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Paul Bunyan's Northwoods Cook Shanty

411 US Hwy 13, Wisconsin Dells, WI 53965
(608) 254-8717
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Ranked #20 of 166 restaurants in Wisconsin Dells
Certificate of Excellence 2013
Cuisines: American
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Good for: Families with children, Large groups
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Buffet, Dessert
Description: Paul Bunyan’s Restaurant welcomes your family to our family. For more than 50 years, the Tonne Family has been opening their doors in Minocqua and Wisconsin Dells to generations of families. Now a Wisconsin tradition, it seems no vacation is complete without at least one visit to Paul Bunyan’s.
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English first
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11 reviews 11 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 NEW

Don't try the lunch because they don't have one. Closed for lunch. That would've been nice to know before we drove there. Oh well...

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Batavia, Illinois
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11 reviews 11 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2014

We usually hit this place for breakfast. For a family of four, two adults, and two little ones, the cost was approx $36 w/tip and you will not leave hungry! The food is good but nothing spectacular, but that's OK it's still better than any fast food joint. For picky kids you get a nice variety and the food is... More

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Naperville, Illinois
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12 reviews 12 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2014

Went for dinner on Saturday. Tab after tip for two adults and two kids (6 and 8) was around 60 dollars after tip. Chicken and mashed potatoes were great Ribs were a little tough and didn't fall off the bone. Service was good. One complaint I do have. I understand that part of the "charm" of the restaurant is you... More

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Charlottesville, Virginia
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15 reviews 15 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2014

Everyone who goes to the Dells has to eat at this buffet for breakfast. The pancakes keep coming out and you will definitely stuff yourself. The pancakes are ok but nothing spectacular.

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Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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3 reviews 3 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2014

The atmosphere of this place is great. I love the Tin plates and cups. The doughnuts are amazing and breakfast is typical diner quality but still very good. Always have to come here when I'm in the dells.

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Hebron, Indiana
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3 reviews 3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2014

We went for breakfast. They serve it family style. Pancakes was kinda dry and bland but fresh warm donuts were to die for. For 2 adults and 1 child our bill was $32. That did not include tip. We just thought it was okay. Maybe dinner would have been better. They are not open for lunch.

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Minooka I
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
1 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2014 via mobile

Food was terrible. Service was worse. Absolutely a waste of time and money. Go ANYWHERE else!!! Even the manager was beyond rude and when I asked who she reports to, she told me she was the owner. Completely disappointed in the experience there. My daughter wanted to buy a horse and it was broken and was priced at $24.99 but... More

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kaukauna wi
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33 reviews 33 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2014

the food is served family style and all you care to eat. its absolutely delicious and the staff is very friendly.

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Chicago
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22 reviews 22 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2014

One of the best places I've been to for breakfast. The staff was nice, quick, and friendly. The donuts and biscuits & gravy were delicious. We bought a dozen donuts to take home! A little tip, CALL before going. The hours change based on the season, day, and weather. So call ahead of time to make sure they'll be open.

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Pecatonica, Illinois
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5 reviews 5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
1 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2014

MY husband and I traveled to wisc dells in Jan 2014, we to eat there for breakfast and the lot wasn't even plowed. Traveled back to the dells in March with our kids in March 2014. After avoiding the hour wait at Buffalo Phils we came to Paul Bunyan's for lunch to find that it only serves breakfast and dinner.... More

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