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“A little pricy but good food in traditional Dells atmosphere” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Paul Bunyan's Northwoods Cook Shanty

Paul Bunyan's Northwoods Cook Shanty
411 US Hwy 13, Wisconsin Dells, WI 53965
(608) 254-8717
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Ranked #19 of 169 Restaurants in Wisconsin Dells
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.
Minneapolis, Minnesota
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7 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 3 cities Reviews in 3 cities
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
“A little pricy but good food in traditional Dells atmosphere”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2013

As a kid I have pictures of eating here with my parents and not much has changed over the few decades. I do not mean that as a bad thing as I like how I can take my kids to the newest latest and greatest water parks with all the technology and stuff while taking them to a place the reminds me what the dells are really about and have some good comfort food. Yes, I will admit for the food quality and selection it is a bit pricy but really what isn’t pricy in the Dells???? I recommend this for at least one meal out while you’re in the dells since it is clean, fast, family friendly and will really remind you of Dells form yesteryear

Visited August 2012
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Racine, Wisconsin
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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 3 cities Reviews in 3 cities
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
“COLD FOOD”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2012

We were very disappointed on this visit to PB's. We came in early Oct. 2012...have been here previously. This time our food was served mostly lukewarm...NOT hot and, therefore, disappointing. Servers were pleasant but the temperature of the food did not leave us wanting more. After this experience, I would find another restaurant for breakfast where hot food is served.

  • Visited October 2012
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 2 of 5 stars Food
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Kissimmee, Florida
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37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
“Great theme with OK food”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2012

I have mixed feelings on this place. The food is served family style and is actually pretty good, but in a chain restaurant sort of way. The decor is definitely cute. It is like you are in the cook shack of a North woods lumber camp. You are seated at tables with red and white checked table cloths. The gift shop is packed with plenty of over priced touristy items. Even in the off season there is always a line out the door. Do not eat here in the time when they are switching between breakfast and lunch. All the food will be dried out or cold.

  • Visited July 2012
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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Louisville, Kentucky
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“great food with family”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2012

went here on the last day they were open in 2012 great food there was not many people here so it made for a good time with my family

the food was all you could eat and was great chicken and food

beacuse it was the last dinner and lunch of the year they were out of a few things and did not have any jelly , and it was a bit spendy for us but was worth it for good food and time with my family if it was not for them being there we would have spent our $34 at famous daves but it was still good to see the place it was clean and nice

  • Visited October 2012
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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“The donut withdrawal begins. . .”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2012

We had breakfast this weekend, which was also closing weekend for the year. They'll be open again next spring. We have been coming to Bunyan's for over 40 years, since we were both kids. The breakfasts are family style, and while they have sausage, ham, pancakes, fried potatoes, scrambled eggs and biscuits and gravy, the donuts are worth the price of admission! They are freshly made constantly during the morning hours. And, if you haven't had your fill of donuts prior to leaving the restaurant, be sure to stop in the gift shop for some to go.

The staff is always friendly and service is excellent. It's rare when you find a restaurant where older people and young families with little kids peacefully co-exist, but they do here. I'd love to say that we've been here for lunch and dinner as well, but sadly, it's been years since we've done that because breakfast is our destination meal and one that has never disappointed.

Here's looking forward to their re-opening for the 2013 season. We were there for opening weekend this year and plan to be there again for the 2013 opening.

  • Visited October 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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