New ultra-upscale restaurant at Paws Up open to the public

David Erickson

The vast majority of Missoula locals haven’t ever had a reason to visit The Resort at Paws Up, an ultra-luxury vacation ranch plopped in the middle of the sparsely populated, agricultural Blackfoot Valley east of Missoula.

Now, though, an extra-special occasion like a wedding celebration or a 50th anniversary might just warrant a trip.

Those who want to splurge and indulge in a taste of what global superstars experience can try the new Social Haus, an opulent restaurant and bar operated by Paws Up that’s open to the public (although children are not allowed). 

The fine dining establishment, which opened quietly last year but is now getting a lot of attention, is tucked away in a pine forest a few miles away from the resort’s main headquarters in Greenough.

According to Alison Lewis, a senior media relations manager for the resort, the goal for the restaurant was to create a culinary destination with architecture that showcased the surrounding natural environment.

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“We’re receiving fabulous reviews from guests,” she said, pointing to the floor-to-ceiling windows, a circular fireplace in the center and an outdoor patio.

It’s the food, though,

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