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Rainbow Ranch Lodge Restaurant

42950 Gallatin Road, PO Box 160336, Gallatin Gateway, Big Sky, MT 59716
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Price range: $10 - $50
Wed - Sun 5:30 pm - 9:30 pm
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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Guntersville, Alabama
12 reviews 12 reviews
12 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
78 reviews 78 reviews
51 restaurant reviews
43 helpful votes 43 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
14 reviews 14 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 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
18 reviews 18 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 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
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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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Top Contributor
105 reviews 105 reviews
81 restaurant reviews
108 helpful votes 108 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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15 reviews 15 reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2013

We attended a rehearsal dinner here and found the food and staff to be amazing. It was our first trip to the Big Sky area. The food and service were excellent. The staff were very helpful towards our children.

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Seattle Area
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123 reviews 123 reviews
86 restaurant reviews
47 helpful votes 47 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2013

We had a celebration dinner here recently, and were pleasantly surprised that things at Rainbow Ranch are in such good shape. A couple of years ago, we told people to avoid this place as it was expensive and egregiously bad. It seems now that with a new Chef, who has been around the area and knows his stuff, and an... More 

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

Dear Guest, Thank you for taking the time to share your thoughts! I am proud to read the notes you left about your recent experience at Rainbow Ranch. Your feedback is very important to our efforts for continuously improving and your comments are greatly appreciated. Thank you again for your feedback, we truly appreciate knowing about our guest’s experiences so... More 

Saint Louis, Missouri
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67 reviews 67 reviews
44 restaurant reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2013

Wonderful service. Best bison I have ever had. Creative cocktail menu. Charming resort on the river. Best restaurant in the Big Sky area

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5 reviews 5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2013

Our family of 5 dined here in March, while vacationing at Big Sky. We loved the atmosphere, typical western lodge with a contemporary feel & great artwork on the walls. The staff was highly professional. They made a great "Moscow Moose" cocktail, served in copper cups. Three of us had elk...very large chop, perfectly prepared. For the most upscale, gourmet... More 

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Additional Information about Rainbow Ranch Lodge Restaurant

Address: 42950 Gallatin Road, PO Box 160336, 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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