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About Bison County
Bison County combines the best of what Texas, South Carolina, and the Southwest have to offer. For over 14 years we've been serving critically acclaimed hardwood smoked barbecue and grilled meats. We have an eclectic and diverse menu that has something for everyone. We've won "Best of Boston" by Boston Magazine. We've been a 5 time guest on the Phantom Gourmet and won "Gourmet Greatness" and "Great 8 Best in New England" by the Phantom Gourmet. We've also been featured twice on the TV show Chronicle. In addition to our Barbecue and grilled meats we have items like New Orleans 4Pepper Pasta, Blackened Salmon, Southern Fried Catfish, California Style soft Tacos, and grilled fire shrimp. Our bar features over 50 different beers, 15 Single Malt Scotches, 15 Single Barrel Bourbons, 20 Vodka varieties, and 3 50" HD TVs for all your sporting needs.
Waltham, MA 02453
Barbecue, Southern, Southwest
Hours of Operation:
Thursday: 11:30am - 12:00am, Friday & Saturday: 11:30am - late, Sunday: 11:30am - 11:00pm; Dinner only: Monday - Wednesday: 5:00pm - 12:00am
$30 and under
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Bison County Ratings and Reviews
We've been to Bison County several times, but not recently until the other night. Any concern that it may have gone downhill was misplaced as the ribs, brisket and other dishes were terrific----just as we remembered it. Also, a great beer/bar menu befitting this type of food. E ven though we were sitting in the are in front of the smoker and grill no one had an issue with it.
If you love barbecue food with that smoky flavor, then this is the place for you. There's a big grilling station in the back and you can smell all that delicious food sizzling to smoky perfection. Very casual, a bit noisy, but that was ok for us because we went for the food.
It's definitely a meat-lovers restaurant, but as a pescetarian, I was happy to find several options for vegetables and my blackened salmon was delicious. Even more importantly, our very large group had great service, delicious food, generous appetizers that we shared for the table. We weren't rushed and we all had a good time.
Couldn't believe how much this place has gone down. The seats had ducktape holding them together. Service on a friday night was bad. The server didnt know anything about the menu or could answer any questions menu..She didnt want to answer and would try to not come back if she didnt have to. I brought friends there for the first time. And where very disappointed. I should of known when Phantom Gourmet hasn't given award since 2007. Would never go back... Sorry not worth the money....
Aside from the hostess who needed to smile more, and who shouldn't at anytime ever push a customer in the arm so she can get to her hostess stand (the right thing to do would've been to say "excuse me"....excerpt from the book, Human Interaction 101), everybody else were wonderful!! The gentleman with the clipboard was awesome! Our waitress Melissa was as sweet as can be! My husband & I enjoyed our baby back ribs, a couple of beers, and a couple of wine just fine!
I have been a regular customer of Bison for over 15 years. I will keep coming back. Never a bad meal. Always courteous staff. Absolutely the best bison burgers around. The steak tips are terrific, too. The senior bartender (I can't recall his name, but he is a HUGE Patriots fan) is a great guy.
My daughter loved this restaurant despite the lack of a kids' menu. We ordered her, her own sides and they brought us a plate so we could share our entrees. The service was prompt, water glasses never ran empty. The food came out while it was still hot and my daughter loved watching the cooks in the open kitchen prepare the BBQ. Ribs and pulled pork were amazing and their sweet potato fries are always delicious. We usually eat here about once a month but it was our daughter's first visit (5yo) and she has asked to come back.
I usually go to Blue Ribbon BBQ in Arlington, MA. I love that place for the food. The sauces are great and so are the cooks. Bison County has a seating service versus take out at Blue Ribbon with some tables around should you choose to eat there. The flavor at Bison County was okay and like any other restaurant for BBQ food not exceptional like Blue Ribbon. However, this place has one thing that Blue Ribbon does not and that is table side service! Yes, just wait to be seated and they wait on you. What is that worth? Not sure, but the prices are much higher than Blue Ribbon. Would I go here again? Possible if you are with a crowd and don't want to wait on yourself. The food isn't bad, but just isn't fantastic.
