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Ponderosa Restaurant

12320 Hwy 244, Mt. Rushmore/Hill City KOA Resort, Hill City, SD 57745
605-574-9559
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Germantown, Wisconsin
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60 reviews 60 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2014

We were staying at the koa on site- went here because it was so close. Place was busy, host seemed flustered when we and others entered. Service was extremely slow- at least 45 minutes to get food. They card everyone. I am 43 and certainly don't look under 30 - didnt bring id, so unable to have a beer. I... More

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Lenexa, Kansas, United States
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30 reviews 30 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2014

We ate here one night while staying at the Palmer Gulch/ Mount Rushmore KOA. The food was very good and it was NOT overpriced. I had a grilled chicken salad which was excellent. My wife had a burger which she said was excellent.

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Valrico, Florida
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211 reviews 211 reviews
49 restaurant reviews
130 helpful votes 130 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014

We arrived and checked in around 4pm. Apparently it was not the right time for the restaurant which was supposedly open. We announced ourselves but failed to attract any staff attention from the back. After ten minutes we decided to head across the parking lot to have hot wings, pizza, ice cream and espresso.

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Oakdale, Connecticut
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5 reviews 5 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014

Food was burgers and such. Overall ok, not many choices in the area. Service was just ok. Decore was kinda neat.

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36 reviews 36 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2014

We stopped in for dinner as a last minute option. The food was good (fettuccine), the service not so much. Our server was slow and even forgot to give us our bill and then forgot again to complete the payment. Fortunately, another waitress stepped up to help us so we didn't have to continue waiting. The kids had good meals... More

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Brooklyn Park, Minnesota
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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2014

We went to the Ponderosa to get out of the rain after a long day of driving. Upon entering, the hostess was awkward but seated us quickly. Our waitress was knowledgeable about the menu but aloof to our allergy concerns. The service was decent, but the food was very obviously out of a package. The chicken alfredo was burnt and... More

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Elizabethtown, Kentucky
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4 reviews 4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2014

While the people were mostly friendly, and the food was decent, the place is run by severely incompetent managers (apparently). The servers are both undertrained and understaffed, making the wait times for food/general service unbearable and creating a lot of frustration on the customer's part.

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Honolulu, Hawaii
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56 reviews 56 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 6, 2014

We arrived to the KOA a little late and hadn't had dinner yet. The Ponderosa was right next door but was closing in 15 minutes. We felt really bad about arriving so close to closing time but the staff was super friendly and said they didn't mind. I just ordered the chicken tenders and my boyfriend had the fettucini alfredo.... More

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Maplewood, Minnesota
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16 reviews 16 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2014

We stayed at one of the cabins at Palmer Gulch and thought we would have dinner here one of the nights. We thought it would be just an average resort style restaurant, but we were pleasantly surprised. First off...our waitress Abby was wonderful. Very pleasant and fun. We started off with the mozzarella sticks...so good. More of a batter than... More

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Spanaway, Washington
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21 reviews 21 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 31, 2013

Our five year old renamed the restaurant "The Tondermosa" and the staff immediately fell in love with the name and our daughter. We went there for breakfast three days in a row and the food was consistently very good. Day one I ordered ham, eggs, hasbrowns, and english muffin - this is my baseline order to compare other items to.... More

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Address: 12320 Hwy 244, Mt. Rushmore/Hill City KOA Resort, Hill City, SD 57745
Phone Number: 605-574-9559
Location: United States  >  South Dakota (SD)  >  Hill City
Cuisine: American

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