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About Rainbow Ranch Lodge LLC

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 at once, 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.

42950 Gallatin Road
Gallatin Gateway, MT 59730
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Dining Style:
Fine Dining

Cuisines:
Contemporary American, Wild Game, Bar / Lounge / Bottle Service

Hours of Operation:
Happy Hour
Daily 4:00 pm–6:00 pm
Lounge
Daily 4:00 pm–10:00 pm
Dinner
Daily 5:00 pm–9:00 pm

Cross Street:
Highway 191

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$31 to $50

Payment Options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(406) 995-4132

Website:
http://www.rainbowranchbigsky.com/dining/restaurant.htm

Public Transit:
The Big Sky Shuttle stops directly across Highway 191 from the Rainbow Ranch Lodge. Check www.skylinebus.com for schedules.

Executive Chef:
Curtis Waltman

Private Party Facilities:
The Rainbow Ranch Lodge features multiple venues for private dining. Enjoy a multi-course meal and wine pairings in the intimate setting of the Bacchus room, located in our award-winning wine cellar. Or throw a party and dance the night away at the historic riverside Wedding Barn.

Private Party Contact:
Ryan Kunz: (406) 995-4132

Additional:
Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Outdoor dining, Outdoor Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Rainbow Ranch Lodge LLC Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

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food

4.8

service

4.3

ambience

4.7

value

4.0

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Quiet

92% would recommend it to a friend

Cozy (7)
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Notable Wine List (4)
Worth the Drive (4)
Fit for Foodies (3)
Quiet Conversation (3)
Romantic (3)
Seasonal (3)
Good for Anniversaries (2)
Authentic (2)
Good for Birthdays (2)
Good for Groups (2)
Handcrafted Cocktails (2)
Local Ingredients (2)
Special Occasion (2)
Great Beer (1)
Live Music (1)
Neighborhood Gem (1)
Scenic View (1)
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 (New England)·Dined on February 10, 2018

This was our 3rd visit to Big Sky and each time we make it a point to dine at Rainbow Ranch. However, this time the service was fair, at best . We were very disappointed and probably will not visit again which is a shame because it is such a spectalur setting.

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 (Montana)·Dined on February 9, 2018

Have been many times and the food has always been delicious, beautiful and innovative. The service was outstanding. Love to come early and have a cocktail in the cozy bar in front of the fireplace. It’s a bit pricy but worth it for a special night.

Tags: Cozy, Worth the Drive, Local Ingredients, Romantic, Quiet Conversation, Creative Cuisine
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 (Jackson Hole)·Dined on February 2, 2018

This place is effing awesome. Love it. Want to live there permanently.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Good for a Date, Authentic
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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 27, 2018

Rainbow Ranch has a lovely atmosphere with outstanding food, wine list and service. My gluten allergy was accommodated with care, although limiting on GF desserts. I would highly restaurant to all. It was the best meal in Big Sky area we have had so go and enjoy !!

Tags: Notable Wine List, Neighborhood Gem, Live Music, Romantic, Seasonal, Handcrafted Cocktails, Cozy, Authentic, Good for a Date
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 22, 2018

Excellent service and food but a bit overpriced for value.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 21, 2018

Food was superb and unique. Foodies would enjoy

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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on January 19, 2018

We recently had dinner and spent the night at the Rainbow Ranch with some friends. The food was incredible, the service was amazing and the accommodations were incredible. We will definitely be back again!

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Local Ingredients, Fit for Foodies, Quiet Conversation, Special Occasion
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 31, 2017

Many New Year's Eve dinners are lackluster and decidedly unspecial -- see my review of Jean-Georges' Inn at Pound Ridge a few years back. This was not so for the Rainbow Ranch Lodge in Montana! We had a late 10pm reservation and they gave us a really excellent meal. I had the pheasant with risotto, and it melted in my mouth (and was washed down with a good Chenin Blanc). Dessert was a sweet and tart, strawberry and rhubarb cobbler, followed by coffee for the drive back to Big Sky. Oh, I forgot to mention the fireworks at midnight, but the bottom line was the food was really good.

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 (Austin)·Dined on December 31, 2017

Food is good but the food is very busy. There is just too much going on with each item. Service waa good but rather slow. Mushroom bruchetta was excellent. This place is Very, very pricey. Probably would not go back.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Cozy
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 27, 2017

We had a phenomenal date. The ambiance of Rainbow Ranch is 2nd to none.

