The 10 Best Restaurants in Belgrade, Montana

Rebecca Hanlon
Last Updated: March 4th, 2023

Because Belgrade is the largest city in Montana that’s not a county seat, it has the advantage of being right on the edge of a small mountain town and mid-sized city – never losing its Montana charm.

Close in proximity to bustling Bozeman, the beautiful Custer Gallatin National Forest, and Yellowstone National Park, Belgrade shines on its own as a restaurant hub to explore after a day of Big Sky Country adventuring.

Whether you’re a foodie looking for your next review or aiming to relax after a hike at North Cottonwood, read on for a comprehensive list of the best restaurants in Belgrade, Montana, including a quick guide to the best food and wine tours!

Recommended Food & Wine Tours in Belgrade


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While Belgrade has the highly-rated Madison River Brewing, it’s recommended to continue your brewery and wine tasting tours in nearby Bozeman. Then, return to Belgrade for a Big Sky Country drink at The Local American Saloon. Cheers!

Travel Tips for Eating in Belgrade

  • It’s true: Montana may not be known for its vegetarian-friendly options, but you can find a surprising number of accommodations in Belgrade – and nearby Bozeman! And likewise, gluten-free options are available (MacKenzie River Pizza Company), as well as accommodations for other dietary needs and restrictions.
  • Locals often get their fruits and vegetables at the Belgrade Community Farmers Market, which also offers a fresh array of produce, huckleberry jams, and lemonades to local restaurants. Be sure to ask your server about the most seasonal items! Most restaurants don’t require a reservation, but you may want to call ahead or check for busy times if you have a larger party (ie. The Local American Saloon).
  • Since you’re in cattle country, you’re likely to find plenty of hearty steaks on the menu, but Belgrade offers some surprising diversity in cuisine and taste (Cafe Havana, Rice Fine Thai Cuisine, finger-licking BBQ), as well as classic American fare. And if you’re in the mood for pizza and beer after a day hike, you can’t go wrong with multiple options.
  • But most importantly, you’ll find that the restaurants and bars in Belgrade provide stellar service and have staff that is ready to treat you like family. Welcome home!

The 10 Best Restaurants in Belgrade

Whether you’re in the mood for juicy steaks, savory BBQ, sizzling fajitas, cheesy pizza, or Pad Thai, Belgrade has numerous dining options available for even the pickiest eater. Satisfy your cravings below!

1. The Mint Cafe & Bar – 27 E Main St – $$-$$$

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With a historic lean, rustic decor, and friendly service, locals are proud to steer you towards their Mint Cafe & Bar.

This spot is popular for those looking to spruce up after a long day of fishing, and it certainly has enough options for the whole crew.

While known for its steaks and honey fried chicken, it’s the onion rings, delicious creme brulee, and large array of drinks that give this a top spot on any traveler’s list.

Come for the classy atmosphere, and stay for the Beef Stroganoff and house-cut fries. It’s a win-win!

If you’re traveling with more than 6 people, it’s recommended to call ahead or head online to reserve a spot – this is one popular location!

2. Bar 3 Bar-B-Q – 100 S Broadway – $$


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If you’re on the search for authentic BBQ, you’ll love the Bar 3 Bar-B-Q in central Belgrade.

With their own brewery, Bar 3 Brewing, this affordable location rotates seasonally through all the good stuff. Guests love their St. Louis ribs, burnt ends, a whole host of sides (fried okra and grits!), and – of course – cold, craft beer.

Be prepared to wait in line during busier hours, but you shouldn’t have a hard time entertaining yourself with all that beer (Or use their website’s helpful waitlist option!).

Be sure to rock your taste buds with their mac ‘n cheese and expect some great Montana service at this Main Street location. No reservations are needed!

3. Cafe Havana – 86 N Broadway – $$


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In need of some local coffee and a hearty breakfast or lunch? This newer establishment fuses culture, bold flavor, and a relaxed atmosphere – and the best Green Chili Pork in town!

Good for vegetarians and vegans, the arepas at Cafe Havana will transport you to Latin America, while the fresh smoothies and strong coffee will kickstart your day of adventure.

Highly recommended for breakfast, lunch, or a midday pick-me-up! In other words: this is one hidden gem. No reservation is required, and they’re open every day of the week but Sunday. Hallelujah!

4. The Local American Saloon – 11 W Main St – $$

True to its name, The Local specializes in warm, hearty meals, thirst-quenching potent drinks, and a relaxed, down-home atmosphere.

