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“Worth the Wait”

Zehnder's Restaurant
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Ranked #3 of 41 Restaurants in Frankenmuth
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $20 - $25
Cuisines: American, German
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Good for: Large groups, Local cuisine, Families with children, Kids, Business meetings, Special occasions
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Brunch, Accepts American Express, Accepts Discover, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Buffet, Free Off-Street Parking, Free Wifi, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Parking Available, Private Dining, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Television, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Wine and Beer
Description: Hospitality abounds with traditional family style chicken dinners and tantalizing breads and pastries in the world-famous Zehnder's of Frankenmuth restaurant.
Columbus, Ohio
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33 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“Worth the Wait”
Reviewed December 14, 2011

What a fantastic experience we had at Zehnder's. I suggest making reservations unless you have patience and can wait with the crowd. We didn't have reservations but got there shortly after the lunch crowd started to leave. Our wait was less than 30 min. The staff was very friendly. Food was excellent!

Visited December 2011
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Date | Rating
  • Chinese (Traditional) first
  • English first
  • French first
  • German first
  • Portuguese first
  • Spanish first
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English first
Ft wayne
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3 reviews
“Very friendly staff”
Reviewed December 12, 2011

The staff there was awesome! Even willing to pose for pictures in the uniforms :). The food was okay but the experience was good!

Visited December 2011
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Byron Center, MI
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170 reviews
89 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 79 helpful votes
“Good food, limited selection, slow service”
Reviewed December 11, 2011

My family and I ordered the all you can eat buffet. At $21/each not counting drinks, it was on the expensive side. While the selection was limited, the food was good.

Chicken - Zehnder's is famous for this and it was crispy and tasted fresh.

Fried Shrimp - they did a great job on this. This was delicious and I must have had 15 pieces. On the shrimp & chicken, the staff did a good job of rotating the food and making sure the pans were kept full.

Mashed potatoes - Yummy!

Garlic bread - this was average. Didn't have a great taste even with the different spreads.

Salads, Roast Beef - cannot comment since none of us tasted this.

Desserts - chocolate cake was the best. Other cakes were nothing special.
Ice cream - both soft serve vanilla & chocolate were good. The downside is that we had to ask our server for this. They should have a machine so you can help yourself. Each time we had to wait 10-15 minutes for our waitress. The second time she told me she would get my ice cream once I signed the credit card. I think she wanted to see how much of a tip I would leave.

Service - very slow. Our waitress was pleasant but we had to do everything but shoot out flares to get her attention.

Overall this is worth eating at once. I would recommend to go shopping first then stop by for dinner. Counting the wait, the entire dining experience took us 90 minutes.

  • Visited December 2011
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Toronto
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23 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
“Excellent food and service”
Reviewed December 8, 2011

We had the all you can eat chicken dinner. Food was excellent and the staff were wonderful. Make sure you don't fill up on the side dishes so you can eat more chicken!!

Visited November 2011
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maryland
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25 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
“Delicious”
Reviewed December 7, 2011

There is a main dining room, but try the CowPath dining room. Cozy, intimate, and the waitresses are adorable. Hot chicken sandwich is yummy. So is the red cole slaw and the choc cherry mini torte. Don't forget to go downstairs. An unexpected surprise!

Visited October 2011
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