About Rainbow Ranch Lodge
Rainbow Ranch Lodge is proud to offer world class Montana ranch-to-table cuisine, originating from the finest and freshest products available. We use the highest quality, fresh, locally grown and conscientiously raised products from regional producers, which help inspire us to create culinary and visual masterpieces.
Led by Executive Chef, Jake Irwin, our restaurant is at once relaxed and refined, with unsurpassed views of the majestic Gallatin River. House made specialties such as duck prosciutto, smoked bacon and house cured salami's are enhanced by our award-winning wine list and hand-crafted, barrel-aged cocktails in an environment as inviting as its Big Sky Country backdrop.
Contemporary American, Wild Game, Bar / Lounge / Bottle Service
Hours of Operation:
Dinner: Monday - Sunday: 5:00pm - 9:30pm.
Happy Hour: Monday-Sunday 4:30-6:00
Lounge: Monday-Sunday 4:30-10:00pm
$50 and over
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
The Rainbow Ranch Lodge is pleased to offer our fantastic menu served by a uniformed chef in your private home. Please contact us for additional details: (800) 937-4132.
The Big Sky Shuttle stops directly across Highway 191 from the Rainbow Ranch Lodge. Check www.skylinebus.com for schedules.
Private Party Facilities:
The Rainbow Ranch Lodge features multiple venues for private dining. Enjoy a multi-course meal and wine pairings in the intimate setting of The Bacchus Room, located in our award-winning wine cellar. Or throw a party and dance the night away at the historic riverside Wedding Barn.
Private Party Contact:
Mollie Eckman: (406) 995-4132x
Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Farm to Table, Fireplace, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Smoking Area, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
Rainbow Ranch Lodge Ratings and Reviews
Great food and bar
Don't let the drive up set the tone. The bar was great for drinks followed by a better meal. Service was spot on and prompt. The food was local and very well presented. We will be back on our next visit.
Our second time dining there over the la ...
Our second time dining there over the last 2 years - skiing at Big Sky both times. The food, wine list and service were very good. Would recommend.
Excellent food and service. Great wine ...
Excellent food and service. Great wine list!
Once a year..
Sometimes you just have to go to see if anything changed or new items to rave about or a preparation that is something you need more often. The Rainbow is very good, not exciting, but a beautiful setting in a classic building and great people. Keep going..
We were looking forward to dinner at RR. We'd eaten there years ago and loved the ambiance and food. Unfortunately we were terribly disappointed this time. Our reservations were for 7:30, we arrived at 7:15. We sat at the bar; cocktails were good, bartender friendly. One bartender serving the bar and restaurant. We, and the couple at the bar next to us waited for at least 20 minutes for him to get the dining patrons served. We weren't too bothered because it was fun, but we got hungry! Found the hostess and were seated at 8:15. Ordered a beverage, salad and fish for each of us. Our drinks and salads arrived promptly. We continued to wait for our entree; assured it was on it's way (fish takes about 4 - 7 minutes to prepare). We continued to wait until after 9:00 when we saw the Chef chatting up a table in the restaurant; for at least 5 minutes. We left, hungry and disappointed. Other fantastic options in Big Sky. Farewell Rainbow Ranch.
Food, service and setting were very good. Portion was good for one but count on getting your own as it wasn't enough to share a plate. Would definitely recommend and return. We were very lucky to be there in the winter on a slow evening. While we were eating, a moose walked right along side the window which was an added bonus. If possible plan to stay here. Our experience was fabulous.
Go to Rainbow Lodge
Excellent spot for almost any occasion. We had dinner for 5, and could not have been more impressed with the menu, wine list, ambience, and energy. A lot of people having fun, in the best way - people were happy, which could have been a result of the exceptional and creative fare. Check out the menu, we each had a different entre, all were five stars. Love to stay here for a few nights as well... Go, you'll be glad you did!
We went there for Christmas Dinner and it didn't disappoint. From the appetizers to dessert, everyone enjoyed their meal. Highly recommend having dinner there.
