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Big Lake Minnesota Bar, Restaurant and Event Center

The Friendly Buffalo has something for everyone to enjoy! Beyond our large, unique menu, The Friendly Buffalo 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 Friendly Buffalo 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!


Hours of Operation

Kitchen Hours

Upcoming Events

Mon Closed (open for events)
Tue 3:00 PM to 11:00 PM
Wed 11:00 AM to 11:00 PM
Thu 11:00 AM to 11:00 PM
Fri 11:00 AM to 1:00 AM
Sat 11:00 AM to 1:00 AM
Sun 11:00 AM to 10:00 PM
Mon Closed (open for events)
Tue 3:00 PM to 10:00 PM
Wed 11:00 AM to 10:00 PM
Thu 11:00 AM to 10:00 PM
Fri 11:00 AM to 11:00 PM
Sat 11:00 AM to 11:00 PM
Sun 11:00 AM to 10:00 PM


Fridays & Saturdays 9pm-1am
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Happy Hours:
Sundays: Happy Hour All Day, Bottle Beer, Tap Beer, & Drinks are $.50 off.
Monday-Friday: 3pm-6pm 2-4-1's Domestic Bottles, Domestic 16oz taps, & Rails and 1/2 priced Flat breads.



Haven’t tried our menu items at home or work? Give us a call today and get your favorite meal to go! 763-207-8888.





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Big Lake, MN Restaurant Events and Specials:

Mondays: CLOSED

Taco Tuesdays:  $1.50 Beef Tacos, $1.75 Chicken Tacos — $4 Margaritas.

Wing Wednesdays: .50¢ Boneless, .75¢ Bone In — $3.50 Captains. — Bingo 7:00pm. Summer/Fall Bean Bags, Horseshoes and Volleyball.

Rib Thursdays: $12.99 Half Rack, $16.99 Full Rack — Domestic Bottles $3.00 11am-3pm and 6pm-close (Excluding Happy Hour) — Cribbage 6:30pm. Trivia 7:30.

Prime Rib Fridays: $19.99 King, $15.99 Queen (After 4pm) — Ladies Night - $12 Bottles of Wine - 6-9pm. — Band at 9pm.

Walleye Saturdays: $18.99 Beer Battered or Broiled (After 4pm) — Bingo at 2pm. 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.


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





Restaurant PhotoAbout the Friendly Buffalo

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

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Banquet Wedding PartyEvent Center

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 entrees.

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Wedding CakeSpecial Events and Weddings

The Friendly Buffalo hosts exciting events all year long! Check out our events page for more info and dates to plan your next event.

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