The 11 Best Places to Eat in Bismarck North Dakota: A Food Lover’s Guide

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The 11 Best Places to Eat in Bismarck North Dakota: A Food Lover’s Guide

Finding the best places to eat in Bismarck can be a culinary adventure.  This vibrant city offers plenty of delightful options for the discerning foodie to explore.

From cozy cafes serving up hearty breakfasts and bistros offering fine dining experiences to pubs that transport you straight into Ireland, Bismarck has it all. But if you’re not familiar with the local food scene, where do you start?

The answer lies right here as we explore some of the best restaurants and most delectable places to eat in Bismarck.

Discover Delicious Cuisine at Copper Dog

As you cross the threshold of Copper Dog, brace yourself for a sensory delight.   The cozy yet sophisticated atmosphere welcomes you in and makes you feel right at home.  Order at the counter and find yourself a table and chair while you wait for your coffee and breakfast.

Copper Dog’s claim to fame? Their signature waffles. Crafted from scratch with only the freshest ingredients, these fluffy marvels come in an array of flavors designed to please even the pickiest taste buds. If health-conscious dining is your thing, or if protein-packed breakfasts are more up your alley, they’ve got just what you need: special waffles made using added protein batter.

An interior view of the Copper Dog Cafe showing tables and the counter.

But don’t just listen to me. Proof lies through numerous glowing customer reviews across various platforms. Copper Dog is known in the area as one of the best places to stop for breakfast.  And what’s even better?  The menu never grows old.  Every month a new signature waffle makes its debut for waiting fans!  Hip Grandma tip:  Keep an eye out for the baseball-themed waffles named Sandlot S’more.

A Strawberry Shortcake Waffle with a cup of cold Chai Tea Latte behind it.

Get Your Caffeine Fix at Cappuccino on Collins

If you find yourself in Mandan, Bismarck’s close neighbor, and need a caffeine boost, be sure to stop by Cappuccino on Collins. This charming cafe offers not only an array of delicious coffee options but also provides a great place for customers with a warm and welcoming atmosphere that’s hard to resist.

As soon as you step in the front door, you’ll know this isn’t just an ordinary coffee shop. The menu here is as diverse as it gets. From robust espressos to flavored lattes tailored just how you like them – strong or mild, hot or iced – flavored or plain – there’s something here for every palate. The baristas are skilled professionals who take pride in providing top-quality local service with a smile.

A Showcase of Local Talent

And if the coffee isn’t enough, then consider the artwork!  Owner Trish Camisa has made a point to keep the entire atmosphere cozy.  A cup of coffee here feels just like a visit to your favorite Aunt’s kitchen.  The seating is cozy, and they’ve made their walls into a canvas showcasing art from talented locals, which can even be purchased right off the wall.

The outside of Cappuccino on Collins painted blue with large COC over the door
A cherry almond cold blended cappuccino and a piece of banana bread wrapped
The inside of Cappuccino on Collins with a bicycle hanging on the wall and a customer checking out at the register

Bread at Brick Oven Bakery

One of the newest additions to the landscape in Bismarck is the Brick Oven Bakery.  I love finding great bakeries, and this one definitely made my list!  Owners Steve and Sandy Jacobson opened shop in 2019.  After weathering the storms of Covid, they are thriving today.  A quick stop in, and you’ll soon find that this is no fast food joint.

Come in the morning and order a cup of coffee and a breakfast pastry made from the highest-quality ingredients, or come on in for lunch and enjoy a soup, sandwich, or salad served up with some fresh-baked love.

Get Your Game on at Craftcade

Craftcade is not your average dining venue.   It’s the perfect place to catch a craft beverage and enjoy the arcade full of retro games.  Relive your youth at Craftcade while choosing an adult beverage from their wide selection of craft beers from their self-pour wall.

The sign on the outside of the Craftcade Restaurant.

The Biggest Self-Pour Craft Beer Wall in North Dakota

This establishment proudly presents itself as home to North Dakota’s largest self-pour wall of craft beers. With 20 beers on tap, you’re able to try them all until you find your personal favorite brew.  You will pay by ounce, so taste as many as you want and even mix up your own concoction that suits your tastebuds.

Try mixing some Peanut Butter Stout with Grape Porter to get your own version of a Craft PB & J. The beauty lies in controlling your own tasting adventure!

