The Netflix series Ozark features a family on the run after a money-laundering operation gone wrong. They move to the Lake of the Ozarks but soon pick up their life of crime again. Jason Bateman stars alongside Laura Linney and Julia Garner.
Atlanta is the main filming location for the show, despite the series name, which is a region that spreads across Arkansas and Missouri. While there are many more Ozark locations, these are open to the public and easily accessible. All interior scenes are filmed at Eagle Rock Studios in Norcross.
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Ozark Filming Locations in Atlanta
Opened as a 1940s grocery store, Northside Tavern is now a dive bar and one of the most iconic live music venues in Atlanta. It’s also been featured on film, including a Kansas City scene in season four, along with MacGyver and Halt and Catch Fire.
Piedmont Park, Midtown
The city’s largest public park started as a part of the 1887 Piedmont Exposition. The current design follows a design from the Olmsted Brothers and includes a pool, sports fields, and walking paths. The park also hosts events like Music Midtown and the Dogwood Festival. In season four of the show, it stood in for Chicago’s Great Lawn.
Plaza Fiesta, Chamblee
The strip mall in Chamblee opened in 1968 as a nod to the markets of Mexico. In the show’s third season, it followed this concept. Today it has many vendors including food stalls with tacos and pizza, along with a flea market and supermarket.
Silver Skillet Restaurant
Silver Skillet is a longtime greasy spoon in Atlanta‘s Midtown area featured in season 2 of Ozark. Open since 1956, the restaurant has been used in Remember the Titans, The Founder, Trouble with the Curve, and Anchorman 2, along with countless others. The menu includes all-day breakfast and Southern favorites like biscuits, omelettes, fried chicken, and burgers.
In season three, Ben and Jonah follow Ruth to an old drive-in movie theater for a cash drop-off. That theater is Starlight Drive-In, one of Atlanta‘s last remaining drive ins. Located in southeast Atlanta, it first opened in 1949. The theater expanded to add additional screens over the years. You can usually see two movies for one price, including first-run films and classics. They also host flea markets and swap meets.
The Missouri Belle Casino, featured in season three, used a real riverboat at Stone Mountain Park. It previously ferried passengers across the lake but has since been decommissioned. It’s one of two now moored at the boat dock, named the Scarlet O’Hara and the Henry Grady.
The park is spread across over 3,000 acres and centers around a massive granite monadnock that visitors can climb or take the cable car to the top of. It features a carved relief of Civil War figures and hosts seasonal laser shows.
Westview Cemetery was built in 1884 in the historic West End and is one of the city’s most prestigious burial sites. It has the graves of notable Atlantans, including Coca-Cola magnate Asa Candler, Mayor William B. Hartsfield, and author Joel Chandler Harris.
The Spanish-inspired 1943 mausoleum and chapel stood in for the cartel boss’ house in Mexico in season 2. The beautiful building has also been used in other shows and movies including Triple 9, The Gifted, and Sleepy Hollow.
Williamson’s Bros. Barbecue
The beloved restaurant in the city’s Northern suburbs was included in season one. Williamson Brothers Barbecue is known for its smoked barbecue ribs and pulled pork and first opened in 1990. In a shopping center across the street, Charlotte punches Wyatt in the face.
Ozark Filming Locations Outside Atlanta
Chateau Elan, Braselton
In season one, Marty and his wife Wendy visit a resort with his mob boss. In real life, it’s Chateau Elan in Braselton. The French-inspired resort and winery opened in 1981. It has an onsite tasting room, multiple restaurants, hotel rooms, a golf course, and a spa. Its beautiful scenery makes it popular for weddings.
Georgia’s real-life waterways stood in for the Lake of the Ozarks. Lake Allatoona and Lake Lanier were used for boat scenes. On Lake Allatoona, the Blue Cat Lodge set was created for the show’s first and second seasons. After it was no longer needed, it became a restaurant, JD’s Bar-B-Que, featuring signs and other items from the production. Little River Marina, located nearby, was also used.
In season three, the Big Muddy Casino is seen docked on the river. The riverboat was added digitally, but The Westin Savannah Harbor Golf Resort & Spa is seen in the background, located on an island in the river. The city of Savannah has its own riverboat, although not a casino, that visitors can ride. The hotel also has a ferry back and forth across the river called the Savannah Belle.
Where to Eat Near Ozark Locations
Many of the filming locations from the show are operational restaurants, including Silver Skillet, JD’s Bar-B-Que, and Williamsons Brothers Barbecue. Near Westview Cemetery, fans can dine at Slutty Vegan and Boggs Social and Supply. The Lee + White development also has breweries and restaurants.
Near the Starlight Drive In, check out El Progreso, a favorite taco spot, and Red’s Beer Garden, known for its hot dogs and sandwiches. Stone Mountain Park has a number of dining outlets, but outside, check out Gilly Brew Bar and Sweet Potato Cafe. On Lake Allatoona, Sunset Grille was used as a location and is open.
Where to Stay Near Ozark Locations
Chateau Elan and the Westin Savannah have hotel rooms you can stay in. Hampton Inn Acworth is a great option near Lake Allatoona. Stone Mountain Manor is outside the park’s gates and has luxurious rooms. In Atlanta, the Wylie Hotel is centrally located near the filming locations.
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