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Paul Bunyan's Northwoods Cook Shanty

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411 US Hwy 13, Wisconsin Dells, WI 53965
7:00 am - 9:00 pm
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4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

It's a called a Shanty and that's about what my family thought of the food. Won't go again. You don't really order separate meals. You order food items for the table. Really pricey for what you get. Even if I had a free meal there I would not go.

Thank mikeinwisconsin
Beckley, West Virginia
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25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Kind of unusual. It is all you can eat, but not a buffet. They bring it to you. Still good. Nice gift shop.

Thank Tank002
Omaha, Nebraska
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

We have all been to the places that tend to crop up around tourist destinations that are massive in size, serve family style and promise they are the best at home cooked meals. Plus, there is usually a novelty of some sort, like thrown rolls, etc.. Most are usually only average to good food wise though. Well, Paul Bunyan's is... More 

Thank stickbuc
Englewood, Florida
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14 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

We went here with a party of 10. The line was long however moved really good. The food was served fast. They start you out with fresh warm donuts. Delicious !!! Then came all the food. Having small children we really appreciated the fast serve. Everything was cook perfect. Everyone left feeling satisfied. We were here when our children were... More 

Thank DeGustino
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Great place to eat with a good atmosphere. The staff is very friendly and the food is delicious. There is even a nice shop to browse around in with a lot of unique things. Highly recommended.

Thank A TripAdvisor Member
Tampico, Illinois
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5 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

The service and food was excellent. We always come here when in the Dells. We recommended everyone to eat here.

Thank pkdavis72
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

We decided to come for breakfast on our first day in the Dells. The long line moved really quickly which we thought was a good sign. $25 for 2....not so great, but we were still optimistic. We were led to a table and no one came over to us for 10 minutes. I finally hunted someone down to ask if... More 

Thank nicholeb2011
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

This is a mandatory stop every year for the kids when we go to the Dells plenty of food for everyone prices reasonable the chicken and pot roast is very good and you can have as much dessert as you would like

Thank Arthur W
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20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Mediocre food for a pay + sit (buffet style) eat out. Can't expect much when it's all the same charge and same foods for everyone though it could be lowered. Pros: Obviously their DONUTS and their female serving staff. Cons: Need to wait for refills, need twice the amount to get your worth per person. Waiting time could be longer... More 

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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

We had a great breakfast here. It is served family style. They brought out plates of ham, sausage, doughnuts, pancakes, hash browns, eggs, and biscuits and gravy. All were good, my favorite was the pancakes and doughnuts. Kids really liked the sausage. We were stuffed when we left. The price was pretty average for the Dells, which is to say... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Buffet
Good for
Local cuisine, Large groups, Dining on a budget, Families with children
Open Hours
7:00 am - 9:00 pm
7:00 am - 9:00 pm
7:00 am - 9:00 pm
7:00 am - 9:00 pm
7:00 am - 9:00 pm
7:00 am - 9:00 pm
7:00 am - 9:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 411 US Hwy 13, Wisconsin Dells, WI 53965
  • Location: United States  >  Wisconsin (WI)  >  Wisconsin Dells
  • Phone Number: 6082548717
For over 56 years and four generations later, Paul Bunyan's Cook Shanty welcomes your family to our family! Your Wisconsin Dells vacation would not be complete without a Paul Bunyan's Lumberjack meal. We take extreme pride in serving the freshest family style breakfast, lunch and dinner. With our ever-so-famous homemade buttermilk donuts made fresh every day, keeps our visitors coming from miles away just to pick up a dozen!

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