Bon Appetit!

Missoula is home to over 200 restaurants, bars, breweries, coffee shops, and other establishments to whet both your whistle and your appetite.

Dining & Restaurants

See also: Missoula Restaurants and Interviews with Missoula Restaurant Owners & Chefs.

Hungry? Missoula has food and beverage choices for any palette. With more than 200 restaurants, bars, breweries, bakeries, and espresso stands, the Garden City offers all the food amenities found in larger cities, but with a local flavor all of Missoula’s own. Yes, you’ll find the franchise eateries here, but you’ll also find local gems that serve up Missoula’s finest.

Cuisine from all over the world can be found here, including Asian, Eastern Indian, Greek, Vietnamese, Italian, Chinese, Mexican and a tasty mix of American fare.  Several restaurants offer remarkable vegetarian selections.

Many downtown restaurants purchase fresh fruits and vegetable from the Farmers Market during the summer months. Fresh produce is readily available, much of it coming from local gardens. When in season, local Flathead Valley cherries, Bitterroot apples, Dixon melons, and wild-picked mountain huckleberries are Farmers Market favorites and may find their way to local menus.

Whatever you’re craving, you’ll likely find it in Missoula. When choosing where to dine or grab a cup of joe, ask a local resident for a recommendation or use the listings on this site as a guide.

Visit our Missoula Restaurants list to plan your next meal out.

Also see our Interviews with Missoula Restaurant Owners & Chefs.

Miso Glazed Ahi Tuna

By JAMIE LIPHARDT - After procuring some sushi grade ahi tuna, I decide... more

Chilled Yellow Corn Soup

By CHEF HOWARD KARP-Perfect for summertime get togethers and family sty... more

Lewis and Clark Brewing Co. Wins Big at Garden City Brewfest

Competition was tough, but Back Country Scottish Ale from Lewis and Cla... more

Over 30 Beer-Themed Events Planned for Missoula Craft Beer Week

By RYAN NEWHOUSE - Missoula Craft Beer Week is returning to Missoula April 27-May 3 and is bigger and better than ever, including over 30 beer-themed events throughout the week.... more

The Roving Diner Bitterroot Edition: The Wild Mare and The Catered Table Restaurants

By BOB ZIMORINO - The 'Roving Diner' serves up a restaurant review on The Wild Mare and The Catered Table in the beautiful Bitterroot Valley.... more

December in Downtown Missoula: The Best Place to Be for the Holidays

By LINDA McCARTHY - Downtown Missoula is a special place during the holiday season with exceptional shopping, dining and entertainment for everyone in the family. CHECK OUT THESE EVENTS!... more

When Life Gives You Crepes (Video Blog!)

By BOB ZIMORINO - In this week's class we're doing crepes--Crepe Manicotti which we convert into Crepe Canneloni and Fresh Fruit Crepes. Here are the recipes and instructions.... more

The Roving Diner: Chico Hot Springs Restaurant and Resort

By BOB ZIMORINO - The 'Roving Diner' serves up a restaurant review on Chico Hot Springs Restaurant and Resort. ... more

New Retail Stores Open in Downtown Missoula

By LINDA McCARTHY - In many ways, 2013 feels like true end to the recent recession, given the number of new retail businesses openings and construction projects in Downtown Missoula.... more

Downtown Missoula Features Brand-New Dining Destinations

By LINDA McCARTHY - The Garden City is rich with exceptional, creative, affordable and elegant options for enjoying a night–or morning–out on the town. Here is an overview of Downtown Missoula’s newest re... more

Pork Scallopine Pizziola Is One Of My Favorite Dishes (Video Blog!)