Christmas eve dinner
Started with the injera appetizer - it was excellent. We had the special goose for dinner and it was perfect - cooked medium with a great sauce. Dessert was just okay. Great cocktails and the server recommended a lovely Vouvray wine. Pricey dinner but it was good!
Appetizers were exceptional. Dinners goo ...
Appetizers were exceptional. Dinners good to very good. Service was excellent. Atmosphere charming but way too quiet and a little uptight. Laughter or conversation much louder than a whisper seemed inappropriate in the smaller dinning room. Not conducive to a celebration or much more than a quiet dinner.
Best dinner at Rainbow Ranch yet
The salmon was the best I have ever had. My husband completely enjoyed his lamb chop and our guest was blown away with the wagyu beef. The charcuterie platter appetizer was exquisite. So glad we chose to make the drive to Rainbow Ranch.
Menu on the web did not match the one in the restaurant. Most of the entrees were wild game. Very well prepared and presented.
As always, the food and service were superb, we would highly recommend this restaurant and have been there many times
Nice to have in the neighborhood
The food was seriously very good. I would have rated it freat but for the wild boar was over cooked. The wine fecommendation was steller and service attentive but not intrusive. More Washington wate wines would bolster the wine selection. I lived in Montana much of my live and now live in Seattle area. Quality of food is competitive with some of the better seattle experiences.
Beautiful view for dining
The service and food were a pleasant surprise for this lovely restaurant. You overlook the river and the beautiful lawn, you can enjoy a wide assortment of dishes. Great place for breakfast. We were pleasantly surprised.
Big Sky home owner of 16 years
I am comparing the the Rainbow Lodge Restaurant to what it was when we 1st moved to Big Sky. At that time it had the deserving reputation of the very BEST restaurant in the area by many of the people we met. No longer the case. Many more restaurants have opened up since then so the competition naturally increased, but the Rainbow Lodge dining has not maintained its one time great reputation. The food is not as outstanding as it once was, and the portions have definitely decreased in size, but the prices remained high. High prices are acceptable as long as the total experience remains top-notch. The restaurant has everything else going for it, except for the most important criteria mentioned. Too bad...since the food is still very good, even though not quite as good as it once was, so I personally think the most immediate improvement that can & should be made is increasing the size of the portions. To spent a lot of money and leave your restaurant still hungry is not acceptable! When we first went to the restaurant making advanced reservations was a must. It certainly was not the case the last 2 times we decided to give the restaurant "another chance"...in both cases there were more empty than occupied seats!
Blue Ribbon Experience on the Gallatin
Gorgeous setting on the Gallatin. Superb cocktails and appetizer. Waiter was a pro. Centerpiece of the evening was the eye appealing and delicious preparation of our meals and dessert. We had bison tenderloin, wild boar, pheasant. Every dish that passed our table looked like a masterpiece. Pastry chef scored as well. Huge wine list. We had a yummy Malbec. Thanks, Chef!
Super night out
We had a great night . The food and service were very good. The tables were a bit close together.
Didn't stay there, but the restaurant is about the best in the area. Big Sky fine dining is a bit behind in sophistication, but this place has at least one waiter who knows what he's doing, and the food is very good. Nice lighting, some nice art, and a decent wine list round things out. Down in the canyon, it's about a 15-20 min drive from base camp at the ski resort (depending on road conditions) - and watch out, there's a ditch in the parking lot that's not fenced off (hard to see in the dark).
We live 100 miles from the RR. The fact that it is far and away our favorite "local" high-end restaurant will help to convey how good this place is. We've eaten there several times over the past few years and never had anything less than a very good meal and experience. We always get a room (very reasonably priced) so the excellent wine selection can be properly enjoyed. One thing to know if you have children is that there is a "kids menu" although it is not mentioned on the web site. There isn't an actual paper menu, but there are kid-friendly items available on request. This isn't exactly a family restaurant teeming with screaming kids (quite the opposite in fact), but if you have well behaved kids who aren't into quail and elk, there are items they will enjoy eating which will probably make the adult's dining experience less stressful and all the better.
