Bozeman is an incredible mountain town. With world-class skiing in winter and picture-perfect summers, there’s a lot to love about this Montana city. And while you might not anticipate the most sophisticated dining options in Bozeman, you’ll be pleasantly surprised to know that there are a lot of fantastic Bozeman restaurants! We’ve rounded up a list of the absolute best Bozeman restaurants so that you can skip the mediocre spots and enjoy all that the Bozone has to offer.
15. Nova Cafe
Nova Cafe is one of the most popular Bozeman restaurants, and while it isn’t our top choice for food in town, they make a consistent breakfast or brunch, 7 days each week. The menu has everything from breakfast burritos to pancakes to eggs benedict, and even a small menu dedicated to vegan menu items. Our favorite go-to breakfast dish is the huevos rancheros (add avocado). Plan on a long wait on the weekend!
14. Montana Ale Works
Montana Ale Works is an extremely popular and highly overrated restaurant in Bozeman. That being said, they make one heck of a burger and if you land a meal here while in town (more likely than not), you should definitely get the wagyu blue burger. Made with American-style kobe, arugula, caramelized onion, and a bacon-gorgonzola sauce, this burger is incredibly juicy and delicious.
13. Cateye Cafe
You can’t find a more cozy and inviting Bozeman restaurant than the Cateye Cafe. Right downtown this local favorite serves breakfast and lunch seven days each week. They have so many menu favorites but we recommend that regardless of what you order be sure to try the banana bread french toast!
12. Backcountry Burger Bar
Our favorite burger joint in town is undoubtedly the Backcountry Burger Bar. It’s one of our favorite Bozeman restaurants for a great burger fix and we love that all of the beef (and bison) is Montana raised & processed. There are 10 different burgers on the menu at Backcountry Burger, but our go-to order is the classic beef “backcountry” burger with lettuce, tomato, onion, pickle, American cheese, and backcountry sauce. Don’t forget a side of hand-cut french fries!
11. Five On Black
Five On Black is a miniature chain restaurant in Montana that makes fantastic fast-casual Brazillian food. It’s flavorful, healthy, and seriously addicting. Choose your base of rice or greens, decide on a meat of your choice, and enjoy with delicious Brazillian toppings like chimichurri and farofa, and make sure it’s all covered in their delicious, spicy coconut sauce.
10. Whistle Pig Korean
When you imagine the type of food you can find at Bozeman restaurants, Korean probably doesn’t come to mind … or at least not initially. But rest assured that Whistle Pig Korean, serving up classic Korean food and Korean rice bowls is some of the best food you can find in Bozeman. Tucked away off of Wilson Avenue, Whistle Pig is a great spot for something unique and flavorful. For your first visit, we highly recommend the bibimap- your choice of meat (go with the bulgogi beef) with seasoned fresh vegetables, a fried over easy egg, fermented chili paste, served over a bed of rice. So. Stinking. Delicious.
Although Plonk is known for and loved by many for their extensive drink menu, it’s unquestionably one of the best Bozeman restaurants. Situated right on Main Street in Bozeman, this is a great place for date night, dinner out with friends, or something refreshing for lunch. Plonk is constantly changing their menu so be sure to ask your server what the best menu items are for up to date recommendations.
8. Roost Fried Chicken
Roost Fried Chicken is, without doubt, one of the best Bozeman restaurants. Close to Bozeman High School, this fast-casual restaurant serves amazing fried chicken- perfectly crisp and golden on the outside and juicy on the inside. And you better believe that you can order with alllll of the Southern sides including homemade biscuits, collard greens, cheese grits (our fav), and so many more.
7. Feast Raw Bar
Feast Raw Bar is one of the best upscale Bozeman restaurants. Serving sustainable seafood, locally sourced meat, and a variety of inventive dishes, you’ll be hard-pressed to find a dish at Feast that you don’t like. The menu here changes regularily but we highly recommend the “catch of the day” dish, served with coconut mango sticky rice and seasonal vegetables.
6. Dave’s Sushi
Dave’s Sushi has been known as one of the best Bozeman restaurants for a long time and for good reason. If you’re looking for sushi in Bozeman this is 100% the place you should go to. Here you can find creative and unique rolls served in a laid back setting. Everything from Dave’s has always been a home run but we recommend trying a few sushi rolls and nigiri for the best of what their menu has to offer.
5. Pizza Campania
Just behind the fairgrounds, Pizza Campania is situated in a beautifully lit open space serving wood-fired Italian Pizzas with classic Neapolitan ingredients. There are plenty of great menu options but we recommend the Spaisi Miele (salami, pepperoni, roasted red pepper, pepperocini, honey, and parsley) or the Lombardo (prosciutto, arugula, parmesan).
4. Saffron Table (PERMANENTLY CLOSED)
Believe it or not, there IS great Indian food in Bozeman, Montana. In fact, Saffron Table is one of the very best Bozeman restaurants. The offerings here are a combination of traditional Indian dishes and unique southeast Asian dishes. Start with the crispy paneer and lamb samosas for appetizers. And when it comes to the main event choose from any of their curries and you will leave satisfied.
3. Fink’s Delicatessen
A sandwich is so much more than just a sandwich at Fink’s Delicatessen. The sandwiches here are truly to-die-for with high quality, delicious ingredients, all encased in delicious artisan bread. You’ll have a hard time finding a sandwich here you don’t like, but we recommend the cold turkey sandwich with Havarti, sprouts, pickled red onion, and basil aioli.
Breakfast & Bozeman. They just go hand in hand. And Jam is our absolute favorite spot for an early morning bite in the city. Jam earns a high spot on our list of Bozeman restaurants for the great service and hip digs, but more than anything their delicious menu. Our favorite sweet items are the blueberry ricotta or cinnamon pancakes, and for savory menu items we recommend the loaded hash browns or the classic eggs benedict.
If you only have one spot for really great food while sifting and sorting through Bozeman restaurants, we highly recommend dining at Blackbird. Blackbird is a gorgeous restaurant with a cozy ambiance that serves homemade pasta, wood-fired pizza, local meats, and salads & small plates. You cannot go wrong with any menu offerings but we recommend trying something from the pizza or pasta menu for your first visit.
Bonus: Best Dessert in Bozeman, Montana
What’s a list of the best Bozeman restaurants without an accompanying selection of the best dessert in town? Sharing three of our favorite spots for a sweet treat in Bozeman.
3. Granny’s Gourmet Donuts
Granny’s Gourmet Donuts is the best place to enjoy a deep-fried donut in Bozeman. The service here is unparralelled and the donuts are equally as impressive. The raised glazed donut is simple, delicious satisfaction and we love sampling their different specials throughout the year.
2. Sweet Peaks Ice Cream
Looking to satisfy your ice cream cravings in Bozeman? Look no further than Sweet Peaks Ice Cream on Main Street. Hailing from Whitefish, Montana, this ice cream shop makes some seriously delicious ice cream with flavors ranging from mountain mint to cupcake to chocolate love to salty caramel. Order a float, sundae, or a simple scoop in a cup or cone and leave unquestionably satisfied.
1. Wild Crumb
Our top choice for a delicious sweet treat in Bozeman, Montana is unanimously Wild Crumb. This sister-owned bakery turns everything to confectionary gold, serving irresistible baked goods and desserts from huckleberry scones to chocolate chip cookies to fruit tarts. Our favorite things to get here are the chocolate brownies, carrot cake, homemade pie, and their grab-and-go baguette sandwiches.