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Rainbow Ranch Lodge Restaurant

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42950 Gallatin Road, Gallatin Gateway, Big Sky, MT 59716 (Highway 191)
The Big Sky Shuttle stops directly across Highway 191 from the Rainbow Ranch Lodge. Check www.skylinebus.com for schedules.
406-995-4132
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5:30 pm - 9:30 pm
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Hours:
Wed - Sun 5:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Dining options: Dinner, Reservations
Description: In our cozy restaurant on the banks of the Gallatin River, the culinary...
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.
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    5 of 5 stars
Unique and Refreshing

The restaurant offers entrees that are quite different than many other restaurants around which is a refreshing change. Our Bison Bresola appetizer was delectable. I went with my typical fish and the Ivory salmon didn't disappoint. However, my husband hit the food jackpot when he ordered the wild... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 11, 2015
tbneville
Good for:
  • Special occasions
  • Large groups
  • Families with children
  • Romantic
  • Doing business
  • Local cuisine
  • Bar scene
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2015

The restaurant offers entrees that are quite different than many other restaurants around which is a refreshing change. Our Bison Bresola appetizer was delectable. I went with my typical fish and the Ivory salmon didn't disappoint. However, my husband hit the food jackpot when he ordered the wild boar. The cocktails were refreshing and were obviously crafted so you would... More 

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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2015

We ate breakfast here twice during our stay, and it was yummy both times. My husband stuck to the yogurt parfait, with homemade granola and plenty of berries with a freshly baked (just out of the oven) pastry. I chose french toast one day which comes with prickly pear or huckleberry syrups along with the traditional maple syrup. A wonderful... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2015

Great atmosphere. Exceptional service and food. Party of six and everyone enjoyed their entree (venison, filet, mushroom curry dish). Broad wine selection. Worth the money.

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Louisville, Kentucky
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2015

If you are in the Big Sky area, this restaurant is a must. Fabulous food, service and atmosphere. It is one of the nicest restaurants in the area, but well worth the high price

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Salt Lake City, Utah
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 9, 2015

We (3 people) enjoyed a wonderful meal in a lovely setting. Since last year, the menu and service has dramatically improved. If you had a mediocre experience there in previous years (uber high prices, haughty service, menu items not available) definitely follow my semi reluctant footsteps and give their new chef a chance. Soup to nuts, our dinner was very... More 

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Genoa, Nevada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 5, 2015

We were here for cocktails, dinner and breakfast here. Signature whiskey drinks, local dishes highlighting elk bison and local game. And for breakfast...duck eggs Benedict. A real treat....and an adventure in dining.

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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2015

Didn't stay there, but the restaurant is about the best in the area. Big Sky fine dining is a bit behind in sophistication, but this place has at least one waiter who knows what he's doing, and the food is very good. Nice lighting, some nice art, and a decent wine list round things out. Down in the canyon, it's... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2015

The meal was absolutely superb. We were with a large group and everyone was extremely satisfied. The service was outstanding. The ambiance was wonderful. The menu is quite eclectic with many choices representing locally obtained food (bison, trout, etc). The wine list was plentiful. This would be a perfect place for a special occasion or maybe just somewhere different where... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2015

Celebrated an engagement at the Rainbow Ranch Lodge Restaurant. The cozy dining room has beautiful windows that overlook the national forest. The wine list (probably the most extensive in Big Sky) is hard to beat, but the mark-ups seemed a bit high. Food was prepared to perfection (we had pheasant and a venison au poivre) with a melon bruschetta to... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2015

We were a group of 22 so we pretty much ordered everything that the menu had to offer. And there were some really unusual offerings. The lamb shank was one of the best I"ve ever had. Spicy dry rub seasoning and really really tender. Roasted asparagus soup, yummy. Truly a foodie's delight to dine here. Breakfast the next morning was... More 

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Additional Information about Rainbow Ranch Lodge Restaurant

Address: 42950 Gallatin Road, Gallatin Gateway, Big Sky, MT 59716
Phone Number: 406-995-4132
Location: United States  >  Montana (MT)  >  Big Sky  >  Gallatin Gateway
Open Hours:
Sunday 5:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Wednesday 5:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Thursday 5:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Friday 5:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Saturday 5:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Average Prices: USD 10 - 50
Cuisine: Contemporary

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 42950 Gallatin Road, Gallatin Gateway, Big Sky, MT 59716
    (Highway 191)
  • Public Transportation: The Big Sky Shuttle stops directly across Highway 191 from the Rainbow Ranch Lodge. Check www.skylinebus.com for schedules.
  • Location: United States  >  Montana (MT)  >  Big Sky  >  Gallatin Gateway
  • Phone Number: 406-995-4132

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 10 - 50
  • Cuisine: Contemporary

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Good for: Special occasions, Large groups, Families with children, Romantic, Doing business, Local cuisine, Bar scene

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.
Open Hours
Sunday
5:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Wednesday
5:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Thursday
5:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Friday
5:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Saturday
5:30 pm - 9:30 pm

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