About Us & Our History

in 1952, the Army Corps of Engineers began construction of the dam. While construction was taking place a man by the name of Frank Smith, saw an opportunity for Belton and opened ”Frank’s Lakeview Inn”, in 1954, which we now know as ”Dead Fish Grill”!

Later he opened Frank’s Marina, giving people the opportunity to boat and fish on Lake Belton. 

After a fire to the restaurant, Frank built it bigger and better than the original, even including a night club he called ”The Anchor Club”. Both of these establishments successfully operated for the next 30 years until Frank passed away.

In 2005, a group of local investors quickly came together to purchase Frank’s Marina and Lakeview Inn with intentions to continue his legacy and remain Central Texas’ best lake side establishment. Thus, Dead Fish Grill opened it’s doors in 2008!

View our menu

We have three different menus! Lunch, Dinner and Brunch that are all available at different times. Check out our menus to see what times they will be available when you come in. View our bar menu and see what time Happy Hour starts!

Make A Reservation

Reservations are not required but always encouraged! We recommend making a reservation on Holidays, days we have public events and groups larger than 10. You can make a reservation online with the link below. This will take you to OpenTable to do so. If you have a group larger than 20 we recommend turning your dining party into a Private Event. See our Private Events Page for more information

Come Fire Our Cannon at Sunset!

Every night at Sunset, we fire off our cannon. We allow people to request to fire it off when they come in for a special occasion. To request to fire the cannon, make a note that you would like to when you make a reservation on OpenTable! The spot will be given to the first request

After you fire it, purchase a ”I Shot The Cannon” shirt from our Merchandise stand!