By BOB ZIMORINO - (VIDEO BLOG) Pork Scallopine Pizziola is one of my favorite dishes. It is so, because it includes a freshly made tomato sauce also known as Marinara.... more

Asian Grill Feeds Local Appetite

By MEGAN JAE RIGGS - Missoula's River Wok Asian Grill offers fresh, healthy, made-from-scratch Asian cuisine with vegetarian and vegan-friendly dishes. And the best thing on the menu may not be on the menu.... more

PLONK Opens its Doors to the Missoula Community

F.Y.I. - Plonk, a new Missoula cocktail lounge, wine bar and restaurant, will officially open its doors Friday, March 29 in the former Army Navy Store location in downtown Missoula. ... more

The Roving Diner: The Buck Snort

By BOB ZIMORINO - The 'Roving Diner' serves up a restaurant review on Evaro, Montana's own Buck Snort Bar and Casino and Mr B's Chophouse--the restaurant within. ... more

The Roving Diner: Billings’ Burger Dive and Bozeman’s Cateye Cafe

By BOB ZIMORINO - Like anybody else, when I DO go out to eat, I want to enjoy the experience. A recent road trip to Billings gave me an opportunity to try some new restaurants. ... more

Help the New Missoula Market on Front Deli Reach Its Goal on Kickstarter

The Market on Front will offer healthy deli foods and select groceries from a location in the new Front & Pattee parking structure. Help them reach their Kickstarter goal!... more

The Roving Diner: Cafe Regis in Red Lodge, MT

By BOB ZIMORINO - Like anybody else, when I DO go out to eat, I want to enjoy the experience. A recent road trip to Billings gave me an opportunity to try some new restaurants. First up, Red Lodge's Cafe Regis... more

“What If” Zucchini Picatta (Video Blog!)

By BOB ZIMORINO - (VIDEO BLOG) In my previous video blog, I showed you the art of saute. Building on that post, let's explore Zucchini Picatta. Watch how easy this is!... more

The Art of Saute: Chicken Picatta (Video Blog!)

By BOB ZIMORINO - (VIDEO BLOG) Chicken Picatta is a classic Italian sauté style dish. Watch this series of short videos as I demonstrate the principles of sauté. ... more

The Art of Saute, Part Four

By BOB ZIMORINO - Big Louie taught me the secrets of a successful restaurant sauté chef, and I'm passing them along. Learn them and you can cook nearly anything.... more

Resuming the Taste It Blog

By BOB ZIMORINO - “Bob, Where have you been for the last eight months?” The question was posed to me the other day at Rosauers. “Yeah, you left me in the middle of learning to sauté. Dude, you have to fi... more

Missoula Restaurants Offer Thanksgiving Dinner, Without the Work

By MICHELLE BEAHM - If you want a traditional meal without the traditional hassle, a few Missoula restaurants will be open so you can enjoy a traditional food coma.... more

Press Release: Flathead Lake Brewing Company Temporarily Closes

On Oct. 6, a flood caused extensive damage to the Flathead Lake Brewing Company and Sapore. When the building reopens, both businesses will merge into one entity.... more

The Art of Saute, Part Three

By BOB ZIMORINO - Big Louie taught me the secrets of a successful restaurant sauté chef, and I'm passing them along. Learn them and you can cook nearly anything.... more

The Art of Saute, Part Two

By BOB ZIMORINO - Big Louie taught me the secrets of a successful restaurant sauté chef, and I'm passing them along. Learn them and you can cook nearly anything.... more

The Art of Saute, Part One

By BOB ZIMORINO - Big Louie taught me the secrets of a successful restaurant sauté chef, and I'm passing them along. Learn them and you can cook nearly anything.... more

Missoula Restaurant Owners & Chefs: Bob Zimorino of Red Pies Over Montana

In the latest installment of the Missoula Restaurant Chefs & Owners series, Bob Zimorino of Zimorino's Red Pies Over Montana answers Make it Missoula's questions.... more

Missoula Gets Its First Craft Beer Week

By RYAN NEWHOUSE - Missoula is devoting a whole week to craft beer. It starts Tuesday, May 1 and ends with the 20th Annual Garden City Brewfest at Caras Park on May 5.... more

Best Places on Mothers’ Day: A Missoula Top Five

By AARON TRAYLOR - Break out of the same old Mothers' Day routine with some new ideas for treating mom to a fun, memorable day in Missoula.... more

Sean Kelly’s Top of the Mic: Band vs. Solo

By LEISA GREENE NELSON - Sean Kelly’s Top of the Mic contest gives a stage to both local bands, like the Hasslers, and solo acts, like slide guitarist Dan Dubuque.... more

