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Boxcar Bistro, Missoula, MT

Boxcar Bistro

4.8
4.8
799 Reviews
$31 to $50
French
Think, an array of traditional French cuisine with a beloved Montana twist.

Boxcar Bistro aims to excite and innovate on a daily basis, featuring an ever-rotating selection of unique or rare wines, captivating dinner specials, all of which are being offered in an ode to the classic, intimate dining ambiance of a railroad Dining Car; offering our diners a feel of "Going West" as many have experienced long before us!

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2 people

8:30 PM


Booked 11 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • Cuisines
    French, American
  • Hours of operation
    Tue–Sat 4:00 pm–9:00 pm
  • Phone number
    (406) 551-4166
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress code
    Casual Dress
  • Catering
    No catering is available at this time.
  • Private party facilities
    Private events for up to 50 guests are possible, please email info@boxcarmissoula.com for details.
  • Neighborhood
    Missoula
  • Cross street
    Wyoming St
  • Parking details
    Plenty of parking exists both on street, and in our parking lot. Please do not park in spots that are marked as "Reserved".
  • Additional
    Beer, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Gender Neutral Restroom, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 799 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.8
4.8 based on recent ratings
  • 4.7Food
  • 4.9Service
  • 4.8Ambience
  • 4.5Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Montana

    Best Overall

  • Montana

    Best Food

  • Montana

    Best Service

  • Montana

    Best Ambiance

  • Montana

    Best Value

  • Montana

    Great for fine wines

  • Montana

    Romantic

  • Montana

    Good for special occasions

799 Reviews
  1. LeethaP

    Montana

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We enjoyed our first time there immensely and we will be back.

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  2. Kimmer

    Montana

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 16, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 5
    The food was delicious. I had never had beef cheeks but was pleasantly surprised. We live close to the location so it was convenient for us. We also loved the vibe. We were disappointed in the service. We were there for 2 hours and it was a waiting game to even get drink orders. They were kind but the service was very slow. We’ll go back and try again.

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  3. DinerDen

    Montana

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 16, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Good food! Could provide a larger portion of vegetables with main entree.

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  4. JudyK

    Montana

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 16, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    We had the special Valentines week meal, Tomahawk steak and shrimp. It was terrible, full of gristle and tough. The shrimp had the consistency of mashed potatoes. We were so disappointed.! We have eaten there before and expected much better.

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  5. TifanyT

    Montana

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 15, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Scallops were splendid, service was exceptional. Wonderful way to spend Valentines day.

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  6. JasonA

    Montana

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 14, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Wonderful atmosphere, great service and delectable fare they had it all when I took my wife out for a lovely Valentine's day. Prices, though high for Missoula, were more than fair. Will go again!

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  7. EnzoMartelli

    Montana

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 14, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Superb service. I made a reservation for a casual dinner for two with my partner, the service was rather charming and invitational. The menu is based mostly on French recipes, which could be overwhelming for customers not familiar with the language or cuisine, however, the servers made every effort possible to make it approachable, exciting, and fun.

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  8. khfjlp

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 13, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had a great dinner. Always love duck confit, oysters and steak tartare. The service was absolutely fabulous. I'm fasting today.

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  9. JuliaA

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 11, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Party of 7 for my daughter's Valentine birthday dinner. Food and service was excellent. large menu and wine offerings. highly recommend.

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  10. MaureenO

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 10, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Best dinner in Missoula. So delicious! The device was wonderful and the space is lovely

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  11. PapaC

    Montana

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 8, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Our server (Ava) was wonderful. Great service and excellent recommendations

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  12. OpenTable Diner

    Las Vegas

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 4, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Nice ambience, a little tight but intimate. Food and service were excellent. Small menu but everyone’s food was cooked perfectly. Menu changes so always new things to choose from. Lots of good wine choices and love the red wine glasses!

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  13. Montanajoy

    Montana

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on February 2, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    3 of us went for a celebration dinner. The waiter was excellent, and the scallop and fish entrees, plus the beet salad and house salad were excellent. The waiter helped with wine and other choices. We enjoyed our evening so much, and will be back.

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  14. MarkJ

    Indiana

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 31, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Best dining experience in Missoula - from ambiance to meal.

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  15. Maddie

    Montana

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 28, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We love treating ourselves to a little date night here. The jewel tones, moody lighting, and professionalism executed by the staff comes together to create the perfect atmosphere. The food is always PHENOMENAL!! I tend to order the braised beet salad with the French onion soup. The soup is always 11/10. The salad has been different every time I order. And I love every one of them. My favorite has to be the most recent. Beets, hazelnuts, grapefruit, goat cheese, micro greens. ingredients I never would have thought to put together and I melted in my chair. It was so delicious. The beef cheeks are to die for. So juicy and just fall apart in your mouth. Never pass on dessert! Pot de crème is an all time favorite along with the creme brûlée! I would definitely recommend coming here on your next date night!

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  16. KarenD

    Montana

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 24, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Had a lovely evening and liked the ambiance although it was really a little too dark. Definitely had to use phone flashlights to read the menu.

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  17. OpenTable Diner

    St. Louis

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 24, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    First time both dinners were excellent. We will be back!

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  18. OpenTable Diner

    Montana

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 24, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 2
    The duck was dry and paired with the beans wasn't to my liking. The service was pretty different for us we are young an have children I suspect the server didn't think we would leave a tip maybe and he treated the others around us more attentive never offering to refill our drinks even. The chicken was good and salad and tar tar. I was super excited to try but a tad disappointed.

