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Rainbow Ranch Lodge Restaurant

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American, Contemporary
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42950 Gallatin Rd, Gallatin Gateway, Big Sky, MT 59730-9643 (Highway 191)
406-995-4132
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5:30 pm - 9:30 pm
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Portland, Oregon
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32 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Nice restaurant and gorgeous location. Wait staff is kind and friendly. Food is the quality you expect for the price in this location. You go for the view and ambiance, and enjoy good food- moderate to good quality but not great.

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Thank TravelKats1234
rainbowranch2016, General Manager at Rainbow Ranch Lodge Restaurant, responded to this review

Hi There, Thank you for your review. We strive to provide the best service, and food quality in Montana. Why I thank you for the compliment of our facility, I would love to know more of your thoughts on why you felt your dining experience was good, and not great. If you would, please email me directly so I can... More 

Big Sky MT
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74 reviews
57 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The RRL offers a delightful bar menu. During its happy hour from 4 to 6 pm 7 days a week all menu items are ½ price! The menu is limited and the portions smaller than a typical entree. However, the food is delicious. The mushroom bruschetta may be the most delicious dish the chef creates on this or the dinner... More 

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Thank snowalker
rainbowranch2016, General Manager at Rainbow Ranch Lodge Restaurant, responded to this review

Hello there, Thank you for such an amazing review!!! I think our happy hour menu is the best around but that just me ;). You described our Rainbow Ranch happy hour experience beautifully and I couldn't do it better myself. Come back and see us again and thanks again for the 5 stars!!! Warm Regards, Ryan Kunz General Manager More 

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14 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2016 via mobile

My husband and I have been traveling with our 12 and 13 year old granddaughters. We decided to splurge and eat a nice meal. We all had something different, and everything was absolutely amazing! Beautiful presentation, excellent service.

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Thank Lisa A
rainbowranch2016, General Manager at Rainbow Ranch Lodge Restaurant, responded to this review

Hi Lisa, Thanks Again for the 5 stars!!! Our culinary team and wait staff do such an amazing job. I am glad that your family enjoyed your experience with us! We change our menu seasonally so you and your family will have to come back in the winter to try our new menu ;-). Have a great Summer! Warm Regards,... More 

Rapid City, South Dakota
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6 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2016

Delicious appetizers on the happy hour menu. The wine menu wasn't extravagant, but we liked the wine selection as well.

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Thank Anna A
rainbowranch2016, General Manager at Rainbow Ranch Lodge Restaurant, responded to this review

Hi Anna, Thank you so much for the 5 stars! It is so nice to see all our hard work being well received after only a few short days of being open for the Summer Season. I hope you can find your way back to Rainbow sometime soon! Warm Regards, Ryan Kunz More 

Clyde Park, Montana, United States
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90 reviews
61 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2016

Whether you want to fly fish or go downhill skiing in Big Sky, consider eating dinner at the Rainbow Ranch. Because it is on the pricey side, my husband and I eat there only once per trip to Big Sky, but it is tempting to go again! What a lovely place it is. Situated on the gorgeous Gallatin River, the... More 

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Thank Barbara M
rainbowranch2016, General Manager at Rainbow Ranch Lodge Restaurant, responded to this review

Hey Barbara, Thank you so much for the great review! That Injera dish is to die for. Our Chef and pastry chef do such a an amazing job at putting that together and we are glad that you enjoyed it! We hope to see you sometime soon here at The Rainbow Ranch... Warm Regards, Ryan Kunz General Manager More 

Mashpee, Massachusetts
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170 reviews
71 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2016

Wow, what a great experience right in the heart of Montana! Wait staff was exceptionally helpful and knowledgeable about the menu, and our waitress made some phenomenal dish recommendations. Everyone ordered sea food, and not one plate had a morsel of food left on it! The location is also beautiful. Located in the Gallatin Valley, views of the adjacent river... More 

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rainbowranch2016, General Manager at Rainbow Ranch Lodge Restaurant, responded to this review

Hi Ash, We appreciate the 5 stars so very much!!!! Come out in the Summertime, it is so beautiful out here. We hope to see you soon! Warm Regards, Ryan Kunz General Manager More 

Big Sky, Montana
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37 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2016

Management has clearly made significant changes since we were here last September. The food was outstanding and priced fairly. The manager brought our wine to the table and presented the bottle for our review before opening it. The chef has a talent for flavors and presentation. And, it didn't hurt that as we were drinking the last of our wine... More 

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Thank Nancy D
rainbowranch2016, General Manager at Rainbow Ranch Lodge Restaurant, responded to this review

Nancy, It was a pleasure meeting you the other night and I am so very happy you like the changes that have been made! We look forward to seeing you again here at The Rainbow Ranch. Warm Regards, Ryan Kunz General Manager More 

Minneapolis
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16 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2015

Excellent service, excellent food. Strong recommend this restaurant to all who visit Big Sky! The wine room in the basement is especially cool!

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Thank rooskels
rainbowranch2016, General Manager at Rainbow Ranch Lodge Restaurant, responded to this review

Thank you for the great review!!!! I love it when I hear our guests love our restaurant as much as we do! Let me know if you ever would like to dine down in our wine room! Until next time, Ryan Kunz General Manger ryank@rainbowranchbigsky.com More 

Girard, Illinois
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28 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 26, 2015

My daughter and her husband had their wedding reception at Rainbow Ranch Lodge Restaurant on November 7, 2015. We worked with several staff members, Carrie, Jake, and Mollie, for over a year planning a bonfire the night before the wedding and a reception for 100 people in the lodge after the wedding. Everything was perfect! The food was outstanding. We... More 

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Thank Debra G
rainbowranch2016, General Manager at Rainbow Ranch Lodge Restaurant, responded to this review

Hi Debra! Thank you so much for the great feedback! We do work extremely hard to make sure all of our guests have an amazing experience here at The Rainbow Ranch and weddings are our specialty. I am so happy Mollie, Jake and Carrie did such a fine job, I wouldn't expect anything other than that from them. Tell you... More 

Buffalo, New York
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216 reviews
131 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 68 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2015 via mobile

We had stayed here before and had a wonderful time in a Riverside room with a King bed and Fireplace. We even had the Romance package which included Champagne, Truffles and dinner in the dining room. It was based on that experience we wanted to return. When I made the reservation this past July for our October visit I requested... More 

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Thank ppijacki
rainbowranch2016, General Manager at Rainbow Ranch Lodge Restaurant, responded to this review

Hello there, First and foremost, I am sorry for the late response to your review! I would like to start off by saying I am deeply sorry for dropping the ball completely, from start to finish. Since your stay, we are making our guests aware of off season accommodations pertaining to the restaurant being closed. We have upgraded our TV's... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    5 of 5 stars
Average prices
$10 - $50
Cuisine
American, Contemporary
Meals
Dinner
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Private Dining, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
Good for
Romantic, Scenic view, Bar scene, Business meetings, Special occasions, Large groups, Local cuisine, Families with children
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
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 42950 Gallatin Rd, Gallatin Gateway, Big Sky, MT 59730-9643
    (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
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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