Disneyland Restaurant Review – Big Thunder Ranch Barbecue


Disneyland Restaurant Review - Big Thunder Ranch Barbecue

Hungry and cranky kids, see those grumpy faces?!

Sometimes you’re just craving barbecue and the all-you-can-eat Big Thunder Ranch Barbecue really hit the spot for us on a trip to Disneyland!

Big Thunder Ranch Barbecue is located inside Frontierland of the Disneyland Park. With the price for four of us just around $80 this was a splurge but we had Disney Visa credits to use so the meal didn’t actual cost us anything! We waited about 15 minutes before we were seated. It was my son’s birthday and the waiter made a point of wishing him a happy birthday, of course.

Happy Birthday buttons don't go unnoticed by Cast Members.

Happy Birthday buttons don’t go unnoticed by Cast Members.

We were overly hungry and the kids were cranky so I was pleased to see how quickly the food arrived. The waiter quickly brought out metal buckets and set them on the table for us to self-serve onto our plates. The cole slaw was a bit wet but nice and tangy. Barbecue beans were wonderful (and I’m not usually a bbq bean eater). Corn bread was good, a bit crumbly but great with butter. And then there were lots of ribs and chicken, which were both delicious. This is an all-you-care-to-eat place so when the first bucket was empty another was quickly brought.

Disneyland Restaurant Review - Big Thunder Ranch Barbecue

A mouthful of food but you can see there are buckets more to eat!

I’m not usually a big ribs and beans gal and all-you-care-to-eat places are usually wasted on me but this was so good I had plenty to eat. Not a meat eater? There is a vegetarian option on the menu as well, which subs the chicken and ribs with or a seasonal veggie and tofu skewer with BBQ glaze.

And talking about plenty to eat, our baby ate his weight in beans & corn bread. It was the most food this little guy had ever eaten in one sitting!

Disneyland Restaurant Review - Big Thunder Ranch Barbecue

What do you mean the beans are all gone?

And the birthday boy, wow! 2 pieces of chicken, cole slaw, beans and bread and get this…12 ribs!! I think he enjoyed it!

Disneyland Restaurant Review - Big Thunder Ranch Barbecue

Rib #12?

The restaurant had singers on the stage who walked through the crowd and said happy birthday to diners. They requested birthday guests to raise their hand. My son raised his hand and they sang directly to him, at which he was equal parts embarrassed and thrilled.

Disneyland Restaurant Review - Big Thunder Ranch Barbecue

It’s my birthday today!

My son has asked me on each subsequent Disney trip if we can eat at Big Thunder Ranch again, it was such an enjoyable and delicious experience.

If you get a chance I do recommend eating lunch at Big Thunder Ranch Barbecue. It has a fun atmosphere with outdoor seating on country picnic benches. Western singers and a piano player sing and dance and tell corny jokes. It was the Christmas season during our visit so the entire restaurant was beautifully decorated with a country Christmas theme.

We were actually so full after our lunch that we didn’t even eat dinner, just an evening snack. The Big Thunder Ranch Barbecue also offers dessert for an added cost but I can’t imagine having room for sweets after such a large meal…Did I mention it’s all-you-care-to-eat?!

Disneyland Restaurant Review - Big Thunder Ranch Barbecue

Just the bones.

Big Thunder Ranch BBQ; it might bring out the beast in you!

Disneyland Restaurant Review - Big Thunder Ranch Barbecue

Bring on the BBQ!



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