Moonlight Tavern

4.1
40 reviews
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$31 to $50
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American

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Moonlight Tavern, Big Sky’s best on-mountain restaurant, offers inventive mountain inspired tavern fare in the beautiful lodge setting. Featuring a full dining room and separate bar and lounge areas, guests may enjoy an expedited or relaxed lunch or après-ski bites and a full dinner menu—all while enjoying the iconic view of Lone Mountain.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
American, Comfort Food
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Hours of operation

Dinner: 4:00pm - 9:00pm
Bar 4pm - 9:00pm
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Phone number
(406) 995-7777
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AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Cross street
Jack Creek Rd.
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Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Fireplace, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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4.1based on all time ratings
3.7
food
3.9
service
4.3
ambience
3.5
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New England
3 reviews
Dined on April 14, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I always have a great experience at the Moonlight Tavern. I've been coming there for years when I ski Big Sky. I love the giant fireplace and large windows that make it a pleasure to dine and watch new snow fall. The wine list is very good and the food has always been solid. I had an elk steak this last time that was superb.

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Chicago
20 reviews
Dined on March 27, 2017
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 4

Restaurant is very pretty-as it has always been. Menu is very limited these days--wedge salad was overdressed and bland. Salmon undercooked and cold.
Restaurant was maybe 10% full on a high season evening yet we had to call two times and beg to add two more people to our reservation for 3. Perhaps lunchtime is the time to visit??

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Nashville
13 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2017
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 2

We were totally underwhelmed and disappointed with the food and service at moonlight tavern. I got the 48 hr short ribs expecting them to be absolutely fork tender. They were anything but that. They were tough and flavorless. The service was non existent as well.

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New England
4 reviews
Dined on March 10, 2017
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 5

The food is very spotty. The potato leek soup was excellent. Fondue does not belong with pretzel bits (if I had noticed that on the menu i would not have ordered it). The fondue was fine. The short ribs was fairly tasteless for short ribs and the vegetables were almost raw. I like my vegetables al dente (not soggy) but these were a far cry from that. The smoled trout fritters has excellent batter but the filling was tasteless. Without the menu I could not have recognized it as trout.

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JL
Atlanta
18 reviews
Dined on March 10, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Kale salad with salmon was fantastic...called the snowplow! Carlos our waiter was professional and attentive...great midday break while skiing!

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C
Minneapolis
6 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2017
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

In a snow storm we could not see the signs directing us to the restaurant, and drove about aimlessly on deserted roads, only to hit ice on a hill and slide into a deep snow bank, where we were hopelessly stuck. Called the restaurant, which despatched a truck with a truly noble security guy who found us, dug us out and towed us back onto the road, then led us to the restaurant. Needed the Bourbon while perusing the menu. By the time we (a party of 5) arrived, the restaurant was not crowded, and we had a uniformly enjoyable meal, complemented by 2 Big and saturnine Syrahs.

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DM
Philadelphia
13 reviews
Dined on February 25, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We had a great dinner and the service was very good.

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K
Minneapolis
11 reviews
Dined on February 17, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wow! We get like we had struck out by eating at Big Sky mountain village, and were fortunate to find this place. They were great to our kids and the overall setting was wonderful. We will definitely be back.

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B
Chicago
13 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2017
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Cozy, beautiful setting on the mountain. Great family dinner after a long ski day. Nice kids' menu/activity book. Service was excellent, food great. Portions are huge, consider sharing. Guitar player is a nice touch, but was way too loud - we could barely hear each other and were thankful when he took a break. Overall great spot!

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LL
Austin
5 reviews
Dined on January 16, 2017
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Enjoyed our meal during a day of skiing. Was a very comfortable spot with fantastic windows to stare out at the peaks above. Menu was a bit sparse but the options were great. Would recommend and will return.

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Denver
3 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2017
Overall 5food 3service 5ambience 5

Service was amazing! All the staff was so friendly and really went out of their way to make it special for us!

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Montana
1 review
Dined on January 7, 2017
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

It was a pretty quiet night because of a bad winter storm. Staff was very friendly and the food was excellent.

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KM
Western NC
10 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2017
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

The service was fantastic. The restaurant is in a beautiful setting and well designed with the exception of the lighting which is slightly too dark. My husband ordered the steak frites and said it was prepared perfectly and our guest loved the pork chop. I was dissapointed with the short rib. Have had much better in several local Big Sky restaurants. Our salads were wonderful and the skillet brownie dessert was a hit with our crowd. Overall our dining experience was very nice and we will recommend Moonlight Tavern to our friends. We did not visit the bar on this evening but have enjoyed it in the past.

