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Ponderosa Steakhouse

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10306 S Clare Ave, Clare, MI 48617-9733
+1 989-386-7017
11:00 - 21:00
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Sun 08:00 - 21:00
Mon - Thu 11:00 - 21:00
Fri 11:00 - 22:00
Sat 08:00 - 22:00
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Celina, Ohio
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4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 27 February 2017

We were in town for work. Ate here the first night. It was so good...and the service was so great, we went back for supper all three nights we were there.

Thank DMS401
Grand Rapids, Michigan
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32 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 February 2017

Was staying in Claire on a recent business trip and the ponderosa this was within walking distance. I had the buffet. Excellent food choice to satisfy any cravings. Service friendly.

Thank Brenda F
Saint Johns
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6 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 19 February 2017 via mobile

It was a family group of 24 they seated us and fed us in a very timely fashion food was good it is what is its not a $50.00 a plate place it's $15.00 and worth every penny

Thank Dean M
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53 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 November 2016 via mobile

As far as buffets go this was average to just below. I have eaten at several Ponderosa's and the food here was fairly typical to them. Everything is frozen, instant, or deep fried. Other competitors buffets I would say are much better. Not that it's bad, all food has its time and place.

Thank alan b
jackson mi
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90 reviews
60 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 October 2016

Stopped for dinner on our way home. tables were dirty, had to clean one myself. Food was very bland. under-stocked. Floors were dirty by salad bar. nothing looked appetizing. we will never go in another ponderosa.

Thank millerlittlegirl
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154 reviews
95 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 83 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 October 2016

We have eaten here several times in the past and always enjoyed it, until our last visit in September. It was a Sunday and we sat down at 4:05, wasn't very busy at that point but right beside us were a few tables pushed together that had seated a larger group, maybe 10 or so, and a highchair at the... More 

Thank Chattyaholic
Battle Creek, Michigan
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36 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
Reviewed 25 July 2016

Ponderosa's are going downhill in my opinion. The food was average for the price we paid, the kitchen was filthy so I lost my appetite as soon as I saw that, they barely had any desserts out. Just not worth the money.

Thank Sharisse L
Hudsonville, Michigan
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30 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 July 2016 via mobile

A little slow to seat but food was good and table was clean. Constant attention was given to food bar by owner /manager. Excellant salad bar. It was fresh and plentiful. Desert and ice cream area was well supplied and very good. Chicken was very good and lots of variety. Would definitely recommend this restaurant.

1 Thank vbecker02
1 review
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 28 June 2016

I was at this Ponerosa Sunday $24.00 just for breakfast really for just 2 people. It will be along time before I will be back. The food was not as good as it used to be cold and taste was not as good either.

1 Thank Cindy S
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38 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 June 2016

This is the lowest quality American food. I cannot understand why people FLOCK to a place that has sub-par food. It is LOADED with SODIUM!!!!!! On top of that it is EXTREMELY over-priced. Best thing there is the salad bar. The desserts are out of a box and so is practically everything else. It's low-quality, high priced, CHEAP food. ICKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKK!!... More 

Thank Kathy C

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
American, Steakhouse
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Seating, Wheelchair Accessible, Waitstaff
Good for
Groups, Child-friendly, Kids
Open Hours
08:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 22:00
08:00 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 10306 S Clare Ave, Clare, MI 48617-9733
  • Location: United States  >  Michigan (MI)  >  Clare County  >  Clare
  • Phone Number: +1 989-386-7017

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?