JB Hooks

4.8
1179 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Steakhouse
"Hooks" as it is affectionately known, and it's friendly staff, strive to make our valued locals feel at home and our tourists feel like locals! We specialize in Steaks, Seafood and offer Happy Hour deals that can't be beat.

Our dining room overlooks a panoramic view of the main channel of the Lake, and offers a relaxing atmosphere to add to your dining experience.
Come by and see us!
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JS
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is one of our favorite places and they always treat us well. The food was great and our waiter was usually there before we needed anything.

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WW
1 review
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

My wife and I often eat at J B Hooks as the restaurant offers the kind of dining we enjoy. This occasion was our 24th wedding anniversary and we wanted it to be special. Our waiter inquired as if this was a special occasion and we replied that it was our 24th anniversary and at the completion of our meal brought us a desert served on a plate with "Happy 24th Anniversary" written around the rim of the plate. My wife and I thought that this was exceptionally nice of the waiter and really made the dining occasion the special event we wanted. Thanks to all of the great people at J B Hooks for their outstanding service.

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BG
Chicago
36 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My spouse and I dine at this restaurant frequently. We are always pleased with the food and service and tonight was no different. I had lobster and my husband had the prime rib. Both meals were outstanding. Marty was our waitress and she and her team of bussers provided excellent service. JB Hooks is an excellent restaurant with an unbelievable view, great food and friendly and attentive service. I strongly recommend this restaurant.

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DP
Kansas City
6 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went to JB Hook’s earlier this month to celebrate our wedding anniversary. Food, service, atmosphere were all exceptional. Bryan was very attentive and brought us a special dessert at the end of our evening.

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OT
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

NYE with friends. We had four different fish entrees and all were spectacular!

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CB
Des Moines
2 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Throughly enjoyed NYE Dinner with the hubby! The specials were wonderful and the wine was equally as good! Will definitely go again

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o
Kansas City
7 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best restaurant experience ever !!! The food was amazing !! Lake view and very friendly service made it a perfect New Years Ever dining experience. I highly recommend !!

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OT
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The best seafood at the lake!

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OT
St. Louis
4 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Dinner was outstanding as usual and the service was perfect!!

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AH
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was excellent! That scampi sauce... I am still having sweet dreams about it. Delicious!

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SH
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Food was excellent and service was outstanding! Zane was our server, very knowledgeable with great communication skills and attention to detail

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DM
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 1

We had a reservation but several groups were seated before us who came in after us. When I asked, the hostess said, oops forgot about you. After being seated service was not good. Very slow. We were there for 2 hours. The dining room was very loud. Atmosphere was similar to a bar. We could not even carry a conversation due to how loud and rowdy the dining room was. Would not recommend this restaurant. This was our second time there and was the same both times. Very expensive food also.

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SA
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We both had the tropical white fish special, and it did not disappoint! The salads were excellent, the fish was delicious. Excellent wine, and great service!! The salmon cream cheese spread was outstanding. We had a great evening, with great food and atmosphere. We will definitely be back!

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AB
St. Louis
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best place to eat at the lake. Always feels special. However, even better on any special occasion. Have celebrated homecomings, birthdays, and anniversaries there and have never been disappointed. Great food, marvelous views, attentive and superior service. Our waiter on our last visit was the best yet, but we have never had less than stellar service or wonderfully prepared food. Good drinks and a thoughtful menu are two aspects most appreciated. The seafood is always fresh and tasty. No mean feat for a restaurant located smack dab in the middle of the nation. In short, no better place at the lake for a special meal and a good time. Multiple visits in the past and many return visits planned for the future say as much as any review can.

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T
Denver
16 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Only our second visit but we will be back when we are back at the Lake.

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OT
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a wonderful anniversary dinner this evening. Great food and service. Our attendant Marty was very attentive to all of our needs. Thanks for making this a great night our.

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TB
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 4

I have been going to LOTO for 17 years and have always heard the JB Hooks was the place for high end dining and seafood. We made a reservation for 12/28 @5:30 using their online tool. When we arrived the hostess informed us she did not have our reservation even though I had a confirmation. This wasn't a big deal as they were not busy and we were still seated quickly. We stared with the crab cakes. They were not great and definitely not on par with other high end seafood places we go to. The soup and salad were good. I had the Pesto Snapper, the fish was way over cooked with the sides being tough enough that it was difficult to cut with the provided knife. Fish did not have much taste and was tough due to being well overcooked. The pesto had a nice color but had zero flavor. The garlic mashed potatoes were good but reminded me more of Applebee's than high end dining. I am not the kind of person to send a dish back so I just suffered through it. My fiancée has the Grouper Supreme and it was the highlight of the evening. Cooked properly and very tasty. I helped her finish it and left most of the Snapper. The service was good and what you would expect. Overall we were very disappointed and will not go back. For the price there are far better options at the Lake. Honestly at half the price their are many better options as LOTO has so many choices. I eat at many of the same places year after year at LOTO, JB Hooks will not be getting added to my list!

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OT
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome dinner. Service by Vanessa was outstanding. We’re a tough bunch to wait on. A thousand questions all at the same time. She was patient and answered each one perfectly.

