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“Disappointing”

Rainbow Ranch Lodge Restaurant
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Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$10 - US$50
Cuisines: Contemporary
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Restaurant details
Good for: Business meetings, Bar Scene, Child-friendly, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Groups, Romantic
Dining options: Dinner, Reservations
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Cross street: Highway 191
Transit: The Big Sky Shuttle stops directly across Highway 191 from the Rainbow Ranch Lodge. Check www.skylinebus.com for schedules.
Description: In our cozy restaurant on the banks of the Gallatin River, the culinary team at the Rainbow Ranch Lodge consistently delights guests with refined cuisine and classical cooking techniques which transform Montana beef, bison, wild game, and fresh seafood into flavorful works of art. Our Charcuterie Platter features house-made delicacies from duck prosciutto and wild boar sausage with huckleberries to bison kielbasa with Guinness infused whole grain mustard. With an impressive array of entrees like Mesquite grilled, Espresso Rubbed Bison Hanger Steak, Sweet Corn and Brioche Stuffed Roasted Quail, Herbs de Provence Marinated Alaskan King Salmon or Pan Seared Rocky Mountain Elk Loin, it can be difficult to decide. Before you dive into your Rainbow Ranch culinary experience, relax into a cozy couch in our lounge while sipping a hand-crafted cocktail and sampling delectable bites from our small plates menu.
new york
Level 3 Contributor
22 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
“Disappointing”
Reviewed 3 March 2014 via mobile

With so many positive reviews my expectations were high, but my party of six were all sadly disappointed in the portion sizing of all courses ordered. The taste of the dishes was on point as well as the service but for the money I think the sizing of the portions was far less then expected. We are all seasoned travelers and frequently eat at local restaurants but sadly this one won't be one that I would return to nor would I recommend to anyone else.

Visited March 2014
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Thank likestobike
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rainbowranchlodge, General Manager at Rainbow Ranch Lodge Restaurant, responded to this review, 14 March 2014
Dear Guest,
Thank you for joining us in our dining room and for your review of our property. I am happy to hear that the food and service was "on point". Please accept my apologies for any expectations not being met regarding portion size. We are continually taking guests feedback & making improvements.

Should you have further comments, please contact me at mollie@rainbowranchbigsky.com in order that I may personally address them.

Happy travels to you & yours!
Thank you,
Mollie Eckman
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English first
Guntersville, Alabama
Level 3 Contributor
12 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“RBL is Fine Dining at it's best”
Reviewed 21 February 2014

We have been dining at RBL with the same small group of friends for many ski seasons , and with the exception of one sub par year , our group gives this restaurant the best in Big Sky award.

The service is exceptionable , the entrees are always wonderful , and the atmosphere really highlights the entire evening's experience.

Our group had cocktails before being seated at the table , several shared appetizers ,wine , and entrees ranging from seafood to pork bellies.

What a wonderful evening we had !
Yes it is somewhat pricey , but not that much more than the run of the mill Big Sky restaurants.
Believe me . It is worth it !

  • Visited February 2014
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Thank Mark E
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rainbowranchlodge, Manager at Rainbow Ranch Lodge Restaurant, responded to this review, 27 February 2014
Dear Guest,

We are so happy that you have made Rainbow Ranch Lodge one of your returning points on your yearly trip to Big Sky! Thank you for the review and your comments about our food, service and atmosphere. We strive to create a memorable experience for our guests and are lucky to have repeat guests like you each season! We look forward to seeing you again next year!

Best,
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New Hope, Pennsylvania
Level 5 Contributor
86 reviews
57 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 50 helpful votes
“Absolutely Worth the Drive”
Reviewed 10 February 2014

While staying in Moonlight Basin, it became apparent that we needed to make the drive off the mountain to enjoy "foodie" level dining. The Rainbow Ranch admirably satisfied this void during our ski vacation.

We arrived early and sat at the fireplace at the bar and enjoyed discussions about regional liqours while savoring huckleberry martinis. The wine list and cousel is also superior.

My wife had a smoked chicken dish that was paired nicely with potatoes, turnips and braised cabbage. I ventured the pork belly, specialty of the chef that was paired with wonderfully prepared beans and braised cabbage. Working through the pork belly yielded a flavorful meal without the salt overload of bacon. We followed with a cheese plate, from the starters menu for dessert. The cheese plate contained artisan Montana çheeses… highly recommended.

  • Visited February 2014
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2 Thank Ben K
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rainbowranchlodge, Manager at Rainbow Ranch Lodge Restaurant, responded to this review, 21 February 2014
Dear Guest,

We are so glad that you made the trip down from Moonlight to experience our food here at Rainbow Ranch Lodge! Thank you for the honest evaluation of the menu items you enjoyed. We love to have "foodies" here at the Ranch, and since Chef really likes to experiment with flavors and textures there is always something new to try. Thank you again for the kind words, and we are certainly hoping to see you again the next time you are in Big Sky!

Warm Regards,
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Pasadena, California
Level 3 Contributor
14 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“Excellent food, a lovely rustic setting and excelt views”
Reviewed 3 February 2014 via mobile

This was my first trip to MT, and I hope there will be more to follow. We ended a wonderful day at Yellowstone with an equally wonderful dinner at the Rainbow Ranch. They had an appetizer special of New Zealand mussels thwt were plump and flavorful. I had the bison flank steak which was delicious.

Visited February 2014
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Thank pacmd07
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rainbowranchlodge, Manager at Rainbow Ranch Lodge Restaurant, responded to this review, 21 February 2014
Dear Guest,

Thank you for stopping by Rainbow Ranch Lodge on your way home from Yellowstone! We are happy that you enjoyed the Mussels and the Bison from our menu. It is always a pleasure to have guests warming up and relaxing with us after a long day of winter adventures in Yellowstone and Big Sky! We would love to see you again the next time your travels bring you to Big Sky!

Warm Regards,
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Miami Shores, Florida
Level 5 Contributor
63 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
“Better than ever”
Reviewed 3 January 2014

Wonderful dinner last night. Started in the bar where my wife says Tyler made her the best Cosmo she has ever had. On to dinner... First of all fast service, which is something RBR is not known for. The foie gras apitizer was delicious as well as the lamb shoulder entre. Deserts were very good. We met the new chef and he is off to great start! Not usually my kind of restaurant (high end) but we will be back before we leave Big Sky.

  • Visited January 2014
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2 Thank tomoc31
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rainbowranchlodge, Manager at Rainbow Ranch Lodge Restaurant, responded to this review, 21 February 2014
Dear Guest,

Thank you for dining with us at Rainbow Ranch Lodge! We appreciate the kind words said about our staff and we are lucky to have such a great team here. We are happy that you enjoyed a sampling from our menus, and we would love to see you and your wife here at Rainbow Ranch the next time you are visiting Big Sky!

Warm Regards,
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