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Pizza Ranch

448 SE University Ave, Waukee, IA 50263-8121
+1 515-978-6603
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  • Excellent30%
  • Very good22%
  • Average22%
  • Poor13%
  • Terrible13%
25 Dec 2017
24 Aug 2017
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448 SE University Ave, Waukee, IA 50263-8121
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Workers were nice. Fried chicken was crispy on the outside and tender. When we got there, there just seemed to be leftovers and didn't look very appetizing. Needs a lot of improvement, maybe I'll try another time.

Thank Susie B
Reviewed 26 December 2017

It's a buffet at lunch and dinner, so that's good. The chicken is usually pretty good. I find the pizza to be average. The salad bar is lacking anything to make it memorable. They seems to struggle to keep enough food out at times.

Thank BigFatK
Reviewed 18 December 2017

Ate here on a pretty busy Sunday evening. Get to our table and the Salad bar is the only thing that was full of food. Fried chicken was empty for 11 minutes. It took 15 minutes for pizza. There was a party of a younger...More

Thank Robert M
Reviewed 25 August 2017

Best to go for buffet. You get a lot of selection, but pizza is decent. Lots of parking out front. Service can be hit or miss. Prices are reasonable.

Thank Randy K
Reviewed 22 August 2017 via mobile

First and last time here. Never got the pizza we requested, couldn't find a clean table to sit at and there was water leaking from the soda machine all over the floor and no one cleaning it up. Everything seemed sticky in the place. Staff...More

Thank honestcox
Reviewed 9 August 2017 via mobile

My kids love Pizza Ranch but the one in Waukee needs a lot of work. My kids love the breadsticks but we can wait 30 min before they have any available. We typically drive 20 min to go to another Pizza Ranch.More

Thank Kari S
Brandon P, Owner at Pizza Ranch, responded to this reviewResponded 11 August 2017

Kari, I am so sorry about this and thank you for your feedback, so we can strive to become better. We just brought a new GM into the waukee restaurant and we are looking forward to some changes in the very near future and I...More

Reviewed 30 July 2017

This place is known for two things, it's pizza and it's broasted chicken. They have a drive through carry out drive through window. If you eat in the restaurant, it is a buffet, both at lunch and at dinner. If you get the buffet you...More

Thank Roger E
Reviewed 22 May 2017

Very well prepared pizza's. Staff is quite professional, great about bring special request pizzas to your table. Dessert pizzas are excellent as well!

1  Thank JamersonRocks
Reviewed 17 May 2017 via mobile

Lucked out and our three kids ate free since it was Tuesday night. They asked if we wanted a certain kind of pizza on the buffet which was nice! They brought it to the table when it was ready. It was a bit messy with...More

1  Thank NGN12
Reviewed 22 October 2016 via mobile

Nice variety of pizzas. Asked and they made the pizza of our choice...chicken is good. Staff pleasent. Needs a litl cleanin. Will go back.

1  Thank Google U
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$5 - US$12
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Delivery, Takeout, Buffet, Seating, Parking Available, Free Off-Street Parking, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Discover, Reservations, Highchairs Available
Good for
Child-friendly, Groups
Open Hours
11:00 AM - 9:00 PM
11:00 AM - 9:00 PM
11:00 AM - 9:00 PM
11:00 AM - 9:00 PM
11:00 AM - 9:00 PM
11:00 AM - 9:00 PM
11:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 448 SE University Ave, Waukee, IA 50263-8121
  • Location: United States  >  Iowa (IA)  >  Waukee
  • Phone Number: +1 515-978-6603
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About Pizza Ranch At Pizza Ranch, you’ll enjoy our legendary service in a wholesome, family-friendly setting inspired by the Old West. Whether you sample our buffet or grab your food to go, you’ll savor every slice of our craveable pizza, every piece of The Country’s Best Chicken®, and every one of our delicious sides and salads. Don’t see your favorite pizza on the buffet? Just request it and we’ll make it fresh for you—and make sure you get the first slice! Finally, no trip to The Ranch is complete without our signature cinnamon streusel Cactus Bread®—so be sure to save room! PIZZA LOVER’S PIZZA® Our buffet features a wide range of pizzas to fulfill the cravings of young and old. With a variety of crusts, sauces, and toppings, you're sure to find one that tempts your tastebuds. If you don't see your favorite on the buffet, just request it and we'll not only make it, we'll deliver the very first slice to you! Now that's legendary service! COUNTRY’S BEST CHICKEN® You’ll love our Crispy Ranch Chicken® with its perfect blend of spices and seasonings. We prepare it just right to keep it moist inside and crispy outside. One bite and you’ll know why it’s an all time customer favorite. You may also find other tasty preparations on our buffet, including BBQ, Buffalo or Asian Sesame Chicken. Our chefs make the Country’s Best Chicken® pretty near irresistible, so it’s bound to become one of your favorites too. HOT MASHED POTATOES AND GRAVY Our mashed potatoes are the perfect addition to the Country’s Best Chicken®. Dressed with our chef’s best gravy, it’s home cooking done right. Always hot and steamy, they complete your meal with a touch of good old-fashioned comfort. We think you’ll agree they’re something special. WHOLESOME VEGETABLES Our perfectly prepared vegetables put some color on your plate and your cheeks! Add them to our Country’s Best Chicken® and potatoes and you’ve got yourself a complete meal. Try them as a side dish with a slice of our Pizza Lover’s Pizza® and make your Mom proud. SENSATIONAL SALADS Variety is indeed the spice of life and that’s why our salad bar has so many great choices. From inventive tossed salad to fruit salads to vegetable salads, cole slaw and everything in between you can create a perfect start to your meal. Add a cup of soup and make it a meal. Find your favorite salad toppings and some new ones too. With sumptuous dressings from creamy to sweet to tangy, we’ve got you covered. FABULOUS POTATO WEDGES Nothing satisfies quite like our potato wedges. Just the right crispiness outside and fluffiness inside, they’re great as a starter, side, or with some butter and sour cream. DELECTABLE DESSERTS No meal is complete without a great dessert or two! Our Cactus Bread® is our signature sweet treat topped with cinnamon streusel and sweet icing. One bite and you’ll be a fan for life. Our dessert pizzas come in a variety of fantastic fruit flavors and shouldn’t be missed. And for you lucky ones, some locations even have soft serve ice cream!
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