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“Fantastic meal!”
Review of Big Thunder Ranch Barbeque - CLOSED

Big Thunder Ranch Barbeque
Cuisines: American
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Good for: Child-friendly, Groups, Special Occasion Dining
Dining options: Breakfast, Dinner, Lunch, Reservations
Bethel, Connecticut
Level 6 Contributor
57 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 76 helpful votes
“Fantastic meal!”
Reviewed 3 July 2014

We had an absolutely fantastic lunch here but I'm sure with the greater offerings at dinner, that meal is even better! We had reservations for the first seating of the day so we didn't have a long wait for a table. (This restaurant will seat smaller parties together at the same table but if you are uncomfortable with that, they will give you your own table.) Seating is outside on picnic tables festively adorned with checkered tablecloths and shaded by awnings. Red, white and blue flowers, mason jar glasses, and decorative bunting create the atmosphere of a country hoe-down. This all-you-can-eat meal is served family style, appropriately served in pails. The initial serving consists of a fair amount of food for your party size, but should you desire more of something, you need only tell your server. The BBQ meal consists of ribs, chicken. beans, coleslaw, and cornbread. On the day we visited, the ribs were only fair but the chicken was fall-off-the-bone delicious. The coleslaw is that tasty oil & vinegar variety and the cornbread is so moist it would melt in your mouth. Everything is so good, you'll be tempted to stuff yourself but make sure you save room for dessert. We sampled the family-sized cookie sundae and agreed it was the best dessert we had on our week long stay at Disney. (Either order this early during your meal or be prepared to wait a while as the kitchen needs extra prep time to create this masterpiece.) Served warm in a skillet with a pitcher of hot fudge sauce on the side, this sinful offering was more than my party of three adults could finish. Service at this eatery is also excellent...our drinks and food buckets were never empty and the waitstaff were very cheerful. This restaurant boasts a stage and we caught a performance of two talented country singers. Alas, we didn't see Woody from Toy Story although they did play that song "You've Got a Friend". Some complain this eatery is pricey, but considering it's in a theme park and the amount of tasty food you are able to eat, we found it to be a very good value. Overall, a fantastic meal.

  • Visited June 2014
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3 Thank Donna S
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Fairhaven, Massachusetts
Level 3 Contributor
8 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
“Great Barbeque!”
Reviewed 3 July 2014

This is not a saucy barbecue. I loved it! Sevice was a bit slow, but the staff was extremely friendly! Ribs, chicken, baked beans. corn bread, and cole slaw are serviced. Ice cold iced tea and lemonade were our choices to drink. Wait staff are constantly refilling. Well worth the stop!

Visited June 2014
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1 Thank serendipityetc
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Singapore, Singapore
Level 6 Contributor
83 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 75 helpful votes
“Good food but pricey”
Reviewed 2 July 2014

We made reservation before our trip to Disneyland so as to ensure a place for dinner. When we arrived after a long day in park, we were seated within 10 minutes. Drinks and food is free flow (except desserts). Anything runs-out just ask for more so come with an empty stomach. The food is good, we truly like the bbq chicken and ribs. I like the sweet corn, baked beans and coleslaw too. There were entertainment during our dinner time.
All of us enjoyed our food and the entertainment but we will probably not come back again because it is expensive. We will probably try another restaurants in Disneyland.

  • Visited June 2014
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1 Thank PJLow
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Santa Rosa
Level 4 Contributor
26 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
“Worth a visit”
Reviewed 30 June 2014

Was pleased with the food and entertainment. This a an all you can eat, and if you bring your own baggie you can take you left overs with you.

Visited June 2014
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2 Thank grammadi61
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Salt Lake City, Utah, United States
Level 5 Contributor
81 reviews
66 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
“Excellent meat, but pricey”
Reviewed 30 June 2014

It's all you can eat, so I guess it's your own fault if you don't go hungry. Don't eat anything that day and you could get your money's worth. The corn bread is excellent but we tried not to eat much because you gotta save all your appetite for meat. Cole slaw was blah. Baked beans were pretty good, but not worth filling your stomach with at the expense of more meat.

The chicken was the most moist chicken I have ever had in my life. It was incredible. The ribs were pretty good. Smoked sausage was very good.

*Smoked sausage comes during dinner but not lunch...so make sure you go for dinner.

Visited June 2014
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1 Thank CAPMCrunch
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