Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Rave Reviews for the Lake of the Ozarks' Best Restaurant - JB Hook's!

Reviews are a wonderful thing, especially when we get to read them about our Lake of the Ozarks fine dining restaurant. There are a lot of wonderful places to eat in the lake area, but it's reviews like these from the special guests we have served that keep bringing people here to JB Hook's again and again. Take a look at how some recent guests felt about their dining experience with us. 

"Finest dining on the lake. Excellent meal. Excellent service. Reliably A+"
-Cindy Lundh, Google review

"My wife and I ate there for lunch today and it was wonderful. The Ahi tuna was cooked to absolute perfection and the Bloody Mary’s were some of the best I have had. Taylor, our server was very attentive and friendly. Oh, did I forget to mention the million dollar view of the lake was absolutely beautiful."
-Vince Ninemire, Facebook review

"Had the salmon and coconut shrimp. Both were amazing. Probably the best salmon I've had. The sauce was out of this world. Shrimp was melt in your mouth. And the best part was our waiter, who had been there 19 years. Johnny was extremely helpful in our decisions. He was great to visit with as well. Maybe best waiter we've had."
-Carla P, Yelp review

"We go to JB Hooks once a year and each visit the service is outstanding with outstanding food. Best in the Lake Ozark area!"
-OpenTable review

"We came in for a nice dinner out with friends. Jake took excellent care of us - he was always available, attentive, and charming. The food was beyond reproach. Be sure to try the lobster tail and the Hook Milan."
-Meather M, TripAdvisor review

"Delicious food, wonderful chocolate martinis, beautiful views. Just a very nice place, dinner with friends or a romantic night out. Highly recommend this location!"
-Aimee Andrews, Google review

"Jake was a very attentive waiter at JB Hooks. He made sure all were adequately taken care of. His sense of humor added to the enjoyment of the evening. Needless to say, all the food that our group of 8 ordered was enjoyed."
-Susan H, Yelp review

"For this very special birthday celebration, we chose JB Hooks, our favorite restaurant, and asked for Rick Huntsman, our favorite server. The prime rib was superb! At the end of the meal, Rick presented our birthday celebrant with an exquisite creme brulee, served atop a platter with birthday greetings written in delicious raspberry sauce, topped off with a birthday candle. The evening was a resounding success, thanks to the chef and staff in the background and Rick and his charmingly efficient busser, Taylor, orchestrating the presentation and flow of food and drink at the table. Highly recommend for any meal, but most especially a special celebration. Be sure to ask for Rick; he pulls everything together seamlessly."
-OpenTable review

"Service was great - and entertaining. The salad and ahi tuna were fantastic. Thanks for a fun dinner Johnny Grist."
-Jackie N, TripAdvisor review

"Great view. I recommend getting there in time to see the sunset. The food was excellent and the staff was friendly and efficient."
-Janet Dillow, Google review

"Met some very dear friends at JB Hooks this afternoon! We had a great time and service was excellent! Our waitress AMBER was fanatic! Food was great, I had the Blackened Tilapia, it was very good!"
-Connie J, TripAdvisor review

"The food is amazing. Be sure to try the fried coconut shrimp. The restaurant has a bar side and a sit-down side. They are polar opposites and you can’t even hear how loud the bar is in the dining area."
-OpenTable review 

"Sat out on their deck for drinks and appetizers. Their famous crunchy fingers were delicious and very filling. Would definitely come here again."
-Morgan W, Yelp review

"Our favorite restaurant at the Lake.Our "go to" place for special occasions."
-Jake Drake, Facebook review

"We drove down from Kansas City to get away and celebrate my birthday. We always find time to eat at JB Hook's. Our server Jake was especially helpful picking out a wine for our taste and helping decide on dinner. The wine and food were great."
-Oscar R, TripAdvisor review

"Staff and service was amazing and the food was the best I have ever had. We will go back to Lake of the Ozarks again to eat at JB Hooks."
-Mark Chamblee, Google review

"Excellent food, views, music and especially service by our waitress, Kelly. Spectacular night. We will be back again and again!! The seafood is amazing!!"
-CAMonteer, TripAdvisor review

This is just a small sampling of the many favorable reviews for our steak and seafood restaurant at the Lake of the Ozarks that we discovered online. It means a great deal to us when a guest enjoys their JB Hook's experience enough to put it in writing for everyone to see. It also lets us know that we are definitely doing something right, and we will continue to go above and beyond for all of the wonderful people that come to dine with us. That's a promise!