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  19. JillianD

    Denver

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 21, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Beautiful restaurant with nice ambiance and friendly service. We went for my birthday, and my partner’s first fine dining experience. The raclette was a little over cooked but the jam and bread with it were delicious and the foie gras was perfectly cooked. Unfortunately the escargot was pretty chewy. All of these were served with bread so it was a bit much, and I’d get something different next time but the entres were outstanding. I love scallops and theirs were up there with the best I’ve ever had. Seared perfectly and just really balanced flavors. And he got the pork belly special with black rice. Really outstanding!

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  20. Brad

    Las Vegas

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 19, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    The waitress was busy, but pleasant and helpful. She recommended the beef cheeks, which were excellent, very tender and flavorful. The frites were fantastic, as usual. The duck confit was also excellent. The selection of non-– alcoholic beverages is minimal and unimaginative. We were seated at a table right next to the entryway, which was drafty with a moderate amount of traffic, but even with this, the experience was very good.

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  21. LoveFOOD

    Phoenix

    111 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    111 reviews

    Dined on January 17, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Fabulous food and service. Unique and tasty wine by the glass. A Missoula gem.

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  22. RobF

    Montana

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 13, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The atmosphere, the food, the service, all outstanding. Please start serving cocktails.

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  23. GreatFoodLover

    Montana

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on January 12, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food was fabulous as always! Loved the truffle fries appetizer and my duck was perfect! I have a lot of dietary restrictions and they are always so accommodating. Great wine selection as well. My favorite restaurant in Missoula!

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  24. marag

    New York City

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 12, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food, service and atmosphere was top notch. Menu has a great selection along with deep and delicious wine list.

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  25. DavidR

    Montana

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 11, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Felt welcomed , greeted with smile, waitress was friendly , helpful and informative! Had a very enjoyable evening

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  26. Crispy

    Exclusive

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 10, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Wonderful evening with my wife on her birthday. As good as it gets, here, there, or anywhere!!

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  27. JesseP

    Alabama

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 6, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Favorite restaurant in Missoula - great food, service and ambience.

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  28. HollyC

    Salt Lake City

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 5, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    The food (2 meals with fish - excellent) service and wine was good. We’ll be back!

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  29. sallyb

    Montana

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 3, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Most of the dishes were very tasty - only caveat was the halibut - rather dry, not much flavor. Sauce very good but needed more .

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  30. DebB

    Washington DC

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on December 31, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent evening at Boxcar’s New Years Eve dinner. The food and wine pairings were outstanding!

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  31. Lynn

    San Francisco

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on December 31, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We loved this restaurant when it first opened but hadn't been back in a while. Life. We were delighted with our recent visit. The staff was superb as we remembered and the Chilean sea bass was phenomenal. We will be back and it won't be so long this time.

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  32. NifferS

    Montana

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 31, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Alex was our server, she is over the top good. She knows the menu backwards and forwards and knows the wines and can pair with ease. The food was delicious. The ambience is romantic, the decor is comfortable and the dining music was very appropriate. I have everything good to say about The Boxcar Bistro.

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  33. Osprey38

    Salt Lake City

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on December 30, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Always outstanding! Never a bad meal here, would go back again & again.

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  34. travise

    Montana

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 29, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food, atmosphere and staff!!!! The Filet Mignon was so tender and the best flavor, cooked perfect to medium rare

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  35. OpenTable Diner

    Montana

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on December 29, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This is our favorite fine dining spot in Missoula. It can be a little loud at times but this night it was very quiet. Food is absolutely delicious and the service is spot on. Will definitely be back.

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  36. JoanR

    Montana

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 29, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Really wonderful and delicious anniversary dinner!

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  37. JoniS

    Hawaii

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 28, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Our new favorite restaurant! Can’t wait to go back. Our waiter Zach was fantastic.

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  38. BurtC

    Montana

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 28, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    I found it interesting that our reservation had to be confirmed before being allowed to enter from the night's chill, but do not find it a real sticking point. Our waiter was good and attentive without being intrusive. However, and I say this having been trained to serve at an exclusive venue, having a separate person deliver our meals who had to ask 'who had the medium-rare filet' does not fit with the image presented in your ads and ambiance. Further, while every meal was judged tasty and tender (where applicable), nearly everything - except the asparagus - was over-cooked. For example: med-rare was definitely med. I feel sure we will try this place again, but with similar results, not 3 times. To qualify the 'Yes' checked below - it will be to get another, valued opinion.

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  39. jamesn

    Montana

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 22, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Always have a great dining experience. Staff goes above and beyond service.. would highly recommend!!!

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  40. LynoreB

    Montana

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 21, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Boxcar Bistro is an absolutely fabulous place! It’s the closest fine dining you will get to the great Gatsby in your life! The service continues to be impeccable, while the good is outstanding. Our server was gracious in letting us taste four different types of wine before ordering two different bottles. We love it, and will continue to frequent it!

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Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Contactless payment available
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

FAQs

Boxcar Bistro is rated 4.8 stars by 799 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

8:30 PM


Booked 11 times today
Google Map for Boxcar Bistro

875 Wyoming St 101, Missoula, MT 59801-1787

Additional information

  • Cross street
    Wyoming St
  • Neighborhood
    Missoula
  • Hours of operation
    Tue–Sat 4:00 pm–9:00 pm
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • Cuisines
    French, American
  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Dress code
    Casual Dress
  • Parking details
    Plenty of parking exists both on street, and in our parking lot. Please do not park in spots that are marked as "Reserved".
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Additional
    Beer, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Gender Neutral Restroom, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Phone number
    (406) 551-4166
  • Catering
    No catering is available at this time.
  • Private party facilities
    Private events for up to 50 guests are possible, please email info@boxcarmissoula.com for details.
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