A great option for the whole family (see: quick service!), this American-style pub features small plates, salads, sandwiches, rib-eye steaks, and more. Coming in for a drink after a nearby brewery and wine tour?

The Local boasts a strong whiskey game and unique drinks (Huckleberry Cosmo!) for the adults. If you’re here with a large party and in the mood to share, try the Cowboy Nachos and Poutine – you can’t go wrong.

Open 7 days a week from 11 am until close. Reservations are not needed.

5. Fiesta Mexicana – 6269 Jackrabbit Ln – $$-$$$

Sometimes you’re just in the mood for authentic Mexican! While many guests rave about this restaurant’s popular blue margarita, others appreciate the bright Mexican decor, affordable and unique dishes (crab enchiladas!), and huge portions.

Travelers consider this the best Mexican spot in the area, so if you’re in the mood for crispy tacos and cheesy quesadillas, you’re in for a treat.

Vegetarian and vegan friendly: if you’re vegan, try the vegan fajitas! Even on a busy Saturday night, this spot has fast service and spicy dishes.

Reservation is recommended for larger parties, but not necessary.

6. MacKenzie River Pizza Company – 409 W Main St – $$

Sure, the cozy atmosphere and decor of MacKenzie River Pizza Company are intriguing on their own, but it’s the pizza that really shines at this restaurant!

Since you’re in Montana, give the Rancher Pizza a try, along with the many unique flavor combinations (Beet & Goat Cheese Salad!).

Guests rave about this restaurant’s fresh ricotta cheese, gluten-free crust option, huge portions, and exceptional service.

Let the adventure begin! Reservation is not required.

7. Rice Fine Thai Cuisine – 203 W Madison Ave, Suite B1 – $$


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Belgrade may not be known for its Pad Thai or Spring Rolls, but you’re certainly in for a treat if you’re on the market for some Asian cuisine.

Open since 2012, this location offers authentic Thai flavors, friendly service, and the best Thai Iced Tea in town. As with most Thai cooking, this restaurant is perfect for traveling vegans and vegetarians.

Reservations are not necessary.

8. Curry Express – 90 W Madison Ave, Suite C – $$

You had us at naan. This family-owned restaurant doesn’t shy from flavorful, bold spices and fresh ingredients, so if you’re not afraid of heat – go here! (Of course, milder options are available!)

Between biryanis, Palak Paneer, and Tikka Masala, this spot packs a true punch. Similar to Rice Fine Thai Cuisine, Curry Express naturally has multiple vegetarian and vegan options (Aloo Gobi, Tadka Dhal) – and incredible tamarind and mint chutneys to go along with your samosas.

Don’t leave without ordering a mango or rose lassi, or the delicious and sweet gulab jamun dessert. (Or since you’re a foodie, get both!).

A weekly lunch buffet is available, but if you make it to town on a weekend, no reservation is needed.

9. Madison River Brewery – 20900 Frontage Rd Suite B – $$


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You may have already visited this quaint location on a brewery tour, but it’s worth a revisit for its extensive beer selection.

With more than 20 available beers and a small snacks menu, Madison River Brewery deserves a spot on this list for its relaxed cadence and beers like Copper John, The Juice, and Salmon Fly.

Because this spot is smaller, you may want to check busy times before hopping in, but the wait staff is always ready to pour you a cold one. Cheers!

10. Bone Broth Noodles – 7001 Jackrabbit Ln, Unit D – $$


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This small locally owned restaurant hits the high notes if you’re craving fresh pho or spring rolls.

And it’s true – the bone broth really is excellent, as well as the strong Vietnamese coffee. Locals rave that this spot is consistently delicious, an adventurous eater (especially by Montana standards!).

Bone Broth Noodles is an affordable lunch or dinner option, especially for warming up on a cold Montana day!

Best Restaurants in Belgrade – Final Thoughts

You’re probably realizing you’re going to need more than a few days to explore all of the delicious food Belgrade has to offer!

While The Mint Cafe is a true hometown favorite, there are so many options available for standard American fare or adventurous spices.

Whether you’re passing through on your way to Yellowstone or heading home from Madison Buffalo Jump State Park, you’re sure to find good beer, savory dishes, and that warm, welcoming Montana spirit.

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About The Author

Rebecca Hanlon

Rebecca has been a travel blogger and editor for over 5 years, working with some of the biggest brands in industry. She’s taught English as a foreign language in 5 different countries, and her most fulfilling role was as a tour guide around some of Europe’s finest vineyards. She the one behind the social channels here at Discovering Montana, whilst also finding the time to perform an assistant editor role.

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