There's no better way to work up an appetite than to hike a couple of the most beautiful scenic trails you could ever hope for in Glacier National Park in Northwest Montana, and no better place to quench that thirst and quell that appetite than the Belton . From the moment we three couples stepped up on to the deck we were greeted with a big smile and warm welcome from our waiter 'Bobby". Seating was promptly arranged for us on the large deck where we were able to continue soaking in the beautiful surroundings. An ample drink menu featured many seasonal specialty cocktails, martinis, and locally brewed beers, all served quickly, correctly, and again with a smile. We arrived at 4:30 to enjoy a cocktail prior to our dinner reservation at 5:30. At 5:00 we were told that whenever we were ready our table was ready and we transferred our drinks inside to the history laden main dining room. The menu was gourmet yet the atmosphere was casual (we had come from a day of hiking, and were not alone). We received prompt and friendly service from our waiter "Joseph" who lead us through the evenings specials as though he had prepared them himself. The menu was diverse both on the appetizer side as well as on the entrée side. Steamed mussels, emu, ahi and crab cakes are only a few of the featured items on the appetizers and bowls menu. The dinner menu was just as diverse featuring salmon, beef, duck, and vegetarian entrees. Montana raised beef was showcased in a bourbon glazed filet my wife raved about. I chose the pork chop seasoned to perfection , served tender and juicy with fresh sautéed greens and the most delicious jalapeño cornbread I've ever had. Vegetarian options were on the menu which more than satisfied our seafood eating vegetarian friends and a vegan mushroom and zucchini soup we all fell in love with.
The Belton was a fantastic dining experience. The staff was friendly and very attentive, the atmosphere welcoming and the food and beverages were fresh, local, seasonal, exquisitely prepared and of the highest quality and wonderfully delicious.
I will not miss this diamond anytime I get back to Glacier.
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