This Ponderosa does set a high standard for buffets, as it should be at ALL BUFFET restuarants. It is very well tended, kept clean, including well kept restrooms. We live on the southern end of Waukesha, close to Golden Corral, but will drive the 30 minutes to Hartford to enjoy their polite, courteous, and pleasant atmosphere along with well prepared food. It's unfortunate that the atmosphere in Milwaukee area buffets are filthy and only cater to a small demographic of people. I would recommend this Ponderosa to anyone in the area to try. Other items of interest is that they do have a selection of some beers, wine coolers, etc to those of age with ID.
There are only 4 Ponderosa Restaurants left in the state of Wisconsin (there used to be 30+), with the only corporate Ponderosa in Janesville. The Hartford Ponderosa really sets the bar for all Ponderosas. It is clean, the buffet is well-attended to, service is friendly and fast, and the steaks are good. It really is too bad that a lot of the Ponderosas had to close through the years; I hope the Hartford location will stay open for many years to come.
We love this Ponderosa. It is the only Ponderosa we will go to. We drive up from Shorewood we like it so much. Have to admit I have never had a steak there, but the salad bar is so filling I never felt like I needed one. We especially like the French salad dressing and the bread pudding. Fresh ingredients, large selection, very clean, friendly servers, reasonable price --- what more do you need?!?
i purchased a prime rib steak at this ponderosa and i ordered it medium
well when i got the steak it was raw and it was 85 honest percent fat
there was not even one little piece of meat on it at all
there steaks have gone way downhill from what they were a year ago
the sodium is also so high you think you are eating pork as i get sick from too much salt
i will not ever purchase another steak from this place ever again as the quality is nolonger there
i get a better steak from george webbs than here
As a few of the other reviews have stated - absolutely - by far one of the best Ponderosa's on earth..... It is clean and the servers are enthusiastic and appear to be happy to work there. Salad bar and food is good and always fresh. I hope that the people that own this one never stop taking pride in great service and excellence in food presentation - It is most important to be consistant and so far I have been going here for 4 years, had my day after my wedding breakfast there :} and has been just as good each time. Thinking about getting a job there - THANKS Ponderosa of Hartford.
If there's a Ponderosa in Heaven, it must be run by the folks that own the Hartford Ponderosa. You haven't experienced Ponderosa until you've tried this one. I've never been to a Ponderosa that is so clean. The buffet is immaculate and always full, even on busy nights (which are most nights). The hot food is piping hot and the cold food is perfectly chilled. The staff is friendly and always attentive. I have never had a bad experience at the Hartford Ponderosa. It sets the standard for all Ponderosa franchises.
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