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Reviewed March 16, 2021

Yes, you are paying for an ‘experience’ so it was pricey as some reviews note however, most times the food never matches the experience, so it disappoints... this Yurt dinner was too notch and completely wowed us with both the experience and dinner! It was...worth every penny. Check in was easy with a few waivers and there was a very brief info session once we were ready to depart. You can either tip ahead on cc or leave cash in the table. Once ready to leave, you could had the option to ride in the cozy cab, but we opted for crawling the ladder and riding on top. It’s padded with a rail and you sit on your bottom. This was SO much fun and we opted for the same on the ride down. Once we arrived, we headed into the cozy yurt for yummy French onion soup and bread with romantic lighting and a musician (excellent)! We brought our own bottles of wine as they do not provide alcohol, and they had openers. Be cautious with the altitude if you’re not used to it- it does catch up to you ;). They do have water on the table and offer coffee and certain sodas. Then we headed outside for the views, fire and sledding! Def recommend the sledding no matter your age, just remember you have to walk back up! We then headed back in when the dinner bell rang for our meal- WOW!! I can’t say enough about how delicious it was. The meat was cooked perfectly and so tender we just used butter knives! The vegetables were flavorful and mashed potatoes were perfect! There was plenty of food for our party of four served family style and they came back with more meat, which we were so full from our original helpings. We then had Toblerone chocolate and a huge plate of cake, apples, bananas and oranges for fondue. It was delish! The entire crew made this experience wonderful and we were very thankful to each of them. The ride back down was a different experience with nightfall and the adults and children alike were laughing hitting the little bumps. It was an unforgettable experience and one none of us will forget!More

Date of visit: March 2021
Reviewed March 5, 2021

Our yurt dinner was a delightful experience! The food was surprisingly good quality. Be warned however, If COVID restrictions are still in place, it will be FIENDISHLY expensive! ($360 for two, without wine or tip)

Date of visit: February 2021
Reviewed March 4, 2021

The idea of taking a snowcat up the mountain to a torch-lit yurt was super appealing, so for 4 friends on vacation, we signed up, for a total of $766 for four people. Certainly not cheap, but seeing as this was more an "experience," not...super out of the ordinary. Unfortunately, I believe the experience fell short in a number of ways - some may be related to COVID, but certainly not all. CHECK IN From the email sent ahead of time, check in was at 6:30 "sharp" and if you arrived after 6:45 you'd be charged. We pulled away from the loading area around 7:00 PM, so I am not sure if that's typical or if folks were late. As soon as you get there, you sign some COVID waivers, and are immediately "informed" that you can leave a tip up front on your credit card. Nice, I guess, if you didn't bring cash; otherwise a little bit annoying that the beginning of the experience started with an ask for tips. Also no guidance on what a good tip would be - 20% of $766 would certainly not be appropriate for the lesser service provided. Overall, check in is easy - expect to wait ~20-30 min outside near the snowcats before taking off. SNOWCAT RIDE The ride to the yurt was very fun! We rode up top - definitely do this on the way up and possibly on the way down if you're into it. The ride is very bumpy, and you're sitting on a padded floor up top with low walls, so older and younger folks probably should stick to the interior. Also note, you have to climb a ladder to get to the top of the cat. THE YURT Very warm and inviting. A little dark, but expected that going into it. Tables were very spaced a part, but overall comfortable. BATHROOMS I wasn't expecting a full bathroom, but I also wasn't expecting a simple porta-potty out back to be the bathroom. Also note, only ONE porta-potty, so the line gets long. They should add a second and consider making them M/F. FOOD/DRINKS This is a BYOB experience which, for $766, felt a little weird, but it didn't grind my gears too much. They open the wine for you, but it's served in little plastic cups. Not appropriate, in my view - nor are the paper napkins. The food is served family style, which is fine during COVID since you're sat only with your party. However, this would probably irritate me during normal operations if you were expected to share with the entire yurt. The food was excellent; french onion soup starter with bread; tenderloin, veg, and potatoes for dinner. The dessert was an assorted chocolate fondue which was pretty average. Of note, this is something I thought was ridiculous: They don't have more bread. Our table liked the bread with the soup and quickly ate up the small basket they provided. How was there realistically no bread left? It wasn't like it was fresh baked there - just bring more next time. SERVICE The service at the yurt was very average. I think my view is clouded because I was particularly annoyed by the last two parts of my review, tips and time. With that said, the service wasn't bad and the two waiters did a fine job serving quickly and efficiently. One example is this: We were one of the last tables to get served on each "round" they made - which isn't an issue - but during the second time of the waiters bringing the beef around, I asked if I could have some more in a bit (still had a pretty full plate.) I was told no, and that I better get it now if I wanted it. Oddly, I was only given a piece or two - the rest, probably 3-4 pounds of beef, went into the "back" and never came out again. TIPS This really bothered me: I started the night getting hit up for a tip and ended the night getting hit up for a tip. Literally, the last thing that was said was along the lines of "thanks for joining us, for those who would like to leave a cash tip, please do so on the table or give it directly to us. Also please be sure to also tip our music guest..." No other words after that as the waiters quickly cleared tables before we had even left the yurt. Not a great final note to end on. I will say this: I get that tips are a part of things like this, but I do not want to be shaken down from the moment I arrive to the moment I leave. For ~$200 per meal, how can you realistically not build in expenses to cover this? This should be a no brainer. Or, consider upping the price by $15-20 and just let me leave my wallet at home and have a good time. TIME Billed as a "3 to 3.5 hr" experience, ours was not. We left at 7 PM and were back down by 9:20ish. I really got the feeling that the workers were rushing along. You have about 10 minutes to enjoy the yurt before dinner is served; 10 minutes after that until dessert; and then you're quickly rushed out so they can clean and leave. OVERALL Even as I write this, I need to remind myself that it was overall a pleasant experience, but very unfortunately overshadowed by some of the things outlined above. With some small tweaks, this could be excellent - but for the money, my suggestion would be to do a Yellowstone adventure (probably not through the same company, though.)More

