Highlander Bar & Grill

4.3
79 Reviews
$31 to $50
American
Highlander Bar & Grille is just 20 minutes from downtown Helena located just off the shores of Canyon Ferry Lake at Norwegian Wood Ranch where we raise and serve Scottish Highlander cattle. It is a unique dining experience with outdoor dining in the summer months, a full bar and live music on the weekends. If you’re lucky, you can see our 950 pound "Pork-chop the Pig". This is a truly Montanan dining experience with great local color.
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4.3based on all time ratings
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4.3
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4.3
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LisaC
Montana
1 review
Dined on September 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything is always excellent.

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CindyW
1 review
Dined on August 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We ate at the Highlander for the first time last Friday and wish we had gone there more often this summer. The ambience is great. There was live music at the perfect volume, and the band, called Just in Case, was a lot of fun. The food was excellent and we couldn't have asked for better service from Gloria. She made our night. In fact, we made reservations for this week before we left!

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BillH
1 review
Dined on August 8, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience1

We love the fun atmosphere of this place. Service is great and food is also great. Can't beat the Friday or Saturday live music.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on August 1, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Tried to send a message about the poor service and no response. Steak cut was not what was advertised and insanely overpriced.

BJ
vipBJdaDJ
Las Vegas
82 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

1st timer at the Highlander Bar & Grill, so didn't know what to expect. But read sum good reviews, so thought I'd give the place uh try. And it did not disappoint. Great scenery, great staff & great food. Going back next time I'm in the Helena area!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

We enjoyed the music by Jeremy and Adell Duo . Very talented folks however it was too loud to visit or hear each other at our table of four.

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jeng
1 review
Dined on July 31, 2019
Overall1food2service1ambience3

Ribeye over priced & over cooked. 3/4 cup of garlic mashed potatoes & 2 overcooked limp asparagus served with meal was not nearly enough nor appetizing. Served incorrect mixed drinks which I thought were just made with poor quality alcohol One free dessert offered for overcooked steak & incorrect mixed drinks. Servers seemed unorganized & a little too lackadaisical considering prices.

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robh
Chicago
1 review
Dined on July 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time there from Chicago would never expect a great restaurant in the middle of nowhere keep up the great work

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KarylT
1 review
Dined on June 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best place at the lake. Top quality food, beautiful presentation, relaxed atmosphere.

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Rennie
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on June 28, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience4

The food was very good. While the waitress was very nice she barely came around for more drinks or water we were having to flag her down. Then the check was given to us without even asking if we wanted dessert or coffee. But overall it was very good and we'd go back.

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RonAndWendi
1 review
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was a great dining experience at a fun location with a genuinely friendly staff.

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LarryS
1 review
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was excellent as was the service and I love the environment

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GerardS
1 review
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience5

Excellent,cozy,and intimate. I would recommend this place to all, but if I do, it will be exposing a well kept secret,and I don't want to spoil it by overcrowding it.

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ConnieA
1 review
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Our experience was great. Food was lukewarm, not hot. Tasted good just not hot enough. Great service!!

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OneQuickChick
Montana
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful food, terrific wine list. Great service. Our new "go to" place. Maybe we'll even learn to play golf!

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Becky215
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love the people ,we have always enjoyed the place.will go again

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KarenG
New England
10 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I had no idea what to expect once I arrived...I felt I was at someone ‘s home and in the wrong place so I called to make sure! I was and I was warmly welcomed in like I was invited to a friends house for dinner.
I would be remiss if I didn’t mention the awesome though winding road past Shannon Lake to get here. I would never have discovered this lake if I hadn’t come here to dinner...and going home with sunset and the full moon...!
Ok... back to the deer at dusk who came to eat crabapples...oh, yeah...the amazingly awesome food too! I believe the chefs name is Amber...I never did get the hostess/waitress/bartender/perhaps owner or managers name...she wore many hats and was extremely pleasant and personable!
Special appetizer was 3 giant meatballs with a cognac cream sauce...never had anything like this before and it was great, a yummy salad included with dinner as well as some nice crunchy bread drizzled with balsamic and delicious butter and the main course was one of the best chicken Alfredo dishes I have had in ages with sun dried tomatoes! Enough for 3-4 meals!!

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vipBrettP
San Francisco
17 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A big thanks to Management for two items.

1. Reduced noise volume with window treatments

2. Turned up the lights so I can see the menu and my guests.

I will be back!

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BEAR
Montana
1 review
Dined on October 8, 2017
Overall4food5service4ambience3

The food was excellent. The seating is quite close. (Small dining room)

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OpenTable Diner
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2017
Overall4food4service4ambience4

A little bit out of the way but worth the drive. Food and service was great and will go back again.

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vipSassey
Seattle
14 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A wonderful find that I look forward to returning to. The food was fabulous and the chief and bartender an absolute delight to converse with. My journey here at times had me questioning the GPS. If you find yourself doing the same please trust it and make your way to this great restaurant!