And the beer isn’t the only thing to enjoy at the Craftcade.  No gaming session would be complete without some delicious food.  The menu features everything from beloved bar staples like nachos and wings to more innovative options, including artisanal pizzas. Whether it’s pulled pork or pizza, you’ll find choices aplenty to suit every taste bud.

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Vintage Games Galore

But what truly makes this place stand out is its collection of vintage arcade games – most of which are set up for free play.  So whether you want to relive childhood memories or make new ones with family members (yes, they welcome under-18s on Sundays), rest assured, knowing no quarters will run dry here.

If free-standing vintage games aren’t your bag, belly up to the bar, where you’ll find all the video game consoles up and running and ready for play!  Oh!  And don’t forget to take a turn at the boxing machine located up front, which is the big hit of the Craftcade!

An inside view of the Craftcade, one of the best places to eat in Bismarck North Dakota

Have a Giggle at Laughing Sun Brewery

If you’re a craft beer lover exploring Bismarck, North Dakota, the Laughing Sun Brewery should be on your must-visit list. This well-known brewery has an extensive selection of artisanal beers that can suit any preference.

The variety of brews at Laughing Sun is quite extensive – from light lagers to rich stouts; there’s something for everyone here. They prioritize using the freshest ingredients sourced locally when possible and follow traditional brewing methods ensuring each pint delivers a burst of flavor.

To add some spice to your visit, they regularly host live music events featuring various genres played by talented local bands – transforming this place not just into another eatery but rather an entertainment hotspot in town.

Laughing Sun Brewery offers not only a fantastic selection of craft beers but also a delicious food menu to complement your brews. Their selection of dishes, made with locally sourced ingredients, ranges from appetizers to main courses.

For starters, try their Beer Cheese Dip served with warm pretzel bites or the Brewery Nachos topped with melted cheese, jalapenos, and your choice of protein. If you’re in the mood for something more substantial, their burgers and sandwiches are a must-try. The Laughing Sun Burger, made with a juicy beef patty, bacon, cheese, and all the fixings, is a crowd favorite.

The Gist: 

For craft beer enthusiasts and foodies alike, Laughing Sun Brewery in Bismarck is a must-visit. With its wide range of handcrafted beers, locally sourced menu items, and vibrant ambiance complete with live music events – it’s more than just a place for great food; it’s a local entertainment hotspot.

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Sneak Into the 510.2 Speakeasy

The 510.2 Speakeasy is a REAL hidden gem in Bismarck, North Dakota. Enter through Humpback Sally’s, a restaurant in the 510 Main Building, then look for the door hidden behind the bookcase.  If you have any trouble finding it, Humpback Sally’s staff will happily help you out!  When you enter, be ready to experience the feeling of a true 1920s prohibition era speakeasy!

This speakeasy-style restaurant offers a unique dining experience with its prohibition-era ambiance and delicious menu. The dimly lit space, complete with antique furniture, vintage decor, and live jazz music create a nostalgic atmosphere that transports you back in time.

The drink menu at 510.2 Speakeasy features a variety of handcrafted cocktails, including classic favorites like the Old Fashioned and the Manhattan. Their food menu is equally impressive, with a selection of small plates and entrees that showcase the chef’s creativity and attention to detail.

Whether you’re looking for a romantic date night spot, a place to unwind with friends, or celebrate special occasions, 510.2 Speakeasy is definitely worth a visit.

Indulge in Comfort Food at Huckleberry House

The journey to the heart of Bismarck’s culinary scene takes us next to a charming little gem known as Huckleberry House. This restaurant’s location near the serene Missouri River makes it an ideal pit stop before or after enjoying a ride down the Missouri River on the Lewis & Clark Riverboat.

A beef appetizer from Huckleberry House
A cocktail from Huckleberry House held in a woman's hand with a silver bracelet.

The first thing you’ll notice when you enter is the open atmosphere and the beautiful post-and-beam style interior reminiscent of the old Riverboat Stations.  Chef Cody is the mastermind behind the menu here at Huckleberry House and serves up inventive and elevated dishes that are sure to please every palate.  

Take one look at the cocktail menu, and you will see how much pride Bartender Chris takes in creating and serving his specialty drinks.  No matter what season you visit,  you’ll find specialty drinks tailored perfectly for everyone. From summer’s refreshing iced teas or winter’s piping hot chocolate – they’ve got it all.

