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Red Bird Restaurant
Red Bird Restaurant

Red Bird Restaurant Details

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
  • Website: http://www.redbirdrestaurant.com
  • Phone: (406) 549-2906
  • Hours of Operation: Dinner: Tuesday - Saturday: 5:00 Pm - 9:30 Pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Fusion / Eclectic, Contemporary European
  • Executive Chef: Jim Tracey
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Farm to Table, Fireplace, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Private Party Facilities: We offer private dining on Sundays and Mondays in the restaurant.
  • Private Party Contact: Laura (406) 549-2906

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Front
  • Public Transit: Public Transportation is available to the downtown area in which we are located.
  • Parking: No
  • Parking Details: We are located in the historic Florence Hotel Building which is on the corner of Higgins and Front Street. There is parking on Higgins and Front Street with a parking garage on Main street which is half a block away.
A word from Red Bird Restaurant
Red Bird Restaurant severs eclectic local cuisine with flair. Red Bird Restaurant is opened for intimate evening dining in dramatic architectural surroundings with an art nouveau feel. The Restaurant strives for sustainability and serves local meats, handmade pastas, sustainable fresh seafood & delectable desserts. Our menus change frequently to reflect the wide variety of seasonal foods available regionally. The Wine Bar has over 25 wines by the glass and an extensive representation of Northwest Wines. The Wine bar offers enticing appetizers, fresh salads, artisan sandwiches and petite entrees. Monday night is live music night in the Wine Bar. Come join us at Red Bird and taste what grows under the Big Sky.Continued
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Diner Reviews
  • "All waitstaff was personable, informative & efficient. The dishes were extremely creative & superb! Quite a special place in many ways. The history of the building brings you to an era in Missoula of days past. Highly recommend!"
    Dined on 7/9/2014
  • "Recently friends came to town from Delaware and Naples, Fla. They wished to treat us to dinner and enjoy a fine dining experience. I sent links to Pearl, Scotty's, Redbird and F&P where they were staying. They chose Redbird on account of the restaurants commitment to local sourcing of ingredients, wine list, and elegant Florence hotel. We ran late at cocktails and they made out no problem to postpone a half hour, it was a Tuesday. Food, as usual fabulous, wine selection very nice, dessert; beignets? How can you go wrong with that!"
    Dined on 7/8/2014
  • "We were in Missoula for one night at the end of a trip through Montana and the Canadian Rockies. This was one of the best dinners we had on the trip. We had beet salad, seafood sausage (sausage of the day) lamb and pork dishes as well as the vegetarian tasting menu. Everything was delicious, and the service was attentive without being pretentious. Relaxing, beautiful and pleasant place--easy to have conversation."
    Dined on 7/3/2014
  • "The food was exceptional. Taste, presentation, portion size, time to table - all of it was great. The menu had so many items that I would never usually eat (duck, beignets, and sour ale from Belgium) but decided to try out while I was there. All of these new experiences were so individually deeply satisfying which, when combined together, made for an amazing dining experience that my wife and I will not forget anytime soon. Carl the waiter was great - what a pleasant human being. His attitude and presence made the dining experience even better."
    Dined on 6/18/2014
  • "I had a lovely dinner with friends from out of town on Saturday evening. The waiter was friendly and professional. When the wine that I had ordered did not appeal to my taste buds he was very quick to help me find one that I did like. The soup was exceptional. I enjoyed that more that the entree (halibut). My friend ordered the duck and thought it was really good. I would recommend this restaurant to anyone who wants a fine dining experience with wonderful interesting food."
