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Ponderosa

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1520 N Spring St, Beaver Dam, WI 53916-1102
+1 920-885-2755
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 October 2016 via mobile

The good - usually a decent selection, plenty of seating, and some really friendly staff. The bad - food is not always fresh, menu hasn't really changed in years (except price), and can sometimes leave feeling unsatisfied. Overall not terrible, but could be better.

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Thank Ryan M
Fond du Lac, Wisconsin
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 October 2016

went for lunch.was surprised at the great variety of food choices on the buffet.most ponderosa's don't have as much.i had a sirloin steak(very flavorful).mom had the shrimp.we could have filled up on the buffet alone.very attentive service,buffet was constantly being restocked.

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Thank danno2013
California
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 September 2016

We had the buffet for lunch. They have a good selection of salad items, a couple of soups and several meat dishes. Very few hot potato or vegetable dishes. And their dessert selection is very large and especially tasty. There was nothing fancy about the options, but they were all fresh and well done. I thought the price was fair.... More 

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Thank Skytrekker
Lomira, Wisconsin
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55 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 August 2016

This is one of the best Ponderosa's, it's clean, lots of salad bar variety, and wonderful waitresses. I like to use coupons worth looking online.

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Thank largeandlovely
Rio, Wisconsin
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206 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 101 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 July 2016

The food at Ponderosa is what it is. The menu has hardly changed in 20 years. The same chicken, mashed potatoes, mac & cheese, etc. The price is adequate for the volume of food. The deserts are not great. We did get a free soda, which is nice.

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Thank Richard M
Beaver Dam, Wisconsin
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 April 2016

You can order off the menu but most people pick the buffet. They also have a seafood buffet on Friday nights. Quite a large buffet that should please even the pickiest of eaters. Me for example. I don't like buffets much because I don't eat much, but when I do eat at one I prefer Ponderosa. Lots of seating with... More 

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Thank 566jasonn
Ionia, Michigan
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 April 2016

Great food! My parents were very happy. I think for someone who has had weight loss surgery this is not the best option to stop but my parents wanted steak and so we stopped. The waitress that waited on us was awesome, she was friendly and visited us often to see about our drinks. We picked a bad spot to... More 

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Thank Vicky F
Rhinelander, Wisconsin
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 February 2016

Pretty bland items and not much to choose from. Steak was medium quality at best. Not a place I will go back to.

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Thank worldoftravel888
Beaver Dam
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 December 2015

We went there with a group from our family this last weekend.. Typical Ponderosa were the food is just OK and getting pricier.. Yes the have quite a big selection but mostly salad stuff.. lot's of carbs like blah rice and potatoes and breads.. Very generic pasta with marinara sauce.. The chicken was all legs or thighs which obviously is... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 September 2015 via mobile

Good place for quick lunch / dinner . I think dinner price could decrease near lunch prices . I've gone both times of day and don't really see any items offered that warrant increase in price other than time of day . But besides that wait staff Is always good and friendly , you know what your going to get... More 

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Thank Regginal O

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 bubbles
Cuisine
American
Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Child-friendly
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1520 N Spring St, Beaver Dam, WI 53916-1102
  • Location: United States  >  Wisconsin (WI)  >  Beaver Dam
  • Phone Number: +1 920-885-2755

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