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“Old West excellence and charm - the personification of Montana”
Review of Union Grille

Union Grille
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $13 - $31
Cuisines: American
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Dining options: Late Night, Reservations
Description: Serving Montana Regional Cuisine in a Historic setting. Patio dining next to the Missouri River. Many ingredients are locally sources and our trained Chef cooks dishes according to the season. AAA three diamond rating.
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“Old West excellence and charm - the personification of Montana”
Reviewed February 17, 2013

If you're passing through and need a quick meal, this is not the place for you.

If you want to see, experience and taste what Old Montana is all about, you've arrived. Plan at least a couple of hours for the meal, but come early to see the waterfront and this awesome building.

The building is immaculate and charming. The newly restored dining room makes you want to wear your spats, bowler hats and Sunday Best... The atmosphere leads you to believe your server ought to be decked out in 1880s garb.

The food, while innovative and superb is not overly pretentious... It does embody Montana and if you want a fine dinner, whether you're average folk, mogul, cowboy or traveling salesman of apothecary and tonsilliary supplies in a dusty wagon, you'll feel at home... I grew up in Montana and yet even my jaded soul was thoroughly charmed...

Note --- probably not for young children. They'll accommodate them well, but the thought of sticky fingerprints on some of the antiques might make a nearby history buff a bit nuclear. But chances are they're small town Montanan, so at least they'll be polite...

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Kalispell, Montana
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“Delicious food and friendly service...definitely worth the drive.”
Reviewed February 2, 2013

We heard the Grille had really good eats so we planned to have dinner there on the way to Great Falls. We were seated inside but had a lovely view of the Missouri river. Our waitress was super friendly and treated us very well. We had a corn chowder, which was SO yummy and comforting. My friend had the rack of lamb, which was cooked perfectly and I had a shrimp and mushroom pasta dish. My only disappointment was that I was expecting an alfredo-based dish and it was in a broth but I guess I should have asked. Would have been helpful if it was clarified on the menu however. Topped off the dinner with a slice of chocolate cake which didn't disappoint.

Overall, the service, food, and atmosphere was awesome! It's definitely spendy so can't be a regular thing for us but great for a special occasion (or if you normally have a fat wallet).

  • Visited November 2012
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Gildford, Montana
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“5 stars”
Reviewed November 18, 2012

We called ahead to ask about doing a "chefs sampler". This is not something that is on the menu, but i would highly recommend giving it a try (call ahead). I believe we had 5 courses, each prepared perfectly and presented nicely. The portions were a proper size and the flavors were sensational. The staff was very friendly and helpful. It was truly a 5 star experience without the "stuffy" feel. During the winter months the Grand offers a "stay and dine" package at a discounted price that I feel is a real bargain. It includes dinner for 2, a room and breakfast for $170. We will be going back again!

  • Visited November 2012
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Helena, Arkansas
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“Fantistic Food and Worth the Drive”
Reviewed November 7, 2012

Recently myself and 3 co-workers were staying in Great Falls and one of our co-workers always plans where we will eat and she picked the Union Grille. Boy did she ever pick a fantastic place to eat... Our waitress was GREAT, the food was beyond GOOD and the owner gave us a tour of the hotel before we left that made each of us want to come and spend a weekend.
Don't miss this FABULOUS experience for a meal you won't forget.

  • Visited October 2012
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Palo Alto, California
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“Wonderful and Romantic”
Reviewed August 30, 2012

We heard the Grille had pretty darned good food, so we planned our stay as to when the Restaurant was open. We sat outside, on the riverside and had cocktails, appetizers, and dinner. Our waitress, Mariah, was fantastic. and treated us as if we were the only ones there (we weren't). Salads were refreshing, wine good and the NY I had came with corn relish and mashed potatoes, that all were done perfectly... Husband had the grilled salmon that was slightly crisp but still moist and tasty, with asparagus tips. Since it was our anniversary they gave us a wonderful little hot molting cupcake filled with hot chocolate. The service, food and ambience was perfect.

Visited August 2012
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