Restaurant Review: Have U tried “The U”?

Moderately broke students who live on campus, rejoice! There is a new restaurant in town that is affordable and in walking distance from anywhere on campus. It’s called The U and it is located just off of College Street, next to Pickle Barrel. Coming to Bozeman in late April, The U just missed the rush of college students, making them unknown to most people, which was apparent by the fact that my group of friends and I were the only ones there.  

When I walked into The U, I wasn’t blown away. While it was nicely decorated with pictures of local activities on the wall, nothing was particularly eye-catching. The walls were very blue, which ended up distracting me from the other decorations. The only thing to draw my attention away from the painted walls was the menu. The menu at The U is artistically written on a chalkboard, with small graphics describing most of the menu items. This added to the atmosphere for me, as it looked completely original, unlike the other decorations.

As I walked up to the counter, the person at the counter was more than friendly. I wasn’t quite sure what to get, and she was extremely helpful, walking me through the menu. While eating, she approached us multiple times to see if everything was satisfactory and to see if there was anything else we needed. The cook even came out to ask us how everything was. I’ve never had this happen before, which made it really seem like they wanted their customers to be satisfied. It was awesome.

That being said, great customer service won’t bring me back to a restaurant if the food isn’t good.  Fortunately for The U, the food is great.  Although their menu is limited, only being able to order burgers and milkshakes, I was satisfied by the quality of the food. There are a couple of items on their menu that seemed unusual to me, like a burger with salad dressing, but most of their items were normal.  I had a bacon burger with a strawberry milkshake. While they did put a bit too many onions on the burger for  my liking, it was cooked to perfection. The milkshake was a bit worse, lacking flavor. It seemed like they didn’t use enough flavoring in it, making it seem bland.

The best part about The U is the price of the food. The burgers range from $5 – $7 and the milkshakes were $3. I loved this because, like most of you, I am a poor college student. The food is much better than the price suggests, making it a prime spot for any college student. They are also very quick, making it easy to swing by and pick up a burger if you have a break in your schedule.

The U is a casual place to grab a bite between classes or to bring a group of friends to. It’s affordable for almost any college student and the food and location is great. They are open Mondays through Fridays from 11 a.m. – 8 p.m. and Saturdays from Noon – 6 p.m. at 815 W College St. You can find them at