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The 10 Best Restaurants in Missoula, Montana
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The 10 Best Restaurants in Missoula, Montana

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Updated: 9 February 2017
Missoula’s restaurant scene reflects the local, independent spirit that makes the city a haven for outdoor adventurers, artists and hippies. Successful chefs and restaurateurs that would be comfortable in higher-profile cities have chosen Missoula as home, reflecting a fierce pride towards the city. From pizzerias and steak houses to fine-dining hot spots, here is our updated list for the best restaurants in Zootown.
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Red Bird Restaurant & Wine Bar

Missoula’s Red Bird – located in the historic Florence Hotel Building downtown – celebrates Montana-grown food through expertly prepared fine-dining. Using local produce and animals, Red Bird employs a frequently changing seasonal menu paired with an extensive wine list to create ‘true Montana cuisine.’ An in-house butchers cuts local bison, pork, lamb, and poultry, and makes his own charcuterie. The locally raised bison tenderloin, succulent and juicy, frequently appears on the menu. Residents looking for a celebratory night out succumb to the candle-light dining room and surprising daily specials.

Red Bird, 111 N Higgins Ave, Missoula, MT, USA +406 549 2906

Hours: Monday-Saturday: 5:00pm to 10:00pm

Biga Pizza

For an artisanal approach to pizza making, visit chef Bob Marshall’s Biga Pizza. At this locale, even the standard pepperoni pizza is brushed with olive oil and fired in a brick oven. Marshall uses a selection of seasonal ingredients to craft the best pizza in Missoula. He caters to vegan and vegetarian eaters, using an array of local produce to make non-traditional combinations that are exciting to see on top of a pizza. The sweet potato, bacon and maple chipotle pizza comes topped with toasted hazelnuts and a delicious sweet, spicy and savory maple-chipotle drizzle. With sandwiches, calzones and salads that carry the same inventiveness, you could eat here every night of the week and not be tired of it.

Biga Pizza, 241 W Main St, Missoula, MT, USA +406 728 2579

Hours: Monday-Thursday: 11:00am to 3:00pm, 5:00pm to 9:30pm. Friday: 11:00am to 3:00pm, 5:00pm to 10:00pm. Saturday: 5:00pm to 10:00pm

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Catalyst Café & Espresso Bar

What started as a coffee cart in 1991 has expanded to Missoula’s favorite place to enjoy all-day breakfast and delicious coffee. Cage-free eggs are served alongside cheddar potato or green chilli and pepperjack potato casseroles, nice alternatives to the standard hash browns. Catalyst attracts students from the nearby University of Montana with their tasty and quick omelets, salads and sandwiches. This spot is adorned with local art and has a second-level mezzanine great for people watching. Look for daily specials such as the crowd-pleasing bread pudding.

Catalyst Café & Espresso Bar, 111 N Higgins Ave, Missoula, MT, USA +406 542 1337

Hours: Monday-Friday: 7:00am to 3:00pm. Saturday-Sunday: 8:00am to 3:00pm

The Pearl Café

Consistently crowned Missoula’s best restaurant, The Pearl Café also carries accolades for its service and romantic dining. Owner Pearl Cash combines French cuisine with regional goods for unforgettable meals. Local ingredients such as Idaho trout and Snake River steak often appear on the menu. The trout, filled with a Dungeness crab stuffing, heads a surprising list of seafood options including a stew loaded with local fish, shrimp, scallops and shellfish. The Pearl’s European tradition crossed with local flair is evident from the wine list: traditional French wines are offered alongside varieties from nearby Washington and Oregon. For date night, enjoy the polished décor and inviting atmosphere with one of the best meals in Missoula.

The Pearl Café, 231 E Front St, Missoula, MT, USA +406 541 0231

Hours: Monday-Saturday: 5:00pm to 9:00pm

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