Richland, Missouri: Cave Restaurant [formerly Caveman BBQ]A restaurant in a hillside cave overlooking the Gasconade River.
Visitor Tips and News About Cave Restaurant [formerly Caveman BBQ]
Is it worth the experience? We were attending a graduation at Fort Leonardwood, and with limited entertainment options we thought, this was our best bet. Well, it's an experience and YES the food is awful! However, we would go back again but only order a dessert. Everything was over-fried and the bread came fresh out of a plastic bag. We laughed when we were told by the waitress that the place is packed on the weekends and just bring a book. We did not have any trouble with the staff, who were very nice to us (We went mid week and there was only one other group at the time in the restaurant). So go and enjoy a very different experience and hopefully the restaurant attracts a better cook.[Reanna, 08/08/2009]
My wife, some friends and I visited this place. It took us a while to even get up to the cave. When we got up to the cave and finally got to order it took us about 2 hours to get our food, the food sucked. The steaks were mostly fat and gristle. We got there at 7 pm and didn't leave until 10 pm, the waitress, you hardly seen her.[Jason, 08/04/2009]
As we've noted before, we're not so interested in posting food prep and service complaints. Visitors to this attraction are committing to time spent to and from the cave, sitting in the cave -- and eating.
The restaurant previously known as The Caveman is now The Cave Restaurant and Resort. It has a new owner and is awesome! The food is great, the service is amazing. The drive up to the cave is not at all scary like it used to be. The driver really took her time and gave us a history of the place as we traveled up the mountain.[Sara, 07/24/2009]
I think some of the other reviewers have been a bit harsh about this place, and maybe under the previous owners it was a bad experience. It's under new management, and they told us they just reopened in June. They've been surprised at the number of diners so I think the last reviewer's long wait may have been growing pains. We ate lunch there yesterday and the service was very friendly and we didn't have any trouble.
The food is like going to a good diner, basic eating but tasty. Prices were like Applebee's or Friday's, which we thought was fine ... you can't expect to eat in a cave without paying a bit of a premium for the experience. Portions were generous, too. Give it a try. It's not someplace you need to go to often, but once is a great experience.
The new owners have lots of plans for the entire property, and I hope they follow through. It would make a great little vacation spot if they get everything updated like they plan.[Colleen, 07/16/2009]
Called ahead to ask about the hours of operation and if there would be a wait and was told thirty minutes. After they trapped us up in the restaurant (you don't park at the restaurant, you have to ride a shuttle), we waited an hour and a half, standing, just to be seated. The food isn't like momma made it, and way overpriced. It would make a great candidate for chef Gordon Ramsey's kitchen nightmares makeovers.[Dan Graves, 06/28/2009]
Remember the payoff at this place: you are served and eat in a cave!
Cave Restaurant [formerly Caveman BBQ]
- 26880 Rochester Rd, Richland, MO
- 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.
- Call ahead for hours. Closed Nov. 1 - Mar 1. (Call to verify)
- RA Rates:
- Worth a Detour