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8531 Mt Highway 35, Bigfork, MT 59911-3715
+1 406-270-4255
Wed - Sat 18:00 - 21:00
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Bigfork, Montana
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6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Owner Josh is a wonderful chef who is always coming up with creative dishes! You will not be disappointed! BYOB as he does not have a bar.

Thank Muffin V
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449 reviews
237 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 275 helpful votes
Reviewed 25 September 2016

We made reservations for a Saturday night dinner three weeks in advance of our trip. On the day of, we busted our humps to arrive in time for our 7:00 p.m. reservation (we drove from Victor, Idaho, an 8-hour drive with several stops along the way). Imagine our surprise when we arrived and the place was dark and closed. I... More 

Thank PhoenixRobin
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12 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 September 2016

Josh's food is spectacular. I have eaten in his restaurant several times and have been to many dinner parties he has catered. Can't say enough about his creativity and taste. He's an artist of food :).

Thank Alexandra L
1 review
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 11 October 2015

It's called the Culinary Design Studio because the dishes are presented in a particularly artful and appetizing manner -- but those of us who live in Bigfork just call it Josh's. It's that charming. The setting is intimate and warm; the food is delicious. Tables are close to the immaculate open kitchen and you can watch Chef Josh prepare each... More 

1 Thank Lisa C
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84 reviews
44 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 August 2015

This is the place we take out-of-town friends to convince them that Montana does have some excellent dining. Chef Josh does an amazing variety of tapas and the pacing of these small plates with wine and conversation makes for a great evening. Local produce and meats are a focus in the summer months, and an occasional sushi service as well... More 

1 Thank travel-adventure42
Bigfork, Montana
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107 reviews
70 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 August 2015

Small and intimate, the Design Studio is a charming place to spend an evening. It's bring your own wine, so be prepared. The food is excellent, and you can watch the chef preparing the meals. It's a fun place that's worth a trip! Call for reservations.

1 Thank Patti C
Whitefish, Montana
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200 reviews
150 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 101 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 July 2015

You are greeted to a very intimate setting with only 4 tables. The open kitchen is right there for you to view the chef preparing the meals. I had originally come for their sushi night but it had been switched unbeknownst to me. I was fine with it as the tapas menu looked delectable. We ordered 4 different tapas, all... More 

Thank TravelGuyMontana
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17 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 January 2015 via mobile

This is hands down the best restaurant in the flathead valley! The restaurant is so clean and comfortable. The food is Amazing. All of the dishes are Tapas style so you get to try several dishes in 1 visit. You can get creative and splurge. Everything is very affordable. The honey lavender desert is perfect. I am not much for... More 

1 Thank Amanda G
Byron, Illinois, United States
1 review
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 26 October 2014

I am a culinary student at the moment, and part of finishing my degree is interning under a seasoned chef. I could not be happier with my experience, it is absolutely a must go. Chef Joshua is one of kind he runs his restaurant with amazing ease, his kitchen is extremely relaxed and as I said before he is one... More 

1 Thank Brandon Z
Bigfork, Montana
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5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 9 October 2014

We had heard so much of this place, but the menu had changed dramatically by the time we ate there. It once offered full meals, but now it's just tapas. That could work, IF they were good, but they were pedestrian at best. We ordered 5 tapas only one of which was the least bit interesting. I wish I could... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
American, International, Spanish
Restaurant features
Reservations, Waitstaff
Open Hours
18:00 - 21:00
18:00 - 21:00
18:00 - 21:00
18:00 - 21:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 8531 Mt Highway 35, Bigfork, MT 59911-3715
  • Location: United States  >  Montana (MT)  >  Bigfork
  • Phone Number: +1 406-270-4255

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?