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Uncle Buck's Brewery & Steakhouse

Not Rated.
Uncle Buck's Brewery & SteakhouseUncle Buck's Brewery & Steakhouse
BA SCORE
86
very good

23 Ratings
Ratings: 23
Reviews: 23
rAvg: 3.73
pDev: 10.72%
Active Beers: 16
Beer Ratings: 45
Beer Avg: 3.33
Taps: 0
Bottles: 0
Cask:
Beer-to-Go: N
[ Brewery, Bar, Eatery ]

2501-1 Bass Pro Drive
Grapevine, Texas, 76051
United States
phone: (972) 691-5100

visit their websiteWebsite view map and get directionsMap 

Notes:
As of Oct. 2008, not affiliated with Big Buck Brewery & Steakhouse chain.

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Reviews by assurbanipaul:
Photo of assurbanipaul
3.25/5  rDev -12.9%

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.

assurbanipaul, May 09, 2004
More User Reviews:
Photo of TXsunlover
2.9/5  rDev -22.3%

This place was SO MUCH BETTER when it was Big Buck. Our 1st visit since it changed some time ago (we avoided it because Big Buck was so good and we were very leery of the change, such a terrible logo picture!). We were right to be leery. There are so many great craft beers brewed in the DFW area and this place is not one of them. They brag about their beers but none of the upstairs bar staff could give us any information about any of them.

The bartender neglected to tell us of the seasonal beers that were not printed on the menu. We had to ask 3 waitresses if there were any seasonals before one of them knew. We asked our waitress if it was happy hour and she had no idea. She finally came to tell us "I think it's only happy hour if there is a game on TV". Well, there's a game on all the time, but I assume she meant a local team.

The appetizer menu is very limited and very expensive. The beer was OK but not great. The place was basically empty when we arrived (3pm on a beautiful Saturday afternoon) and now I know why! We won't bother going back :(

TXsunlover, Oct 24, 2012
Photo of DoubleSimcoe
4.25/5  rDev +13.9%

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!

DoubleSimcoe, Feb 04, 2012
Photo of bigalinbigd
4/5  rDev +7.2%

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.

bigalinbigd, Jan 21, 2011
Photo of paigertx
4.05/5  rDev +8.6%

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).

paigertx, Jan 16, 2011
Photo of kkoz
3.33/5  rDev -10.7%

I was really impressed with the size of the place and the decor. We chose to site in the sports bar, which sits up high and overlooks the main dinning room. It had a nice lodge type atmosphere, and looked exactly like a place you would expect to be connected to the Bass Pro. My co-worker was extremely impressed by the TVs over each of the urinals in the restroom.

Our waitress was extremely friendly and checked on us often. However, she didn't seem to know much about the beers (yet, the first thing she highlighted after greeting us was the fact that they brew their own beer there).

I had a buffalo burger, medium rare. The taste was very good, but it didn't seem to hold together while I was eating it. It kind of fell apart as I ate, making it a bit messy. The serving of fries was pretty minimal, but the burger covered most of the plate.

Their IPA had a nice creamy head and was very hoppy. It was a unique, caramel/earthy hop flavor I was unfamiliar with. I didn't mind, but my co-worker, who normally enjoys IPAs, didn't like this one. Next, I had their Brown Ale, which was not good at all. It had absolutely no carbonation in it, and had a full malty body, which made it a bit like drinking beer syrup. Finally, I tried one of their seasonals, an English Pale Ale, which was nice. It was pretty standard for the style, and much more drinkable than the brown ale.

Overall, the burger was OK and the beers were so-so. The service was pretty good, and the atmosphere and view from the upstairs sports bar was incredible.

kkoz, Dec 19, 2010
Photo of deereless
3.55/5  rDev -4.8%

A very interesting place. Uncle Buck's seemed to be more about the steak than the beer but they certainly don't shy away from broadcasting the fact that they are a brewpub as evident from the large fermentation tanks along one of the restaurant walls. You enter into a massive open space that is the restaurant, but since I was less interested in the restaurant I wandered upstairs to the brewpub to a sizeable crowd. Even though there were quite a few people I had no problem getting a seat at the bar and service was quite attentive. I order an IPA and a red ale and though they didn't knock my socks off I thought they were decent interpretations. Selection was somewhat limited but they did keep a decent variety. Though I had original visited for the beer, the steak stood out as the specialty of the house. I'm not sure if the Bass Pro shop next door is under the same management or not, but they seem to have some sort of partnership. Plus it makes for an interesting experience to walk past a dozen and a half different types of hunting stands all perched outside the place. After a little under a week in Dallas, I think you'd be hard pressed to find a better place in this area of the city. That's not a ringing endorsement but a point that Dallas is short on brewpubs. Visited in April 2010

deereless, Sep 21, 2010
Photo of dirtylou
3.44/5  rDev -7.8%

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

dirtylou, Sep 15, 2009
Photo of SaCkErZ9
3.13/5  rDev -16.1%

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.

SaCkErZ9, Apr 15, 2009
Photo of rgrholmes168
3.88/5  rDev +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.

rgrholmes168, Sep 13, 2008
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Uncle Buck's Brewery & Steakhouse in Grapevine, TX
86 out of 100 based on 23 ratings.