If you've planned a trip to Whitefish, then no doubt, you're bound to have an adventure-packed itinerary, which will lead to a hungry crew. Thank goodness for the amazing restaurant and cafe scene in downtown Whitefish!
Breakfast - the most important meal of the day!
If you've got an adventure packed day, start your day our right by hitting one of several coffee shops or a cafe to fuel up for the day ahead. Both Folklore Coffee and Montana Coffee Traders will be a go-to for the Javaphile. Both feature Montana-roasted beans and have delicious pastries for a quick meal.
If you're thinking about having a more leisurely day why not make the most of breakfast and dig in to a scrumptious eggs benedict or crepes? Loula's Cafe is family-run restaurant located in a Historic Masonic temple in downtown Whitefish. Loula's emphasis is on made from scratch dishes, using fresh ingredients, locally sourced. Beyond the breakfast menu, they have an assortment of amazing pies. Why not have one for breakfast - you're on vacation! Speaking of sweets, Amazing Crepes has been serving quality food utilizing local fresh ingredients since 2005. Though you might think sweet, they have an amazing array of savory options - and coffee.
For a truly unique experience, the Swift Creek Cafe, run by the Moreno Halphen family, has an 80 year tradition of coffee and food. Beginning with a conservation focused coffee estate in Panama, to an award-winning restaurant in Houston, the family brings a place of character, art and community - not to mention award-winning Executive Chef Christian Moreno - to the Whitefish restaurant scene.
Lunch - Or second breakfast, or early dinner?
With food on your mind, it can be hard to get anything done, so why not enjoy the patio at Logan's Bar and Grill? Serving all your favorite meals, there's never a bad time to head to the Grouse Mountain Lodge where you'll find Logan's. If patio dining isn't your thing, enjoy the towering stone fireplace in the dining room while you relish in the burgers, sandwiches and Bison Meatloaf coming from the kitchen.
If you need a quick bite, The Wich Haus has a sandwich with your name on it. Using fresh ingredients, this farm-to-table sandwich shop offers seasonal specials and salads, pickles and an assortment of other deli items. Yum.
Drinks – Beer, goes well with most things
Yes, this is the dining section, but we'd be remiss if we didn't mention a brewpub, or two, serving local craft beer to quench an afternoon thirst. Bonsai Brewing Project is a kid-friendly brewery serving great grub. Their beer goes well with a sandwich made with house-smoked meats. Craggy Range Sports Bar and Grill has a full service patio for outdoor dining and 16 craft beer taps, so you're sure to find a reviving libation! Oh and the burger menu is top notch.
Dinner - Dine-In, Takeout, and Pizza
After a packed day, the team is ready for dinner. Since you're in Montana, is there a better meal that steak? The Whitefish Lake Restaurant offers amazing seafood and steak, plus an unbeatable ambiance. Add a creative menu of cocktails - check out the martini menu in particular - a long wine list and outdoor dining, great desserts and you've got some hard choices.
One choice that isn't hard is pizza! MacKenzie River Pizza has been serving up pizza and cold beer, across Montana for over 25 years. Though known for their series pie, don't overlook the rest of the menu.
For a great takeout option, check out Piggyback BBQ. Serving brisket, sausage, pulled pork, bacon and all the fixings. Committed to supporting the community they seek fresh ingredients sourced locally for almost everything on the menu. This includes using Flathead cherry wood for smoking.
Bar, restaurant, or cafe. Patio or dining room. Takeout, delivery or dine-in, Whitefish has so many great options, you'll need another few days to get through the list! And for more great spots, check out all these great options below.