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“Ridiculously good food!”
Review of Cafe Kandahar

Cafe Kandahar
Ranked #18 of 89 Restaurants in Whitefish
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: French, European, American
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Restaurant details
Good for: Local cuisine, Special occasions, Romantic
Dining options: Dinner, Late Night, Accepts American Express, Accepts Discover, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Full Bar, Parking Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Description: Small, boutique, fine dining establishment specializing in farm-to-table ingredients, creative techniques, wine pairings, and tasting menus.
Lethbridge, Canada
1 review
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Ridiculously good food!”
Reviewed March 9, 2013

Cafe Kandahar is gold. Whenever I get a chance to be in this area, I make sure to dine here. Each and every time they are consistently fantastic experiences. The food is brilliant. I had the Degustation menu each time. It is a tasting menu that is 11 courses of small bites that took around 2.5 hours. From quail, to octopus, to foie gras to Kobe beef, the ingredients used by Chef Andy Blanton are the best. They also aim to have much of the food locally sourced (not octopus obviously, we are talking about Montana here!) The wine pairings are fantastic. The atmosphere of the restaurant is great. It's not pretentious at all, which allows everyone who enters to feel comfortable. The food is high end, it isn't cheap, but for me it's a place where I go if I am going for a treat. LOVE THIS PLACE.

  • Visited March 2013
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3 Thank Jared H
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Whitefish, Montana
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12 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
“Great meal and service!”
Reviewed March 1, 2013 via mobile

We recently ate at the Kandahar and enjoyed an exceptional meal. We had eaten the previous year and had a other experience let the staff know and they generously sent us a certificate to try again. We are so happy we did. Food was excellent. From the starters Dungeness crab, then asperagus to the main entrees of Beef Tourenados prepared perfectly and the Sturgeon again perfect. My only issue is that i couldnt savor the flavors long enough! Treat yourself and call for a reservation.

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Thank MTScott
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Huntington, New York
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11 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
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“Great bar and bartender”
Reviewed February 23, 2013

We did not actually eat here, just went to the bar for some after skiing drinks and warm up. The bartender, Jordan, was so warm and personable. Lovely lady, very accommodating, excellent service, she went out of her way to open a little early for us and get some hot coffee for a drink order. Great atmosphere in Snug Bar, great service, would definitely recommend as a stop after skiing at the mountain.

  • Visited January 2013
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Thank Lgkcpa
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Banff National Park, Canada
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8 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“Wonderful food”
Reviewed February 20, 2013

The food was wonderful. The portion sizes were good and the quality of the ingredients was excellent. The staff were efficient and helpful. The dining room was not particularly special but my attention was mainly on the food. A little pricey but I can't wait to go back.

Visited February 2013
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Thank sianeypink
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Ann Arbor, Michigan
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7 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“Prepare for Greatness”
Reviewed January 23, 2013

Enjoyed a great dinner with friends. Tucked away in Northwest Montana this is a gem. Small quaint venue with much attention paid to details and service. One has to understand that a menu like this is about the art of the food. Many restaurants have good presentation, but can be lacking in the taste on the palate. Not here! Both combined for perfection. Great wine list, along with a great tasting menu creates this excellent service atmosphere.

Some below have commented about substitutions. If you understand great food you know that this is not a place to order like it is a diner with a short order cook. The chef is creating works of art. He/she cannot be concerned with someone who wants an extra broccoli. If thats what you're looking for try a Coney Island.

To sum it up. A top 5 in my book of many pages of restaurants I have been to over the years, and for sure the best restaurant in Whitefish.

  • Visited January 2013
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1 Thank Mark S
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