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Uncle Buck's Brewery & Steakhouse
Active Beers: 16
Beer Ratings: 45
Beer Avg: 3.33
Taps: - / Bottles: -
Cask: / Beer-to-Go: N
$$ - reasonable
[ Brewery, Bar, Eatery ]
2501-1 Bass Pro Drive
phone: (972) 691-5100
As of Oct. 2008, not affiliated with Big Buck Brewery & Steakhouse chain.
(Place added by: BeerAdvocate)
Ratings & Reviews
| Reviews: 23
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5 | $$
My wife and I have been amazed by the IPA here and we have been disappointed by the IPA here. And that's the problem. Their brewing is inconsistent and, as Forest Gump says, "You never know what you're gonna get." If you keep it simple, the food can be very good. I recommend getting the chili and salad combo. They can't mess that up too bad and it goes good with one of their brews. Despite the fact that they work in a place that has the word "brewery" in the name, most of the service looks at you funny if you ask if a particular beer is "hoppy." No clue. The most you should hope for is that they get your order right and check in every once in a while. I recommend sitting at the bar upstairs rather than the cavernous "lodge," although it can be unpleasantly smokey at times.
06-20-2008 23:53:50 |
More by dpkpr
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5 | $$
When you enter the restaurant you enter a large dining area which isn't divided into rooms or anything like that. It's a large dining area, divided into boothes on the edges and tables in the middle.
There are generally five beers available at any time, each of them pretty good. The food is decent, mostly American style eating at a reasonable price. Beers range from hoppy American style Ales to darker beers like Stouts or Porters. There is a beer for just about anyone (at least anyone who enjoys a craft brew).
Recommended if you're in the area, especially if you are staying at the Embassy Suites next to Bass Pro Shop.
04-06-2008 04:00:46 |
More by BeerSox
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | $$
Visited bar on a Monday night and the crowd was pretty thin in such an enormous place. The brew pub is attached to the Bass Pro mega store and Big Buck is in the same fashion. The restaurant is massive with a huge vaulted ceiling and you go up stairs to the bar. It is like a sports bar with a large projection screen t.v. and a bunch of smaller ones scattered around the rest of the place. Not really my ideal beer bar, but it was the final game of the NCAA tourney, so it worked out well. I did not try any of the food, but did try the IPA, Stout, and Barley Wine. The IPA was really good and the stout was very average. The seasonal brew was the barley wine clocking in at 9.1% abv and did not sit well with me. I had high hopes after drinking the IPA, but was disappointed. It was very hot and did not have any malt or hops to back up the warmth of the alcohol. They did have a good selection of beers to choose from. I tried to get the Wee Heavy but they had just run out....I guess that is a good sign of its quality? The barteneder did not seem to be into the beer, but was attentive. All in all, the beer was above average, but the atmosphere was a little (well a lot) overdone. I felt like I was in a Sam's Club brewpub due to the scale of the building. I would go back to drink beer though.
04-03-2007 04:11:18 |
More by ddarden
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 5 | $$
Overall a nice big bar upstairs to hang out in but very standard set-up.. Bartenders were about average but it was an NBA playoff night so things were pretty busy...
Many different house brewed beers on tap - I counted 9. Beers are of good quality considering the wide range of styles. They have many different beers on tap for people that want to expand their horizons.
They had 2 special beers on when I was there: Pale Bock and Belgian Brown. Both were pretty good, esp. the Belgain Brown.
Of the regular beers, the Antler Ale, the Stout, and the IPA stood out above the others. The IPA is a stellar example of Grapefruit hopiness !
Well worth a visit and exceeded my expectations for Texas.
07-14-2006 14:43:38 |
More by RBorsato
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3 | service: 2.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3 | $$$
I've been to this place a number of times. The atmosphere is a matter of taste....if you like being surrounded by animal trophies, well this is the place for you. I personally don't go for the hunting lodge motif. Usually a good selection of in-house beers. I've tried probably about a dozen of them, and though I tend to lean towards the more full-bodied offerings, for the most part I consider them good but not outstanding. Food is probably slightly better than your average brewpub fare. Service is hit or miss, and the times that I've gone the server has been able to regurgitate the beer menu but really didn't know enough about the styles to be of any help in making a selection. It's a decent place, but certainly wouldn't be my first choice for beer, or food for that matter.
03-03-2006 22:16:09 |
More by briman
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4
I've been to the Big Buck a few times over the course of my travels to Dallas. It's worth a visit for two reasons: the Bass Pro Shop attached to it and the ceiling height. Most Dallas places are dark and cavernous, but the BB ceiling peaks at 40+ ft. As others have said, the decor is a taxidermist's delight of stuffed fauna. Food is pricey, but they're catering to a business clientele with expense budgets. The brews made at BB are fine, nothing really standing out, though the IPA and the stout are worth another round. After you get past the BB brews, it is a typical selection of other beers. If you have folks that have never been to a "big" steakhouse, then BB is nice cliched introduction. Have your steak, then head on over the Flying Saucer for some real beer.
