1. Yesterday’s Calf-A, Dell
Not only is it located in an old schoolhouse, but the menu is full of home-cooked American classics. When you stop here, save room for pie.
2. Sir Scott’s Oasis, Manhattan
This steakhouse has become a Montana icon. There may be restaurants nearby that are just as good or better, try the Oasis anyway to see how it rates.
3. Grizzly Bar & Grill, Roscoe
Where is Roscoe, you might ask? The middle of nowhere, a few miles from Red Lodge. But somehow this restaurant in this tiny town is known statewide as one of the best places to get a burger or steak.
4. The Burger Dive, Billings
Billings’ most popular burger joint deserves a spot on this list not only for their creative burgers (like “The Jerk” and “Juicy Lucy”), but also for their one-of-a-kind shakes.
5. The Sip & Dip Lounge, Great Falls
Sometimes it’s all about the ambiance. You should add this to your Montana restaurant bucket list just so you can say you drank a tropical cocktail in a tiki bar with mermaids in Great Falls.
6. Over the Tapas, Bozeman
The locally sourced fresh ingredients make all the difference in the dishes at Over the Tapas, which can be described as Spanish with a Montana twist. The catchy name doesn’t hurt, either.
7. Biga Pizza, Missoula
This is brick oven pizza done right. Biga Pizza has everything from classic pies like Pepperoni to unique pizza options using local ingredients, like flathead cherries.
8. Cafe Madriz, West Yellowstone
Cafe Madriz Yelp
Cafe Madriz Yelp
An authentic Spanish cuisine experience in Montana? You may not expect to see this kind of restaurant at the gateway to Yellowstone, but if you give it a try, you’ll see why it does so well.
10. Black Iron Grill & Rotisserie, Miles City
This is one of the best places in the area to get a steak, and they also have a great selection of soups, salads, burgers and seafood.
10. Montana Ale Works, Bozeman
Don’t let the name fool you—this place is about so much more than beer (though they’ve got plenty of that, too). From classic burgers to creative entrees and an impressive cocktail list (huckleberry mules!), Montana Ale Works has something for everyone. Plus, the building is in an old train station, which somehow makes it even cooler.
11. Polebridge Mercantile & Bakery, Polebridge
You won’t be able to post immediate photos of all the sugary treats you’ll find at the bakery here (like huckleberry cupcakes). Polebridge is so far off the grid you can’t get cell phone service...but it’s still worth the drive.
12. Serrano’s, East Glacier Park
This spot serves delicious Southwest inspired Mexican food out of an old house built by a mountaineer named Tom Dawson in 1909. After a day spent exploring Glacier, you can enjoy a hot meal and a piece of Montana’s history at the same time.
13. Lucca’s, Helena
There’s Italian food, and then there’s Lucca’s. They’ve recently won the title of “Best Restaurant in Montana,” so their pasta and entrees are certainly worth a try.
14. The Rex Bar & Grill, Billings
Three words: homemade onion rings. This steak and seafood spot is located in a historic building from the turn of the century, which adds to the atmosphere. If you’re not up for a steak, try something from their smoker.
15. Mackenzie River Pizza Company, Multiple Locations
This might be a chain, but it originated in Montana, hence the slogan “Big Pie from the Big Sky.” Their first restaurant opened in Bozeman more than 20 years ago and they’ve since expanded to several states because they’re just that good.
We know there are many more Montana restaurants worth at least one visit. What would you add to this list, and why?