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Diners' Choice: Lively restaurants in North Dakota

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Updated May 05, 2024

Looking for restaurants that have the most vibrant bar scenes in North Dakota? You’re in the right place. Each month, OpenTable analyzes nearly 2 million global diner reviews from the past four months. We sort the results by location and category to help you discover new favorite restaurants. It's a great partnership: you reserve, eat, and review. We listen...and deliver the results for all to benefit. Enjoy!


A photo of Harry's Steakhouse restaurant
5.0
5 (1200)
$31 to $50
Steakhouse
Grand Forks
About the restaurant
Located next to the iconic Empire Theatre, A classic Steakhouse in beautiful downtown Grand Forks! Enjoy perfectly prepared Steaks, Seafood, Chops, and of course; cocktails!
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 2 days ago
My daughters had taken me to Harry's for my birthday early in May so when another daughter and her husband came to visit this past week I brought them to Harry's. As I had just been to Harry's, it was easy for me to order. My family found the items they had ordered very delicious. They were impressed by the service and of course the ambiance. It is wonderful to have a restaurant of this caliber here in Grand Forks.
A photo of Maxwells restaurant
4.8
4.8 (876)
$31 to $50
Contemporary American
Fargo
About the restaurant
Maxwells is no ordinary experience, offering a relaxed environment, adventurous cuisine and professional service ‘with a personality.’ Superior food, drink and celebration are permanent features. With the region’s largest collection of wines, a diverse selection of beers of the world, and premium beverages, Maxwells is an exciting blend of your imagination and our unique casual elegance.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 2 days ago
I always enjoy my time here. It's a unique place to fargo.
A photo of Skies 322 restaurant
4.8
4.8 (1176)
$31 to $50
American
Grand Forks
About the restaurant
With warmth and revelry, Skies 322 is Grand Forks' downtown destination for seasonally inspired menus, brilliantly crafted cocktails, and gracious North Dakota hospitality. Its relaxed elegance and inviting atmosphere make Skies 322 a great gathering place, a stylish special occasion destination, and a beloved neighborhood favorite.
Top review
CaraR
Dined on May 12, 2024
Graduation Weekend UND💚 Make your reservations early ! Great hummus appetizer! Delicious lobster linguine ! Great NY strip cooked perfectly! Yummy risotto! Excellent flan & cheesecake! Nice selection of wine & cocktails!
A photo of The Paddle Trap Dining Igloos restaurant
4.8
4.8 (116)
$31 to $50
American
Bismarck
About the restaurant
Year-round food and drinks on the patio at The Paddle Trap is now an option with our igloos for an unforgettable winter dining experience. You are booking a dining igloo, which seats up to 6 people. Kids welcome!

Please note all reservations are for the igloo experience for reservations in our dining room please call 701-202-3421. Please also note that the $10.00 RESERVATION FEE does not go toward food & beverage purchases. To limit late cancellations or no-shows, the fee is $10.00 per reservation, NOT per person. This is a fee charged for the use of an igloo to cover additional expenses of the igloo itself and is not credited back to you after your reservation is complete.

The igloos are heated, but we suggest layering to stay comfortable.