Big Louie and the Dinner Crew

By BOB ZIMORINO - Big Louie and his dinner crew were ready for the restaurant doors to open. I thought I was, too. Nothing could have prepared me for what happened next.... more

My Life in Phoenix, Post Pineapple

By BOB ZIMORINO - Pineapple, the heroin junkie and tyrannical chef, had met his end. That left me to figure out how to keep the kitchen running without him. ... more

The End of Pineapple

By BOB ZIMORINO - Early in my career, I was hired to work in a gourmet Italian Restaurant in Phoenix. Of course, the hidden agenda was revealed to me after accepting the job.... more

Pineapple’s Reign of Terror

By BOB ZIMORINO - I'm back, dear readers! Last time I wrote, I was cooking in Scottsdale for a tyrannical chef nicknamed Pineapple. The saga continues from there...... more

Missoula is the Place for Bluegrass Music

By MARK VOSURGH. Wanna Jam? Missoulians, You are SO in luck. Missoula has a great bluegrass scene with at least 15 area bands playing bluegrass, and a ton of great musicians.... more

Get Out of the Kitchen Next Week: My Favorite Missoula Restaurants

By MARGARET HORTON - Thanksgiving is next week and it’s got me thinking: I’ll provide place to stay and the home-cooked meals for my guests, but it’s also fun get everybody out for a meal.... more

Best Bars in Missoula for Getting a Free Birthday Drink

By RYAN NEWHOUSE - I’ve put together a list of the best bars in Missoula for celebrating a birthday, based on extensive research, phone calls, and personal past experience.... more

Introducing the Black Mountain Boys and
Weekly Missoula Bluegrass Music

By MARK VOSBURGH - Where is Missoula's free weekly bluegrass show? Hint: Look for the grain bin on Reserve Street.... more

Beer Brings Jobs to Montana and Great Microbreweries to Its Citizens

By RYAN NEWHOUSE. If our country was termed the United States of Beer, Montana would rightly be its capital. ... more

Missoula Restaurant Owners & Chefs:
Curtis Strohl and Nate Jerrell – Mercantile Deli

By BOB ZIMORINO. Chefs and Owners: Curtis Strohl and Nate Jerrell of Mercantile Deli. I met Nathan and Curtis through my nephew Alex. They worked together at Bravo Catering and the two of them decided to strik... more

Seeley Lake Brew Fest and Tamarack Festival: A Weekend of Fun and Suds

By RYAN NEWHOUSE. This weekend kegs will be tapped and poured at the annual Seeley Lake Brew Fest and Tamarack Festival. The event kicks off on Friday October 7 at 7:00 p.m. with festivities throughout the week... more

Missoula Restaurant Owners & Chefs:
Bill Worden – The Shack Cafe

By BOB ZIMORINO. Chefs and Owners: Bill Worden of The Shack Cafe. I have known Bill Worden for over thirty years. We have eaten in each other’s restaurants, always been respectful and usually shared a laugh o... more

Kate and John Bike for Food and Beer

By RYAN NEWHOUSE. John and Kate Suscovich launched a 24,000-mile journey by bike three and half months ago in New York. The goal was to raise awareness about living active lifestyles and making educated food ch... more

Missoula Restaurant Owners & Chefs:
Justin Philbrick – Red Robin and Jakers

By BOB ZIMORINO. Chefs and Owners: Justin Philbrick of Red Robin and Jakers. I met Justin Philbrick at the Red Robin Restaurant in Southgate Mall. I found him to be articulate and engaging, two qualities every ... more

Missoula Makes Room for Draught Works Brewery

By RYAN NEWHOUSE. Inching ever more closely to an expected late-September opening, owners of Draught Works Brewery, Jeff Grant and Paul Marshall, are ready to quench Missoulians’ never-ending thirst for good ... more

2011 Maverick Brewfest Hits Caras Park on Friday

By RYAN NEWHOUSE. The 13th Annual Maverick Brewfest is kicking off at 4:00 p.m. on Friday September 9 at Caras Park. The event raises money for the Missoula Athletic Council, which has supported youth athletics... more

