Where to Eat When in Butte
Explore the Culinary Landscape of America’s Largest National Historic
Landmark District

Where You Can’t Eat in Butte Anymore

From its earliest days as a gold camp to its heyday as a cosmopolitan city to the present, Butte has enjoyed a far-reaching reputation as a place where a fine meal can be found. The Chequamegon Café at 27 North Main was renowned for serving great food and earned the local nickname of the “Chew and Be Gone Again.” The Creamery Café advertised “Booths for Ladies” which was a discreet way of telling women that they could eat there without having their reputation impugned.

The Success Café was popular for its soups and it’s tiny size which allowed for only four customers at a time. In a heavily Democratic town, the joke was that here was the Republicans held their banquets, they advertised over their door that “If You Don’t Eat Here I Will Vote for Hoover.”

Mai Wah Noodle Parlor on West Mercury Street, now an amazing museum, was one of several noodle parlors that served hot Chinese meals in a hurry. The Rocky Mountain Café was a famous destination restaurant in Meaderville, an Italian neighborhood on Butte’s east side that was swallowed up by the expanding Berkeley Pit open pit copper mine. The restaurant was renowned throughout the state for its distinctive fried chicken, spaghetti and raviolis.

Butte’s reputation continues as a place to find a memorable dining experience, whether it be a breakfast, lunch or dinner or to satisfy a hunger at any time of the day. This guide is offered as a service to help anyone hungry in historic old Butte to locate the perfect match for their appetite.

26 at Main
26 N. Main St., 723-1513
Mexican cafe with traditional recipes made from scratch, including mole. Prices under $15.
Hours are Mon. through Fri. 6 am to 3 pm; Sat. and Sun. 6 am to 2 pm.

Annie's Cafe
815 E. Front St., 723-0060

A popular spot for breakfast and lunch with a well-earned reputation for a pretty tasty Chicken Fried Steak.

Community Cafe
116 W. Park St., 299-2118
This cafe uses the pay what you can model and serves angus-beef burgers hand-cut fries, double-fried sweet potato fries and milkshakes and ice-cream cones made from Wilcoxson's Ice Cream, among other menu items All meals are oiffered for a suggested $10 or whatever you can afford. Lunch is served from 12 pm to 3 pm. Tuesday through Saturday.

Bonanza Freeze
1040 S. Montana, 723-6662

This classic drive-up on the Uptown’s main entryway serves inexpensive sandwiches, burgers, fries, and ice cream. Renowned milk shakes and malts. Open seven days a week for lunch and dinner from 11 am to 10 pm.

Broadway Café
302 E. Broadway, 723-8711

Gourmet pizza and salads on the east edge of Butte’s historic district. Deck seating with a spectacular view of the valley in the summer. Hours are Mon. through Fri., 11 am to 11 pm., Sat. 5 pm to 11 pm. Closed Sundays.

Casagranda's Steak House
801 S. Utah St., 723-4141

Casagranda's is renowned as a steak house that wanders from that solid fare to serve duck a la orange, seafood and pasta entrees, and sometimes sushi. Located in Uptown Butte's historic warehouse district across the street from Steele's Warehouse.
Open for dinner seven nights a week, 5 pm to 9 pm, and in the summer until 10 pm.

Chef's Garden
1201 Montana St., 782-6587
Country Italian style restaurant that also serves traditional breakfast and lunch. Most dinners are under $20 with several meals under $10. Word on the street is to try the Ricotta Cheese Manicotti. Hours are 6 am to 3 pm, 4 pm to 9 pm, Sunday through Thursday; 4 pm to 10 pm on Friday and Saturday.

Dairy Queen Brazier
501 S. Excelsior Ave., 782-5781

Dilly bars, sundaes and DQ blizzards, yes, but Butte’s DQ also offers burgers, chicken strips, and halibut on a menu that includes affordable and fast meals to stay or to go. Open Sun. to Thurs., 11 am to 9 pm, Fri. and Sat., 11 am to 10 pm.

