Montana: The Sky’s the Limit for Dairy-Free Food & Drinks

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Last Update in August 2021! We’ve created this ever-growing guide to restaurants, bakeries, cafes, ice cream shops, and stores in Montana that are friendly to dairy-free diners. It’s a collection based on research and reader recommendations (send yours!) that’s divided into restaurants & shops by city (first) and major chains found throughout the state (second). And we’ve started a section for specialty dairy-free foods produced in this state.

We Update Continuously! You can ignore the original date on this post going forward. We update the information below whenever we’re alerted to a new recommendation, change, or closure.

Dairy-Free Montana: Recommended Restaurants & Shops with vegan and gluten-free options. Best places for food and drink in Missoula, Bozeman, Billings, Big Sky, and beyondPhoto from Rae Raes Gluten Free Bakery in Billings, Montana

Dairy-Free Montana: Recommended Restaurants & Shops

We’ve listed these recommendations alphabetically by city and then by the restaurant or shop name. For large chains with locations throughout the state, see the Major Restaurant & Grocery Chains section below. We have dedicated posts with dairy-free details for many of the big guys.

⭐️ = Restaurant is either dairy-free, has a dairy-free menu, has dairy-free labels on their menu(s), or lists top allergens with menu items. (At the time of our last review.)

Belgrade

  • Sister’s Gluten Free Bakery ⭐️ – They use their “naked oat flour” to bake all types of gluten-free goodies, many of which are dairy-free, and some are vegan. All of their regular breads and buns are dairy-free, their sweet loaves are dairy-free, and so are their cookies. They also take special orders.

Bigfork

  • Grateful Bread Cafe ⭐️ – They offer a classic dairy-free egg breakfast, avocado toast, and several dairy-free sandwiches, salads, and a few other entrees for lunch and dinner. Their dairy-free and gluten-free items are labeled.
  • Max’s Market – This is a truly local spot with a cafe menu, goodies baked in house, and items curated from local bakers and producers. They have many vegan and dairy-free options daily.

Big Sky

  • Red Tractor Pizza – This build-your-own pizza place is proud to offer dairy-free and gluten-free options. They offer dairy-free cheese alternative, some unique pizza toppings, and even a sprouted grain crust. Salads are also available.

Billings

  • Baskin Robbins – See our Baskin Robbins Dairy-Free Menu Guide for full details.
  • Chipotle Mexican Grill – See our Chipotle Dairy-Free Menu Guide for full details.
  • Five on Black ⭐️ – Don’t miss this unique local chain for Brazilian street food. Everything on their menu is dairy-free, except for the Brazilian cheese buns (for vegan, choose their vegetable grill or tofu instead of meat). They have a build-your-own concept with rice and salad bases, flavorful grilled proteins, and authentic sides, sauces, and toppings.
  • HuHot Mongolian Grill – See our HuHot Dairy-Free Menu Guide for full details.
  • Natural Grocers – A great grocery store for dairy-free specialty items – both refrigerated and shelf-stable. See our Dairy-Free Natural Grocers Guide.
  • Nekter Juice Bar – See our Nekter Dairy-Free Menu Guide for full details.
  • Rae Raes Gluten Free Bakery ⭐️ – Their menu items are labeled for dairy-free options, which include select breads, dessert and snack bars, cupcakes, cheesecakes, cookies, donuts, pies, pizza (with dairy-free cheese), and custom order cakes. Vegan options are also available.
  • Soup and Such – They have some cozy dairy-free classics daily, like chili and home-style chicken noodle soup.
  • Walkers Grill – This fine dining establishment has several vegan options, and additional items that can be ordered dairy-free. They focus on locally-sourced ingredients and have an award-winning wine menu.
  • Well Pared – They serve juices, dairy-free smoothies, and acai bowls, and can also prepare dairy-free, gluten-free, or vegan wraps, salads, or grain bowls with simple custom orders.
  • Your Pie – This is a build-your-own pizza chain that offers dairy-free options for crusts (also gluten-free), sauces, and toppings (all but meatballs), and they have vegan cheese. At last check, they had dairy-free sorbets and brownies for dessert, too.