Date of visit: February 2021
Reviewed February 3, 2021 via mobile

We had such a great time at Montana Dinner Yurt. The snowcat picked us up at 6:30pm followed by a 10 minute ride up the mountain. Dress warm! (I wore my ski pants.) Once we arrived, a delicious French onion soup was served. We had...about 15-20 minutes to go outside and enjoy the outdoor fireplace; some decided to go sledding. The beef tenderloin was cooked perfectly. We also had sides of mashed potatoes and grilled veggies. The gravy was quite tasty. Last, but not least, we had chocolate fondue for dessert. We had such a good time with our friends. Great ambiance, chill live music, and solid company! Would 100% recommend. Oh, and it’s BYOB!More

Date of visit: January 2021
Reviewed May 10, 2020

Loved the food and the views. One of a kind experience in the best ski area in North America. The service and ride was great.

Date of visit: December 2019
Reviewed February 12, 2020

Ok, folks...here's the deal. This establishment is for people who want something different than a meal you can get in any city in America (or not America, I don't know what types of dining experiences are the norm in Croatia). If what you want is...the same experience as home but in a cowboy hat, this is not the pick. It is, however--wonderful, and anyone inclined to step out of their normal routine for something new will love it. It is absolutely gorgeous up there, the Cat ride is a full on experience itself (do wear a jacket, ya'll...it's Montana, in the winter. Boots are cool thing to also think about wearing). The food is delicious, from the steamy hot french onion soup waiting for you, through the entrees (thanks for having a bundle of options for our diverse eating crew), and parks happiness right into dessert. There's sledding for the bravery inclined. Cozy music for the "nah, I think indoors is a good vibe for me" people and the type of atmosphere only found in tight knit mountain towns. We love it. 10 stars.More

Date of visit: January 2020
Reviewed February 11, 2020 via mobile

Was a bit disappointed by the lack of care provided by the staff. They were nice enough, but it really felt like a rushed and canned experience (get ‘em in, get ‘em out). Sign-in was at “6:30 pm sharp”; however, once signed in there was...about a half hour wait with no updates unless you asked. The CAT ride was fine, but it was 1 degree out, so be sure to dress appropriately as some people have to sit in the open air on top of the CAT. I won’t go into details, but the value was not commensurate with the experience or the food. Like I mentioned in the beginning, it felt rushed and impersonal. Not to mention the price and no booze included, or even available? In my opinion, save your money for other things.More

Date of visit: February 2020
Reviewed January 27, 2020

My favorite part of the evening was the hushed snowcat ride to the Yurt. The food was fine but not exceptional. The beef is definitely the better entree. The entertainment was also just OK. Very few folks actually did any sledding. Drinking alcohol seemed to...be the primary activity, even though it is BYO. I was uncomfortable that one Port-a-John, outside in the freezing night, was the only bathroom for all the guests. The ride down was not as peaceful as some fellow passengers were pretty loud. My recommendation is save your money and enjoy other mountain activities, especially for a family with young children.More

Date of visit: January 2020
Reviewed April 22, 2019 via mobile

This is a must do if you are visiting at Big Sky!! The cat ride is a blast, the atmosphere is magical. The ambiance, food, music, bonfire and sledding were all so much fun. I don’t know how these guys do it, but food was...incredible along with the service. Stars are magnificent also. If you are going to Big Sky, make sure you make it here.More

Date of visit: March 2019
Reviewed March 20, 2019

Got back about 30 minutes ago and had to write about it. FANTASTIC. What an experience! I booked this for my husband and I because we missed celebrating our anniversary. This dinner was 5 Star!!! The beef tenderloin was PERFECT. The mashed potatoes and veggies...wonderful. Dessert was chocolate fondue!!!!!! How wonderful is that!!?? The 4 guys running it do an over the top job and deserve credit given to gourmet chefs! And Pete gave us all wonderful guitar music during dinner. Just enough for listening and good conversation. This is definitely a "must do" when you are in Big Sky.More

Date of visit: March 2019
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I made reservations about a month in advance. The meals are served family style so you can choose what works with your particular diet sensitivities and restrictions. I imagine that gluten free is possible since the... More
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  • Food: 5
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  • Value: 4.5
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