The interior view of the Huckleberry House in Bismarck North Dakota
The outside of the Huckleberry House, one of the places to eat in Bismarck North Dakota

Upscale Your Dining Experience with Bistro 1100

Bistro 1100, a fine dining establishment in Bismarck, North Dakota, has gained recognition for its top-notch cuisine and inviting atmosphere. This upscale restaurant has made a name for itself by providing top-quality local produce in its dishes, creating unforgettable culinary experiences.

As you step inside, you’ll be greeted by a warm and inviting atmosphere with elegant furnishings and tasteful decorations. The restaurant’s interior is adorned with beautiful artwork and soft lighting, creating a cozy and intimate ambiance.

The Bistro 1100 Menu and Dining Experience

When it comes to the menu, Bistro 1100 offers a diverse selection of dishes that cater to various tastes and preferences. From mouthwatering appetizers to flavorful entrees, their menu showcases a fusion of international flavors and local ingredients. Whether you’re in the mood for a juicy steak, fresh seafood, or a vegetarian delight, Bistro 1100 has something to satisfy every palate.

Visiting Bistro 1100 is not just about the food but also about the overall experience. The attentive and friendly staff provide excellent service, making you feel welcomed and well taken care of throughout your meal. Whether you’re celebrating a special occasion or simply looking for a delightful dining experience, Bistro 1100 is the perfect place to indulge in a memorable and great meal.

Have a Flavorful Experience at Pirogue Grille

The Pirogue Grille in Bismarck, North Dakota, is one of my favorite fine-dining restaurants in the area.  The Pirogue has fantastic dining options for those looking for a unique and flavorful experience. Chef Stuart Tracy and his wife and business partner Cheryl opened this amazing restaurant in 2005.  Their attention to detail doesn’t end at the menu, either, although it is stunning in and of itself!

The outdoor view of the Pirogue Grille

The name Pirogue comes from the French word for a dugout canoe, and the interior of the restaurant is well-suited to this imagery.  The walls are tastefully bedecked in works from local artists.  We sat in a private dining area with works from Paul Noot, who also created several giant murals through the Bismarck-Mandan area.  The tables are covered in white linens and then covered with white butcher paper.

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When questioned about the paper, Chef said the paper on the tables inspires guests to draw, write, and create their own art while savoring their cocktail and their experience.  In fact, restaurant staff has rescued a few pieces of art from the paper table covers and framed them for display.

The Hip Grandma sips a Rhubarb Martini from the Pirogue Grille

The Unique Pirogue Grille Menu

Once you get past the ambiance, you’ll love the unique and seasonal menu, comprised of dishes using locally-sourced ingredients, including Bison medallions, which is what I chose.  Bison isn’t widely served over here in Michigan!

Seafood lovers will delight in the ample selection of dishes to suit those tastes, and you must certainly not leave until you’ve had a bite of one of their signature desserts, which are created with seasonal and local ingredients!

A visit to Pirogue Grille is always the place to have a great experience with great service and delicious local cuisine.

A plate of desserts from the Pirogue Grille including Creme Brule, Cheesecake, Gelato, and others
We ordered a dessert sampler for our table so we could get a little taste of all the goodies!

Feel La Bella Vita at Anima Cucina

Anima Cucina in Italian or Soul Kitchen in English – either way, this little wine bar, brick oven pizzeria and trattoria located in the heart of downtown Bismarck delivers a powerful punch!

I had the pleasure of a breakfast visit at this Italian eatery, where I indulged in an amazing bowl of yogurt made in-house with granola on top.  I ordered my signature Chai Tea Latte and Wowza!  I had a hard time focusing on anything other than the food right in front of me, which can be tricky for a travel writer.  

a bowl of granola-covered yogurt and a chai tea latte

Anima Cucina’s warm and inviting atmosphere, complete with brick walls, creates the perfect setting for a memorable meal, whether it is a breakfast like mine or a lunch out on the outdoor patio, or a romantic dinner paired with a perfect glass of wine.  The menu at Anima Cucina features a variety of traditional Italian dishes prepared with fresh and high-quality ingredients.

From homemade pasta to wood-fired pizzas made in a third-generation brick oven, there is something for everyone to enjoy. Those with a Vegan preference will dine happily here, and even vegan cheese is available!  The attentive and friendly staff adds to the overall dining experience, making Anima Cucina a must-visit restaurant in Bismarck.

Owner Kenny Howard shared with us during our visit that although Anima Cucina has only been in operation for about five years as of 2023, their sister restaurant Fireflower, also located in Bismarck, has been wowing the locals for over 11 years.

