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“Good, in parts (only)” 3 of 5 stars
Review of Whitefish Lake Golf Restaurant

Whitefish Lake Golf Restaurant
1200 U.S. Highway 93 North, Whitefish, MT 59937
406-862-5285
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Ranked #1 of 70 Restaurants in Whitefish
Price range: $9 - $42
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Good for: Doing business, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
Boca Raton, Florida
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“Good, in parts (only)”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 7, 2013

Booked to visit the main restaurant. Then asked for directions and was provided with meaningless, useless information by staff who seemed to have no idea how to describe the location, avoiding giving even mildly helpful advice. After further, en route phone calls we finally spoke with a manager, perhaps, who gave us the necessary clues. To us this was amazing given the prominent, golf club location on the north side of town.

When we got there we decide to dine alfresco. Main reason was the overwhelming gloom of the dining room, it's lack of charm plus the risk of being served by the geographically challenged wait staff. So, we opted for the lesser menu but served outside.

We had an enthusiastic, welcoming server, who mainly got our order correct, though a salad arrived with a ranch dressing rather than the potentially more interesting raspberry vinaigrette.

The spinach salad, albeit with ranch dressing, was quite good. The tuna tartare was judged as very good. Thai mussels were good too, being fat and juicy though too sweetly sauced. The sirloin steak sandwich disappointed the person who ordered it medium rare and found it to be Medium, or more - though this was to the taste of the other diner who polished off what was left with some gusto.

So, the overall experience was rather mixed, hence the rating as average

  • Visited June 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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Sound Beach, NY
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16 reviews 16 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 11 cities Reviews in 11 cities
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
“I hate to disagree, but ...”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2013

So many people seem to love this place that you need to consider that we may have caught them on a bad day.

After reading the great reviews of this restaurant, we decided to save it for our last night in Whitefish. The interior of the restaurant is very nice, although the acoustics are poor. It was difficult to hear our waitress over the talk from a table 25' away. But let's just say we were sitting in a bad spot and let that go.
We started with a cocktail - dirty martinis. The martinis were very weak and salty, with way too much olive juice. We should have taken that as an omen.
Both meals were overloaded with salt. Two steaks were ordered, one medium-rare and one medium-well. When they arrived, they were cooked identically. Honestly, that did not matter because they were delicious, although they were the only things that were. The house salad was nothing exceptional but had an unfortunate, syrupy raspberry poppy seed vinaigrette dressing. My steak came on a bed off "fresh spinach, roasted mushrooms, grilled onions, orange segments, roasted tomato-chipotle vinaigrette and balsamic reduction." It was very salty, and somehow the pieces did not seem to fit together. It was like eating someone's first experimental attempt at making a salad. It did not work. I thought the strangest thing was that my steak came covered in what I thought were grapefruit slices, although I see on the online menu that they were supposed to be orange slices. No matter, they did not belong there and did not enhance the steak. The worst part of the meal was the horseradish potato pancake. It sounded delicious, but it was much too salty to eat. If it weren't for the excellent sirloin, the meal would have been a total disaster.
I know this restaurant got excellent ratings, but personally I would not go back. There were other, similarly priced restaurants in the area where all the food was delicious.

  • Visited May 2013
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 2 of 5 stars Food
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Calgary, Canada
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26 reviews 26 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
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17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
“Top quality restaurant!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2013 via mobile

Wow - cant miss this one. Had the ahi tuna special, unreal! Salad and dessert outstanding. Unreal value. Highly reccommend.

  • Visited May 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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“Great Bar and good food”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2013

We arrived early planning to have a drink at the bar. That was an excellent idea. My husband ordered a Mojito which was prepared perfectly ... lots of fresh mint and in a highball glass. I'm always surprised when this drink is served in an old fashion glass ... what is that bartender thinking? We enjoyed the New Zealand Mussels,1/2 roast duck with blackberry vin blanc, and a shrimp dish. Service was very nice and friendly. This restaurant is in a log building that also houses the golf shop and café.

  • Visited April 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Kalispell, Montana
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Reviews in 19 cities Reviews in 19 cities
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
“Outstanding!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 5, 2013

Our party of four were very impressed with the service, the food and the atmosphere! Three in our party ordered Halibut, one wrapped in FILO and baked the other two oven roasted, all served with a nice salad, three different FRESH vegetables and choice of various potato or rice. I ordered the evenings special featured Veal with a Demi glacé and the same sides as my dinner companions. Our server was very courteous, efficient and gracious unlike the previous night at another Flathead Valley Restaurant in Kalispell.

  • Visited May 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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