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304 Main Street, Arrow Rock, MO
660 837 3200
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11:00 am - 2:00 pm
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Hours:
Wed - Sun 11:00 am - 2:00 pm
Sat 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Dining options: Reservations
Description: The J. Huston Tavern opened under new management in 2013. The tavern has...
The J. Huston Tavern opened under new management in 2013. The tavern has been serving meals to travelers along the Santa Fe Trail since 1834. The brick tavern maintains the flavor of the 1850s, including the original wood floors in the lobby. The tavern is the oldest continuously serving restaurant west of the Mississippi River.Enjoy a drink in The Tap Room, which served as the town mercantile for many years. The three dining rooms serve hearty country fare. The menu features family-style fried chicken, glazed ham, and other traditional dishes. Voted the "Best Fried Chicken in the State," by Rural Missouri Magazine readers in 2011.The lunch menu includes soups, sandwiches, salads and, always, fried chicken. Picnic food items, including fried chicken, are available for carry-out. Call to order.
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Good for:
Large groups

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  • 6
    Excellent
  • 11
    Very good
  • 1
    Average
  • 2
    Poor
  • 0
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Most recent review
Good Ole Fashion Food

Not many places to eat in Arrow Rock but you can't go wrong with this restaurant. Family style. Fried chicken is excellent. This place will take you back in time but with good food and service.

5 of 5 starsReviewed December 24, 2014
Danimal04
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Columbia, Missouri
Good for:
  • Large groups
  • Reservations
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Columbia, Missouri
Senior Contributor
37 reviews 37 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 24, 2014

Not many places to eat in Arrow Rock but you can't go wrong with this restaurant. Family style. Fried chicken is excellent. This place will take you back in time but with good food and service.

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Saint Clair, Missouri
Senior Contributor
37 reviews 37 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2014

Last time we were at J Huston it was for lunch and the food and service was scond to none...this time with friend we made dinner reservations and again, no surprise. The dinner was served family style and again the food and service was over the top. Fine wine, great fried chicken, brisket and all the sides was like being... More 

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Lake City, Minnesota
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4 reviews 4 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2014

Our family had dinner after seeing the show at the Lyceum. The dining was family style and the food was good. Including the desserts! Our server Josh was wonderful and kept the food coming!

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papillion
Top Contributor
135 reviews 135 reviews
51 restaurant reviews
77 helpful votes 77 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2014

This is a family style dinner we had. It included a nice salad to start. The meal itself included chicken, ham, mashed potatoes, gravy, biscuits, green beans, corn, and cole slaw. White or chocolate cake was served for dessert. The food was very good except for the white cake. Not too sure what they did to that, but it was... More 

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Blackwater, Missouri
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6 reviews 6 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014

Two friends and I had tickets for an afternoon matinee performance at the Lyceum Theater. We decided to lunch at the J Houston Tavern. I agreed to make the arrangements. On a Saturday, in mid-June, I accessed the web page for the Tavern. The site offered a link to make reservations and stated the restaurant would confirm by email. A... More 

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Jefferson City, Missouri
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5 reviews 5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014

I have been up there twice at lunch and the Philly Cheese Steak was my go to item and have not been disappointed. The steak is tender, the peppers and onions add flavor and color and the cheese melt makes it a party for your to eat. And if you still have room after the sandwich and your choice of... More 

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Hazelwood, Missouri
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117 reviews 117 reviews
80 restaurant reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2014

If you like ham and fried chicken, this is the place to eat. The meal is complete with mashed potatoes & gravy, corn, peas and a salad. It is a good family restaurant and for Arrow Rock reasonably priced for an evening meal. The service was excellent and she stopped by often to make sure everything was good and if... More 

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Pharr, Texas
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13 reviews 13 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2014

We've eaten there several times. The meals are affordable and the atmosphere is in keeping with the historic town of Arrow Rock. We find the best time to go is for dinner ...when they are serving friend chincken and ham. The food is served family style. Out grandchildren loved the chicken, and kept asking for more. We have also had... More 

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Saint Clair, Missouri
Senior Contributor
37 reviews 37 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2014

You have to stop in and have lunch. Food, excellent, service perfect, prices were right in line with what you get...quality of the food, well above average.....perfect.

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Independence, Missouri
Top Contributor
71 reviews 71 reviews
52 restaurant reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2013 via mobile

Three good lunch choices were offered on a Saturday for $9.95 each. Two of us ordered the chicken salad croissant with a green salad and pumpkin soup. One had the ham and cheese with the same sides, and the third had the fried chicken plate. The pumpkin soup was excellent. One dessert offering---apple cobbler---was fine, but not outstanding. Prices were... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 304 Main Street, Arrow Rock, MO
  • Location: United States  >  Missouri (MO)  >  Arrow Rock
  • Phone Number: 660 837 3200

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 5 - 14
  • Cuisine: American

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Large groups

Description

The J. Huston Tavern opened under new management in 2013. The tavern has been serving meals to travelers along the Santa Fe Trail since 1834. The brick tavern maintains the flavor of the 1850s, including the original wood floors in the lobby. The tavern is the oldest continuously serving restaurant west of the Mississippi River.Enjoy a drink in The Tap Room, which served as the town mercantile for many years. The three dining rooms serve hearty country fare. The menu features family-style fried chicken, glazed ham, and other traditional dishes. Voted the "Best Fried Chicken in the State," by Rural Missouri Magazine readers in 2011.The lunch menu includes soups, sandwiches, salads and, always, fried chicken. Picnic food items, including fried chicken, are available for carry-out. Call to order.
Open Hours
Sunday
11:00 am - 2:00 pm
Wednesday
11:00 am - 2:00 pm
Thursday
11:00 am - 2:00 pm
Friday
11:00 am - 2:00 pm
Saturday
11:00 am - 2:00 pm
5:00 pm - 7:00 pm

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