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“Great Value Mixed Buffet”
3 of 5 bubbles Review of Ponderosa

Ponderosa
Ranked #396 of 2,038 Restaurants in Abu Dhabi
Price range: $15 - $20
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Restaurant details
Good for: Families with children, Large groups
Dining options: Lunch, Breakfast, Dinner, Buffet, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
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228 reviews
133 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 805 helpful votes
“Great Value Mixed Buffet”
Reviewed August 17, 2014

Ponderosa Restaurant is situated in the Ground Floor of the Hamed Center on Electra Street.

The good news is that this restaurant has had a much needed refurbishment over the past month or so. The restaurant is a lot brighter and pleasant.

The service is still friendly and efficient.

The bad news is that the food is still the same, and I don't mean that in a bad way. Well, maybe a little bit.

I have always felt that Ponderosa though a Tex Mex restaurant tries to please 'everybody' by serving up a little of Tex Mex, Arabic, Chinese, Indian, Italian and even Filipino dishes, and this is where I feel they fall short. 'Decide on a theme and stick with it', would be my advice.

Having said that, the Taco's and Tortilla's are good and the salad bar is adequate. They serve 3 kinds of chicken wings - BBQ Honey, broasted and Indian, and are awesome. They have a large and extensive A-La-Carte menu, but its the All You Can Eat buffet that is the main attraction.

Desserts are limited, but they have an antique ice cream dispenser and you can have unlimited ice cream if you can get it to work!!

My pet peeve with this restaurant is that they don't have conventional dinner plates. They have what resembles a smaller side plate necessitating many trips to the buffet station.

  • Visited August 2014
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  • Arabic first
  • English first
  • Russian first
  • Any
English first
Iloilo City, Philippines
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68 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
“Delectable Dinner Buffet”
Reviewed May 19, 2014

The eat-all-you-can dinner buffet here is very satisfying. At first I thought I might not enjoy it here because the food will be only Arabic, but no, the cuisine was international! They even had a special rack for Filipino dishes. Selections were truly satisfactory to the taste buds, from appetizer to dessert. This restaurant is worth paying a visit when in Abu Dhabi!

  • Visited May 2014
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Thank jsmadrinan
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Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
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60 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 55 helpful votes
“"Value for your money"”
Reviewed March 21, 2013

A buffet restaurant that's easy on your pocket. They also have an ala carte menu. The buffet has wide selections that would satisfy your palate. Unlimited drinks and ice cream included in the buffet. You really get value for your money.

  • Visited February 2013
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2 Thank Bryan M
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Ukraine- Egypt- Emirates
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91 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
“good one”
Reviewed January 19, 2013

all part of the city , no parking , but very cheap and very good food ,, I love it , I like to come there for lunch

Visited December 2012
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Thank travelerNatalia
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Lagos, Nigeria
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22 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
“"Affordable.."”
Reviewed December 15, 2012

The assortment of food available is quite fantastic. While waiting for your main dish, you serve yourself to some appetizers. Good value for money and quite close to my hotel at Cassells.

Visited March 2012
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Thank joustar
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