Osage Restaurant earns recognition from national travel site as one of the most beautiful restaurants in the country

RIDGEDALE, MO. – The Osage Restaurant at Johnny Morris’ Top of the Rock Ozarks Heritage Preserve has been thrilling guests for years, with its rich beauty and spectacular views of the Ozark Mountains and Table Rock Lake.

The experience recently received national acclaim, with the travel website “Trips to Discover” naming the restaurant one of the “15 Most Beautiful Restaurants in the U.S.

The respected site, which has an annual reach of 22.8 million visitors and 800,000 followers on social media, was generous in its praise of the Osage Restaurant and other dining and entertainment options at Top of the Rock:

“The Osage offers fine dining and sweeping Ozark Mountain views from floor-to-ceiling windows or outdoors, nestled on Top of the Rock,” wrote K.C. Dermody. “It’s a fantastic place to enjoy cocktails at sunset followed by mouthwatering American fare. You might start with the crab cakes or St. Louis-style fried ravioli, followed up by everything from fried chicken to bone-in ribeye. Save room for dessert, with the turtle cheesecake a favorite. Down on the lower level, the Buffalo Bar is the place to go for open-air dining on more casual bites like wood-fired pizza, while the End of the Trail is the wine cellar which includes a wine bar and whiskey room.”

The Osage Restaurant was part of a group honored that included venues in California, Florida, Hawaii, Texas, Colorado, Washington, North Carolina, New Jersey and Rhode Island.

A Civil War cannon is fired as part of the signature Sunset Ceremony at Top of the Rock.

Experience is about much more than just a meal

Guests visiting the Osage Restaurant enjoy upscale regional cuisine, in a setting that features unique artwork and Native American artifacts, providing an experience that is about much more than just a meal. The signature Sunset Ceremony completes the evening, with a bagpipe performance and firing of a Civil War cannon as the sun shows its final glistening light and everyone raises their glass for a toast.

This honor is the latest in a series of awards and honors for Big Cedar Lodge, known nationwide as America’s Premier Wilderness Resort:

  • Best Resort and Most Romantic Restaurant by Missouri’s Best 2021
  • Best Family Getaway by Midwest Living’s Best of the Midwest 2021
  • World’s Best Awards: No. 5 Resort in the Midwest by Travel + Leisure in 2020, No. 1 Resort in the Midwest by Travel + Leisure in 2016, 2017 and 2018; No. 15 Best Hotels and Resorts for Families by Travel + Leisure in 2017
  • Best Hotels Rankings: No. 2 Best Hotel in Missouri by U.S. News & World Report in 2019 and 2020
  • Top 10 Most Beautiful Lakeside Hotels in the World by Architectural Digest in 2019
  • Conde Nast Traveler: No. 2 Best Resort in the Midwest in 2015; No. 3 Top Resort in the Midwest in 2017; No. 10 Top Resort in Texas and the Midwest in 2018; No. 9 Top 20 Destination Spa Resort in the U.S. in 2020

Big Cedar Lodge is a 4,600-acre lakeside wilderness resort with premiere nature-based experiences for the entire family, such as fishing, shooting, nature excursions, water sports, horseback riding and more. The resort has two marinas on Table Rock Lake and multiple family-based attractions and amenities including the Ancient Ozarks Natural History Museum and Lost Canyon Cave & Nature Trail. Families can also enjoy Fun Mountain, offering 50,000 square feet of endless entertainment including a full arcade, underwater-themed bowling, laser tag, a golf simulator and more year-round for kids of all ages.

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About Bass Pro Shops
Bass Pro Shops is North America’s premier outdoor and conservation company. Founded in 1972 when avid young angler Johnny Morris began selling tackle out of his father’s liquor store in Springfield, Missouri, today the company provides customers with unmatched offerings spanning premier destination retail, outdoor equipment manufacturing, world-class resort destinations and more. In 2017 Bass Pro Shops acquired Cabela’s to create a “best-of-the-best” experience with superior products, dynamic locations and outstanding customer service. Bass Pro Shops also operates White River Marine Group, offering an unsurpassed collection of industry-leading boat brands, and Big Cedar Lodge, America’s Premier Wilderness Resort. Under the visionary conservation leadership of Johnny Morris, Bass Pro Shops is a national leader in protecting habitat and introducing families to the outdoors and has been named by Forbes as “one of America’s Best Employers.”

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