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Ponderosa Restaurant and Brass Rail

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220 Michigan Avenue, Orofino, ID 83544
208.476.4818
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Mon - Fri 9:00 am - 5:00 pm

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Rating summary
  • Food
    3 of 5 stars
    Service
    2.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    2.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    2.5 of 5 stars
Cafe has not changed in decades

Simple food. Nice folks. Good service. If you're in Orofino there are not a great number of dining choices. The Ponderosa has always been a locals hangout for breakfast and lunch. If you want to find out what's going on in town -- the Ponderosa is the place to go.

3 of 5 starsReviewed July 8, 2015
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Bothell, Washington
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Woodland, California
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34 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2015 NEW

We had dinner at the Ponderosa on a Tuesday evening during the week of the Clearwater Complex fires. Our waitress was training another girl, and so some things were a little slow, but to my mind they were apologizing more than they needed. Both girls were quite nice and volunteered information about the food and town readily. Not knowing what... More 

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Portland, Oregon
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2015

Ate breakfast here. The food was very good and the portions I thought were good sized. Pancakes were light and fluffy. The waitress friendly and had a great sense of humor. Would eat here again.

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Star, Idaho
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2015

Five of us went here for dinner after reading some favorable reviews. We were extremely disappointed. The place is old, dark and in need of some overall renovating and updating. It also was not neat and tidy like we expect a restaurant to be. The waitress was rude, the menu choices were sparse as was the salad bar and expensive... More 

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Bothell, Washington
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2015

Simple food. Nice folks. Good service. If you're in Orofino there are not a great number of dining choices. The Ponderosa has always been a locals hangout for breakfast and lunch. If you want to find out what's going on in town -- the Ponderosa is the place to go.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2015

I had a hot beef sandwich.....it took me back 40 years. It was perfect. Lots of beef. Real mashed potatoes. So so good. My husband had a bacon cheeseburger. Please tell us where you get your bacon. It is the BEST we have ever had!!! We really enjoyed our meal. Staff was so friendly. It's a bit older inside but... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2015

Even though trip advisor and Google search said this restaurant was closed we called and found that it was open. Seat yourself service. Had prime rib that was very good and very reasonably priced. Salad bar was included in price and had more than just basics. Would not hesitate to stop again if in the area.

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Dallas, Texas
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2014

Typical small town diner with typical small town favourites of the locals in terms of comfort food. Service is good and staff are very friendly. The Brass Rail is the bar next door...again, a bar for locals.....

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Las Vegas, Nevada
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 26, 2014

Slow service. Over priced. Food nothing to write home about. Bar tender knew what he was doing. Other than that just another diner with no other choices close by.

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Vancouver, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014

A pretty good buffet salad bar, c/w fried chicken, sausages, bacon,biscuits etc. Awesome ice cream and fresh pies, and of course very friendly helpful staff. Good eats, cheap $$.

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Orofino, Idaho
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

Okay food for getting filled up on, but nothing to write home about! Meals are over priced and restaurant carpet and floor are usually in need of good cleaning. Waitresses are very friendly and helpful when not visiting with each other or some long time customers.

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 220 Michigan Avenue, Orofino, ID 83544
  • Location: United States  >  Idaho (ID)  >  Orofino
  • Phone Number: 208.476.4818
Open Hours
Monday
9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Tuesday
9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Wednesday
9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Thursday
9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Friday
9:00 am - 5:00 pm

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