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“Great Dinner at the Cave” 5 of 5 stars
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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
Cadiz, Kentucky
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“Great Dinner at the Cave”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2012

Like the other reviewers have commented, this restaurant is definitely set in a more "rustic" environment. We're locals and are somewhat used to the middle of nowhere feeling of the Cave. Richland itself is not a hopping town and if you haven't read the TripAdvisor reviews, you may think that you missed the restaurant because it's down a dirt road. If you're driving at night, heed caution and if you go during the winter and it's icy, you may want to go another day. As the other reviewers mentioned, you park your car in their gravel parking lot and wait for one of their routinely running mini-van "shuttles" to take you to the cave. It's not a place to get dressed up to go to, but there was another couple in the van with us and the girl wore high heels; which didn't bode well for her.

The restaurant itself is nothing less than wonderful. After 6 months eating at the same old crap in the Waynesville area, going to the Cave Restaurant provided a variety menu with nearly limitless options. There are a lot of people who come to the area for the experience; the table behind us was from New Zealand. I got a ribeye since they were sold out of the Prime Rib Special. The Ribeye was nothing special and needed some improvement on the seasoning. The potato wedges were AWESOME and we really liked their homemade dressings. Everything served at the cave seemed homemade. My wife got a chicken dish with mashed potatoes and bread-stuffing; which she thoroughly enjoyed and the servings were very generous. We didn't get dessert, but next time we're going to try the homemade bread pudding. Service at the restaurant was great, even though it was one of their busiest nights in months. My wife and I visited the candy shop at the end of the evening and took home fun dip candy and a Clark bar (to give you an idea of what they sell). Overall, it was a great evening. The prices were fair if you consider what it takes to get the food to their restaurant and prepare the homemade items. We'd strongly recommend it and hope to go sometime during the Christmas season. We will surely bring out of town guests there to entertain.

  • Visited September 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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English first
Niceville, Florida, United States
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
“Awesome experience! OK food. Ignore other review about being a waste of money. We LOVED it!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2012

If you don't have a sense of adventure and would prefer the Holiday Inn to the history & charm of rustic cabins cabins from the 1920's ....then keep your uptight butts away from this place and go eat at Applebees!

Here's what you should come expecting: expect a scenic drive to get there, an old van to take you past rustic cabins, OK food, and A CAVE!!!! and you won't be disappointed. : ) No. It's not a 5-star restaurant. But if you have a sense of adventure and love trying new things: this is the place for you!

We LOVED the experience. I did a little research (and yes....read the reviews) so I was prepared for the drive into the middle of "nowhere". Which really wasn't that bad and honestly...pretty fun. It was scenic! The parking lot is gravel and there is a "waiting area" where a mini van will come pick you up. Sure the vans are crappy --- WHO CARES? They drive up and down a muddy / dirty hill all day. If you don't like riding in taxis then don't take the shuttle and bring some tennis shoes so you can take the 10 minute "hike" up the road. HOWEVER: that being said we took the van. The driver was very friendly and knowledgeable and gave us some excellent history of the place that I found fascinating. The cabins were built in the 1920's so yes -- they are "rustic" but not creepy! 2 of them were under renovation and there were also people staying in at least 2 other cabins and they looked like they were enjoying themselves! The scenery is beautiful. Now: onto "The Cave"

When you get dropped off by the shuttle there are a couple shops off of a wooden "boardwalk" (a Sweets Shop for candies and it's all lit up and beautiful at sunset) and then a craft shop that also has Yankee Candles and handmade jewelry. You can choose to take the "stairs" (which are actually metal grates...dislike. If you don't like heights: TAKE THE ELEVATOR!!!!!! I recommend elevator which you can find by walking past the stairs and going to the right). The cave has Christmas lights all over which gives it a beautiful glow. If you choose to sit at the bar you have a full look down over the river. You can also add pins to a map so people can see where you're from (it's neat!) There's a fish pond, pictures of the history of the place, and just a really neat atmosphere. THERE IS NO SMELL. Especially nothing "rancid".I have no idea what other people were expecting for decor...there's a mountain lion (obviously...because mountain lions live in caves) and there are old-time lanterns (that were used for cave exploration) etc. So --- personally? The decor fits perfectly.

Now to the food: I would not order the calamari again. For amount you get it's not worth it! That being said if you DO choose to order it -- it's average in taste. (We just moved here from FL and are used to fresh calamari....so nothing will ever compare to that!) But this was OK. The steak was average. (Good - but not the best we've ever had). The potato wedges I was pleasantly surprised with because they looked like they were fresh cut and baked with hardly any extra seasoning. But if you're a person that loads on salt everything you probably won't like them and will want to order dipping sauce -- in which case I recommend the bleu cheese dressing because it's homemade and delicious! We were very pleased with them! I had a side salad that was average (tomatoes, onions, and iceburg lettuce) and had bleu cheese dressing on it and YUM! The cave chili was on the spicier side but definitely delicious. Would NOT recommend the orange juice (I'm picky about it and I didn't like this) Hot chocolate was such a nice touch for a cave, though : ) I absolutely cannot wait to go back during the holidays when the place is all lit up with christmas lights!!!

  • Visited August 2012
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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“Way out there”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2012

You've got to work hard to find this place! When you do it is a real dining experience! It located on the side of a cliff, The food is good, service attentive! You drive and park and a rickty van comes and drives you to the restaurant! Up the cliff in ahomemade elevator into a manmade cave! It's a kick!

Visited July 2012
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2012

First it is a unique place to eat. The cave itself is very interesting, but the food is just average. We tried the calamari steak for our appetizer. It was okay, but not enough for the price.We both had the catfish that the waitress said was award winning, and it was good and the sides we chose were good, but nothing there was worth bragging about, or driving out of your way for. The place has mismatched chairs and cleaning stuff all over the dining area. It needs some fixing up if they want to keep people coming in for the prices that they charge.

  • Visited August 2012
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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“Interesting to experience once”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2012

The atmosphere and the grounds are very interesting. They rent cottages there on the grounds for $80.00 a night. When you drive up to the parking lot all you see is just the parking lot. There is a shuttle that will come pick you up to take you to the actual cave. The shuttle driver, Stephen, was very friendly and gave us some nice history of the place as we drove to the cave. It's a very bumpy ride on a narrow lane that makes for a fun ride. The scenery is absolutely beautiful. You are deep in the woods and can't see anything but trees and the Gasconade River for miles!! There are quiant little shops for buying souvenirs and home made candy. The Restaurant itself is okay. The waitress we had was very friendly and personable but had a hard time managing what few tables she had. The portions are really big but is really pricey for what it is.

  • Visited August 2012
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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