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The Windmill and Bar51, Billings, MT

The Windmill and Bar51

4.4
4.4
130 Reviews
$31 to $50
Steakhouse
Located on the west side of Billings, the Windmill/Bar 51 is a fantastic place to wind down from a hectic day. Casual fine dining, happy hour, full bar & best patio in town! We leave the patio to first come, first served. We do not reserve the patio.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 14 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • Cuisines
    Steakhouse, Seafood, Contemporary American
  • Hours of operation
    Mon–Fri 11:30 am–9:00 pm Sat, Sun 4:00 pm–9:00 pm
  • Phone number
    (406) 252-8100
  • Payment options
    Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress code
    Casual Dress
  • Private party facilities
    Private dining space available for up to 50! We have the ability to customize the size of the room to allow for smaller, more intimate settings to larger group gatherings. Customizable menu offerings are available as well.
  • Neighborhood
    Billings
  • Parking details
    Private Lot
  • Additional
    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Indoor Fireplace, Non-Smoking, Outdoor Firepit, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 130 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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

4.4
4.4 based on recent ratings
  • 4.4Food
  • 4.5Service
  • 4.3Ambience
  • 4.2Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Montana

    Good for business meals

130 Reviews
  1. OpenTable Diner

    Montana

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 5, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    great food and service was wonderful. from colorado - enjoyed.

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  2. OpenTable Diner

    Montana

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 27, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    We enjoyed our dinner at The Windmill very much. We went on a busy Saturday night. In addition to the delicious food, we were impressed with the service and friendliness of the staff. Everything runs like clockwork. Will definitely recommend!

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  3. PaulaJ

    Montana

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 25, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    It was great! Our server was awesome and food was good.

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  4. OpenTable Diner

    Montana

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 13, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Amazing soups!! Always have had excellent service. It’s a nice atmosphere and you can actually hear each other when talking, even when super busy.

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  5. DiningIsADelight

    Montana

    13 reviews

    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on April 13, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The Windmill continues to deliver an excellent dining experience. Reservations are necessary on a Friday or Saturday night. We were seated right away. Service and food were great. Ask for a booth to reduce the noise level.

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  6. NottodayCharlie

    Montana

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 7, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Qwertyuiopasdfghjklzxcvbnm 50 characters long is a stupid way to review

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  7. OpenTable Diner

    Jacksonville

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 5, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 4
    Not the typical experience. It was not very busy but we waited a while for drink orders, some meal orders arrived incorrect, our server was a bit distracted most of the time. Disappointing as it is usually amazing from beginning to end. Maybe an off night.

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  8. GordonG

    Minneapolis

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 25, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    My server was outstanding! Wonderful service and the food was exceptional, as usual.

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  9. OpenTable Diner

    Atlanta Metro

    7 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on February 11, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 2
    The food was good. Took a long time to get our meal. They jammed us in a booth - 6 adults was very tight.

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  10. MelisaK

    Montana

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 5, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    Our server was very, very nice but definitely could tell inexperienced. Should train servers more on proper wine service at the table. My parents were in from out of town so I had never eaten properly inside before. My dad owned/managed restaurants so can be hard to please but some things should be known like offering the bottle before opening and giving a small taste to try THEN pouring the lady first. Also a med rare steak at a higher end restaurant like this should be a no brainer. We appreciate the try but definitely needs work on training. The food was delicious and atmosphere waa good until they started turning off the lights around us and very pointedly letting us know we were the only people in the ENTIRE restaurant even though is was an hour before closing. Do better

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  11. RandyK

    Montana

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 21, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    First time at this location and it was very good, will come again!

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  12. StuartS

    Montana

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 20, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Delicious food. Outstanding drinks. Top notch service! Highly recommend!

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  13. PauletteM

    Montana

    20 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on January 6, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Everything was delicious . Good server! I love the Windmill. Very consistent

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  14. JohnB

    Montana

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 1, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The prime rib was tuff. At 50 dollars a plate I would expect a lot better cut for the money.

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  15. OpenTable Diner

    Orange County

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 1, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    We are a little disappointed in the amount of money we paid for what we ordered. The food was average, nothing spectacular. Our server was just going through the motions as well. I would go elsewhere if you’re looking for a great meal and experience.

