The Ozark town of Branson in southwest Missouri is a popular family vacation and is packed with fun for the whole family such as the 1800s-themed amusement park with live music known as Silver Dollar City and the Wild West-style Dolly Parton’s Dixie Stampede Dinner Attraction. The city also has several excellent restaurants for romantic dining ranging from fantastic Mexican cuisine and margaritas at Cantina Laredo to classic Italian fare at Florentina's Ristorante Italiano. Here are some of Branson’s top spots for intimate dinners and special celebrations. CDC information for travelers. Hours/availability may have changed.


1.Cantina Laredo

Cantina Laredo
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Located in Branson Landing, Cantina Laredo is a casual chain restaurant that specializes in authentic Mexican and creative cocktails in a modern setting. The restaurant has contemporary décor in warm wooden tones, leather banquette seating and a curved bar that serves a variety of libations, including craft and draft beers on tap and by the bottle, casual wines from around the world, and craft cocktails. An inventive menu features classic Mexican cuisine prepared with locally sourced ingredients such as fresh seafood and fish, grass-fed beef, lamb and chicken, and organic salads and vegetables, including tacos, fajitas, pollo chipotle, and quesadillas. Cantina Laredo is renowned for its award-winning margarita known as the Casa Rita, which is made from the highest quality tequila and fresh lime juice. The restaurant is open for lunch and dinner daily.

1001 Branson Landing Blvd, Branson, MO 65616, Phone: 417-334-6062

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2.Florentina's Ristorante Italiano

Florentina's Ristorante Italiano
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Inspired by the sun-kissed beauty of Tuscany, Florentina's Ristorante Italiano is a romantic restaurant in the heart of Branson that a menu of classic Italian cuisine from both the Southern and Northern regions if Italy. Open for lunch and early dinner seven days a week, the family-owned and operated restaurant offers a variety of Italian favorites, including antipasti platters, appetizers, house-made pasta, meat, chicken and fish entrées, and sweet desserts. Signature dishes include Seafood Ravioli and Pork Shan Osso Buco, and the cuisine is accompanied by a range of casual Italian wines, craft and imported beers, and classic cocktails. Florentina's Ristorante Italiano is open for lunch and dinner daily.

2690 Green Mountain Dr, Branson, MO 65616, Phone: 417-337-9882

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3.India Clay Oven

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Located in the Vista Plaza, India Clay Oven is a warm and easy-going ethnic restaurant that serves an impressive array of traditional North Indian dishes and clay-oven specialties. The brightly decorated restaurant has comfortable tables and ornate drapes and serves a region-hopping menu of fare, which includes a robust selection of fresh seafood and hearty vegetarian dishes. Tuck into mouth-watering delights such as onion bhaji, spiced chickpea luchi bhaji, seekh kabab chicken vindaloo, lamb rogan josh, and lauki ka kofta, as well as signature Indian curries, chicken tikka masala, and Akbari vegetable biryani, using only the freshest, healthiest and authentic ingredients. Finish off the meal with sweet desserts like mango ice cream, milky masala chai, and mukhwas. India Clay Oven is open for lunch and dinner, daily.

2005 W 76 Country Blvd, Branson, MO 65616, Phone: 417-973-0044

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4.Black Oak Grill

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Located in Branson Landing, the Black Oak Grill is a relaxed yet refined restaurant that serves New American cuisine in an urban-chic atmosphere. Boasting a spacious dining room with high ceilings, modern décor, an island-style bar and a charming outdoor deck for alfresco dining in the summer, the restaurant serves a menu of casual American fare such as burgers, steaks, fresh fish, salads, and vegetarian options. The food is prepared from scratch using locally sourced ingredients, and signature dishes include a classic Reuben sandwich, grilled meatloaf with mashed potatoes, smoked almond-crusted iron-skillet trout, and the Over-the-Top burger with bacon and house-pickled jalapenos. The bar serves a range of handcrafted cocktails, easy-drinking wines from around the world, and premium beers, which can be enjoyed with the food for lunch and dinner daily.

