed to have a wide variety of top-notch lakeside restaurants and bars to choose from. And just because you have kids now doesn’t mean you have to miss out on all the fun, either. Here is a rundown of the best kid friendly restaurants at the Lake of the Ozarks.
Franky and Louie’s beachfront bar and grill: 10mm
Franky and Louie’s Beachfront Beach Bar and Grill is one of the best kid friendly restaurants at the Lake of the Ozarks. It has a huge beach for the kids to play and let out all that energy. The lake is shallow and calm, perfect for the swimming. There is plenty of space to spread out and lounge on the beach. There’s also a large patio if you prefer shade. They have a kids menu as well as appetizers, nachos, salads, sandwiches, burgers, and pizza. They even have an ice cream shop! And to enhance your beachfront experience, they have live music every afternoon.
Dog days bar and grill: 19mm
Dog Days Bar and Grill has really upped their game over the past few years. They added two huge pools, one with a swim-up bar for the 21 and up crowd, and another one for families and kids. You can sit by the pool, on the covered patio, or inside if to enjoy the air conditioning. Their huge menu has something for everyone. They have a kids menu as well as appetizers, salads, nachos, wraps, beach bowls, specialty sandwiches, signature burgers, and signature entrees. Enjoy live music most days as well as many other popular lake events.
redheads lakeside grill: 21mm
Margarita’s Landshark Bar and Grill
Bear Bottom Resort: 38mm
Tucked away out on the 38 mile marker is Bear Bottom Resort. When you pull up to Bear Bottom on your boat, you definitely feel a sense of nostalgia with it’s classic lake facade. This place is one of a kind. They have two huge water slides that are sure to keep your kiddos entertained for hours. They charge a fee of $10 per person for the slides. And when they tire of the water slides, they have an arcade and game room to occupy them. There’s also a good size pool (for all ages) at the bottom of the slide with a very large swim-up bar for mom and dad to have fun too.
Their huge menu has something for everyone. They’re known for their Bear Bottom Nachos and Bear Bones Wings. They have a kids menu as well as a wide variety of appetizers, salads, sandwiches, burgers, pizza and seafood.
Tap and grill lakeside brew haus: 6.5mm
Tap and Grill Lakeside Brew Haus is more low key than many of the other family-friendly restaurants and bars on the lake. Enjoy comfortable lounge areas on the patio next to one of their outdoor fire pits. Take in one of the best views of the main channel, while sipping on a premium cocktail, a bottle of wine, or craft beer. They have a family-friendly pool with a swim-up bar for mom and dad. Their large menu has a variety of foods, including appetizers, amazing salads, seafood, steaks, pasta, sandwiches and burgers. You’ll also enjoy live music on the weekends.
coconuts caribbean beach bar and grill: 7mm
Coconuts is the lakes #1 family destination. They have two pools, one with a swim-up bar for the 21 and up crowd and one for families with kids that charges a $4 fee per child. You can sit by the pool, on the patio, or get some shade inside in the air condition. I should warn you, however, Coconuts is very popular and can get a bit rowdy on big weekends like Memorial Day, Fourth of July, and Labor Day, which might not be the best for kids.
Enjoy some of their many menu options including the best burgers at the lake, Caribbean rice bowls, fresh tropical salads, crab legs, fish tacos and more.
The family will be entertained with games as well. They have a basketball court, sand volleyball, ladder golf, and washers! The kids will also love their new expanded playground next to the beach, and hand scooped ice cream!
captain ron’s lakefront bar and grill: 34.5mm
Captain Ron’s is a unique family destination. Lay out on one of their two beaches with the kids, hang out at one of the 4 tiki bars. Kids can take part in a treasure hunt, or the whole family can hop aboard Gypsy Rose, their own pirate ship!
Their large menu has a variety of foods, including appetizers, tacos and burritos, salads, pizza, sandwiches and wraps, as well as a kids menu. You’ll also enjoy live music on the weekends.
Captain Ron’s is home to the biggest event at the Lake of the Ozarks and largest boating event, the Lake of the Ozarks Shootout.
jolly rogers grub-n-grog: 4.5mm
Jolly Rogers is a great spot for you and your kiddos to have some fun. There is a playground, an arcade, a treasure hunt, and a pirate ship that kids love! Enjoy live music on the weekends and holidays. They have two amazing restaurants, the main restaurant has a variety of foods, including appetizers, salads, sandwiches and wraps, pastas, burgers, as well as steaks and seafood. Or you can eat like a pirate at the Kraken Shack, which has crab, shrimp, and oysters.
nautifish rum bar: 3.5mm
Nautifish Rum Bar has recently under gone major renovations as well as upgrading to a new and improved cantina-inspired menu…the only Mexican food on the water! If you don’t like Mexican food, they also have plenty of other options such as a variety of wings to choose from, hoagies, fried chicken, fish n’ chips, salads, and burgers.
Not only do they have great food, but there are plenty of activities for you and the family to enjoy. Relax while the kids play on the beach and feed the fish. Play some games in the arcade or play a round of ping-pong or shuffleboard. They also host kid competitions, like a hula hoop contest.
the boathouse bar and grill: 3mm
Located just on the north side of the Bagnell Dam, the Boathouse is another great spot for you and the family to relax and have some fun. They feature a completely renovated deck and pool area with a swim-up bar with live music most days.
The Boathouse has some of the best food at the lake. Their large menu has a variety of foods, including brick oven pizzas, appetizers, salads, sandwiches, burgers, tacos, sliders, and a kids menu.
Restaurants at the Lake of the Ozarks: Conclusion
The Lake of the Ozarks is truly a little slice of heaven. I hope you and your family love the lake as much as we do and that this article provides a good guide when deciding which lakefront restaurants at the Lake of the Ozarks are best for enjoying time with your family and friends.
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