Our server, Jeff, was an excellent host and provided great food recommendations. The manager Dale provided us with an excellent Barolo wine suggestion to accompany our meals.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Great Beer, Notable Wine List, Special Occasion, Good for Groups
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 27, 2017

They claimed they didn’t receive our reservation from opentable . They didn’t give us a table till we pretty much pick one and sat down. The manager was rude and condescending, not apologetic for mistake. Blaming it on open table not them
Also, don’t order the trout

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 (Nashville)·Dined on December 24, 2017

We were on our first trip to Big Sky over Christmas. I was looking for a nice meal for my family on Christmas Eve. The reviews for Rainbow Ranch were good so i reserved for dinner. Extremely impressed with ALL aspects of the experience from the time you walk in the door. Very friendly and prompt service. Of the 5 of us, we tried most of the entree items which focuses on wild animal from Elk, Bison, Beef and Wild Boar. There were other items but these were awesome. As noted above, the service and food were phenomenal. I highly recommend when in the area.

Tags: Seasonal, Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine, Cozy, Notable Wine List
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 (Adelaide / SA)·Dined on December 24, 2017

Delicious restaurant excellent for special occasions

Tags: Fit for Foodies
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 (Montana)·Dined on October 10, 2017

I took my girlfriend to the Rainbow Ranch for her birthday. We are both local residents of Big Sky. The service was outstanding, the food was outstanding, and the ambiance was outstanding. We both had the Bison Tenderloin, hers cooked rare, mine medium. Absolutely perfect. Wild mushrooms for an appetizer, and Creame Brule for desert. By far the absolute best place for a romantic dinner in Big Sky. A bit pricey, but you get what you pay for. We both had an enjoyable evening, one we will not forget.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Authentic, Fun, Romantic, Local Ingredients, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion
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 (Montana)·Dined on September 30, 2017

Romantic and perfect for our anniversary celebration. Only wish we would have spent the night too.

Tags: Good for Groups, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Notable Wine List, Good for Birthdays, Creative Cuisine, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (Jackson Hole)·Dined on September 14, 2017

We had an amazing food experience at Rainbow Ranch! The creative combinations for all courses were so delicious and interesting. A true taste explosion!

Tags: Scenic View, Worth the Drive, Good for a Date, Notable Wine List, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine
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 (Seattle)·Dined on August 31, 2017

We went for our third anniversary dinner while in Big Sky, but we weren't staying on property. The patio was ideal for views and ambiances and loved the opportunity to enjoy ingredients from local producers.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Quiet Conversation, Romantic, Waterfront, Special Occasion
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 (New York Area)·Dined on August 28, 2017

Wonderful place to share a special night iut!

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 19, 2017

The food descriptions did not match what was delivered. I was also disappointed that the table behind us was having very loud inappropriate conversations with no regard to others around them and the servers didn't seem to think it was a problem.

The mushroom appetizer was amazing but the rest of dinner kind of fell flat. We did not get dessert since it looked very similar to Buck's T4 and we wanted to try something we had never had before. I would definitely try it again but maybe ask more questions about the menu before placing my order.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Authentic
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 (New York Area)·Dined on July 29, 2017

We went to the rainbow ranch twice during our five day trip. The food was absolutely wonderful. We ate out twice daily for each day during our conference and tried as many highly rated restaurants during our trip and the food here was just incredible. The trout pate, elk, wild boar, and pheasant was all a delight to my palate. Thank you for the wonderful meals.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Outdoor Dining, Special Occasion, Romantic, Scenic View, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Charlotte)·Dined on July 25, 2017

We're looking for a nice sitdown meal in this did not disappoint. An absolute must visit restaurant if you are in the big sky area. Fit for any foodie: Fois Gras, Elk, wild game. Just Fantastic! This is worth a special trip.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on July 15, 2017

Great Food! Great Service! Brianna is Awesome! Menu is excellent. Great Bar!
Friendly courteous staff! Beautiful property!

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 (Atlanta)·Dined on July 14, 2017

The atmosphere is wonderful, the food was delicious, and the water views are gorgeous!

Tags: Romantic, Good for Birthdays, Fit for Foodies, Great for Outdoor Dining, Local Ingredients, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Groups, Bar Seating, Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine, Waterfront, Worth the Drive, Notable Wine List, Business Meals, Scenic View
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 (Naples)·Dined on July 13, 2017

Excellent experience with spectacular river views. Server very friendly!

Tags: Seasonal, Good for Birthdays, Great for Outdoor Dining, Neighborhood Gem, Quiet Conversation
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 (New Orleans)·Dined on July 8, 2017

Mediocre expensive meal.
Service average.
Beautiful view of river & landscape.
Go to Lone Mountain Ranch for excellent meal at same price.

Tags: Scenic View
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 (Seattle)·Dined on June 25, 2017

We loved everything about this place! Although more affordable options on the menu would be nice.

