Gone are the days of feeling awkward or dorky for enjoying a meal at a restaurant all by yourself. Truth be told, it's one of my favorite things to do around Bozeman because there are so many great restaurant and bar options.

Photo by Farhad Ibrahimzade on Unsplash
Photo by Farhad Ibrahimzade on Unsplash

The Gallatin Valley has erupted with establishments that almost cater to solo diners. How? It seems every single newer place has exceptional bar space - even if it's not "a bar". Single patrons who want to enjoy a great meal sans friends have essentially an entire section to themselves at every restaurant.

Eating a meal by yourself is awesome for many reasons, in my opinion. (Judging from recommendations online, I'm certainly not the only one who feels that way around here.) Solo dining is relaxing, convenient, and often cheaper and easier than eating with others.

PRO TIP: Happy Hours are WAY easier to take advantage of when you're on your own. Good happy hours can be slammed at bars and restaurants, but if you're a party of one there's almost always at least one seat at the bar or a small two top. Smaller plates at a bargain were made for loners!

  • Fresco Cafe
  • Feast Raw Bar & Bistro
  • Montana Ale Works
  • Dave's Sushi
  • Urban Kitchen
  • Bourbon
  • Blacksmith Italian
  • Plonk!
  • Blackbird Kitchen
  • Sidewinders
  • The Bay Bar & Grill
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  • Seven Sushi, two small separate bar seating areas
  • Ponderosa Social Club
  • Stacey's in Gateway
  • The Mint in Belgrade
  • The Club Tavern
  • Wasabi, on the sushi bar side
  • Copper Whiskey
  • The Local American Saloon in Belgrade
  • Rocking R Bar/Hail Mary's
  • Squire House, small bar area
  • Ted's Montana Grill bar area
  • The Haufbrau for casual burger lunch

So, no matter if you take a cozy bar seat, a small two top, or a find a table on the patio in good weather - the Gallatin Valley has tons of nice options for dining solo. Heck, the above list doesn't even cover them all. Never hesitate to treat yourself to a Happy Hour special or a meal with the best possible company...yourself.

Photo by Nathan Dumlao on Unsplash
Photo by Nathan Dumlao on Unsplash

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