In addition to claiming the title of Montana’s capital city, Helena happens to be a fantastic place to visit (or to live). Home to historic gems like
Reeder’s Alley and the Cathedral of St. Helena, it’s no wonder we love exploring the area. And when you visit, make sure to come hungry, because you’ll find plenty of delicious dining establishments here. These are our top 10 recommendations.
Lucca's is a fine dining Italian spot that has been a beloved local icon for years. Whether you're craving one of their signature pasta dishes or a savory steak, you won't leave disappointed.
Address: 56 North Last Chance Gulch, Helena, MT, 59601
2. Cafe Zydeco
This incredible Cajun restaurant will make a Southern food lover out of any born-and-raised Montanan. They also have locations in Bozeman, Billings, and Missoula, but the recipes all hail from Louisiana.
Address: 625 Euclid Avenue, Helena, MT, 59601
3. Park Avenue Bakery
Since 1995, this from-scratch bakery has been the go-to spot in Helena for all kinds of sweet treats. But they also serve a scrumptious breakfast and lunch menu, including a daily specialty pizza.
Address: 44 South Park Avenue, Helena, MT, 59601
4. Main Street Eats
What started as a small coffee and sandwich shop has become a beloved breakfast and lunch spot on Main Street. Stop in Tuesday - Sunday between 7 a.m. and 2 p.m. for made-from-scratch soup, fresh salad, or a good old-fashioned country breakfast.
Address: 4 West Main Street, East Helena, MT, 59635
5. Nagoya Japanese Steakhouse & Sushi
The dim lighting and intimate ambiance make this a great date night spot. The fish is all delivered fresh within hours of being caught, and the quality is fantastic.
Address: 2790 Washington Street, Helena, MT, 59602
6. Bridge Pizza
Bridge Pizza, which also has two locations in Missoula, is definitely a top spot in the city for tasty hand-crafted pies. Many of their creative combinations are available by the slice, so you don't even have to commit to your choice of toppings.
Address: 70 South Park Avenue, Helena, MT, 59601
7. Nosh Cafe
This charming building with lure you in, but the scent of cooking bacon and baked biscuits will make you excited to stay. Nosh Cave is open Monday - Saturday for breakfast and lunch, and it's easy to see why it's almost always packed with hungry patrons.
Address: 105 6th Avenue, Helena, MT, 59601
8. El Vaquero Taqueria
Admittedly, it isn't easy to find authentic Mexican food in Montana. But this tiny taqueria serves handmade food made from traditional recipes, and the tacos are downright addictive.
Address: 1338 11th Avenue, Helena, MT, 59601
This cozy dinner house sits in an old inn from the late 1800s, and you'd be hard-pressed to find a better ambiance in town. The fact that the steak, seafood and pasta is exceptional is just an added bonus.
Address: 4528 West US-12, Helena, MT, 59601
10. Copperline Pasty Company
The pasty is a classic Montana staple, and Helena residents were thrilled when this food trailer opened in 2013. It sits permanently parked on Custer Avenue, serving piping hot pasties and kielbasa daily.
Address: 1018 West Custer Avenue, Helena, MT, 59602
Admittedly, these are just a few of many great restaurants you’ll find in Helena. If you’re looking for a burger with a side of nostalgia,
check out RB Drive-In.