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Highlander Bar & Grill

4.3
61 reviews
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$31 to $50
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American
Perfect For:
  • Special Occasion
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
  • Scenic View
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.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
American, Steak
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Hours of operation
Dinner: Wednesday - Sunday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm
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Phone number
(406) 475-3229
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Amber Cassady
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Private party facilities
Please contact us for more information. We have several outdoor locations to choose from!
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Neighborhood
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Entertainment
Great local artists every Friday and Saturday night! Check Facebook every week!
Additional
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Dancing, Entertainment, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Outdoor Smoking Area, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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4.3based on all time ratings
4.4
food
4.4
service
4.3
ambience
4.1
value
Noise · Moderate
95% of people would recommend it to a friend
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4.0Dined on October 8, 2017

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

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4.0Dined on September 27, 2017

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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5.0Dined on September 14, 2017

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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2.0Dined on August 23, 2017

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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4.0Dined on August 4, 2017

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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3.0Dined on July 8, 2017

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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3.0Dined on June 10, 2017

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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2.0Dined on May 27, 2017

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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5.0Dined on March 1, 2017

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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5.0Dined on December 31, 2016

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

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5.0Dined on October 21, 2016

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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4.0Dined on October 19, 2016

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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5.0Dined on October 15, 2016

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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5.0Dined on September 10, 2016

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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4.0Dined on August 20, 2016

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

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5.0Dined on August 5, 2016

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

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5.0Dined on July 28, 2016

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

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5.0Dined on July 27, 2016

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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4.0Dined on July 8, 2016

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

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2.0Dined on June 22, 2016

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

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4.0Dined on June 17, 2016

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

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5.0Dined on February 12, 2016

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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5.0Dined on February 6, 2016

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

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5.0Dined on February 6, 2016

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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5.0Dined on January 10, 2016

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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5.0Dined on October 8, 2015

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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5.0Dined on September 5, 2015

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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5.0Dined on September 5, 2015

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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5.0Dined on August 29, 2015

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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5.0Dined on August 29, 2015

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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4.0Dined on August 29, 2015

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

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4.0Dined on August 9, 2015

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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3.0Dined on August 7, 2015

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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4.0Dined on July 24, 2015

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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4.0Dined on July 9, 2015

Nice outside atmosphere. Great place for summer evenings.

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4.0Dined on July 8, 2015

This is a fun place on the north east side of Canyon Ferry lake. Good food, good service, and a fun par 3 golf course. I used the word fun didn't I ? We enjoyed ourselves and hope to come back.

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5.0Dined on July 2, 2015

The grilled shrimp and bruchetta appetizers were very good. Everything was great and I really enjoyed my walleye. We will return for sure.

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4.0Dined on June 26, 2015

Food was delicious, server friendly and helpful, atmosphere nice, but food service was rushed. Each course was served before we eere finished eating. Very disappointing when we asked to have it delayed the answer was no.

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4.0Dined on June 24, 2015

The steak and shrimp were tops. Service excellent and you can dine outside if you so wish. Our waitress was very friendly. The owner always stops by to say thanks. When I read bad reviews of this kind of dining, I think those people ought to stay in a big town and go to high dollar restaurants.
My opinion only------

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2.0Dined on June 21, 2015

The place has 7 tables crowded into a small room. Additional dining on a patio outside. The steak was spectacular but the rest was so-so. Really VERY rustic which is fine if that's what you like. Wasn't what we were expecting.

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