Kalispell Food Guide: 10 Must-Eat Restaurants & Street Food Stalls in Kalispell

April 14, 2018 Layne Dawes

The rugged beauty of Montana is on prominent display in Kalispell, a small but vibrant city stretched along the Continental Divide, just minutes from Glacier National Park and Flathead Lake. This friendly town offers a balance of city and outdoor adventure with museums, theater, community events and a variety of lodging, shopping and dining options all within close proximity of unlimited recreational opportunities. Kalispell is in the middle of everything wanted in a Montana vacation.
Things to do in Kalispell

1. Hops Downtown Grill

121 Main St, Kalispell, MT 59901-4451 (Formerly Cafe Max) Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Street Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Full Bar, Accepts Credit Cards American, Bar, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options Dinner SGD 10 - SGD 34 +1 406-755-7687
Excellent
63%
Good
28%
Satisfactory
6%
Poor
2%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 738 reviews

Hops Downtown Grill

At Hops we want to be a community destination that our guests think of when they want fabulous food in a fun, lively and memorable atmosphere. Hops prides itself with serving locally sourced, creative, and forward-thinking food, with an eye for quality and sustainability. Our Hops family has a passion to serve great food to great people for a greater purpose. This mission is the essence of the culture we strive to maintain at Hops driven by our love of family, friends, and our community. We have been rated as Montana's Flathead Valley Best Burgers serving Montana beef, bison, elk and yak. We also have small plates, steak, seafood, spectacular entree salads, 100 craft beers, artisan wines.

Reviewed By Stuart71 - Calgary, Canada

We had eaten here a few years back and went back based on that experience and all the great reviews. A great meal, my wife had the meatloaf and I had the buttermilk chicken burger with Spicy pickles. Excellent meal finished off with cheesecake. Smaller restaurant and great atmosphere, with lots of craft beers. Excellent location on Main Street.

2. The Desoto Grill

227 1st St W, Kalispell, MT 59901-4403 Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Parking Available American, Bar, Barbecue, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner +1 406-314-6095
Excellent
67%
Good
23%
Satisfactory
7%
Poor
2%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 193 reviews

The Desoto Grill

Reviewed By MICHAELS88 - Kalispell, Montana

I ordered the half rack of ribs. Very expensive for what you get. They were cooked very well they were moist and fall apart good but the flavor just isn't there. I think a better rub would make the ribs a lot better. No brag just fact, my ribs are better than these. You have to have barbecue sauce with these to eat them. The mac and cheese is very good and their cornbread is really their signature! The cornbread is fantastic. I gave them three Stars because of the lack of flavor in the ribs and the price.

3. Sykes Diner

202 2nd Ave W, Kalispell, MT 59901-4488 Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Free Wifi American, Cafe, Diner, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch SGD 17 +1 406-257-4304
Excellent
60%
Good
29%
Satisfactory
8%
Poor
1%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 305 reviews

Sykes Diner

Sykes is a local trademark of the Kalispell area that was established in 1897! We're the home of the ten cent cup of coffee, and we make sure to say that loud and proud. Join us for a great atmosphere and some downhome cookin'.

Reviewed By iceroads - kalispell

This is a very busy restaurant. Recently attended a small group party; attendance about fifteen persons.
The waitress was very good as she handled the group by herself. The food was okay, nothing exceptional.

It is very popular with the seniors. There is a lot of nostalgia with regards the past owners which still resonates with some diners today. Especially the 5 cent coffee in the early AM.
Sundays are extremely busy; so if you visit that day, having patience is a good thing.

The new owners have increased the size of the dining area, and the noise decibel is higher, if someone in your party has an hearing problem, it could be an issue.

My suggestion is to try it and discern for yourself, based on your own conclusions.

4. Bullman's Wood Fired Pizza

175 Hutton Ranch Rd Ste 107, Kalispell, MT 59901-2142 Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol Pizza, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner +1 406-257-3473
Excellent
54%
Good
35%
Satisfactory
8%
Poor
2%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 265 reviews

Bullman's Wood Fired Pizza

Reviewed By Rose F - Mason, Ohio

I visited Bullmans because it was within walking distance of the Homewood Suites hotel. I was surprised at the various choices of pizza. I ordered the meat lovers pizza and wasn't disappointed. It was a thin crust pizza with lots of toppings. The waitress was very nice and recommended an excellent local beer. Dres was casual as most Montana establishments are. The food arrived nice and hot. I wasn't disappointed.

5. Moose's Saloon

173 N Main St, Kalispell, MT 59901-4014 Takeout, Seating, Parking Available, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar American, Bar, Pizza, Pub, Vegetarian Friendly Lunch, Dinner, Late Night, Drinks +1 406-755-2337
Excellent
49%
Good
34%
Satisfactory
10%
Poor
4%
Terrible
3%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 706 reviews

Moose's Saloon

Reviewed By rejoice2218 - Kalispell, Montana

Heard a lot of good things about this place. The atmosphere is an experience in itself...sawdust floor; free unshelled peanuts...hence, peanut shells on the floor. Original vinyl on the seats, so they are quite worn, and carvings of names on the wood posts & trim from everyone who's ever graced their door... Really kind of fun. I wanted to like the food, I really did. But it was awful. I gave it three tries, all three times it was really bad. The pizza crust was tough, and the ingredients were almost non-existent. Flavor wasn't bad. Reuben wasn't a Reuben...they shouldn't call it that. It wasn't cheap, either. Sorry folks... but I won't be back.