601 Branson Landing Blvd #2089, Branson, MO 65616, Phone: 417-239-0063

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5.Mitsu Neko Fusion Cuisine and Sushi Bar

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Located on Country Boulevard, Mitsu Neko Fusion Cuisine and Sushi Bar is a contemporary Japanese restaurant with modern décor that brings the tastes of Asian to the heart of Branson. The sleek, wood-floored eatery is decorated in elegant and stylish décor and serves a menu of Japanese cuisine such as fresh handmade sushi, sashimi, nigiri, California rolls and an array of hibachi, teppanyaki, and seasonal tempura. Contemporary dishes include Balsamic Steak, Vermouth-Saffron Sea Bass or Grouper, Seared Salmon, Chicken Teriyaki, and Creamy Sauteed Shrimp, and beverages range from casual wines to classic cocktails. Mitsu Neko Fusion Cuisine and Sushi Bar is open for lunch and dinner, Wednesday through Saturday, and dinner only on Tuesdays.

1819 W 76 Country Blvd, Branson, MO 65616, Phone: 417-336-1819

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6.Level 2 Steakhouse

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Located in the Hilton Branson Convention Center, Level 2 Steakhouse is an acclaimed steakhouse and cocktail lounge that specializes in serving the finest custom-aged U.S. prime mid-western beef steaks and other cuts of meat, along with fresh seafood dishes and an impressive selection of world-class wines. The elegant restaurant features a beautifully appointed dining room decorated in dark hues with red accents, leather seating and framed black and white photographs of jazz greats and serves a menu of traditional steakhouse fare. The cuisine is accompanied by a range of fine wines from around the globe, craft and imported beers, and classic cocktails from the Level 2 Bar and Lounge. Level 2 Steakhouse is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, daily.

200 E Main St, Branson, MO 65616, Phone: 417-243-3433

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7.Shogun Japanese Steak and Sushi

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Located in the Falls Village Call Center, Shogun Japanese Steak and Sushi is a stylish and sophisticated Japanese-inspired steakhouse that specializes in upscale teppanyaki grills, sushi and sashimi dishes, and specialty cocktails in a refined atmosphere. The restaurant offers a unique dining experience with a menu of sublime Japanese cuisine and prime USDA steaks, and serves a wide range of delicious dishes from across Asia, including tataki, tempura, teriyaki, hibachi, sushi, sashimi, California rolls, udon, ramen, and various noodles dishes as well as prime USDA steaks and chophouse fare. A full-service bar offers craft beers and microbrews by the bottle or on tap, top-shelf spirits, classic cocktails, and fine wines from around the world. Shogun Japanese Steak and Sushi is open for lunch Tuesday through Saturday, and dinner only on Mondays and Sundays.

3265 Falls Pkwy, Branson, MO 65616, Phone: 417-332-0260

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More Ideas in Branson: Branson Scenic Railway

Located in Branson, Missouri, the Branson Scenic Railway is a historic passenger railroad offering 40-mile roundtrip picturesque tourist excursions through Branson’s downtown business and entertainment area and the nearby Ozark Mountain range. The city of Branson, Missouri primarily owes its status as a major tourist destination to its railroad operation at the turn of the 20th century.

History

Early business in the Branson area dates back to 1882, with the opening of a country store and post office by Rueben S. Branson, near the confluence of the White River and Roark Creek. Development of a small town, named Lucia at the time, followed Branson’s development, and in 1902, the White River Railway began to develop a route through the area. Because of the rugged terrain of the Ozark Mountains area, construction for the railway proved difficult, requiring thousands of workers and more than $12 million in construction costs to achieve its 1905 start of operations. Following the opening of the railroad line, which ran between between Batesville, Arkansas and Carthage, Missouri, the area started to develop as a tourist destination, earning the nickname the “Live Entertainment Capital of the World” by the 1990s. The railroad route was eventually incorporated into the Missouri Pacific Railroad, and later, into the Missouri and Northern Arkansas Railroad. In 1993, the rail line entered into an agreement with the MNA to create the Branson Scenic Railway for the purposes of historic tourist railway excursions.

