Ponderosa Steakhouse

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  • Ponderosa Steakhouse: A Restaurant Chain in need of a Face- Lift

    Sep 26, 2002 by Bryan_Carey is a Top Reviewer on Epinions in Restaurants & Gourmet
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Buffet is fairly good; pricing is ok; large interior
    Cons: Small meat portions; below average quality overall

    Summary: Ponderosa is a popular steakhouse chain restaurant owned and operated by Metromedia Restaurants, an operation that also owns Bonanza Steakhouses, Bennigans, and Steak & Ale. Ponderosa was founded in 1965 in Kokomo, Indiana. It quickly expanded and moved ... read more

  • Bad meat, no, horrible pre-digested meat!

    Oct 9, 2012 by
    Not yet rated.
    Pros: cheap, but there are better options
    Cons: always bad, worse, horrible meat, not a steakhouse.

    Summary: I'm froogle and the idea seemed great: a mix of buffet and fast food place. You order your steak as if it was in some Mc Burger place, and you can get tons more from the buffet. If a medium rare New York strip was actually a New York strip medium rare, I ... read more

  • Ponderosa Steakhouse review for 9.18.11

    Sep 21, 2011 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: still good steak, good value, laid back, great service
    Cons: belly isn't big enough, need more locations

    Summary: Ponderosa Steakhouse review for 9.18.11 I have not been to a Ponderosa in Years (since feb 2005--->Lebanon,TN) I always liked Ponderosa. They were my fav place to go as a kid and a teen. The one I went to in lebanon,TN was excellent. I ... read more

  • Disturbing

    Apr 6, 2011 by
    Not yet rated.
    Pros: The manager tried to make it up to me.  Could have offered better compensation though.
    Cons: Well.  The dead spider under the steak is the big thing. 

    Summary: While on vacation in Florida, I visited the Ponderosa Steakhouse on International Drive in Orlando.  It is an interesting setup in which you pay for your steak and drink up front.  This includes access to the buffet table as well.I ... read more

  • Needs more than a face lift

    Mar 14, 2009 by
    Rated a Helpful Review
    Pros: The patron can bypass the normal wait time.
    Cons: Tipping an unneeded waitress and dirty floors.

    Summary: It was not the appearance that turned me off to the Ponderosa Steakhouse located in State College, PA.  It was the quality of theservice. I had taken my two grown daughters and two 6 yr old grandsons there while in town for the day, solely ... read more

  • Next Time, Ill Spend a Few Dollars More

    May 17, 2008 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Restaurant was clean.
    Cons: Bad dinner - thin steaks and one that had no flavor.

    Summary: If you’re like me, there are times that you want to go out to dinner and not spend a fortune. Sometimes we’re lucky and get a good meal that’s inexpensive and other times we only get an inexpensive meal. The Ponderosa I visited is in ... read more

  • All You Can't Eat

    Apr 23, 2008 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: cheap
    Cons: poor quality food, limited selections

    Summary: Ever heard the adage "If it's too good to be true, it isn't"? Well, that couldn't be more true with my recent experience with Ponderosa. For less than ten dollars, I could order a steak with the all you can eat buffet. Initially, that sounded like a ... read more

  • Horrible management and service

    Apr 5, 2008 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Price
    Cons: Poor management, Poor service

    Summary: I went to the Ponderosa Steakhouse located on Route 6 in Swansea massachusetts recently. At first the service seemed fine. I walked in and the sweet young lady at the register greated me and took my order and told me to have a great meal. After about ... read more

  • ponderosa!

    Mar 31, 2008 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: fantastic menu with lots to choose from and a great buffet as well
    Cons: none at all

    Summary: I've visited several Ponderosa Restaurants in the New England area, the most recent at the Swansea, MA Ponderosa, where I found the service to be very friendly and the restaurant clean and comfortable. When you first walk into Ponderosa, you are ... read more

  • How can anyone rate this any more than one star

    Dec 18, 2007 by
    Rated a Helpful Review
    Pros: None.. a really good hamburger costs slightly less and makes a great meal
    Cons: Tough mediocre steaks, mediocre, salty and tired buffet.

