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Ponderosa Steakhouse

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10306 S Clare Ave, Clare, MI 48617-9733
+1 989-386-7017
11:00 - 21:00
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Sun 08:00 - 21:00
Mon - Thu 11:00 - 21:00
Fri 11:00 - 22:00
Sat 08:00 - 22:00
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Grand Rapids, Michigan
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27 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed today NEW

Was staying in Claire on a recent business trip and the ponderosa this was within walking distance. I had the buffet. Excellent food choice to satisfy any cravings. Service friendly.

Thank Brenda F
Saint Johns
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6 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

It was a family group of 24 they seated us and fed us in a very timely fashion food was good it is what is its not a $50.00 a plate place it's $15.00 and worth every penny

Thank Dean M
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53 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 November 2016 via mobile

As far as buffets go this was average to just below. I have eaten at several Ponderosa's and the food here was fairly typical to them. Everything is frozen, instant, or deep fried. Other competitors buffets I would say are much better. Not that it's bad, all food has its time and place.

Thank alan b
jackson mi
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81 reviews
54 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 October 2016

Stopped for dinner on our way home. tables were dirty, had to clean one myself. Food was very bland. under-stocked. Floors were dirty by salad bar. nothing looked appetizing. we will never go in another ponderosa.

Thank millerlittlegirl
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140 reviews
87 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 82 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 October 2016

We have eaten here several times in the past and always enjoyed it, until our last visit in September. It was a Sunday and we sat down at 4:05, wasn't very busy at that point but right beside us were a few tables pushed together that had seated a larger group, maybe 10 or so, and a highchair at the... More 

Thank Chattyaholic
Battle Creek, Michigan
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36 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 July 2016

Ponderosa's are going downhill in my opinion. The food was average for the price we paid, the kitchen was filthy so I lost my appetite as soon as I saw that, they barely had any desserts out. Just not worth the money.

Thank Sharisse L
Hudsonville, Michigan
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27 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 July 2016 via mobile

A little slow to seat but food was good and table was clean. Constant attention was given to food bar by owner /manager. Excellant salad bar. It was fresh and plentiful. Desert and ice cream area was well supplied and very good. Chicken was very good and lots of variety. Would definitely recommend this restaurant.

1 Thank vbecker02
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 June 2016

I was at this Ponerosa Sunday $24.00 just for breakfast really for just 2 people. It will be along time before I will be back. The food was not as good as it used to be cold and taste was not as good either.

1 Thank Cindy S
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37 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 June 2016

This is the lowest quality American food. I cannot understand why people FLOCK to a place that has sub-par food. It is LOADED with SODIUM!!!!!! On top of that it is EXTREMELY over-priced. Best thing there is the salad bar. The desserts are out of a box and so is practically everything else. It's low-quality, high priced, CHEAP food. ICKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKK!!... More 

Thank Kathy C
Moorpark, California
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82 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 May 2016

Your traveling and in the area, this is a good restaurant to stop and get a bite. Reliable place to get good food at a reasonable price.

Thank Teddy452014

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    3 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    2.5 of 5 bubbles
    3 of 5 bubbles
American, Steakhouse
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Seating, Wheelchair Accessible, Waitstaff
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Open Hours
08:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 22:00
08:00 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 10306 S Clare Ave, Clare, MI 48617-9733
  • Location: United States  >  Michigan (MI)  >  Clare County  >  Clare
  • Phone Number: +1 989-386-7017

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?