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Paul Bunyan's Northwoods Cook Shanty

411 State Highway 13, Wisconsin Dells, WI 53965-8307
+1 608-254-8717
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  • Excellent46%
  • Very good29%
  • Average14%
  • Poor5%
  • Terrible4%
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American, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
411 State Highway 13, Wisconsin Dells, WI 53965-8307
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Reviewed 2 days ago

The theme is interesting and the decor within the restaurant is fun to gaze at. The service was good. The food is of the cheaper quality that you find at an average quality buffet. If you are dining with children, this is an easy and...More

Thank Scott G
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Fair amount of msg, but good value for the money. Served family style. Pot roast and chicken were good. .

Thank CMyComments
Reviewed 3 days ago

When we go to 'The dells', we always eat breakfast or lunch here. Consistently good food and service. Love the warm donuts served first for breakfast.

Thank Victoria B
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

Love this place food was really good and there is lots of it. The staff is fantastic and patient because we had two small ones with us. Will be back for breakfast. . .

Thank 72,132
Reviewed 6 days ago

I enjoyed another great breakfast on May 19, 2017 the restaurant was quite busy because it was car show weekend. Even with a waiting line, I was seated promptly. The waitress quickly took my order and returned with FOOD! Everything was hot and served neatly....More

Thank Jon J M
Reviewed 6 days ago

We have been enjoying Paul Bunyan's with friends and family for over forty years, and I'm happy to say things haven't changed much in those years. There's not as much waste as in the "old days"-they pretty much bring you what they think will get...More

1  Thank travel4funIl
Reviewed 1 week ago

Typically a kitschy theme restaurant like this is more about the "show" than the food. While this has a fun "cook shanty" atmosphere perfect for families, the food is also very good. We had brisket, fried chicken and fish and all was good including the...More

Thank APK_MN
Reviewed 1 week ago

I'm sorry, But you're mistaken. I have went there every year since I was 4. They have never done that. Perhaps they didn't mean that.

Thank Kit N
Reviewed 1 week ago

You definitely want to go here for the breakfast. You surely won't leave hungry. A place that is busy during the summer but definitely moves quickly.

Thank Nicki R
Reviewed 1 week ago

The over priced food was just OK. They have a big billboard that pulls you in but take the time to go online and find a local restaurant to spend your money.

Thank Fam_Tvler
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Hi guys!!!! Can anyone tell me if there is a way to save money here? We've been a million times. This time we're doing the trip on a "savings" budget. If you guys could let me know. Thanks!!!!
27 July 2016|
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Response from Riseup16 | Reviewed this property |
No discounts that we could find. Buy one soda get one free is all we could find.
Joe R
Do you have anything that is gluten free?
14 July 2016|
Response from Suuave | Reviewed this property |
I can't answer that. You may be able to call them to obtain the information you need.
How much does it cost per person to eat the here? Is breakfast the same price as lunch and dinner? Just trying to plan ahead.
7 July 2016|
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Response from Scott H | Reviewed this property |
$11.49 for adult breakfast. Child rate is based on your child's age. They will ask you when you arrive.
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Buffet
Good for
Child-friendly, Kids, Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine, Groups
Open Hours
07:00 - 12:00
07:00 - 12:00
07:00 - 12:00
07:00 - 12:00
07:00 - 12:00
07:00 - 20:00
07:00 - 20:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 411 State Highway 13, Wisconsin Dells, WI 53965-8307
  • Location: United States  >  Wisconsin (WI)  >  Wisconsin Dells
  • Phone Number: +1 608-254-8717
  • E-mail
For over 56 years and four generations later, Paul Bunyan's Cook Shanty welcomes your family to our family! Your Wisconsin Dells vacation would not be complete without a Paul Bunyan's Lumberjack meal. We take extreme pride in serving the freshest family style breakfast, lunch and dinner. With our ever-so-famous homemade buttermilk donuts made fresh every day, keeps our visitors coming from miles away just to pick up a dozen!