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Reviewed February 28, 2022

We tried this place again. We weren't as impressed as we were the first time. I tried the blueberry stuffed French toast and hot chocolate. The French toast was good, but overpriced for the serving you received. My husband got the chicken Fried Steak with...cream gravy. They had traditional cream gravy and jalapeno cream gravy. My husband asked to try the jalapeno gravy and was glad he'd decided to get the regular. It was even too spicy for him. Our waitress was okay, but she was really slow with the coffee refills. The food is good, but a little pricey for what you get for a meal.More

Date of visit: February 2022
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Reviewed July 19, 2021

If you are staying in Missoula, MT or just passing through, this is a great breakfast restaurant in downtown Missoula. This restaurant is in an older downtown building which seems to have plenty of architecture and history. We had a typical breakfast meal and received...great service although the waitress stated this was her first day. It like this restaurant will either be gone or changing owners based on some of the TripAdvisor reviews, but hopefully that won't change their menu or service.More

Date of visit: July 2021
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Reviewed May 8, 2021

Mimosas at The Shack used to be a thing. Not this Saturday. Thankfully, we weren't hung over and needing them. The Shack has been up for sale since before COVID so it makes sense that they sold their $$$$ liquour license to hang on/make some...money back. It was probably an all-beverage license (including beer and wine) because there was no beer-mosa version. There was COVID wait time (outside) for an open table and COVID seating inside. The food is still the same - huevos rancheros and the 147th buffalo pie since the 1990's. :-) Staff were attentive and orders were quick. If you enjoyed The Shack, go eat there while they are still open. If you don't, your will regret not having done so. This will be another Missoula place whose absence will change downtown.More

Date of visit: May 2021
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Reviewed January 23, 2021 via mobile

Came to the Shack because of other reviews. I could not be more disappointed. I get the COVID thing, but don’t treat me like a leper. Service was a ZERO. Breakfast Huevos Rancheros were some of the worst I’ve had. This place is way overrated.

Date of visit: January 2021
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Reviewed January 21, 2020

Missoulians have been eating here for many years, and that is because the food is REALLY good. The Shack is known especially as a breakfast place. While the fare is pretty typical, the menu is large and offers meals for most all tastes. We have...not eaten dinner or lunch at the Shack for quite some time, but their menu selections are good for those meals as well. If you are an out-of-towner, know you need to get there early or settle in for a bit of a wait. I don't think you will be disappointed if you have to wait for a while. However, the owners recently decided to sell the business. No one knows what will happen to this long-time Missoula eatery when it sells. We are all hoping the new owners offer something very similar, because we all love it.More

Date of visit: December 2019
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Reviewed January 9, 2020

I usually go to the Shack for breakfast, and I have always thought they had the best breakfast in town. Recently, they started advertising their fried chicken dinners. I had forgotten about their fried chicken. Back in the 80's when I first moved to Missoula,...some of my co-workers and I would send someone to the Shack to pick up some fried chicken dinners for our dinner break. It was SO good. Turns out, it is STILL so good, I do consider this to be the best fried chicken in Missoula. The chicken has a nice crunchy outside, moist and tender inside and cooked perfectly. There is no greasy or aftertaste to the chicken. The newspaper says this business is up for sale, and I will be very sad when it changes hands... we seem to keep losing some of the best restaurants in Missoula, but for now, I plan to take advantage of what time they have left.More

Date of visit: December 2019
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Reviewed November 12, 2019

We have eaten at the Shack together a few times over the years, and it is always a great choice. The menu is predictable, but everything they serve is taken to the next level,. The prices reflect that, and the service is friendly. They have...a nice selection of beer and wine, which always is a nice touch. While it's not my absolute favorite, Mrs. IMC really likes it, and it has been a frequent choice for the ladies to meet for lunch for years.More

Date of visit: November 2019
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Reviewed October 12, 2019

We stopped here for a late lunch. It was still pretty busy at 2pm - alway a good sign! We had breakfast for lunch. It was home-cooking, no frills, but that's exactly what a place like this is going for!

Date of visit: September 2019
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Reviewed October 7, 2019

The Shack is a great place for breakfast. Since I rarely go any other time than in the morning, I'll not comment on anything other than breakfast. The atmosphere is nice, quiet and peaceful. The waitstaff are awesome. And of course, the food is great....The portions are just right for me and the prices, while a little on the upper end of the scale are reasonable, considering the food. I rate this place High!More

Date of visit: May 2019
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Reviewed October 2, 2019

The Mexican soup was absolutely delicious - one of the best soups I’ve had and I’ve had a lot. We’ll be back.

Date of visit: October 2019
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Reviewed September 22, 2019 via mobile

We were in town for a wedding and slept straight through the hotel breakfast! The Shark was serving breakfast until 2pm so we were so thankful to find this great place. Awesome omelets! I had a two egg thank goodness, filled with veggies. The service...was top notch! Thank you for a wonderful breakfast!More

Date of visit: September 2019
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Reviewed September 1, 2019

Some 35 years ago, my husband owned a restaurant in direct competition with the Shack for breakfast and lunch. Fast forward to now after 30 years away and now back in town for good, friends from long ago revisiting town for a reunion, invited us...to brunch. We found The Shack to be welcoming, busy on a Sunday, nice setting and great breakfast food of many choices. This is comfortable western casual dining.More

Date of visit: August 2019
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Reviewed August 12, 2019

One of the better breakfast / lunch places in downtown Missoula. We enjoyed a later breakfast ~ plenty of healthy options to choose from served by a friendly staff. A fruit cup included a variety of tasty, cut up fruit fruit pieces versus canned fruit....They also tailor your requests to make your breakfast the way you want it. Good coffee too! Tends to be busy but it's also worth the wait. We'll visit the Shack again next time in Missoula.More

Date of visit: August 2019
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Reviewed August 9, 2019

Although The Shack is a fun cafe atmosphere wise and the food available on the menu is very good, it doesn't get 5 stars primarily because a person with health-related food restrictions cannot get much to eat here. This cafe has the look and feel...of the Prohibition Era establishments, and one would almost expect a raid while eating there. In addition, service is friendly, and the choice of regular food is good and selections are tasty. However, do not bother going here if maintaining your health requires you to stay away from gluten, night shades, and pork. About the only dish one such person could get is the trout and eggs without any of the sides. True, both the trout and the eggs tasted very good, but lack of other options dampened the enjoyment. It also bears mentioning that the downtown area where the restaurant is located does not offer any free parking, and the prices at the restaurant itself are on the higher end of the spectrum for this kind of establishment.More

Date of visit: August 2019
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Reviewed August 8, 2019 via mobile

We went for lunch and our hunger was satisfied. My Asian chicken salad was good. My wife’s turkey sandwich was only okay. They were busy, but the wait was a little long. The service was pretty good

Date of visit: August 2019
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Response from Jeannie S | Reviewed this property |
I am not sure if they have a separate section listing gluten free foods they serve, but that being said I am sure they surely do have things on their menu which are gluten free. The best bet would be to call them (Ph... More
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Yes, The Shack Restaurant offers takeout services.

The Shack Restaurant is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travelers:
  • Food: 4.5
  • Service: 4.5
  • Value: 4
  • Atmosphere: 4