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Best Branson Restaurants

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The best Branson restaurants dish up a variety of cuisines. Along with tasty country cooking and other American favorites, you’ll find Chinese, Greek, Italian, Japanese, Mexican, Mediterranean, Thai and other international fare. If you have to have your favorite fast food, you’ll most likely find it here. Branson is a casual, laid-back town, but it does offer a few fine dining options with impressive wine lists and settings. Branson Landing features several popular restaurants, some with views of the fountain and Lake Taneycomo. The five-mile-long Strip teems with options ranging from diners, sandwich shops and buffet restaurants to steakhouses and full-service restaurants. Any number of pastry shops and ice cream parlors will satisfy your sweet tooth. No matter what sounds good, the best Branson restaurants will take care of you.

Level 2 Steakhouse

Neighborhood: HistoricDowntown Branson Price: Expensive

Specializing in Midwest corn-fed beef aged 28 days, Branson’s newest fine dining restaurant is a carnivore’s delight. Choosing a main dish at Level 2 Steakhouse isn’t the end of the decisions. Steak eaters also get to select from five styles of knives. Non-carnivores, take heart; the menu also features Ahi tuna and other seafood flown in daily from Hawaii. Soft lighting, gray walls and gold draperies create an elegant setting — the kind worth dressing up for, even in a casual-attire kind of town. Curved, polished wood booths create intimate nooks. Located downtown in the Hilton Branson Convention Center hotel, this top Branson restaurant wisely provides complimentary valet parking.

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Candlestick Inn

Neighborhood: Branson Landing Price: Expensive

Situated atop a ridge on the east side of Lake Taneycomo, Candlestick Inn commands a rare view of Branson Landing and The Strip stretching to the west. The setting sun, Branson Landing Fountain’s light and fire shows and night skies studded with stars add to the romantic ambiance, makes this one of the best Branson restaurants if you want to enjoy a fine meal in a gorgeous setting. But the Candlestick Inn’s popularity derives primarily from the menu’s variety and consistent quality, and the attentiveness of the service.  Selections change nightly, but always include fine meats, fresh seafood flown in daily, and vegetarian dishes. You might find “frenched” (fat trimmed and rib bone scraped) elk rack with ground mustard beurre blanc. A favorite special-occasion restaurant for locals, it has won many awards, including Best Branson Restaurant 2010. 

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Chateau Grille at Chateau on the Lake

Neighborhood: Table Rock Lake Price: Expensive

If your definition of fine dining means white linen tablecloths, look elsewhere. The Chateau Grille prefers to showcase the beauty of its lacquered walnut tables. Come here to enjoy dining as an experience in itself, not a meal between attractions and a show. The restaurant features a six-page selection of top quality wines, including Stags’ Leap Cabernet Sauvignon and Jordan Russian River Valley Chardonnay. The wine list won the Wine Spectator’s 2008 Award of Excellence. If you are a gourmet cook (or a wannabe) who’s eager to discuss preparation, recipes and wine pairings, consider dining at the Chef’s Table. Tables near the windows have premium views of Table Rock Lake framed by the Ozarks. 

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Bleu Olive

Neighborhood: HistoricDowntown Branson Price: Moderate

Although this popular Mediterranean grill is only two blocks off Main Street in Historic Downtown Branson, those not familiar with the area may doubt the entrance really is at the bottom of the narrow concrete steps alongside Chappy Mall. It is — and it’s safe. (No need for big city street smarts here.) Inside, the Bleu Olive has two large dining areas with natural light pouring in through tall windows and a bar in the back. The interior design emphasizes simple, clean lines. From fried calamari served with pepperoncini remoulade and Moroccan tomato jam to Spanish paella, this popular grill has something for everyone, making this delightful restaurant one of the best places to eat in Branson. The cocktails people choose to order — Stiletto, Flirtini, Raging Bull — can serve as amusing conversation starters between strangers at the bar.

