The newly remodeled dining room is the antithesis of the bar-like options in much of Montana. Music does not blare overhead, cigarette smoke does not taint the air, and flat screen TVs do not occupy every corner. Instead, spalted wood tables are surrounded with log framed chairs covered with tan leather and backed with Indian patterned earth colored cloth. Antler chandeliers dangle from the ceiling. Paintings with regional themes adorn the walls, while large windows cover three sides of the room with views to adjacent Danger Pond and distant Lions Head Mountain.
Local architect S. J. Sheppard feels the food is fresh and flavorful, adding “both parlor and dining rooms have crackling fireplaces emitting warmth, and ambient light.” She commends the service with the unobtrusive supervision of the managing owner. Sheppard believes the food is very fairly priced, allowing for the quality and beautiful setting.
Kelli Sanders, co-owner of Free Heel and Wheel, a local sports shop says, “I will definitely recommend Bar N Ranch. The food is consistent; the chef does a really nice job.”
When traveling on the road to Yellowstone National Park, venture the six miles to the Bar N Ranch and stay awhile to discover one of the best lodges in Montana. The refined elegance and attention to comfort will refuel even the weariest of travelers.
Bar N Ranch, P.O. Box 250, 890 Buttermilk Road, West Yellowstone, MT 59758
~ Stella Fong divides her time between Billings and Big Sky. When time and weather permit, Fong is cooking, cross-country skiing or cycling.