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Baxter's Lakeside Grille

4.8
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2501 Reviews
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$31 to $50
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American
An authentic American restaurant with a great bar - that's the idea behind Baxter's. We're perfect for just about any dining occasion or gathering that calls for great food, warm, personal service and an inviting, casual atmosphere. Our classic American restaurant builds on the rich history and tradition the Lake Area is known for. We use only the finest, freshest ingredients, coupled with personal service and warm, inviting surroundings. We're happy to bring this dining experience to the Lake of the Ozarks. Baxter's is the perfect place for a business or casual lunch, a special evening out, a family get together after a long day on the Lake, or 'just because.' We can accommodate most any group from an intimate dinner for two to a business or family party in our private dining room. And don't forget our classic American bar, one of the Lake's great places to meet friends and family.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
Social Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 2501 people are saying
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4.8based on recent ratings
4.8
food
4.7
service
4.8
ambience
4.6
value
Noise · Moderate
96% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

All around it was a great experience! I would recommend this restaurant to anyone looking for a wonderful evening out with their loved ones.

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BaileyB
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The best restaurant at the lake. Whether you’re celebrating an anniversary, birthday, or anything else, this is where you need to do it. From the atmosphere, to the views, the food, and the service - it’s all impeccable. The steaks melt in your mouth and the view takes your breath away. I’ve been coming to the lake for 23 years and there isn’t another like Baxter’s. JB Hooks has a more upbeat atmosphere in my opinion but is very singular to Baxter’s and of course right next door. We were celebrating our anniversary and asked for a great view if possible - they delivered. We have the best table in the house. We love coming here! We will as much as possible. Also, the prices are VERY reasonable! You get a ton of food for the price. We love it. I can’t recommend it enough.

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OpenTable Diner
Denver
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was very good, service was excellent. It’s hard to find another restaurant that can beat the view.

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ShannonA
3 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food is always delicious, I get the Halibut everytime. We tried the muscles for an app, and those were delish as well. Always great food and great service.

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Golfgirl
St. Louis
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and service at Baxter’s is always excellent! One of our favorites at the lake for years.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Cedar plank salmon was super as usual!

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OpenTable Diner
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on September 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Bryan is an amazing service always a pleasure to see him. Food and service were great!

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EveL
5 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always excellent

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 12, 2020
Overall2food2service2ambience3

We have been to Baxter’s more times than I can count, it’s a favorite of ours. However this past time was disappointing. We ordered mussels and 9 of them didn’t even open up, that’s about half of the app, and the waiter quickly recognized this after coming to get the plate but only offered to get us more...at the same time he was bribing us our salads. We declined. We both ordered fish which was very salty, also mentioned this to the waiter. He shrugged it off. Then he knew we were celebrating our Anniversary and said he had a special treat coming our way, keep in mind we didn’t order this nor did he offer to show us the dessert menu. He brought a gooey butter cake dessert, and then when we got the bill he CHARGED us for it!! We were already so disappointed in the meal that we didn’t even feel like saying something, so we just paid and left. Anyway, we usually love Baxter’s but not this time, will be venturing to other places for a while I’m sure.

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LarryG
1 review
Dined on September 12, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

The food and our server, Zane, were fine. This is our group of six's 3rd visit to Baxter's and we've always been very happy with the food and service. However, on this trip one of our group had some Visa gift cards that he generously distributed to us to use. When we presented them to our server he immediately told us that they cannot accept gift cards because their "system doesn't recognize them". Totally unacceptable! I have NEVER been turned down for using a VISA gift card anywhere. Besides our host being embarrassed, we were not told ahead of time, nor was there a sign saying "NO gift cards". Even though this is our favorite restaurant at the Lake of the Ozarks, I doubt we will be back.

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OpenTable Diner
Kansas City
7 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a great meal and friendly service with the best sunset view!