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  16. MICHELLEM

    Montana

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 28, 2023

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 3
    Food was soaked in oil and over cooked. The mill burger had mushrooms on it even though we didn't add mushroom to anything we ordered because my man is allergic he couldn't even eat his meal because he order the mill burger. I ordered the chicken fried steak which was plain as could be. I was excited to make reservations for our date night here and it was a terrible experience. We felt as if we could of got the same service and food from Dennys that we had here. It's pretty bad to think of the food quality that you would receive from a diner or a fast food place at a at a high end restraunt. Very disappointing experience. $20 a plate for blan/ok tasting food was not what I planned when I thought of a fancy night out at the windmill.

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  17. allenc

    Montana

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 21, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 2
    too bright, too loud. salad was average a best. everything else was excellent.

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  18. jime

    Montana

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 20, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Chicken meal smaller than normal; rather flat taste. Prawns were tiny Will return. Good experience overall

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  19. OpenTable Diner

    Montana

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 17, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 5
    Overall, we will be back. It was Christmas season with Christmas parties so we are understanding. But waiter was very slow to greet us, 11 minutes from being seated to being acknowledged for a drink order even though he had the table next to us and I made eye contact with him several times. My husband ordered prime rib, something we’ve eaten before…had literally zero flavor or seasoning. Literally tasted like a hunk of meat. Sprinkle in many things forgotten by our waiter such as drink refills, a bowl for my discarded crab legs, an ordered side. Grace was given because of the Christmas party season and busyness of the Saturday night. But maybe only one more chance will be given. And yes, complaint was made, his prime rib was comp’d. But still kind of dampens a nicer date night.

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  20. TracyE

    Montana

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 14, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    My husband ordered the chicken fried steak for lunch and it was tough and not flavorful. My dad ordered the steak cheese sand which and was also tough and grisly. I had the french dip and it was good, the meat was tender. My husband and dad were pretty disappointed in their lunch.

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  21. DonaldH

    Montana

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 10, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food was excellent. We were waited on shortly after we arrived. The wait time for our order was moderate because they were very busy on a Saturday night. Since there was a full house it was slightly noisy but our4 top could still visit without having to shout.

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  22. Donteathere

    Montana

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 26, 2023

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 2
    Table of 4, everyone got their appetizers and main meal before i got my appetizer which was my meal. Took about 20 minutes after they got theyr meals for me to get my fries and sampler which was all fast fried food. Wont be returning

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  23. MichelleK

    Montana

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 17, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Always love The Windmill! Great food and great atmosphere. Our server, Denise, was fantastic!

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  24. TawnyaS

    Montana

    13 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on November 13, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    I had family in from Bozeman and Texas and they all raved about The Windmill. We go so often that sometimes I forget how cozy and yummy this place is. The server went above and beyond and was quite lovely.

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  25. DavidD

    Montana

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 12, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    Normally we love the Windmill. My wife’s pot roast was mostly disgusting fat. My son’s cheeseburger/tomato soup made him violently ill. My shrimp was delicious and my daughter in law’s pasta was good. Hopefully, it was a fluke . I’ll try once more…..

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  26. JerimeyB

    Montana

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 28, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The service was fantastic and the staff was knowledgeable. The music was a little loud but it made the ambiance enjoyable. We will definitely make this part of date night again.

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  27. VONDAM

    Montana

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 27, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    I was looking forward to ordering the sauted scallops, unfortunately they are no longer on the menu. Very disappointing! I ordered Fish and Chips, definitely not worth $27.00. The fish was okay, have had a lot better tasting, and the fries were only slightly warm. For dessert I ordered Creme Brulee. On a scale of 1-10 I would give it a 7. The custard was quite grainy. This meal was definitely not worth $63.00. Kara, our server, was excellent!!

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  28. JoelR

    Montana

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 24, 2023

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 1
    Over priced food. My chicken fried steak was so tough to chew I gave up half way through. My brother in-laws blackened chicken Alfredo was watery with only 4 pieces of cut up chicken. My wife’s fish in chips were so small I wouldn’t even consider it as an appetizer. For me spending 100 dollars on my family’s meal, you’d expect larger portions and better quality of food. I’ll never suggest anyone to eat here. Save your money and hit up a place that is actually worth it.

