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“Consistency makes Carlsons great”

Carlsons Rustic Ridge
Ranked #1 of 15 Restaurants in Friendship
Price range: $6 - $25
Cuisines: American, Bar, Seafood, Soups
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Good for: Kids, Large groups, Families with children, Scenic view
Dining options: Dinner, Accepts American Express, Accepts Discover, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Buffet, Free Off-Street Parking, Free Wifi, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Television, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Wine and Beer
Description: Carlson's Rustic Ridge is located on Castle Rock Lake just outside of the town of Friendship, Wisconsin. We have a full menu, including prime rib each night. Our large, all you can eat soup and salad bar is a go-to favorite for many. Drive in, boat over, or walk down to our beach bar, open Friday, Saturday, and Sunday Memorial Day-Labor Day, featuring live music on holiday weekends.
kentucky
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
“Consistency makes Carlsons great”
Reviewed August 21, 2013

I've been dining at Carlsons for about 30 years now without a single bad experience. Food and service are always excellent, it is by far the best place to eat in the Adams/Friendship area. Had broiled whitefish on most recent visit, it was great, so was all you can eat salad bar.

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Gladstone, Michigan
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138 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 62 helpful votes
“Great Buffet”
Reviewed August 15, 2013

This is another of many summers visiting Carlson's and again eating the seafood and prime rib buffet. It was so tasty. This family owned Restaurant has been around a long time. They always had great fish fries on Fridays. Still do. All the food was fresh and warm and constantly being refilled even though the place was very busy. The only thing I missed was the fresh fruit at the salad bar and no vinegar and oil dressing. Also really missed a baked potato. Not everyone wants mashed or fries. Our waitress was so cheery and quick to serve and refill water, taking dirty plates away, etc. We ate our fill and couldn't fit another bite. The Prime Rib was done perfectly. Would definitely recommend the buffet and at $13.99 for all you can eat, it's a real deal. Kids are discounted up to a certain age. But get there early, we always go at 4 to avoid the rush. If you wait until 5 you will be waiting in the bar for table!

  • Visited August 2013
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Burlington, Wisconsin
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Love their ribs”
Reviewed August 11, 2013

We have a family cabin up at Castle Rock Lake. And we visit Carlsons frequently and are never disappointed. Great service and food.

  • Visited August 2013
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Iowa
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14 reviews
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“Best prime rib!”
Reviewed May 7, 2013

We go there every year for their prime rib-it melts in your mouth. The salad bar is very good and lots of choices. Pretty view over Castle Rock Lake!

Visited April 2013
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Cheeseland
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46 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
“Great restaurant by the lake!”
Reviewed October 22, 2012 via mobile

Not too many restaurants around this area, but got lucky finding out about this one via trip advisor. Great prime rib and we overheard others at the bar talk about how good the fried chicken was. Nice salad bar that always had a line.

Definitely will be returning with friends next time.

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