Red Bird Restaurant
Red Bird Restaurant

Red Bird Restaurant

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
  • Website: http://www.redbirdrestaurant.com/
  • Phone: 4065492906
  • 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 4065492906

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.
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Red Bird Restaurant reviews from OpenTable diners
34 reviews since May 19, 2014
Overall Rating4.4
  • Food4.5
    Service4.4
  • Ambiance4.4
    Noise LevelQuiet
90% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
romantic (27)special occasion (24)fit for foodies (19)notable wine list (13)neighborhood gem (11)vibrant bar scene (5)kid-friendly (3)good for groups (3)hot spot (3)late-night find (2)Show More
  • Fabulous food!
    Patty
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    We visit Missoula on an annual basis. Always go to Red Bird. Always excellent food. Had the Seared Scallops and Grilled Tenderloin. Perfectly done and presented. Nice wine list - even for California tastes.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Red Bird
    Alberton
    Dined on 9/4/2014
    Best restaurant in Missoula The duck entree and pear salad I ordered with it is one of the best I have had anywhere. If you want a great appetizer try the duck and pear patte
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Red Bird--one of the best.
    MontanaRovers
    Dined on 9/2/2014
    The wait staff, the presentation, the eclectic menu choices, and the charming ambience made this dining an experience. We would go back in a heartbeat. We really wanted a champagne cocktail and, following our request, they made one up! Loved it.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • great food
    awmissoula
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    best restaurant in missoula. amazing food & desserts.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Outstanding
    Carlos
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    We enjoyed an outstanding meal (4 different entrees and extras) all were outstanding and enjoyed by out of country friends. Service was dignified, knowledgeable and efficient. An outstanding dinner and a credit to Missoula. Wine was enjoyed and well served.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • we both had stomach aches afterward
    sandy
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    The food (eclectic, yes, and also a bit overpriced) tasted devine but both my husband and I had stomach aches afterwards.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Badger
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    d We were very disappointed after reading about Red Bird in the Delta magazine.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Memorable meal
    Dorothy
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    For four foodies (including a chef), this was a memorable meal! Highlights include the perfectly cooked Montana lamb and the beet salad that pleased the eye as well as the palate. Each dish was plated beautifully. While this is a perfect restaurant for a special occasion or romantic evening, I also noted it was kid-friendly because the maitre d' offered three young boys (perhaps ages 8-10) their own table next to their parents, and the boys behaved in keeping with the environment. The parents should be proud of them, but the restaurant also deserves praise for treating them as other diners.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Special Evening Out
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    After deciding to spend the night in Missoula, our first thought was to make a reservation at Red Bird. It had been a few years since our last visit, and remembered what a nice evening we had then. We were not disappointed this time either. Eclectic decor, but tasteful. Our server, Orlando, was quite attentive and very helpful with the menu. The choices we made did not disappoint...a fresh Halibut dish for my husband and a perfectly cooked filet for me. I also had a special soup, which was actually a trio of soups...tomato basil peach; roasted corn and summer squash. They were all excellent and imaginative. Could have made a meal of just those! All in all, a very memorable evening indeed!!
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • ALWAYS AN ENJOYABLE EXPERIENCE
    DonJen
    Dined on 7/24/2014
    Red Bird is our "go to" restaurant when we celebrate our anniversary or other special occasion. We know that the food will be delicious, the service exceptional, and the atmosphere calming. My husband who is not a chocolate lover thoroughly enjoyed the molten cake (to my disappointment - we were sharing)! Thank you Red Bird for another delightful evening!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Redbird, Missoula
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    We loved the restaurant. Excellent food. Friendly, courteous and professional staff. Eclectic menu and decor. It was very special.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Missoula gem
    KristinJ
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    What a wonderful dining experience! My husband and I were in town from Washington state to run the Missoula Half Marathon and went here for our pre-race dinner the night before. Heard about it through our virtual goodie bag provided by Run Wild Montana, and we were thrilled with the service, the quality of the food (especially for the price), and the ambiance. Definitely two thumbs up.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The Redbird!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    The Redbird supported the Misssoula Marathon & had an ad. in the participant's "virtual goodie bag". What a great idea to treat runners to a perfect meal before their race. The food, service & everything was awesome! What a great find in downtown Missoula. We will definitely recommend!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very special & unique
    Pamwhj
    Dined on 7/9/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Redbird Ringer
    foodwrite
    Dined on 7/8/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great find
    LovegoodfoodVIP
    Dined on 7/3/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Fine dining at it's best
    jrsjfry
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    Our anniversary dinner was made even better by the fantastic staff and wonderful food. When we asked about the wonderful sweet tea we were given a bag of the mixture to take with us and directions for making it at home.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Made the night special
    sawfereats
    Dined on 6/18/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Quiet Dinner
    1Missoulalady
    Dined on 5/31/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 15 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 19, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.3
    • Food4.5
    • Ambiance4.3
    • Service4.3
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • The following 189 reviews are from the Red Bird Restaurant reviews archive.
  • A little disappointing
    Poppipdx
    Dined on 5/17/2014
    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.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Unexpected surprise
    Reiman1
    Dined on 5/9/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fantastic Dinner
    BigSkyFoodie
    Dined on 5/2/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Romantic, special occasion, Notable Wine List
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Missoula
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 4/30/2014
    Red bird is a gem to the Missoula area . Service and food are excellent.
    Special Features:
    Romantic, special occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Don't understand the hype
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011VIP
    Dined on 4/26/2014
    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.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • A romantic dinner
    hiram
    Dined on 4/23/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    Romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Raving for the Red Bird
    bird2good
    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
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Good for Groups, Romantic, special occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot, Notable Wine List
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • I love this restaurant!
    MaestraKKVIP
    Dined on 4/18/2014
    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!!
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Romantic, special occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • papawillie
    Dined on 4/15/2014
    Excellent dining experience. For special occasion or anytime you are thinking a more formal dinner, this is the place.
    Special Features:
    Romantic, special occasion, Notable Wine List
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always a treat-Never dissapointed
    SJfoodies
    Dined on 3/29/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Perfect. As always.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 3/21/2014
    Amazing. I can't speak highly enough about this gem of a restaurant. Fine dining at it's best. <3
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The pan seared duck breast
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 3/6/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A Vintage Retreat
    WDWGuru
    Dined on 2/22/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Romantic Special Occasion MUST!!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 2/15/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing food!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 2/12/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Lovely
    ex266
    Dined on 2/7/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Decoration nightmare
    Guinness
    Dined on 12/17/2013
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Change your decorator
    Guinness
    Dined on 12/11/2013
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Eclectic Missoula
    Guinness
    Dined on 12/10/2013
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Red Bird Review
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 12/6/2013
    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!
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • No fun if you have food allergies
    Ssouthwell
    Dined on 11/23/2013
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate