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“Pricey, but worth it”

Rainbow Ranch Lodge Restaurant
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Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $10 - $50
Cuisines: Contemporary
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Restaurant details
Good for: Special occasions, Local cuisine, Large groups, Bar scene, Business meetings, Families with children, Romantic
Dining options: Dinner, Reservations
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.
Seattle Area
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205 reviews
143 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 104 helpful votes
“Pricey, but worth it”
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 attentive front of house staff, that the Rainbow Ranch is back on a good level.

As I say, it is not cheap and this can be off putting to some. However, it is one of the best, if not the best places to eat in the Big Sky area. Other restaurants here trade on the scarcity of facilities and a scarcity of imaginative cuisine. Sad for such a beautiful place.

  • Visited July 2013
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rainbowranchlodge, General Manager at Rainbow Ranch Lodge Restaurant, responded to this review, August 10, 2013
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 we can celebrate our success and work towards even better service in the future. We hope to see you again soon.

Until then, take good care and enjoy the summer!
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Saint Louis, Missouri
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131 reviews
77 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
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

Visited July 2013
Thank ssfpdo
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“Excellent Dining in the Great American West”
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 dinner near Big Sky, this is it. We will visit again on our next trip to Montana.

  • Visited March 2013
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Thank Indyishome
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McLean, Virginia
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21 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
“rustic mountain elagance”
Reviewed February 13, 2013

Last March 2012 had a fine dinner the Lodge. Another memorable treat: cocktail by the fire, soak up the ambiance, then ejoyed an outstanding dinner. We've been dining there for over 20 yrs, and some chefs don't quite cut it, but last winter the cuisine lived up to the subtle elegance of the lodge, as did the staff. The lodge was destroyed in a fire a couple yrs ago , but the restoration is actually an improvement on the original, if such a thing was possible.

  • Visited March 2012
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Thank Michael B
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153 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 99 helpful votes
“Stayed here 5 nights last week”
Reviewed February 10, 2013

Room was great. Good bed, bath, coffee, fresh cookies every day, clean, great views, fireplace and they carry in the wood for you. Allows pets. Wonderful staff, great breakfast even if it does get a little monotonous after five days. Ate dinner in their restaurant as I have many times before, and it was good as always. Liz, one of the chefs there, made the stay special as she and my wife were trading recipes. Good place!

  • Visited January 2013
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Thank Bonden-in-Florida
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