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“Ordinary”
Review of Ponderosa Steakhouse - CLOSED

Ponderosa Steakhouse
Cuisines: Steakhouse
Dining options: Breakfast, Reservations
Restaurant details
Dining options: Breakfast, Reservations
Traverse City, Michigan
Level 5 Contributor
50 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“Ordinary”
Reviewed July 2, 2013

I like their staff and it is clean, just that the food is ordinary with my grand kids concentrating on the dairy ice cream and its toppings.

Visited November 2012
Helpful?
Thank Gloria H
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English first
Coldwater, Michigan
Level 6 Contributor
107 reviews
86 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
“Never heard of fresh food?”
Reviewed June 30, 2013 via mobile

We've been coming to this Ponderosa every vacation for over a decade. All I can say is, yikes. Every veggie was frozen or canned now, nothing but bland starches and over cooked ham sitting on the steam table. Not surprised that during a supper hour of the biggest weekend of the summer, this place was virtually empty. Sorry, old friend, this annual visitor will not be back to witness more of your decline.

  • Visited June 2013
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1 Thank Beth B
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Traverse City, Michigan
Level 2 Contributor
7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“As the other reviews says it all, not good place, try Gaylord its the best one.”
Reviewed June 30, 2013

I went here when they were busy was very disapointed, i thought maybe it was because they were busy, so my wife and i went there again, i thought i would give it another try, big mistake!!!, this place only had 6 other people there when we went there, place was filthy, food laying on the floor and all over the buffet, cob webs hanging down by the fountain drink machine and all over the walls, the table tops were dirty, seats were sticky, stained ceiling tiles throught out the whole restaurant, food was dry up, i seen the food server at the buffet take a pair of food tongs from the taco shells and use them to pick out something out ofthe cheese dip and then hit them on the edge of trash can to get it off of them and then set them back on the buffet for people to use, lettuce was old and brown, most of the food was empty, dessert bar was crap, only one kind of soft serve vanilla, i also seen the cooks in back scratching thier head and wipping the sweet off thier face with their hands and then handle food, ya!!, i ask the manager to come over to my table for a talk, well i told him about our visit, he apoligized for it and gave us 2 free meals on a return card for next visit, only good at traverse city and clare restaurants, really does he think i would go back there. i ask the manager to take some pride in is job and tell his workers who were just standing around "if you got time to lean then you got time to clean", i told him that i would be back in 1 month to use my card that i wanted to see the changes made, he said thank you i will make sure that he would do so. 2 other people that were sitting next to us were very disipointed as well, they had to go find their waitress to get a refill, she was only 20 feet away and was to busy talking to another waitress for 5 min. to help them. i am sorry but when i spend $30.00 on dinner for 2 people i expect it to be good, it wasn't. Bottom line i would not go here to eat, if you do want to go to a great ponderosa to eat go to the one in Gaylord,Mi. this place is the best one i have ever been to yet. Get your S**T together tc ponderosa, i am sure that there was alot of health codes that were being broken at the t.c. restaurant.

  • Visited June 2013
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1 Thank t s
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Traverse City, Michigan
Level 2 Contributor
8 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Downhill spiral of dry dinner”
Reviewed June 19, 2013

This is usually a good kid's place to eat, especially on Tuesdays. But it has gone dowmhill. Less selections on buffet, many were over-cooked and dried-up. Some bowls were empty. Poor selection at best of edible food. Restaurant was quiet because not much business, bad sign at dinner time on kid's night!

  • Visited June 2013
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1 Thank Tanya L
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Newberry, MI
Level 6 Contributor
120 reviews
56 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 55 helpful votes
“Gross”
Reviewed May 28, 2013

We saw that they had a breakfast buffet and stopped. The buffet food was OK for the price.Staff was busy chatting with each other. My husband saw one of the cooks adjusting his crotch behind the scenes and then saw one touch the pancakes are he put onto buffet. Unfortunately, at this point we were done eating. Then a quick trip to restroom was enough to make me never go back. They were freshly mopped with sour mop water and the smell was so overwhelming I thought I was going to lose my breakfast.

  • Visited May 2013
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2 Thank cossondra
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