6. Bonelli's Bistro

38 1st Ave E, Kalispell, MT 59901-6103 Takeout, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible, Delivery Italian, Mediterranean, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options, Vegan Options Lunch, Breakfast 406-257-8669
Excellent
66%
Good
23%
Satisfactory
8%
Poor
2%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 146 reviews

Bonelli's Bistro

Reviewed By weez1219 - Las Vegas, Nevada

Small little place but the food was awesome packed a big punch of flavor had the chicken parmesian sandwich. Fist time to kalispell and this place was recomended. Cant wait to go back.

7. The Montana Club Restaurant

1301 S Main St, Kalispell, MT 59901-5763 Television, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Discover, Accepts Credit Cards American, Steakhouse, Bar, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night +1 406-260-4401
Excellent
43%
Good
36%
Satisfactory
13%
Poor
5%
Terrible
3%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 584 reviews

The Montana Club Restaurant

The Montana Club Restaurant has something for everyone. Huge breakfasts, steaks, seafood, sandwiches, burgers, pasta, salads and more. Choose from an extensive beer, wine and cocktail menu and relax in our Montana Club lounge. See our full menu and the endless possibilities. With locations in Missoula, Butte, Great Falls, Billings and Kalispell, we are Montana's premier hometown restaurant. Stop in for breakfast, lunch or dinner where we're always happy to see you and proud to serve you.

Reviewed By digitalroc - Calgary, Canada

Had dinner here with two friends mid-week in January. I ordered the 8 ounce Garlic Button Sirloin ($26.99) and loaded baked potato, both were really good. The starter salad was prepared ahead of time as it was pulled from the fridge, it was okay. We received good service from our server Chris.

8. Famous Dave's

2340 US Highway 93 N, Kalispell, MT 59901-2547 Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi American, Barbecue, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Late Night +1 406-752-7427
Excellent
44%
Good
35%
Satisfactory
13%
Poor
5%
Terrible
3%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 481 reviews

Famous Dave's

Reviewed By MaryEllenM27 - Kalispell, Montana

We just love going to Dave's when we are shopping near the Big Box Stores or Costco. You can also walk to it from about 3 of the new Chain Hotels nearby. Its such a nice atmosphere inside and the service has been great lately. Pulled Pork sandwiches and their burgers always top our favorites list...but the menu deserves a good browse as it has a lot on it. Its normally busy but quiet. Brisket, burnt ends are mouth watering.

Check out their unusual sides too, corn muffins, mac and cheese, fully loaded baked potatoes after 5...their spicy bread and butter pickles are one of our favorites. Lunch specials are not as large and still quite satisfying without being too much, like some of the regular meals are. But you can take a box home for leftovers the next day.

9. Brannigan's Irish Pub

101 E Center St, Kalispell, MT 59901-4078 Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Takeout, Wheelchair Accessible Irish, Bar, Pub Lunch, Dinner, Late Night +1 406-393-2418
Excellent
54%
Good
31%
Satisfactory
10%
Poor
3%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 188 reviews

Brannigan's Irish Pub

Reviewed By Bfulk - Whitefish, Montana

We visited when they first opened.....and were not impressed at all. A lot of frozen food, just heated up or fried.
Stopped in late last night for a drink and decided to get the pretzels and cheese. Well, we just can't figure out how they're still in business. The pretzels and cheese were just bad, there isn't any other way to put it.
They couldn't make a simple Old Fashion.....my husband couldn't even drink it and I had to ask the server to take it off of the bill. She should have offered in my opinion but she did not.

Needless to say, we'll never go back. Twice was enough wasting money here.

10. Pho Ly

2141 US Highway 2 E, Kalispell, MT 59901-2889 Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible Asian, Vietnamese, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options Lunch, Dinner +1 406-205-3128
Excellent
73%
Good
23%
Satisfactory
2%
Poor
0%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 86 reviews

Pho Ly

Reviewed By Cascadefirechief - Kalispell, Montana

Tucked away in a small strip mall, it's simple appearance doesn't match the top-notch food you'll find here. Beautifully prepared with ample and appropriate amounts of seasonings, the dishes here are delightful. Local rumor is that many local executive and line chefs go here when they want a great meal. The menu is adequate, but I'd love to see them expand it to include some more vegetarian options and fried rice dishes. The pho is as good as any I've had in metro areas, (where only the best pho eateries can survive among the many competitors) where stellar reputations are well-known. The Flathead Valley is lucky to have this shop, for finding good Asian cuisine here is challenging and this is a great one among a lot of mediocrity. I eat here often, but would probably set-up camp in the parking lot and eat here every day if they added some high-caliber fried rice dishes. Do yourself a favor and seek out this wonderful eatery.

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