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About Red Bird - Montana

Red Bird Restaurant severs eclectic local cuisine with flair. Red Bird Restaurant is opened for intimate evening dining in dramatic architectural surroundings with an art nouveau feel. The Restaurant strives for sustainability and serves local meats, handmade pastas, sustainable fresh seafood & delectable desserts. Our menus change frequently to reflect the wide variety of seasonal foods available regionally. The Wine Bar has over 25 wines by the glass and an extensive representation of Northwest Wines. The Wine bar offers enticing appetizers, fresh salads, artisan sandwiches and petite entrees. Monday night is live music night in the Wine Bar. Come join us at Red Bird and taste what grows under the Big Sky.

111 N. Higgins Suite 100
Missoula, MT 59802
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Dining Style:
Fine Dining

Cuisines:
Fusion / Eclectic, Contemporary European

Hours of Operation:
Dinner: Tuesday - Saturday: 5:00 Pm - 9:30 Pm

Cross Street:
Front

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(406) 549-2906

Website:
http://www.redbirdrestaurant.com/

Parking Details:
We are located in the historic Florence Hotel Building which is on the corner of Higgins and Front Street. There is parking on Higgins and Front Street with a parking garage on Main street which is half a block away.

Public Transit:
Public Transportation is available to the downtown area in which we are located.

Executive Chef:
Jim Tracey

Private Party Facilities:
We offer private dining on Sundays and Mondays in the restaurant.

Private Party Contact:
Laura: (406) 549-2906

Additional:
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Farm to Table, Fireplace, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Red Bird - Montana Ratings and Reviews

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4.4

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4.4

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4.4

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4.0

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94% would recommend it to a friend

Good for a Date (22)
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Good for Anniversaries (16)
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Creative Cuisine (14)
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Worth the Drive (9)
Notable Wine List (9)
Casual (7)
Healthy (7)
Local Ingredients (7)
Good for Birthdays (7)
Good Vegetarian Options (6)
Pre/post Theatre (5)
Bar Seating (4)
Authentic (3)
Business Meals (3)
Great Beer (3)
Happy Hour (3)
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Kid-friendly (2)
Neighborhood Gem (2)
Organic (2)
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Hot Spot (2)
Fun (1)
Gluten Free Options (1)
Vibrant Bar Scene (1)
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Great for Outdoor Dining (1)
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 (Montana)·Dined 7 days ago

Tasty, creative cuisine. The owner was very accommodating when they didn't have several wines we were interested in and came up with a tasty alternative.

Tags: Cozy, Quiet Conversation, Pre/post Theatre, Good for a Date, Business Meals, Fit for Foodies, Worth the Drive, Creative Cuisine, Local Ingredients, Good for Anniversaries, Seasonal
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·Dined on November 12, 2017

We went to Red Bird for our 4th anniversary because we had gone for our first anniversary three years prior and had a great experience. The ambience and environment were nice. Our waiter was friendly enough but didn't make any attempts at talking with us or inquiring about our special occasion. The menu options were quite bland compared to the last time we were there, and nothing sounded all that appetizing. We decided to order the cheese platter, only to find out that they were out of the cheese, so we could only get the meats. The meat platter was not incredibly exciting and we only enjoyed 1 out of the 3 meats. I ended up ordering the chicken Marsala, which was bland and unexciting. My partner ordered the steak, which was good but nothing special. Overall we were bummed to pay $100 for a meal that neither of us really liked.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Romantic
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 (Montana)·Dined on November 1, 2017

Thanks we had a great meal with our wine. Wonderful server

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Worth the Drive, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Notable Wine List, Good for a Date, Casual
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·Dined on November 1, 2017

Our waitress was great. She was always their just when we needed her. And the food was delicious. Sorry can't remember the name. My husband had salmon and I had chicken

Tags: Special Occasion
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·Dined on October 27, 2017

This was absolutely disappointing.
Our waitress had NO charisma.
They were out of menu items, out of the wine we wanted. Then, the waitress suggested something "cheaper" (her words)
Stale bread, crappy bread with very average fondue.
Over salted food.
Garish interior with NO windows.
We indicated it was a special birthday when we made the reso. We also told the waitress. She could not have cared less. No free dessert, no enthusiasm at all.
$280 for six of us.
I will never return to this restaurant, and I will NEVER recommend it to anyone.