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "Overall, a good night celebrating a family event. But, the menu prices were very high for Missoula, MT. Those prices would be high in Seattle. Also, very disappointing that when we have 8:15 pm reservations, we were being told that they had already run out of some items and were even out of sides. Really? How do you run out of pasta? The seared scallops were borderliine burned. The atmosphere was great but lacking on the substance. "
    Dined on 5/17/2014
  • "The restaurant sits inside an old downtown building, probably would have not stopped if not recommended. I could cut my steam with a butter knife. The food was excellent. "
    Dined on 5/9/2014
  • "Fantastic place for Dinner. Foodies will love it. Perfect for special occasions. We recently moved here from Chicago & decided to give this place a try. For appetizers we had the Quail Satay which was Amazing, the currie peanut sauce was the best I've ever had, and the cheese plate which really had some incredible tastes. For an entree I had the Beef Tenderloin & my wife had the Bison trio. Wow! The Red Bird is my new favorite restaurant! It has two different atmospheres. The front has the bar area and is more of a social scene for dining, eating and socializing in a bit less formal & louder area. The back is the more formal & quiet area where my wife & I enjoyed our meal. We enjoyed the decor & top notch service as much as the food!"
    Dined on 5/2/2014
  • "My husband and I dined here for the first time April 26. I ordered Pan Seared Duck Breast. Though ordered medium rare, the meat was cool and red in the center. It was 50% fat. Apparently it was reheated in a microwave as the molecular-sized soufflé was like rubber. The menu described a cherry-red wine reduction sauce. Really? BTW, the soufflé came in a 2" ramekin yielding about 2 bites and it was lackluster. We ordered a bottle of the Girard Petite Syrah, but our waiter failed to refill our wine glasses. The flatware was encased in a knotted cloth napkin, which I though was a bit of a pain to untie. I had to ask for cracked pepper; it was not offered. I also had the beet salad and it was good, not great. Can't go back."
    Dined on 4/26/2014
  • "Red bird is a gem to the Missoula area . Service and food are excellent."
    Dined on 4/30/2014
  • "We arrived early and our table was already prepared. The server was very detailed about the menu, polite, and answered questions without missing a beat. The food was delicious, highly recommend the duck sausage. "
    Dined on 4/23/2014
  • "I was disappointed not to be able to have a birthday dinner with friends at Red Bird last month, so arranged another time to drive over to Missoula for this treat. I can rarely resist the lamb -- whatever it may be -- and had it this time. It was a braised lamb dish with Indian flavors -- mashed potatoes with tiny yellow split peas (I couldn't figure out what the slight crunch was and had to ask -- couldn't see them!). I usually take half the dinner home, but this time I couldn't stop eating and cleaned my plate. The wine list is always interesting -- I had a South African red blend, which was great with the lamb. My favorite restaurant in Missoula -- highly recommended!!"
    Dined on 4/18/2014
  • "The Red Bird is our favorite restaurant in Missoula. The food is fabulous and first rate. We always enjoy our evenings there every time. Thanks Laura"
    Dined on 4/18/2014
  • "Excellent dining experience. For special occasion or anytime you are thinking a more formal dinner, this is the place."
    Dined on 4/15/2014
  • "The Red Bird has been our special-occasion restaurant since 1996. We have never been disappointed with all aspects of the dining experience. The friendly and experienced wait-staff were intuitive to our needs and enhanced the dining experience with very few interruptions. Our party of five ordered an eclectic mix of : halibut, duck, rack of lamb, bison and scallops for their entrees. The food was prepared to perfection. The white-bean soup was rich and tasty, but not overpowering in flavor. We will continue to use the Red Bird as a destination restaurant in Missoula, Montana."
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "Amazing. I can't speak highly enough about this gem of a restaurant. Fine dining at it's best. <3"
    Dined on 3/21/2014
  • "The pan seared duck breast with wild mushroom souffle was sublime. It was one of the best fine-dining experiences I have had the pleasure to enjoy."
    Dined on 3/6/2014
  • "We ate here because a friend of mine recommended it when we were in Missoula. It was an amazing meal! My husband had some of the best lamb we have ever had, and I had a great swordfish! If we find ourselves in Western Montana again, we will absolutely be back!"