Bozeman

  • 14 North Restaurant – The menu at this finer dining establishment doesn’t appear very dairy-free at first glance, but the staff can easily accommodate dairy-free or gluten-free needs with many items. They serve salads, burgers, and entrees with a hearty local influence.
  • Back Country Burger Bar – They have a house-made vegan bun, vegan cheese, and the Beyond burger, so you can order a vegan burger or customize another burger for “just dairy free” needs.
  • Chipotle Mexican Grill – See our Chipotle Dairy-Free Menu Guide for full details.
  • Community Food Co-op – They have two locations in Bozeman, both with full grocery and many dairy-free, gluten-free, and vegan products. They have a deli with grab-and go items on site, which usually include a few dairy-free options.
  • Farmacy ⭐️ – Their all-vegan menu has a build-your-own healthy bowl format, but they also offer veggie burgers, street tacos, almond yogurt parfaits,  and some breakfast entrees. They also have a coffee bar and vegan bakery on site.
  • Five on Black ⭐️ – Don’t miss this unique local chain for Brazilian street food. Everything on their menu is dairy-free, except for the Brazilian cheese buns (for vegan, choose their vegetable grill or tofu instead of meat). They have a build-your-own concept with rice and salad bases, flavorful grilled proteins, and authentic sides, sauces, and toppings.
  • Lot G Cafe ⭐️ – Dairy-free, gluten-free, and vegan options are dotted all over their eclectic menu. They serve bowls and sammies, with some unique dairy-free choices, like cheermoula chicken and cauli club sandwiches. Some additional items can be made dairy-free with their vegan cashew cheeze.
  • Mountain Berry Bowls ⭐️ – This is a dairy-free acai bowl spot with a selection of simple, healthy toppings. Vegan and gluten-free options available.
  • Noodles & Company – See our Noodles & Company Dairy-Free Menu Guide for full details.
  • On the Rise Bread Co. – Almost all of their breads are dairy-free, barring the obvious cheesy flavors and buttery brioche.
  • Plonk ⭐️ – This urban restaurant and wine bar has a few vegan menu items (including a massaman curry main dish), and a few additional dairy-free menu items (also on their happy hour), all labeled. They also serve a dark chocolate ‘cheesecake’ at their Bozeman location.
  • Red Tractor Pizza – This build-your-own pizza place is proud to offer dairy-free and gluten-free options. They offer dairy-free cheese alternative, some unique pizza toppings, and even a sprouted grain crust. Salads are also available.
  • Sweet and Tarte – This is a by-appointment or online order bakery only. They have many vegan pastries, and bake beautiful custom order cakes. They are happy to accommodate dairy-free or gluten-free orders.
  • Sweet Peaks Ice Cream – In addition to dairy-free sorbet, they have a creamy vegan triple chocolate ice cream made with coconut milk and mixed with dark chocolate and sinless vegan brownies.
  • Thai Basil – Gluten-free and vegan items are labeled on the menu, and they are able to accommodate dairy-free guests with most dishes.
  • Whistle Pig Korean – This authentic Korean restaurant has some naturally dairy-free options, and they serve vegan house-made Korean street doughnut filled with brown sugar, nuts and seeds.
  • Wild Joe*s Coffee Spot – For their drinks, they offer soy, almond, coconut, hemp, and oat milks. They also have pure fruit smoothies, dairy-free matcha overnight oats, and usually have a dairy-free scone variety on hand.

Columbia Falls

  • North Fork Pizza – They have a signature vegan pizza on the menu, and offer Daiya dairy-free shreds for custom order pizzas.

Great Falls

  • Five on Black ⭐️ – Don’t miss this unique local chain for Brazilian street food. Everything on their menu is dairy-free, except for the Brazilian cheese buns (for vegan, choose their vegetable grill or tofu instead of meat). They have a build-your-own concept with rice and salad bases, flavorful grilled proteins, and authentic sides, sauces, and toppings.

Helena

  • Bella Roma – According to Emily G, this local Italian restaurants makes great pastas from scratch that can be ordered without the cheese for dairy-free guests.
  • El Vaquero Taqueria – Emily G. also recommended this authentic Mexican restaurant. “Tacos, enchiladas, etc. can all be made without any cheese or sour cream so they are dairy free.”
  • Highway 55 Burgers – This is a popular North Carolina chain, but they have one location out west, in Helena, Montana. Emily G. recommended this restaurant for their allergen guide. Dairy-free options include hamburgers (without cheese), shrimp burgers, some sandwiches, shrimp and chicken platters, chicken tenders, and some sides.
  • Mountain Berry Bowls ⭐️ – This is a dairy-free acai bowl spot with a selection of simple, healthy toppings. Vegan and gluten-free options available.
  • Natural Grocers – A great grocery store for dairy-free specialty items – both refrigerated and shelf-stable. See our Dairy-Free Natural Grocers Guide.
  • Qdoba – See our Qdoba Dairy-Free Menu Guide for full details.
  • Thoi’s Thai – Emily G. said this is her favorite Thai restaurant in town. Most of their menu is naturally dairy free.

Hungry Horse

  • Dan d’Lion ⭐️ – This cafe is also the home of Earth Angel Organics catering. The cafe is plant-based, gluten-free, and serves a selection of vegan salads, burgers, and pizza. They even make their own house cheese and pepperoni.

