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Ponderosa Steakhouse

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American, Grill
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940 Wisconsin Dells Pkwy, Wisconsin Dells, WI 53965-9748
+1 608-253-3705
11:00 - 20:00
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Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin
2 reviews
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Was very disappointed...you have to buy the buffet , than like my husband only wanted a steak and a potatoe but he had to get the buffet with it..his steak was tuff and he ordered it medium well and it came well done...the waitress was very nice tho..was not like Pondarosa use to be at all...VERY DISSAPOINTED !!!!!!!

Thank jmsundsmo
North Branch, MN
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24 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This place is so overpriced and the food was disgusting. Steak was cold, fatty and lots of gristle. Buffet was messy, ribs were tough. Ice cream was like water. Management was not friendly as we tried to use a coupon. Of all the places we could have chosen in WI Dells, I'm so bummed we chose this place. Just thought... More 

Thank travelingal0702
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5 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

My wife had a case of nostalgia. We went with our 12 year old daughter and she could not have been more unimpressed. Low selection on the salad bar...just a tough one and we knew that going in. If you get hit with the nostalgia stick, run to McDonalds for a big mac.

Thank Scott G
Sarnia, Canada
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17 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Simple but decent food set up like older style buffets, with smaller and simple selections. Our waitress was very friendly and attentive without being interruptive. Unfortunately some of the silverware had smudges and dried dirt on it, otherwise everything else seemed well cared for.

Thank Family-Adventures-R
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70 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 February 2017 via mobile

So disappointed. Loved Ponderosa as a child and was so excited to see one. I now know why they no longer exist in MN! Horrible food and WAY OVERPRICED. I had 8 children with me, ages 4-18. Ever last child left hungry because they didn't like it. As I type, we are eating 4 pizzas I was forced to order... More 

Thank Angela H
Rockford, Illinois
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42 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 January 2017

Good value place to grab a steak or a burger. The buffet is satisfactory. My steak came out hot and was cooked the way i wanted it to be.

Thank 815Jeff
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39 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 January 2017

Unless you like a salad buffet with few other options this buffet is for you. You other option a choice of 2 soups, ability to make nachos or tacos, fried chicken, mashed potatoes and gravy, spaghetti and rolls. There are other things you can buy for an additional cost but the buffet is already $12 an adult. The dessert were... More 

Thank Amanda W
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10 reviews
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 January 2017

When we got there, we were allowed to look at the salad bar. When we were done and were about to place our orders, we were advised that they were out of steak!

Thank MRDavis3
Wausau, Wisconsin
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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 January 2017

Food was old and cold. Ordered steaks and didn't get them the temp we wanted, and were cold as well. How that happens is beyond me. Didn't it just come off the grill? Service was the only positive thing. Will not ever go back even for free.

1 Thank krystalsillars
Elkhorn, Wisconsin
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19 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 January 2017

Wanted something fresh and green...stopped to do the salad bar for lunch. Plenty to choose from for salad fixings, plus some really good hot items such a broasted chicken, rolls, taco bar, etc. There was also mini desserts and soft serve ice cream. Didn't need to order an entree as the buffet was more than I needed. Service was also... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    2.5 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3 of 5 bubbles
    2.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$10 - US$20
American, Grill
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Takeout, Buffet
Good for
Kids, Child-friendly, Groups
Open Hours
11:00 - 20:00
11:00 - 20:00
11:00 - 20:00
11:00 - 20:00
11:00 - 20:00
11:00 - 20:00
11:00 - 20:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 940 Wisconsin Dells Pkwy, Wisconsin Dells, WI 53965-9748
  • Location: United States  >  Wisconsin (WI)  >  Wisconsin Dells
  • Phone Number: +1 608-253-3705

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