Routes and Tours

Today, the White River Route departs out of Branson’s historic 1905 depot station and operates two routes from March through December, a northbound route to Galena, Missouri and the James River Valley and a southbound route to Arkansas’ Barren Fork Trestle. Much of the route’s territory is fully inaccessible by car and other transportation, offering unique views of the Ozark Mountains that cannot otherwise be reached by tourists. Two to five train routes operate daily according to seasonal schedules, embarking for morning, afternoon, and evening tours. As the railway shares its route with operating commercial lines, excursion route direction is determined by the MNA immediately prior to departure due to traffic and track conditions.

Within the Branson area, the train’s route runs next to the White River, renamed Lake Taneycomo within Branson city limits as a result of its confinement by the Powersite Dam in 1913. Once the route leaves Branson city limits, the railway traverses through the Ozark Mountains, crossing a number of tunnels and trestles, including Crest Tunnel, Cricket Tunnel, and Walnut Creek Trestle. All Railway excursions are fully narrated, highlighting natural and cultural landmarks such as the ghost towns of Melva, Gretna, and Ruth. Routes travel approximately 20 miles from Branson before returning along the same tracks, with excursions lasting approximately one hour and 40 minutes. Due to limited seating space, advance reservations are strongly recommended for all excursions.

For northbound excursions, a 1951 EMD F9PH locomotive is used, originally constructed for the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad and formerly used as part of Maryland’s MARC train system. Southbound excursions are powered by a 1962 EMD GP30M locomotive, a B&O Railroad train formerly used by the CSX Railroad. Seating aboard the Railway’s passenger cars is unassigned, encouraging passengers to travel freely throughout historic train cars and enjoy the panoramic views provided by the 1947 Silver Island, 1952 Silver Garden, and 1952 Silver Terrace dome cars. A concession area located within the 1951 Silver Lake Buffet Lounge car offers snacks and refreshments aboard regular excursions. Between April and October, Saturday evening dinner trains are also offered, providing traditional four-course meals by candlelight aboard a 48-seat 1956 Silver Chef Diner car.

Nearby Attractions

Since the 1980s, Branson, Missouri has risen to become one of the most popular family vacation destinations in the American South, coined the “Live Entertainment Capital of the World” after a 1991 60 Minutes feature on its many live country and popular music venues. More than 50 theaters are located along the city’s famous “Strip” portion of Highway 76, which serves as a popular destination for more than eight million annual visitors. Country and popular music stars such as the Osmonds and the Lennon Sisters perform regularly at theaters, along with a wide variety of tribute artists honoring performers such as Elvis Presley, Neil Diamond, and Patsy Cline. More than 200 retail options are offered, including the 95-acre Branson Landing shopping complex and a Tanger Outlets center. Other major attractions include the Silver Dollar City amusement park, the Hollywood Wax Museum, the Titanic Museum, and Dolly Parton’s Dixie Stampede. A variety of family-friendly outdoor activities are also offered, including go-karting, miniature golf, and horseback riding.

206 E Main St, Branson, MO 65616, Phone: 417-334-6110

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More Ideas in Branson: Chateau on the Lake

The Chateau on the Lake in Branson, Missouri offers a total of 43,500 square feet of space for events, making the venue a popular location for event planners and weddings. The site includes light-filled and spacious meeting rooms, delicious cuisine, on-site technical support, and a state-of-the-art convention center. All of this is backed by a professional and experienced staff that provide personalized and seamless service.

The amenities of the upscale Chateau on the Lake resort offer an enhanced experience for guests during events at the venue. Lake views, stunning sunsets, and romantic garden terraces all make up the property’s signature setting of the “Castle in the Ozarks.” Beautiful elements such as the alabaster chandeliers and the fountain courtyard, amazing cuisine, and the on-site team of event specialist provide an opportunity for blissful wedding ceremonies and receptions at the Branson wedding venue.

The Chateau on the Lake works with every wedding couple, offering personalized attention to create the wedding of their dreams. As one of the Midwest’s most scenic places, the venue offers an amazing lakefront location with spectacular views that guests are sure to enjoy. As guests arrive at the AAA Four Diamond Resort, they are welcomed by European style luxury and service.

