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About Montana Ale Works
Bozeman, MT 59715-3778
Montana Ale Works is an industrial inspired restaurant creating upscale comfort food from locally sourced ingredients. Located in a converted rail house, this eatery retains much of the look of its previous life, complete with exposed iron girders, huge brick walls, and a bar that looks like it was lifted out of a steampunk novel.
Montana Ale Works' menu has a lot of different items on it, but there is a significant amount of real estate dedicated to the burgers. There are nine options, including a black and blue burger, bison burger and "the Jake" which has roasted jalapeno relish, sliced avocado and a cilantro lime sauce. The chef also has a seasonal special risotto which changes based on what fresh ingredients are available. Check the specials on the way in, as each night Montana Ale Works has drink and food specials which savvy guests should absolutely take advantage of.
Comfort Food, Burgers, Contemporary American
Hours of Operation:
Dinner: Daily: 4:00pm - 11:00pm
$30 and under
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Private parking lot and street parking.
Private Party Facilities:
No one in Bozeman throws a party like Montana Ale Works. For birthdays, holiday parties, rehearsal dinners or corporate events, the Ale Works ambiance, hospitality and cuisine is unsurpassed.
Pre-set menus(or custom designed) are available, accompanied by our full bar, the largest regional micro-brew selection in town, and a first-rate wine list. Choose from three venues to match the scope-or desired volume level-of your gathering. Allow to ensure that your party is unforgettable.
Contact our Banquet Events Coordinator, Dawn Brown, to discuss further detalis.
Private Party Contact:
Dawn Brown: 4065877700x
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Corkage Fee, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
We eat here often when in town. It's not "wow" food but it's consistently above average. It's great family place. Good beer and beverages. Prob would skip wine here but the fun cocktails are enough. The pot sticker appetizer is our favorite...must try them. Service always friendly. Definitely recommend reservations as its a popular spot.
Excellent place to meet up with family and friends
We had a short notice family and friend gathering. Trying to find a table for 9 at 6:30 can be a challenge. But Ale Works did it! Great waiter and excellent food. We probably over stayed out welcome during their busy hours, but we never knew. Relaxed family friendly atmosphere. We will be back for certain. Highly recommended
Okay but not special
My duck was good but the potatoes were not exciting. It was not worth the $28. My daughter's pulled pork lacked any flavor and we were not sure that the margarita had any tequila in it It was not drinkable. The waitress did replace it with just a shot of tequila. My husband's meatloaf was fine. The waitress was nice and they have a very nice beer selection. My glass of wine was good and not overpriced.
Dark but good
This is a very popular spot. Good place to hang late and play pool. Food is good. You cannot go wrong with a burger. Nice selection of wine as well as the obvious beers. It is VERY dark inside and reading the menu can be challenging. Ask to sit in area around the bar or the rail car as the side room is gloomy and based on past experiences, it is the spot they sit open table patrons. Little glitch in beginning as told we had two reservations but open table had no record of this.
Montana Ale Works is a favorite restaura ...
Montana Ale Works is a favorite restaurant in our town. We love getting the Asian wings for starters. Meals are usually good but the noise is sometimes too loud. I would recommend their nightly specials, especially the halibut.
Loud, inconsistent food, adequate service
The outside waitress was rather abrupt as she explained that our reservation did not entitle us to be seated outdoors. Once inside, the music was very loud. We were seated promptly, our table was clean and the service prompt. While I enjoyed my pot roast that was on special, my daughter's quesadilla was VERY spicy, (almost inedible) and my husband's rib-eye special $39 was very gristly. He did not send it back, but should have. I don't know if they just ran out of rib-eye and substituted another cut of meat, but it was clearly not a good piece of meat or worth the price. They have a wide selection of beer and the crowd seems to enjoy the scene. It is very noisy, between the music, the brick walls and high ceilings, but it could be considered ambience if meal time conservation isn't important.
