Branson offers, quite literally, an entire world's worth of cuisine, from Italian to Japanese, Mexican to fusion, and, of course, down-home diner cooking, so there's something for everyone.

    This town can be a foodie's paradise where you can spend one night downing pub fare like wings and a brew at a local sports bar, the next night at a classic diner, and the next enjoying a solid seafood meal. Learn about 10 places locals love to eat in Branson.


    Drafts Sports Grill

    Enjoy a craft beer and a craft burger or steak as you watch the game

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    Drafts Sports Grill is the place to go if you're looking to catch the latest football, hockey, baseball, or other game while enjoying old-fashioned pub fare in a relaxed atmosphere. The grill advertises itself as offering an innovative menu with unbeatable ambience.

    In addition to a broad selection of craft beers, wines, and cocktails, the menu offers craft sandwiches, burgers, flatbreads, steaks, chicken, ribs, and, of course, all the appetizers you can shake a stick at. Numerous high-definition flat screens placed throughout the bar ensure you won't miss a single goal. It's just a 10-minute drive to the west of downtown.

    Location: 2280 Shepherd of the Hills Expy, Branson, MO 65616, USA

    Open: Daily from noon to 8 pmDaily from noon to 8 pm

    Phone: +1 417-320-6045


    Famous Dave's

    Try some real, down-home Southern barbecue

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    Famous Dave's is a classic barbecue restaurant offering ribs, pork, brisket, chicken, and others with their signature award-winning barbecue sauce. They bill themselves as "America's Best Barbecue," and their founder developed his recipes after sampling some of the most famous barbecue restaurants and traditions all over the country.

    Some interesting menu standouts include sweetwater catfish fingers with Cajun seasoning, barbecue-stuffed baked potatoes, cedar plank salmon, burnt brisket ends, and dry-rubbed rib tips. Famous Dave's is located right in downtown at Branson's Landing.

    Location: 1201 Branson Landing Blvd, Branson, MO 65616, USA

    Open: Sunday–Thursday from 11 am to 8 pm, Friday–Saturday from 11 am to 9 pm

    Phone: +1 417-334-4858


    Pasghetti's Restaurant & Attraction

    Come for the spaghetti, stay for the games

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    • Families

    Pasghetti's Restaurant & Attraction is a family-style Italian restaurant that also offers wild decorations, themed dining rooms, an indoor arcade, and even a Ferris wheel inside. They are a family-owned and -operated establishment that seeks to add an element of entertainment to eating and to keep you playing games, riding rides, and building memories.

    Menu highlights here include their giant meatballs, spaghetti and meat sauce, zinfandel chicken and feta salad, penne with vodka sauce, ribeye steak, and grilled salmon. The unique kids' menu offers their "Pasghetti & Meatball," chicken tenders, lasagna, and fettuccine alfredo, among other dishes you don't often see on kids' menus. Pasghetti's is just 13 minutes from downtown, to the west.

    Location: 3129 W 76 Country Blvd, Branson, MO 65616, USA

    Open: Sunday–Thursday from 11 am to 8 pm, Friday–Saturday from 11 am to 9 pm

    Phone: +1 417-335-0690


    McFarlain's Family Restaurant

    Have a heaping portion of home-cooked, hearty meals

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    McFarlain's Family Restaurant serves up home-cooked family-style meals in antiques-filled surroundings with gimmicks like joke tables that rise up on you while you eat. This quirky and fun restaurant is sure to offer heaping portions of comfort food and a wide range of family fun all in the space of a single meal.

    It's open for breakfast/brunch, lunch, and dinner every day. Some country-style menu highlights include fried green tomatoes, a chicken strip basket, a fried fish po'boy, pot roast, fried chicken, pot pie, and chicken-fried steak. It's just about 12 minutes away from downtown.

    Location: 3562 Shepherd of the Hills Expy, Branson, MO 65616, USA

    Open: Monday–Saturday from 11 am to 8 pm, Sunday from 10 am to 8 pm

    Phone: +1 417-336-4680


    Wakyoto Japanese Restaurant

    Enjoy classic or unique sushi in a casual atmosphere

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    Wakyoto Japanese Restaurant is a casual, laid-back Japanese kitchen located in a shopping center and serving imaginative dishes, sushi, sake, and cocktails. In addition to the sushi staple, Wakyoto is known for its "box" meals, a lunch box and dinner box, respectively, which contain salad, soup, various kinds of sushi, fruits, and a customizable selection.