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Texas Land & Cattle Steak House

Neighborhood: Branson Landing Price: Moderate

Steak is this restaurant’s claim to fame, and rightfully so. Try your steak encrusted with peppercorn, wrapped in bacon, hickory-smoked or simply mesquite-grilled. You can count on it arriving done just as you ordered. For a lighter meal, order the Steakhouse Salad of sliced steak medallions with mixed greens, diced tomatoes, red onion rings, bleu cheese crumbles and tortilla strips. Texas Land's menu also offers non-beef items, such as the fish tacos stuffed with hand-breaded, crispy tilapia and topped with ancho chile (dried poblano) sauce. The variety of food, as well as the quality, makes Texas Land one of the top Branson restaurants. With high ceilings, gleaming wood tables and dark leather booths, this well-lit restaurant feels spacious and inviting. On pleasant days, get a table on the patio to watch Branson Landing Fountain’s fire and water show while you dine. The restaurant’s patio is also a prime spot for catching summer concerts held in the amphitheater outside its entrance.

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Cantina Laredo

Neighborhood: Branson Landing Price: Moderate

This Mexican restaurant’s prime location in the Branson Landing Town Square makes it a happening place. Surrounded by upscale stores and condos, it overlooks the fountain’s captivating water and fire show. On open-air concert nights, getting a table on the balcony terrace provides both a birds-eye view and a comfortable place to enjoy the performance. Or order your own show — guacamole prepared tableside. Among popular items are camarones escondidos, a grilled chicken breast stuffed with shrimp and topped with sautéed spinach, mushrooms and a chipotle-wine sauce, and carne asada, a grilled steak topped with poblano peppers and onions.

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Vasken's International Deli

Neighborhood: Shepherd of the Hills Expressway Price: Budget

Tucked away in a stone office complex across from the Branson Heart Center, Vasken’s International Deli can be difficult to find the first time. But it’s worth the search. This is a favorite with locals, from professionals to Branson entertainers. “Star sightings” are common here. The owners take pride in using fresh ingredients and making everything from scratch. The word “international” in the deli’s name isn’t used lightly. In a town that favors traditional American food, Vasken’s gives the palate an opportunity to savor international flavors, like gyros, shawarma, and muffaletas. To stir up the international pot, desserts include French pastries. Vasken's International Deli is one of the best Branson restaurants for those who want a delicious taste of another culture.

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McFarlain's

Neighborhood: Shepherd of the Hills Expressway Price: Budget

This local family restaurant specializes in the home-style cooking of the Ozarks. Banquettes inside open barn-like stalls line the walls, and wagon-wheel chandeliers hang above the main dining area. Yup, McFarlain's is country. And the hearty food selections fit the theme. Locals rave about its honey cornbread, fried green tomatoes and chicken potpie. Dessert fans face the quandary of which freshly-baked fruit pie to choose. All beverages are non-alcoholic. Its location in the IMAX complex is a double-edged sword. You can shop, take in a show and eat all under the same roof. But so can everyone else, which in peak seasons can lead to long waits for this top Branson restaurant. 

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Casa Fuentes Mexican Restaurant

Neighborhood: The Strip Price: Budget

Located along a heavily traveled section of The Strip, this tiny Mexican restaurant is not easy to get into. Casa Fuentes's parking is limited and the dining area in the brick, ranch-style house holds only a few tables. Yet Mexican food fans have been faithfully frequenting this small, simple place for nearly 15 years. From sopes to carne en salsa verde, menu items draw upon the Mexican owner’s family recipes. Some items, such as spinach enchiladas, cater more to bland Norteamericano preferences. We love the shrimp fajitas, margaritas on the rocks and Casa Fuentes’ homemade salsa, served with chips to folks lucky enough to get a table. 

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Danna's Bar-B-Que & Burger Shop

Neighborhood: Highway 165 Price: Budget

Ask locals where to get the best pulled pork sandwich, juicy burger, delicately fried catfish, smoked chicken or barbecued beef bottom round and most of them will exclaim: “Danna’s!” This family-run eatery’s barbecued meats are prepared using the traditional, slow, hickory-smoked process. The meat is marinated, spiced with their secret rub and then slowly smoked until it falls off the bone. H-m-m, h-m-m! Don’t want meat? Then indulge in the one-pound stuffed potato, followed by the homemade brownie with custard. Beer is available. Just step up to the counter to place your order with one of the friendly staff. Then get comfortable at a sturdy wood table in the dining area and admire the local art pieces on the walls. Within minutes, a server will bring you your personal feast. Danna’s also has restaurants in nearby West Branson and Kirbyville. To avoid disappointment, remember that Danna’s is closed on Sunday.

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