I took my wife out for her milestone birthday to the Rainbow Ranch restaurant. Everything was fine until we ordered our entres. I ordered the lamb rack and my wife ordered the butternut squash ravioli. Fifty minutes later we were served. My wife's ravioli was over-cooked and dry. Not wanting to complain on this very special occasion, we regretted the dinner and were very disappointed since we had heard such good things about it. I had even made mention of the special event but they didn't even acknowledge it.
High end ambience, mid range food, low end service
Coming in to the restaurant, it exuded a high end style and ambiance and our expectations were set very high. Overall the food was good, not great, but the prices were high so we expected more. Our evening was a very negative experience primarily due to a poor waiter. He initially took our order and served the wine we ordered before our meal. The menu only offered a single chardonnay by the glass, with all the other options requiring purchase of a bottle. When that selection turned out to be unpleasant to drink, we asked to return it for another selection and at that point the waiter seemed to want nothing to do with us. From that point onward the only people serving our table were several young women, the ones who poured water and clear tables. While we don't expect to be smothered with attention, an occasional "how is it" or "is there anything else you need" is appropriate. So at that point we had a sour taste in our mouth for the rest of the meal and it wasn't just the chardonnay. As noted the food was good but expensive relative to the quality. People going on a different night with a different waiter may have better experiences but we would not return.
Great place but service lacking
Beautiful setting and good, innovative food. The service seemed awkward/lacking and could benefit from some training - potential to match setting and food - would go again
This place was incredible. We were greeted warmly when we arrived. The bartender actually came to the table to solicit cocktails and explain the drink list. The waiter was informative and knowledgable about everything. RR had a hunting lodge feel to it with quite the view of the neighboring river. My charcuterie plate was excellent; so was the cheese plate and the carpaccio. Special props to the onion and apricot spread! Bison was to die for. Surprisingly nice wine list as well.
Always a favorite when at
Always a favorite when at Big sky. excellent food and outstanding wine list.
Limited menu, but quality food
Our dinner at Rainbow Ranch Lodge was definitely an enjoyable one, but I wouldn't say it blew our socks off. The menu seemed a bit limited, but everything we tried was very tasty. I would say this would be a good fit for foodies (which we are). The carpaccio was the most unique presentation I have ever seen. It was thicker slices of seared filet with an assortment of other tasties served on a wood slab. I wasn't quite sure if everything was meant to be eaten together, so I just mixed-n-matched stuff with the meat. The risotto was wonderful, as was the crispy pork belly.
Best Food in Big Sky Montana area
Loved all of the dishes we ordered. After coming to Big Sky to ski for the past three seasons, this restaurant has the best food of any we have sampled, and is our group's favorite restaurant. (We discovered it by asking a local where he would go for a special night out.) Every course was more special than the last. You can't go wrong.
mixed experience at Rainbow Ranch
We went to RR with a group of 6 adults. The evening started out perfectly with tasty cocktails at the bar served by Tyler, who did a great job. The menu was inventive & featured local produce & meat & the food was delicious, with the exception of the smoked chicken which was dry. The wine list was really great & the sommelier was knowledgable and helpful. The issues we had stemmed from spotty service (waitress didn't seem to have a real answer when we asked questions) & from the long lags between courses. The timing was off & resulted in a late dessert presentation which caused us to miss our shuttle ride home. We ended up sitting in the bar for 1.5 hours. The manager called the next day with her apologies. We would return to RR.
Rainbow Ranch was a recommendation
Rainbow Ranch was a recommendation from a co-worker and his assessment was bang on. What a wonderful experience. The Bison Hangar Steak was amazing. Great food and service. We will definitely return.
