J. Bruner's
J. Bruner's

J. Bruner's

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.jbruners.com/
  • Phone: 5733482966
  • Hours of Operation:
    Red Room Lounge opens daily at 4:30pm.

    Dinner served daily year-round: 5:00pm - 9:00pm (often later on weekends and holidays).

    Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day: Traditional Turkey, Prime Rib, and menu favorites, 3pm-9pm.

    Open for Dinner on New Year's Day at 5pm.
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Carte Blanche,Diners Club,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Seafood, Steakhouse, Prime Rib
  • Executive Chef: Shane Claspill
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Private Party Facilities: Semi-private dining rooms available for groups from 20-50. Full menu available to all groups, however, customized menus are an option.
  • Private Party Contact: Patrick Boylan 5733482966
  • Special Events: Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day: Traditional Turkey, Prime Rib, and menu favorites, 3pm-9pm.

    New Year's Eve Entertainment. Open New Year's Day at 5pm.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Lake Road 54-40 (Winn Road)
  • Parking: Private Lot
  • Parking Details: Free parking lot and main entrance in rear of restaurant on lower level. Handicap parking and entrance on upper level.
A word from J. Bruner's
You are invited to experience casual, fine dining at J. Bruner's! Savor steaks and seafood prepared using our exclusive recipes refined over the past thirty years. The warm and inviting dining rooms are the perfect setting for weekly casual dining or that special occasion. Enjoy our Red Room Lounge for a cocktail after work, cocktails before dinner, and/or a tasty ice cream drink afterwards. The best table service completes your dining experience, making J. Bruner's the Lake's Classic Steakhouse. Open 365 days a year.
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J. Bruner's reviews from OpenTable diners
32 reviews since May 23, 2014
Overall Rating4.1
  • Food4.2
    Service4.4
  • Ambiance3.9
    Noise LevelModerate
82% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (16)romantic (12)good for groups (9)fit for foodies (7)neighborhood gem (7)notable wine list (7)kid-friendly (2)late-night find (2)hot spot (1)Show More
  • Just OK
    jrde
    Dined on 9/15/2014
    Food was OK, but very pricey for the quality. My wife is allergic to crab, so we asked the server whether the lobster bisque ($10) had any crab or crab products in it. She checked and came back to tell us that she "read the box" and it did not list any crab. $10 for boxed soup? Secondly, the green beans served with the entree seemed to be from a can, not fresh. My wife ordered the beef kabobs which were good. I ordered the 8 oz. filet ($39) which had a few chewy parts and was not consistently done throughout.
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  • Luvtogolf
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    Mediocre food, high prices, no view, very dissappointed
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Old School
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    This restaurant has been a staple at the Lake for a long time and continues to remain true to the old time "supper clubs" that were very popular years ago. The food was okay but not outstanding. The "aquarium tank loop" monitor seemed odd for the high end image they try to project. The outstanding experience was our server who was incredible -- friendly, knowledgeable and fun.
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    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Awsome as always!
    Jeffb
    Dined on 9/2/2014
    As always this was another great evening of building memories, and enjoying a 5 star dinner and service. They never miss a beat.
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    hot spot, notable wine list, romantic
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Love this Place!!!!!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010VIP
    Dined on 9/2/2014
    The food was perfect. Onion rings were to die for, steak was the correct temperature with a very nice seasoning. I added a lobster tail and it was tender and juicy melts in your mouth really. Staff was great didn't over hover but didn't miss a beat. The linen and silverware are class act. Our dinning experience was relaxing and special. This classic steakhouse has been a lake icon for 34 years! They really have this down. Don't miss.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Old favorite
    Lakenewbie101
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    The restaurant has been around for many years and reflects it-- but it was an enjoyable dinner for freinds to meet for a nice dinner, Food was good but average.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • It Was "Good" - That was it
    BigJarVIP
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    Being greeted by a crabby hostess I guess is a tradition - always amazed me. The prices are high, but expected. The bread was good - served with a half of stick of butter! The sauteed chicken livers ($5) were incredible. Greasy, but nothing a cocktail napkin (I was given ONE after I asked) couldn't blot. My son got the filet mignon ($39) and I got the prime rib ($37). The steak was good and the prime rib was avg-right down to the too-much-mayo horseradish sauce served in a plastic cup that matched the au jus plastic cup. None of the salad dressings 'went with' the wedge salad-French? Blue Cheese? Sweet House? The baked potato was good. Add the 50 degree temps of the dining room and the air blowing on me, and I was pretty ready to leave.
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  • Skip Bruner's altogether
    JFF81
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    We ordered their signature mushroom appitizers which came out runny and Luke warm. Wife ordered twin lobster tails which in reality were two Langistinos for $56. I ordered the filet eight ounce for $39. Was good but around maybe five ounces. We ordered fresh green beans with bacon and almonds. They came right out of a can sans almonds and but with bacon bits. Tab with tip:$140.00 with decent glass of wine. Should have been $35.00 at Golden Coral.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Nice Evening!
    Sas212
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    Prompt seating,reservations were for 7:30pm.We selected wine,mushroom caps and onion rings to begin.The appetizers were great.I ordered the 8 oz. fillet, salad, and baked potato? The salad fresh. The potato old.The fillet good. The taste was great , it was cooked as ordered, needed to be more tender. My husband had lobster, prime rib soup and green beans. The soup was the best!The green beans were good home style.The lobster flavorful but a little chewy.The waitress was excellent.The check:Two things:there were two desserts and a coffee added to our ticket, not ours.Entrees were broken down by item instead of one menu price.We will return to J. Burners.The overall experience was very nice and we want to try other selections on the menu.