We visit the Ozarks once a year and JB Hooks is always our special dinner. Consistent great food, knowledgeable staff and great ambiance.

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NB
20 reviews
Dined on December 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Arrived at Hooks yesterday in time to watch a beautiful sunset over the lake. Inside the decor for Christmas was equally enjoyable. Dinner was a delight and service by Rick and Tanner, as well as Myrna, was impeccable. Looking forward to our next visit.

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WG
1 review
Dined on December 16, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Excellent food as always. Pricey, but worth it for special occasions or romantic dinners. Service is normally outstanding, this time it was mediocre. Didn't offer the standard crackers and dip (we had to ask for it), didn't cover the specials of the day at all. Waitress was either new or out of her element. But the food was outstanding!

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IO
23 reviews
Dined on December 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious food and exceptional service provided by our server, Rick, and his quietly efficient busser, Anthony. The holiday decorations are a lovely addition to the ambiance.

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OT
Kansas City
2 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

Rick did a fantastic job taking care of us. Food was delicious and the ambience was fantastic.

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BG
Chicago
37 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had an outstanding meal with wonderful service by Johnny. The dining room was beautifully decorated for the Holidays and that just added to the ambience of the evening. The food and service was excellent!

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FH
1 review
Dined on December 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Ambiance, service, food... on point! Filet mignon was melt in your mouth goodness!

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SC
2 reviews
Dined on December 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We make it a point to stop here when we are at the lake. Food is always great but the service is what keeps us coming back. Maxwell took great care of us.

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T
Kansas City
34 reviews
Dined on December 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Heather was an excellent server giving suggestions and attention. We had several kinds of prime rib and calamari. Food was very good and was enjoyed by the group. Will definitely be back!

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MT
St. Louis
2 reviews
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Had another great experience at JB Hooks. Out waitress was very knowledgeable and attentive, but not there more than we needed. My Filet was perfectly grilled, tender and flavorful. My wife’s seafood pasta was loaded with shrimp, scallops, muscles and clams and was very tasted. Salads were fresh and very good. Was not a huge fan of the fries, but I didn’t really need them any way. Ambience is always nice, only thing that would have made it better would have been a window seat so we could look out over the lake.

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KL
St. Louis
8 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service was excellent! We both ordered the salmon special with salads. Salmon was cooked perfectly and the sides we had wonderful. We will be back!

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IO
24 reviews
Dined on November 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I'm loving those Steak Bites — generous chunks of filet mignon tips alternated with red onion and green bell peppers which have been marinated and grilled. Oh so tasty! Rick is a truly awesome server, and Myrna attended our table unobtrusively and efficiently — much appreciated.

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NB
21 reviews
Dined on November 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was excellent, ambience romantic. Our server, Rick, took great care of us. Great place to celebrate my birthday!

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MR
Dallas
1 review
Dined on November 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was amazing!!!

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TT
1 review
Dined on November 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We always enjoy our visits to JB Hooks! The food always exceeds our expectations, everyone is always nice & welcoming, the view is awesome, the drinks are just right. Our children love the milkshakes. We always leave completely satisfied.

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RO
1 review
Dined on November 21, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 5ambience 5

Restaurnat was great, and I arrived early for my reservation so I could have a cocktail before dinner, but I didn't because the bar allowed smoking and had to go elsewhere for a nice cocktail Other that it was good.

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F
1 review
Dined on November 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

JB Hooks is a great place to eat. Food was wonderfull and hospitality was exceptional.

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L
New York Area
32 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful meal. Our server, Johnny, made the experience fabulous! He was helpful, very attentive and shared conversation when we prompted him. A great addition to their staff! We look forward to the new addition they are building.

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K
Kansas City
11 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We literally drove three hours for dinner, and JB Hooks never disappoints. Johnny took VERY good care of us! See you next summer!

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K
9 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went out to dinner to celebrate my husbands 40th birthday. When I checked in the hostess asked whose birthday it was and I told her. At the end of the meal they brought this dessert out for him.

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SC
Kansas City
5 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is my husband and I's favorite restaurant. We have only shared this place with 1 other couple. We love coming here for date night. We have to drive 2 hours to get there and it is so worth it. Thank you for the wonderful time we have every time we come

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OT
St. Louis
5 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Came in to the ozarks for a reunion with an old friend

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OT
Houston
35 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went here for my birthday 10/31/18 and was very happy about the decision to dine here for several reasons:

1 - Beautiful venue (and they are working are nearly doubling in size). One of the best views of the lake - day OR night!

2 - Great service - We were lucky to be served by a young man named Devin. He was outstanding and made sure we had any and everything we needed.

3 - Wonderful food - we had the special for the evening - an orange roughy in a delicious wine wine sauce with fettuccini alfredo and seasoned green beans. But they have just about any type of fine dining choices you would expect to find at an upscale restaurant.

I started with an outstanding Italian salad accompanied by round crackers and smoked cream cheese butter. OMG so good! I was tempted with the shrimp cocktail or Maryland crab cakes appetizers, but restrained myself. Devin brought me a complimentary creme brûlée for my birthday, and it was delicious as well.

I just wish we didn't live 800 miles away. :-(

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