Top review
YvonneP
Dined on Mar 23, 2024
Food was great and loved the igloo dining but our igloo only had 1 heater and should have had 2 like we noticed in the others but still enjoyed the night
A photo of Doolittles Woodfire Grill - Fargo restaurant
4.7
4.7 (217)
$30 and under
American
Fargo
About the restaurant
Featuring woodfired rotisserie cooking, Doolittles Woodfire Grill is an experience that ignites your senses! Grilling meat over an open flame for a savory wood roasted flavor. The rotation of the rotisserie creates self basting and slow roasting skewers resulting in juicy and succulent meats. Presenting a wine list that would please any connoisseur, Doolittles boasts over 60 wines by the bottle and 30 selections by the glass. The hugely popular ½ price wine by the bottle attracts wine lovers every Monday! The outdoor firepit creates a relaxing setting to wine and dine for any occasion.
Top review
Kikivip
Dined 1 day ago
Wonderful walleye! Glad we had a reservation on a Tuesday
A photo of Butterhorn restaurant
4.7
4.7 (844)
$31 to $50
Contemporary American
Bismarck
About the restaurant
From-scratch cuisine using Midwestern ingredients with French and Italian techniques. Craft cocktails and great wine selections
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 4 days ago
Food was great, service was great. Overall it was a great time.
A photo of Crave - Fargo restaurant
4.5
4.5 (419)
$30 and under
American
Fargo
About the restaurant
CRAVE American Kitchen & Sushi Bar was built out of a passion to create a dining experience unlike any other. We combine quality-sourced ingredients, chic ambiance, outstanding service, and diverse menu choices to create an unforgettable dining experience. The energy of the restaurant is all encompassing – the buzz of guests and staff, the warm and open design, the modern sushi bar, the fresh spin on American cuisine, and the sense of discovery around every corner. A CRAVE guest will leave knowing they experienced just the right mix of great food, entertainment, and service in what can only be defined as The CRAVE Experience.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on May 12, 2024
The staff is always very friendly and knowledgeable about the menu.
A photo of 40 Steak + Seafood restaurant
4.3
4.3 (396)
$31 to $50
Steakhouse
Bismarck
About the restaurant
The menu changes daily. What was caught or harvested yesterday is whats on the menu today. 32 tap beers, over 80 whiskeys and scotches, complete wine list and cocktail menu. Something for everyone.
The 40 steak and seafood has 5 unique dining rooms, all named after different characteristics or industries that make North Dakota a great State. Each room has its own theme with different furniture, fireplaces, ceiling, flooring and artwork giving each room its own unique and different feel.

Top review
Terry
Dined on May 14, 2024
I found the location was very nice, and the building and decor was really unique. The tables were comfortable as well. The steaks and seafood were delicious. Loved the giant Lobster tail and the giant desserts are a must to share.
A photo of Granite City Food & Brewery - Fargo restaurant
4.2
4.2 (456)
$30 and under
American
Fargo
About the restaurant
With its warm, inviting and modern design, Granite City Food & Brewery’s expansive interior features a spacious and comfortable dining room, four-sided modern, full-service bar and three dining areas, as well as an outdoor patio. The on-site brewery, with award-winning hand crafted micro-brews, is visible from the main dining and bar areas. The restaurant also showcases an open kitchen featuring chef developed, handcrafted made-from-scratch cuisine, including innovative signature entrees, flatbreads and more.


Granite City Food & Brewery’s signature brews, which are made on-site, include The Duke (Pale Ale), The Bennie (Bock), The Northern (American Style Light Lager) and our Flavored Hard Seltzer. Seasonal brews are featured throughout the year include The Ukulele, Burning Barn, The Hustle and many more!

Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 3 days ago
The assortment of food was amazing and more than I remembered there being before. It’s been a few years since I’ve done brunch and I don’t think I would go anywhere else after this experience. Great service and food!!
A photo of Rosewild restaurant
4.1
4.1 (543)
$31 to $50
American
Fargo
About the restaurant
At Rosewild you’ll experience the most delicious version of all your favorite things. Tucked just inside Jasper Hotel in the heart of downtown Fargo, Rosewild offers an all-day work and play destination for the community of Fargo serving all day fare and perfectly prepared cocktails that immediately welcome you to the Midwest.
Whether you're a food enthusiast or a creature of comfort, you’re immediately home at Rosewild. In a room that blends creativity with a perfect balance of flavor, we invite you to step inside, stay a while, and experience why Fargo is centered by its strong sense of community that honors Midwestern hospitality.

Top review
Socrates
Dined 1 day ago
Fine food and drink. Highly recommended. A place to return to.
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