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J Huston Tavern

304 Main St, Arrow Rock, MO 65320-1000
+1 660-837-3200
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  • Excellent49%
  • Very good41%
  • Average6%
  • Poor4%
  • Terrible0%
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304 Main St, Arrow Rock, MO 65320-1000
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Reviewed 15 October 2017

I loved dining here! The history is fabulous and the food was even better! They have been serving meals to travelers along the Santa Fe Trail since 1834! I had their famous Fried Chicken, mashed potatoes and gravy, homestyle Green Beans, and biscuit! Their fried...More

Thank nowincolorado
Reviewed 1 September 2017

Recently I was in Arrow Rock with my car club. Arrow Rock is a very small, quaint town off of I-70 in Missouri. As part of the weekend in Arrow Rock, we had dinner at J. Huston Tavern. Reservations were made in advance, along with...More

Thank TwoGuysinMemphis
Reviewed 27 August 2017 via mobile

Jordan was hilarious and helpful. Such great food and service. A+++ we stopped in for a quick bite before dinner. Manager and Jordan were both so funny and kind.

Thank kelseyt430
Reviewed 5 August 2017

WInner, Winner Chicken Dinner....!!! served family style in pass around bowls...and a choice of desserts...so good..and the waitresses are always very good...

Thank 942rose
Reviewed 2 July 2017 via mobile

Wonderful! Make a reservation though, they are usually packed! Especially when the theatre is in season and they are only open till 2 pm. Great menu but limited, foid was delicious!

Thank debkraker
Reviewed 22 June 2017

Lunch and a first visit to Arrow Rock- perfect day with friends. J Houston's Tavern highly recommended for both the history (longest continually operating restaurant west of the Mississippi). I ordered the Tavern Fried Chicken, exceptional flavor & perfectly fried crispy, not dry....great atmosphere and...More

Thank Cathydtravels
Reviewed 11 April 2017

We were in Arrow Rock for an event and experienced a special dinner just for our group as the tavern is only open on weekends at lunch at this time of year. But they offer this wonderful fried chicken dinner (multi courses) which we truly...More

Thank donnasZ8505HN
Reviewed 9 April 2017

I attended a rug hooking weekend in Arrow Rock, Mo. our meal together on Friday evening was at the tavern. Not only is it a beautiful historic building, the meal was delicious. It was served family style which worked well for our group of approximately...More

Thank SweetAdelineNancy
Reviewed 13 February 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
Reviewed 18 January 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...More

3  Thank randybw
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Dee K
30 July 2017|
Response from SweetAdelineNancy | Reviewed this property |
Sunday 11AM–2PM 5–7PM Monday Closed Tuesday 11AM–2PM 5–7PM Wednesday 11AM–2PM 5–7PM Thursday 11AM–2PM 5–7PM Friday 11AM–2PM 5–7PM Saturday 11AM–2PM 5–7PM
Paul Y
6 July 2016|
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Response from crynay | Reviewed this property |
Yes. We had a party of six and got right in.
James T
12 May 2016|
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Response from Crystal C | Reviewed this property |
The menu is limited, and cheaper during lunch than dinner, of course, but looks good. I was debating getting something else, but glad I went with the chicken. However the other food looked and smelled good.
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$ 5 - US$ 14
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Serves Alcohol, Takeout
Good for
Groups, Kids, Child-friendly, Special Occasion Dining
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
  • E-mail
The J. Huston 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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