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SueWill
St. Louis
2 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Bartender was very rude. GM heard me discussing with girls and asked which one, and said-sorry, he has a high anxiety. Well, not a good start to our evening. If manage recognizes he has issued dealing with PAYING customers, then he should not be dealing with customers. Even other bar patrons, acknowledged how we were treated and was apologizing for his behavior. Food was above average and service at table was fine.

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RJM5
St. Louis
26 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Great evening and meal, you may want to focus on masks and social distancing!

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vipRMHSouthCounty
St. Louis
25 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2020
Overall5food5service2ambience5

Food was excellent as always! Our server was only fair. Jesse was competent enough, but not warm or friendly and didn’t add anything to the dining experience.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2020
Overall2food1service4ambience4

I didn’t eat. Lost my appetite. There was a hair in my fish. It was totally fried into the batter of the fish. The waiter was extremely nice about it. Even brought me a slice of cheesecake to try to make it up to me. It wasn’t necessary @ all. I didn’t eat it. I’m still flabbergasted that a manager didn’t come over to our table to apologize. Maybe it was because I didn’t request one. Idk. I was personally in restaurant management & I never let or made my food servers handle a situation like this.

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KellyS
1 review
Dined on September 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful lakeside dinning with incredible service. Our drinks never ran dry, every request was met with a smile & the food was delicious. We were beyond satisfied and I was personally very impressed with the plant based options! Highly recommended.

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vipFoieGras
Kansas City
33 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

First time dinner with the wife for our anniversary. Waitresses were great, but front desk was cold. Ordered prime strip. It was cooked perfectly, but not seasoned. Wife ordered scallops, same issue. We had a good bottle of wine and cocktails.

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lisa
1 review
Dined on September 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great atmosphere, service was awesome! Highly recommend Baxters!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on September 6, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Fantastic view and excellent service

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OpenTable Diner
St. Louis
1 review
Dined on September 5, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience1

They do not practice any precautions for COVID it is unnerving to eat in duck and establishment. The servers don’t wear any masks and tables are not distanced. I wouldn’t be surprised if a COVId outbreak happens there because of their negligence and not believing that the current pandemic does in fact exists. When I spoke to the hostess regarding the issue she stated that it is not mandated and that true exposure is 15 minutes or more and that would never happen with a waiter. However if no one is practicing social distancing and the servers are walking around without their masks than in fact your likelihood of contracting the disease is highly likely and no food is worth putting yourself at risk. It’s disheartening that such an establishment would operate in this manner. Therefore, I took my business elsewhere that does believe in COVID precautions and cares to make it a comfortable dining experience.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

The atmosphere was nice outside. It was a bit warm, but dealt with it. There were a few bees flying early on but cleared out at dusk. Food was prepared well, drinks came relatively quick. Ordered the ribeye and added a lobster tail (small and very pricey). Side note - they supposedly dropped the first tail on the way out and had to remake it which came after I finished my meal. No manager came to acknowledge the mishap which makes me think they dropped the ball in ordering it. My better half had the filet which was cooked to order, ribeye was a little more than medium, though still ok. Bacon and Blue Cheese potato was really good, as was the crab cakes app.

Overall good experience.

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LindaC
1 review
Dined on September 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were seated quickly and our table by the window matched our reservation request. We were served high quality food with outstanding service by professional and friendly staff. Top notch experience all the way around.

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DavidG
St. Louis
1 review
Dined on September 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best food, best value, best view at the Lake of the Ozarks.

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Dave
20 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always love going to Baxter’s. Great food and friendly service 100% of the time!

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KristiG
Little Rock
5 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Baxters is always awesome. ❤️ Service food ambiance- 5 stars

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KishaL
1 review
Dined on September 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is my favorite place to eat. Never a disappointment

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vipOpenTable Diner
St. Louis
11 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

We all had 4 different entrees & they were all great.

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LanceI
1 review
Dined on September 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Baxter’s is a great place at the lake. Food is terrific, service is always the best plus it is a peaceful place to eat and enjoy a view of the lake.

