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Laughing Horse Lodge

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American, Californian, Contemporary, Eclectic
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Milemarker 71.5, Hwy 83, Swan Lake, MT 59911
406-886-2080
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Dining options: Dinner, Reservations
Description: Mostly organic. Always fresh. Totally delicious... Intimate, fine dining...
Mostly organic. Always fresh. Totally delicious... Intimate, fine dining without the attitude. Exceptional service and value. Open for dinner Wednesday - Sunday, May - October. Special FreeFall Tuesday Chef's Table events and catering.
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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
Unexpected foodie gem in Swan Lake

We camped nearby at Swan Lake Trading post and they recommended this spot for dinner- we were blown away by the amazing food and service. Kate, the owner/chef is a well-travelled master in the kitchen and we dined on Ahi steak and Angus sirloin. A little pricier than the usual in the area, but... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 16, 2015
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Johannesburg
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11 reviews 11 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2015

We camped nearby at Swan Lake Trading post and they recommended this spot for dinner- we were blown away by the amazing food and service. Kate, the owner/chef is a well-travelled master in the kitchen and we dined on Ahi steak and Angus sirloin. A little pricier than the usual in the area, but streets ahead of the others, and... More 

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Bigfork, Montana
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20 reviews 20 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2015

Fantastic place to go for dinner!! There are two very friendly yellow labs wandering around giving the place a homey feel.

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Lakeside, Mt
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25 reviews 25 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 3, 2015

Very unique dining experience. Food outstanding. Great service. Food is original and organic, and has cabins in the back for visitors. Great get away with wonderful meals.

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Missoula, Montana
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13 reviews 13 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 1, 2015

The Breakfasts are to die for, the dinners are divine and the deserts will keep you coming back. My favorite desert is the chocolate cookie in the cast iron pan. I think of this all year!

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6 reviews 6 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 1, 2015

When staying in Bigfork, we heard about the Laughing Horse and were wisely warned to make reservations for weekend dinner. We LOVED the experience. It is a unique atmosphere, dinner was exceptional, and the owner (awesome Kathleen) was the icing. We consider it a great find. During dinner we found out about a special peach pancake breakfast Kathleen was preparing... More 

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Bigfork
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28 reviews 28 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 16, 2015

Cozy and good brunch experience - make sure that the restaurant is open before you drive over there.

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Clovis, California
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236 reviews 236 reviews
140 restaurant reviews
75 helpful votes 75 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2014

When you drive up to the unpretentious Laughing Horse Lodge, it feels like you should be tying your horse to the hitching post out front. But inside, great things are happening with the food, the menu, the wine list, the presentation, and the charm of owner/chef/entertainer Kathleen. How this place stands out in the middle of Montana!!! To start, a... More 

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Houston
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31 reviews 31 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014

Definitely make reservations. Plan on a leisurely meal. Dress is casual, but the food and wine available are exquisite.

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Philadelphia
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

Heading to Northwest Montana to enjoy the outdoors, the mountains, Glacier National Park and the "Last Best Place"? Take the Swan Highway (83) South from Bigfork to the little town of Swan Lake to experience the best food in the region. This place would be a big success in any city but to settle in for a great meal in... More 

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Bigfork, Montana
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2014

Thank you Kathleen for the wonderful experience! Perfect meal, great atmosphere and not to forget the wonderful dessert. Thanks for the wonderful evening. ( we even enjoyed a fellow diner that got up and played the piano and sang, so special) Looking forward to returning to the horse.

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: Milemarker 71.5, Hwy 83, Swan Lake, MT 59911
  • Location: United States  >  Montana (MT)  >  Swan Lake
  • Phone Number: 406-886-2080

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 9 - 32
  • Cuisine: American, Californian, Contemporary, Eclectic

Description

Mostly organic. Always fresh. Totally delicious... Intimate, fine dining without the attitude. Exceptional service and value. Open for dinner Wednesday - Sunday, May - October. Special FreeFall Tuesday Chef's Table events and catering.

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