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Ponderosa Steakhouse

$$ - $$$
American, Grill
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940 Wisconsin Dells Pkwy, Wisconsin Dells, WI 53965-9748
+1 608-253-3705
11:00 - 20:00
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

I had a party of 13, waitress dropped a full glass of ice soda on my 9 year old son and manager didn't do anything. prepaid service is never good, gratuity was already included with food purchase and food was completely paid for so manager had nothing to loose. will never be back in there.. manager wanted to give us... More 

Thank Elsa J
Streator, Illinois
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46 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This past trip over the first weekend in April we went to Ponderosa. We use to have one in our town years ago and it was always really good! Sadly, we were very disappointed. You could tell the food was out for awhile, very slim picking to choose from and one of the chicken thighs weren't cooked throughly. For an... More 

Thank TheHolmesFamily
DeKalb, Illinois
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228 reviews
150 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Decide to eat here tonight for a quick meal. We had tips and they were good. The onions on them were real sweet. Salad bar was ok but just average. Was disappointed that there was no chili. Deserts were poor. I missed the hot cobbler they used to have. Other selection for desert were poor. It okay to eat here... More 

Thank Kurt R
Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin
2 reviews
Reviewed 18 March 2017

Was very disappointed...you have to buy the buffet , than like my husband only wanted a steak and a potatoe but he had to get the buffet with it..his steak was tuff and he ordered it medium well and it came well done...the waitress was very nice tho..was not like Pondarosa use to be at all...VERY DISSAPOINTED !!!!!!!

Thank jmsundsmo
North Branch, MN
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24 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 March 2017

This place is so overpriced and the food was disgusting. Steak was cold, fatty and lots of gristle. Buffet was messy, ribs were tough. Ice cream was like water. Management was not friendly as we tried to use a coupon. Of all the places we could have chosen in WI Dells, I'm so bummed we chose this place. Just thought... More 

Thank travelingal0702
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5 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 5 March 2017

My wife had a case of nostalgia. We went with our 12 year old daughter and she could not have been more unimpressed. Low selection on the salad bar...just a tough one and we knew that going in. If you get hit with the nostalgia stick, run to McDonalds for a big mac.

Thank Scott G
Sarnia, Canada
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17 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 2 March 2017

Simple but decent food set up like older style buffets, with smaller and simple selections. Our waitress was very friendly and attentive without being interruptive. Unfortunately some of the silverware had smudges and dried dirt on it, otherwise everything else seemed well cared for.

Thank Family-Adventures-R
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70 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 February 2017 via mobile

So disappointed. Loved Ponderosa as a child and was so excited to see one. I now know why they no longer exist in MN! Horrible food and WAY OVERPRICED. I had 8 children with me, ages 4-18. Ever last child left hungry because they didn't like it. As I type, we are eating 4 pizzas I was forced to order... More 

Thank Angela H
Rockford, Illinois
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42 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
Reviewed 31 January 2017

Good value place to grab a steak or a burger. The buffet is satisfactory. My steak came out hot and was cooked the way i wanted it to be.

Thank 815Jeff
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39 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 24 January 2017

Unless you like a salad buffet with few other options this buffet is for you. You other option a choice of 2 soups, ability to make nachos or tacos, fried chicken, mashed potatoes and gravy, spaghetti and rolls. There are other things you can buy for an additional cost but the buffet is already $12 an adult. The dessert were... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    2.5 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3 of 5 bubbles
    2.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$10 - US$20
American, Grill
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Takeout, Buffet
Good for
Kids, Child-friendly, Groups
Open Hours
11:00 - 20:00
11:00 - 20:00
11:00 - 20:00
11:00 - 20:00
11:00 - 20:00
11:00 - 20:00
11:00 - 20:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 940 Wisconsin Dells Pkwy, Wisconsin Dells, WI 53965-9748
  • Location: United States  >  Wisconsin (WI)  >  Wisconsin Dells
  • Phone Number: +1 608-253-3705

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