Kalispell

Livingston

  • Faye’s Cafe – This is a creative breakfast spot where you tell the staff what you’re in the mood for, and they whip something up. They are happy to accommodate dairy-free, gluten-free, vegan, and other special diet guests.

Missoula

  • Baskin Robbins – See our Baskin Robbins Dairy-Free Menu Guide for full details.
  • Bernice’s Bakery – This local bakery and cafe offers a few vegan treats, like chocolate cupcakes, pumpkin muffins, and oat bars. They also have some dairy-free and vegan options on their daily lunch menu, and do take custom cake orders.
  • Bridge Pizza – Thanks to Emily G. for recommending her favorite local restaurant. “They offer great salads (no cheese), homemade dressings and you can order just about anything except the meatballs for toppings, and they offer the Follow Your Heart Mozzarella!” They have two locations in Missoula.
  • Catalyst Cafe & Espresso Bar – Their breakfast and lunch menus have vegan labels, with plenty of options. They offer a savory breakfast bowl and oatmeal bowls in the morning, and midday you can custom order just about any sandwich or salad dairy-free since their house-made bread and almost all of their salad dressings are all vegan. They also have oat, almond, and soymilks for entrees and coffee drinks.
  • Chipotle Mexican Grill – See our Chipotle Dairy-Free Menu Guide for full details.
  • Five on Black ⭐️ – Don’t miss this unique local chain for Brazilian street food. Everything on their menu is dairy-free, except for the Brazilian cheese buns (for vegan, choose their vegetable grill or tofu instead of meat). They have a build-your-own concept with rice and salad bases, flavorful grilled proteins, and authentic sides, sauces, and toppings.
  • Good Food Store – This is a full-service natural food grocery store with many local goods, special diet items, and a deli and cafe with vegan salads and dairy-free sandwich options.
  • Green Source – juices, almond milk smoothies, creamy smoothie bowls, salad and grain bowls, and vegan and gluten-free waffles are on the menu at this healthy local cafe. They also offer oat, almond, and coconut milk for coffee drinks.
  • HuHot Mongolian Grill – See our HuHot Dairy-Free Menu Guide for full details.
  • Liquid Planet Grille – They use Wheat Montana (vegan) and Tandem (vegan and gluten-free) bread and offer vegan mozzarella cheese. So several items on their homestyle breakfast and lunch menus can be ordered dairy-free. They also have a Vegan Browns meal for breakfast and label gluten-free options.
  • Market on Front – In the morning, they offer a vegan breakfast burrito. For lunch, they have a few vegan items on the menu, a couple of additional dairy-free items, and you can custom order sandwiches since they have vegan bread available.
  • Mountain Berry Bowls ⭐️ – This is a dairy-free acai bowl spot with a selection of simple, healthy toppings. Vegan and gluten-free options available.
  • Mustard Seed – This Asian-Hawaiian restaurant has a big, flavorful menu, and lots of naturally dairy-free options. They also offer gluten-free and vegan selections.
  • Natural Grocers – A great grocery store for dairy-free specialty items – both refrigerated and shelf-stable. See our Dairy-Free Natural Grocers Guide.
  • Nonna’s Neighborhood Eatery – This local coffee shop usually has vegan and gluten-free pastries from Tandem. For toast, they use dairy-free and vegan bread from Grist and Tandem (also gluten-free), and the toasts can be special ordered without dairy. They also have vegan soup, chia pudding, and some other custom order options.
  • Noodles & Company – See our Noodles & Company Dairy-Free Menu Guide for full details.
  • Pangea Bar & Restaurant – Their menu has a global spin, with unique vegan items like a slow-roasted watermelon poke bowl and the laos curry bowl. They have additional dairy-free items, such as the Korean pork belly bowl and Yucatan style Mayan tacos.
  • Plonk ⭐️ – This urban restaurant and wine bar has a few vegan menu items and a few additional dairy-free menu items in their starters and mains, all labeled.
  • Sushi Palace – This is a local favorite for quick-serve sushi, sushi burritos, poke bowls, teriyaki bowls, and small bites. There menu is naturally heavy in dairy-free options.
  • Sweet Peaks Ice Cream – In addition to dairy-free sorbet, they have a creamy vegan triple chocolate ice cream made with coconut milk and mixed with dark chocolate and sinless vegan brownies.
  • Tandem Doughnuts & Bakery ⭐️ – This is a 100% gluten-free and vegan bakery that makes breads, doughnuts, cakes, and cupcakes. They are a wholesale location, with no retail storefront. You can order their goodies for pick-up, and in summer they’re at the local farmer’s market. They also sell to restaurants and retailers in the area.
  • Tia’s Big Sky – This Mexican kitchen serves several authentic dishes, many of which can be made dairy-free. They even have vegan options for tamales, tacos, and burritos. We contacted them and found out that their horchata is also dairy free, their pozole is dairy free, and their meats are dairy free. So their tamales, tacos & burritos can be made dairy free. “They are dairy free until we add sauces at the time of ordering.”
  • Top Hat ⭐️ – This restaurant and bar labels their menu for dairy-free, gluten-free, vegan, and paleo guests. They actually offer a good handful of dairy-free options, like steak fajita salad, spicy jamaican jerk pork tacos, ahi tacos, pineapple curry, and more.
  • Veera Donuts ⭐️ – This vegan donut shop offers both raised and cake donuts. Their flavors include the classics, like apple fritters and old-fashioned, but they also offer many unique creations, from the motherload (with cookie dough AND cookie butter) to creme brulee filled.

