About the Iron Griz

The Iron Griz: American Bistro with scenic views of the University of Montana Golf Course exemplifies true garden-to-table dining with much of our produce grown in the South Avenue Garden.  

The Iron Griz provides numerous experiences following the seasons. Enjoy the view as golfers tee off during the summer or dine inside of a winter dining dome during the cold season. During the winter months, guests enjoy the 3-mile groomed cross-country ski course just a few feet outside of the restaurant! 
The Iron Griz is part of UM Campus Dining. As a learning institution, we provide educational opportunities for UM students where they learn skills such as hospitality, management, and guest service.



Food is at the core of the human experience, and the social, environmental and economic issues surrounding how we purchase, prepare and consume food touch everyone. Just Eats is about looking critically at our role in the food system and striving to create positive impacts whenever possible. From supporting local farmers and ranchers through our purchases, to minimizing the waste associated with our operations, we’re challenging ourselves every day to help create positive change in our community and our food system.

Our Chef

While our chef may have been born in St. Louis, his heart has been in Missoula ever since his college days at the University of Montana. Jesse Mayer is truly living his dream: to be a chef at a farm-to-table restaurant in his favorite town.

Jesse has a very eclectic culinary background. He cut his teeth on farm-to-table cuisine at Clark Lewis in Portland before heading up Highway 200 to be the sous chef at Paws Up. Most recently, he helped open a major Tex-Mex operation in his hometown of St. Louis.

As Jesse’s menus change seasonally here at The Iron Griz, you can rest easy that you will always find his love of bold flavors and bright colors.

Our chef preparing a slalad