Finding a good place to eat in Big Sky isn’t hard. This mountain town has a huge variety of options in terms of restaurants. From cozy breakfast joints to 5-star fine dining, you’ll have no problem finding a delicious restaurant during your stay in Big Sky.
Where are the Best Places to Eat in Big Sky?
There are many great restaurants in and around Big Sky. For breakfast, you can’t go wrong with Café 191 (try the French toast and thick-cut bacon). Everett’s 8800 is the best place for lunch, although you’ll need reservations as it has a prime slope-side location on Andesite Mountain. And for dinner, check out Olive B’s Big Sky Bistro for traditional but gourmet American dishes.
While those are our top picks, Big Sky has plenty of other dining options for every budget and palette. And if you’re taking a day trip or flying out of Bozeman, you’ll also be spoiled for choice when it comes to restaurants.
Start your morning on the right foot with a hearty breakfast from Café 191. This laid-back diner has all the comforting favorites you want. Think French toast coated in Cap’n Crunch cereal, omelets filled with every possible vegetable, and enormous biscuits smothered in creamy gravy. The hard part will be deciding what to order!
They’re open early (starting at 6 am) if you want to beat the crowds. Otherwise, you can also stop by for a late lunch after a morning of sightseeing. However, keep in mind that the portions are quite large, which might not be good if you have an action-packed day ahead of you.
If you’re looking for a meal with a spectacular view of Big Sky, then look no further than Everett’s 8800. With a one-of-a-kind location at the top of Andesite Mountain, this restaurant can only be reached via the Ramcharger 8 lift (which adds to the experience of dining here).
The menu has something for every taste. From salads and sandwiches to pasta and meat dishes, you’ll be able to enjoy your meal with one of the best vistas in town (thanks to the floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking Lone Mountain). Everett’s 8800 is only open for lunch, and recommendations are highly recommended.
Olive B’s Big Sky Bistro
If you’re looking for traditional American food done right, then book a table at Olive B’s Big Sky Bistro. It’s one of our top choices for dinner in Big Sky. Led by a New England born chef, this cozy spot serves up some of the best seafood dishes you can find in Montana.
For starters, you’ll see classic favorites like crab cakes, while their main course menu has Maine lobster and shrimp and grits. If you’re not a big seafood eater, don’t worry. Olive B’s also serves delectable meat entrees like lamb chops, prime rib, beef tenderloin, and even a couple of wild game dishes.
Horn & Cantle
When it comes to fine dining in Big Sky, Horn & Cantle is at the top of our list. The atmosphere reminds you of a rustic log cabin, especially with the antler chandeliers and crackling fireplace. However, the menu is a sophisticated mix of comfort foods and gourmet Montana favorites, made using the freshest, seasonal ingredients available.
Their signature fried chicken is a fan-favorite, although the bison tenderloin, pan-seared trout, and tomahawk steak are also worth considering. If you’re not looking for a formal dinner, you can also grab a bite to eat in their saloon.
Gallatin Riverhouse Grill
Considered to be one of the best BBQ spots outside of Texas, the Gallatin Riverhouse Grill is another great option for lunch. Their meats are rubbed in a unique blend of seasonings and roasted for 12 to 18 hours until they are fall-off-the-bone tender.
The pulled pork, beef brisket, and baby back ribs are a must. But if you can’t decide, go for the family platters, which include a sample of all their biggest sellers (along with beans, corn, slaw, and cornbread).
If you’re visiting in summer, then you can also enjoy live music and dinner on the outdoor terrace.
Blue Moon Bakery
For over 25 years, Blue Moon Bakery has been delighting locals and tourists alike with their delicious fresh-baked goods. If you’re looking for something quick, grab a caramel nut sticky roll or a raspberry white chocolate scone along with a cup of their home-brewed fair-trade coffee.
You can also dine-in (or sit outside) for lunch. Crispy thin-crust pizza is baked in-house, although the hot melted sandwiches are especially tasty too. This place is a great option for a lazy Saturday or Sunday morning.
The Best Places to Eat in Bozeman
Located right in the middle of Main Street, Jam! It is one of the best choices for breakfast in Bozeman. This upscale diner has extremely creative breakfast dishes that most people only dream about.
If you have a sweet tooth, try their banana foster or peanut butter cup pancakes. More savory options include chicken and biscuit benedicts, smoked pork shoulder crepes, and red chili hash.
There’s almost always a line out front (which is a good sign), so we recommend calling ahead to put your name on the waiting list.
Sidewinders American Grill
Sidewinders American Grill was featured on Food Network’s Diners, Drive-ins, and Dives, so you can guarantee that you’ll be in for a hearty treat. Start with the famous “S”idewinder pretzel before indulging in one of their gourmet sandwiches, homemade pasta, or juicy hamburgers.
On a nice day, you can sit outside on the patio, although the interior is also festively patriotic. Feel free to bring your kids – they have a game room to keep them occupied while you kick back with a beer.
Montana Ale Works
Bozeman is known for its craft beer scene, and Montana Ale Works is arguably one of the best breweries in town. They have over 40 beers on tap, as well as a big selection of wines and cocktails. Their food menu is also pretty decent. They have the expected gastropub fare, including burgers, sandwiches, and deep-fried apps.
One of the best things about the brewery is its location. It’s inside in an 8,000-square foot defunct freight house with multiple lounges, bars, and dining rooms to choose from. You can even eat in the railcar, which boasts beautiful views overlooking Main Street.
South 9th Bistro
The award-winning South 9th Bistro is perfect for a romantic dinner in the city. Located in a renovated Victorian home a few blocks from Main Street, this gourmet restaurant is known for its service almost as much as its food. From the second you walk in, you’ll be treated like family by their talented and skilled service team.
The menu changes seasonally, although you can’t go wrong with anything you order. Many of their dishes are also gluten-free, making this a good option for those with certain allergies or intolerances.
While Big Sky is a skier’s paradise, it also happens to be a wonderland for foodies as well. And one thing’s for sure – you won’t ever go hungry in a place like this!