Big Thunder Ranch Review – Disneyland/Frontierland

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Reviews of Disneyland Big Thunder Ranch Barbeque
Chow down on cowboy-style grub in this rustic ranch setting, complete with toe-tappin’ country music and an all-you-care-to-eat barbecue feast.
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Cuisine: American, Vegetarian

Service Type: Casual Dining

Price Range: $15 to $35.99 Per Person

Meals Served: Lunch & Dinner

Location: Frontierland

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9 Replies to “Big Thunder Ranch Review – Disneyland/Frontierland”

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    I would have to say we will NOT spend the money to eat here again. For the price the food was just OK. We had food left over and we asked for a to go container and they would not give us one. They also do not give the souvenir sipper fo the kids anymore, which my son was dissapointed. We’d rather eat at Blue Bayou than spend the same amount for just OK BBQ!!

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    We went here for dinner the last time we went due to several people saying how good it was…BLACH! Crappy BBQ! Just chicken and ribs covered in a very blah BBQ sauce. Not real slow cooked BBQ at all. No better than a hospital dinner. Also considering you pay the same for dinner here as you do at Blue Bayou, go to Blue Bayou. I had them bring me a container of BBQ to go when we were done which I smothered in Chris n Pitt’s when we got home and tossed them on the BBQ. At least the were edible then.

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    Found that the food didn’t meet our expectations for BBQ. The food seemed baked with BBQ sauce on it , not true BBQ . The sauce was a bit to spicy and seemed to overpower the ribs.On our next visit we will pass on this resturant .

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    We went here with friends for a late lunch and we all enjoyed it and were very full when we finished our meal. They even let us take leftovers with us. The food was excellent, but as we were there right before dinner there was no show but it was cheaper than the dinner and believe me you don’t really need to pay the extra for dinner (for food purposes) because they will bring you more ribs and chicken and stuff than you could possibly eat.

    The kids were quite young so they were free and each got a plastic cup for their drink with a lid and straw.

    The meal did add up but it was excellent and I would definitely go again.

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    This restaurant is described as a buffet, however it is not they type where you serve yourself from a selection. They bring you chicken, ribs, beans, cornbread, cole slaw. The food was very good. The drinks & dessert are extra (not like any buffet I’m used to). It took the server a good 15 min before even acknowledging us, then came back a couple more times to say food is on the way. She tried hard to talk us out of dessert by saying how long it took. We wanted dessert anyway, and she was right about the time it took (20 min). We were told the dinning included characters from the area, but it was only a couple that entertains on the stage for a while, then serenades the familys at the tables. I only saw them go to two tables. Ok w/ me, but a bit lame overall. 18% tip added to the bill, but the server does very little for you. Food was good but overall not worth the price.

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    We have recenlty gotten our annual passes (My wife & I) and have not stop going every weekend.

    We made resevations the Day before, all other place’s were booked. We still needed to wait an addtional 25 min. to be seated.

    Price of Entrees: 29.99 each
    Do mention the pass it gets you a 10% discount

    Be Sure to Try: The baked beans were probably the best part of the meal.

    I think it all depends when you go, we went on 10/30/2010 it was packed

    Food was ok,(very limited selection) but not worth the 30 they charge you.
    If you want pig out, by all means this is the place.
    Over all, we would not go again.

    I will say the Service was excellent

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    We were in Disneyland for my mother-in-law’s 50th birthday and she decided on Big Thunder Ranch Barbecue for her birthday dinner. The food itself was good. The atmosphere was so-so. My only problem was the lack of options and the set price. The price for adults was $29.99 and we definitely did not get our money’s worth. So unless you’re starving and could eat $30 worth of meat, I don’t suggest going here.

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    Price_of_Entrees: 19.99

    General Tips: We got there early and were seated at the front of the stage, however, the show did not start for another half hour, so I suppose it is a give/take situation.

    Dollarless Tip: We did get a discount for our AP, as well as my daughter ate for free as she was under 3 years old and she devoured a TON of food!

    Extra Comment: They have HUGE portions and will continue to bring food until you are done eating. The food was surprisingly good.

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    What: Dinner, served family style. The meal consists of BBQ ribs and chicken, coleslaw, corn cobbettes cut into wheels, baked beans, and cupcake cones for dessert. The food is served in metal buckets.

    Approximate Price of Entrees: $28.99/adult, 18.99/child

    Be Sure to Try: The baked beans were probably the best part of the meal.

    General tips: There is a stage with ongoing entertainment throughout the meal. Jesse and Woody are there, along with a pianist, and Miss Chris, who is the hostess. There is also a singer, who was very good, but I don’t remember his name. They interact with the audience, which is fun.

    MouseForLess Tip: We had priority seating, but it wasn’t necessary because the place was pretty empty. It could be because it was new, or because it was kind of cold that day and sitting outside wasn’t too appealing to most people.

    Extra Comments: The food was just okay. There was plenty of it, but like I said above, the beans were the best part. The dessert is interesting. They bring out this thing that looks like a big gift box with extenders that hold different varieties of cowboy cupcakes. They are waffle cones, with a cupcake inside. There is filling underneath the cupcake inside the cone. The one I had was red velvet, so it had a red velvet cupcake, and underneath, the icing and fruit filling, and more icing on top. The icing tasted off to me, it wasn’t very sweet. I didn’t really care for it. The other choices didn’t look much better, although my mom said that was the best part of the meal for her.

    They take a picture of your party with Woody before being seated. My daughter wouldn’t cooperate and kept her face covered, which may explain why they never came around to our table to offer us the picture package.

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