Fred's Mesquite Grill
205 S. Arizona, 723-4440

This restaurant has grown into one of Uptown Butte’s most popular with excellent salads, grilled kabobs of steak, vegetables, chicken and shrimp and fine thick burgers fresh from the mesquite grill. Open 11 am to 9 pm, Mon. through Fri., and 12 pm to 9 pm Sat. and Sunday.

Gamer's Café
15 W. Park, 723-5453

Situated in the ground floor of the historic Curtis Music Hall, this restaurant with stools and booth space has long been a local favorite for breakfast and lunch. Traditional breakfasts with pancakes, eggs, steaks, pork chops, sausage and bacon and lunch specials that vary from pasties to prime rib. Hours are 7 am to 2 pm seven days a week.

Hennessy Market
32 E. Granite St., 723-3097

This full service grocery store also includes a deli and small sit down dining area in the front corner of the store. Hours are 7 am to 6 pm seven days a week.

The Hummingbird Cafe

605 W. Park St., 723-7044
A popular organic coffeehouse and juice bar with a full menu for breakfast and lunch. Summer hours open are Monday-Friday 7:30am-9pm; Saturday 9:00am-4pm. 

Jimmy John's, 563 S. Arizona,

Sandwiches uild-your-own rice and noodle bowls and gourmet North Chinese wraps (wheat flatbread wrapped around meats and vegetables), frozen yogurt and smoothies. Full meal for $10 or less. Hours are 9 am to 8 pm Mon. through Sat. with business lunch delivery from 11 am to 2 pm, Mon. through Saturday.

La Casa Toscana
53 E. Park St., 563-0444
Fine dining restaurant with Italian dishes inspired by recipes of Tuscany including lasagna featuring elk, bison, lamb and chicken . Hours are Tuesday through Saturday 3 pm to 10 pm; closed Sunday and Monday.

M&M Bar and Cafe
9 N. Main St., 299-3998
An Uptown tradition for more than a century. Breakfast and lunch are served in historic setting in booths or on stools a few inches from where the food is cooked and served. Full historic backbar bar across from counter. Open 7 am to 9 pm. Most meals under $15.

Marla Mia’s and Front Street Market
8 W. Front, 782-2614

Excellent soup and sandwich specials inside Butte’s only Italian grocery. Hours are Mon. through Sat., 11 am to 3 pm.

Metals Sports Bar & Grill
8 W. Park St., 782-5534
Located in one of the most historic buildings in the district at the corner of Park and Main. Butte's most popular sports bar features wall to wall TVs, sports memorabilia and a varied menu that includes a variety of burgers and affordable entrees that range from steaks, to seafood to poultry. Open seven days a week.

North 46 Degrees
102 E. Granite St., 498-5379
Great lunch spot with handcrafted sandwiches with fresh baked bread and soups. All sandwiches under $15.

OMG! Mongolian Grill
17 N. Main St., 565-5660
Fresh, fast food cooked in an open area and served hot. Diners select a variety of raw ingredients from a display of thinly sliced meats (beef, pork, chicken, shrimp) and vegetables (cabbage, tofu, onion, broccoli, mushrooms, etc.), then guests select the sauces. The bowl of ingredients is handed to the chef who transfers them to the grill, cooks them and returns them to the diners. Meals are $15 or under. Hours are Mon. through Sat. 11 am to 8 pm.

Oro Fino Coffee
68 W. Park St., 491-2093

Serving Revel coffee beans roasted in Billings. Variety of coffee drinks and excellent fresh pastries by the Butler's Pantry. All drinks $5 or under. Hours are 7 am to 5 pm, Mon. through Fri., Sat. 8 am to 5 pm; closed Sundays.