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DO
Minneapolis
15 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2016
Overall 2food 1service 2ambience 4

Our food took over 1 hour to arrive and my BBQ sandwich was dried out and cold. The server never brought a spoon or a plate for a tea order so a cold tea bag ended up on the table after being fished out with a fork. Drink refills were not offered during our wait. Most of our afternoon ski time was spent waiting in the restaurant.

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EE
Orlando
20 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2016
Overall 4food 4service 1ambience 4

Service was friendly enough, but no one stopped at our table for 40 minutes after we put our food order in. We ordered right when the lunchtime ski crowd arrived, but that was their excuse for being backed up. Entrees did take 50 minutes after ordering (we were seated before noon). I think the staff need some training in talking to their customers, keeping us updated would have been nice.

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PP
Grand Rapids
3 reviews
Dined on April 7, 2016
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

While the atmosphere and service were well above par the quality and flavor of the meal was marginal. My husband ordered the fillet medium rare and even though it was tender it was only slightly pink. I ordered the chicken which had some hint of flavor but not very tender.
I gave it a low rating because the quality and flavor was not equivalent to the price we paid.
In the future, not sure I would make the drive from our condo in the meadows if I was considering a date night dinner.

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Wilmington
1 review
Dined on March 31, 2016
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 3

There aren't a plethora of restaurants in and around Big Sky, but there are a few very good options for dinner...Moonlight Tavern is not a top choice compared to other $$ restaurants in the area. The food quality for the price is quite poor, but service was very good on the night we dined there and the ambiance is upscale authentic. May give it another try next visit to Big Sky.

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New England
9 reviews
Dined on March 11, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We searched open table and found this gem! Best meal we had while at Big Sky. Would highly recommend for a nice dinner out. Not cheap but well worth the value!

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Montana
1 review
Dined on February 26, 2016
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

It took our waiter 20 minutes to come to our table. The food was mediocre.
The view beautiful.

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Chicago
177 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2016
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Ski in/out overlooking Iron Horse lift, nice mountain decor (check out the rock walls by the immense fire place!), friendly staff, decent food and good champagne by the glass. A nice sit down lunch if you're looking for more than a quick break in your ski day.

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Montana
1 review
Dined on February 18, 2016
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Although it more than an hour to get our (overlooked) entrees, the staff was very kind and thoughtful.

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JC
New England
7 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2016
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

Unfortunately, Moonlight Tavern simply does not live up to our fond memories of many prior visits to the form Timbers restaurant that used to operate at Moonlight Basin. Our party of 7 was a bit surprised to find Moonlight Tavern nearly empty at 7:30 on a weeknight evening. Our waiter was engaging and helpful, although overall I would say that the service was spotty with long, unexplained waits between courses. Our food was reasonably good but generally uninspired - and no match for what was regularly turned out at Timbers. The menu choices are a bit limited with less focus on local ingredients than I had remembered from prior visits to Timbers. Caesar salad was watery and the dressing bland. Pappardelle pasta with shrimp & scallops was served cold. Beef short ribs were passable but somewhat dry. Wagyu beef (both filet and strip) was lovely, but what else would you expect? Wine list was interesting with some lovely reds - though range of choices at the more reasonable end of the spectrum were limited.

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KS
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We have really enjoyed our lunches here and will keep going back. Favorites are the bison bratwurst and the bison chili

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JA
Montana
1 review
Dined on January 29, 2016
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 4

Ate lunch and had a good experience. Dinner was complete opposite. Waiter was very good. 3 adults and 3 children dined. Two kids meals. The food was cold. , The place was empty, no reason to serve cold food. We had 2 pasta dishes, the pasta was stuck together and hard. The cream sauce was chalky because it was cold. Over $300 was a huge disappointment!

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P
Cincinnati
2 reviews
Dined on January 29, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Salmon was superb! Chocolate bread pudding even better!

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J
San Francisco
18 reviews
Dined on January 23, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a great experience - view of mountain, relaxed ambiance, great staff and the food is winderful! Great burger, salmon is amazing, as is the bison filet. My
Husbands favorite are the spare ribs / fall off the bone! Fish dip for app is phenomenal - salads are great too!

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JL
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on January 15, 2016
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Showed up on a Friday night with 14 people and they made a nice long table in front of the fireplace. Food and service was really good, will def come back next year.

