JB Hook’s - How We Became the Best Fine Dining Restaurant at the Lake of the Ozarks

With the best steaks and seafood at the Lake of the Ozarks, JB Hook’s is an award-winning institution and a crowd favorite. It wasn’t always an easy road getting to where we are today. 

By adapting to change and persevering through crisis, owners John Lafata and Bruce Elliott created the JB Hook’s you know and love today. Our history is rich and inspiring, and we are grateful to be able to share our story with you.


The JB Hook’s location was originally owned by Dave and Phillis Marose in 1978 under the name Captain Hook’s. Then Dwayne and Donna Steele owned the location under the name Krazo’s for a time.

In 1995 John Lafata and Bruce Elliott opened the beloved JB Hook’s, combining their initials and hearkening back to the location’s roots. That year in February, the legend of JB Hook’s began.

Persevering Through Adversity

Three months after opening, all seemed to be going well when disaster struck… Fire.

The blaze burned through JB Hook’s, destroying most of the building and – one would think – John and Bruce’s dreams with it. Even though it would have been easy to throw in the towel, they weren’t ready to give up. John and Bruce had a vision for JB Hook’s and knew they could achieve great things. Restoration and reconstruction began, and in just four months JB Hook’s reopened more beautiful than ever. While they had to forego that summer season, the restaurant was still a great success and continued to grow in both capacity and popularity. 


Over the years, JB Hook’s has added to the building and the menu, expanding fine dining at the Lake of the Ozarks.

The Sunset Room and an additional lower kitchen allowed us to add lunch items to our menu and expand our service. The Sunset Room takes full advantage of the beautiful lake views with three glass walls overlooking 14 miles of the Lake of the Ozarks. The fourth wall features a fireplace constructed with abalone tile, making the Sunset Room an excellent location to host weddings or rehearsals, upscale conference meetings, and Christmas parties.

Construction of the Lake of the Ozarks Community Bridge in 1998 made a lasting impact on JB Hook’s. Now individuals on the west side of the Lake could easily travel to us and enjoy the best seafood at the Lake of the Ozarks.

In July of this year, the impressive West Wing opened its doors. Boasting an incomparable 180-degree view of the Lake with floor-to-ceiling windows, the West Wing is a gorgeous place to indulge in the best steaks at the Lake of the Ozarks

JB Hook’s is Here to Stay

As our 25th anniversary approaches, we reflect on our past and celebrate the journey that brought us to where we are today. We also look to the future, continuing to find ways to best serve and surprise you with the delicious fine dining and stunning views exclusive to JB Hook’s.

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2260 Bagnell Dam Blvd.
Lake Ozark, MO 65049

(573) 365-3255 


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