Tags: Healthy, Romantic, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Afternoon Coffee, Worth the Drive, Kid-friendly, Cozy, Creative Cuisine, Scenic View, Fun
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 (Montana)·Dined on June 18, 2017

An amazing dining experience from awesome food to a waiter who was very attentive to our needs. We will be coming back!

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine
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 (Houston)·Dined on June 15, 2017

We were on vacation and were amazed by the flavor and presentation of the food. The service was super. We thoroughly enjoyed this little gem of a spot.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Neighborhood Gem, Scenic View, Special Occasion, Romantic
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 (Montana)·Dined on June 10, 2017

We were very excited to have dinner here as many of the reviews were good. We unfortunately did not have a great experience. I will say the view is great with the Gallatin River rushing by and the small pond and grass area leading to the river. The wine list is good but heavily marked up expect to pay 1/3 again the normal restaurant price for a bottle. Not sure why but the piped in music was very loud and not appropriate to such a great setting. Service started very well with both the host and waiter being very friendly and attentive. The salads were very good a mixed green and the beet salad was excellent. Now for the not so good. We found the food to be very overpriced and extremely pretentious. Rock shrimp appetizers were small bread "cups" filled with cream cheese and maybe one very small chunk of shrimp in each one. After asking the waiter if the rib steak was good and assured it was I ordered a rib steak medium rare. What was served was a 1/4 inch thick untrimmed steak cooked past well done. The mushroom sauce was good but very few actual mushrooms and the sauce and steak where put on top of fries so they were soggy and not appetizing at all. My wife ordered the walleye topped with crab. This would have been good but it also was terribly overcooked and dry. Desert was OK, but nothing spectacular. After informing the waiter the steak was brutally overcooked he then was very unfriendly the rest of the meal. They did offer desert free, but an uneaten $42 steak is not the same as a $6 desert. If you are looking for a good, but expensive glass of wine and a terrific view this is the place. If you are looking for great food not so much. There are better options in the Big Sky area.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Scenic View, Waterfront
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on June 5, 2017

Great dinner . Pricy for sure. We had a steak and elk chops. The grass fed quality of the meat was extremely good. The wines were equally good. With dessert, we got to over 100 pp, so be prepared. The service was excellent, if a tad effete and formal. Less sincere than we like. Overall, it deserves the great reviews it gets.

Tags: Romantic, Handcrafted Cocktails, Notable Wine List, Scenic View, Good for a Date, Worth the Drive, Great for Outdoor Dining, Creative Cuisine
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 (Chicago)·Dined on March 24, 2017

I had one of the most perfectly prepared beef tenderloins EVER!

Tags: Creative Cuisine
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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on March 19, 2017

I have had great food on this trip to Big Sky but I can say that my dinner at Rainbow Ranch was the best of all. From the appetizer to the dessert it was exceptional. I only wish I had one more night left to go there again.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on March 19, 2017

For the third season in a row, this remains the best restaurant in the Big Sky area (down in the canyon). The pappardelle is one of the best entrees I've had anywhere. The chicken simple, but very good. The shrimp & grits appetizer is outstanding, scant on the grits, but with an exceptionally flavorful broth. Spacious, nice ambiance, with views of the grounds. Friendly staff.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Scenic View
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 (New York Area)·Dined on March 10, 2017

This was our third time there while skiing at Big Sky. Best dinner yet and all the others were great. Would highly recommend.

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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on March 7, 2017

We've eaten here before and really enjoy the food and atmosphere. Our server was very helpful with wine selection as we like to try new wines.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Worth the Drive, Fit for Foodies
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 (New York Area)·Dined on March 5, 2017

Have been to RR many times over the years. Have never been disappointed.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on March 3, 2017

Not to be missed in Big Sky. We come every year and have never been disappointed.

Tags: Scenic View, Notable Wine List, Bar Seating, Tasting Menu, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Happy Hour, Romantic
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on March 2, 2017

NEVER disappoints. Food is always beautiful, and service to match. Well done. Again.

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 (Mississippi)·Dined on February 24, 2017

Food was outstanding. So good we ate there three out of the 4 nights we were in town. I would highly recommend the Lodge to anyone and everyone.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Creative Cuisine, Cozy, Casual, Special Occasion, Pre/post Theatre, Scenic View, Worth the Drive, Comfort Food, Good for a Date, Authentic
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 (Montana)·Dined on February 22, 2017

Great food. Great atmosphere. We plan to return.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Neighborhood Gem, Worth the Drive, Special Occasion, Fun, Local Ingredients, Quiet Conversation, Bar Seating, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Groups, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Cozy, Good for Anniversaries, Scenic View, Good for a Date, Waterfront
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