About Rainbow Ranch Lodge LLC
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, Hunter Durgan, 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.
Big Sky, MT 59716
Contemporary American, Wild Game, Bar / Lounge / Bottle Service
Hours of Operation:
Dinner: Monday - Sunday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm.
Happy Hour: Monday-Sunday 4:30-6:00
Lounge: Monday-Sunday 4:00-10:00pm
$31 to $50
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:
Ryan Kunz: (406) 995-4132
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Fireplace, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
Rainbow Ranch Lodge LLC Ratings and Reviews
One of the best dinners we have had!
I could have just had my appetizer, wild mushroom bruschetta, my salad, a warm kale, and my cocktail, a huckleberry vodka martini, and been happy, but then I would have missed out on the very fresh and scrumptious seafood.
Our servers were excellent had lots of information about the surrounding area.
As I've said before, The Rainbow Ranch keeps it real. While there have been a number of 'less than stellar' chefs over the years at this fine dining spot, the current Head of the Kitchen has my rapt attention!! The Wild Mushroom Bruschetta and the Berkshire Pork Belly Confit were stunning, and the Bison Ribeye was absolute perfection. Well done, RR!
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.
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.
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!
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 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.
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.
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!
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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