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Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Holiday Entertaining Made Easy... With A Little Help From JB Hook's!

The holidays are an exciting time, but if you're the one in charge of planning a party, that excitement can quickly turn to stress. Our Lake of the Ozarks steak and seafood restaurant knows a few ways to help you avoid some of that stress. Hopefully, the following tips will alleviate enough of it to allow you to have more fun with your party guests.  

Host Your Party at JB Hook's
The easiest and most stress-free way to entertain everyone at your holiday party is to let us handle the setup, the cooking, and the cleanup when it's over! We have an extensive menu full of delicious dishes that everyone at your celebration will love, and our talented chefs can also create many different succulent dishes customized to match your favorite flavors. 

We have the beautiful Garden Room that can seat up to 30 guests for a lovely dinner party. It overlooks the main dining area and has a breathtaking 14-mile panoramic view of the lake. For larger parties, there is also the Sunset Room just off of the bar area. This private party space can hold up to 65 guests, and it has that same amazing lake view through the 3 walls of glass enclosing it. There is plenty of room for seating and it contains a gorgeous abalone-tiled fireplace.   

Let Us Do Some of the Cooking
If you prefer to host your get-together at home or it is taking place at your office, we can still take care of some of that cooking for you. Free up a little more of your own time by picking up salads, soups, or appetizers from JB Hook's to take to the party with you. We won't be there to clean up when it's over, but during the party, your guests' taste buds will be pleasantly satisfied and you don't have to worry about doing all of the cooking on your own. 

Begin or End With Cocktails in Our Bar
One option for making the party last longer but limit the time people spend at your home is to host a portion of the celebration at our Lake of the Ozarks fine dining restaurant. You could have everyone meet for Happy Hour while you make the final preparations at your place, and then they could carpool on over to the party. 

You could also cleverly get everyone out of the house at the end of the night by enjoying an after-party in our bar. All of your guests can head over for a nightcap or two, and if you end your event after an early dinner, you may still have time to catch some marvelous live music in our bar. We host the most amazing entertainers 6 nights a week from 5:30 - 8:00 pm, so head on over to JB Hook's with your group. The party cleanup can wait until after all of the fun is over! 

If you are in charge of hosting a holiday party this year, make it a lot easier on yourself and let JB Hook's take care of some of the work, or even better for you, all of it! Give us a call at 573-365-3255 and the event coordinator at our fine dining restaurant at the Lake of the Ozarks will be happy to work out all of the details with you. The less time you spend getting things ready for the party by yourself, the more time you'll have left over for some holiday fun! 

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Wednesday, November 22, 2017

After-Dinner Drinks - Do You Prefer Hot or Cold?

Sometimes after you have finished dining on the best seafood at the Lake of the Ozarks, there's not quite enough room left for dessert, but you're still in the mood for something else. That's where our delicious after-dinner drinks come in handy. They offer you the chance to sip a delicious beverage and spend a bit more time enjoying conversation with your fellow diners while letting that amazing JB Hook's meal settle comfortably into your stomach. 

Our after-dinner drink menu is extensive, featuring single spirits and mixed cocktails. You will find savory hot coffee drinks and scrumptious concoctions made with ice cream, or you may prefer to keep things simple and enjoy a nice Port Wine, Cognac, or a Single Malt Scotch

If you go the cocktail route, how do you decide whether to go with something hot or something cold? It may simply be a personal preference, the current weather outside may have something to do with it, or the fantastic drink recipes below might be what sway your decision.  


Irish Coffee

Fresh Coffee with Bushmills and Crème De Menthe


Fresh Coffee with Amaretto, Kahlua, Hazelnut Liqueur, and Irish Cream

Fragile Baby
Fresh Coffee with Irish Cream and Hazelnut Liqueur

Vanilla Mousse

Fresh Coffee with Vanilla Vodka and Godiva White Chocolate Liqueur

Mexican Coffee

Fresh Coffee with Tequila and Kahlua

We have a vanilla soft-serve ice cream machine behind the bar, so our mixologists can make any of the following ice cream cocktails or even mix up an adult milkshake for you! 

