Destination Restaurants in Missouri

You had to go out of your way to get there, it seats 20 and a chalk board holds the menu.

But the journey and ambiance are part of the charm at Missouri’s destination restaurants, those cozy locales where finding menu items with locally-sourced ingredients is easy and the tastes are hard to beat.

Here’s a look at six destination restaurants waiting for you in the Show-Me State:

Abigail’s, Rocheport

Typifying the charm of the small Missouri River town it calls home, Abigail’s has a limited menu (it changes twice daily) with a nice range of offerings. Your options could include steak and salmon or creations such as butternut squash ravioli.

Café Blackadder, Warrensburg

Locally-sourced goods play a leading role, and the menu includes a variety of salads and sandwiches, including a popular turkey salami panini that Rural Missouri magazine once lauded as the state’s best sandwich.

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The Courtyard at Overlook Farm, Clarksville.

The Courtyard at Overlook Farm, Clarksville

While the restaurant is open seasonally (regular hours begin in April), guests who stay at the spacious and luxurious on-site inns can sample from its menu year-round. Most of Overlook Farm’s menu items are raised/grown at the farm.

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Ophelia’s, Independence.

Ophelia’s, Independence

Long regarded as one of Independence’s best restaurants, Ophelia’s is noted for an extensive menu that ranges from soups and salads to chateaubriand and Alaskan halibut. Save room for the chocolate crème brulèe.

Osage Restaurant, Ridgedale

With a beautiful vantage point on Table Rock Lake, this restaurant at the Top of the Rock combines modern elegance with natural beauty – and outstanding food. Start with the scallops, savor the rack of lamb and top it off with gooey butter cake and vanilla bean ice cream.


The Blue Owl, Kimmswick

Comfort foods (think Southern fried chicken and biscuits) are served in generous portions at this restaurant situated along the Mississippi River about 30 minutes south of downtown St. Louis. No matter what you select from the menu, be sure to keep your eye on the dessert menu – it’s what made The Blue Owl famous!

Again, this is just a sampler platter (sorry, couldn’t resist) of the destination restaurants waiting for you in Missouri. The next time you’re in the mood for a meal out, make the journey part of the experience, and let help you plan your getaway. VisitMO on Pinterest Missouri Travel Guide

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