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  29. PaddyO

    Montana

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 22, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    I had the Fisherman’s platter with halibut, shrimp and scallops. The quality of the fish and batter was very good except, there were some scales left on the halibut. Due to the batter I could not see the scales. 😔 However the pile of asparagus was delicious. We chose the Windmill on recommendations from our friends as a place to celebrate our Anniversary. It was more casual than expected and a bit more expensive.

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  30. LoriB

    Denver

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 9, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We’ve had some really bad food and service lately at at least 4 other restaurants! We decided to celebrate my husband’s birthday at Windmill and were completely satisfied w/ food and service! My husband now say this is our go to and I concur … thank you for being a refreshing and reliable place to relax and have a nice cocktail w/ a delicious meal 👍

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  31. Zander

    Montana

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 3, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Great food nice atmosphere. Our server was awesome.

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  32. OpenTable Diner

    Phoenix

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 2, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food was good and the waiter was awesome Thank You

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  33. JohnM

    Montana

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 29, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food was delicious, service was excellent, and the environment was extremely enjoyable. Food was expensive but definitely worth it.

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  34. CherylS

    Montana

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 24, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The service was exceptional the food with scrumptious and the noise of it was really pretty loud and it was just a good dinner all the way around thank you

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  35. MichaelR

    Montana

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 24, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    Had a 6 top server forgot 1 of the salads to start the night off, asked for a glass of wine never got it. Brought out 5 of the meals realized missing the same person that didn't get a salad, yours will be here in a couple of minutes. When it shows up it's not as ordered, some of the food on plates was cold. Not sure what happened to the Windmill but definitely not up to previous standards and certainly not a night out worthy of the 300 bill at the end of the night.

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  36. MarkT

    Montana

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 6, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    Windmill is famous for their shrimp and MT beef. Restaurant was clean and the wait staff very friendly and helpful. The ambiance was pleasing but the acoustics were distracting, seemed loud and at times difficult to hear table guests. Maybe some softer, sound absorbing material on the vaulted ceiling. Banners, University flags

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  37. JDP26

    Phoenix

    26 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    26 reviews

    Dined on August 27, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    My wife and I really enjoyed our dinner. The food was very good at really good value and Johnny our server was amazing

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  38. DebraS

    Montana

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 25, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had a great waitress and a delicious meal to celebrate a friends meal!

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  39. OpenTable Diner

    Las Vegas

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 25, 2023

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 2
    When we got there, they tried to seat us at a booth and we had two extra large human beings that cannot fit in a booth. When we asked for one of the several open tables, we were told that they could not seat us at the tables because the servers we’re not on duty yet. We were forced to leave and we’re very disappointed because we were looking forward to our meal at the windmill. Terrible customer service, I have eaten at the windmill for over 40 years and will not return. Super bummed out about this whole experience. 

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  40. JamesF

    Montana

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on August 19, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Denise is a wonderful waitress. She takes care of all our needs. The food is great and everyone is very friendly and helpful.

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FAQs

The Windmill and Bar51 offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (406) 252-8100.

The Windmill and Bar51 is rated 4.4 stars by 130 OpenTable diners.

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

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 14 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Google Map for The Windmill and Bar51

3429 N Transtech Way, Billings, MT 59102-6726

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Neighborhood
    Billings
  • Hours of operation
    Mon–Fri 11:30 am–9:00 pm Sat, Sun 4:00 pm–9:00 pm
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • Cuisines
    Steakhouse, Seafood, Contemporary American
  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Dress code
    Casual Dress
  • Parking details
    Private Lot
  • Payment options
    Mastercard, Visa
  • Additional
    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Indoor Fireplace, Non-Smoking, Outdoor Firepit, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Phone number
    (406) 252-8100
  • Private party facilities
    Private dining space available for up to 50! We have the ability to customize the size of the room to allow for smaller, more intimate settings to larger group gatherings. Customizable menu offerings are available as well.
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