Montana's Cookhouse is a casual, relaxed gathering place serving a family-friendly menu of steak, ribs, chicken, burgers and salads.
We went for dinner Saturday night and were seated at a large booth. We ordered the pork side ribs and back ribs, regular size. The back ribs were very meaty and a good size. The side ribs were fattier, chewier and tasty too. You pick one side dish, we had baked potato and fries. The included cornbread was way too sweet, sticky and dense, we prefer the lighter version in cornbread. Our server was quite friendly and the atmosphere was good. We will return..
Went to Montana's last night w/my fiance's B-Day and had a mediocre time.
Food: Solid ribs as usual. We ordered their chicken wings to start, which were pretty good. A bit too much breading for my liking. I especially enjoyed their corn bread. One thing we both regretted ordering there were their cocktails (where's the alcohol? Or is it meant to just taste like syrup?)
Service: Where to start..where to start. First, the hostesses were fairly rude and didn't seem to know what was going on around them. After waiting 30 minutes, we were finally seated and greeted by our waitress. Long story short - our waitress was never around. She didn't do any quality checks or even come back to ask if we wanted other drinks once we were finished with the ones we had. I don't think I saw her smile even once last night! When we did want/need something, we had to flag her down.
Ambiance: I think I'm done w/the quirky family style decor they have going on there.
Overall: if I ever want ribs from Montana's again I'll just go to the Langley location.
This is an update of a review I did a year ago.
On our visit to Montana's of Coquitlam on 26 November 2008 the food was very good. We had the AYCE Baby Back ribs with Texas Bold sauce. On this occasion the ribs were excellent, both the original rack AND the refills.
The problem on this visit was the NOISE. Not only were we subjected to the foolish moose head birthday routine over and over, once right beside our table, but a fire alarm also went off and lasted every two or three seconds for fifteen to twenty minutes non-stop before the manager had the presence of mind to turn it off! This was more than annoying and basically spoiled the whole evening. People do not go to a restaurant to be annoyed by gratuitous auditory stimuli but to have a relaxing and enjoyable time. Such was not the case at Montana's of Coquitlam on this particular evening. I have never been subjected to such a noisy, unrelaxing and raucous time at a restaurant before.
To top it all off, at check-out we were left an automated digital device which did not function correctly and required the assistance of the waitress to finish paying the bill! Extremely annoying.
On this occasion the food was good but the rest of the experience was dismal.
It will be a L-O-N-G time, if ever again, that we patronize Montana's of Coquitlam. There is a plethora of relaxing and equally good restaurants in the Tri-Cities area which we will attend before being subjected to the horrendous racket and other annoyances which we endured to-night.
Went there for the second time,to see if things were better.
The fireside things were too rich,but not tasty.
The steak was so salty,I had to scrape the seasoning off to make it edible.(Not to mention that it took half an hour to get the food to our table.)Their twice baked potatoes were'nt even once baked,hard and uncooked.And the coleslaw? Don't even ask.
Never again will there be a visit to Montana's.
We wanted to try something new and went to Montana's for some ribs. There were 3 of us and we ordered beef ribs, ribs and chicken (white meat), and ribs and chicken (wings). The wings were pretty good. They coat them in cornmeal which makes them extra crispy. The white meat chicken was only average and a bit bland. The back ribs we got with honey garlic sauce and they were fantastic! Tender and very flavorful. We ordered the beef ribs with Rickard's honey brown sauce and to our surprise, it was also very tender and juicy. We thought since it's beef it may be a bit tougher, but it wasn't at all.
The service was pleasant and attentative. Our waitress often came by and checked on us. The ambience may seem a bit childish, with paper table cloths and crayons to draw on them, but we loved it! While waiting for the food we had a great time doodling comics about each other.
Overall it's a great restaurant for family or friends get-togethers, but the atmosphere is probably not for any diner looking for sophistication or elegance. We will be back for sure.
Went with a group of friends last week. Ordered their rib and wings combo with yam fries and corn bread.
The best part of the meal is actually the corn bread. Yam fries is decent. The bbq sauce is pretty good but the rib is dry. No fall off the bone meat here, actually need to work the knife to get the meat off.
The wings are bad. So so bad. Twice battered actually means twice fried! Therefore the batter is hard. Such a shame cause the flavour is decent.
I would avoid this restaurant and take my money elsewhere.
