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Echo Lake Cafe

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1195 Swan Hwy, Bigfork, MT 59911
406-837-4252
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6:30 am - 2:30 pm
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Hours:
Sun - Sat 6:30 am - 2:30 pm
Dining options: Lunch, Breakfast, Reservations, Seating, Takeout, Waitstaff

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  • 126
    Excellent
  • 35
    Very good
  • 7
    Average
  • 4
    Poor
  • 3
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Quaint western cafe

Hello, I finally made it to the Echo Lake Cafe!!!!! What a jewel in the mist of the backdrop of the Swan Mountain Range. It looks and feels like the "west" that I love. I had a simple meal, as I am vegan....Great bowl of oatmeal and green ginger tea. BUT there is such a variety. If I still... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 6 days ago
Bobbi-Bonnie
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Bigfork, Montana
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Bigfork, Montana
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10 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Hello, I finally made it to the Echo Lake Cafe!!!!! What a jewel in the mist of the backdrop of the Swan Mountain Range. It looks and feels like the "west" that I love. I had a simple meal, as I am vegan....Great bowl of oatmeal and green ginger tea. BUT there is such a variety. If I still ate... More 

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Thank Bobbi-Bonnie
Wilmington, North Carolina
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43 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Had a wonderful delicious breakfast with my daughter and grandchildren. The girls always get the hot chai tea in winter and it is divine. I ordered the one one breakfast and got scrambled eggs, one piece of bacon and one buckwheat pancake with real maple syrup. Could not finish it all. My daughter had the greek omelet and let me... More 

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Thank PGJ28451
Bigfork, Montana
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14 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Echo Lake Cafe is a true local tradition. If anybody comes to visit, I always take them there for breakfast. And the next time they come to visit, it's top on their list of things to do. The food is delicious, and the portions are generous. Fresh squeezed orange juice and carrot juice are available....as well as a half-and-half mixture... More 

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Thank Debi S
Lethbridge, Canada
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24 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We have been here several times, and have followed its evolution to its current state. There are not too many breakfast spots on a small highway at a distance from a major attraction that have reached a volume load of customers and needed an electronic notification system. Such is the case. The wait is usually cheerful and not that long.... More 

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Thank r2d2466
Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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130 reviews
88 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2015 via mobile

Ate here a few times on vacation. Very friendly staff and great food at a good price. Can't go wrong eating here.

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Thank cmanatee
Kalispell, Montana
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9 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2015

Family friendly, great food & good service. In the summer months it is always jammed pack, off season a warm & cozy place to go. Good food, lunch or breakfast both served all day. Also has a very good espresso & smoothie bar.

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Thank Patricia P
Bigfork, Montana
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4 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2015

It is always a pleasant experience to visit ELC. I was there for breakfast last week. Presentation is very important to me. I had ordered a side of fresh fruit. it was so beautiful I saved it to savor last. That way I could enjoy the artistry a little longer. Great gathering place for friends whether winter or summer or... More 

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Thank Rejoice74
Kalispell, Montana
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12 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2015

I've been there twice, both times for late breakfast. I suppose you'd call it brunch. The first time was fantastic, followed by a wonderful apple bran muffin that screamed "come back for more." The second time was quite a bit different and even the muffin was dried out. I don't know what made the difference in the food, although I... More 

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Bigfork, Montana
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53 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2015

This is a great little restaurant...I've been eating here since they opened many years ago and it never disappoints. Busy or slow you always receive friendly service and a nice portion of tasty food. The take out option is a good thing if you are to busy to enjoy dinning there....the other nice thing is the creative selection of items... More 

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Thank Jeff W
Taber, Canada
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11 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2015

We just started going to this little cafe every time we travel this way. The food is perfect, home cooked and delicious! The service is amazing and the whole feel of the place is comforting. In the summer sitting outside is so peaceful. I love this little cafe!

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 1195 Swan Hwy, Bigfork, MT 59911
  • Location: United States  >  Montana (MT)  >  Bigfork
  • Phone Number: 406-837-4252

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: American

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Families with children
Open Hours
Sunday
6:30 am - 2:30 pm
Monday
6:30 am - 2:30 pm
Tuesday
6:30 am - 2:30 pm
Wednesday
6:30 am - 2:30 pm
Thursday
6:30 am - 2:30 pm
Friday
6:30 am - 2:30 pm
Saturday
6:30 am - 2:30 pm

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?