Park 217 Restaurant and Wine Bar
217 W. Park St., 299-3570
A fine dining excperience in Uptown Butte below the Park Hotel with a continental menu and entrees under $30. The Park 217 Wine Bar is a wine experience located on the corner of Park and Idaho Streets. In addition to offering a fine selection of wines from around the world, the wine bar has a full bar and hand-selected beer.

Park & Main Cafe
8 W. Park St., Suite A, 299-2069
Breakfast is served from eggs and toast to huevos rancheros to fruttatas,steak and eggs, flapjacks and French toast.. Most items on menu under $10, nothing higher than $14. Open seven days a week -- Monday through Thursday from 6 am to 1 pm; Friday through Sunday 6 am to 2pm .

Pekin Cafe
117 S. Main, 782-2217
On the edge of Butte’s historic Chinatown, the one remaining Chinese noodle parlor where customers have climbed the steps for more than a century to sit in pink booths and eat chow mein and chop suey. Open for dinner 5 pm to 10:30 pm on Sun. and Mon., 5 pm to 11 pm Mon. to Thurs., and on Fri. and Sat., 5 pm to 12 am. Closed on Tuesdays.

Pork Chop John's
8 W. Mercury, 782-0812

True Butte Cuisine at its best! This is the home of the Pork Chop Sandwich craved around the world by expatriate Buttians. Simple, delicious and inexpensive pork chop sandwiches, pork nuggets, and burgers and fries. Most meals available for under $5. Open Mon. through Sat., 10:30 am to 6:30 pm. Closed on Sundays.

Pita Pit Butte
1 N.Montana St., 299-3658
The Pita Pit offers a variety of pita wraps with a motto of fresh thinking and healthy eating. They serve breakfast, lunch, dinner and coffee. Hours are from 10 am until 10 pm; or until 3am on Friday and Saturday.

Soho Asian Cuisine
60 E. Broadway, 221-7288; 221-7266
The Soho serves fine Chinese food and also includes Sushi on their menu In the mezzanine area of the Acoma. Open seven days a week from 11 am to 9:30 pm.

Sparky's Garage II
222 E. Park St., 782-2301
This is the Butte version of a popular Dillon dining spot that has been installed in the refurbished Lepanto building. They serve lunch and dinners of burgers, sweet potato fries and ribs and a variety of other lunch and dinner entrees in a 50s filling station atmosphere.

Staggering Ox Restaurant
549 S. Main St., 299-3948

This is the Butte version of a popular stawide restaurant with three other locations across the state. They are famous for their soup in bread bowls and excellent sandwiches. for under $10. Check out their menu here.49 S. Main

Subway Sandwiches
350 S. Montana, 723-7035

Fat free sandwiches full of flavor. Sandwiches available by the foot, frozen yogurt and cookies every day. Hours are Mon. through Sat., 10 am to 11 pm., Sun. 11 am to 10 pm.

Taco del Sol
146 W. Park, 782-TACO (8226)
Tacos and burritos that are fast and inexpensive. Open daily from 11 am to 8 pm. Variety of drinks available including Mexican beer.

Town Talk Bakery
611 E. Front St., 782-4985
Donuts, bismarcks, smurfs, maple bars, cookies and more baked fresh daily.

The Uptown Café

47 E. Broadway, 723-4735
Lunch atmosphere is casual buffet-style with excellent entrees, soups and salads.Then, in the early evening transforms to elegant Continetal dining. Prices range from under $10 for lunch to full course dinners for under $30. Open Mon. through Friday, 11 am to 2 pm. Early dining specials and full dinners served every night.

Venus Rising Espresso
113 N. Hamilton St., 431-1423
Venus Rising Espresso is operated by the Butte Silver Bow Arts Foundation (BSBAF). Their most popular “Venus Rising Blend” espresso is special made by Montana Coffee Traders, as well as other coffee blends are served along with a variety of bagel sandwiches and baked goods. Hours are Monday through Friday, 8am–4pm. Saturday 10:30am– 3:30pm; closed Sunday..