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    romantic, special occasion
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  • a bit pricey but worth it
    kyle4ashley
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    The food is phenomenal, the service is spot on, and the atmosphere is great. Candle light dinner with a significant other adds to the evening. The menu is loaded with many choices of steak and/or seafood. Plan on spending a little over $100 for two, consider that's both getting a steak dinner, a mixed drink, and dessert. We've been here twice and enjoyed it equally as much both times.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • First time a success
    Jeff
    Dined on 7/29/2014
    Visited J Bruners for the first time. We were seated promptly. Stuffed mushrooms were good. Lobster bisque was really good. My KC strip was cooked exactly as I requested. Great steak. I was a little disappointed they did not have the prime rib, but they did have a group of 65 right before we were seated. All in all, a good experience. We'll be back.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Building memories
    Jeffb
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    What a great place! Good was excellent as always, took friends from Texas they said OMG as they had never had the pleasure of batter fried lobster and if course the added the fillet. Great times as always and thanks for helping build memories for life. Love the place it's 2nd to NONE. Plus great cheerful staff.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A must go every year!
    Hjones
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    We vacation in lake of the Ozarks every summer and J. Bruners is a must go every year. The food is delicious and the service is outstanding. Lobster Mac n cheese, filet mignon, wedge salad, lobster bisque, mushroom caps - try it all -you won't be disappointed!!
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very, very disappointing.
    Horrible
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    This restaurant is way, way overpriced for the quality of food that they produce. To be fair, there was one bright spot - The french onion soup was very good. However, the rest of the meal was very substandard. I would expect this quality of food from an Applebees; however, Applebees is much better than what we had at J Bruners. The chicken breast was like rubber, the pasta sauces lacked flavor, the pork was moist but way too salty to enjoy, and the filet was good but for $40 the portion should have been much larger (to be comparable to many other restaurants). We will not return to this restaurant. The red lighting was very strange as you enter into the restaurant....strip club or 1970s restaurant?
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  • Out of town diner
    Steak4me
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    We have gone to this restaurant for special occasions for approximately 10 years. We know in advance that we will get an outstanding steak. I would recommend it to anyone that's looking for an exceptional dining experience.
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    kid-friendly, good for groups, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • 1234
    Dined on 7/4/2014
    The food and wait staff were spot on. I would come back.
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    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Happy Father's Day
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010VIP
    Dined on 6/16/2014
    I invited my Dad, my husband and my boys here for father's day. My table full of beef eaters say this is the best steak anywhere. They added lobster tails broiled and fried and loved them. J. Bruner's made this daughter and wife a real hit for father's day and I just had to make the reservation. Staff was spot on. I can't say enough about the seamless attention to detail. We had a terrific time.
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    special occasion
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  • Great as Usual
    Relaxing
    Dined on 6/15/2014
    This is our go to place for quiet family celebrations. I especially appreciate that the dining area is arranged as to provide some privacy at the table and plenty of space for the dining party and servers.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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  • Another great meal!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    We had a ton of houseguests and at the lat minute, we decided to take everyone to dinner at J Bruners. What a great decision! It's not inexpensive. It's not KC/STL fancy. It's just really good. We had a group of 10 people. 7 had never eaten there before. And everyone said it was the best meal they'd ever enjoyed. Onion rings. Salad dressings. Croutons. Oh, the croutons. Great steaks. Great seafood. Love this place.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best lake restaurant
    Ray845
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    Consistently fine steaks and seafood. If you think you've had good onion rings before, try Bruner's and be amazed.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Will be back
    Camelot
    Dined on 6/3/2014
    The food was wonderful...but that aside. our waitress Anji was just a hoot and she should get a raise! What a nice, relaxing and fun time we had. Anji was around just enough to bring and take food, joined in on conversations, but also was invisible to allow for private conversations. Onion rings out of this world. salmon with dill sauce ...salmon done to perfection...dill sauce alittle pasty/starchy for my taste.
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    neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • special evening
    luvyrplace
    Dined on 5/31/2014
    When looking for that just right spot to have a relaxful, special, evening of quality food, outstanding service try J Bruner's!!! While at our lake placed we always make it a point to plan one evening out and that usually includes a trip to J Bruner's. Easy to find, has exceptional food, and the best service at the lake makes for a great time.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Cindy
    Dined on 5/25/2014
    Best onion rings ever! Stephanie is the best! Gotta try the ice cream sundae!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Time with the family
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010VIP
    Dined on 5/24/2014
    Service and food were excellent I was with a large party and it was terrific.
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    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 8 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 23, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.4
    • Food4.8
    • Ambiance4
    • Service4.6
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • The following 284 reviews are from the J. Bruner's reviews archive.
  • A most excellent experience
    Wildgreen
    Dined on 4/25/2014