Few small issues but good overall
Rainbow ranch's overall feel is warm and welcoming. There were only a few small issues. Check in was at 3pm we showed up at 3 they said it will be a few minutes and offered us coffee to wait. More people started to come in to check in and they were all told to wait as well. One employee said well check in isnt till 3 and its just 3 now. Actually it was 3:25pm. Finally at 330 our room was ready. This wouldnt have been a big deal except we had plans at 430.We finally got checked into our room and it was amazing except the sink drain was so full of hair and who knows so it wouldnt drain fast. Check out is at 11am. Was midly annoying that we werent allowed to check in till 330 and had to be out by 11am. Food was AMAZING!!!! Scenery was Great!
One of a Kind!
I took my wife to the Rainbow Lodge for Valentines Day and it was surpassed my expectations. We arrived early and sat in front of the fireplace and sipped on the Gallatin Old Fashioned which set a great mood for the night. The atmosphere was perfect for a special night out. Dinner was delightful from start to finish. The staff was very polite and friendly and made you feel very welcome. All in all it was a great experience. Thank you Rainbow Ranch for a very special night.
The Rainbow Ranch Lodge was spectacular! It blew our expectations out of the water. Fantastic food. Wonderful views. Amazing staff. And an outstanding wine selection. I will be returning for sure, and could not recommend this place enough! Definitely a must!
It's Baaaackkkk!!! ;o)
Over the years the Rainbow Ranch Lodge has been influenced by a number ofcCulinary touches... some terrific, others less so. The new Chef , Scott Myers - since November 2013 - is Mah'velous!!! I'd propose that his style is 'earthy and classic', not too heavy, and thankfully lacking in the 'Asian Flare' that has not flown well in the past in this special Montana Bistro. The Pork Osso Bucco was utterly brillant!! Rainbow Ranch... SOoooo glad you're back!!
Unique variety of appetizers
Unique variety of appetizers and several selections of wild game for entrees. Meat and vegetables from local sources, often organic and definitely home-grown. The bison was outstanding, offering a steak and a kielbasa that was spicy and tasty.
Great location on the river. Nice menu variety, very attentive service, nice wine list.
so good I went back next night
I so much enjoyed my 2 dinners there. The service was superb...Great team work...Very personalized attention with a staff full of great food and beverage knowledge. The bison mesquite steak was best I have had in the country and the mesquite flank stake was delicious as well....All the sides were local and perfectly balanced. The house desserts were exquisite. I have to say the drink menu was quite original and having a drink at the bar before the dinner allowed me to really look at the variety of creativity they present there. The reception lobby as this is a hotel as well immediately makes you feel very welcome. I would love to return as a guest to stay at that lodge and dine there nightly as well..DON'T MISS THIS PLACE.
Favorite in Big Sky
After our third summer in Big Sky we find Rainbow Ranch consistently awesome!
Best Steak I've Ever Eaten!
Went to Rainbow Ranch to celebrate my birthday while vacationing in Montana. I had seen the Rainbow Ranch website while planning my trip. The restaurant exceeded all expectations. It was a lovely setting on the Gallatin River...lots of windows and pretty views. I ordered the rib eye steak and it was without a doubt, the best steak I've ever had! It was tender, juicy, flavorful and cooked to perfection. The staff was friendly and fun. It's a fine dining experience without being pretentious. Pricey but absolutely worth it.
You might not notice Rainbow Ranch when you are zooming by on the highway but definitely plan to stop if you are in the Big Sky area. Beautiful dining room. Friendly attentive staff. Great wine list. Wonderful food - I could have the Bison steak every day. Only negative was a somewhat long wait for dessert - but then we were not in a hurry to leave.
Excellent food. Our table
Excellent food. Our table had 5 different main dishes; Elk Chop, Bison, Beef Ribeye, Trout and Pheasant. All were fabulous. Prepared as requested. Wine selection is making a come back after the cellar was destroyed a few years ago. There are quite a few nice selections available, just not the vintage depth as in the past. Staff was extremely helpful.
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