by Nathan Bechtold, photos by Lake Shots Photography
Redhead Lakeside Grill brings a lunch and dinner crowd, twelve months a year.
Located at 21 Mile Marker (Redhead Cove) by water, or by land at 1700 Yacht Club Drive, Osage Beach, Redhead’s docks are full of boats all summer long, and the parking lot is full of cars no matter what the season. Thanks to the accessible location by water and land, and cuisine that always hits the spot, Redhead is a perennial favorite.
Open daily at 11 a.m., Redhead’s Happy Hour runs from 3–6 p.m., Monday through Thursday, where customers get half-off on draft beer, well drinks, house wine, chicken strips, and mojo nachos. The menu strikes just the right balance between familiar and unique. Everyone loves the brick oven pizza — not because it’s just a safe default, but because it’s really, really good.
Not in the mood for pizza? Try Redhead’s fish tacos, hand-cut steaks, Redhead Burger (topped with a fried egg!), sweet-and-savory Jerk Shrimp Bowl… there’s something on the menu for everyone.
The entrance to the restaurant brings diners down a veritable “Hall of Fame” of Lake of the Ozarks boating. It’s lined with photos of the most iconic boats, personalities, and moments from Lake of the Ozarks: Dave Scott’s now-retired Nauti Marine, the late Bob Morgan and his Bad Moon Rising.
Sports fans need look no further than Redhead. The restaurant subscribes to every available sports package, and with 55+ TVs, it’s impossible to miss your game. Redhead is well-suited for hosting holiday parties or large gatherings too.
Lake of the Ozarks is the Midwest’s favorite playground, and between Memorial Day and Labor Day, vacationers abound and business is booming. But when October hits and other hotspots start closing, locals know they can still head to Redhead, whether a business lunch, dinner with friends, the big game, or a picturesque meal, lakefront, year-round.