Missoula Restaurant Owners & Chefs:
Tom Hilley – Sean Kelly’s and Stone of Accord

By BOB ZIMORINO. Chefs and Owners: Tom Hilley of Sean Kelly's and Stone of Accord. I met Tom Hilley as a real estate agent before I knew him as a restaurant owner. This interview was our first in depth conversa... more

Missoula Musician David Boone

By MARGARET HORTON. During the past couple of years visiting Missoula I’ve been fortunate to have been introduced to the talent of Missoula-based songwriter and musician, David Boone. I quickly purchased a co... more

Be a Winner – Brew at Home

By RYAN NEWHOUSE. Now that the Western Montana Fair has left town and the smoke from nearby forest fires has arrived, it’s time to stay inside and think about drinking – or to think about making a drink.... more

Missoula Restaurant Owners & Chefs:
Raul Gomez – Fiesta En Jalisco

By BOB ZIMORINO. Chefs and Owners: Raul Gomez of Fiesta En Jalisco. I met Raul at their original N. Reserve Street location at Deano’s. He was always a genial host and I do love their food. They have since mo... more

Dolce — as in Caffe Dolce

By MARGARET HORTON.I spent a few minutes trying to get a feel for the use of the Italian word dolce. In reference to food it speaks of something sweet and agreeable to the palate.... more

Missoula Restaurant Owners & Chefs:
Will & Kiira Bauerle – Bob’s Pizza, Pretzel Place and Freemo’s

By BOB ZIMORINO. Chefs and Owners: I am seated with Will and his wife Kiira for my first husband/wife interview for the series. They are the managing partners for the Missoula based restaurant chain.... more

My Top 10 Things . . . About Missoula

By MARGARET HORTON. I don’t make top ten lists, mostly because if I did, I know they would be in a constant state of flux. Here are a few things I look forward to when visiting Missoula. In the interest of s... more

Have Beer, Will Travel: Missoula-Based BeerTrips.com Creates Trips for Beer Lovers

By RYAN NEWHOUSE. Since 1998, Missoula-based Beertrips.com has launched hundreds of travelers into international beer scenes, taking them Abbey-hopping and Oktoberfest-ing so they can immerse themselves in the ... more

Cherry Hoppin’: Exploring Missoula’s Cherry-Inspired Cocktails and Drinks

By RYAN NEWHOUSE. August marks the beginning of the cherry harvest in the Flathead Valley, and it could be a very good one this year they say. Sweet, plump and delicious, Flathead cherries are an annual local f... more

Montgomery Distillery Making Headway in Missoula

By RYAN NEWHOUSE. If all goes as planned, Montgomery Distillery will begin construction next month to turn the 1920s car dealership (formerly the Firestone tire building) on the corner of Pattee and Main into M... more

Missoula Restaurant Owners & Chefs:
Tim France – Worden’s Market & Deli

By BOB ZIMORINO. Chefs and Owners: Tim France of Worden's Market & Deli. I first met Tim France thirty years ago and since he tells of our first meeting better than I do, here is his version:... more

Missoula Restaurant Owners & Chefs:
Tim Leegan – The Mustard Seed

By BOB ZIMORINO. Chefs and Owners: Tim Leegan of the Mustard Seed. I remember years ago when Tim Leegan came to work for the Mustard Seed. Over the years Tim and I have become friendly but this is my first in d... more

Missoula Restaurant Owners & Chefs:
John Powers – The Ranch Club

By BOB ZIMORINO. I met John Powers in a meeting room off of the main dining room of the Ranch Club. The restaurant was built as part of the club house and as the new owners, John and his wife Colleen made their... more

Missoula Restaurant Owners & Chefs:
Mike Ramos – Paul’s Pancake Parlor

By BOB ZIMORINO. Missoula Restaurant Owners & Chefs: Mike Ramos and Paul's Pancake Parlor. Mike bought the restaurant from his Mom, Ellie and it has remained consistently one of Missoula’s top spots for foo... more

Cooking with Beer at Missoula’s Good Food Store

By RYAN NEWHOUSE. The Good Food Store offered a cooking class last week that put two of my favorite things on the same plate – meat and beer. They prepared a spread fit for a king, with each dish prominently ... more

