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Cafe Kandahar

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3824 Big Mountain Rd, Whitefish, MT 59937-8624
+1 406-862-6247
5:30 pm - 9:30 pm
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Wed - Sun 5:30 pm - 9:30 pm
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Whitefish, Montana
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77 reviews
49 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 12, 2016

very nice restaurant up on the road to big mountain ski resort. Andy the chef has a excellent reputation and works with the valley for many fund raisers. He to normal dinning to outstanding. I have never heard a bad review. Great for a romantic evening. Beautiful mountain views .

Thank dsdmontana
Baltimore, Maryland
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77 reviews
55 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 11, 2016

We were there between seasons, mid-September. Service was good, The wine list was excellent but overloaded with pricey selections. Our waiter knew his food and wines. We skipped the two tasting menus he promoted, that promised too much food. Two of us shared nice small plates: a grilled octopus salad and sauted forest mushrooms. My partner had a bison steak... More 

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Kitsap Peninsula
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119 reviews
85 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 7, 2016

We have dined around half of the world and found the BEST restaurant in the good 'ole USA...KANDAHAR CAFE' in Whitefish, Montana. Oh, I hope you get to go to this magical place! Really everything on the menu is superior! I suggest you order a bottle of wine or the wine pairing with the FIVE course dining for the finest... More 

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San Francisco, California
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37 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 5, 2016 via mobile

We ate dinner here and both had the elk roulade. It was a bit dried out and frankly not great. I've had elk in Arizona and Switzerland that was exceptional. I had what was supposed to be a butter lettuce salad but it was actually romaine... The waiter told the couple next to us, the local butter lettuce is that... More 

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chefandyblanton, Owner at Cafe Kandahar, responded to this review

We are very sorry we did not meet your expectations. Since we take all guest dining experiences seriously, we would like to clarify several points addressed in your review. Thank you for the positive comment about our service staff being prompt and efficient. To begin with, we understand you were a walk-in that evening (without a reservation). We also understand... More 

Lake Bluff, Illinois
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94 reviews
60 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 53 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 2, 2016 via mobile

We have been on three other occasions and have had a 5/5 experience but this time the wine flights came early and late and without explanation as to how and why they were paired with our food. The kitchen took no interest and left the waitress on her own. The peach "cobbler" put the exclamation on the evening. It was... More 

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Monroe, Connecticut
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93 reviews
75 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 30, 2016

Go for the pre-fixe dinner with the wine pairings. All I can say is that it was amazing. I have eaten in many upscale restaurants in NYC and this establishment is comparable.Service compares to the food. Splurge on yourself. Aren't you worth it?

Thank Tim D
Ormond Beach
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9 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 29, 2016

Service was a little sloppy. Water was not poured correctly. Some hit the table cloth instead of the glass. Overall it was a great experience! Meal, service and atmosphere was great. Price is expensive!!!

London, United Kingdom
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16 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 23, 2016

This is not cheap but is the most fantastic experience. I usually manage to pick very quickly from menus but was stumped here because everything sounded so good. The service was impeccable, and the flavours of the food were excellent. We much appreciated the helpful suggestions regarding wine to accompany the food. Two thoroughly enjoyable evenings - thank you to... More 

Thank Susan C
Baltimore, Maryland
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112 reviews
83 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 22, 2016 via mobile

We had a fantastic meal; beyond the high hopes we expected. From creative cocktails (citron vodka, passion fruit and habanero was amazing), to unbelievable appetizers (mushrooms were melt in your mouth, and delicious Alaskan crab ), and entrées that rival the best of anywhere I've eaten. We had superb elk tenderloin, beautiful rack of lamb, delicate fish, and zesty short... More 

Thank Edward B
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7 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 15, 2016

28 years ago the now-wife and I celebrated her birthday at Kandahar Lodge restaurant with an awesome meal. This was our first trip back there since then and the food is even better than we remembered. It's well worth the drive up from Whitefish with incredible views.

Thank Michael N

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
French, European, American, Gluten Free Options
Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Free Wifi, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Romantic, Local cuisine, Special occasions
Open Hours
5:30 pm - 9:30 pm
5:30 pm - 9:30 pm
5:30 pm - 9:30 pm
5:30 pm - 9:30 pm
5:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 3824 Big Mountain Rd, Whitefish, MT 59937-8624
  • Location: United States  >  Montana (MT)  >  Whitefish
  • Phone Number: +1 406-862-6247
Small, boutique, fine dining establishment specializing in farm-to-table ingredients, creative techniques, wine pairings, and tasting menus.

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