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·Dined on October 21, 2017

I took my wife for our anniversary. The food was amazing but the service really lacked. For a fine dining restaurant you would expect the service to be much better.

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·Dined on October 19, 2017

Took us 5 minutes of standing at the entrance before someone noticed and seated us. We then waited 15 minutes with no server and finally asked the first employee that walked by if he could help us. He was very friendly and gave us a free appetizer for our wait. Food was great but came out a little cold. Overall this is a great restaurant but someone obviously dropped the ball or they were having an off day. Will go back.

Tags: Tasting Menu
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·Dined on October 15, 2017

Loved the food so much , went two nights in a row. Wine bar area trendy, good when eating solo. Dining room more quiet , great for quite conversation. I will be back !

Tags: Authentic, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date
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 (Tampa)·Dined on October 15, 2017

The food and service were both good but surprisingly pedestrian.

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·Dined on October 14, 2017

We arrived a little early but still had to wait over 20 min past our pre-made reservation time. This wouldn't have been too bad except that the bartender didn't seem overly excited to serve us a couple glasses of wine while we waited in the lobby. Seems the bartender was from CA and was talking to a couple visiting from there so breaking the conversation to get service was difficult and was eventually done by the CA guests at the bar pointing out to the bartender that we were probably wanting service.
Our hostess was fairly friendly but seemed overly talkative with everyone but us. We noticed that as she seated other guests around us she was very interested in them...asking where they were from, if they were having a good time, if she could take their coats...we never had this courtesy.
Our server, Carl, seemed like we were really wasting his time and putting him out. Not friendly. Our meals took some time to get to us. Each course seemed to be drawn out a bit too long especially when we ordered dessert. We ordered one to share and asked for coffee to come with it. We noticed with everyone around us that had been seated after us getting very prompt service and each plate service in a timely manner. We got to the point where we were checking our watches...not a good sign. There was never a check back to let us know that it could be a few minutes, never asked if we wanted to order more wine or a beer. When our dessert was finally plopped down in front of us we didn't get our coffee and we never saw Carl again in order to even ask for it again until he came with the check. At that point we were just ready to go.

Tags: Special Occasion, Notable Wine List, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Seattle)·Dined on October 8, 2017

The food was average and the service was average as well. The wine was overpriced.

Tags: Cozy
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 (Austin)·Dined on October 8, 2017

Good food in a great ambiance at reasonable prices for what I would consider one of the higher end dining experiences in Missoula. Foodie enough...and yet still Missoula. Well done!

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·Dined on October 8, 2017

We visit the restaurant a few times a year and our meals are always delicious, but this time both of our meals were not what we have come to expect. I had the beef special and the potatoes were tough and dry and my husband had the lamb dish and said that the cauliflower was also dry and not very flavorful.

The service was great as always and we really enjoy the atmosphere.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Cozy, Romantic
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·Dined on October 8, 2017

Redbird always has superb food and good service. There was a very loud gentleman a couple tables over who could be heard throughout the restaurant though. The acoustics aren't great for that, and I don't believe anyone on staff ever said anything to the gentleman.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Local Ingredients, Authentic, Notable Wine List, Creative Cuisine, Bar Seating, Organic, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Good for a Date
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 7, 2017

A great evening with innovative, creative cuisine . A great space for a comfortable meal and warm atmosphere. Our server was informed and friendly.

Tags: Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Organic, Healthy, Worth the Drive
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 (Montana)·Dined on October 6, 2017

could not have shosen a better restaurant to cerlebrate our anniversary.
The servies was superb, ambiance divine and the food was out of this world!!!

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Happy Hour, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, Tasting Menu, Good for Birthdays, Hot Spot
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 5, 2017

The wait staff seemed disorganized, but were very nice. No one checked our water after our food was served. Matinee was okay, a little grisly. The potatoes were not even close to being cooked

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·Dined on September 30, 2017

We had a lovely dinner at Red Bird prior to going to a concert at the Wilma. We sat in the dining room. The atmosphere is relaxing and quiet with funky decor. The food was excellent with reasonable prices. Location is ideal for an evening out on the town in MIssoula.