A group of six of us went there on a Saturday evening. It was annoyingly loud .... could not even hear the person across the table from you. They really should look into improving the acoustics ... the noise isn't from music but just from people talking. It was brutal.
The restaurant's decor is kind of fun ... rustic with a fun cabin appeal. A little cramped.... could be improved by removing a few tables.
The margarita I ordered was tasteless. Mostly ice ... and no flavor. The fajitas were okay ... the vegetables were sliced far too large to eat a rolled fajita without making a mess. The guacamole (which you pay extra for) was inadequate and again tasteless. The portion was generous.
The service was prompt and the waitress got everything right the first time.
Considering the blandness of the food it was a tad overpriced.
Service was so bad I had to register on this and say something eventhough this happened earlier this year in feb/march. My girlfriend, Best Friend and I went to Montanas for lunch, we arrived in a great mood, so we didnt really complain that it took at least ten minutes for anyone to greet us and find our seat eventhough the place was empty. After we were seated, given menus are table waitress came and as we were asking about the differetn types styles of ribs she blurted "you cant share or you will be charged for another order" we all looked at eachother as it was uncalled for and her tone seemed to think that she assumed that what we were planning. I figured we should have left then but my friend and gf convinced me otherwise. WHen we got our food eventhough there was only six people in the restaurant including us we couldnt see the waitress at all. she hid in the back. We had to flag her down everytime she came out. and when she arrived with her no smile she acted as if we were bothering her. This continued and when it was time to pay we discussed if we should even say anything. We called the hostess over and asked if we could speak to the manager as she was walking back to the back room she wispered something to the waitress who then came and asked why we want to talk to the manager. I told her I just had some issues about the service Immediately the waitress said well your not getting your meal for free and that the manager is not in and that she is the one in charge. SHe asked us what was wrong and we told her the service wasn't up to par. she said sorry you feel that way. I asked for a card for her manager as I was determine to let the manager know about this. When we left my gf called the number on the card and the same waitress answewred the phone and told my gf that the manager wont be in for a coule of weeks and prior to hanging up she begans laughing with another coworker and hung up. We waited a couple of weeks but had forgot the waitress name just knew she was a brunette. For someone who comes in to pay for the food one would expect positive service from the staff it was disappoininting. I have never been on this to write something negative but to this day it bothers me and will never go to montanas ever nor will i encourage others to go no one deserves that kind of service. The food is def. not worth taking a chance.
We went out to try this restaurant by Coquitlam Center. The food was ok, we had ribs as that was what they are known for. Unfortunately we waited a long time for food and the service was ok just like the food. The decorations were reasonable especially the moose. We probably won't go back again as the service and food were nothing special.
My wife and I tried this place on a Wednesday evening which happens to be 'all you can eat ribs night.' You pay $26.99 for all you can eat ribs. The full rack comes with 12 good sized ribs and for $25.99 and the regular rack, 6 ribs, $19.99. Comes with beans and choice of one side. Was OK, the meat did not fall off the bone like it can at places like Dix in Yaletown. Service was OK, though I can sure see food and service being variable here.
hmmm....AYCE ribs....it was so good. I don't mind the price was a bit too high. It was $90 for the whole family that night, but It was totally worth it. The ribs are so juicy and filling that I just kept eating without stopping. Not going back for a while coz the price was high, but definitely will go back for the juicy juicy ribs......hmmmmm
I recently submitted a review about a horrible experience that we had here a few months back. We filled out the online experience form with a request not to be contacted and the manager sent us a gift card and asked us to please return again. Well we did and we were really happy with our experience. We both had ribs and they were delicious. Our server was excellent and there was only one obnoxious birthday party there that we actually didn't mind because we weren't already put off by crap service. Our server was actually excellent and we will be back there again when we get an appetite for ribs. Well done!
Service ruined the trip here.
Not much to say about it.
Won't be back.
nearly empty place but getting some table service impossible.
Also has country music playing, ouch.
Who wants to hear country music while they eat. Or ever for that matter.
Came here with my girlfriend after a day of shopping at Coquitlam Center. I had a free appetizer coupon from signing up on their mailing list.
