Montana's Cookhouse is a casual, relaxed gathering place serving a family-friendly menu of steak, ribs, chicken, burgers and salads.
Reading the previous reviews, for some reason I feel the need to defend Montana's. I went in January with my boyfriend and our friend (male) for a quick dinner before the movies. It seemed to be primarily male, white, suburban crowd - which I suppose isn't surprising given the type of restaurant and the location.
Although I do like red meat, I must admit that I wasn't particularly inspired by the menu, or the decor/ ambience. We did enjoy sitting at the bar having a drink & watching the hockey game though, and then moved to a table in the restaurant section.
Here's where I disagree with the previous reviews: although the restaurant wasn't necessarily my style, the service we received was great! Young-ish early-20's server, but she did a great job. She was attentive in just the right ways, food arrived quite quickly and she offered refills when appropriate. In fact, our friend spilled his beer on the table, and the manager asked our server to bring him a free refill.
So while I don't know that I'll be going back soon (just not my type of a restaurant ambience), our service much, much better then what I see described in these earlier reviews.
We went to please our 11 and 13 years old nephews.
They are carnivors, and so were completely satisfied with ribs and fries. Ribs were tasty but super-fat. (more fat than meat).
I ordered some salad with prawns - thumbs down.
My husband ordered ceasar's salad - what a joke.
Oh yes, and the famous paper "tablecloth".
I travel through Montana (the real one) from time to time and have to say that Montana cookhouse insults real Montana food.
Real Montana food is: succulent, fresh, and delicions. Their steaks rock.
Montana cookhouse is none of that.
Would never go to Cookhouse without the kids who were the only ones to appreciate this junk food place.
Service was soo bad, no utencils, had to ask for them, had to ask for a refill, we ordered fajitas for 2 and got enough condiments for 1, had to ask for extra cheese and tomatoes, pretty ridiculous. do not recomend it at all . we sat down at 7, didnt get our drinks untill 715, which was a ice tea and coke, and our food didnt come untill 745 and all we ordered were fajitas.
I live in Chilliwack and once in a while we come about 70 km to Langley to shop. When we do we always end up going to some unique restaurant that we don't have back home. A couple of years ago we ate here and after we ordered discovered ALL the bathrooms were out of order. They should not have let anyone in if that was the case. Can you believe the waiter had to take one little boy to the restaurant next door for a dire "emergency". The food was decent that time and the waiter was excellent but when we went to pay (by cash) I had to wait at the front desk for 15 minutes to get my change after leaving a generous tip at the table and I wasn't leaving an additional $15 tip. What a scam to get tips by making it difficult to get your change.
Tonight we went again because we gave them the benefit of the doubt to a case of bad luck and poor cashiers last time and we did enjoy the food and service that time. Tonight we ordered the SIZZLING fajita combo (for 2) that was served ice cold, no dinner plates, icy indignation and a "no problem" when requesting plates, and the cloth napkins just wreak of rancid grease (wonder what else is in them?) Same old scam at the cash register with no one there to give change. Fortunately for me I had the EXACT change but I'm guessing the poor guy that was ahead of me waiting for his change is probably still there waiting. I will NEVER be back to this place!!! You just can't eat ambiance.
Pros: Nice ambience, very good food (though the baby back ribs could have been more tender).
Cons: Inexperienced, under-trained wait staff. Our server forgot to bring us: 1) cutlery; 2) ketchup; 3) sharing plates for appies. Floor manager needs to get a grip on his staff, as many of the girls were standing around at the entranceway yakking, while customers such as ourselves were waiting an eternity for the aforementioned cutlery, condiments etc.
Dinner out on Saturday night was a special occasion, a birthday. Husband and I shared a full rack of baby back ribs - they were a little on the tough side for being baby backs - not really *melt in your mouth* quality which they really should have been. Son ordered half chicken and ribs - his chicken was very moist, tender and tasty but he felt the same, as we did, about his ribs - a little on the tough side. The side of beans could be a little more creative instead of *out of the can Ranch Beans*, side of fries were just plain, run of the mill fries, nothing special. The extra Caesar Salad ordered was good but the dressing a little over the top in garlic which tended to be all you tasted but the salad itself was fresh and crisp.
