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Ponderosa Steakhouse

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940 Wisconsin Dells Parkway South, Wisconsin Dells, WI 53965
608.253.3705
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11:00 am - 8:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun - Sat 11:00 am - 8:00 pm
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Buffet, Seating, Waitstaff

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  • 17
    Excellent
  • 33
    Very good
  • 25
    Average
  • 29
    Poor
  • 35
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    2.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    2.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    2.5 of 5 stars
Experience OK

In the busy time of season they have a full buffet and that is GREAT! Had to back to the dells in the fall they only had half of a buffet and the food wasn,t as quality. Order addition steak cuts and that is kinda a joke, as the serving is very small with more mushrooms than steak. For a... read more

3 of 5 starsReviewed 3 weeks ago
ronz613
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Spooner, Wisconsin
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Spooner, Wisconsin
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19 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

In the busy time of season they have a full buffet and that is GREAT! Had to back to the dells in the fall they only had half of a buffet and the food wasn,t as quality. Order addition steak cuts and that is kinda a joke, as the serving is very small with more mushrooms than steak. For a... More 

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Thank ronz613
DeKalb, Illinois
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31 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This is a fair to good place to eat. The price seem a little higher for what you get. Service was s bit slow.

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Thank Kurt R
Chicago, Illinois
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20 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2015

No complaints about the buffet spread it was fresh & well made but, the Rib-eye steak I ordered for was not cooked to my specifications & was rather chewy & listless. I felt I had totally flushed my $7.99 (for the steak only) down the drain. Also barring Richard our Jamaican server the other members of Ponderosa staff were outright... More 

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Norwalk, Ohio
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28 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
1 of 5 stars Reviewed November 13, 2015

We grew up in the heyday of Ponderosa steakhouses and they were good. I guess at the ripe old age of 47 I'm just old because Ponderosa is what I would call an expensive "trough." What is the composition of that "taco meat?" Is it really meat I wondered as I tasted it. Yuck! If it had been cheap and... More 

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Thank Ohiopastor68
Lyndon Station
2 reviews
1 of 5 stars Reviewed October 31, 2015 via mobile

Would not feed the food to my dog. Should be shut down its filthy. Very unfriendly staff, every table around us was wondering why there wasn't more entrees on the buffet, a very bad decision to eat here!!!!

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Thank Lloyd V
West Allis, Wisconsin
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3 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2015

I love Ponderosa worth q not have close , its employees very friendly, pleasant atmosphere its always fresh meals and comfortable Prices

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Thank Norma D
2 reviews
1 of 5 stars Reviewed October 25, 2015

I would like to start out by saying that this place is absolutely over-priced for what is offered on the buffet. $12.95 is way to much for the bland food on the so-called buffet. There isn't much for a salad bar and the deserts were all dried up. Everything tasted like it came from a box or can. The ice... More 

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Thank bv2320
Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States
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50 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2015 via mobile

The buffet was pretty average, nothing spectacular, but the turkey chili was good. The additional steak we purchased was done to order, but was quite flavorless. The dessert fare was very minimal. The bright spot was the wait staff was very pleasant and helpful.

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Thank RandyH79
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13 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2015 via mobile

I was excited to go here because I grew up with a Ponderosa not far from my house. Attempted to go on a Thursday night, site said they were open until 9. Drove 10 miles only to find they were closed. Came back on a Friday afternoon. The cashier questioned that both girls that were with me were 11. I'm... More 

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Thank Holly G
Oakbrook Terrace, Illinois
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21 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2015

If you don't have one by you- it is worth checking out. Great salad bar and pasta and taco's and dessert! It is good food, a bit pricey, but the best buffet you will find in the Dells.

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Thank Carol M

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 940 Wisconsin Dells Parkway South, Wisconsin Dells, WI 53965
  • Location: United States  >  Wisconsin (WI)  >  Wisconsin Dells
  • Phone Number: 608.253.3705

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 10 - 20
  • Cuisine: American, Steakhouse, Seafood, Grill

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Families with children
Open Hours
Sunday
11:00 am - 8:00 pm
Monday
11:00 am - 8:00 pm
Tuesday
11:00 am - 8:00 pm
Wednesday
11:00 am - 8:00 pm
Thursday
11:00 am - 8:00 pm
Friday
11:00 am - 8:00 pm
Saturday
11:00 am - 8:00 pm

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?