Tags: Romantic, Pre/post Theatre, Good for a Date, Fun
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 24, 2017

We are beer geeks so the exotic and extensive beer menu always draws us in. Not many restaurants have Aecht Schlenkerla Rauchbier. The food, service and ambiance is also excellent.

Tags: Special Occasion, Quiet Conversation
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·Dined on September 21, 2017

No wonder this restaurant has a great reputation. We finally got to eat here. Excellent all the way around. We appreciated the quiet, comfortable ambience. The food was extraordinary. And I can't stop thinking about the delicious fondue! Hope we get a chance to dine here again soon.

Tags: Great Beer, Healthy, Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies, Worth the Drive
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 (Montana)·Dined on September 13, 2017

We always enjoy our meals and experience at The Red Bird. Love that many of the ingredients are local and what they do with those ingredients is always delicious. I feel special and pampered when I eat here. Good for a casual meal with friends in the bar or a special romantic dinner in the main dining area. We will be back!

Tags: Great Beer, Romantic, Late-night Find, Good Vegetarian Options, Cozy, Bar Seating, Notable Wine List, Casual
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·Dined on September 9, 2017

ONE OF THE TOP 3 PLACES TO EAT IN MISSOULA - SHOULD DEFINITELY BE ON EVERYONE'S LIST OF PLACES TO DINE. EXCELLENT.

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·Dined on September 3, 2017

Very nice ambience, and comfortable atmosphere, yet elegant. Very retro motif, but not too tacky. Food was most excellent, with incredible flavor and texture. The server had great suggestions and the price was a pleasant surprise! Recommend for any special date.

Tags: Cozy, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine
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·Dined on August 25, 2017

Server Andrew was great! Very nice food ! Drinks were very good as well! It was our 5th anniversary and we had a complimentary champagne glass, a very nice gesture that made us feel very special ! Thanks

Tags: Good for a Date, Authentic, Tasting Menu, Hot Spot
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on August 23, 2017

We are from out of town and took a gamble on the reviews. Decent reasonable fine dining. We got the fondue, charcuterie, bison entree, duck salad and sirloin entree. Drinks were pretty reasonable as well. I will definitely go back again.

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·Dined on August 11, 2017

One of just a few options for gourmet food in Missoula that we know of. Waitress was excellent.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Worth the Drive, Good for Birthdays, Gluten Free Options, Local Ingredients, Good Vegetarian Options, Romantic, Fit for Foodies
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·Dined on August 6, 2017

Four very different meals, 2 desserts and a beautifully fresh gazpacho...all excellent. Vegetables were farm fresh and perfectly prepared. Bison tenderloin was outstanding, as were the lamb and the sirloin steak. My wife is vegetarian and had many delicious options. The wine list is nice and the markups on bottles were very reasonable. Will definitely return next time we are in Missoula.

Tags: Good for a Date, Good Vegetarian Options, Casual, Cozy, Paleo Friendly, Good for Birthdays, Pre/post Theatre, Romantic, Quiet Conversation
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·Dined on August 6, 2017

We loved Andrew as our waiter! The food was amazing from the wine to the salmon to the desserts.

Tags: Kid-friendly, Healthy
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 (Seattle)·Dined on August 6, 2017

This was our third visit to the Redbird and another grand slam !!!
We had visiting friends from out of town the six of us dined Sunday evening, 12 thumbs up !!!

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Austin)·Dined on August 6, 2017

One of the most inventive, delicious meals we've had. In the old Florence Hotel which has been lovingly redone and appears to be Arte Deco. We started with the scallop appetizer which was perhaps the best combination of flavors and presentation we've ever had. We also had the beet salad which was mixed greens, lightly dressed with a "nest" of crispy, hair like beets on top. They were a little salty and greatly added to the salad. I had bison and it was very good. My wife had salmon which replaced the Halibut and lived it too. We finished with beignets with a rhubarb puree and they were awesome too. You have to love any restaurant who has Merry Edwards pinot noir on their wine list. Service was excellent. A great and leisurely evening.

Tags: Romantic, Special Occasion, Worth the Drive, Fit for Foodies, Casual, Notable Wine List
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 (Columbus)·Dined on August 5, 2017

Missoula was our entry and exit point for a week long trip to Glacier. We had such a great meal on the Saturday of our arrival that we ended our week at Red Bird the following Friday. The staff is engaged, the menu appealing and flavorful and the wine and beer list ... fantastic!

