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Dining Downtown - Finding 11 Excellent Eateries in Branson’s Historic District!

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Dining Downtown - Finding 11 Excellent Eateries in Branson’s Historic District!

Any loyal Branson guest has certainly discovered the Historic Downtown District, a fabulous area for shopping, attractions, people watching and, of course, eating!  But if you’re new to visiting the area, or haven’t yet explored the restaurant scene in this popular neck of the woods, we’re ready to get your mouth watering for some great food!  We’ll explore both Downtown proper, as well as the famous Branson Landing dining, shopping, and entertainment mecca. No matter the meal or time of day, you’ll find plenty of options, both those unique to Branson, as well as brand name favorites. 

As we did with other recent dining articles, we’ll refer you back to an earlier post for additional information on “repeats,” and we’ll include a link to listings for restaurants featured on our sister site, (For information on specific types of food, here are a few helpful posts:  “Branson’s Sweetest Eatin’ - 6 Unique Places to Satisfy Your Sweet Tooth!” -- “Pizza in Branson - 25 Unique Options & Familiar Brands!” -- “Branson MO - Finding Your Best Burger in Your Favorite Place!” -- “Branson Loves Barbecue - These 8 Places Prove It!” -- “Branson Dining - Delicious Mexican Cuisine in the Music City!” -- “Branson Has International Options for Dining? You Bet It Does!”  And for folks who like to enjoy some entertainment while they dine: “Branson Excels at “Dinner and a Show” - 13 Options for Mealtime Entertainment!

To keep the list manageable, we aren’t including information on every restaurant, but we will mention a few additional places at the end of the post. And now, without further ado, here a 11 places to find a good meal in Historic Downtown Branson:

1. Black Oak Grill:  Slated to grow as a chain, there are currently two locations for this popular dining spot, and the original can be found at Branson Landing.  Known for fresh ingredients, an upscale feel in a casual dining setting, and many locally-sourced items.  

Sample Menu Items:  Crispy Buttermilk Battered Chicken Salad -- Fried Goat Cheese -- Smoked Chicken & Avocado Club Sandwich -- Baby Back Ribs -- Iron Skillet Trout -- Mason Jar Brownie

Location:  601 Branson Landing Boulevard (Belk end of the center)

Schedule:  11:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. Sunday through Thursday -- 11:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. Friday & Saturday

Don’t miss...the opportunity to dine on the patio and enjoy the view!

2. Big Whiskey’s American Restaurant & Bar:  With about a dozen locations, Big Whiskey’s boasts a great spot at Branson Landing, easily accessible on foot when walking from the center of Downtown.  Good burgers and other sandwiches, and a popular Happy Hour with $5 appetizers helps make this a fun spot for anyone!

Sample Menu Items:  Buffalo Chicken Wontons -- Maple Apple Salad -- Viking Burger -- Garlic Parmesan Chicken -- Bourbon Glazed Salmon -- Sriracha Steak Tacos -- Chicken Ranch Alfredo Pasta

Location:  301 Branson Landing Boulevard (by traffic light where the Boulevard intersects with Main Street)

Schedule:  11:00 a.m. to 12:00 midnight Sunday through Thursday -- 11:00 a.m. to 1:30 a.m. Friday & Saturday  

Don’t miss...Happy Hour from 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. Monday through Friday

3. Branson Cafe:  Featured in our post on “Diners” and included in the “Breakfast” post, Branson Cafe deserves a spot on every recommended dining list!  Unique to Branson, operating for decades, serving up tasty comfort foods and incredible baked goods, it’s a favorite for locals and loyal guests alike.

Sample Menu Items:  Grilled Cod Sandwich -- Chili Cheeseburger -- Fresh Fried Chicken -- Open Face Roast Beef -- Crispy Chicken Tenders -- Hillbilly Eggs Benedict -- The Branson Cafe Frito Pie -- Sweet Potato Fries  

Location:  120 West Main Street in Historic Downtown Branson (practically at the corner of Main and Veterans Boulevard)

Schedule:  6:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday through Saturday

Don’t miss...the bakery items at the front counter.