Food: I forgot the name of the appy we had, but was basically cheese and some salsa wrapped in a tortilla shell. Quite delicious. Then we shared a large rack of ribs and a plate of fish and chips. Considering they claim the ribs are award winning, I was disappointed. While the honey garlic sauce was tasty, the ribs was not too tender it itself. The fish and chips was below average, and cod nor halibut was used. I actually think the fish was sole, which was odd. The colelaw was crispy and fresh though.
Service: Attentive, the waitress was very cheery and checked up on us to see if everything was OK. Definitely better service than other chain restaurants like Milestones.
Ambiance: We sat in the bar area, which had HD TV with the football game on, so that was good. Washrooms are fairly clean. However, I found the restaurant too noisy. In the main dining area, it seemed their was a b-day every five minutes, and people celebrating by banging their utensils on the table or plates.
Coming from Richmond, I wouldn't drive out here just to come to eat, but if you're here already, this place is worth a try.
We stopped in on a whim while in Coquitlam. It was early before 5pm and the place was practically empty they told us there would be a 10 minute wait. I replied "the restaurant is empty, why the wait?" The hostess replied that they had reservations. The prices on the menu were average. We ordered a shrimp appy and when it arrived it looked appetising but when we tasted it we were turned off as it was all batter, extra crunchy batter with a teeny tiny shrimp inside. We ordered our mains and waited and waited and waited. Probably waited 30 minutes before the food arrived. Again for a half empty resaturant I was surprised. Our food finally arrived and regrettably the whole family was disapointed! The steak sandwich was overcooked and bland.The accompanying gravy was so salty and strong flavored that you couldn't eat it. The pulled pork sandwich tasted like a warm ham sandwich with some sort of sweet sauce poored over it. The kids pizza was dried out and too crunchy. The only thing which was half decent was the kids size ribs. It tasted good but it was quite charred from the bbq. They should know better when its a kids meal. It was very processed, not fresh and prepared mechanically.
The waitress came by and asked us how our meal was and when we told her it wasn't great she did not offer any remedies and then disapeared. She avoided our table the rest of the time we were there. The bill was $70.47 which is a bit steep for a family of four. We had to chase down another waitress to get our bill and pay. VERY DISAPOINTED. If we are ever in the area again we'll opt to go to the Mr. Mikes Steakhouse down the street instead!
WE love to come here as a family. My husband loves the fact there is lots of MEAT to choose from. My son loves the kids menu ribs. He usually doesnt get a kids menu as it is generally too small for his appetite, but the ribs and a side of mashed potatoes and gravy and he is all good. He loves the ice creams afterwards too. The fun part is writing on the tablecloth (paper) and playing tic-tac-toe.
SERVICE SUCKS! My family happened to passby Coquitlam and decided to eat at Montanas but unfortunately we got a very POOR CUSTOMER SERVICE by MONTNAS STAFF.It took about 30 minutes before they can get our orders and we literally have to call the attention of the front desk to get us a waitress, it was not that busy and all i can see were waitresses fixing tables and nobody mind approaching our table to get our orders! One more thing they serve me the wrong food...really sucks, management should consider retraining these unprofessional staffing!
We took the family for dinner; food was ok, good portions but too heavy on the peppercorn though, service was less than desirable took almost 15 minutes to get drinks order and another 10-15 minutes to get the actual drinks. Place is clean and well decor, prices are reasonable for the portions that you get.
Just went there with friends as usual I had the awesome pork side ribs with Apple Butter Sauce. I noticed they had updated their menu and I am confused as to why they did this. Prior to this change, most people had nothing, but good things to say about the old menu which is evident how busy this place was. Essentially they fixed something that was not broken in the first place. Why on gods green earth would they abandon such a popular menu?
I few in my group had some items from the new menu and reactions were mixed. One person noted how much Meditereanan food was on the new menu and with that said if I wanted to eat Meditereanan food, I would go to a Meditereanan restraunt
Went there on the weekend for Valentine's as we didn't make a reservation elsewhere and Montana's doesn't take reservations anyway. We arrived before 6:00pm to make sure we get a table and even after 6 it didn't get too too busy, I guess it isn't the most romantic choice for Valentine's. Anyway, we use to really like the ribs here because they were well-marinated, tender and served at the right temperature but the last 3 times or so, the ribs were served less than warm and we were quite disappointed. This time I ordered the half rack of back ribs but they were thick, fatty and tough... very disappointing! I enjoyed my dessert, a cholate-dipped cone at Dairy Queen way more than dinner!!!