Looking forward to our next trip!

Tags: Special Occasion, Romantic
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on August 4, 2017

Our meal at Red Bird is one of the best meals I have had, every course was delicious and well crafted. The menu highlighted lovely seasonal and local food items. The service was great and they were able to accommodate my dietary restriction (little to no cow-dairy). The space was uniqur and perfect for a date night.

Tags: Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Good Vegetarian Options, Healthy, Seasonal, Special Occasion
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·Dined on August 2, 2017

Lovely music and atmosphere in the back restaurant area.
Our hostess was great, I wish she had been our server... extremely personable.

Our server apologetically admitted that the specials that night were too detailed to remember so she laid the specials menu card down on the table and had us read it. She also couldn't offer any insight into the bubbly we were curious about but was very quick to get us a sample. I appreciated that effort.

We ordered the charcuterie app and it was fun to eat. The mustardo really punched it up for a classic appetizer plate. Our entrees were well executed and so fresh and beautiful with the edible flower garnish. I had the halibut but it was last minute changed to King Salmon due to being out of the halibut and my date had the chicken special.

Overall, very yummy but we didn't have knowledgeable or engaged service.

Tags: Good for a Date, Romantic, Notable Wine List
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 (Columbus)·Dined on July 30, 2017

What a FABULOUS restaurant!!! While on vacation in Montana, we came one night and made it the goal to return for one ore outstanding meal prior to flying back to Ohio! The chef's wife (and co-owner) could not have been more kind and friendly with the entire family throughout both evenings. The food was exceptional (the lamb is out of this world!) and the flavors so complimentary. The Vegetarian dish was the best I have ever had and the Chicken Marsala was melt-in-your-mouth, along with the steak and fish!! The wait-staff is just as exceptional as the food, and we all agreed that we would trust the chef to serve us sight-unseen any dish and we know we would just love it. We are sorry that we live so far away but know that we will be back! Missoula is very luck to have you!!

Tags: Kid-friendly, Good for Groups, Romantic, Casual, Healthy, Creative Cuisine, Cozy, Handcrafted Cocktails, Worth the Drive, Good for a Date
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 (Baltimore)·Dined on July 29, 2017

Incredible food, great cider and wine. The desserts are so damn good too!

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·Dined on July 27, 2017

Service was a bit slow this time, but food is excellent. I've had just about everything on the menu. Little on the spendy side, great for special occasions and dates.

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Pre/post Theatre
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 (Montana)·Dined on July 22, 2017

Lovely dinner, as always, with thoughtful service and attention. The menu is varied and creative, with careful attention to detail. For example, the tempura-battered squash blossom atop a cold squash soup was perfectly prepared and delicious. The wine and beer offerings are also extensive and excellent.

Tags: Seasonal, Business Meals, Good for a Date, Local Ingredients, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine
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 (Detroit)·Dined on July 15, 2017

Our second time here and it is a special place!! Fantastic food, outstanding service, great wine selection and nice ambiance!

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Quiet Conversation, Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups
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 (Montana)·Dined on July 14, 2017

We were on vacation and so wanted to try the best restaurant in Missoula. The food at the Red Bird was outstanding. I had the roast duck kale salad and crab cakes and my husband had the lamb special for the evening (I believe a T-bone) with rice pilaf. All three dishes were delicious. The salad was large enough for two with a lot of roast duck. Could have become my full meal if needed. The crab cakes were all crabmeat unlike most restaurants that use a lot of breadcrumbs for binding. The lamb was perfectly done. We finished off with the trifle for dessert. The service was excellent. Our server Andrew was warm, courteous, answered any question we had regarding the menu and was delightful overall. I was glad we had a reservation as they are quite busy. They have a vibrant bar scene that extends beyond the dinner time and they were very busy when we left after 9:00 PM.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Great Beer, Business Meals, Local Ingredients, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Vibrant Bar Scene, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Bar Seating
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 (Montana)·Dined on July 12, 2017

As good as the finest meal you'll have anywhere (not just "great for Montana!")--I particularly loved the scallops with pesto, the carrot soup, and the halibut. Delicious, great service, and always amazing

Tags: Healthy, Good for Anniversaries, Cozy, Good Vegetarian Options, Seasonal, Business Meals, Casual, Quiet Conversation
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