A man enjoys a coffee on the patio of the Anima Cucina - one of the places to eat in Bismarck North Dakota

A Taste of Germany at LUFT

Ready for a culinary journey to Germany without leaving Bismarck? Set your sights on LUFT. This eatery is steeped in authenticity, serving up traditional German food that echoes the flavors of Deutschland.

The menu at LUFT reflects diverse regional influences from across Germany. You’ll find robust offerings like bratwurst and pretzels alongside sauerkraut and schnitzel – there’s truly something to satisfy every palate. Vegetarian diners aren’t left out either with delicious options such as Kasespatzle – homemade egg noodles smothered with melted cheese and crispy onions.

No German dining experience would be complete without beer, right? At LUFT, you can expect an impressive array of imported beers straight from Germany, along with local craft brews that are perfect companions for their hearty meals.

An Authentic Atmosphere

If you haven’t picked up the signals yet, let me assure you that a dining experience at LUFT isn’t just about eating; it’s an immersive cultural experience. The decor mirrors the rustic charm found within many traditional German taverns, providing a cozy setting ideal for sharing good food and conversation among friends, family members, or whoever you choose to dine with.

Let the Guinness Flow at the Blarney Stone Irish Pub

A journey into the heart of Ireland is just a visit away with Blarney Stone Irish Pub. This enchanting establishment, housed in a historic building in Bismarck (one of many),  delivers an authentic menu filled with traditional dishes and drinks from the Emerald Isle.

Irish-Inspired Menu and Drink Offerings

The cuisine at Blarney Stone comes alive through recipes handed down over generations. The Shepherd’s Pie, brimming with tender lamb beneath a blanket of velvety mashed potatoes, never fails to delight patrons. Seafood enthusiasts are in for a treat, too – Dublin-style fish and chips is always in high demand.  Of course, one can never go wrong with a plate of Bangers and Mash, and the Blarney Stone did not disappoint!

Take note that my dining companions, who choose to eat Vegan, had a difficult time finding the perfect dish.  They did try the Cauliflower chicken on a salad and kindly shared a taste with me.  I was pleasantly surprised at how yummy this veggie treat was!

No trip to an Irish pub would be complete without delving into their beverage list. With imported beers like Guinness Stout flowing freely from their taps alongside Jameson Whiskey flights that cater to every palate, there’s something here for everyone who appreciates fine beverages.

The bar at the Blarney Stone Irish Pub in Bismarck North Dakota

Pub Decor and Outdoor Dining Room

Crossing the threshold of the Blarney Stone Pub feels akin to entering a quaint tavern nestled within Dublin’s winding streets – all thanks to its charming decor adorned with vintage memorabilia. Their open-air dining room, outfitted with giant garage doors that open to let the outside in, offers diners the chance to savor delicious food under North Dakota’s radiant skies during pleasant weather conditions.

The staff members at this cozy pub exude warmth reminiscent of true Irish hospitality, which adds another layer of authenticity to your experience here. What sets it apart, though, is live music performances by local bands, making dining more than just about good food but also great entertainment.

A Guinness Stew in a bread bowl at the Blarney Stone Pub in Bismarck North Dakota

FAQs in Relation to Places to Eat in Bismarck

What food is Bismarck known for?

Bismarck, North Dakota, is renowned for its hearty comfort foods. The city boasts a variety of dishes, from German-inspired fare to bison burgers and fresh-caught walleye.

What is Bismarck City known for?

Bismarck, the capital of North Dakota, is famous for its rich history, outdoor activities like fishing and hunting, and landmarks such as the State Capitol Building and Fort Abraham Lincoln State Park.

Is Bismarck getting a Sonic?

The latest updates suggest that there are currently no confirmed plans to open a Sonic Drive-In in Bismarck. However, this could change based on market demand and franchise opportunities.

Is Bismarck a nice place to live?

Absolutely. With low crime rates, excellent schools, ample job opportunities, and an abundance of recreational activities available year-round, many consider Bismarck an ideal place to call home.

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Wrapping It All Up

Embarking on a culinary journey through Bismarck has never been more exciting.  The city’s culinary landscape is as varied and full of life as its residents.  Exploring places to eat in Bismarck means immersing yourself in a world of flavors that are sure to delight your taste buds.  Next time you find yourself on a road trip in this part of the country, be sure to stop in Bismarck for an assortment of restaurants with a great atmosphere, good drinks, good service, and a darned good meal (or two).

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