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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
$$ - reasonable
[ Brewery, Bar, Eatery ]
2501-1 Bass Pro Drive
phone: (972) 691-5100
As of Oct. 2008, not affiliated with Big Buck Brewery & Steakhouse chain.
(Place added by: BeerAdvocate)
Ratings & Reviews
| Reviews: 23
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3 | $$
I went to Big Buck on a recent business trip to Dallas. I ate and drank at many places during those two weeks, and BB falls into the middle-of-the-road, average catagory of all those establishments.
This is a big steakhouse, with vaulted ceilings that top out easily at forty feet. It is decorated to go along with the whole Bass Pro Shop theme. Not my favorite type of decor, but I can't fault the place for it; I knew exactly what I was getting into when I walked in.
The food was good, but just good. Nothing that I had did much to impress me.
As far as the beer, I tried the sampler platter which included eight, five ounce glasses of the brewery's beers. While the food did little to "wow" me, the beer did even less. The stout was okay, though one-dimensional, and I enjoyed the IPA. But everything else was bland and without character. That is, except for the hefeweizen, which had lots of character. (A chemical and medicine character. Not good.)
If I happen to be in the neighborhood, I might stop in at Big Buck again, but I would not go very far out of my way to do so.
03-09-2004 01:34:55 |
More by Quaffer
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
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: 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: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
A pretty good place to go for a meal if you have beer drinking company. We hit this place with a few of our out of town friends. The food was really good, but while reasonable prices could be found, it did seem a little bit expensive. Had to try the sampler and the waiter brought it, but was a little bit slow. Overall, the servers knowledge of beer was not great. Anyone can tell you that a very light yellow beer is going to be light.
However, I really did like the beer. You can take home growlers and we invested in a couple.
Not only is a decent place to eat, you can always find something in Bass Pro shop for the kids. My eight year old had a blast.
09-13-2008 23:41:43 |
More by rgrholmes168
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5 | $$
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: 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: 4 | food: 4 | $$
Had Scotch Ale seasonal, only sold in pints because its high ABV. Nice example of style. Malty, sweet, thick enough.
Sampled Pale Ale seaonal, OK.
Had seasonal Brewer's Reserve Aged Brown with Rasins. Only sold 10 oz. Nice. Rasins came through. Much darker, bigger than New Castle, my favorite brown.
Menu has wild game, steaks, Wall Eye. Taxidermy as decor.
Free Grapevine shuttle stop. Free parking if you're going to event, like Grapefest, in down town Grapevine, or Gaylord. Shuttle also goes to Grapevine Mills shopping center.
Decent local brew pub. Some place I stop when I'm in the neighborhood, just to see what's seasonal.
01-21-2011 07:29:15 |
More by bigalinbigd
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | food: 3 | $
Very impressed with the ambiance and the upstairs location of the bar with huge TV's which was critical for an NFL Sunday. Two 'seasonal' beers were flowing and they were a scotch ale and a english pale ale. I enjoyed everything I tried but none of them were above a B rating. Would definitely return if in the area and being connected to the Bass pro shop was a plus for kid entertaining. Service was great and food was ok but only tried two appetizers.
Very affordable especially for growler refills($6).
01-16-2011 19:39:17 |
More by paigertx
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 5 | $$
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
Uncle Buck's Brewery & Steakhouse in Grapevine, TX
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