    One the best meals we enjoyed on many years.. The onion rings are to die for. The French onion soup was unique and had marvelous flavor not overwhelmed by salt. Very tender and juicy steaks. We had a filet and strip combo that was superb. We were surprised the restaurant wasn't busy for a Friday night but it is at Lake of the Ozarks and the season isn't high yet. Great service. Friendly quiet atmosphere. we will go again and again.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Romantic, special occasion, Notable Wine List
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  • Best place at the Lake hands down
    Lynn2dine
    Dined on 3/29/2014
    We have a condo at the lake and make it a point to eat there at least once per visit. Great chef!! Great service!!! Absolutely delicious!!! I always get the spinach salad with there got bacon dressing, I get there onion soup, filet and sometimes lobster with it. It's the best food around. Try it you will love it.
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    good for groups, romantic, hot spot, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not up to expectations
    KenM
    Dined on 3/7/2014
    Having heard positive comments about J Bruner's in the past, I finally decided to give it a try. The appetizer selection was so small as to include nothing my fiancé or myself had any interest in. I am a huge fan of French onion soup. This soup tasted like it came out of a can. The waitress did offer to replace it when she noticed I wasn't eating it. The lobster bisque was better, but still not good. My prime rib was nothing to write home about, and my fiancées filet was tough and with an unpleasant flavor. Finally the dessert, some marbled cake that I don't remember the name of, but that was one my fiance's favorites tasted like it was a week old. We will not return to this restaurant. I will say the service was acceptable.
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  • lake classic
    DannyVIP
    Dined on 2/18/2014
    J Brunners just keeps on delivering great cuisine and excellent service. I had the filet, which is always great, my wife had the chicken liver saute with mushrooms another great pick, we had baked potato and asparagus also classic goodies. We had a bottle of Concannon Petite Syrah at only $20 is a real bargain and excellent, my only comment that is negative is that the interior does need an update from the dark woodwork and dark interior
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    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • All Time Favorite
    MOHayfarmer
    Dined on 2/17/2014
    J.Bruner's has been my favorite local restaurant since it's opening night in the early '80's (?). It's nolonger "local" for us as we moved a considerable distance away, so it has become our 'special occasions' place to dine. Never too far to drive for a special occasion!
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent Steak
    Reviewer
    Dined on 2/15/2014
    The food was wonderful and the prices were very reasonable. We ordered the lobster mac and cheese, spinach salad, 2 sides, and desert all to be shared by 2. Then we each ordered steaks individually. It was the perfect amount of food for two people. The ambiance is not great, but we care much more about food quality and taste than atmosphere.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Of course
    Jeffb
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    Simply put J Bruners is our first and only choice at lake of the Ozarks. When I takes wife to J Bruners I never have to worry about anything from the moment we walk in we are treated like royalty, from the bar staff to our server Anji, to the food being prepared by Chef Shane it is always 5 Star. When I think of where can I get the perfect meal I say " of course" it's J Bruners.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • You wont regret this....
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    This is up-scale dining and the food is by far the best youll taste. I have been 3 times now and Ive never left disappointed. Food, service, and atmosphere is all amazing!
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    notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • elegant and delicious!
    melmoon
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    Great atmosphere, service, and the food lives up to its reputation.
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    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food Business-60 years
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    After receiving appetizer and bread it was about 30 to 40 minutes later and no salad. I asked the waitress if we would get our salad before the main course. She said she had 20 years experience and would get our salad right away. The rest of the meal came on time. The broth in the French onion soup had no flavor, too watered down. Because of the slowness in receiving the salad people who sat down after us were going home before us. Will be back but not as often. We spent close to $200.00.
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    notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best prime rib!! Only on Friday
    Sarah
    Dined on 1/25/2014
    Best prime rib!! Only on Friday & Saturday night so if you go then it is a must have!
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    good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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  • Service is stellar
    Cindy
    Dined on 1/17/2014
    We always enjoy our time at the Lake even better when we include J Bruner's. The food is outstanding (the onion rings ROCK) but the service is stellar! We enjoy the personalization and attention to details and always leave feeling great (and full) about the evening! THANKS!
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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  • The food was superb and prepared
    Brenda
    Dined on 1/11/2014
    The food was superb and prepared as ordered. Service was excellent. Staff was very friendly and helpful.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great food
    Lynn
    Dined on 12/31/2013
    it is our go to place for special occasions, we have never been disappointed
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    romantic, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Rude Employees
    Ginger4
    Dined on 12/31/2013
    First time at J. Bruner's.... It was a busy night and we expected a wait, however we did not expect to be treated rudely by the hostess, bartender (female), waitress and bus girl. Waitress started out rude but did improve her attitude. Three out of 4 meals were good... (Prime rib and mahi mahi) but filet mignon was ordered medium and came well-done. We would not feel comfortable recommending this dining experience due to the attitude of the staff.
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  • Great experience
    Bbayer
    Dined on 12/31/2013
    It was a great way to spend New Year's Eve. The batter fried lobster and onion rings cannot be beat.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.