Missoula Restaurant Owners & Chefs:
Abe Risho – The Silk Road

By BOB ZIMORINO. I met Abe Risho (The Silk Road) on a Thursday morning in his restaurant kitchen where he was dismantling a stove to replace a thermal coupler. Like so many restaurant owners, Abe understands t... more

Missoula Restaurant Owners & Chefs:
Adam Belarde – The Montana Clubs,Hoagieville & Zimorino’s

By BOB ZIMORINO “Owners and Chefs” is a restaurant section with a twist. To fill either position, chefs and owners must be able to wear many hats: Cook, server, human resource manager, repair person, neg... more

Wednesday Out to Lunch in Caras Park

It's June. And that means it's once again time for Out to Lunch in Caras Park in downtown Missoula! Each Wednesday from 11:00 til 2:00 during June, July, and August, Out to Lunch serves up a wide variety of foo... more

Flathead Lake Brewing Company – Missoula Perfectly Pairs Beer and Bites at Brewer’s Dinner

By RYAN NEWHOUSE. (VIDEO) Last Friday I was fortunate enough to drench my taste buds in some very fine food and beer pairings at the first ever Brewer’s Dinner at Flathead Lake Brewing Company To say that th... more

#1 Gyro is My Favorite!

By PAUL WHEATON. #1 Gyro is my new favorite! Their gyros and greek fries are excellent! And they easily have the best spanakopita. This post features a review of Missoula's #1 Gyro.... more

Maiden Missoula: Why Drive to Butte for Pasties?

By LEAH LEWIS. Maiden Missoula--a Product review of Made-In-Missoula products. Even though Missoula does St. Patty's totally right there are some things that Butte just does better. Like pasties...or do they... more

Free Dinner on Friday Nights in Corvallis!

By PAUL WHEATON. Check out the video! There is no begging for money. No preaching either. Just a dozen teenagers trying to pull their community together using nothing more than a good meal as bait.... more

The Art of the Tamale

By BOB ZIMORINO. This was the beginning of my relationship with Mexican food. Many of the things that I learned from Luisa still show up regularly in my southwestern dishes. ... more

A Man’s Guide to a Successful Valentine’s Day

By BOB ZIMORINO. When I think of Valentine’s Day, I am reminded of the disparaging term “Hallmark Holiday”. While Hallmark does a fine job of offering appropriate sentiments for those that suffer a disco... more

Taste It Video Blog – Baked Chiles Rellenos

Taste it Video Blog. Join Bob and Emily as they cook Chiles Rellenos! ... more

Hector and Luisa

By BOB ZIMORINO. Tradition has played a huge part in ethnic cuisine forever. That being said, they only last until something better comes along. Somewhere along the line, after the discovery of fire, “Grog... more

Taste It Video Blog

Taste It Video Blog. Local restaurateur Bob Zimorino and The Good Food Store’s Emily Seitz have collaborated to create a one-of-a-kind cooking experience with the Taste it Missoula video blog. They’ll not ... more

The Rocky Mountain Front

By BOB ZIMORINO. I had a life changing moment in which I realized I would not have to return home to Western New York after “sowing my wild oats” to get a real job and become a respectable American with a w... more

The Sheepman Cometh

By BOB ZIMORINO. This is how to get lost in the Targhee National Forest of Northern Idaho. Oh but you aren’t all from here, so first I’ll tell you a little bit about the Montana highway system.... more

On the Road to The Rocky Mountain Front

By BOB ZIMORINO. Leaving Montana is not as easy as one might think. Oh sure there are roads in and out of the state and regardless of popular local sentiment there are no armed guards at the border. ... more

Mouthwatering Bloody Mary at Last Run Inn

By RYAN NEWHOUSE. Fresh powder means one-and-a-half things in Missoula, hitting the slopes at Montana Snowbowl and finishing the day with a slice of wood-fired pizza and a famous mouthwatering Bloody Mary at La... more

Moving to Montana Soon…

By BOB ZIMORINO. I knew a guy that went by the name Johnny D that was going to visit his brother in Missoula. In January of 1976, I went home from work and an hour later was sound asleep in the back of Johnny D... more

A Christmas Card for Readers (Christmas Recipes Too)

By BOB ZIMORINO. I hope that it is a time of peace and joy for you and your families. Being this is most of the time a food blog, let’s eat!... more

Jackson Hole and Bru Ha Ha

By BOB ZIMORINO. On the 8th of October in 1975, two weeks and a day shy of my twenty second birthday, I left New York State with my friends Billy and John. There we were, three guys with two dogs and all of our... more

A New Brew in Town: Flathead Lake Brewing Co.

