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Uncle Buck's Brewery & Steakhouse
Active Beers: 16
Beer Ratings: 45
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$$ - reasonable
[ Brewery, Bar, Eatery ]
2501-1 Bass Pro Drive
phone: (972) 691-5100
As of Oct. 2008, not affiliated with Big Buck Brewery & Steakhouse chain.
(Place added by: BeerAdvocate)
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| Reviews: 23
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5 | $$
The wife and I were driving back from Tulsa to DFW and looking for a place to kill some time before our flight. A museum in Fort Worth? A beer bar in Dallas? Let’s check BA… and we found a brewery in Grapevine called “Uncle Buck’s”. There we went.
What a weird place! This is a seriously gigantic dining hall located within the Bass Pro Shop complex in the outrageous sprawl of Dallas-Fort Worth, hard by the tollway and the airport. There is a dining area downstairs as you enter and a bar by the brewing tanks on the second floor. There we sat, and I was surprised by the 11 taps of house beers.
Nice or what? We both had a pint of the IPA, which was great and well-priced at $4.25. I also got a five 5-oz sampler for $6.00, with Saison, Belgian Golden (7.7%), Foreign Stout (6.5%), Red Head Amber (an American hoppy amber with a Belgian yeast) and Big Cedar Brown. All of them were real solid-good, surprisingly so.
The place was almost completely empty and a little eerie on a Wednesday at 2:30 pm, "The Shining"-style, but really, could you ever fill this whole place up?? Also, it is January 31st and it is 81 degrees in Dallas County…
We had some food from the pricey-but-nice menu: a side of wild-mushroom risotto, another one of whipped Yukon gold potatoes with chives… I also saw scallops. So much better than your average pub grub! The wife had a quesadilla she really enjoyed.
$35 dollars and a lot of beer later, I am in love with this odd establishment. A great stop before boarding a flight at DFW!
02-04-2012 17:06:22 |
More by DoubleSimcoe
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 1.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$
I was staying at the Embassy Suites attached to the Outdoor World near DFW, so I had to stop by here.
Very open and grand. The downstairs is a wide open room with booths around the edges and tables in the middle. I would guess 150 people could easily fit in the restaurant portion. My party was upstairs so I took the jaunt upward.
The upper bar was open as well with the bar being in the middle and surrounded on all sides by cocktail tables.
The beer was very subpar, in my opinion. The selection was pretty good; they had about 10 or so draft selections which is above average, number wise, for most brewpubs. Among the ones I tried and detested were the Steam beer, the Scotch Ale, and the Koslch. All of these had the same, rancid, sour flavor. I dont know if it was the water or yeast or ingredients, but they all kind of melded and tasted pretty bad. The one beer that was okay (maybe a 3.2), was the oatmeal stout. It still had the same common flavor as the others but perhaps the grains covered and masked some of the more serious flaws found in the other beers.
Service was very prompt and attentive, even for the 75 person group we had. I probably wouldnt come back here for the beer, but the atmosphere was okay and if a large group were to come back, and the beer was free, I would certainly partake.
04-15-2009 19:43:01 |
More by SaCkErZ9
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | $$
i am in town this week working at a nearby resort - stopped here on the way back from dinner in dallas.
this place is a monstrosity (everythings bigger in texas?) and is attached to a bass pro shop. As i walk through the parking lot, expectations are at an alltime low.
when we enter, we notice a massive cathedral-esque dining room in a northwoods motif. we make our way up the stairs towards the main bar area to watch some monday night football.
i order the oatmeal stout and its actuall not that freaking bad. the scotch ale was kina bleh so i went back to the stout. my travelling partner enjoyed her APA but it wasnt hoppy enough - the kolsch was quaffed with nice speed.
i couldnt possibly suggest going out of your way for this, but if you're in the grapevine area, why the hell not? they have a huge projection TV - go grab a few and watch a game
09-15-2009 04:59:09 |
More by dirtylou
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: 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: 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: 4.5 | 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: 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 | 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: 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 |
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