    Summary: Ok, I admit, its been a few years since I stepped foot in a Ponderosa... for good reason. The steak is completely forgettable. Usually greasy, and it was tough served with a soggy foil wrapped baked potato.. (What idiot ever thought of wrapping a ... read more

  • Down Home at the Ponderosa? Not Anymore

    Mar 30, 2007 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: nice expanded salad bar/buffet, superb chicken soup
    Cons: simpler options gone, poor service, drinks extra, hard to get drink refills

    Summary: Ah, the memories. Before Bonanza moved in, Ponderosa was the only steak and buffet restaurant near where I grew up in Pennsylvania and a frequent haunt of my family. For $3.99 a person, you could get a small selection of meals with a side dish and their ... read more

  • Save Your Money

    Mar 29, 2007 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Cheap.
    Cons: You can cook a better meal at home.

    Summary: Ponderosa has been a childhood favorite of mine, but upon returning to Williston, Vermont, the restaurant has proven that it needs a tremendous overhaul. I will not argue that the prices at this establishment are fantastic. The priciest steak on the ... read more

  • I am Leaving the Ponderosa

    Dec 12, 2006 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: The chicken wings to go
    Cons: Everything else

    Summary: Sigh...Ponderosa just isn't what it used to be. I used to enjoy going to the restaurant but now the thrill is definitely gone. Compared to much of it's competitors it's almost antiquated both in style, menu selection, and taste. The last few times I ... read more

  • food and service needs improving at Ponderosa

    Feb 11, 2005 by
    Rated a Helpful Review
    Pros: none
    Cons: see my review

    Summary: My parents and I decided to to eat at the Ponderosa Steakhouse located in Ottawa Illinois. When we arrived there I decided to order the steak tips dinner. In the advertisement it was supposed to come with a healthy portion of steak tips as well as a ... read more

  • A Former Employee's Opinion

    Nov 5, 2004 by
    Rated a Helpful Review
    Pros: none
    Cons: unsanitary, unbussiness-like employees/managers

    Summary: I started working at Ponderosa as a dishwasher back in August of 2004 and ended up quiting a month later in September. To start off let me inform everyone that the only thing that is truly homemade/made fresh is the pizza and steak, everything else ... read more

  • Florida Breakfast Buffets Part II: Ponderosa Restaurant

    Nov 15, 2003 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: great selection, low price
    Cons: crowds, food gets soggy from the steam tables if around too long

    Summary: One thing when visiting Disney World is the abundance of buffet-style restaurants on Route 192 just to the east and west of the Walt Disney World entrance. Over the years we’ve visited them quite a bit. This past summer, I deliberately set out to ... read more

  • Ponderosa is the place for buffet lovers!

    Feb 26, 2003 by
    Rated a Helpful Review
    Pros: Large Variety of food, great prices and nice atmosphere!
    Cons: Crowded a lot of the times.

    Summary: I first went to a ponderosa steak house several years ago and have visited them every since. These are one of the nicest steak house chains out there and the buffet they have out for the customers is very nice. They always have a lot of the same line of ... read more

  • PONDAGROSSA!

    Jan 8, 2003 by
    Rated a Helpful Review
    Pros: NONE
    Cons: Spend your hard earned cash elsewhere ..Pondagrossa is just a pig feeding trough!!!!

    Summary: This restarunt has gone down hill over the years, the place is a dive, the food is terrible, at $11.00 to $12.00 for a steak dinner I expect to have a tender steak served hot. The last straw came when my wife went to the washroom while we ... read more

  • I will never eat there again

    Aug 24, 2002 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: not many here!
    Cons: Dirty, awful service

    Summary: My husband and I decided to give Ponderosa another try after being dissatisfied the last time. Well It has not improved! I didn't think it could get worse but guess what! If I had been from the health department I would have done every thing I could to ... read more

  • Ponderosa is A+++

    Nov 24, 2001 by
    Rated a Helpful Review
    Pros: There's something there for everyone in the family.
    Cons: I usually eat too much while I'm there.

    Summary: I love Ponderosa. It's the perfect place to go when you're tired of fast food burgers. The buffet is always great. And if you want steak and your choice of a potato for fried, it's only a buck more than the cost of the buffet. They have a kids menu ... read more

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