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Shady Gators

$$ - $$$
American, Bar
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132 Sweet William Rd, Lake Ozark, MO 65049-7015
10:00 am - 10:00 pm
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Mon - Thu 10:00 am - 10:00 pm
Fri - Sun 10:00 am - 11:00 pm
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34 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed July 27, 2016 via mobile

We enjoy stopping here when we're out on the boat. Interesting menu with a Cajun flavor. Very good drinks. Bands play in two different spots most days. Fun atmosphere with good staff.

Thank Doug B
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10 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
Reviewed July 22, 2016 via mobile

Just wanted to sit/eat by the water with a bucket of beers and boat/people watch and listen to live music. The entertainer was so off key the local dogs were barking! The happy hour was non existent. They had buckets of beer at $5.50 per beer! Server didn't know where to find sugar for our designated driving tea drinker. Don't... More 

Thank Lisa W
Peoria, Illinois, United States
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80 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
Reviewed July 13, 2016

Shady Gators has a nice pool overlooking the lake but I've been their 3 times and have yet to find something off the menu that I would eat again...plus for the kind of food they are serving, it isn't cheap.

Thank Anne S
Stillwater, Oklahoma, United States
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20 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed July 12, 2016

It's a neat place being located right on the lake, watching the high dollar boats roll through. Food was average, felt bad for the girl waiting on our table as she was handling 3 huge groups of 12+ each. Food was average, but overpriced, typical for a tourist spot. As far as the outside bar goes. As long as your... More 

Thank Jordan K
2 reviews
Reviewed July 8, 2016 via mobile

My friends and I had a great time. We had everything we wanted really quick. Came down from the 60 mm. Was definitely worth it and will do it again soon

Thank Anthony R
Saint Louis, Missouri
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17 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed June 27, 2016 via mobile

Great view from the pool of the Lake. Friendly staff and casual dining, but the real feature is the free pool....of course the drinks aren't free! Fun place to hang for adults and families.

Thank 785jillp
Overland Park, Kansas
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3 reviews
Reviewed May 31, 2016

A large group of friends and I dined here over Memorial Day Weekend.. they had excellent and fast service.. one of my friends even ordered the alligator sandwich.

Thank esheridan29
Kansas City, Missouri
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5 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed May 29, 2016

Went on a Friday night to watch the band. They put on a good show, but if you aren't a 20 something power drinker or have a high end boat parked in the marina, you will just get shoved around. Actually saw the bouncers put a passed out guy on the side of the road. 3 beers, 2 rum runners... More 

Thank MSkaggs0129
Saint Louis, Missouri
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17 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed April 25, 2016

Used to live at the Lake and loved most of the restaurants by water. Went down to Shady Gators on Sat for lunch for old times. Big expensive mistake $150.00 later!!! $14 cold nachos, $11 horrible frozen burger, come on. Unfortunately no one liked their meals. So my advice, try Back Water Jacks maybe, can't say if that is still... More 

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Bowling Green, Missouri
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45 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
Reviewed April 21, 2016

A fun bar and grill to stay from sunset to sundown. We were there for a bachelorette party and had a great time. Our food was serve quickly and they had live music later on. The have a shuttle that runs to the houses and condos near by so we hopped on that about 2 am.

Thank Constance B

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
American, Bar
Lunch, Dinner, Late Night, Drinks
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Television, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Bar scene, Large groups
Open Hours
10:00 am - 11:00 pm
10:00 am - 10:00 pm
10:00 am - 10:00 pm
10:00 am - 10:00 pm
10:00 am - 10:00 pm
10:00 am - 11:00 pm
10:00 am - 11:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 132 Sweet William Rd, Lake Ozark, MO 65049-7015
  • Location: United States  >  Missouri (MO)  >  Lake of the Ozarks  >  Lake Ozark

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?