Rainbow Ranch Lodge LLC

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198 Reviews
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$31 to $50
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Contemporary American
Rainbow Ranch Lodge is proud to offer world class Montana ranch-to-table cuisine, originating from the finest and freshest products available. We use the highest quality, fresh, locally grown and conscientiously raised products from regional producers, which help inspire us to create culinary and visual masterpieces.

Rainbow Ranch dining is modern, rustic, relaxed and refined, with unsurpassed views of the majestic Gallatin River. House made specialties such as duck prosciutto, smoked bacon and house cured salami's are enhanced by our award-winning wine list and hand-crafted, barrel-aged cocktails in an environment as inviting as its Big Sky Country backdrop.
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New York Area
16 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Had the Elk Sauerbraten. It was good but not really sauerbraten. Service was great.

T
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Quiet table with beautiful view of mountain and river. Variety cocktails and wine choices. Food was creative and very delicious. Beautiful presentation. Soup was remarkable. Professional and attentive staff.

ML
1 review
Dined on August 18, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Celebrating our anniversary. All were very friendly. Easily fixed the error on our salad when wrong ones brought

DF
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 7, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

We were there on a weeknight and the food was pretty good but the menu choices are limited. When we walked in the place was nearly empty at 7pm except for people on the porch and the waiters and hostess were sitting at the bar just hanging out. The view outside was nice. Our waiter was disorganized and forgetful. It was ok but overpriced

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Fantastic setting along the river

SB
Montana
4 reviews
Dined on July 30, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 4

I guess I would recommend for location and food. However, Our waiter had a lazy attitude was poorly trained and dull personality. The bartender made a very "short pour" manhatten... half full...$14.00..tried to return to get a "full" drink and he said no...so, get smaller glasses if that is what you are going to pour...shameful. Food was very slow with only 4 other tables in the restaurant. Food was quite good but hard to overcome the other flaws.

W
Mississippi
7 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 4

Beautiful setting, but the service is poor and the food is relatively expensive for what it is.

K
Glasgow
15 reviews
Dined on July 25, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Service was slow - had to remind waiter of our cocktail and water order twice.

OT
Charlotte
7 reviews
Dined on July 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We loved our server, Lauren and the food was fantastic ❗️
The elk steak and the pork chop were both delicious.
We had a hot berry dessert that was unbelievable.
We would recommend this restaurant highly.

MW
Portland
2 reviews
Dined on July 23, 2019
Overall 2food 5service 1ambience 4

After waiting 15 min passed my reservation, when there was only a few diners, I ask when we would be seated and was ignored so the hostess so she could seat a party coming in, we were put in a back corner even though I had made reservations months ago stating we were dining there for my wife's birthday, when I ask for a better table I was told I would have to talk to the manager, in the mean time we order drinks which took over 20 mins to arrive and only half the drinks were brought. the manager showed up and said he was sorry but all the other tables were taken, but he would buy our drinks, which took another 20 mins to get the rest of our drinks, dinner was served and it was excellent. but when the bill came all the drinks were on the bill. discussed I paid the bill and left. Only went to this restaurateur because on-line it was rated top restaurateur in Montana and should be on your bucket list. Well it's on my sh-t list.

OT
Miami
1 review
Dined on July 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Birthday

Excellent food, excellent service. Beautiful view.

s
Central Texas
30 reviews
Dined on June 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service and food in a wonderful location. Great recommendations from our server and manager.We watched a sweet wedding taking place outside from our table by the window. We will return.

OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on June 26, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 4

Everything was wrong except wine. Four dining total all orders were wrong. Example I ordered Beef Filet and was served Trout (trout was good but room temperature). I have dined at RBR many times. Dining time was high season but resturant was not over crowded at all. Our server offered to pay our bill which we declined. The Manager came out to say sorry and offered to pay for the Elk that was cooked very well done which is a no no for Elk. Soup cold, wrong salads, small bite was prepared wrong. Our group fine dine all the time and this dining experience was a shock for a $$$$ establishment.

RG
San Antonio
2 reviews
Dined on June 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great. Good food great wine list

MB
Austin
1 review
Dined on June 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Rainbow Ranch Restaurant was wonderful - the ambiance and service were friendly and accommodating. Though the food selection was small, every dish was absolutely delicious. The wine selection provided a wide variety and the Cabernet we ordered was wonderful. I highly recommend!

PG
Orlando
21 reviews
Dined on June 2, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 2

Friendly snd enthusiastic service! Interesting sounding menu but bizarre presentation, strange pairings, uninspiring flavors.

KT
Montana
1 review
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 1

The food was ok but way overpriced. Our server was very good and competent but the other server on duty kept coming to our table and re-doing everything the other server did. A loud party of people were so loud we could barely hear each other...there was no getting away from that group because the dining area is not built to accommodate this

OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on March 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Great spot, great food!!

LL
New York Area
24 reviews
Dined on March 22, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 3

They were out of a LOT of items, including kids’ chicken tenders. Blah food. Just ok overall. Better options if you can get into the other restaurants around Big Sky.

c
Seattle
21 reviews
Dined on March 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious end to a day of skiing.

OT
Montana
1 review
Dined on March 20, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Everything was wonderful. Always a favorite when in Big Sky . We had the mussels and shrimp. A ciopino style dish , with ample seafood. The broth was good but a bit bland . The sauce makes the dish so it was good but with a statement sauce , it would have been better. I suggest fennel and basil with a bit more tomato.

