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Ponderosa Steakhouse

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2727 Veterans Ave, Vandalia, IL 62471-3242
+1 618-283-4559
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  • Excellent26%
  • Very good55%
  • Average6%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible10%
Travelers talk about
“meatloaf” (2 reviews)
“salad bar” (4 reviews)
Restaurant Hours
$$ - $$$
2727 Veterans Ave, Vandalia, IL 62471-3242
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Reviewed September 10, 2017

Favorably impressed. Looked like a new restaurant from the outside. Inside was just as nice and clean. You can tell the employees are proud of their iconic restaurant. Servers were pleasant and helpful, food was good, if not imaginative. Hot was hot and cold was...More

Thank Barbara M
Reviewed August 19, 2017

We drove 1.5 hours last night to eat at this restaurant for the first time. We usually go to the one in Vincennes IN and it is very good. I will start with the good about this location. It was one of the nicest looking...More

Thank indianaguy1999
Reviewed August 8, 2017

I have seen much improvement to this restaurant in the last few years. They have updated the outside and inside. And recently expanded their menu. The food I order is always delicious! My husband usually gets the buffet; he really enjoys it. The service is...More

Thank Tab R
Reviewed July 6, 2017

While traveling from point A to point B, this became our dinner stop for a friend and I. Ponderosa's are getting tough to find. The restaurant has been newly remodeled. The food was good, with lots of variety for both hot and cold food items....More

Thank Amusementparkguy
Reviewed November 20, 2016 via mobile

Good salad bar! Inexpensive. Plenty of seating. Friendly staff. Convenient to (across the street from) the historic old state capitol.

Thank Jim S
Reviewed November 2, 2016

Clean restaurant, great food and reasonable prices. Great salad bar, taco fixings, and some of the best fried chicken! Everything here, from steaks to meatloaf to shrimp specials...everyday.

Thank 482cathy
Reviewed September 7, 2016

Vandalia is a convenient stop along the interstate, but I'd avoid this Ponderosa. My husband got sick after eating here and I didn't feel the greatest either. The food was terrible, the restaurant was filthy. Staff was friendly

Thank Blanche D
Reviewed August 30, 2016

Stopped for lunch while passing thru the area. Very clean restaurant and excellent food. Good choices on the buffet.

Thank Fishingsquirel
Reviewed July 28, 2016

We always eat at Ponderosa when we go to Vandalia. The buffet has lots of choices and the food is really good.

Thank Connie H
Reviewed July 27, 2016 via mobile

Yummy! Great selections of foods on salad bar with several types of meats, potatoes, beans, fruits, of course salad & toppings, tacos, soup, & deserts.. Something for everyone. Would love some of their special recipes! Seriously, Recommend highly!!! :D

Thank CrazyHorse777
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Takeout
Good for
Kids, Families with children, Large groups
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 2727 Veterans Ave, Vandalia, IL 62471-3242
  • Location: United States  >  Illinois (IL)  >  Vandalia
  • Phone Number: +1 618-283-4559
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