Amenities and Facilities

The Chateau on the Lake, situated in Branson, is both a resort and convention center. The picturesque hotel is located right on the edge of the water of Table Rock Lake. Wedding ceremonies are breathtaking at the venue, as the bride and groom, along with their guests, enjoy the intimate exchange of vows at the Garden Terrace. The blue sky, lush landscaping, and the lake create a natural serene space for such a special moment. After the wedding ceremony, a cocktail hour can be enjoyed at the fountain courtyard.

A stunning celebration space is also provided at the Chateau on the Lake for wedding receptions. The venue’s Great Hall boasts alabaster chandeliers, an expansive area for a night of dancing and dining, and hand-painted murals featuring castles in Europe. Both the bride and groom and the wedding guests will feel an enchanting excitement as they take part in an elegant, fun, and memorable evening.

The Chateau on the Lake is able to accommodate up to 500 guests for indoor wedding ceremonies, and up to 250 guests for outdoor ceremonies. Up to 300 guests can be accommodated for indoor wedding receptions. The wedding venue offers an array of settings for ceremonies and receptions, allowing couples to choose the space that best reflects who they are.

Services

The catering team at the Chateau on the Lake offers the perfect menu for rehearsal dinners, wedding receptions, and even post-wedding brunches. The bridal party can relax at the Spa Chateau for the wedding ceremony and reception. Special rates are also offered for out-of-town guests for accommodations at the property. Wedding rentals also include tables, chairs, linens, china, glassware, setup, clean up, and more.

General Information

Chateau on the Lake is located at 415 North State Highway 265 in Branson, offers on-site parking, and is wheelchair accessible.

415 North State Highway 265, Branson, MO 65616, Phone: 888-333-5253

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More Ideas in Branson: The World’s Largest Toy Museum

The World’s Largest Toy Museum Complex in Branson, MO contains more than one million toy attractions across multiple collections and six museums. The eclectic toy collection includes toys ranging from the nineteenth century to present day. There is something for anyone of any age to appreciate and enjoy at the museum.

Branson is well-known for invoking feelings of nostalgia. It's quite possible that nothing say nostalgia better than a toy that takes people back to their childhood. From the moment visitors step out of their vehicles, they will feel like they are in a different world. Two enormous toy soldiers stand to the sides of the doors of a graphic covered building that takes visitors back to the past. Both kids and adults alike will enjoy seeing the toys, several of which are considered as Branson antiques. The museum features antique toys from just about every era that are sure to bring back fond childhood memories.

Six museums featuring various toy collections actually make up Branson's World's Largest Toy Museum Complex. These museums are the World's Largest Toy Museum, World of Checkers Museum, Harold Bell Wright Museum, Stearnsy Bear Museum, Paul Harvey Jr. Museum, and the National BB Gun Museum. All of these museums are at the same location, making it even easier for visitors to see as many toys as they like, providing an entire day of fun.

It's almost like it's Christmas every day at the World's Largest Toy Museum, an expansive antique toy museum. Visitors can rediscover the joy they felt as a child with their favorite toys and be reminded of childhood heroes like Tom Mix, Groucho Marx, and Shirley Temple. Toys from as far back as the 1800's to as new as Star Wars, from as small as a thimble to as large as a Rolls Royce can be seen at the museum. The toy shops and museums at the complex are also filled with more than a million toys for kids of all ages to enjoy. This is why the World's Largest Toy Museum is considered to be one of Branson's best museums.

There are many interactive toy exhibits for children to have fun with at the World's Largest Toy Museum, such as various coin operated rides, checkers, Lincoln Logs, and a Hot Wheels track. Along with a tour of the whole museum, the interactive toys provide hours of fun in Branson. Children of all ages can explore exhibits for Super Heroes, space toys, trains, NASCAR, cast iron toys, Disney, Barbie, A Christmas Carol, Roy Rogers, and tin toys.

Visitors looking for toy gift shops don't need to look further than the World's Largest Toy Museum. Once guests are done looking at all of the toys, they most likely will want to buy toys to take home with them from the museum's well stocked gift shops. The shops specialize in collectibles and toys that are difficult to find and won't be in other shops.

3609 West 76 Country Boulevard, Branson, Missouri, Phone: 417-332-1499

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