    Dined on 2/12/2014
  • "This was our first trip to the Red Bird for dinner. We enjoyed the atmosphere - the secluded dining room makes you feel part of an exclusive club with lavish decor from the 1940's complete with gold wallpaper and pillows at every seat while smooth jazz playing in the backround. The food was very good, but I must admit it wasn't as good as I was expecting for the price. I had the swordfish with a caper & tomato sauce topping that I didn't care for paired with the fish. My favorite was the pear and Gorgonzola salad which left me wanting more. The portion size was good for the main courses. The service was timed so you had time to converse and enjoy each course, but our glasses were never empty. We enjoyed our experience at the Red Bird."
    Dined on 2/22/2014
  • "I have been in the Red Bird Wine Bar many times, and have enjoyed their extensive wine and beer menu. However, my fiance made reservations for the Red Bird restaurant for us to try out. They had a 4 course prefixed menu or you could order off the menu of your choice. We decided on the four course with wine pairings. This is not what we typically do- it is quite pricey--but very delicious. The service was excellent, the wine was excellent, and I was pleasantly surprised at how delicious the Beef Wellington in puff pastry was!"
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "The wine bar is much more "energetic" (see noise level), but the restaurant area is quieter. Be sure to try the fondue and DO order the bison tenderloin. Certainly save room for coffee and dessert - the coffee is an experience in and of itself."
    Dined on 2/7/2014
  • "The food was excellent. The use of local ingredients and local wines was appreciated. The decor in the wine bar is excellent. The decor and ambiance in the dining room was discordant and does not match the caliber of the menu. The combination of gold foil wallpaper and an over-sized glass chandelier simply does not work. Only the quality of the food and the excellent service kept our group satisfied. That said, future business dinners will likely be held in operations with a better atmosphere."
    Dined on 12/17/2013
  • "The food was very good. Nice use of local foods! The decor in the dining room was simply bad. While I would still recommend this restaurant to a friend because of the food quality and use of local ingredients, it would be nowhere near the top of the list. Other places are so much more interesting and look professional."
    Dined on 12/11/2013
  • "The Red Bird provides imaginative use of local foods and serves local wines. Both are pluses to a discerning diner. The bar is beautiful and well decorated with good use of soft lighting, dark ceiling and color. The bar menu is excellent and rivals almost anything in town. The decor in the dining room is very unfortunate and almost overwhelms the quality of the food. . I will take visitors and guests to more interesting locations or simply eat in the bar. It would be embarrassing to bring in someone for a fine meal."
    Dined on 12/10/2013
  • "The atmosphere and the service were very good. The wine list was excellent. As for the food the appetizer (Scallops) were delicious. Both the entrees were a little over done. Definitly worth a second visit!"
    Dined on 12/6/2013
  • "Great wine and beer menu; creative food menu; deliciously prepared food but not prepared for food allergies. Everything is butter, cheese, cream and wheat and the only suggested substitution was an extra side of vegetables."
    Dined on 11/23/2013
  • "The Beef Bourgunone was delicious, beautifully flavored and generous. The salad was very nice and again very large."
    Dined on 11/15/2013
  • "We have dined at Red Bird two times. Everytime we are in Missoula, we will make plans to eat here. The menu is an eclectic combination of dishes and we have throughly enjoyed each and everything we have ordered. The dining room is cozy and the service attentive but not overbearing."
    Dined on 11/5/2013
  • "We had been to the Red Bird before for our anniversary a time or two, but this time was for a Halloween special dinner offered by the restaurant. The package included a wonderful course selections which could include wine or not at the diners' option. The servers were dressed in costume and costumes were encouraged for the diners. We had a fun evening with wonderful food, all made fresh by the restaurant. The Red Bird is a special place to go and we will continue to visit them."
    Dined on 10/31/2013
  • "Unbelievable quality yet again. Red Bird always continues to impress, as this time I got a beautiful piece of swordfish so fresh as if the swordfish reached around and sliced it off itself. Service was praiseworthy; impeccable. I would never pause to recommend either the wine bar or the restaurant side to any and all my friends."
