With Springfield’s incredible diversity of dining options, it would be easy to dine out nearly every day of the year (for a couple of years!) and never go to the same place twice. From upscale dining to popular casual chains to quirky, independent “hole-in-walls,” you’ll find a happening food scene with delicious adventures for every palate. Need a Springfield, MO restaurant guide? Look no further.
Pedigreed chefs. Sophisticated presentations. Amazing food. Elegant, but unpretentious ambiance. With dozens of top-notch culinary experiences, our local fine dining options satisfy even the most discriminating foodies. Enjoy mouthwatering steaks at Flame. Pan Asian at Ocean Zen. Mediterranean at Touch. Italian at Gilardi’s. Or experience the famous escargot of the French Mediterranean Café, the latest venture of renowned, award-winning Chef Al Roubaie. It’s easy to indulge your taste for fine cuisine in Springfield.
Have a favorite national chain? You name it, there’s a good chance we have it. Springfield’s insatiable appetite for restaurant food has attracted a wide variety of top national chains, and there are always new restaurants in development. But if supporting locally owned businesses is more your thing, don’t miss our thriving independents. Our downtown, in particular, is a hot bed of culinary activity with plenty of unique options for Mexican, Italian, American, pizza, and even crepes. We also have one of the only brewery/restaurant facilities in the world built by a brewery equipment fabrication company.
While Springfield might be most famous nationally as the hometown of cashew chicken, our international food scene has undergone a recent resurgence that is making culinary adventurers take note. You’ll find authentic Indian food. Lebanese and Greek. Fine Peruvian cuisine. Top-notch sushi. Modern Mexican. Must-try Thai. Even a proliferation of food trucks where you can pick up everything from Navajo tacos to Thai-Mex fusion cuisine.
Quirky Local Favorites
In every city, there are always a handful of restaurants that only the locals know about. They’re unassuming on the outside, but treasures on the inside. And most have been in business for as long as anyone can remember. Springfield is no different. Here, you’ll find some of the best chili in town in an odd Quonset hut called Casper’s. You’ll find some of the best barbecue in town at old-school “dives” like Crosstown BBQ and Pappy’s Place. And you can always count on a good breakfast at historic Gailey’s, a former drug-store soda counter turned hip morning café. Just ask a local and they’ll give you the low-down on all the favorites—they might even join you!