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Montana
1 review
Dined on January 3, 2016
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 1

This restaurant that once offered a high-class, relaxing dining experience has been stripped of its art, polluted by senseless music and staffed with disinterested servers. There remains no ambience whatsoever except for the exquisite fireplace, which I suppose management couldn't figure out how to change. The price we paid for our meal did not justify the poor surroundings in which we ate it. We stayed at Moonlight Basin for five nights and did not return to Moonlight Tavern again.

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Montana
2 reviews
Dined on December 26, 2015
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 4

The night we went for dinner the restaurant was barely half full, not a good sign for the day after Christmas during peak season. Our waiter was terrible and barely made eye contact as we sat waiting for our food for 1 hour and 45 minutes. He explained after the first hour that our order was forgotten about but it was the next one out. After another 45 minutes and a couple of conversations with the manager, we got up and started walking out, only to be told our food had arrived. So needless to say we had all lost our appetites by then.
For an upscale restaurant that is in its second season, they should be ashamed. We will never dine there again even though it is a beautiful setting...too bad

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j
Phoenix
24 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2015
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

Go for the great views, excellent service. Food was good (but S L O W coming out of kitchen and salad dressing took seemingly forever to meet up with salad). PS thank you for taking care of my phone charger situation!

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KM
Orange County
8 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2015
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

The only negative was the steak we ordered that we were told was for 2 was delivered on one plate & was rather tough & not very flavorful. But our appetizer was large & beautifully arranged on a long wooden platter, and they offered some nice wines by the glass. I would definitely recommend it for the overall ambiance & spectacular views.

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NG
Los Angeles
8 reviews
Dined on July 23, 2015
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

It wasn't bad but it just wasn't great. I ordered the Montana trout and expected to be blown away. It was fine. It came with potatoes; I am trying to keep low-carb and asked for a vegetable instead of potatoes. It came out with a plate full of peas! (also high-carb...!) The caper sauce was fine just not special. My husband had the steak sandwich and enjoyed it.

Very good wine list, though, and beautiful view.

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D
Los Angeles
16 reviews
Dined on March 15, 2015
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Great mountain setting. Food was delicious. Service was a little slow and disorganized.

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K
New Orleans
3 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2015
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Large window view of the ski slopes. Rough-hewn timber ambiance with 30 ft ceilings. Large stone fireplace. No crowded table placement. Service and food excellent.

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RJ
Houston
1 review
Dined on February 21, 2015
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 2

Bar area is a nice place for a beer/drink and sandwich at mid-day, but dining room is hit or miss for food and service at fine dining prices. The last dining experience was disappointing. The dining room was not crowed- only about 4 tables. Both of our $40+ steaks came out over cooked (one severly) and sides were over cook asparagus and dry potatoes If you are looking for a sure-thing for a romantic dinner, I would look elsewhere.

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Chicago
177 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2015
Overall 4food 3service 2ambience 4

Big Sky fine dining is a bit behind in sophistication; this is one of the better places, the only other on-mountain upscale place besides Everett's. The staff is friendly, but does not have a lot of expertise. Wait time between courses is very uneven. The food is good (great burgers & shrimp cocktail), the decor perfect (take a good look around, and check the walls), and the view is spectacular.

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MT
Montana
1 review
Dined on January 3, 2015
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a great time at Moonlight. My steak was a 10+ and the service was excellent. I have to say I'm really happy with the changes up here. Nice Work!!

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Orlando
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2015
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everyone put this at the top (and 320 Ranch second). The food was outstanding, the service pleasant and quick, and the feel of the place is so Big Sky & relaxing.

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s
Atlanta
6 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2014
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 3

Perhaps during the holiday week blips can be expected in service and food. Resorts staff for that and prep the kitchen. Moonlight, however, did not. A 1.5 hour lunch wait for chili bowls and salad? A 20 minute dinner wait with a kind prompt to the hostess for a waiter to take our drink and appetizer order? Three entrees not available on the menu? Dinner courses that never arrived? We sandwiched our concerns with understanding to the wait staff who mustered only a "OK sorry to hear" and walked off. Clearly they were overwhelmed and "flatlined with exhaustion". For the aesthetic improvements which privitatzation imparts, the Tavern has some real kinks to work out as return skiers will choose to go down the mountain to Bucks T4 and -RR for wonderful food & service who can handle the holidays. After 7 seasons at Moonlight we will hope that things improve for what has been our "go to" dining.

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Montana
1 review
Dined on December 23, 2014
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 5

Main entree was delicious but had 4 1/4 potatoes cold and undercooked and 2 small baby spinach leafs which was 5 bites of side dishes. We had 4 people and each had same experience with their entrees.

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