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West Branch Ponderosa

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2882 Cook Rd, West Branch, MI 48661-8769
+1 989-345-1215
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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Ontario, Canada
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8 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We had been driving north on I-75 feeling rather hungry as it was just past lunch time, so we stopped in West Branch. We had several choices of fast food restaurants in West Branch but decided on the Ponderosa although we have not previously been impressed with the cleanliness or freshness of their food. How pleasantly surprised we were to... More 

1 Thank sammymantha
Fostoria, Michigan
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5 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 8 March 2017

We always stop here when we are on our way home from up north. It is half way, so it is convenient for us. Love how we can get in, eat, and be on our way. The food is always good, no matter what time we get there.

Thank Gerry B
Janesville, Wisconsin
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3 reviews
Reviewed 22 February 2017

Up for an ice tournament and was happy to see a ponderosa,great food as always.The staff was great and restaurant was clean and kept up good.Would definitely come back to eat next year again!

Thank D7372ZXmatts
Milford, Michigan
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394 reviews
288 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 115 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 January 2017 via mobile

For those for familiar with the Pondarosa steakhouse, the West branch location delivers. Average steaks and a large buffet providing a variety of options for you to dine on. Nothing special but decent food.

Thank JVM-Milford-MI
Westland, Michigan
2 reviews
Reviewed 15 November 2016

Our family was visiting West Branch for a couple of days to see the fall colors. We were absolutely surprised to see a Ponderosa restaurant because down in southern Michigan most if not all have been closed for many many years. The restaurant was very clean, the staff was ultra friendly and the food exceeded our expectations. The steak melted... More 

Thank richardvW8469SC
Bay City, Michigan
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26 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 November 2016

This was the most disappointing lunch we have ever had. Everything was crusted over, and the staff including the manager was standing in the kitchen enjoying each others company instead of taking care of the customers. My favorite is the wing dings, which were almost empty. I stepped in the back and asked the manager if he could put out... More 

1 Thank bluealaskan
Level Contributor
38 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 23 September 2016 via mobile

Great place for lunch! Excellent potato bar - white and sweet potatoes and all the toppings you could imagine. Quite delicious! Our waitress was Sue. She is attentive, knowledgeable and efficient ... not to mention her sweet personality and great smile!!

Thank Amy M
South Windsor, Connecticut
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261 reviews
157 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 67 helpful votes
Reviewed 28 August 2016

Staff was extremely courteous from the cashier on down. Plates were removed quickly, drinks refilled immediately but the food was disappointing. The salad dressing was great, mashed potatoes had horrible gravy, ice cream machine broken, breads were on the dry side. They really did try-tacos and pizza were nice additions as were the variety of desserts.

Thank RoyM1336
Level Contributor
74 reviews
52 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 August 2016 via mobile

Went on a Sunday evening and since it was only $1 more to get an entree over general buffet price that's what we did. Our food took quite a long time and that gave us ample time to try the buffet. It was pretty basic food. It all tasted canned or frozen, or in the case of the mashed potatoes,... More 

Thank coconutkids
Farmington Hills, Michigan
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7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 August 2016 via mobile

We travel up north a couple times a year and we always plan our travels around a stop for lunch at the West Branch Ponderosa. Once again the service and food were great!

Thank HappyCampers48335

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
Brunch, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Buffet
Good for
Kids, Groups, Child-friendly
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: 2882 Cook Rd, West Branch, MI 48661-8769
  • Location: United States  >  Michigan (MI)  >  West Branch
  • Phone Number: +1 989-345-1215

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