    Some of the varieties of sushi offered here include California roll, spicy crab roll, salmon roll, and tempura. In addition, you'll find gyoza, egg rolls, tempura, shrimp or chicken teriyaki, and other staples and unique twists on Japanese cuisine. It's just about 10 minutes from downtown.

    Location: 2005 W 76 Country Blvd #201, Branson, MO 65616, USA

    Open: Friday–Wednesday from 11.30 am to 3 pm and 4.30 to 9 pm (closed on Thursdays)

    Phone: +1 417-336-1177


    El Lago Mexican Restaurant

    Grab a taco, burrito, fajita, or guacamole salad

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    • Families

    El Lago Mexican Restaurant features casual, family-style Mexican dishes alongside craft tequila cocktails and a selection of craft beers. They are famed for their tilapia, fajitas, guacamole salad, and grilled shrimp tacos, but they offer an extensive menu that's sure to have something for just about anyone.

    For those looking for lighter, less expensive fare, El Lago offers a separate lunch menu that's available till 3 pm every day and features staples like burritos and chimichangas along with lunch combos that offer items like tacos, enchiladas, and burritos together. The restaurant is situated only 4 miles west of Branson West, just a few minutes from the center of town.

    Location: 18942 MO-BUS13, Branson West, MO 65737, USA

    Open: Sunday–Thursday from 11 am to 9 pm, Friday–Saturday from 11 am to 10 pm

    Phone: +1 417-272-8910


    Mitsu Neko Fusion Cuisine and Sushi Bar

    Try some classic Japanese and fusion cuisine

    • Food

    Mitsu Neko Fusion Cuisine and Sushi Bar offers up sushi, nigiri, and fusion cuisine in a relaxed but modern and trendy atmosphere. They use local, fresh, and all-natural ingredients to ensure their food is always the highest quality, which is one of the things that makes them so popular to locals.

    Some of their menu highlights include classic potstickers, edamame, shrimp tempura, strawberry salad, miso soup, pelmeni dumplings, duck in black cherry sauce, and balsamic steak. They can be found only an 8-minute drive from downtown Branson.

    Location: 1819 W 76 Country Blvd, Branson, MO 65616, USA

    Phone: +1 417-336-1819


    White River Fish House

    Try your fish fried or grilled, take your pick

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    • Families

    White River Fish House is a down-home seafood restaurant in a lodge-like building that serves hearty portions of country-style food. The restaurant specializes in fried food, but grilled seafood is also on the menu for those who like their fish unbreaded. Some of their signature dishes include blackened mahi-mahi, brown sugar glazed salmon, and Ozarks trout.

    Of course, you can also enjoy classic dishes like fish and chips, a breaded catfish platter, or hand-breaded fried chicken with country gravy. The restaurant is located downtown in Branson Landing.

    Location: 1 Bass Pro Drive, Branson, MO 65616, USA

    Open: Daily from 11 am to 8 pm

    Phone: +1 417-243-5100



    Have a sandwich and a brew right on the lakeshore

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    The Paddlewheel is a classic microbrew alehouse right along the waterfront with a casual atmosphere, great cocktails, and outdoor seating on the lake. Not only does The Paddlewheel offer a great selection of craft beer and mixed drinks combined with great food, but they also offer events several nights a week with live entertainment, trivia nights, and fun.

    Some of the menu highlights include wings by the pound, French dip sandwich, Baja fish tacos, chef's pasta, and their "Perfect Chicken Sandwich." Best of all, it's directly in the heart of downtown Branson.

    Location: 9S N Boardwalk, Branson, MO 65616, USA

    Open: Tuesday–Thursday from 4 pm to midnight, Friday–Saturday from 4 pm to 1 am (closed on Sundays and Mondays)

    Phone: +1 417-239-1324


    Mel's Hard Luck Diner

    Enjoy a big burger while the servers sing to you

    • Food
    • Families

    Mel's Hard Luck Diner offers a classic 1950s diner experience with a blue-plate and burger menu and even singing waitstaff to keep you entertained throughout your meal. The waitstaff comprises professional singers, musicians, and songwriters who may currently be showcased in some of the most popular local productions and bands around.

    The food, of course, is just as good as the singing whether you go for a burger or one of the constantly changing blue-plate specials. Just be sure to save room for a piece of pie or a massive banana split. Mel's is only 11 minutes from the center of downtown Branson to the west.

    Location: 2800 West Highway, W 76 Country Blvd, Branson, MO 65616, USA

    Open: Daily from 11 am to 8 pm

    Phone: +1 417-332-0150


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