Brandy Alexander
Vanilla Ice Cream blended with Brandy and Crème De Caca

My Blue Heaven
Vanilla Ice Cream blended with Orange-Cream Vodka and Blue Curacao

Vanilla Ice Cream blended with Crème De Menthe and Crème De Cacao

Nutty Irish
Vanilla Ice Cream blended with Hazelnut Liqueur, Amaretto, and Irish Cream

Vanilla Ice Cream blended with Irish Cream, Kahlua, and Vanilla Vodka

Vanilla Ice Cream blended with Kahlua and Crème De Cacao

If you would like to have a cocktail to unwind before dinner rather than after (although you're perfectly welcome to do both!) you might want to come in early for the best Happy Hour at the Lake of the Ozarks. The hours change slightly depending on the season, but this time of year (fall/winter) we have an extended Happy Hour every Monday-Friday from 3-8 pm, and on Sundays, it's Happy Hour all day long. 

During those hours in the bar, we offer wonderful drink specials and half-price appetizers, making it the perfect place to get started before heading into the dining room. As an added bonus, 6 days a week we also feature incredible live music in the bar from 5:30-8:30 pm. (You can find the music schedule on our website.)  

Our Lake of the Ozarks fine dining restaurant is well-known for the mouthwatering steak and seafood dishes coming out of our kitchen daily, and now you know that we also have an excellent selection of creative cocktails coming out of the bar. The next time you are in the mood for a delicious evening out, head on over to JB Hook's. 

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Wednesday, November 15, 2017

JB Hook's Amazing Poultry & Pork Dishes For Lunch & Dinner

Our fine dining restaurant at the Lake of the Ozarks is well known for serving the most delicious seafood, as well as the most mouthwatering steaks. That's not all we can do though! The kitchen at JB Hook's is filled with talented culinary professionals that are able to create amazing dishes out of all kinds of meats. 

In today's blog, we are featuring the incredible poultry and pork dishes you can find on our diverse menu. With options for both lunch and dinner, any time of day is the perfect time to dine at JB Hook's

Lunch is served daily from 11 am - 4 pm in our bar and the Sunset Room, plus on the outdoor patio when the weather allows.

Grilled Chicken Club
Grilled chicken piled high on wheatberry bread with lettuce, applewood smoked bacon, tomato, onions, avocados, and Swiss cheese, served with honey mustard.

Bruce's Panama Wrap
Grilled, diced chicken breast tossed with Romaine lettuce, tomato, feta cheese, kalamata olives, bacon crumbles, and Greek dressing, served in a sun-dried tomato basil wrap.

Buffalo Chicken Wrap
Fried chicken strips tossed in our spicy buffalo sauce and placed in a sun-dried tomato basil wrap with Romaine lettuce, Colby Jack cheese, and ranch dressing.

Pecan & Pineapple Chicken Salad

Chunks of white chicken tossed with pineapple, celery, red onions, diced red peppers, and mayonnaise, served on a bed of lettuce with crackers and finished with toasted pecans.

Hook's Combo
Enjoy one of Hook's delicious salads, a cup of homemade soup, or a half-size Pecan Pineapple Chicken Salad Sandwich.

We begin serving dinner at 5 pm every evening. All of our entrees are served with your choice of a salad or soup, plus a side dish.
Pork Tenderloin
Grilled pork tenderloin medallions topped with a blueberry and peach reduction.

Chicken Gregory
Sauteed with mushrooms, onions, and red bell peppers in a classic garlic, white wine, butter supreme sauce and topped with Swiss cheese.

Stuffed Chicken Chardonnay
Stuffed with cream cheese, and crabmeat, breaded, flash fried, and baked to golden brown topped with a Chardonnay cream sauce.

Osso Bucco
Slow-roasted pork shank, served over a bed of garlic gnocchi and finished with sauteed mushrooms in a Madeira Port wine reduction.

Chicken Oscar
Sauteed in white wine and lemon with lump crab and asparagus, topped with a Bearnaise sauce.

See something you like? 
Of course you do! The unbelievable dishes listed above are only the beginning of the wonderful foods we have for you at our Lake of the Ozarks restaurant. Any one of them is perfect if you want to switch things up and try something different from our famous seafood and steak dishes. (Which are also amazing!)  

JB Hook's is open 7 days a week at 11 am, serving lunch and dinner, plus hosting the best Happy Hour at the Lake of the Ozarks with half-price appetizers, great drink specials, and live music 6 nights a week. Do yourself a favor and treat yourself to a trip to JB Hook's. There's something perfect here for everyone! 

