Kalispell, Missoula, and Northwest Montana Restaurants

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  • 1. Buffalo Cafe & Nightly Grill

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    This is the place for the classic small-town café experience. Locals and visitors happily blend in a casual, friendly atmosphere as they dig into well-prepared breakfasts, lunches, and dinners. You can start your day with huckleberry pancakes or biscuits and gravy and come back for a home-cooked dinner of sirloin steak Stroganoff or a hefty helping of Grandma Maetzold's original mac 'n cheese recipe.

    514 3rd St. E, Whitefish, Montana, 59937, USA
    406-862–2833

    Known For

    • All-day service of good ol' home cooking
    • Heaps of warm and friendly service
    • Locally made, artisan Sweet Peaks ice cream

    Restaurant Details

    Rate Includes: No dinner Sun. and Mon., Credit cards accepted
  • 2. Allentown Restaurant

    $$$

    On the edge of the Ninepipe National Wildlife Refuge, the lodge has views of the snow-tipped Mission Mountains and native-grass-edged wetlands full of birds. The restaurant is open seven days a week, and dinners include local Double R Ranch beef steaks, seafood, and specials like baby back ribs. You can find reasonable lodging here, too ($), as well as an art gallery, a museum, and a trading post next door.

    69286 U.S. Hwy. 93, Charlo, Montana, 59824, USA
    406-644–2588

    Known For

    • Good food and outstanding views
    • Nice spot to stop after exploring Ninepipes National Wildlife Refuge
    • Great patio allows outdoor dining beside a private kettle pond

    Restaurant Details

    Rate Includes: Credit cards accepted
  • 3. Backslope Brewing

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    Pair a great local beer with delicious casual fare at this local brewery, where there are always about eight different kinds of house beer on tap as well as kombucha, sparkling water, and nitro iced coffee. The premium burgers and sandwiches are exceptionally good, especially when accompanied by hand-cut garlic Parmesan fries. Try the slow-roasted ginger hoisin pork sandwich with spicy slaw, or have it in a bowl with rice, spicy slaw, and sriracha mayo. The fried pickles are great for a starter, and there's always a good selection of simple, house-made desserts. Note: this is a brewery, so they are only licensed to serve their own house brews and have to stop pouring at 8 pm in accordance with Montana liquor laws.

    1107 9 St. W, Columbia Falls, Montana, 59912, USA
    406-897–2850

    Known For

    • Local brewery
    • Creative menu
    • Garlic Parmesan fries

    Restaurant Details

    Rate Includes: Closed Sun. Closed nightly at 8 pm
  • 4. Bernice's Bakery

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    Buttery croissants, cookies, cupcakes, scones, quiches, muffins, and other glorious baked treats abound at Missoula's best bakery, a longtime local favorite. Come in for coffee seven days a week from 6 am to 8 pm or for lunch from 11 am to 4 pm, when there's a small selection of soups, salads, and sandwiches, such as roast beef and Swiss, or hummus on whole wheat with feta and artichoke hearts. There's seating inside and out, or you can eat alongside the nearby river.

    190 S. 3rd W, Missoula, Montana, 59801, USA
    406-728–1358

    Known For

    • Delicious cupcakes and big cakes for birthdays and anniversaries
    • Quiet, comfy place to work or read a book
    • New menus posted online every morning

    Restaurant Details

    Rate Includes: No dinner, Credit cards accepted, Reservations not accepted
  • 5. Betty's Diner

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    A classic 1950s American diner on the south end of the lake near Polson, Betty's is a favorite among locals and visitors alike. Decorated with old signs and other Americana artifacts, it serves classics like biscuits and gravy, homemade milkshakes, and signature Betty pancakes. Look for the big pink neon sign on the west side of Highway 93.

    49779 U.S. Hwy. 93, Polson, Montana, 59860, USA
    406-883--1717

    Known For

    • Fast, friendly service in a fun atmosphere
    • Can handle big groups with ease
    • Tasty, juicy burgers, especially the cajun Breezy burger, with green chillies and pepperjack cheese

    Restaurant Details

    Rate Includes: No dinner
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  • 6. Big Dipper

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    Shakes come in two sizes—regular or large—at Big Dipper, where folks line up for homemade ice cream in flavors like cardamom, green tea, huckleberry, maple walnut, and Mexican chocolate. In the summer, the line can extend around the block. There are locations in Helena and Billings, too.

    631 S. Higgins, Missoula, Montana, 59801, USA
    406-543–5722

    Known For

    • Exotic ice cream flavors
    • Long lines
    • Great place to meet the locals on the Hip Strip
  • 7. Biga Pizza

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    This intimate, downtown pizza place is popular for its unusually creative flavor combinations. Locals come for the Caramelized Goat, a piping-hot pie capped with caramelized onions, goat cheese, roasted garlic, mozzarella, and fresh herbs. Other fun combos include the Prosciutto & Fig and the Sweet Potato, Bacon & Maple Chipotle. If you're not feeling that adventurous, you can always create your own.

