Highlander Bar & Grill

4.3
67 reviews
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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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GS
1 review
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

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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CA
1 review
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

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

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OQ
Montana
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

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B
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

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KG
New England
8 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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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BP
San Francisco
14 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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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BE
Montana
1 review
Dined on October 8, 2017
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

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

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Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2017
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

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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S
Seattle
14 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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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Montana
1 review
Dined on August 23, 2017
Overall 2food 2service 5ambience 3

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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Montana
1 review
Dined on August 4, 2017
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

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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Montana
1 review
Dined on July 8, 2017
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 2

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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JH
St. Louis
4 reviews
Dined on June 10, 2017
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 2

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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DJ
Montana
1 review
Dined on May 27, 2017
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 2

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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KT
Tulsa
13 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2017
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

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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Montana
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

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Montana
1 review
Dined on October 21, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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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Montana
1 review
Dined on October 19, 2016
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

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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Montana
1 review
Dined on October 15, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

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RJ
Montana
1 review
Dined on September 10, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

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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E
Montana
2 reviews
Dined on August 20, 2016
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 5

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

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Chicago
1 review
Dined on August 5, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

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V
San Diego
29 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

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JM
Montana
1 review
Dined on July 27, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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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HS
Montana
1 review
Dined on July 8, 2016
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

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

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r
Montana
1 review
Dined on June 22, 2016
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 3

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

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h
Montana
1 review
Dined on June 17, 2016
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

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

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Montana
1 review
Dined on February 12, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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.

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Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on February 6, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

All around amazing. Band was very loud. Good but loud couldn't really have a conversation.

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Montana
1 review
Dined on February 6, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We went here for my husbands birthday and we found it to be a great in between place for families/adult atmosphere. The only thing was that the live music was alittle loud but over all still very enjoyable

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GR
Montana
1 review
Dined on January 10, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was our first time at the Highlander but it will certainly not be our last! It was AWESOME! The food prepared and served by Chef Amber was very nicely presented and tasted great! Everything from the shrimp appetizer to the Filet Mignon and the Walleye. Excellent! Can't wait to return to try something else!

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NO
New Orleans
232 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2015
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We happened to fine Highlander through Open Table. So glad we did. About 20 miles or so out of the town center of Helena, it was a beautiful drive. The food was delicious, and everyone was so very nice. Nice outside deck if the weather is nice. Worth the drive!

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CF
Montana
1 review
Dined on September 5, 2015
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My wife, Victoria, our son, Isaiah and I love the Highlander! The atmospher, food, music, and staff are incredible. The wine list is out standing and includes many eastern Washington wines. The food never dissapoints. The drive from Helena across the Canyon Ferry Dam is georgeous.

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R
Montana
1 review
Dined on September 5, 2015
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Beautiful scenery and ambiance with excellent customer service. The food was over the top wonderful--had duck breast for the first time--heavenly and will have it again. Acustical music by Mables Rage was great. Overall experience was a great one that we will repeat

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T
Montana
1 review
Dined on August 29, 2015
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We took our friends there for their anniversary dinner. The food was great as were the drinks! it was a great spot and we plan on going back and taking the limo sometime. Our waiter was also very attentive while being very busy.

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Montana
1 review
Dined on August 29, 2015
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

My husband and I were here for our 40 th anniversary. The dinner was exceptional . The blue cheese salad dressing is the best. The mussels were excellent . The service was very good. We will go back again.

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O
Montana
1 review
Dined on August 29, 2015
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Music on Friday and Saturdays as well as outdoor dining available. Quiet, very nice location.

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b
Montana
1 review
Dined on August 9, 2015
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 3

We have eaten here several times and the food was very good. My shrimp was great, but my husband's ribs were dry and tough. We had to pick three wines before they had one in stock, but it was excellent. The wait staff is very friendly, but we would have preferred a person available to seat us as that person was also covering the golfing customers.

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Montana
1 review
Dined on August 7, 2015
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 2

Our food was well prepared and the tastes were fantastic.

The music was far too loud where we were seated, and as a result we could not hear our waitress very well nor could we effectively converse with one another during dinner -- the evening dining experience was not nearly as enjoyable as it could've been.

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MR
Montana
1 review
Dined on July 24, 2015
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

What a treat! Very laid back and friendly. Kids were welcome, and the food was terrific. The staff was accommodating and welcoming. Worth the short drive from Helena.

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