see you at the saloon
Ben Berg kicks it up a notch for RodeoHouston return of The Ranch Saloon + Steakhouse
The Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo’s only sit-down restaurant will return for its third year. Berg Hospitality’s The Ranch Saloon + Steakhouse will ride for the entire run of RodeoHouston, February 27 - March 17.
First introduced in 2022, the Ranch is a dual concept, more than 16,000-square foot restaurant that’s constructed out of climate-controlled tents and decorated with Western-inspired touches that include contemporary southwestern art from Southern Kindness Gallery. The Saloon is a more casual setting that also includes The Porch patio, while The Steakhouse is a 240-seat fine dining restaurant that requires reservations. Notably, the Ranch is the only venue outside of NRG Stadium to offer cocktails on the Rodeo grounds.
For 2024, they’ll be joined by The Skillet, a walk-up window serving kicked up versions of classic carnival food. Think bacon with truffle honey, wagyu corn dogs, or chicken fried steak on-a-stick; smash burgers and hot dogs; and deep-fried, churro-crusted “Cowboy Croissants” filled with nutella.
Also new this year will be four satellite bars devoted to one drink or spirit — Cosmopolitan, whiskey, Aperol spritzes, and a tequila bar that will serve margaritas and “The Ranch” waters.
The Ranch has also expanded its “The Ranch After Dark” live music offering. Pitched as a post-concert nightclub and lounge that starts at 9 pm, the venue will host DJs during weeknights and live bands on Saturday and Sunday. Bottle service will be available for a $500 minimum.
The restaurant’s menu pulls from a number of Berg concepts, including B&B Butchers, The Annie Café & Bar, and B.B. Lemon. At the more upscale steakhouse, look for B&B Butchers signature dishes such as Chef Tommy’s Bacon, Carpet Bagger oysters on the half shell, and a full lineup of USDA Prime steaks. Those looking to splurge will find caviar, fresh seafood, and Japanese wagyu beef.
The menu at the Saloon starts with favorites from B.B. Lemon such as campechana, blue crab beignets, and wagyu beef burgers. Other items include a lobster roll, pork chop, and steak frites. Food from both concepts is available at the Saloon, but Saloon dishes are not served in the Steakhouse.
Those looking for the ultimate experience may purchase one of The Ranch’s Steakholder tables. Priced at $15,000 for a six-seat table or $20,000 for a 10-seat table, Steakholder access brings a number of perks, including branded signage, a private bar, private restrooms, and dedicated service staff.
“In our third year of the Ranch and second as an official sponsor of RodeoHouston, I’m honored that Houstonians keep enthusiastically welcoming us back to NRG,” Berg Hospitality founder Ben Berg said in a statement. “This year, The Ranch is even better with a new layout and upgraded décor, specialty cocktail bars, more food options, and larger music acts. Come kick up your boots with us for a great meal and good time.”