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Dena Hogan Reneau
· April 14, 2018
A group of 5 of us went on 4/7/18 to listen to Howlin' at the Moon perform. As usual, they draw a big crowd and the place was packed. Luckily one of our group had gone early and snagged a table for... the rest of us. The night was standing room only. The band rocked and the night was quite enjoyable. Nothing like old time rock and roll to get you off your feet and on the dance floor. It was our 1st time to Big Al's. From reading prior reviews, I see they have gotten off to a rough start. It seems to me that they are getting their act together although it's still a work in progress. We will definitely go again. Good bars in Ellis County are few and far between. Let's give Big Al's our support. It's not like he doesn't know the business and he is working to get the kinks out. See More
Nicole Nitz
· April 10, 2018
Me and my husband went to eat here yesterday.. Our 1st time there.. when we walked in we were the only ones in there besides 2 people at the bar.. Anyways, we ordered the Fried Pickles as an app and t...hey were pretty good, the only thing about the app we didn't like was when we bit into the fried pickle it came out of the breading.. I ordered the Brisket sandwich w/ Onion rings which was really good and my husband had the Po' Boy sandwich with fries.. and for dessert we had a blueberry cheesecake.. All in all it was pretty good ! See More
Ashley LeAnn LaMothe
· April 15, 2018
We went there last night for my bestfriends birthday and we had so much fun. Great atmosphere and the band was awesome. I have one suggestion though (i've bartended for several years). You should prob...ably have 3 bartenders on a busy weekend night. One working strictly on tickets coming from tables and servers, and two bartenders working bar and the straglers who stand. Split the bar in half between the other two bartenders. One works the upper half, one the lower half. Also a bar back who gets ice, washes dishes, and restocks everything the bartenders might need. I could tell the bartenders were in the weeds the whole time and couldn't keep up. One of the girls made our shots (lemon drop) with salt mixed in it and tastes like straight salt water, but she made up for it by bringing us vegas bombs. I couldn't even be upset bc I know how it is and she quickly corrected her mistake and was very sweet about it. Overall it is a great place and we will be back soon! See More
Kevin Willborn
· April 15, 2018
Came here last night to try something different but was met with no where to sit, and very slow service. Our food took over an hour to get to us. We had to stand and eat our food on a half wall that d...ivides the bar from the stage area. No silverware, no napkins, and no server. If you want service go to the bar and order food cause if you ain't sitting the servers don't pay you no mind. Asked two passing by servers for some napkins and was never brought any. I understand it's busy but something as simple as napkins????. Only good thing about the evening was the band. It would definitely be an awesome place if there was more seating to accommodate all the large groups that are blocking the walkways and the bar. Food was pretty good and was pretty decently priced. If you go, get there early so you can hog a table all night long. See More
John Seabolt
· March 25, 2018
The service wasn't just slow it was almost in reverse. Besides the bar we were the only table and it took over twenty minutes just to get an appetizer, and they didn't put in part of our parties food ...order. Five servers just standing around doing nothing, and we almost had to beg for them to come over and attend to out table. Beyond horrible. Al you need to take care of this staff before you go out of business, because this won't fly too far! See More
Joshua Hernandez
· April 2, 2018
I have no complaints about the service. Rather, I wasn’t too impressed with the quality of the appetizers. My friend ordered the cheese fries and laughed when it came out. There was hardly anything... on those fries. I ordered the fried Mac and cheese. It was just Mac and cheese with bread crumbs on top. There wasn’t anything fried about it. I asked the waitress about it. She laughed and said, “yeah I know. I’ve had a lot of people say the same exact thing and ask to have it sent back”. Maybe the Mac and cheese needs to be renamed lol. I ordered a burger which wasn’t all that bad, and my friend ordered the fried chicken and waffles and said it was okay. Other than that, it’s a neat little spot that could use a few tweaks here and there. See More
Misti Kale
· March 18, 2018
We celebrated my sisters 40th birthday Friday night and we had a great time!
Lots of entertainment between the DJ (DJ Alex is awesome) �� and Karaoke! Big Al was there and mingled with the customers.... He’s a nice guy!
Some of the reviews were a little concerning but definitely met our expectations.
Most of the negative reviews are about the food but it’s what you should expect.
It’s a BAR, you should expect bar type food. However, I had the bacon cheese fries and they were pretty good!
Some of the other negative reviews were in regards to the staff but our experience was great so maybe they’re getting the kinks worked out there.
Our waiter was really nice and attentive, the only thing that made me raise an eyebrow, was when we asked for some lime, he brought them to the table in the palm of his hand �..
