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Rainbow Ranch Lodge Restaurant

42950 Gallatin Road, PO Box 160336, Gallatin Gateway, Big Sky, MT 59716
406-995-4132
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Price range: $10 - $50
Cuisines: Contemporary
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Good for: Families with children, Romance, Bar scene, Large groups, Doing business, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Dinner, Reservations, Dessert
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Cross street: Highway 191
Transit: The Big Sky Shuttle stops directly across Highway 191 from the Rainbow Ranch Lodge. Check www.skylinebus.com for schedules.
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.
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Atlanta, Georgia
Senior Reviewer
10 reviews 10 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2014

Beautiful setting - inside and out. The fanciest place we ate during our Big Sky vacation. Food was good. Our waiter, Chad, was excellent. We would go back on our next visit.

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Missoula, Montana
Top Contributor
71 reviews 71 reviews
50 restaurant reviews
51 helpful votes 51 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 12, 2014

The staff was extremely friendly and helpful when I called for a reservation, and also later when I called to confirm my reservation. They greeted us at the door and even opened our car door to assist us with coming into the restaurant. The staff was very attentive and professional. The food was served promptly and our water glasses kept... More

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rainbowranchlodge, General Manager at Rainbow Ranch Lodge Restaurant, responded to this review

Dear Guest, Thank you for dining with us and taking the time to share your thoughts. I'm happy to hear that you enjoyed your service at Rainbow Ranch! We pride ourselves on offering outstanding service & food. I would agree, the Pork Belly is one of my favorites as well! I am sorry to hear that all of the entrees... More

Cadillac, Michigan
2 reviews
2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 10, 2014

We had visited this restaurant with our family on a couple prior occasions over the last 5 years. Our most recent visit was last Saturday. We had made a reservation a couple days previous and were advised that the earliest we could be accommodated was 7:30. We arrived a few minutes early, but were asked to wait in a lounge... More

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rainbowranchlodge, General Manager at Rainbow Ranch Lodge Restaurant, responded to this review

Dear Guest, Thank you for dining with us and taking the time to share your thoughts. I'm happy to hear that you have enjoyed coming to Rainbow Ranch for the past 5 years. Please accept my apologies for any expectations not being met regarding portion size & service last Saturday. I'm not sure what occurred with your service challenges on... More

new york
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11 reviews 11 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2014 via mobile

With so many positive reviews my expectations were high, but my party of six were all sadly disappointed in the portion sizing of all courses ordered. The taste of the dishes was on point as well as the service but for the money I think the sizing of the portions was far less then expected. We are all seasoned travelers... More

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rainbowranchlodge, General Manager at Rainbow Ranch Lodge Restaurant, responded to this review

Dear Guest, Thank you for joining us in our dining room and for your review of our property. I am happy to hear that the food and service was "on point". Please accept my apologies for any expectations not being met regarding portion size. We are continually taking guests feedback & making improvements. Should you have further comments, please contact... More

Guntersville, Alabama
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5 reviews 5 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2014

We have been dining at RBL with the same small group of friends for many ski seasons , and with the exception of one sub par year , our group gives this restaurant the best in Big Sky award. The service is exceptionable , the entrees are always wonderful , and the atmosphere really highlights the entire evening's experience. Our... More

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rainbowranchlodge, Manager at Rainbow Ranch Lodge Restaurant, responded to this review

Dear Guest, We are so happy that you have made Rainbow Ranch Lodge one of your returning points on your yearly trip to Big Sky! Thank you for the review and your comments about our food, service and atmosphere. We strive to create a memorable experience for our guests and are lucky to have repeat guests like you each season!... More

New Hope, Pennsylvania
Top Contributor
77 reviews 77 reviews
50 restaurant reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 10, 2014

While staying in Moonlight Basin, it became apparent that we needed to make the drive off the mountain to enjoy "foodie" level dining. The Rainbow Ranch admirably satisfied this void during our ski vacation. We arrived early and sat at the fireplace at the bar and enjoyed discussions about regional liqours while savoring huckleberry martinis. The wine list and cousel... More

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rainbowranchlodge, Manager at Rainbow Ranch Lodge Restaurant, responded to this review

Dear Guest, We are so glad that you made the trip down from Moonlight to experience our food here at Rainbow Ranch Lodge! Thank you for the honest evaluation of the menu items you enjoyed. We love to have "foodies" here at the Ranch, and since Chef really likes to experiment with flavors and textures there is always something new... More

Pasadena, California
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11 reviews 11 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 3, 2014 via mobile

This was my first trip to MT, and I hope there will be more to follow. We ended a wonderful day at Yellowstone with an equally wonderful dinner at the Rainbow Ranch. They had an appetizer special of New Zealand mussels thwt were plump and flavorful. I had the bison flank steak which was delicious.

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rainbowranchlodge, Manager at Rainbow Ranch Lodge Restaurant, responded to this review

Dear Guest, Thank you for stopping by Rainbow Ranch Lodge on your way home from Yellowstone! We are happy that you enjoyed the Mussels and the Bison from our menu. It is always a pleasure to have guests warming up and relaxing with us after a long day of winter adventures in Yellowstone and Big Sky! We would love to... More

Miami Shores, Florida
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17 reviews 17 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2014

Wonderful dinner last night. Started in the bar where my wife says Tyler made her the best Cosmo she has ever had. On to dinner... First of all fast service, which is something RBR is not known for. The foie gras apitizer was delicious as well as the lamb shoulder entre. Deserts were very good. We met the new chef... More

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rainbowranchlodge, Manager at Rainbow Ranch Lodge Restaurant, responded to this review

Dear Guest, Thank you for dining with us at Rainbow Ranch Lodge! We appreciate the kind words said about our staff and we are lucky to have such a great team here. We are happy that you enjoyed a sampling from our menus, and we would love to see you and your wife here at Rainbow Ranch the next time... More

Clearwater, Florida
Senior Reviewer
10 reviews 10 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2013

Excellent meal, good service, nice atmosphere. The bar is beautiful and the view is great. There is some outdoor seating. Great place for weddings or dinner parties.

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Boston
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82 reviews 82 reviews
62 restaurant reviews
82 helpful votes 82 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2013

A destination wedding brought us to Big Sky, and what a treat to find this gem of a restaurant on the scenic Gallatin River. Great food in an "haute Western" setting, and a panoramic river view. I and our guest enjoyed the New York strip and Mrs. Gyr was delighted with a Risotto in mushroom broth entree. Attentive staff and... More

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