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“Good food and atmosphere ”

Windbag Saloon & Grill
Ranked #20 of 142 Restaurants in Helena
Price range: US$9 - US$14
Cuisines: American
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Good for: Child-friendly
Dining options: Dinner, After-hours, Reservations
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Great food and friendly service. All the locals we talked to said make sure to go to the Windbag! Definitely would go back!

Date of visit: April 2021
Thank Stephanie P
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Reviewed 30 October 2020

First, they have exceptional margaritas, made with fresh squeezed lime juice. We enjoyed several while sitting at the bar, talking with the bartender.

We had already heard the story, but he confirmed much of what we had heard, and offered a bit more information. Today this is a respectable bar/restaurant, but it had a different past. It was once known as Big Dorothy’s, and food and drink were not its primary offerings.

Clues to this past can be found on the walls and on the menu. In homage to its history, you can still order Brothel Bites as an appetizer.

Dorothy’s enterprise was finally shut down in 1973, but as you can see from the mug shot that is proudly displayed on the wall, she had problems with the law as early as 1957.

Stop for the food and drink, and a little history.

Date of visit: September 2020
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Thank phat_dawg_21
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Reviewed 8 October 2020

We're two old coots who visit family in Helena a couple times a year. When in town, it's Steve's Cafe for breakfast and the Windbag Saloon for dinner and drinks. We appreciate the friendly atmosphere here, and we've always received service with a smile. Our favorite menu selections thus far include the chicken strip platter, the steak finger platter, the Philly, and the Blackfoot River Fish & Chips. All have been absolutely delish and always served hot. The fries here are excellent, and cole slaw connoisseurs (like this reviewer) will be very pleased as well. If you're in the mood for a delicious hot soft pretzel as an appetizer, we highly recommend the Gigantic Pretzel. But beware...it's a lot for two people unless that's all you're eating. Tasty beers, too. Going to try the mac & cheese on our next visit. When in Last Chance Gulch, give the Windbag a try. You'll be happy you did.

Date of visit: October 2020
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1  Thank uneven-terrain
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Reviewed 5 September 2020 via mobile

Having a flashlight on my phone was a "must" to read the menu.

This location is in the walking mall in Helena.

Food is OK. Might be much better if I could see what I am eating. My husband's burger seems to be huge. My fish tacos are OK.

Date of visit: September 2020
2  Thank Charlene L
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Reviewed 14 August 2020 via mobile

Not normally into wings but it was wing night.
Great flavor, perfectly cooked and plenty of sauce. The staff were highly attentive and not invasive. We will be back.

Date of visit: August 2020
Thank Michael W
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