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“Wasted Time” 1 of 5 stars
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The Cave Restaurant & Resort
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26880 Rochester Rd, Richland, MO 65556   |  
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“Wasted Time”
1 of 5 stars Reviewed December 19, 2013

On December 19th, my party traveled the long and winding dirt road to The Cave. It was a Thursday and we went a little early to be on time for the opening at 4PM. To our surprise, we waited and waited for the restaurant to open. We waited patiently for someone to open up the parking area which was chained closed. We called, called, and called even beyond four o'clock and got their answering machine. It was a long disappointing wait to find out that "The Cave" was closed! The restaurant was highly recommended my hotel however, after this experience, I disagree. To whom ever owns this business, you need to have some consideration and post a sign saying that you're closed. You could also invest in various signs throughout the trek notifying people that they are getting closer and not lost. I have over twenty-five years in my own advertising company and would recommend that you take some courses in just that. I will never recommend your establishment and will always remember what a bad experience I had at "The Cave"!

Stayed December 2013, traveled with friends
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Rating summary
  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    3 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    3.5 of 5 stars
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springfield, mo
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2013

We traveled over an hour to have dinner in "the cave". I would not make the trip for the food...however, how often can one have a dinner in a real cave with a live piano for background music? We found it very charming. The staff was friendly and very casual. The location is the entire point of visiting this restaurant. Parking is at the base of the hill and you are transported up to an elevator that takes you to the cave. The setting is beside a river. The prices were a bit on the high side, but the servings were generous. Three of our four party ordered the steak and thought they were perfect. The fourth person ordered the catfish and found it to be very good as well. For a unique dining experience, I would recommend this place!

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled with friends
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Fairview Heights, Illinois
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2013

This place has some very unique features. The restaurant is up a cliff alongside the Gasogonade river. But the whole operation is low class. After a 2+ mile ride down a gravel road we discovered you needed to be "shuttled" to the restaurant. The shuttle is a 10+ year old mini-van that is falling apart. The young man driving the van tried his best to give us some history of the location, but the details were un-interesting. A rich business man started it near the turn of the century and then drowned. It sat vacant for 50+ years and has changed hands several times since. Not very interesting.

The uniqueness of this place quickly wears off when we arrived for dinner. We were not greeted when we entered the place even though four employees were wandering around. As we waited we observed the bartender pouring wine from screw top mini-bottles into glasses and trying to pass it off as good wine.

My wife and I were greeted with a less than clean table and listening to a waitress that was dressed in tacky Oktoberfest costume argue with the kitchen staff.

The atmosphere is way too cheap and tacky to be interesting and the food was awful. My wife ordered the pulled pork and two sides. The food was cold and the mac'n'cheese side looked and tasted like microwave Kraft boxed mac'n'cheese. My pork steak was dry, tasteless, and stringy. The side of cole slaw was a small portion and looked and tasted like it was taken from a jar bought at Sam's club. All of this might be what we ordered, but if a restaurant has something on their menu, they should be capable of making it correctly.

Our waitress Mary tried her best to serve us but it is apparent that the management of this place knows nothing about customer service. When my wife expressed her disappointment that the meat was served cold the manager came over and actually suggested he zap it in the microwave to heat it. He should have offered to get a new portion. When we declined he went on to tell us this is the third complaint about cold food that night. Seems he should have done something about that. Is not that his job?

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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Saint Louis, Missouri
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2013

We took a motorcycle trip to the Cave Restaurant. It is inconveniently located down the 2+ miles of gravelly Rochester Road. Although the gravel road is luxurious compared to the parking lot which looks like a demilitarized zone after this year's flooding. By the way, there is only one sign for the restaurant and that is right at the parking lot, so you may not know you are on the right road until you actually see the sign about a 1/4 over the bridge on the river. A questionable van picks you up at the parking lot and drives the perilous road up to the cave. The road at times barely fits the van with a steep cliff face on the left and a steep drop off on the right. The driver drops you off at an elevator which takes you up (that's right, up) to the cave.

The waitress Debbie who greeted us was very friendly and pleasant. Service was quick and efficient. I could talk about the food which was okay but nothing special. But you are eating in a CAVE! That's why we went there and that's where we ate. Everything else was gravy.

The owner would do well to sound a bit more positive. We spoke with him a bit but he was quite depressive sounding about his place. Did I mention he owns a restaurant in a cave?

So go for the cave, the experience and enjoy an adequate, if not very tasty meal and take lots of pics.

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  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with friends
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2013 via mobile

Just moved to the area and came here twice with company visiting and had a wonderful time.Scenery is beautiful take the time to walk down to rivers edge. Food was exceptional, Brisket, Pulled Pork were melt in your mouth and this is from someone who lived in GA! The Burger with Blue Cheese was great but make sure you tell them if you want it on the rarer side.
Fried Green Tomatoes were a delight and rivaled my favorites in Georgia.The staff were great and they had a crowd keeping them busy. Plan on returning and seeing the cave at Christmas.

Stayed July 2013
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Columbia, Missouri
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12 hotel reviews
Reviews in 14 cities Reviews in 14 cities
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2013

Food was great. There were 11 of us, most of us had steak.

Service was great. Price was very reasonable for being such a unique location.

Decor was not as nice as I imagined. Could use some updating.

But it's in a cave! View outside restaurant was great.

We only went to the restaurant, not sure about their cabins or floating trip quality.

Worth the drive to go there. We were staying at another resort near Camdenton in Lake of the Ozark, took us an hour to drive to this restaurant.

  • Stayed July 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
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Spartanburg
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73 reviews 73 reviews
14 hotel reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2013

My wife and I lucked up on this unique restaurant through the recommendation of a local antique dealer. Built in a cave several stories above a scenic river, this eatery is accessed by long stairs or freight elevator. The resort caters to family-style log cabin rentals, kayak, canoeing, and river floating. After speaking with the new owner, we discovered that he has worked hard to overcome rocky beginnings over major repairs and getting the old restaurant back up to quality. By asking what his specialty was, we ordered the fried catfish plate - the best we've had in many years. While other reviewers did not have as good an experience as we did, I would suggest that if you are passing through the area, this cavernous eatery is worth the stop, even if just to enjoy the scenery.

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 26880 Rochester Rd, Richland, MO 65556
Location: United States > Missouri > Richland
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Ranked #2 of 2 Specialty Lodging in Richland
Number of rooms: 4

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