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The Cave

26880 Rochester Rd., Richland, MO 65556
(573) 765-4554
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Ranked #1 of 6 restaurants in Richland
Cuisines: American
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Reservations
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Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Reservations
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English first
Avondale
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

We were staying at the Fairfield Inn Ft. Leonard Wood and asked the manager for a fun place to eat. He recommended 'The Cave' and said it was definitely worth the trip. It really was not that far away, but definitely believe your directions on your phone if you think you made the wrong turn because you probably actually didn't... More

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Stafford, Texas
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3 reviews 3 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2014

loved the experience of eating in a cave and the rustic event of journeying to the cave the location was very relaxing.

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Green Bay, Wisconsin
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2014

I was with a group of 5 road tripping. We had been driving all day and were very excited for this restaurant. We had to wait a bit for the van up to the restaurant itself. Krystal, the driver, was awesome. She made a great first impression and her driving skills were amazing considering how close to the cave we... More

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Branson, Missouri
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8 reviews 8 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2014

Not just a unique place to eat, although it most certainly is that. The food is great, the scenery fabulous, and our waitress (Debbie) made it all even better - amazingly quick-witted is she! I had salmon AIoli - unsurpassed even for an inveterate salmon lover. Wife had prime rib - excellent. Generous portions, fairly priced. Our first time there,... More

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Saint Louis, Missouri, United States
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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2014

The idea of the restaurant in the cave is great! Challenging to get to and signage from one direction is poor. Could use some sprucing up. I love the idea of live music with dinner on Friday and Saturday. Our waitress was great but the food was not. The manager was rude when one person in my party complaining. I... More

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Tulsa, Oklahoma
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13 reviews 13 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2014

The food is secondary to the experience. It's located only a few miles north of Historic Route 66 and I-44 in Missouri ( between Waynesville and Lebanon) and a never to be forgotten experience. The cave is 100 feet above the Gasconade River and was a Saturday night speakeasy during prohibition - dancing and home brew drew regular customers who... More

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Dixon, Missouri
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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014

If you are planning to experience dining inside of a cave then this is the place for you. As a pure dining experience, however, The Cave rates no better than average. In other words, you may be disappointed if you go only for the food. In our 2X experience lately with the current ownership, the service takes what seems like... More

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lloydLebanonMo, Owner at The Cave, responded to this review

I am sorry that you did not have a good experience. I am the owner and I am very busy on another project right now. I would appreciate you letting me know what was your problem with the food and your service. Being as I am not there full time right now I would appreciate some detail on your experience.... More

Camdenton, Missouri
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9 reviews 9 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 1, 2013

We arrived before sunset to see the view of the cave and river. We had never dined on a Saturday night, so we were delighted to find out Prime rib was available. It was prepared exactly the way we ordered it and juicy and tender The baked potato was perfection! The bread pudding with pumpkin sauce finished a perfect experience.... More

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springfield, mo
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24 reviews 24 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2013

Dining in a real cave...in a country setting. Unique. Food is adequate, but don't make the trip for the food...but for the experience of the setting.

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Haverhill, New Hampshire
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64 reviews 64 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2013

The Cave is off the main road for miles. When you arrive there is an old steel shed with a sign that says to wait here for the next shuttle. The shuttle arrived, it was an old van. The van should not be used to transport customers, it is old with no seat-belts, or much else working! We almost left... More

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lloydLebanonMo, Owner at The Cave, responded to this review

Thanks for visiting the Cave. I am glad that you enjoyed the food. We get lots of compliments on it. I can promise you that the kitchen is in much better shape than the vans. We have to follow the health codes and we nave never failed a health inspection. As far as the vans, I do understand your concern,... More

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