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J Huston Tavern

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304 Main St, Arrow Rock, MO 65320-1000
+1 660-837-3200
11:00 am - 2:00 pm
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Wed - Sun 11:00 am - 2:00 pm
Sat 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
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Boonesboro, Missouri
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41 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 13, 2017

The building may be old, but the food mixes old and new flare to present some very tasty fare. The desert is amazing and the dining is a great way to socialize with friends before/after a show at the Lyceum Theater.

Thank chrisoverly
Arrow Rock, Missouri
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19 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 17, 2017

The stop at this historic landmark is very interesting and over shadows the middle of the road lunch offered. This is a state owned landmark leases out the establishment from year to year/contract to contract, so it's the roll of the dice from season to season.. The norm for many years has been 'family style' of slamming out dry fried... More 

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Saint Louis, Missouri
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7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 28, 2016

Average food, not all homemade. If you eat to live you'll be fine. Good for large groups, families. It's a historic landmark owned by the State.

Thank MissFloorwalker
Excelsior Springs, Missouri
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44 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 29, 2016 via mobile

We went to Arrow Rock due to Google interactive map saying it had quite a few shops and several places to dine. When we arrived, there were only approx. 3 or 4 shops and only 2 open! The only place to eat was at J Huston's. The place is rich in history and looks almost as you would have imagined... More 

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Camdenton, Missouri
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23 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 13, 2016 via mobile

We were coming to town for an event and we needed to eat, we stumbled upon this place. We walked in were seated, the waitress took our drink order and we were informed no menu that tonight's dinner was family style. It included potatoe salad, coleslaw, biscuits, watermelon slices, fried chicken, ham, mashed potatoes, gravy, corn, and green beans. It... More 

Thank faljas
Chillicothe, Missouri
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15 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 16, 2016

We have eaten at J Houston Tavern several times. We prefer the homestyle fried chicken dinner. It is reasonable and all-you-can-eat. The Tavern is our preferred stop for meals when we are in Arrowrock attending the Lyceum Theatre. The atmosphere is inviting and the decor is what I would consider "down home, country". Casual attire suits the restaurant well.

Thank Kelly C
Marshall, MO
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54 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 11, 2016 via mobile

The historic J. Huston Tavern is boss a museum and a restaurant. Dinner is very reasonably priced, served family style, and is all you can eat for one price. Drinks and dessert are extra, however. The fried chicken is some of the best I've eaten. The Tavern is also available for group dinner parties during the holidays.

Thank wjd01
High Ridge, Missouri
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71 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 11, 2016

It was hot in there so they seated me smack dab in front of the AC and it was perfect. The curry chicken salad was good. Expect casual dining but it's not a tavern at all...very family and senior friendly!

Thank tdelbruegge
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22 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 24, 2016 via mobile

I'm not a fan of family style, but was willing to give it a chance. In the end that's not what turned me off. It took 45 minutes to get our main course. People who arrived after us were served 15 minutes before us. I don't necessarily blame the server. It appeared she had at least two other larger tables.... More 

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Branson, Missouri, United States
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9 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 6, 2016

We made reservations for lunch @ 12:30 before taking in the play at the Lyceum Theater. We were seated on time but as far as our group of 4 was concerned the food was nothing special. It was a buffet and I can't say anything was outstanding. The chicken that was so good when we visited in 2014 was rather... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
$5 - $14
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Large groups, Special occasions, Families with children, Kids
Open Hours
11:00 am - 2:00 pm
11:00 am - 2:00 pm
11:00 am - 2:00 pm
11:00 am - 2:00 pm
11:00 am - 2:00 pm
5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 304 Main St, Arrow Rock, MO 65320-1000
  • Location: United States  >  Missouri (MO)  >  Arrow Rock
  • Phone Number: +1 660-837-3200
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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