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Thursday, November 9, 2017

Book Your Holiday Events In JB Hook's Private Rooms

The festive holiday season is quickly approaching. It's a wonderful time to celebrate with family and friends, and JB Hook's is the perfect spot for all of those celebrations. Our private event rooms offer a gorgeous lake view to admire while you enjoy the best fine dining at the Lake of the Ozarks. We'll cook, serve, and clean up when you're done, and all you have to do is pick a menu, then show up and enjoy the party with your guests. 

The Garden Room
The Garden Room is perfect for dinner parties of 30 or fewer people. It is an enclosed area overlooking the main dining room. It's an excellent place to celebrate any special occasion.

The Sunset Room
For groups of up to 70 guests, the Sunset Room located just off the main bar offers a spacious area for party-goers to move and mingle. Three walls of glass enclose this private area, offering a breathtaking look at our 14-mile panoramic view of the Lake of the Ozarks. There is a gorgeous abalone-tiled fireplace to keep the room cozy, and it also contains a private bar and bartender to take care of your party. 

What Will You Celebrate? 
There are many reasons throughout the year to gather with family and friends. This time of year especially, with Thanksgiving coming soon and the holidays happening immediately after, it's a great time to get everyone together. Our private meeting rooms allow you to do that, but without the worry of cooking and cleaning if you hosted the gathering at your own home. When you let us take care of the details, you are free to relax and enjoy the get-together along with all of your guests. 

In addition to celebrating the holidays with your friends and family, you can use our private event rooms all year long for all many special occasions. 

  • Business meetings
  • Office parties
  • Anniversaries
  • Wedding receptions
  • Bridal Showers
  • Baby Showers
  • Birthdays 
  • Reunions
  • A special night out with friends
  • ...and so much more!     

Delicious Food & Drinks
Our kitchen creates the best steak and seafood at the Lake of the Ozarks, but there are a variety of delicious dishes that our creative chefs are able to come up with in addition to those. We can provide an appetizer buffet or an entire sit-down dinner for you and your guests. If you don't see exactly what you are looking for on the menu, we are happy to speak to you about a custom menu filled with all of your favorite flavors.

Our talented bartenders know how to mix a wide variety of delectable cocktails, and we have an extensive wine selection to choose from. The hit of any party here is always our homemade red or white Sangria. From our fully stocked bar, we can even come up with a special signature drink, especially for your event. 

A Special Holiday Bonus
Beginning on Friday, November 10, 2017, JB Hook's holiday gift cards will be on sale. When you purchase these gift cards, we will give you a special bonus gift card for free as a gift from us to you. Depending on how much you spend, the amount of your bonus gift card will increase. These would make lovely party favors! 

  • Buy a $50 gift card & get a $10 gift card FREE
  • Buy a $75 gift card & get a $15 gift card FREE
  • Buy a $100 gift card and get a $25 gift card FREE

When you begin making plans for all of your holiday parties, consider hosting them at our Lake of the Ozarks fine dining restaurant. Both you and your guests will have such a wonderful time with the tastiest food and drinks in town, you'll probably want to host all of your special occasions at JB Hook's from now on! 

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Thursday, November 2, 2017

Join Us At This Year's Signature Chefs Auction For A Delicious Evening

It's time once again for the March of Dimes Signature Chefs Auction in Lake Ozark on Wednesday, November 8, 2017, and your favorite steak & seafood restaurant at the Lake of the Ozarks is proud to be a part of this delicious evening. This wonderful organization is able to raise some much-needed funds for their cause, and you get an incredible night out featuring the tastiest dishes that the lake area has to offer. 

Our Event Menu
All of us at JB Hook's look forward to this amazing event every year. This time around our table will feature some creative culinary delights that you definitely do not want to miss out on. Chef Ferguson has come up with an incredible menu that will include Italian Breaded Salmon stuffed with Scallop Mousse and finished with an Amaretto Cream Sauce. We will also be serving Smoked Tomato Basil Cream Cheese on Lavosh Crackers along with everyone's favorite homemade Peach Sangria. We certainly wouldn't be surprised to see everyone back at our table for seconds! 

The March Of Dimes
The Signature Chefs Auction hosted by the March of Dimes is an annual gala event that showcases the culinary talents of mid-Missouri's top chefs, and it also features one-of-kind auction items and experiences to bid on. All of the money raised from ticket sales and the silent and live auctions will go toward furthering the mission of the March of Dimes.