03-20-2005 02:36:27 |
More by pentathlete
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4
I was traveling on business (again) in Texas but at least I got a good meal and decent beer out of the trip. The place is connected to a Bass Pro Shop so that alone makes it worth the trip if you are into the outdoors.
The main dining hall is huge and set up in a large triangle with a peaked roof that must extend 30 feet above the floor. As you would expect, the atmosphere is very much in the theme of the outdoors with many taxidermy trophies and everything built in wood.
The service was good and our server had a pretty good knowledge of the beer selection. I invariably order a beer sampler when I go to a microbrewery so I can decide what to enjoy with dinner. The glasses the samples came in looked like miniture pilsner glasses and easily held 4-5 ounces. After the six samples I was done with dinner and never got around to ordering a whole pint.
We tried the appetizer sampler and found it all to be good. The tsteaks were good but not excellent so don't go expecting a Mortons quality entree.
Overall an excellent experience.
03-01-2005 18:02:30 |
More by unit555
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5
This is probably the best of the current brewpubs in the DFW area (let me add a small lament for the departed Routh Street Brewery). The atmosphere borders on over-the-top, with antlers abounding, some deer taxidermy in the main hall, furniture that reminds me of some very touristy places in Colorado and Wyoming, etc. It's located right next to a hunting gear store. The very tall vaulted ceiling is neat; there are ceiling fans about about 30 feet above the tables. I don't know what good they do up there, but they look cool. There's an upstairs sport bar, and a large restaurant dining area. I like the dining area best for the low noise level, but when I go with friends they always want the noiser, though fairly cozy, bar area.
The selection of locally-brewed beers is good, though fairly typical of American brewpubs. There's a blonde, an amber, an IPA (which is very good), a hefeweizen (which is decidely not great, being thin, undercarbonated and watery), a stout (which I haven't tried but a friend of mine swears by it). They have a seasonal Belgian quadruple that is very strong, and very tasty. Their current special offering, a German altbier, is oddly sour and acidic. Prices are medium-high: $3.75 for a US pint, $5.75 for a 23 oz glass. Generic American macros are also available.
The food is somewhat pricy. Sandwiches and burgers run around $8 to 10. The Po'Boy is a good choice. Other dinner entrees run from $10 to $20, and can be disappointingly small for the cost. Most are fairly tasty, though. There are some affordable small dishes (stuffed pepper, nachos, buffalo wings, etc), which are affordable during happy hour. Twice I've ordered steaks and have been disappointed both times. The first time, I ordered a rare porterhouse (price: $28), and it arrived cooked medium or medium well. I had no problem getting it taken back and another prepared, but by the time it was done my dinner companions had finished eating. The second time, I had a new york strip ($19), which was cooked right, but had too much gristle. There are many places in the Metroplex where much better steaks may be had, though unfortunately few offer a good beer selection. I knocked the food rating down a notch because of the price and my bad steak experience, but if the cost isn't a big object, it mostly beats the other brewpubs in town.
11-22-2004 07:05:09 |
More by allengarvin
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3 | service: 4 | selection: 3 | food: 2.5
The Big Buck is sandwiched between the Outdoor World shops, another smaller bar and a larger hotel, all literally within sight of DFW airport. The restaurant opens up into a Nordic-esque Great Hall with a strong woodsman/outdoors, almost hunting-lodge decor with mounted game lining the walls and faux-antlers supporting the chairs and tables. This review reflects the brewpub and bar, a smallish loft-like area upstairs toward the front and next to the brew kettles.
The bar is in the center with a 360° service to a few long tables with a small waitstaff. It keeps with the hunting motif but includes more televised sports, including a huge screen for the game. Noise level was quite low, although I imagine that can vary depending on who's playing what sport that day.
Full bar, macro and local micros in bottles plus 6-8 offerings brewed on-location, including rotating seasonals. The samples I've tried have ranged from poor to excellent, so this place is capable of good beer but it can be hit-or-miss at times. Consistently, the best I've found are the IPA and the (medal-winning) stout.
Food was average pub fare but I would hope the steak and dinner dishes are of better quality. The waitstaff is fairly clueless but the bartender is generally the most knowledgeable of the bunch, if the brewmaster isn't running around that day. Worth a visit if you're in town overnight but make it a low priority if you have more time.
05-09-2004 21:55:19 |
More by assurbanipaul
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3
I visited the brewery recently and it is definitely a big place. The theme of the restaurant is hunting based, probably not a coincidence because it is located right next to Bass Pro Shops. I haven't had the food, but I have heard it was subpar. The bar is located upstairs, and it is a good amount of stairs, probably a bit of a hassle if you've had a lot beers. At the other end of the bar is a big projection screen, hardly viewable during the day and behind it are 4 copper fermentors, quite an impressive site, but only if they had impressive beer. I've only had one beer so far and it wasn't even that good. Their "hefe-weizen" didn't even taste right. Watery, sour, and no banana or clove flavor to it. I might come back to try it again, but it won't be on my top list to come back to.
03-18-2004 20:34:28 |
More by dauss
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