This restaurant is a frequent stop on our visit to Bozeman. Normally it is a pleasant experience. Having that it mind, I made a reservation expecting a nice table near a window or on the patio. Imagine my disappointment when we were seated in a dark, dank room next to the kitchen door. This room doesn't even match the rest of the restaurant. I asked to be moved and we were seated in a booth next to a brick wall. Why bother to make a reservation if the table will not be any better or even worse than if you didn't.
Great place for family and food.
We set up reservations online and were seated immediately upon arrival while many other groups were waiting. Our server was fantastic. The options on the kid's menu were great and the portions were enough to feed a small adult. The main menu had multiple options. My son loved his smokestack burger and my bison chili rellenos were very tasty. My wife really like the flavors in the fish tacos, however, we were disappointed with the one piece of fish that resembled a fish stick. Finally, the adult beverages were very good and reasonably priced. We'd highly recommend Montana Ale Works and will eat there again when we visit Bozeman. We will also use Open Table to set up our reservations!
Very ordinary food - my salad was missin ...
Very ordinary food - my salad was missing some key ingredients listed in the description. The bar area was lively and looked popular; the restaurant section however was loud with lots of very young children, sparse decor. Not really the spot for a memorable dinner but probably fun if you are looking for a bar with food.
Great food, great atmosphere
Each year we come to Montana for our summer stay on the Madison. When we plan our dinner out to celebrate we come to Montana Ale! We celebrated well ... Food was great and our server did his best to take care of us which he did well. We will come back when we can when we come into Bozeman.
Reserve seats in the Grill Room
The main bar is fun but very loud and they don't take reservations for it. However, they do take them for the Grill Room. We asked them to turn down the music and they accomodated it right away. We got to eat the same great food but in a space that allowed us to have a conversation.
Based on reviews i called the day of our reservation to confirm seating in the Grill Room. Phone etiquette aside, the time was confirmed. Upon early arrival we found our table had been given to another party so we could either wait or sit in the main area. We waited as we were hoping for a quieter environment for our elderly guests. After 15 minutes we were finally seated right next to the kitchen service door. It was unbelievably loud in the room. It was unbelievably loud in the main area which spilled into the Grill Room. It was very busy so the traffic in & out of the kitchen matched.
The noise, reservation antics and sub-par service are all examples of why we are continually disappointed in Bozeman. The food was good but certainly overshadowed by the former.
The Open Table system worked well but the staff at the Ale Works that we dealt with were clueless. If i wanted to sit at the bar or wait for the next available table i wouldn't have taken the time to make a reservation.
This is NOT the place for conversation or folks with hearing issues.
good food..bad neighbors
We took friends from out of town specifically for the good food and beer selection. We were seated at a great window table behind the bar. two families with 3 young children were seated right next to us. The loud screaming and lack of conttol, almost spoiled the night for us. Would not recommend for children as it is indeed a BAR afterall.
Ask to be sat in main bar area
Having made a booking we were seated in the grill room off to the side of the main area, which lacked any atmosphere or vibe whatsoever. Would have loved to have sat in the main restaurant / bar area (anywhere else in the restaurant).
Will never go back
After making an online reservation (three weeks prior) I made a special note that i would be bringing my husband in to celebrate our one year wedding anniversary. Once we got we had to wait ten minutes for the table and it was the worst table in the place. A cranes two person table shoved against a wall with menus stacked on the ledge and right next to the swinging doors that staff constantly go in and out of. Needless to say we didn't stay to eat. It almost ruined out evening and we went and found a better place. We will never return and neither will our families when they come to visit.
Great for Friends
Great place to take friends. Excellent variety on the menu. Food was good. We had the evening special of stroganoff. Was a little disappoint, tasted like roast beef with gravy. Service was ok. I don't think our server really gave us much thought other than taking our order. He didn't deliver our food, check back with us or offer dessert. We were also seated by the kitchen door which for making a reservation was disappointing. We will definitely return, I think it was just an off night. And the Wedge is to die for.
What a great place to have a nice dinner. They have a great selection of food. Their burgers are amazing and the daily specials lean towards the foodies. The night we were there it was lamb sliders, seafood paella, and seared duck breast. They have a huge selection of local beers. They have a small intimate room or the large bar area.
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