THE CAVE RESTAURANT - A REVIEW - Richland, Missouri
The Cave Restaurant & Resort
How It All Started
In the 1920s, the cave served as a speak-easy. A moonshine still was in the works and the cave saw some real adventures including use as a dance hall.
If I understand correctly, the original owner, who was in the process of renewing the old resort, drowned while working the property.
In 1994, a retired farmer, named Dave Hughes, had a dream of turning the cave into a restaurant. His wife thought he'd lost his mind but he persisted and she reluctantly went along with him. Situated about six stories above the Gasconade River and a magnificent view, a cave now houses at least 235 people comfortably - for dining.
The new owners cleaned the dark, dreary cave and put in the necessary faculties to operate the restaurant plus a few added amenities including water fountains and dehumidifiers. With soft lighting, a rustic feel and live music, along with great food and fabulous customer service, it now boasts a constant flow of customers.
Four years ago, Gary Dyer, a Lebanon, Missouri restaurant owner, purchased the restaurant and continues the tradition of a dining adventure like none other. Gary is known for his hands-on hospitality, quality of food and great customer service policies.
The CAVE Restaurant & Resort is located just off I-44, Exit 150 on Highway 7 to Richland at 26880 Rochester Rd, Richland, Missouri situated between Camdenton and Waynesville.
Not in city limits mind you, this cave is along the picturesque Gasconade River and you will be driving into the countryside. Just follow signs.
Once arriving in the parking area, a shuttle will whisk you away, on a short journey uphill to the cave. As the chauffeur drives you, he will give you a bit of history and explain you have a choice of elevator or long staircase leading into the cave.
Shops boasting of crafts, made right in the Ozarks, line the sidewalk to the elevator and stairs. This is wheel-chair accessible facility, but do call ahead for any concerns. It is also a smoke-free establishment.
Please see www.thecaverestaurantandresort.com for further information.
- 7 days a week. 11:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m.
- Wed-Fri 4:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
- Sat 11:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m.
- Sun 11:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
- CLOSED MON & TUE (Winter Only)
Hosting for Special Occasions and Groups - Just call for arrangements.
Camping and recreational packages are also available.
The menu begins with choice of appetizers, followed by your choice of soup or salad and Bavarian wheat bread.
Then step it up with main entrees, American style menu of Prime Rib, Fried Catfish, Chicken and other great menu items to choose from including pastas.
Dessert includes a decadence of chocolate with some heaven added in, pecan pie, a special bread pudding, strawberry shortcake and other delicious items.
BuffaloGal1960 dubs this LaSpoon rating FIVE SPOONS!
Six stories up from the Gasconade River promises breath-taking views.
There is a panoramic view out over the river with railing made of antiques and other rustic décor appealing to the eye.
The atmosphere is as pleasant as the food quality and the customer service.
An experience in dining brought forth from one man's dream makes this dining adventure one-of-a-kind.