    Dined on 10/24/2013
  • "Eaten here 3 times in the dining area for dinner(location also has a less formal service in the bar), once was really nice, twice less so. seems that on busier nights, the service is spread thin and less attentive than what one would expect. The food is better than average and I would say it is better than most (Ranch Club being the best, and Plonk is also good) other options in Missoula. Next time we choose RedBird, I will get a feel for how busy their night is before going. My overall feeling is that the menu is good, but for the price one pays, the service ought to be a little more attentive and professional."
    Dined on 2/1/2013
  • "We had a wonderful birthday dinner at Red Bird on Saturday. Have been here before and always had a great meal. But I am always so full I never get dessert. Since it was a birthday we had to have something! We shared an order of beignetts and espresso pot de creme!!! it was so good we ate every bite. I had the lamb special, both a rack and a sirloin portion were spiced with Indian flavors and grilled. The spices were perfectly balanced and the lamb was tender and done perfectly. paired it with a 2007 Pinotage that was a featured wine just added to the menu, overall the experience was just what we wanted and I will certainly go back for special occasions."
    Dined on 10/19/2013
  • "The food was fantastic, we were taken care off, and we will be going back."
    Dined on 10/15/2013
  • "The Red Bird doesn't seem to know we're in the 21st century. From the gold wallpaper to the menu, presentation to the food quality, this restaurant just hasn't keep up with the times. The food was only good at best and the service was barely fair. I will not go back, there are too many really good restaurants in Missoula at this price point to waste good money here."
    Dined on 10/11/2013
  • "Enjoyed the complexity of flavor in every dish. I had the 5 spiced duck and my wife had the steak. The duck and steak was perfectly cooked and the side dishes complemented each other perfectly. Our waiter was fantastic by providing service at the right moments and he also provided helpful tips on wine pairings. Meal was very pricey, but it was entirely great for a special occasion. Really nothing to criticize about the meal."
    Dined on 10/10/2013
  • "After reading it was voted the people's choice in Missoula, we decided to stop for a splurge meal on our way through town. First off, the decor and ambiance was totally bizarre to us.. The outer room, a wine bar, was so dark we seriously could hardly see, and the inner dining room was garishly painted and wallpapered. I don't know what they were going for. Our appetizer, a trio of mushroom dishes, contained one hit and two misses. Both of our entrees were truly delicious, bison tenderloin and lamb sirloin. But then the dessert was terrible- deep fried fritter-like gut bombs with a coffee-flavored dish of something they called pot de creme. It was bad. I think the place is trying too hard. But the meat was great!"
    Dined on 10/9/2013
  • "Surprised at the quality and the service...exceededour expectations"
    Dined on 10/10/2013
  • "Being fairly skeptical of any fine dinning in a small town like Missoula, The Red Bird Is in my opinion is one of the best you are going to get. So open up your wallets and get ready to spend a third of your minimum wage paycheck because the dining is about to begin. The food ranged from tasty to what is in this shrimp soup stuff and can I can I get some to go? I hate going to a new restaurant because I can never decide what to eat, thankfully the service was informative giving suggestions and apologizing in advance for anything that they were out of. My wife loved the chicken and waffles, leading to a very poor decision to get some Lays potato chips that falsely claimed similar flavor. To the garbage with those but not the Red Bird."
    Dined on 10/8/2013
  • "great expectations for high end dining i guess i just wasnt dazzled or impressed w/ service, but more importantly the food was truly lackluster for the $$$. cool decor the food was "boring"!"
    Dined on 9/26/2013
  • "A creative menu is the plus for Red Bird. Food pairings are unique and well done. Food was prepared perfectly. I had halibut in a green curry sauce with coconut rice and grilled veggies. The bar is a hopping place and the location in the old Florence Hotel is very convenient . Our only problem was that the service was slow. We like to enjoy a good meal but 30 minutes between courses was a bit too long for us."
    Dined on 9/27/2013