Best Restaurants in Moorhead, MN
Moorhead residents need not cross the river to grab a delicious bite to eat, as they have several locally owned restaurants to suit cravings for all three meals.
Dinner and Drinks
Usher's House & Monk's Pub typically top lists among locals for "must try" Moorhead restaurants, in part because of the experience of enjoying scenic Red River views with meals that could be anything from Surf & Turf to upscale pub fare such as Bangers & Mash.
Another favorite for dinner and cocktails, Sarello's Restaurant & Wine Lounge, specializes in Italian dishes. The restaurant's name comes from combining names of owners Tony and Sarah Nasello, both experienced hospitality industry professionals who realized their dream of opening a restaurant in 2000.
Also serving Italian dishes that are "made from scratch, served in big portions and at reasonable prices," Altony's Neighborhood Italian Cafe and Wine Bar opened in 2005.
Lunch Spots and More
Pizza pleases for lunch and dinner – and perhaps for some here, breakfast ... let's not forget this is a college town – and Moorhead has several favorites serving up pie perfection, including Pizza Patrol (for delivery), Pizza Nico and Duane's House of Pizza, run by the same family for more than 50 years.
Craving curry and crunchy spring rolls? Thai Orchid serves these and other authentic Thai dishes.
For Chinese food, Moorhead's Snap Dragon Asian Buffet serves up three generations of culinary experience. In a story that begins in Szechwan and leads to Taiwan, San Francisco, Austin, and then Houston, David Shih's father and grandfather passed down their love for cooking, and eventually, the family business, which he eventually moved here with his wife, Kathlene, who is from the area.
For award-winning burgers and fresh-cut potato chips, check out the Moorhead location of JL Beers, which started in downtown Fargo and besides this location, quickly expanded to West Fargo, Sioux Falls, Bismarck and Grand Forks. The restaurant even has an app to help customers keep up with its ever-changing, vast beer selection. Burger Time is another favorite for simple, fast and tasty burger and fries combos. If you're more in the mood for a steak sub, try Grand Junction Grilled Steak Subs.
Breakfast and Coffee
It only takes reading the name of Atomic Coffee & Wine Bar to see that it opens early and closes late, serving a variety of coffees, teas and bakery items to the breakfast crowd, and select wines and craft beers on tap to those winding down after work.
For breakfast at any time of day, head to Fryn' Pan, a regional chain exclusive to the Dakotas beyond its Moorhead location.