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Where to Eat Dinner Before a Live Branson Show

This article is part of the Hipmunk #CityLove Project

Known for its world-class theater scene, and as one of the leading entertainment capitols in the world, travelers generally head to Branson, Missouri, to take in a live show. And, with over 100 shows running on any given night — including musical theater, magical performances, stand up comedy and dramatic plays — Branson has quickly become the fastest growing tourist destination within the United States.

Since travelers also need to eat, and while you can’t combine dinner with the majority of Branson shows, the city has a wide selection of award-winning restaurants, all within very close proximity to the main theater district.

Here are the top recommendations for where to eat dinner before taking in a live Branson show:

Crazy Cajun Citchen

2820 Indian Point Road

The only authentic Cajun restaurant in town, the award-winning menu features spicy cuisine from central and southwest Louisiana.

The restaurant is primarily outdoor seating, where patrons enjoy their meals on a beautiful cypress porch, while Cajun music adds to the ambience of the open air.

Large portions mean you’re likely to have leftovers to spare — make sure you book a hotel room with a microwave when scouring the web for cheap Branson hotel deals.

India Clay Oven

2005 West Hwy 76

Serving the best Indian recipes in Branson, India Clay Oven specializes in Southern Indian dishes though with a modern flare.

The menu has a wide selection of vegetarian cuisine, as well as an eclectic mix of unique Indian dishes with a fusion of flavors found nowhere else in the world.

A small though upscale restaurant, this is a fantastic dining option for a first experience with Indian cuisine, and it’s also an excellent option for those craving a flavorsome feed.

Main Street Alley

113 W Main Street

Offering a wide selection of delicious sandwiches, salads, burgers and hot dogs, Main Street Alley is a fantastic dinner option for some light American food.


Light American food. Photo CC by stu_spivack

All food is reasonably priced, and the service is quick and friendly. This is a great choice for food while passing through Branson’s historic district and is open late.

Mitsu Neko Fusion Cuisine and Sushi Bar

1819 West HWY 76, Suite D

An award-winning sushi restaurant specializing in Asian fusion and modern European cuisine, this is a fantastic place for an intimate dinner and is very reasonably priced.

Serving the best sushi in the country (according to rave reviews), all food is fresh, flavorful and creatively presented. This is a family-run restaurant, and patrons are treated like family.

The hospitality and service are exceptional from the time you step inside the door to the time you are hugged good-bye.

The Best Places to Eat in Branson

Travelers often forget to research recommendations on where to eat, though this is particularly important, especially when you’re taking in a live show.

No one wants to sit through two hours of a performance on an empty stomach, so make sure you make reservations at one of the above restaurants before being seated for your live Branson show.

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Meg Jerrard is an Australian Journalist who has been travelling and blogging around the world for the last 7 years to inspire others to embark on their own worldwide adventure!  Her husband Mike is an American travel photographer, and together they have made the world their home.

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