Whitefish

  • Mountain Berry Bowls ⭐️ – This is a dairy-free acai bowl spot with a selection of simple, healthy toppings. Vegan and gluten-free options available.
  • Rebel Roots Kitchen – This casual restaurant serves bowls and tacos with Asian and Hawaiian flavors. Many of their options are dairy-free, or can be ordered without dairy. They also have vegan options.
  • Sweet Peaks Ice Cream – In addition to dairy-free sorbet, they have a creamy vegan triple chocolate ice cream made with coconut milk and mixed with dark chocolate and sinless vegan brownies.

Dairy-Free Montana: Recommended Restaurants & Shops with vegan and gluten-free options. Best places for food and drink in Missoula, Bozeman, Billings, Big Sky, and beyondPhoto from Whistle Pig Korean in Bozeman, Montana

Restaurant & Grocery Chains found throughout Montana

Some recommended restaurant and store chains are getting too big for our city listing britches. They have many locations, or are rapidly growing, and you might stumble across them in a number of towns in this state. Click on them for more dairy-free details.

**We will add them as they pop up! Montana doesn’t have a lot of sizable cities, so most options are fairly localized. When they have only a handful of locations in the state, we add them to the respective city listings above.

Dairy-Free Montana: Recommended Restaurants & Shops with vegan and gluten-free options. Best places for food and drink in Missoula, Bozeman, Billings, Big Sky, and beyondPhoto from Lot G Cafe in Bozeman, Montana

Local Dairy-Free Food & Drink Producers in Montana

These dairy-free friendly companies don’t have their own retail location, but are in Montana. So you have a good chance of finding their products at grocery stores, restaurants, and/or other shops in this state. Keep an eye out!

  • Grist Milling and Bakery – Their organic, hand-milled breads are sold in the Missoula area, and most are dairy-free and vegan.
  • Plant Perks – This dairy-free Missoula company makes cashew-based “cheese” spreads in a range of flavors.
  • Wayfare Foods – It can be hard to locate the “cheeses,” puddings, and other dairy alternatives made by this popular company. But they’re easier to find in their home state of Montana, and they ship!
  • Wheat Montana – All of the breads and buns from this local commercial bakery are vegan.

Dairy-Free Montana: Recommended Restaurants & Shops with vegan and gluten-free options. Best places for food and drink in Missoula, Bozeman, Billings, Big Sky, and beyond Photo from Farmacy in Bozeman, Montana

This Guide is Continuously Updated with Recommendations

We welcome you to recommend other dairy-free friendly restaurants. Leave a comment or contact us and tell us why you like a certain restaurant. Restaurant owners and employees are also invited to reach out and let us know how you welcome dairy-free customers.

Please kindly let us know in the comments if any of these restaurants close. We want to keep this list current for you, but aren’t always notified when a restaurant closes. Let us know and we will quickly update!

This Guide is for Informational Purposes Only

Menus, ingredients, kitchen procedures, management, and restaurants are subject to change at any time. Always read the menu and discuss your dietary needs with the staff before ordering. Make sure that they can accommodate your situation.

There is always a risk for potential cross-contamination of allergens in any commercial kitchen. If cross-contamination is an issue for you, always speak with the manager to ensure that your meal can be safely prepared. Listings here do not guarantee that a restaurant is safe enough for your individual needs. Only you can make that decision.

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Alisa is the founder of GoDairyFree.org, Food Editor for Allergic Living magazine, and author of the best-selling dairy-free book, Go Dairy Free: The Guide and Cookbook for Milk Allergies, Lactose Intolerance, and Casein-Free Living, and the new cookbook, Eat Dairy Free: Your Essential Cookbook for Everyday Meals, Snacks, and Sweets. Alisa is also a professional recipe creator and product ambassador for the natural food industry.

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