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Kristy
1 review
Dined on August 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great dinner! We went twice during our vacation because it was so good! thanks so much to our server!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Miami
1 review
Dined on August 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This place never fails to live up to our expectations. Fantastic service, incredible views and some of the best food in the area.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on August 30, 2020
Overall3food5service3ambience4

We had reservations for 6:30pm and was told that for a window seat we would have to wait an additional 15 minutes. There were 2 of us. While we were waiting a regular customer came in with his wife that did not have reservations. They happily worked him in and gave him a window seat. As we were still waiting. The hostess came back after seating them to let us know that there was not a window seat for an additional 20-30 minutes but we could have a another table with an obstructed view. Interestingly enough, they set us by the couple who they had given our table to

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on August 30, 2020
Overall1food2service1ambience2

I actually started this review with a lengthy story of the entire evening. I don’t feel it’s necessary. We were in a great mood and hoping to catch a beautiful sunset (but it was very cloudy and that isn’t part of the review!) We were celebrating our 24th Wedding anniversary. The service was so slow and awful that it became comical. Seriously, top 10 worst service in all our years of marriage and this includes diners. My husband’s meal was disappointing as was his margarita. He said the 99cent ones from Don and Milles are better. My food was actually very tasty. I had the scallops in champagne sauce. It was cold though (Our waitress was easily distracted and stopped to chat with someone who I’m guessing is a regular customer 3 times). Without an appetizer or dessert.... we were there 2 hours, we were going to ask our waitress to snap our picture, but after 15 minutes the ladies next to us offered. (They actually stopped someone who wasn’t their waitress to please take their drink order)

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ChrisH
Kansas City
3 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Server had a fantastic personality and took great care of us. The food is excellent.

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KristiC
1 review
Dined on August 30, 2020
Overall3food5service3ambience5

Took my in-laws. Reserved a table for an anniversary. Got a call to confirm and verified it was to celebrate 55 years. Then when we were there, there was no mention of it. However the table next to us was also celebrating an anniversary and they received a free dessert as well as a picture with a card. Disappointing. Further our waitress was not very good. Never checked in between courses to refill drinks. Had to ask another waiter to bring pepper and another for ketchup.

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nicholask
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on August 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best Burger I have ever had. Service was top notch.

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vipLegalKC1
Kansas City
20 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2020
Overall5food4service3ambience5

We had a great dinner with 5 great friends. Special of the night — tenderloin with onion jam and Gorgonzola cheese — was excellent. Loaded baked potato was good. Cosmopolitan made by bar bartender for my friend was great. But woman who seated us at table said other bartender made it differently and he would be making them for any of the rest of us who wanted them...I ordered one, way too heavy on cranberry juice. We accordingly had to ask for cosmo from bar or walk back to bar each time to get the cosmo we liked. Waiter was awesome — woman who seated us was not — kind of cranky. I’m allergic to corn so I could not eat appetizer which had tortilla chips (nothing else offered as substitute when allergy mentioned). Anyway, despite cranky woman, we had a great time. It likely was the company and spirit of the night overall. But food was also mostly very good. Congrats to Will for #1 in Shootout!!

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Flowers
1 review
Dined on August 30, 2020
Overall3food3service2ambience3

The spinach salad had tons of spinach, but not enough other stuff (like apple-5 thin slices) to balance it out. Server was adequate but not personable. Cleaning of tables was not upgraded to account for all touched surfaces...chair backs, menus, seats. Servers do not wear masks.
If you have health concerns, skip until later. Generally, food is good to excellent. Our choice today was just not making our favorites list.

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OpenTable Diner
Des Moines
3 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful experience, great waitress, tasty food!

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ChuckG
Naples
3 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This restaurant is superb! You cannot get a better filet at the lake! Always consistent service and food quality. We visit often and will continue to do so!

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vipRandy
St. Louis
11 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best run, best food, and always consistent service and quality. The Sea Bass special was incredibly good.

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Baxter's Lakeside Grille offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (573) 365-2669.

Baxter's Lakeside Grille is rated 4.8 stars by 2501 OpenTable diners.

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