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Paul Bunyan's Northwoods Cook Shanty

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8653 US Highway 51 N, Minocqua, WI 54548-9333
+1 715-356-6270
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San Bruno
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33 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
Reviewed 10 March 2017

You want fancy? This isn't your place. You want elegant? This isn't your place. You want good food? You want generous portions? You want a great atmosphere? You want friendly service? You want reasonable prices? This is it!

Thank Richard K
Gleason, Wisconsin
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13 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 24 January 2017

Family style very good food and service. The chicken mashed potatoes and gravy are excellent. Plus a nice gift shop

Thank Alvin R
Amelia Island, Florida
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26 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 October 2016

I have been going here for over 50 years. Great decor and donuts. The food is not given too much attention and leaves a bit to be desired, but it is still the all you can eat log cabin family style experience I remember just alot more expensive. Too expensive for how much most people can eat.

Thank culturetravler
Markesan, Wisconsin, United States
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4 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 October 2016

I have been going to Minocqua every summer for about 10 years, and I had never eaten at Paul Bunyan's! I decided this was the summer to change that. My husband, son, and I went for supper one night. I was a great experience. I loved the family style serving. The food was pretty average, but I would definitely go... More 

Thank Gena R
Schaumburg, United States
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32 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 October 2016

Great place for breakfast. Family style serving is fast and the warm donuts are very tasty. Dining room is very rustic and gives you the feeling of going back in time to another era. Enjoyed the gift shop after eating.

Thank William P
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33 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 October 2016 via mobile

Not noted for anything other than there camp like breakfast, would be wrong. There donuts are superb. You can't stop eating them.

Thank Woodruffian
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176 reviews
137 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
Reviewed 7 October 2016 via mobile

We stopped here for lunch on a Sunday morning at 11.50. We were told we could not have lunch until 12 but no effort was made to seat us to look at the menu, nor did they ask us to wait for a few minutes. We felt like they were very rude so we left.

1 Thank Marlys V
Evanston, Illinois, United States
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33 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 October 2016

We have passed by a few of these including the one in the Dells and have been curious about the food. They serve what is called a banquet style meal. So first you pay for your meal and the meal is pre-designed and set - so there are no custom orders. You also pay first before you eat which is... More 

Thank John R
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 October 2016 via mobile

Too much food if not super hungry, limited to options that are NOT fresh in appearances, texture, taste or in anyway. Seemed like no love put into any part Of the experience &/or most importantly the food. Yuck, rather eat my own cold eggs & toast for 1/4 of price 😬

Thank Kelly H
Minocqua, Wisconsin
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11 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 27 September 2016 via mobile

We brought our kids to enjoy breakfast for their birthday treat of all you can eat breakfast and we were a little disappointed in some of the items served. The biscuits were stiff but the gravy wasn't good/very plain. The potatoes were slightly above room temperature. Definitely not worth the money spent and the kids weren't happy.

Thank Kristin K

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$7 - US$15
Breakfast, Brunch, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Free Off-Street Parking, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover
Good for
Kids, Local cuisine, Child-friendly, Groups
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 8653 US Highway 51 N, Minocqua, WI 54548-9333
  • Location: United States  >  Wisconsin (WI)  >  Minocqua
  • Phone Number: +1 715-356-6270
Paul Bunyan Cook Shanty located in Minocqua, Wisconsin is a seasonal operation open from April to October.
Serving Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.

Family Style dining in the theme of the old-time logging camps.

Breakfast is served from 7 AM until 12 Noon. At noon, lunch begins as well as the famous All You Can Eat dinners.

Lunch options include entree platters and full sandwich and salad selections. Kids menu is available.

After 4 PM, additional dinner entree selections are available.

Friday is our Fish Fry Blast. You won't want to miss it.

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