Where to Eat in Montana
Collected by Tommy Alexander, AFAR Staff
631 S Higgins Ave, Missoula, MT 59801, USA
Montana gets pretty darn cold in the winter, but the Big Dipper ice cream shop never shuts its doors. From traditional scoops to thick shakes, everyone can get their fill—even when the snow is falling. Mobbed with runners, bikers, tourists, and...
207 Dewey Ave, Eureka, MT 59917, USA
Eureka Montana is a small town 9 miles south of the Canadian border. While we weren't able to spend much time there, we did have the fortune of eating at a local favorite. Stepping into Jax is like entering a 50's diner plopped right in the middle...
205 Buffalo Horn Creek Rd, Gallatin Gateway, MT 59730, USA
The 320 Guest Ranch offers one of the best Western experiences in Montana: trout fishing in crystal-clear rivers, horseback rides through spectacular countryside, and campfire singalongs under the stars, while the Ranch Steak House and Saloon...
163 Chico Rd, Pray, MT 59065, USA
The Chico Hot Springs resort isn't just a place to stay and soak on your way to and from Yellowstone; the property is also a fantastic destination for weddings and big events, with ball and board rooms large enough to accommodate your cousin Eddy...
207 W Park St, Livingston, MT 59047, USA
Montana has an interesting mix of old west and new cool. Gils’ Goods in Livingston is a good example of this. The hip, brick-walled eatery used to be the Gil's Got It general store; the original neon sign still hangs outside as a relic. Today...
108 W Park St, Livingston, MT 59047, USA
Livingston is known for its beautiful old buildings, signs that would fetch a fortune on one of those reality rummage sale shows, and excellent food - this northern gateway to Yellowstone has some of the finest restaurants, cafes, coffee shops and...
102 N Main St, Livingston, MT 59047, USA
Step into the Mint Bar and Grill for a "taste of history," or whatever that means, and some excellent Western fare from renowned chefs chefs Pat Helwick and Pete Kindig. Like many restaurants in Livingston, the Mint Bar is located in a beautiful...
120 E Park St, Gardiner, MT 59030, USA
Town Cafe overlooks the entrance to Yellowstone, and as such is pretty much the last stop before entering the park - which means that during the summer months, it's one of the busiest breakfast joints in the West, with staff serving corned beef...
201 E Front St, Missoula, MT 59802, USA
Whenever we drive to Bozeman (several times a year), we always make pit stops in Missoula, but it wasn't until this trip that we discovered the new, shiny, chic Market on Front. Tucked into downtown, this wired, patio-prepared little gourmet joint...
27 S Willson Ave, Bozeman, MT 59715, USA
The Naked Noodle in Bozeman, MT features many loved noodle dishes including The Monkey Wrench, The Gaucho and Zorba the Geek but no dish compares to my favorite, The Four Cheese Mac and Cheese. Parmesan, gorgonzola, feta, cheddar atop a full bowl...
2829 King Ave W Suite D, Billings, MT 59102, USA
The Staggering Ox is a unique beast. This sandwich shop – with locations in Billings, Helena, and Missoula – serves up their creative fare in vertical tubes known as Clubfoots. The idea here is that your delicious sandwich meat won’t spill out the...
111 N Higgins Ave, Missoula, MT 59802, USA
Tucked inside a beautiful art deco building, the Red Bird restaurant is a not-to-be-missed Missoula treat. With great local food and a lovely wine bar, this hometown haunt offers travelers a great break from clanging dishes and fast food ennui....
202 Main St, Gardiner, MT 59030, USA
Once you've finished snapping a dozen photos of the exterior of iconic K-Bar, you'll eventually wander inside, where you'll find yourself at the mercy of some fine Montana pizza pie. Enduringly popular with Yellowstone lovers, K-Bar has a happy,...
112 N Main St, Livingston, MT 59047, USA
Mustang Fresh Food & Catering is known throughout the West for their tremendous dinners - they've catered everything from mountain lodge gatherings to backyard barbecue feasts for some of the country's most discerning culinary customers. But they...
Cafe! Books! Bakery! Internet! Hiking Tours! Cross-Country Skiing! Grizzly Bears! Ah, Tumbleweeds Cafe - is there anything you don't do? Outfitter, diner, curio shop; Tumbleweeds really shouldn't be missed the next time you roll through Gardiner...
107 S 2nd St, Gardiner, MT 59030, USA
The Two Bit Saloon is one of those iconic buildings you pass every time you stop in Gardiner to stock up on supplies for your Yellowstone expedition, but when you finally do venture inside, you wonder what took so long. Two Bit features live music...
451 E Main St, Bozeman, MT 59715, USA
On Main Street in downtown Bozeman, the Garage is a funky place for a casual meal. Car parts hung on the walls and license-plate-frame menus (not to mention the name of the place) reveal the eatery’s former life as a fix-it shop. Now the space...
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