    241 W. Main St., Missoula, Montana, 59802, USA
    406-728–2579

    Known For

    • Local microbrews sold by the can or the six-pack
    • The dough is made the old-fashioned Italian way, and pizzas are cooked in a big brick oven
    • Long lineups are the norm in summer

    Restaurant Details

    Rate Includes: Closed Sun.
  • 8. Bitter Root Brewing

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    Meet the brewmaster, sample a Bitterroot Bock or Single Hop Pale Ale and enjoy live music Thursday and Saturday. One of the oldest breweries in the state, Bitter Root Brewing brews 40 different styles of beer annually, and the kitchen churns out all your favorite brewpub staples, including their specialty, hand-dipped, Sawtooth Ale-battered fish-and-chips.

    101 Marcus St., Hamilton, Montana, 59840, USA
    406-363–7468

    Known For

    • A large variety of great microbrewed ales
    • It's pub on the inside, but a little industrial on the outside
    • The service can be a little skimpy when it's busy

    Restaurant Details

    Rate Includes: Credit cards accepted
  • 9. Blue Canyon Kitchen and Tavern

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    With its lodgelike dining room anchored by a floor-to-ceiling fireplace and exposed log beams, Blue Canyon pairs rustic yet elegant Montana ambience with excellent, hearty cuisine. Innovative, seasonally inspired dishes fill the menu. Plan ahead and reserve the private table to create your own five-course culinary experience with the inventive head chef.

    3720 N. Reserve St., Missoula, Montana, 59808, USA
    406-451–2583

    Known For

    • Tasty elk meatballs with huckleberry sauce
    • Unlike Lolo Creek Steakhouse, they take reservations
    • One of the best restaurants on the west end of town

    Restaurant Details

    Rate Includes: Closed Sun., Credit cards accepted
  • 10. Ciao Mambo

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    With offerings like penne alla vodka and linguini alla carbonara, Ciao Mambo is the place to come for pasta in Missoula. Start with fried fresh mozzarella balls or classic bruschetta. For dessert, try the cannoli or tiramisu. There's soup, salad, pizza, and a kids' menu, too, as well as locations in Whitefish and Billings.

    541 S. Higgins Ave., Missoula, Montana, 59801, USA
    406-543–0377

    Known For

    • It's near the Kettlehouse or Gild if you are looking for a good microbrew
    • The tablecloths are paper and the crayons are free
    • Decorated with wine-focused artwork by Leanne Laine
  • 11. Edelweiss Bistro

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    One of a very few small, local breweries that is all about lagers rather than ales, the Bayern Brewery offers dozen craft beers in this German-style brewery's tasting room. The Edelweis Bistro upstairs serves good German staples, including excellent sausages and schnitzels. Try the bratwurst and sauerkraut or the kasespatzle. Beer options include Schwarzbier and St. Wilbur Weizen, as well as seasonal specials such as Dopplebock, Groomer, or Face Plant during ski season, and Dump Truck Summer Bock when the weather's warm. Brewery tours are available by appointment.

    1507 Montana St., Missoula, Montana, USA
    406-721–1482

    Known For

    • Tasty locally brewed lagers
    • Authentic German food
    • The brewery reuses all its bottles

    Restaurant Details

    Rate Includes: Closed Sun.
  • 12. Flathead Lake Brewing Co. Pubhouse

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    On top of 16 selections of house-brewed beer you'll find a typical pub menu upstairs in the Pubhouse and deep-dish pizza downstairs in the cellar. This is a popular place in both summer and winter, with nice views of the lake from the open-air decks.

    116 Holt Dr., Bigfork, Montana, 59911, USA
    406-837--2004

    Known For

    • Large portions of hearty pub food
    • Stupendous views of Flathead Lake
    • A dozen or so craft brews made locally
  • 13. Frontier Cafe

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    For a bit of town gossip and great burgers, stop in this classic small-town café, a dressed-down spot where the locals love to hang out. On the weekends, enjoy the best breakfast buffet in the Bitterroot Valley.

    3954 U.S. 93 N, Stevensville, Montana, 59870, USA
    406-777–4228

    Known For

    • A go-to spot for a hearty breakfast
    • The kindest, friendliest staff you'll ever meet
    • Get a trip to the salad bar for just $1

    Restaurant Details

    Rate Includes: Credit cards accepted
  • 14. Hop's Downtown Grill

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    Craft beer and gourmet burgers are the thing at Hop's, a popular chef-owned eatery in the historic downtown area. Its menu boasts 100 craft beers, regional wines, and more than a dozen burgers, including at least one vegetarian option. Start with crispy duck wings, then try a smokehouse bacon and Brie, wild boar, buffalo, or yak burger. The elk lasagna also is outstanding.

