I dined at The Blue Heron on beautiful Lake of the Ozarks recently. It was recommended by a friend, and certainly 'shows well.' At night, blue lights twinkle all the way up the long drive, and the setting itself is lovely. It's an older building, with European decor, well kept and almost charming. There is a full-length lap pool and an outdoor bar, perfect for an evening cocktail or wine. I was told the pool is never used - a shame since it just sits right there so invitingly.
I asked to be seated and to dine in the main bar, but was told I couldn't be served there. Ditto to dining outside on the deck; the only place they'll bring food is inside.
The servers were all nice, friendly enough, and attentive.
But the owner was overly friendly; he came right over and sat down at my table, unexpectedly, and began a rather personal line of conversation. I dine alone often, so this was quite a surprise. While seated at my little table, he criticized the server for bringing untoasted bread, a comment much better made in private or in the kitchen -- not in front of a guest.
The Blue Heron pushes its many lobster dishes, but I was hesitant to go for it. I tried a cold lobster cocktail as a starter and that was fine. My entree was locally-farmed trout, a much more appealing dish to me for an inland lake restaurant. It was nice, but nothing special.
I have to say the salad croutons, rather lushly olive-oiled and seasoned, were the best part of my meal. And the European-served salad was generous.
The prices are high for the food, but the view from the deck is beautiful. My recommendation: have cocktails and go somewhere less pretentious for dinner on this lovely lake, where families and boaters are the standard.
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