Come Sail Away

Charis Patires
Sliced turkey, lettuce, tomato, swiss cheese and avocado are wrapped in a tomato basil or spinach tortilla with garlic and dill aioli make up the Wheelhouse Avocado Wrap.

Summer hotspots are a buzz with activity as sun-worshipers flock to pools and waterfront bars, but there’s one local hideout that offers a reprieve from those crowded Lake restaurants.

Located at the one-mile marker, Ozark Yacht Club is a favorite place for brunch, and recent renovations around the property is making it stand out not only for the food but also because of the other amenities and services offered around the property.

What brings most visitors in is LakeSide Café, right off the water by boat and a short drive from the Bagnell Dam Strip by land.

A lot of things have changed over the winter, says food and beverage manager Shelley Bell, who is also new this season. Most notably the restaurant underwent a remodel. Along with the new and improved look came some changes to the menu. More emphasis has been placed on serving dishes that are made-from-scratch, and breakfast and lunch dishes are packed with fresh ingredients.

Standing out on the breakfast menu is the classic eggs benedict, which can be made with crab as a substitute for the traditional ham. Another popular item is the Bourbon French Toast made with three slices of French toast topped with brown butter bourbon syrup and toasted granola. Omelets, country fried steak, biscuits and gravy, and other breakfast favorites are served until noon daily. Gourmet sandwiches filled with chicken breast, roast beef, whitefish, as well as a burger and variety of salads are on the lunch menu (served from 11:30 a.m.-2 p.m.). The after-hours menu is rolled out from 2-6 p.m. for quick bites like a charcuterie board, chicken wings, pork sliders, shrimp and Philly steak bowls.

Chefs are given the leeway to create something different to introduce as the daily feature — like the sausage roll or mint risotto cabbage.

You’ll find a mix of favorite breakfast and lunch items in the spread on the brunch buffet, served from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. on weekends. It also comes with bountiful mimosas and Bloody Mary’s —the perfect accompaniment to a relaxing weekend.

There’s plenty of air-conditioned indoor seating or outside under cover but boaters can also call ahead and order to-go for delivery dockside. The restaurant has a full bar, but make sure to visit the gas dock to grab an OYC slushy.

Live entertainment is held every Saturday and Sunday from 9 p.m.-1 a.m. outside on the patio.

A banquet room is also located in the same building as the cafe which can hold up to 200 people for meetings, events, family reunions and other special occasions.

Known as the premier marina for power and sail, every other Saturday watch as the captain and crew participate in sailboat races.

Be on the lookout this summer for Dragon Boat Racing, a new event that requires a team of rowers to power the watercraft. These 14-foot rafts will be available for a day of exercise, racing and fun. Some say it’s a great team-building exercise.

The full-service, state-of-the-art marina can handle all kinds of boats from general maintenance to rebuilding engines. There are 130 boat slips and 100 dry storage spots for boat owners to keep their vessels. It comes with concierge service for boats up to 30 feet and a membership to OYC so you can take advantage of amenities including an outdoor heated pool, workout room, food and beverage discounts, access to dressing rooms and showers, and other services. A social membership can also be purchased.

Other renovations are still underway including the addition of lodging units. There are currently seven houses available for rent.

Taking advantage of additional ground space, work is underway to open a multi-use property that can be used as a 1/2 soccer field/softball field, for event space or additional parking. Two enclosed pickleball courts are also being built.

Other outdoor amenities include a sandy beach, firepit, volleyball court, a one-mile hiking trail and other outdoor amenities.

Boat and PWC rentals are available.

Where & When

500 Yacht Club Landing, Lake Ozark

1-mile marker in Jennings Branch Cove

LakeSide Café open 8 a.m.-7 p.m. Wednesday-Sunday.

Every other Saturday the sailing club hosts sailboat races out of OYC. While OYC is a hub for sailboats, the state-of-the-art marina can handle all types of boat repair and maintenance.