Wild Hare is the perfect venue to showcase the local culture of Bemidji and the surrounding Headwaters region. We are a small but dedicated group of culinary enthusiasts, offering a wide variety of fresh and healthy options, along with "world flavors and local flair." We strive to be the kind of place where everyone in the family, be they meat lovers, vegans or those with allergy concerns, can find something delicious to eat. We make our own salads, dressings, pastries, bread, and offer a wide variety of daily specials and soups, always home-made and from scratch.
During the growing season, we work with several amazing local farmers to use whatever is in season...produce delivery in the summer is a highlight for our customers, who love to look at the mountain of goodness that gets delivered, and often ask to buy it before we can put it to use! We also feature monthly rotating art exhibits, great locally-roasted coffee, and goods from other local small businesses and artisans. We welcome visitors from Itasca and have a great selection of coffee drinks from the 2 best roasters in Minnesota, to enjoy on the ride back! Find out more at our website: wildharebistro.com
Mon-Fri 7-5, Saturday 9-3, closed on Sundays
Price Style for this Establishment
affordable, $10-15 for lunch
We do our best to be a sustainable business in many ways, sustainable go packaging, recycling, purchasing locally, hauling compost....and discounts for bringing your own cups!
Locally or Family-Owned Business Notes
The Wild Hare Bistro & Coffeehouse is co-owned by local residents Reed Olson, Moni Schneider & Norwood Hall. The three friends met while working at the nearby Concordia Language Villages, speaking and learning foreign languages and cooking authentic food for kids of all ages. Reed also serves on the Bemidji City council, and can often be found discussing a wide variety of local issues with customers of all kinds.
Moni is a transplant from a less peaceful section of the River, in St. Louis, MO. She fell in love with the pristine surroundings of the Northwoods, and spends her spare time gardening and growing unique edibles to use at the Bistro. Moni's husband Norwood is an artist, baker, musician, and life-long advocate for the Great River. He participated in the Mississippi River Revival project since before he was old enough to paddle, and is currently producing short films and music inspired by the history and culture of the Headwaters and surrounding region.
Pet Friendly Notes
The outdoor back patio is dog-friendly.