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“Destination Polebridge!”

Northern Lights Saloon and Cafe
Ranked #2 of 3 Restaurants in Polebridge
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: American, Bar
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Good for: Child-friendly, Kids
Dining options: Dinner, Full Bar, Parking Available, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff
Seattle
1 review
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Destination Polebridge!”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 November 2008

First of all, remember.... You are in the middle of nowhere. I really believe no trip to Glacier is complete without a stop in Polebridge. This was my second time staying there and won't be the last. We rolled into town just in time for dinner. I don't care what other say, after 3 days roughing it, this is heaven. There are 6 or 7 reasonably priced dinners to choose from. Beers/bar are limited, a couple on tap (served in a Mason jar) and Schmitt in a can. Other spirits available but I could tell the selection varies nightly. There is definitely an interesting cast of characters working at the saloon, but they were extremely friendly. The bartender was actually the same guy that was there when I visited 5 years before. Again, remember where you are... So at about 9:30pm the generators are turned off and the gas lanterns are lit. We were kind of pushed out around 10:30 because it was a full moon and the staff wanted to go up to the lake for a moon lit cruise of some kind. Since we were camping out that night, we inquired about breakfast. The cook asked us what we wanted and we requested biscuits and gravy of course. He told us to be back around 9am. We weren't disappointed. This of course was followed up with a trip next door to the bakery for some coffee and pastries for the road.
It is what it is. I will go back every time i'm in Glacier. And if you have a chance, hit it on the forth of July! One heck of a parade where people come from who knows where and line the dirt road leading into town (not joking!)

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Montana
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19 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
“Don't bother!”
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 February 2008

The menu was very limited - lots of tofu and mushrooms. We settled on "stew" and it was a bowl of spicy mystery tough mystery meat. The place was hot and dusty and not all that friendly. It was also expensive for what it was. Our bill for two bowls of stew, one salad, and two beers came to $37 + tip.

We were expecting a lot more and were very disappointed.

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Waddy, Kentucky
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“Not gourmet, just okay”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 December 2007

A group of five of us stayed in the Polebridge area in July of 2007. After a long trip up to Kintla Lake for the day, we decided to hit the Northern Lights for dinner on our way back to our cabin. Having expected a wonderful dinner according to other reviews we had read online, we were quite a bit let down. Several of our party got elk burgers which were dry and needed a good soaking of BBQ sauce or something. Another person had the fresh trout, and fresh it was! Complete with head, bones and tail. The best dish was the pork loin, but even it lacked much for flavor. The best part of the meal was the beer on tap. Service was sketchy. Seemed like they could have cared less whether we ate there or not, but seeing as how they're 2 hours from anywhere, that's the only dining choice. What saved the evening was a stop at the Polebridge Mercantile right next door to stock up on the best baked goods in Montana.

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st.louis mo
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“unexpected gourmet”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 July 2007

my wife and i enjoyed a stay in glacier last summer and stumbled upon polebridge and the northern lights saloon. what a great place. the staff was very cool and accomadating. we enjoyed the best meal of our entire trip. (we also were in yellowstone, and tetons) the food was outstanding. there is abakery next door that you must try as well.

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