Maybe a little bowl next time.. but we will definitely be going back!! �
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Jennifer Clark Chambers
· March 22, 2018
Even though we were told that there was not a cook so the full menu was not available they still had plenty of "starters" to choose from. The fried pickles were amazing! Drinks were reasonably priced... and they by far have the BEST cosmo I have ever had. I'm a pretty to my self type person and I actually went to the bar to compliment the bartender on the Cosmo, yes it was really that good! Our server was friendly and attentive.The decor was classy and the establishment was clean. Loved the karaoke stage and the DJ. Music was a bit loud and I wish there was a dance floor. Over all it was a fun night out and we will be back. See More
Matthew Hromek
· April 3, 2018
Me and my wife have been there on our weekly date night three weeks in a row. We have waited on food and a drink or two, but hey it's a busy place. Find a waiter tip them what they are worth and your ...drink will always be full. This is now our Friday night spot. See More
Jackie Delamora
· April 7, 2018
Had my dads surprise retirement party there tonight. Natalie and Al were great with getting everything handled. There was a corner sectioned off just for our group and the food was out when I had aske...d for it to be ready. The staff was great! Everything went so smooth and my dad was so surprised and happy. Thanks to everyone involved for helping create such a memorable event for my dad. � See More
Miguel Villanueva
· March 19, 2018
Went today for the first time for margarita Monday. Good margaritas, service was reasonable and the prices were on point. The food was good. We all tried the bacon wrapped jalapeños, nachos and meat... loaf and they were all good. Margaritas were good too. Nice decor and great location. This will be our new official hand out. The only thing is we didn’t see Big Al but I guess we will catch him next time. ��� See More
Elizabeth Alstrin
· April 22, 2018
Had a great time with my friends the service was awesome �. The music and DJ were fantastic. Karaoke was fun and entertaining. I will go back. We did not eat just drink and I taught the bar about the ...Betty Ford and must have drink for any good bar. Love this place good to see Big Al socializing with the Hachie crowd. See More
Shanda Teri Williams-Cortines
· April 7, 2018
We went there for a birthday party and had a blast ! The food was great, the atmosphere was fabulous, and we will definitely be back. I’m not sure why there are a couple of bad reviews..... probably... when it first opened ?!? This is the kind of place you can go and hang out for hours with friends! Can’t wait to go on karaoke night ! See More
Anthony Lopez
· April 18, 2018
Been to Big Al's several times and it is a great place to check out. Loved karaoke night! Great place to talk with friends and enjoy some drinks and food. Really enjoyed listening to "Howling In" a few weeks back. Very talented band that plays a wide variety of music. Really hope Al has this band back as they brought a big crowd. Check Big Al's out! See More
Jennifer Sellars Smith
· April 1, 2018
The only reason I give it a 3 is because Al did respond to my husbands complaint that we were one of the first people to walk in with reservations and still didn’t have any food. Al did apologize and for our entire tab minus a dollar but in all honestly, they were not prepared at all for service and I will be hesitant to come back. See More
Tabitha Michelle
· March 24, 2018
I am shocked to see so many negative reviews! Tonight was our first night here & it was nothing but a pleasant experience! Drinks were great & the food was even better—-best fried pickles I’ve ever ha...d & we received everything very quickly! The atmosphere was chill, laid back and relaxing! The live music singer was awesome & played a variety of music which kept it entertaining & we got to meet Big Al before we left who was super nice! We will definitely be back ASAP! See More
Amy Miller
· March 21, 2018
Went last Saturday for brunch and had a great experience. Our waitress was very friendly and promptly took our order. My friend and I both had pancakes and mimosas and they were great! We needed ex...tra syrup and our waitress brought it right out to us. The place is clean and atmosphere was great. We will definitely be back! See More
Kelsey Falls
· March 18, 2018
We came here for my birthday on a Friday night! Karaoke was awesome... DJ Alex had a ton of crowd involvement, the wait stuff was excellent. We didn’t eat here so I don’t know much about the food, but... so so so fun for a night out! I have been to the MAT in uptown, and i honestly enjoyed down the hatch more!!! See More
Ashley Freeman Dantic
· April 4, 2018
It was BEYOND awful! Should have been a sign when we went in at lunch time and there was NO ONE in there....not one customer. We both ordered the grilled chicken and salad. After 25 minutes, the waite...r brought out a handful of "bagged" salad with NO extras on it....just lettuce, and maybe half a chicken breast that had been pounded so flat it was burnt and tough. Asked for a little extra salad dressing to try to choke down the dry chicken and was charged extra for that! I truly wouldn't EVER go back!! See More
Joni Durrett Burns
· March 23, 2018
Food wasn’t the greatest however the purpose for going was to hear open mic. It was horrible PA system, couldn’t hear anything for people talking in the background and no sound system other than in th...e area set up for playing. What’s the point if you can’t hear anything. If you’re going to continue open mic something’s gotta change. Hope you make it! See More

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