at Arrow Rock State Historic Site

J. Huston Tavern

Fried chicken, mashed potatoes, ham, green beans and gravy on a serving trayStep back in time to Arrow Rock’s frontier heyday when you dine at the J. Huston Tavern at Arrow Rock State Historic Site.  The tavern was built in 1834 by Joseph Huston, Sr., an early Arrow Rock settler and civic leader from Virginia.  Built as a four-room, two-story brick structure with a summer kitchen, it was originally the Huston family home. Thousands of immigrants heading west passed by the tavern and Huston began offering lodging and meals to travelers and local citizens.

By the mid-19th century, a mercantile store and ballroom had been added, followed by a large dining room and modern kitchen in 1955. Visitors today can enjoy a drink in the mercantile store, otherwise known as the Tap Room and dine in one of three dining rooms:  The Sappington Parlor, the Huston Room and the Bingham Room.

The tavern is the oldest continuously serving restaurant west of the Mississippi River with more than 180 years of continuous service to the public. It is the centerpiece of Arrow Rock State Historic Site and is listed in the National Register of Historic Places.

Voted the "Best Fried Chicken in the State" by Rural Missouri readers in 2011.

We value all of our patrons at the J. Huston Tavern and want to provide you with the best possible food and service.  However, due to limited seating, we cannot always accommodate everyone. We recommend reservations or just call 660-837-3200 before you come so we can ensure a table is ready for you or the wait is not long.

In 2018, the J. Huston Tavern celebrated 95 years as part of the Missouri state park system.


Entire Facility: 150
Bingham Dining Room: 65
Huston Room: 32
Sappington Parlor: 20


Are you looking for a place to host your next meeting, rehearsal dinner or other special event? The Bingham Room will seat approximately 65 people for such an event. Groups will need to bring their own audio/visual equipment.

Group Menu

Group Meal Compensation Policy by group size:
20 or less - no comp
21-40 - 1 comp meal
41-57 - 2 comp meals
58-74 - 3 comp meals
75 and up - 4 comp meals (maximum)

Retail Items

Check out J. Huston Tavern's new retail items. The tavern features a variety of items including kitchen aprons, springerle cookie molds, J. Huston Tavern glassware, made-in-Missouri handcrafted baskets, historical folk toys, bonnets, books and lots of delicious food items.

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