I spent 3 nights in Bismarck recently and found the Pirogue Grille via TripAdvisor. It is usually good information on that website and so I hunted the place down.
It was very busy that night....a Saturday night, but the hostess (manager?) saw to it that I was seated within ten minutes, even with no reservation. The atmosphere is fun, warm and inviting, and my server was with me in no time at all, and very friendly.
I asked a few questions about the menu and she answered all I wanted to know. I am normally a Caesar Salad fan, but ordered the beet and goat cheese salad, to try something new. She then brought me a sample of the Caesar Salad dressing, which was really pretty good for restaurant made dressing. However, I was glad I ordered the beet and goat cheese salad. It came with a balsamic vinegar reduction drizzled over and around it, and was really quite good. The beets were cubed and sandwiched a slice of goat cheese.
For my entree I ordered the scallops in curry sauce. It was good, and I was fairly well satisfied. My personal taste would have put a little more zing into it...some ginger, or peppers, or something. The curry was fairly mild, and was made with cream, making it very rich. The scallops were sauteed nicely on one side, and served golden side up.
Positive: a nice atmosphere with great service. The menu selection was good...something for everyone.
Negative: Like many restaurants, the bread was a let down. I love it when I find a place that serves home made bread with great crust and lots of character within, and this unfortunately didn't cut it. The curry could have been more "zingful" and for 27.00 I would have liked more than 5 scallops. This was the sort of place I expected to pay 80.00 (which I did, with the tip), but the prices were just a little ahead of the food. Two great glasses of wine, one zin, one cab, at 15.00 each, which was fine, but...as I said, a little ahead, pricewise.
I would go back. I WILL go back, next time I am in town!