Richland, Missouri: Cave Restaurant [formerly Caveman BBQ] (Closed)A restaurant in a hillside cave overlooking the Gasconade River.
- I-44 exit 150. Drive north on Hwy 7, turn right onto Rochester Rd, then right again onto CR W735/Riddle Rd. Follow the signs.
- May 2015: Reported closed.
Visitor Tips and News About Cave Restaurant [formerly Caveman BBQ]
Restaurant in a Cave. Called the number 573-765-4554 and it was out of service! Nice experience in 2012. Was hoping to take a friend in June.[Linda Sutphin, 05/24/2015]
The Cave Restaurant was always seasonal, but it apparently never reopened in 2015. The restaurant has gone out of business before, but the cave is still there, so we'll have to hope that new owners may come in and reopen the restaurant in the future.
The Cave is under new management and the food is now greatly improved. We saw cars in the parking lot from California, New Hampshire, and North Carolina. The place has now added a retro sweet shop and a rustic craft shop. They are trying to regain a name as a resort: fishing, canoeing, and what us folks in Missouri call "floating" -- leisurely floating down the river with friends and a supply of brewed beverages.[Doug From St. Louis, 06/12/2013]
We were introduced to floating in our visit to Missouri's Floating Capital.
This was the place to go many years ago. The old owner got sick and the place was up for sale. He let it go downhill very fast. We found out that there is a new owner and decided to give it one more try. It was the weekend, great food, fast, friendly, clean. The new owner has re-done the cabins overlooking the river. During the drive up the mountain by their van we were told very detailed information about the past.[Randy Hackman, 09/24/2012]
It's so hard to stay in the good graces of the discerning, cave restaurant-frequenting public.
We happened to be in the area on vacation and decided to stop in. We were a little concerned because of the bad (old) reviews, but no need to be concerned any more. The food was excellent and the setting was amazing. The new owners have done a great job. It's a fancy meal, plenty of food and not expensive at all. The ride down the hill was a little scary because it was almost dark, but that made it more fun. GPS had difficulty finding the place, but thanks to the signs we made it there and back with no trouble. We highly recommend it to anyone who wants a very unique dinner experience![Jim and Deb Schmidt, 05/06/2012]
You park your vehicle, then ride the restaurant's van up the hill. Then you take an elevator up about 3 stories to the cave. We visited on a Monday. We were told the weekend is the worst time to visit. The restaurant has a new owner, Gary. He and the waitress were very friendly and the food was the greatest! The prices were about the same as Applebee's -- not bad. You get a lot of food, too.
Make sure you take your camera and go out onto the balcony. And yes, there IS a bathroom. There's a gift shop in a small log cabin.[Mary Hayes, 08/19/2010]