Holiday Hours

12-24-19 (Christmas Eve) - CLOSED
12-25-19 (Christmas Day) - CLOSED
12-31-19 (New Years Eve) - OPEN 3pm - 1am
1-1-20 (New Years Day) - OPEN at 3pm - 11pm - Bingo @ 7pm

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Fridays & Saturdays 9pm-1am
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Happy Hours:

Sundays: Happy Hour All Day, Bottle Beer, Tap Beer, & Drinks are $.50 off.
Tuesday-Friday: 3pm-6pm $1 OFF All Drinks. $6 Appetizers (Chicken Quesadilla, Pub Chips, 3 Walleye Cakes, Mozzarella Sticks, Chips & Queso, Chicken Alfredo Flatbread, Margherita Flatbread, Onion Rings, and Mini Corndogs).


Weddings and Events

Merialis Hayes recommends The Buff.
The best staff serving gourmet food in a casual atmosphere at affordable prices.

Cassie Badham recommends The Buff.
Great food, we tried Cajun shrimp Alfredo, walleye cakes and the surf and turf burger- all excellent!

Dana Wahl recommends The Buff.
Awesome and friendly employees, and a great environment.

Ryan Martin recommends The Buff.
Stopped on our way thru to the cities. Cool place, great food and friendly staff and patrons. And we won a meat raffle!!

Abbie Herkenhoff recommends The Buff.

We had our wedding reception here on 6/9/18 it was perfect everything went exactly as planned. All of the staff was amazing so friendly and helpful. They even helped us clean up at the end of the night! Our DJ Bob was great couldn’t have picked anyone better he kept everyone dancing till the end and even went around the room asking for requests! Everything about this venue was perfect! Thank you everyone for the great night and wonderful service!

Kelly Novak Newman reviewed The Buff
Food is always great! Prices are low. And always stuff going on there!


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Big Lake Minnesota Bar, Restaurant and Event Center

The Buff has something for everyone to enjoy! Beyond our large, unique menu, The Buff hosts a variety of events and activities all week long. The facility features several bar areas, a family friendly restaurant, special event areas for parties, corporate meetings, weddings, holiday parties and a variety of other special events in the Big Lake, Elk River, Minnesota area. The Buff hosts all types of events from small birthday parties to large Weddings. Sports leagues include, darts, pool, horseshoes, bean bags and volleyball. Indoor and outdoor seating area are available as well!


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Big Lake, MN Restaurant Events and Specials:

Mondays: CLOSED

BB Tuesdays: $4.99 Build Your Own Buff Burger (Add-ons range from .75¢ - $1.00) — $4 Margaritas

Wing Wednesdays: .50¢ Boneless, .75¢ Bone In — $4.00 Captains. — Bingo 7:00pm. Summer/Fall Bean Bags, Horseshoes and Volleyball.

Rib Thursdays: $13.99 Half Rack, $17.99 Full Rack — Domestic Bottles $3.50 11am-3pm and 6pm-close (Excluding Happy Hour).

Prime Rib Fridays: $21.99 King, $17.99 Queen (After 4pm) — Ladies Night - $12 Bottles of Wine - 6-9pm. — Band at 9pm.

Walleye Saturdays: $20.99 Beer Battered or Broiled (After 4pm) — Bingo at 1pm. Bloody Mary Bar until 2pm. Band at 9pm.

Sunday Funday: Buy 1 Pizza get 1 Half Off (Same Value) — Happy Hour All Day .50¢ Off Each Drink. — Breakfast 11-2. Meat Raffle at 1pm. Bloody Mary Bar until 2pm.


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BUFF LUNCH Punch Cards: Valid only with meals purchased from 11am-2pm Wednesday - Friday.  VALID on dine-in or take-out! Pick one up at the Buff today! Your 6th punched meal is FREE.





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Bar, Restaurant and Event Center in Big Lake, MN. Featuring live music on weekends!

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Book your special event with our Private Patios, Semi-Private Dining Room Balconies, Main Dining Room & Private Dining Event Room with state of the art Audio/Visual equipment.

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Our extensive menu ranges from creative appetizers and classic favorites to gluten free options and unique entrées.

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The Buff hosts exciting events all year long!

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