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OpenTable Diner
Montana
1 review
Dined on August 23, 2017
Overall2food2service5ambience3

I threw the chicken alfredo leftovers away.....and the shrimp that John had - had no flavor. We will not go back.

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OpenTable Diner
Montana
1 review
Dined on August 4, 2017
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Prompt service and fun atmosphere with a live band on the deck that moved inside when the wind started blowing to hard. A little harder to have a conversation when that happened, but at that point the food arrived and we dug in. Great 9 oz. filet (perfectly done) and appetizers were tasty. No room for dessert. Overall a great date night.

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OpenTable Diner
Montana
1 review
Dined on July 8, 2017
Overall3food2service3ambience2

Was disappointed!!
web site said closed until 5:00, hamburgers on menu on web site, but was told when seated, reasonable price food (hamburgers) is only during lunch, which DOES NOT have those hours or info on web site! Air conditioner apparently didn't work!
So we ended up spending WAY to much $ for over priced food we did not want while sweating!
Perhaps think about including food/price that the average family can afford because the place is a sweet Sunday drive.

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JessicaH
St. Louis
4 reviews
Dined on June 10, 2017
Overall3food4service3ambience2

This place is small and rustic. It is on a golf course but has the feel of being on a farm because there are pigs and cows there. The atmosphere was more casual than I expected. I think it would be a good place to meet up with friends for a special occasion. The drive there is beautiful. It's a little pricey but the food was really good. Definitely recommend the cheesecake!

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DJB51
Montana
1 review
Dined on May 27, 2017
Overall2food2service2ambience2

Very loud, crappy band playing inside a very small space so we chose to eat outside. Our wait staff person complained several times to us about the dishwasher not showing up for his shift. Lots of confusion about our orders, and then meals arrived cold. There's potential for this to be a nice spot to dine, but they need to decide what they want to be....a place to drink and listen to local (loud & untalented) music, or a quiet, intimate destination for summer dining.

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vipKTTown
Tulsa
17 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2017
Overall5food4service5ambience4

A large group of coworkers and I were in town for my 50th birthday and the folks at the Highlander really took care of us. We had great food, and the staff was fun, friendly and helpful. The space isn't large so except for one brave couple that had dinner that night, our 25 person group filled the space but the setting was beautiful and rustic. Everything I hoped for with full bar and a good selection of locally brewed beer.

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OpenTable Diner
Montana
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2016
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The staff are awesome. Friendly and fun! Will definitely go back!

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OpenTable Diner
Montana
1 review
Dined on October 21, 2016
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Took the family for my daughter's birthday. Food and service were excellent. Nice atmosphere, had a 2-man band playing, not too loud but loud enough to add a little energy. Overall great experience.

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OpenTable Diner
Montana
1 review
Dined on October 19, 2016
Overall4food4service4ambience4

It was out first visit to the Highlander and we really enjoyed it. Caught them on a quiet Wednesday night for a friends dinner. Very comfortable, friendly service, good food and nice atmosphere - plus an enjoyable scenic drive from Helena. We'll be back.

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OpenTable Diner
Montana
1 review
Dined on October 15, 2016
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a great time, and both service and food was excellent! All the staff was very friendly. A great place for any occasion.

RJ
RandJ
Montana
1 review
Dined on September 10, 2016
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Went to listen to music and had heard the food was excellent. Very true! Music was very good and went for a walk by the creek and golf course. A lot of fun was had by all.

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Eatoutalot
Montana
2 reviews
Dined on August 20, 2016
Overall4food3service3ambience5

Our steak was over done but had good flavor. Our waitress was slow but she had Multiple large tables.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on August 5, 2016
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was fun and waiters and owner mingled with the diners.

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vipViews
San Diego
32 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2016
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A great gem that is located outside of Helena and worth the 25 minute drive! Great outdoor ambiance!

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JesseM
Montana
1 review
Dined on July 27, 2016
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, great atmosphere and great service. Filet mignon was cooked perfectly and the crab cakes where a great appetizer. We were very impressed and will definitely be back and will spread the word about the great experience that we had.

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HeatherS
Montana
1 review
Dined on July 8, 2016
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Very cool spot for dinner. Food was very good and the setting is beautiful. Will eat there again for sure.

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robertf
Montana
1 review
Dined on June 22, 2016
Overall2food2service1ambience3

I am a local and want to support the place but after 4 mediocre dinners I give up

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helena
Montana
1 review
Dined on June 17, 2016
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Excellent walleye, pretty location, full bar, good but slow service.

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OpenTable Diner
Montana
1 review
Dined on February 12, 2016
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food is excellent, this is the third time we have been, dinner twice and once for lunch. From the walleye to the burgers the chef knows what they are doing. This is a little drive out of town that is so well worth it. The first time we went was over a year ago, the owner came over and checked in to make sure we were enjoying ourselves, the second time he took our daughters to see the pig, and unfortunately he was gone this time. But his staff is amazing. The atmosphere is laid back and the food is 5 star.

FAQs

Highlander Bar & Grill offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (406) 475-3229.

Highlander Bar & Grill is rated 4.3 stars by 79 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.