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Review of Big Texan Opry

Big Texan Opry
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Owner description: Each Tuesday, country western performers gather at the Big Texan Steak Ranch to perform for restaurant patrons.
Reviewed 15 April 2013

Our daughter and son-in-law invited both sets of families here as a big family get-together before sending off my son-in-law to Navy Officer Candidate School. For him it was a "last supper", and the last time we would see him for 12 weeks. Since we didn't live in the area, we all stayed in local hotels. We were surprised to find free Cadillac service from the hotel to the restaurant, although the Cadillacs had cheesy Longhorn horns mounted on the front, and weren't particularly fancy on the inside.

The Big Texan is more than a restaurant. There is a hotel adjacent (we didn't stay there). There is also an enormous gift shop. The claim to fame is the 72 oz steak and all the fixin's, which costs $72 to attempt to eat in one hour. The hungry customer is placed on a platform with a countdown timer over his head (and a bucket on the floor by his side, in case the food is just too much). One customer attempted while we were there, but wasn't able to eat it all. He did say it was worth the price, though. Apparently he had a better cut of steak than we had.

The wait was pretty slow; the service was even slower. It was crowded and loud. We could barely fit into our chairs which were crammed so tightly that we hit the customers behind us. The atmosphere was Victorian Western. Lots of picture opportunities. The food was fair, although the bread was really good. There were musicians walking around playing for tables for a tip. It was a fun place, but expensive. My husband and I split a rib eye steak (one of the cheaper options) My daughters also split an entree. Four people dined on two entrees, and it still cost us close to $100. It wasn't the best steak I've ever had, but it wasn't bad, either. We had a good time, and that's what we were there for. It was too expensive to go back, but worth doing once, especially for a big family reunion.

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Reviewed 26 March 2013

This is a great family fun time with some activities to do, a band that comes around, the steak challenge, and fantastic food. The rolls, steaks, and drinks were ample, and the food was very good. Our staff was a bit on the slow side, the meal did take a long time, almost 2 hours total, but the kids had fun. My issue outside of time was the cost, a $90 meal for a family of four with 1 drink each. That's a spendy stop, but if you need a place to get out, stretch your legs, and have some fun with your meal, this is a great stop. Also the kids meals come with a cowboy hat which my kids thought was amazing.

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Reviewed 24 November 2012

we didnt not eat here as if was very busy but the fun area and the gift shop are worth a look. you should have a look at the 72oz stake and if you finish it you dont have to pay :0)

1  Thank Karen P
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Reviewed 28 June 2012

A big Tourist spot. Always crowded. Prepare to stand in line up to an hour even if you have reservations.

1  Thank Cari R
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Reviewed 14 June 2012

If you are in town, you have to visit, even it you don't eat.

Thank Willie C
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