4. Cantina Laredo:  Another Branson Landing fave, you’ll enjoy an upscale Mexican dining experience here, including a fully stocked bar and a nice central location.  Offering a variety of tasty ways to enjoy everything from tacos to fajitas, they also feature a nice Kid’s Menu, catering services, and a private party room.

Sample Menu Items:  Top Shelf Guacamole -- Relleno De Camarones -- Ahi Tuna Tacos -- Steak Fajita -- Carne Asada Taco -- Chicken Enchiladas -- Chimichanga De Pollo Burrito -- Mexican Apple Pie

Location:  1001 Branson Landing

Schedule:  11:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. Sunday through Thursday -- 11:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. Friday & Saturday

Don’t Miss...dining on the covered patio right next to the fountains and Happy Hour from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. daily.

5. Dimitris' Greek Gyros & Deli:  Owned and operated by Dimitri Tsahiridis, a long-time Branson restaurateur, the Deli features delicious gyros, sandwiches, soups, salads, as well as special holiday offerings that include homemade strawberry cheesecake and Dimitri’s famous prime rib on the weekends.

Sample Menu Items:  Greek Combination Platter of Dolmas, Zanziki, Hummus, & Spanakopita -- Chicken Gyro -- Corned Beef Sandwich -- Greek Salad -- Garlic Potatoes -- Falafel -- Moussaka -- Baklava -- Spumoni

Location:  111 East Main Street

Schedule:  11:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. Monday through Saturday -- 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Sunday

Don’t miss...meeting the owner, Dimitri, he’s often right there in the kitchen preparing your meal.

6. Farmhouse Restaurant:  Also featured in the “Diners” article, and also like Branson Cafe, Farmhouse is a local institution - you have to eat here at least once, but we’re guessing you’ll become a regular, just like everyone else!  Famous for their house-made Blackberry Cobbler.

Sample Menu Items:  Vegetable Beef Soup -- Chicken & Dumplings -- Hot Ham & Cheese Sandwich -- Flame-Grilled Pork Chop -- Fried Okra -- Two Biscuits & Gravy -- Spanish Omelet -- Blackberry Cobbler 

Location:  119 West Main in Historic Downtown Branson (across the street from the Branson Cafe)

Schedule:  7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. daily (closing hours may extend to accommodate demand)

Don’t miss...breakfast, it’s served any time, and Blackberry Cobbler no matter the meal!

7. Level 2 Steakhouse:  Located in Branson’s Convention Center, Level 2 offers an upscale, white tablecloth dining atmosphere with exquisite steaks, locally grown produce, specialty appetizers, fresh seafood flown in from Hawaii, and a neat treat for frequent steak diners, their own knife engraved with their name!

Sample Menu Items:  Grilled Baby Lamb Chops -- Fried Deviled Egg -- Dove Creek Wagyu Cattle Company Burger -- Spice Rubbed Ahi Tuna Steak -- Kansas City Strip Steak -- Prime Rib -- Grilled Asparagus

Location:  200 East Main Street - inside Convention Center/Hilton Hotel

Schedule:  6:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. for breakfast -- 11:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. for lunch -- 5:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. for dinner - daily, but schedule may change seasonally

Don’t miss...trying a signature house-made dessert, and taking advantage of free valet parking at the front entrance to the Hilton Hotel (facing Main Street.)

8. MoMo Sushi & Grill:  Offering a nice variety of sushi rolls and other tasty, tempting treats, this eclectic eatery sits between the main drag of Downtown and the Branson Landing, easily walkable from either area, and it’s recommended as parking in front of the restaurant can get busy, which tells you how good it is!

Sample Menu Items:  Flying Fish Egg Sushi -- Green Mussel Sushi -- Spicy Rainbow Roll -- Avocado Bomb -- Sashimi Sampler -- Albacore Tataki -- Seaweed Salad -- Shrimp Teriyaki -- Seafood Yaki Udon 

Location:  120 North Sycamore (If you haven’t been to Branson in years, you’ll remember it as the former home of Rocky’s Italian Restaurant - sorry, Rocky’s is no more...we’re sad, too!  But give this place a try, it’s fantastic!)

Schedule:  11:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. Monday through Thursday -- 11:30 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. Friday & Saturday -- 12:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Sunday

Don’t miss...trying a refreshing mixed drink from the bar, perfect with your sushi or any meal.