The quality of the food needs to improve , especially with the choice of side dishes. The menu needs to be updated. I just felt that the restaurant experience overall was fair. The fried pickles were soggy, and the ribs almost burned. The service was friendly, but could improve on a more professional appearance.
We have had lunch several times over the last four years at Bison County while visiting our son & his friends in Waltham. We made plans to have a quick lunch after graduation with our family. The staff at Bison County was fabulous. When graduation ran an hour longer, I called to let them know we would be late. From that moment when they indicated they had no problem with that, we were able to enjoy the entire afternoon. Reservations were for 12, but when we showed up with 15 people - no problem. We were able to enjoy our table until all our guests arrived. The entire graduation day ended up being very special, and Bison County helped make that happen.
Great sports bar BBQ. Appetizers were very good- we tried onions rings, catfishnites and so Carolina spicy tenders and all were excellent. Ribs for meal were cooked right and sauce tasty. Casual, little noisy but bruins were in a playoff game and we kind of liked it. Would return.
Good beer list and good food. The fried pickles and cornbread fritters are really good. Also liked the caesar salad with cornbread croutons. Brisket, Bison, Salmon are good too. Can't go wrong with any dish. Only comment is that we knew that having veges as our side dish would be $1 more, but didn't expect a side of Caesar Salad to be $3 extra when it replaced another side.
If you time isn't available on opentable, call them and they will probably be able to accommodate (they did for us)
I came for the bison tips...which I ordered medium rare and they arrived medium. Not a deal breaker, but they were definitely overcooked for my liking.
We went late afternoon (4:30 ish). The bar was hopping and the bartender had to double as host and server until the waitresses arrived. Service was attentive. Beer list is extensive and micro-brew types should be very happy. I was also pleased to see so many hard ciders were available...more than the Brew House ever has on tap.
Looking to try some place new - I'm not in that area often. Right off the bat they were out of the beer that I wanted to try. I ordered the ribs which were ok. They were tender enough but not "fall off the bone" and sort of dry. My husband's pulled pork and chicken platter was HUGE and he liked it well enough. Again, both were kind of dry. The atmosphere is very casual - like someplace you'd find in a college town. Just fine.
Food here is good. I ordered a Buffalo Burger with sautéed onions and sweet potato fries. Cooked perfectly- it was juicy and tasty. My friend ordered a cheeseburger and it was also good. Service was prompt and friendly. Good place for a quick bite before or after the movies. Good beer selection.
We hadn't been to Bison County for years and we had a positive experience overall. Even though it was really crowded, we were seated immediately, which was awesome. Our waitress was very pleasant and knowledgeable about the wine and allergy issues that two of us had. The only reason she didn't get a higher mark was because she never checked back during the meal to learn that two of us never got our salads and we were never offered another drink. But, it was quite busy and this isn't a 5 star restaurant, so we weren't too put off. We all enjoyed our meals and I'm glad we went.
This was only our second visit but like our first it was exceptional and we brought more folks along to enjoy it. Behind the bar, Scott has an encyclopedic knowledge of the notable beer menu and willingly shares his thoughts on each selection without being haughty or patronizing. Our server, Emer, was busy yet attentive. Appetizers and entrees arrived quickly and drinks were refilled without waiting. Our party of four ordered the fried pickles, steak tips, pulled chicken quesadilla and chicken burrito. All were delicious and portions were generous.
I excitedly recommend Bison County to friends. It took too long for me to discover it. I can't get enough of it now.
We love Moody Street restaurants and Bison County had been on our "bucket list" for some time. We were very pleased with the experience. All three of us enjoyed our meals. My college-age son is a steak tips junkie and he said these were some of the best he's ever tasted. My wife loved her chicken quesadilla. I went small with the Bison County Rubin, an interesting twist on the classic Reuben. While three of beers I wanted to try were not available, there were plenty of others on the menu that were exceptional and not overpriced. Portions were generous, service was fast but not hurried, staff was friendly and attentive. Happy to return soon.
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