Best Restaurants in Whitefish for Every Eater


Whitefish is a cute little ski town located in Northwest Montana, near Glacier National Park. While Whitefish is known for its Big Mountain skiing and gorgeous views, it also has an eclectic dining scene. Therefore, we've put together the best restaurants in Whitefish for every eater! 

If you want to know the top Things to Do in Whitefish, Montana, read our article here.

Best Overall: The Boat Club

Best Brunch: Buffalo Cafe & Nightly Grill

For Lunch: The Wich Haus

Best Sushi: Wasabi Sushi Bar 

Best for Cajun Fare: Tupelo Grille

For Italian Food: Abruzzo Italian Kitchen

Best Mexican: Jalisco Cantina

Best American Food: Last Chair Kitchen and Bar

For Family-Friendly: Mackenzie River Pizza

Best for Mediterranean: Latitude 48 Bistro 

Best for BBQ: Piggyback BBQ

For Live Music: Craggy Range Bar & Grill 

Where is Whitefish MT? 

Whitefish is located in Northwest Montana, at the far northern end of the Flathead Valley. Therefore, it's 15 minutes north of Kalispell and 27 miles from Glacier National Park. Moreover, it's about an hour's drive north to the Canadian border. 

What is there to do in Whitefish MT? 

I think you mean what isn't there to do in this quaint little mountain town! 

Firstly, Whitefish is known for its skiing at Whitefish Mountain Resort (also known as Big Mountain). The ski area is a gorgeous backdrop in downtown Whitefish, eluding to its gorgeous Rocky Mountain appeal. 

Secondly, if you're visiting Whitefish in the summer, it's crucial that you venture out to the many lakes in the area. If you want a large lake to jet ski or wakeboard on, drive 15 miles south to Flathead Lake. Or, try out Whitefish City Beach on Whitefish Lake, which boasts a number of water activities. 

Thirdly, explore downtown Whitefish and its many art galleries and boutiques! Central Ave has a plethora of jewelry stores, local coffee shops (Montana Coffee Traders), and even some great breweries! If you're craving some dessert, stop by Sweet Peaks Ice Cream. 

Lastly, take a day trip to Glacier National Park. It's about a thirty to forty-five minute drive to the entrance of Going to the Sun Road, an attraction that really is once-in-a-lifetime.

Is Whitefish MT worth visiting? 

Whether you're planning to visit in the summer or winter months (or somewhere in between), Whitefish is a getaway that you don't want to miss. The resort town has a certain charm of rugged Montana meets aprés ski town...it's really something you need to experience.

The outdoor recreation activities are never ending and the fine dining is just as magnificent. 

What are people's opinions of the best restaurants in Whitefish? 

If you're a local, chances are you'll be eating a french toast breakfast at Loula's Cafe before hitting the slopes. After a long day on the mountain, you'll come back down to town for a beer and some comfort food at the Great Northern Bar. 

So, whether you're a local or are a visiting traveler, you're most likely going to love the food. Vacationers rave about the salmon at The Lodge and the casual sandwiches that the Grouse Mountain Lodge serves up. Locals love a casual slice of pizza from Jersey Boys Pizzeria or coleslaw tacos from Piggyback BBQ. 

What are the best restaurants in Whitefish? 

Let's take a look at the best restaurants in Whitefish, MT. Trust us, there are amazing eateries in this charming mountain town.

Best Overall: The Boat Club

The Boat Club is located in The Lodge at Whitefish Lake, one of Whitefish's nicest hotels. The restaurant sits over Whitefish Lake, offering fine dining with amazing views. They have a patio area for warmer months as well as a dining room for when it gets chilly. I recommend their Huckleberry Elk Meatballs as an appetizer and any of their steaks for an entree (Whitefish's best steakhouse)! 

Best Brunch: Buffalo Cafe & Nightly Grill

If you're looking for old school cafe meets modern grill, then Buffalo Cafe is the place to go. They're located right in downtown Whitefish and offer a family-friendly breakfast, lunch, and dinner. However, I recommend going there for brunch (keep in mind weekends get busy) and trying their avocado toast. 

For Lunch: The Wich Haus

If you're looking for the best sandwiches in town, you've found them! The Wich Haus is open for both lunch and dinner (with patio seating), but I recommend going there for lunch. They feature a bomb smoked chicken sandwich...and don't forget to try their homemade pickle slices! 

Best Sushi: Wasabi Sushi Bar 

Voted #1 sushi in both the Flathead and Whitefish for the last 20 years, you need to try out Wasabi! They feature creative sushi and Asian-inspired grilled dishes in an eclectic, bright dining room. 

Best for Cajun Fare: Tupelo Grille

Tupelo Grille features primarily Southern and Cajun fare, often serving up entrees such as crispy duck leg, old school chicken and dumplings, elk meatloaf, and more. It's been a Whitefish casual fine dining favorite for years now. 

For Italian Food: Abruzzo Italian Kitchen

As the best Italian restaurant in Whitefish, Abruzzo Italian Kitchen is not to be missed. It's an intimate restaurant and cocktail lounge featuring modern Italian-fare, such as wood-fired pizzas and delicious scratch pasta dishes. 

Best Mexican: Jalisco Cantina

The finest tequila, handcrafted cocktails, and delicious Mexican food...does it get better than that!? The recently opened Jalisco Cantina has outdoor seating during the warmer months, which is a great place to enjoy your chips and guacamole. Seriously, the trendy ambiance and delicious food of Jalisco Cantina just can't be beat. 

Best American Food: Last Chair Kitchen and Bar

The Last Chair Kitchen has it all, whether you're wanting steelhead trout, rib eye, or even pad thai. You'll definitely feel the Montana vibes in this rustic space, not to mention that a lot of their food is farm-to-table, sourced directly from Montana producers. 

For Family-Friendly: Mackenzie River Pizza

Sometimes, after a long day adventuring outside there is nothing better than a slice of warm pizza from Mackenzie River. With locations all over Montana, this pizzeria, grill, and pub is a great stop for kids and adults alike. Additionally, they also have a gluten-free menu. 

Best for Mediterranean: Latitude 48 Bistro 

Artful fusion meets contemporary design with this chic restaurant serving Mediterranean fare. Whether you're wanting tapas, gnocchi, or some fresh seafood, Latitude 48 will out-do your expectations. Afterwards, head downstairs to Red Room Lounge to have a cocktail and relax. 

Best for BBQ: Piggyback BBQ

Whitefish really does have it all! Piggyback BBQ is located on the way to Big Mountain and boasts authentic pit BBQ flavors with a plethora of menu options. I love this place in the summer as you can enjoy a tasty taco (flavored with Flathead Cherry Wood) on their grassy outdoor seating area. 

For Live Music: Craggy Range Bar & Grill 

Craggy Range is your go-to sports bar in downtown Whitefish. They serve casual gastropub eats, craft beers, cocktails, and even have a billiards area. Plus, look online to see when they're having their next live music show! 

In conclusion on the best restaurants in Whitefish...

See - there are SO many cuisine options for all types of eaters! If you ended up trying any on this list, let us know what you thought in the comment section! 

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