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“Fine dining in a relaxed setting”
Review of Continental Divide - CLOSED

Continental Divide
Price range: $20 - $44
Cuisines: American
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Dining options: Dinner, Reservations
Description: CLOSED FOR THE SEASON. The Continental Divide painstakingly prepares the best available fresh local and regional ingredients using the traditional methods of Europe. The extensive wine list is chosen carefully from large and small producers to match the cuisine. In true Bistro style attire is casual, but the cuisine is upscale. Weather permitting Alfresco dining with mountain views is extremely popular. Established in 1982 by Jay and Karen Bentley, the Continental Divide created a reputation for seasonal fine food in the small town of Ennis, MT. The restaurant was known far and wide for not only the French-Creole cuisine but for the engaging service of Karen Bentley. The restaurant was passed on to Eric Trapp in 1999 who proceeded to build on and refine the concept to a Continental-Bistro model with a larger wine list, an emphasis on game and seafood, and encouraging family friendly service. The Continental Divide moved to a stand alone location one mile north of town in 2006 and is open from Mothers day through October for dinner. Eric Trapp has been the Chef/Owner of the Continental Divide since 1999. Eric's training by Lyle McCullough in Ellensburg Washington began in 1983 and he worked in Seattle and Maui over the years refining his style and love for great food and dining experiences. The recreational opportunities of Montana that he shares with his family inspire Eric to bring fresh enthusiasm to the restaurant each new season.
Reviewed September 23, 2013

The range of diners at this place on any given night must include cowboys, dudes, fishing bros and date-night couples. That makes for an interesting mix and, though my crowd fell squarely into the fishing bros category, the servers remained polite and cool. The food was outstanding. The chef paid a quick visit and a good time was had by all. Try the local fare (elk, trout, bison) and make sure to ask for help with the wine list. Good variety!

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Thank bobo7367
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Reviewed September 18, 2013

Four of us had an enjoyable dinner at the Continental Divide last weekend. The service was prompt, friendly, and efficient throughout the evening. We also enjoyed the ambience of the restaurant which combines exposed wood beams with lots of windows that allow you to enjoy the beautiful views of the nearby mountains.

Between the four of us, we tried three of the entrée selections. One was deemed to be very good, but the other two were less so. Somewhat disappointing were the ravioli and the osso bucco. The ravioli was served in a weak broth that detracted from the overall dish. Although the osso bucco was quite tender, both the ravioli and the osso bucco lacked the charm of any significant herb flavor support. On the plus side, our server responded nicely to a special request to have a quail appetizer served as an entrée with a larger portion. This selection was quite tender and flavorful.

The wine list was fine but not up to the standard of top end restaurants. We tried one of the wines recommended by the chef (shown in bold on the wine list) and we were very pleased with it.

We went to the Continental Divide expecting a five star experience. We had a pleasant dinner but could not rank the Continental Divide among the top-end restaurants we have visited in the past. Clearly, this opinion is in the minority of reviews. Perhaps it was just an off night.

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Thank MontanaVoyager
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Reviewed September 15, 2013

Beautiful setting, peaceful atmosphere and food that delighted our palates....The pâté appetizer rivaled anything we've had in France. The sauce on the duck entree was perhaps the best ever. Highly recommend this fabulous place.

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Thank Harperdoggy
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Reviewed September 11, 2013

Great food. Wonderful atmosphere! Pricey but worth it! Everything was very tastey and had alot of thought and knowledge put into it. Chef was very good.

Thank yaakdog
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Reviewed September 4, 2013

We read about this restaurant on Trip Advisor and went. No regrets, it really was one of the best culinary experiences we've ever had. I would recommend this restaurant to anyone looking to pay for a meal in it's class. It's not a budget meal. The Chef Eric came out and talked with us about his foraging and cook books and it was obvious he's not there to make millions but instead has a passion for his dream of being a chef. We had Fish, Beef and Chicken dishes and all three were great. The sauces he used were excellent. I travel in a sidecar motorcycle and have a Biker Gumby that I use when taking photos. I posted a photo of Biker Gumby standing next to my Wild Chantrel Mushroom appetizer and had friends reply wanting to know exactly where I was and will stop there on there way through to West Yellowstone.

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Thank JoelSemankoUSA
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