Dining at the water’s edge is a Lake of the Ozarks official pastime. Waterfront restaurants abound, and on summer nights, they’re all hopping. But what about breakfast on the water? A morning cruise across the glassy Lake still undisturbed by summertime boaters, docking at a waterfront restaurant and sauntering up for a meal and view that can’t be beat? Sounds like the perfect start to a Lake day.

Here are seven places worth visiting for breakfast on the Lake. (Don’t forget to call or check the restaurant’s website/social media before you go, to make sure they’re open.)

JB’s Boathouse at Margaritaville

Every single thing feels clean, casual, and nautical when you step into JB’s Boathouse. The breakfast menu keys in on the Chef Specialties: we ordered the Southwestern Skillet that piles spicy chorizo atop potatoes with cheese and peppers, topped by a sunny side up egg, avocado slices, lime crema, and queso fresco. In step with Margaritaville’s “casual-luxe” beachside flair, most of the chef’s specials feature a touch of lime (brilliantly!), whether it’s the lime crema atop the Skillets or Chilaquiles, or the lime hollandaise giving that Key West feel to the Omelet or Eggs Benedict. Then there are the “Special Concoctions” — the Brunch Punch that blends light and dark rum with orange and pineapple juices and grenadine, or the Perfect Bloody Maria, a tequila-twist on a breakfast classic.

26 MM – 573-348-3131 – tan-tar-a.com – 494 Tan Tar A Dr., Osage Beach, Missouri 65065

Jolly Rogers Grub And Grog

When your crew is starvin’ there’s no need to parley over where to eat. Just sail ‘em to this pirate-themed restaurant for some delicious grub. Known o’er all the Ozarks for best Bloody Mary Bar on the Lake, there’s plenty here to please all ages! The brunch buffet boasts a variety that’ll leave no pirate with an excuse to leave hungry, including made-to-order omelets, French toast, pancakes, fresh fruit, pastries, and more. Jolly Rogers prides itself on being family friendly with cruises aboard the Pirate Ship Calypso, Treasure Hunt Adventures, costumed staff and sometimes the chance for photo ops with a real parrot. It’s a fun, unique, atmosphere that everyone enjoys! Drop anchor (actually, please just tie up at one of the many dock slips!) and send the sprogs to the playground while the old salts enjoy a Bloody Mary or Bottomless Mimosas.

Schedule: The Breakfast Buffet runs 7 days a week from Memorial weekend to Labor Day. The Brunch is Saturdays and the Grand Pirate Feast Brunch is Sundays.

6 MM Gravois Arm – 573-392-0700 – grubngrog.com – 28443 Polk Dr., Rocky Mount, Missouri 65072

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