9. Noodles 22:  A nice, eclectic eatery housed in the former location of Table 22 (they had seating for just 22, hence the name that was partially carried on,) this delightful little spot has become a favorite for noodle dishes, especially the poor student’s meal staple that’s suddenly become an in-demand entree - Ramen!

Sample Menu Items:  Spicy Edamame -- Fried Calamari -- Pork Dumpling -- House Style Fried Rice -- Curry Bowl -- Shin Ramen Noodle Soup -- Thai Spicy Drunken Noodle -- Thai Stir Fried Noodle -- Yum Yum Noodle

Location:  114 East Main Street (just across the street from the Greek Deli)

Schedule:  11:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. for lunch -- 4:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. for dinner daily

Don’t miss...any of the Ramen items, of course!

10. Waxy O’Shea’s Irish Pub & Restaurant:  Featured in our post on Branson’s Nightlife, Waxy’s isn’t just a great hang for buddies, it’s an excellent restaurant with an impressive menu.  Burgers, soups, salads, stews, snacks, and authentic Irish eats, Waxy’s is a highlight of unique dining offered Downtown and at The Landing.

Sample Menu Items:  Drunken Shrimp -- Scotch Eggs -- Guinness Beef on Brie -- Waxy’s Cheeseburger -- Dublin Coddle -- Corned Beef & Cabbage Boxty -- Ellis Island Reuben Sandwich -- Bangers & Mash

Location:  235 Branson Landing Boulevard - Branson Landing - Historic Downtown Branson

Schedule:  11:00 a.m. to 1:30 a.m. Monday through Saturday -- 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 a.m. Sunday

Don’t miss...Happy Hour, typically 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. and 10:00 p.m. to 12:00 a.m. and your only Branson opportunity to enjoy true Irish cuisine!

11. White River Fish House:  One of the several restaurants owned by Bass Pro Shops, the Fish House sits right on Lake Taneycomo (floating) next to the Landing and features a full bar. Offering a nice selection of fish, including Catfish and Ozarks Trout, along with burgers, sandwiches, and more, it’s topped off with a great view!

Sample Menu Items:  Canadian Walleye -- Shrimp Bonetti -- Alligator -- Pan Seared Halibut -- White River Salad -- Bacon Wrapped Duck Poppers -- Salt & Pepper Calamari -- Brisket Sandwich -- Key Lime Pie

Location:  1 Bass Pro Drive (Branson Landing - just down the water from Bass Pro Shops and before Main Street Marina

Schedule:  11:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 11:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. Friday & Saturday and 11:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Sunday for Summer -- 11:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 11:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Sunday for Spring & Fall -- 11:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. daily for Winter

Don’t miss...the Trout, the view, trying an Impossible Burger, and taking advantage of the bar offerings.

As we said above, this isn’t every place to eat in Historic Downtown Branson, not by a long shot!  The list of other good restaurants includes Clocker’s Cafe, Revive Juice Company, Famous Dave’s BBQ, Joe’s Crab Shack, The Paddlewheel, Garfield’s Restaurant & Pub, Landshark Bar & Grill, Saltgrass Steak House, and Smith Creek Moonshine Distillery.  

If you’re looking to get your fill at a Branson buffet:  “Branson Buffets - 16 Places for Belly Fillin’ Fantastic Food!” - or for a good down-home diner experience:  “Branson’s 10 Best Diners - Finding Comfort Food Favorites!

While in Branson’s charming downtown, make sure you take in more than the local eats, check out a show at Hot Hits Theatre, live theater at the Branson Arts Council - now holding court in the historic Owen Theater, and the legendary Dick’s 5 & 10, famous for everything from souvenirs and uniquely themed galleries of merchandise to quaint items like you-haven’t-seen-it-since childhood candies and toys, as well as a variety of independent shops that sell clothing, jewelry, Aromatique fragrance goods, and genuine artwork at Peter Engler Designs - there’s even a family-owned shoe store specializing in women’s sizes from extra wide to extra narrow, and everything in-between.  And Branson Landing offers so much more than across Lake Taneycomo on Parakeet Pete’s Waterfront Zipline - catch a free concert at the fountains - shop to your heart’s content - and partake in some excellent people watching!