OT
Dallas
11 reviews
Dined on March 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What a wonderful dining experience I can hardly wait for my return to Big Sky Country to see & taste what their chefs dream up. My entree of roasted halibut, elk shank, beets, enoki mushrooms was Devine as well as beautifully presented.

OT
Tulsa
2 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The best (bison) steak I have ever had!! Everything was cooked to perfection. Staff were helpful and checked in often but not too much. I will return here. Perfect for dinner alone or a romantic spot.

MM
Las Vegas
24 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Bunch of skiers got together.
Wine list was a mess. Things on menu were not available. Inexperienced servers.

JW
Orange County
5 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 3

Not impressed. We walked in to the receptionist greeting us and was very sweet at first by giving us a tour of the lodge, but then proceeded to use the F word when describing many aspects of the lodge...was very unprofessional. We got seated and our server really didn't know much about the menu and just kept pushing the combination platter. They didn't have a couple of the items on the menu and said they were out, but it was only 7:30 and the place opened at 5, so that was strange. They couldn't get our dessert order right and then when they brought it out, it was incorrect - we called them out on it and they proceeded to laugh at us saying that it was correct - only to turn around 10 minutes later and state that we were in fact, right and they had to use "the backup tub of ice cream". Our berries were rock solid hard and frozen (uneatable) ...the service was poor to say the least - they comp'd nothing off our meal to compensate, yet came and apologized for laughing at us. For the money that was spent, I expected A LOT better service, food and class. Very surprising for a Friday night and for a place that was so highly recommended to us. Would NOT revisit or recommend.

E
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Really great service, food was excellent. Amazing wine list.

OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 1food 3service 2ambience 3

Was told they did not have tea and then after diner went to the bar and at the bar was a tea/ coffee station with plenty of tea.

JE
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was excellent. One highlight was crab bisque soup, another was Composition of Game, including
elk chop and boar. Our server Lauren was very knowledgeable about the food, the restaurant, and the arab. 5 stars

JH
Mississippi
4 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent service and wide variety of food/menu choices.

GS
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place for a quite dinner, with excellent service and food

OT
Memphis
10 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

Service was excellent first of all. But the food was average at best. Sweetbreads were grilled but tasted like baked. No grill flavor whatsoever. Halibut for the main dish was cold on the inside and once I added a touch of salt to the mushroom farro it was ver good. To their credit they gave a free dessert when I mentioned the cold fish at the end when the server asked how everything was. My wife steak was very well prepared. Dessert was a special and the used a blowtorch on the top and it unfortunately made everything taste burned but the berries and cobbler were great if you got a bite without the burned top. Wanted to like it and one dish always gets a pass when dining out but there were too many that just weren’t very good.

p
Philadelphia
13 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

The coctails were fantastic, menu very creative and excellent, food quality top shelf. wine list first rate. we always enjoy our night there to celebrate my wifes birthday and the end of our holiday ski trip. Great place, would love to stay there, but not convenient to the mountain.

R
Charlotte
4 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Rainbow Ranch is the best restaurant in the Big Sky area. We highly recommend it!

OT
Raleigh
23 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

When we arrived for our reservation, there was a large party in the dining room and the noise level was quite high. Fortunately, they were preparing to leave and gradually became a little quieter. Service was okay but considering the reputation of Rainbow Ranch, I think we expected it to be a little better. Granted, it was the holidays, which is a hectic time of the year for restaurants.

B
Montana
3 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

Usually outstanding. But the fish dinner was disappointing. The fish though delicious was a surprisingly small portion. While The boar portion surprisingly large and just way too many beets filling the plate. The other dinner of wild game was excellent. Service as always was excellent.

Rainbow Ranch Lodge LLC
Responded on December 28, 2018

Thank you for your review. We're sorry to hear you didn't enjoy all of your dining experience with us. It certainly is our goal to consistently serve properly portioned quality food to our guests. Moving forward, we'll direct attention to consistency, size & presentation, & ensure our staff understands expectation for each dish. We'd love to have you back! Feel free to give me a call directly if you're open to giving us another opportunity to provide you with a wonderful meal. --Kelli Kunz

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FB
1 review
Dined on December 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had an amazing time at the Rainbow Ranch Lodge! The Lodge was decorated festive for the holidays and is a beautiful place inside & out. We had a great bartender during the Happy Hour and an amazing server when we sat to eat in the restaurant. The food was unique and so divine. There is also an amazing selection of wines to choose from!

Rainbow Ranch Lodge LLC
Responded on December 28, 2018

Thank you so much for the wonderful review! We are so happy to hear you had such a lovely dining experience with us!

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JO
1 review
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, experience and staff all around and would recommend this stop to anyone in town.

M
London
3 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

We were there for our Thanksgiving dinner. Our waiter looked like he was just seasonal as he didn’t seem to have a lot of experience (couldn’t remember our order, struggled to open the bottle of wine, overcharged us, didn’t have great social skills). He also appeared to be a bit sleepy, which made our experience a bit awkward. The staff looked mostly confused that night. 4 different members of the staff brought and took our plates - quite confusing. We were overcharged for the wine we ordered, which was rectified after we noticed it on the receipt. The restaurant underestimated the amount of customers they would have that night, which meant we no longer had more than 1 dessert option. The food was mostly good.

RD
San Diego
1 review
Dined on September 17, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Our main course and drinks were wonderful, however the appetizers were underwhelming.

f
Seattle
33 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A fine dining experience with a fantastic menu. The service was extremely attentive and the meals were perfectly prepared. It was a real treat to dine here. The views of the property and the mountains are spectacular and the lodge itself is so charming. They also make fantastic craft cocktails at the bar!

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