    121 Main St., Kalispell, Montana, 59901, USA
    406-755–7687

    Known For

    • Burgers, which people rave about
    • A great selection of craft beers
    • Can be busy around dinner time

    Restaurant Details

    Rate Includes: Credit cards accepted
  • 15. Le Petit Outre

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    Loosely translated, the name means "The Little Outrageous," which is fitting since the croissants, scones, brioches, canneles, and other sweet baked treats here are outrageously good. It also serves the best coffee in town. In addition to pastry, this longtime bakery sells artisan breads (think baguettes, ciabatta, rosemary foccaccia, and New York rye), gourmet mustards, salts, vinegars, and olive oils.

    129 S. 4th St. W, Missoula, Montana, 59801, USA
    406-543–3311

    Known For

    • Great lattes, pastries, and baguettes
    • Quiet place with lots of light to work or read
    • Benches out front to drink your coffee and meet the locals
  • 16. Lindey's Steak House

    $$$

    Locals will send you here to watch the sun set over the lake while dining on the only thing on the menu: steak. Select cuts, all 16-ounce portions, are served with potatoes, garlic bread, and pickled watermelon rind served family-style. From October thru April you can get king crab legs, too. During the summer, grab a burger or chicken breast sandwich at Bay Burgers ($–$$) and enjoy the outside dining. October through March, Bay Burgers moves inside the steak house from 11 to 3.

    3129 Hwy. 83, Seeley Lake, Montana, 59868, USA
    406-677–9229

    Restaurant Details

    Rate Includes: No lunch, Credit cards accepted
  • 17. Lolo Creek Steakhouse

    $$$

    For an authentic taste of Montana, head to this hearty steak house in a rustic log structure 8 miles south of Missoula, in Lolo. The dining room has a hunting-lodge atmosphere, replete with taxidermied wildlife on the walls. Although most diners opt for one of the signature sirloins—cooked over a crackling open-pit barbecue—there are other well-prepared meat, chicken, and seafood dishes from which to choose. The restaurant has often been selected as Missoula's Choice for best steak.

    6600 U.S. 12 W, Lolo, Montana, 59847, USA
    406-273–2622

    Known For

    • High-quality rib-eye steaks cooked over a wood-fired grill
    • Stop on your way home from Lolo Hot Springs, 30 minutes west of the restaurant
    • Long wait times in the busy summer season

    Restaurant Details

    Rate Includes: No lunch, Credit cards accepted
  • 18. Marie's Italian Restaurant

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    This family-run sit-down restaurant is known for its gourmet Italian cuisine and fresh seafood. A good way to decide what you like best is to try the sampler, which includes handmade pasta stuffed with different fillings, spinach gnocchi, fettuccine Alfredo, shrimp, vegetables, and another side. All meals include soup or salad.

    4040 Hwy. 93 N, Stevensville, Montana, 59870, USA
    406-777–3681

    Known For

    • Delicious leftovers from the night before served for lunch
    • Dinner sampler
    • Good seafood for Montana

    Restaurant Details

    Rate Includes: No credit cards, Closed Dec.–Feb. and Mon.–Thurs. No lunch.
  • 19. Montana Coffee Traders

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    The Rocky Mountains might be a strange place for a coffee trader, but the folks at Montana Coffee Traders have been roasting their own beans south of Whitefish for decades. Fresh coffee, pastries, and homemade gelato are favorites at this popular downtown hangout. Stop in to enjoy a cuppa joe and browse the hand-painted furniture, gifts, local artworks, and bulk coffees and teas that line the brick walls.

    110 Central Ave., Whitefish, Montana, 59937, USA
    406-862–7667

    Known For

    • Local farm-to-market pork bocadillo
    • Organic, fair-trade, and socially responsible beans
    • Can be crazy busy, but the staff works hard to smooth things out

    Restaurant Details

    Rate Includes: No dinner, Credit cards accepted
  • 20. Montgomery Distillery Tasting Room

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    Sample high-quality, locally made gin, vodka, aquavit, and an award-winning single malt whiskey at the beautiful and now-famous distillery. Be warned, however, that there's a two-drink maximum per customer, which will make it difficult to choose from the long list of handcrafted cocktails. Try the Smoke Tones, made from homemade Quick Silver vodka, grapefruit, habanero tincture, and a smoked salt rim; or The Dude Abides, with vodka, coffee, coffee liqueur, and milk. They also make a great riff on the Old Fashioned, with Sudden Wisdom rye and creole bitters. Purchase whole bottles over at Grizzly Liquor, a few blocks away on Spruce Street.

    129 W. Front St., Missoula, Montana, 59802, USA
    406-926–1725

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