The birthday desert ordered was the deep fried cheese cake wrapped in a tortilla ..... concept is great but the restaurant really should deep fry these in either fresh oil or a fryer dedicated to just this desert as it tasted of french fries and whatever else had been fried in the oil previously, which, of course really took away from what could have been a spectacular desert.
Service was very good and attentive. Restaurant was clean, including the washrooms.
I'll go back to this restaurant as I don't think its fair to judge and either pass or fail an eating establishment on just one visit.
Total bill with NO liquor ..... $72.00 for three adults.
I like Montana's! I do! The food is good, and the service is good too. However, it is too loud (I don't like country music) and I am stunned by how many people go there for their birthdays! Having said that, I do recommend it heartily if those things don't bother you...
This is a solid, no nonsense American style eating joint where food is substantial, price is good, and service is friendly!
The all you can eat rib deal is great but I found the meat is bit on the fatty side, otherwise I got no complaint about this place.
Went here for my wife's brother's birthday and had a good time. It was a genuine FUN restaurant. There was funny crap all over the walls, my nephews had a blast being allowed to color on the tables.
I had the ribs (stellar) my wife also had the ribs and we both couldn't stop eating! great food, finger licking, and oh my goodness, the baked beans were delish. we had an overall drunken birthday celebration and I'd definitely like to go back.
They were having plenty of free give aways! I enjoyed their ribs and salad. They've added some new items to the menu and offered a newly added appetizer to us for free. All in all it was a little expensive but I mean we got so much free stuff that we didn't care. Plus they're offering the 'all you can eat ribs' everyday now until the end of August.
Went there to celebrate my birthday, was totally pizzed about the whole birthday hat (ewww lice) and singing, but didn't want to make a big scene as the rest of my table thought it was pretty funny, NOT! The service was ok, but the food took forever to get to our table! Also the portion sizes were not all that great! Not somewhere we'd go again!
For starters...Im not 10 years old. When introducing yourself as my server, please just tell me your name. Writing it on my brown paper table cover is not impressive and make me feel like I deaf, dump and stupid. Grow up and realize who you are catering too when deciding if this is appropriate or not.
Making me and and my family wait over 45 minutes just to get an appetizer, even though you have assured me more than once, that it will be under another minute before it arrives isn't the way to increase the percentage of your tip.
Delivering cold, late and undercooked pasta just blew your entire tip out of the building! Lets not even discuss the cold garlic bread, or the ham (which you insisted on would be bacon for my daughters hamburger) which she had to remove herself with disappointment.
Sadly though..."Ashlee" our server also failed to offer refills on beer, but only on the pop that was being consumed. So beer drinkers had to ASK for another drink. I'm sure management is impressed with her up selling skills, since pop is so much more expensive and really drives home the bottom dollar for the business.
Then there is the issue of being brought our own take out containers and expected to pack up our food into containers that were not worthy of holding gravy. So I then had to INSIST on another form of packaging!! Why am I even being bothered with this task? Take the food away, pack it, and then return it to the table! Is this so hard to do or comprehend? I have never seen, or expected or wanted to pack my own take home before. Why now?
Well Ashlee, if you are still wondering about that tip....perhaps if you had not been literally leaning over my shoulder and paying so much attention to this process when the bill was being paid, and not making us feel pressured to leave you a tip for the LACK of service you provided, perhaps you should reassess your career options. Because for us, and because of your inept service, we wont ever be returning to your restaurant, and nor will be ever recommend it.
Change is due for this business. Big Change. They seem to only be concerned with decor and image than quality of food or service.
And yes, I will also add to a previous comment about the BIRTHDAY HELMET. Absolutely disgusting and a poses a serious health hazard.
This is where Montana's Grill gets separated from the Keg!~
The food service was fast and friendly, their ribs are very tasty and not tough. The bathroom was relatively clean, and the price for all you can eat ribs was not bad either. The ribs were not overly spicey but did have a bit of a kick to them. There were several sides to choose from, the cornbread was moist sweet and warm, almost with a maple-y flavour.