Prematurity is the #1 killer of babies in the United States, and this organization is working hard to change that. Every year they help more and more moms have full-term pregnancies with healthy babies. From polio to premature births, the March of Dimes has focused on researching the problems that threaten our children and finding ways to prevent them. 

Chapter staff and volunteers partner with local health agencies, community-based organizations, professional associations, hospitals, and others to determine the most pressing maternal and child health needs and then develop strategic plans to meet those needs. Efforts are made to enhance and expand community services and to improve systems of care for mothers, babies, and their families through leadership, educational programs, and community grants. Attending this wonderful event is a fun way for people in the lake area help with these efforts.     

Get Your Tickets
You can get your tickets for this incredible evening and get all of the event details by visiting The March of Dimes website. If you are unable to attend that night, you can also offer a donation on that website. 

Our Lake of the Ozarks fine dining restaurant will be in good company with the many other talented restaurants that will also be in attendance that evening. Please make some room on your calendar to join JB Hook's for this year's Signature Chefs Auction. It's a wonderful night out for an excellent cause. 

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Friday, October 27, 2017

The Origin of the Delicious Moscow Mule

There are many delicious cocktails available from the bar at our Lake of the Ozarks fine dining restaurant, and among these are a few different versions of the classic Moscow Mule. This popular drink has been around for quite a while, and we decided to look into its interesting history, and here is what we found out.  

The American Mule? 
Although most commonly known as the "Moscow" Mule, this tasty cocktail did not originate in Russia. As a matter of fact, it was created right here in the United States, and it most likely got its name due to Russia often being associated with its main ingredient - vodka. 

John G. Martin of G.F. Heublien Brothers out of Hartford, Connecticut decided to buy the Smirnoff vodka company in 1939. Much to his despair, he soon found out that Americans were not terribly fond of vodka, making it an extremely difficult product to sell. 

Martin got together with Jack Morgan, the owner of the Cock 'n' Bull Pub in Los Angeles, and discovered that Morgan also had a product that he was having trouble selling - their house brand of ginger beer. The two men decided to combine the vodka with the ginger beer, along with a squeeze of lemon juice, and all of a sudden they had a delicious new cocktail that started getting some much-needed attention. 

That's a great story, and it might very well be the true one, but in 2007 a new version came to light. According to Morgan's head bartender, Wes Price, he invented the new drink while he was trying to find a way to get rid of stock from the pub's cellar that wasn't selling. Either way, the drink did originate at the Cock 'n' Bull Pub.   

That Shiny Mug 
Today, a Mule is most often served in a copper mug, and with a squeeze of lime juice rather than lemon. That copper mug is not out of necessity, but rather became a tradition after a publicity stunt by Martin. He traveled the country introducing this brand new cocktail to bartenders served in a copper mug. 

Once he convinced them that their bar simply had to carry it, he would take 2 Polaroid pictures of someone from the bar holding a bottle of Smirnoff and a copper mug filled with a Moscow Mule. One was left at the business for them to advertise with, and the other he would take to the next bar to show off the fact that the competition was selling this popular new cocktail, so they should too!   

~JB Hook's Mules~
Our Lake of the Ozarks seafood and steak restaurant not only serves this excellent drink, but we've also got a few delicious variations on this classic, including our own tasty twist on the original. The next time you join us for dinner or Happy Hour, you might want to give one of these a try. 

The New Mule
Absolut Lime, Fresh Lime Juice, and Gosling's Ginger Beer

Strawberry Mule
Absolut Vodka, Strawberry Puree, Fresh Mint, Lime Juice, and Gosling's Ginger Beer

Johnny Green Apple
Effen Green Apple Vodka, Fresh Lime Juice, and Goslings Ginger Beer

Louisville Mule
Maker's Mark Bourbon, Fresh Lime Juice, and Gosling's Ginger Beer

The Original Dark & Stormy
Gosling's Black Seal Rum, Fresh Lime Juice, and Gosling's Ginger Beer

Black Cherry Mule
Effen Black Cherry Vodka, Fresh Lime Juice, Gosling's Ginger Beer, and garnished with a Maraschino Cherry. 

JB Hook's, Lake of the Ozarks

Each of those creative cocktails pairs beautifully with the many delightful dishes we have on the JB Hook's menu. Join us soon for a nice dinner overlooking the gorgeous Lake of the Ozarks, give one of these a try, and let us know what you think! (We think you are going to love them!) 

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