Known as the quiet side of the Lake of the Ozarks, Sunrise Beach is a private and calm community that’s well-loved for its rural energy, large homes, and proximity to the water that appeals to seasonal residents and vacationers. When looking for the best Sunrise Beach restaurants, try out these BBQ, southern comfort, and Mexican spots in the area.
Sunset Hills Drive, Sunrise Beach, MO
For some of the best Mexican cuisine in Sunrise Beach, Sunrise Cantina is the place to beat. Guests visiting here can enjoy panoramic views of Fan Hollow Cove while eating lunch and dinner. Sit surrounded by Latin-themed artwork, bringing vibrancy into the low-lit interior, or snag a window seat for a view of the lush green cove. Front porch stool seating is also available to enjoy the great nature views. Residents count this as one of the best Sunrise Beach restaurants for the local homemade pie selections, featuring a range of berry, chocolate, and cream cheese creations.
For lunch, mix it up with the feature of the day, or order menu regulars like the mini tostada piled high with beans, meat, and garnishes. Start dinner with appetizers like fried avocado bites, a crunchy and gooey creation brought to life with cilantro ranch. Entrees like the carne asada have the perfect bite with its tequila and lime marinade, served with all the sides.
The Tavern at Trails End
258 Trails End Drive, Sunrise Beach, MO
For brunch, a mix of breakfast classics like the classic eggs benedict and the biscuits and gravy are listed alongside heartier options like the wagyu brisket grilled cheese. Keep it sweet with the French toast and blueberry-infused syrup, or go for a fresh salad crunch. For dinner, start off with a plate of Prince Edward mussels, served in a roasted garlic tomato broth. House favorites like the bone-in hog chop showcase true southern hospitality, the 12-ounce cut served with an apple glaze and mashed potato.
Lake House 13
98 Oasis Circle, Sunrise Beach, MO
Lake House 13 lives up to its name, providing boat slips for guests journeying to this spot via water. Located right on the water, this restaurant and bar feature an expansive covered back patio looking out on the shoreline and the trees lining the river. Sit outside under string lights or enjoy live music that regularly graces the small stage from the bar or a table inside.
Serving classic American cuisine, start off a meal with the bread bowl filled with queso blanco and served with pretzel bites for dipping. The family can share a specialty pizza like The Pig, a savory pulled pork creation with a jalapeno bite. Or try out flavor-packed sandwiches like the Lake House Steak house, an eight-ounce sirloin paired with a house-made steak sauce. No place does comfort food in Sunrise Beach better than this spot.
Frankie & Louie’s
1028 Deer Valley Road, Sunrise Beach
Appetizers like the filet mignon tips have just the right balance of sweet and savory with a bourbon teriyaki glaze. Order a fresh and inventive slice from the pizza kitchen, with options like the BBQ chicken sprinkled with bacon. Entrees like the New Orleans Jambalaya dance on the taste buds, seasoned with Cajun spices. Burger, salad, and children’s options keep everybody at the table satisfied.
The Bear Bottom Restaurant
123 Bear Bottom Drive, Sunrise Beach, MO
To get started, enjoy scrumptious options like crab rangoons, the beerhall pretzel and cheesedip, or the crab-stuffed avocado app featuring their classic crab salad. Also available are lighter eats, such as their BLT wedge salad or classic chicken caesar. For dinner, entrees like the Ozark catfish platter, the pounded pork tenderloin, and the slammin’ shrimp tacos are sure to satisfy. And they even have an impressive selection of pizzas!