The 10 Places for Appetizers in North Dakota!

Appetizers are often the first impression diners receive from a restaurant. And when these establishments get them right, they can be the most memorable part of the meal. Whether you’re looking to dig into almond baked brie or Cajun shrimp, you’ll find it all at these 10 awesome places for appetizers in North Dakota!  

1. Pirogue Grille, Bismarck, ND

Family owned and operated, Pirogue Grill is Bismarck’s culinary crown jewel. While the entrees and desserts are to die for, the appetizers can’t be missed! Appetizer options include chicken and peanut pot stickers with oriental dipping sauce, barbecue rabbit on wild rice potato pancake, eggplant napoleon, house-made venison sausage with grilled sweet onion relish, and many other delectable and elegant dishes. After the appetizers, order one of their menu favorites like salads, walleye, bison, lamb, venison sausage, creative soups like roast corn and bison, or the rich desserts. This classy restaurant will wow even the harshest foodies.

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2. Maxwells Restaurant & Bar, West Fargo, ND

Maxwells Restaurant and Bar is an award-winning restaurant that is aptly described as “casual fine dining.” This eatery is inviting yet classy with delicious food at affordable prices. The menu has many delectable choices like soups, salads, seafood, tenderloin, pasta, bar food, burgers, and desserts, but the restaurant’s pièce de résistance are their appetizers. Diners can choose from favorites like almond baked brie, artisan cheese plate, classic escargot, lump meat crab cakes, rare seared sesame seed ahi tuna, chipotle apricot barbecue baby back ribs, and more. You’ll want a taste of everything!

3. Mezzaluna, Fargo, ND

In the heart of downtown Fargo, Mezzaluna is among the best restaurants in the area. The atmosphere is chic yet relaxed and the food is unbelievably. Choose from a variety of creative appetizers such as beef chorizo meatballs, sesame chicken fried rice, rare seared Szechuan tuna, classic bruschetta, prosciutto wrapped shrimp, citrus crab cakes, pepper seared sea scallops, panko walleye tacos, and several other choices.

4. Broadway Grill & Tavern, Bismarck, ND

This laid back and relaxed bar and grill is the perfect place to refresh after a long day, with a cold beer and a host of creative appetizers. Appetizer choices range from elegant to casual bar choices. The starter menu offers shanghai shrimp, grilled beef short ribs, bison and wild rice meatballs, tavern potato skins, beef carpaccio bruschetta, buffalo chicken rillettes, deviled eggs, and plenty more. This friendly tavern is a can’t-miss! 

5. HoDo Lounge, Fargo, ND

Located in the elegant and esteemed Hotel Donaldson, the HoDo Lounge is the height of hip in Fargo. Guests can relax and sip special wines and martinis as they try the innovative menu. Appetizers include cheese and meat plate, Cajun shrimp, winter crudites, pork belly, butter poached scallops, and lavosh.

6. Williston Brewing Company, Williston, ND

This popular bar and full-service restaurant has over 40 beers on tap, over 80 bottle choices, and the largest wine selection in the entire state. But customers keep coming back because of their delicious appetizers. These starters are a perfect mix of bar food and fine dining, with something for everyone. Choices include onion petals, shrimp cocktail, calamari, lettuce wraps, Williston wings, crab cakes, and giant pretzels.

7. Old Chicago Pizza & Taproom, Fargo, ND

Old Chicago is one of Fargo’s best pizza spots, but make sure to try some appetizers before grabbing a slice. Some of the local favorites are the artichoke cheese bread, beer battered onion rings, cheese garlic bread, fried spicy pickles, Italian edamame, jalapeno pretzel bites, parmesan garlic fries, and hand-tossed wings.

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8. Grizzly’s, Jamestown and Minot, ND

Grizzly’s is a hot spot due to their fun and inviting atmosphere, excellent service, and mouth-watering food at a good price. Their specialty is American bar food, especially for the appetizers. Customers can choose from starters like Wisconsin cheese curds, Texas egg rolls, hot pretzels, goat cheese bruschetta, waffle fries, hot artichoke dip, and wood-fired wings.

9. Little Missouri Saloon and Dining, Medora, ND

This cozy, hometown saloon attracts customers from all around with their heavenly dishes. The atmosphere inside the saloon is perfect “North Dakota.” The menu features primarily American cuisine but we’re not complaining! 

10. Rhombus Guys, Fargo and Grand Forks, ND

With locations in Fargo and Grand Forks (and Mentor, Minnesota), people all across the state can try the Rhombus Guys’ famous pizza and starters. Make sure to try a slice of the creative “pizza of the month!”

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