By RYAN NEWHOUSE. Two weeks ago, Flathead Lake Brewing Co. opened a new brew pub on the second floor of 424 N. Higgins Ave., which is above the (also) new restaurant, Sapore. Owners Sandy Clare and Carla Mancin... more

Taking It on the Road

By BOB ZIMORINO. I graduated from college with an Associates Degree in Food Service Administration. I moved west…to Buffalo. The job that followed was as the head cook in a summer camp for the mentally challe... more

The Beauty of Being Young and Broke

"Taste It" blog by BOB ZIMORINO. When you are a poor, young college kid with a meal ticket, eating out is truly a luxury. Other than spending a little beer money on sustenance snacks like pizza slices and cheap... more

The Thanks is in the Giving

"Taste It" Blog by BOB ZIMORINO. I am going to take a break from the story I have been telling about the evolution of food in my lifetime for a holiday special.... more

Thankful for Spirits – Montana Whiskey and Vodka

"Drink It", by RYAN NEWHOUSE. The spirits of Halloween and Dia de los Muertos may be behind us, but there are some spirits that are never far away, and for that I am especially thankful.... more

Life is a Buffet

"Taste It" Blog by BOB ZIMORINO. Before I am hunted down like Richard Kimble, by psychotic attorneys claiming none of what I have written is true, I have decided to add a disclaimer to my blog. I freely admit t... more

Go Big, Go Growler

11/11 Blog by Ryan Newhouse. Since I’ve lived in Missoula, I’ve noticed a sharp rise in the use of growlers at Missoula’s breweries. Perhaps because I’m from the South and my grandfather used to run moo... more

The Growth of a Nation

11/10 Blog by Bob Zimorino. I thought about calling this segment “The Girth of a Nation” because according to the Centers for Disease Control while men have gained an average of an inch and a half in height... more

Life on the Fast Food Highway

10/31 "Taste it" Blog by Bob Zimorino. When people think of fast food an often overlooked category is cafeteria food. I went to a Catholic grade school that did not have a cafeteria, so we ate brown bag lunche... more

The Emergence of Fast Food

10/27 Blog by Bob Zimorino. The precursor to the “fast food restaurant” was of course the “drive in restaurant”. Although they became really popular in the fifties, the first drive in restaurant was sa... more

The Evolution of Food in My Lifetime

Blog by Bob Zimorino. "Food...is good." If Gordon Gecko had uttered those words back in the original Wall Street, we would have had an entirely different movie. He went the greed route, leaving food wide open f... more

Ten Spoon Winery

Blog by Andy Sponseller and Connie Poten. Soon after we planted our first grape vines, launching the dream of a green vineyard and winery in Montana’s Rockies, excellent friend and author Deirdre McNamer g... more

Missoula’s Markets

Saturday mornings aren’t just for cartoons or sleeping in. In Missoula, Saturday mornings are for shopping Missoula’s outdoor markets – at least when the weather is warm. When market season hits, three... more

Drop-in Child Care

Looking for child care for a night on the town, while you shop, or to catch a Griz game at the U? Or maybe you’re seeking permanent child care but have a need for care in the meantime? Missoulians are fort... more

Out to Lunch

Feeling hungry? With over 20 different food vendors and live music every week in Caras Park in Downtown Missoula, Out to Lunch has you covered. For over 20 years, Out to Lunch has been providing Missoulians ... more

Theater in Missoula

From a night at the movies, to live performances, Missoula theaters have something going on you're sure to enjoy. Film festivals, community theater, classics on the big screen, current blockbusters — you... more