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Ponderosa Steakhouse

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1285 E Sumner St, Hartford, WI 53027-1644
(262) 673-2248
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11:00 am - 8:00 pm
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Sun - Thu 11:00 am - 8:00 pm
Fri - Sat 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Dining options: Dinner, Waitstaff

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  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars

My husband and I enjoy eating at Ponderosa. We enjoy picking thru the large variety of food and deserts. I like the fact you create your own meal, take as much of it as you want, rather than having something served with you meal that you don't care for.

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 17, 2015
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  • Families with children
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English first
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15 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 4, 2015

We eat at THE PONDEROSA weekly for the lunch buffet. From the salad to main courses to dessert, always fresh and tasty. The staff is friendly and helpful. A "must" stop in Hartford.

Thank Jim F
Franksville, Wisconsin
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51 reviews
47 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2015

Not many of these left anymore great salad bar and friendly wait staff. Food was good with a lot of choices offered.

Thank Lori078
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16 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2015

My husband and I enjoy eating at Ponderosa. We enjoy picking thru the large variety of food and deserts. I like the fact you create your own meal, take as much of it as you want, rather than having something served with you meal that you don't care for.

Thank kmash4
Leawood, Kansas
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223 reviews
161 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 120 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2015

Driving up US 41 from Milwaukee to Oshkosh, I decided it was time for dinner. I knew that Oshkosh would be bustling with EAA AirVenture crowds so decided to get off the highway and seek out a Wisconsin Butterburger at Culver's. Exiting at exit 64B, I drove about 5 miles to Hartford where my GPS informed that I would find... More 

Mayville, Wisconsin
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20 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2015

food had no taste the floor was dirty, dry casserole's chicken wing's look old and dry, food looked like it sat out for hours, even buns were hard. salad leaves were browning, the only thing good was the desserts. the wait staff was excellent and nice. manger made excuses that better food put out for holiday time!

Thank 405kylew
Hartford, Wisconsin
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34 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2015

It's exactly like all other Ponderosa steakhouses- tired interior, bland selection of food on the buffet and steaks that were tenderized to tastelessness. I hadn't eaten here in over a year but nothing much had changed and I don't plan on returning soon. We had alot of folks in town with kids and the buffet had something for everyone but... More 

Thank Sandy S
Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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21 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 11, 2015

We usually go for the breakfast buffet and love it! It has such a variety of foods that one would never go away hungry. The staff is always a pleasure and the place is always busy. I wish they didn't use bagged eggs but that's just a minor drawback. The waffles are great. One of the last Ponderosas around!

Thank bets425
West Bend, Wisconsin, United States
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3 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 6, 2015

Are the buffet lines long during the dinner rush? Yes. Are there large families with screaming kids seated everywhere? Of course! But you're not there for the atmosphere, you're there to eat, and the variety of options and fast service guarantee you'll get your moneys worth. The Ponderosa franchise is a dying breed and if this one went under it... More 

Thank Jimmy B
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135 reviews
83 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2015

We went on a Sunday, they had an omelet station and a homemade waffle station. Both were very good. Wide variety of other foods also available. The banana bread is excellent. Service was also good.

Thank WIBadger10
Cedarburg, Wisconsin
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186 reviews
152 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 72 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2015

I didn't even know these existed any more as I haven't seen one in over 30 years. Stopped at 7:30 on a Monday night after a kids basketball game. $30 for two beverages, one kid salad bar with a burger and one adult salad bar with a piece of chicken. The best food was the $4 burger and $3 chicken... More 

Thank Denise A

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 1285 E Sumner St, Hartford, WI 53027-1644
  • Location: United States  >  Wisconsin (WI)  >  Hartford
  • Phone Number: (262) 673-2248

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Steakhouse

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Families with children


Open Hours
11:00 am - 8:00 pm
11:00 am - 8:00 pm
11:00 am - 8:00 pm
11:00 am - 8:00 pm
11:00 am - 8:00 pm
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 9:00 pm

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