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“Surf was good turf was bad”

Zehnder's Restaurant
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Ranked #4 of 42 Restaurants in Frankenmuth
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $20 - $25
Cuisines: American, German
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Good for: Large groups, Families with children
Dining options: Dinner, Late Night, Breakfast, Lunch, Delivery, Reservations, Takeout
Description: Hospitality abounds with traditional family style chicken dinners and tantalizing breads and pastries in the world-famous Zehnder's of Frankenmuth restaurant.
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11 reviews
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“Surf was good turf was bad”
Reviewed August 15, 2013 via mobile

Came to Frankenmuth with my inlaws. They always like to eat at Zenders. Had the Perch dinner which was good and a lot of food. My father-in-law ordered the Heritage steak. Ordered it medium and it came well done. He is a grumpy old man and even yelled at the chicken mascot. He had to wait about 30 minutes after he sent the food back. Then we had listen to him complain that the next steak was full of fat. Needless to say he was not a happy camper. We have been here numerous times, and wish they would update there selections on the menu.

Visited October 2012
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2 Thank Mark C
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Zehnders, Manager at Zehnder's Restaurant, responded to this review, August 16, 2013
I’m very sorry you didn’t enjoy your visit. Please contact me to discuss this matter further, and I’d really like the opportunity to make this up to you. I can be reached at (800)863-7999, or webmaster@zehnders.com

Shelby Albrecht
Dining Room Manager
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  • Chinese (Traditional) first
  • English first
  • French first
  • German first
  • Portuguese first
  • Spanish first
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English first
Titusville
Level 6 Contributor
1,666 reviews
444 restaurant reviews
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“Expected a cafeteria meal”
Reviewed August 15, 2013

We have enjoyed the family style meals at the Amish Restaurants in Lancaster, PA and expected the same type of meal here as well as service. For $20 you get all you can eat chicken and lots of different veggies. The table is filled with dishes and for the hearty eater, you will not go away hungry. You might be a bit picky with one or two choices, but overall you can't beat it. The costumes help make it a treat. It is not a place to dine, but a place to eat and there is a difference.
Another option for those who want the atmosphere without the cafeteria glut of food, you can order from the menu and might elect the "small dish" portion. It is part of the Frankenmuth aura, so why not indulge?

  • Visited August 2013
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1 Thank James H
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Zehnders, Manager at Zehnder's Restaurant, responded to this review, August 16, 2013
Thank you for taking the time to write. Please contact me in the future for any reason.

Shelby Albrecht
Dining Room Manager
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Grand Rapids, Michigan, United States
Level 2 Contributor
5 reviews
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“Happy Birthday to me!”
Reviewed August 15, 2013

How can you beat a free meal, that is also one of the best you've ever eaten anywhere? Join the club and come in your birthday month and eat for free. But the meal for everyone was very reasonable and we certainly got our money's worth.

  • Visited August 2013
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1 Thank Mimi R
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Zehnders, Manager at Zehnder's Restaurant, responded to this review, August 16, 2013
Thank you for taking the time to write a review. I hope you had a very Happy Birthday and we hope to see you soon. Thanks again.

Shelby Albrecht
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Whitehall, Michigan
Level 5 Contributor
88 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
“Top notch service”
Reviewed August 14, 2013

Our meal started with a thirty minute wait that actually went by rather quickly. We were seated and then greeted by our waitress. She asked if we would like to have a spare small plate for our daughter and took our drink orders. She was quick and timely efficient with delivering our meal courses. She was also of a friendly demeanor and always had a courteous smile at tableside. Her service was superb. If/when Zehnder's reads this, Chelsea deserves some recognition. I do not believe we have ever left a tip that high before. (good thing). The food was a tasty fried chicken dinner with mashed potatoes and all the fixings. The meal was a little salty, but not so much worth complaining about. When visiting the basement gift shop area we found many thing for cooking (seasoning, sauces), drinking (wine, beer), a full bakery and another "fast food" service area.This is a staple in the area and the next time we visit, we will be stopping in for dinner and hopefully we can request Chelsea to be our server.

  • Visited August 2013
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2 Thank Adam S
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Zehnders, Manager at Zehnder's Restaurant, responded to this review, August 16, 2013
Thank you so much for taking the time to write. I will actually be sharing this with Chelsea today. She is on the floor as I write this and I'm extremely happy to do it. Our staff loves getting recognition like this and you certainly can ask for her the next time your here. Thanks again.

Shelby Albrecht
Dining Room Manager
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Columbus, Ohio
Level 4 Contributor
34 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
“Awesome chicken!”
Reviewed August 14, 2013

Wow, what great food! The preserves, chicken, bread so good. We didn't get the all-you-can-eat dinner because we thought it would be too much food. Wish we had. We loved everything we had though. A must-try if you're in town.

Visited August 2013
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1 Thank Barbara B
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Zehnders, Manager at Zehnder's Restaurant, responded to this review, August 16, 2013
Thank you for taking the time to write and tell us about your visit. We look forward to seeing you and serving you in the future.

Shelby Albrecht
Dining Room Manager
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