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Ponderosa Steakhouse Restaurants in Florida

Ponderosa Steakhouse Restaurant in Kissimmee
Ponderosa Steakhouse Restaurant

Ponderosa Steakhouse restaurants are similar to Sizzlers in that you queue up, order and pay for your meal and are then seated.

One of the most asked questions these days is “are there any Ponderosa Steakhouse restaurants still open on International Drive?” and sadly the answer is “No” but there is one nearby

If you were looking to eat at a Ponderosa in Florida today then your options are pretty limited, there is now only one Ponderosa Steakhouse in the whole of Florida and that one is in Kissimmee near Orlando, more details below.

With Ponderosa Steakhouse, the “all you care to eat” buffet, which contains over 100 items including desserts are included with your lunch or dinner entrees, and are available as an extra with sandwiches. This is a very extensive buffet, but is not available as an option on its own.

The entree menu includes steak, seafood, chicken and pork and there are more than 10 entrees for only $9.99 with buffet included. There is also a childrens' menu for kids 6–10; children under 6 eat free, one for every adult diner.

As well as the lunch and dinner time buffets, they also have their famous “All You Care To Eat Breakfast Buffet” for $6.99 which is available between 7:30 a.m. and 11:00 a.m. daily.

Hours are typically:

  • breakfast from 7:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
  • lunch from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
  • dinner from 4:00 p.m. to between 9 and 11:00 p.m.

Our views on Ponderosa Steakhouse restaurants are that the food is fine, a bit cheaper than Sizzlers but a bit impersonal. Also keep an eye out for Ponderosa Steakhouse restaurant coupons in the free visitor guides.

The Ponderosa Steakhouse restaurant chain used to operate throughout the USA, but it recent years a number of their restaurants have closed leaving just one Florida restaurant which is in the Orlando area. Below is the list of Ponderosa Orlando/Kissimmee locations:

  • 7598 West Irlo Bronson Memorial Highway, Kissimmee, FL 34747 - corner of North Old Lake Wilson Road
    Tel: (407) 396–7721

This a list of all the Orlando/Kissimmee Ponderosa Steakhouse restaurant locations that are now closed including all the Ponderosa Steakhouse restaurants on International Drive:

  • 5771 West Irlo Bronson Memorial Highway, Kissimmee, FL 34746 - near Florida Plaza Boulevard
    Tel: (407) 397–2477- CLOSED
  • 4024 West Vine Street, Kissimmee, FL 34741 - south side of Highway 192, opposite Osceola Square Mall
    Tel: (407) 846–3339 - CLOSED
  • 6362 International Drive, Orlando, FL 32819 - northern end of International Drive across from the Holiday Inn
    Tel: (407) 352–9343 - CLOSED
  • 8510 International Drive, Orlando, FL 32819 - centre of International Drive
    Tel: (407) 354–1477- CLOSED
  • 8200 World Center Drive, Orlando, FL 32821 - corner of SR 535
    Tel: (407) 238–2526 - CLOSED

History of Ponderosa Steakhouse Restaurants

The Ponderosa Steakhouse chain was founded in 1963 by Dan Blocker. He played the character Eric “Hoss” Cartwright on Bonanza, a TV Western series that was popular back in the 1960s and early 70s. The Ponderosa Steakhouse gets is name from the Cartwright family ranch in Nevada that was called “Ponderosa”. A sister group of restaurants are called Bonanza Steakhouse.

At its peak there were 305 Ponderosa/Bonanza restaurants throughout the USA but in 2008 it filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy and again twice in 2016. Today there are just 54 restaurants remaining worldwide with only 25 in the USA, mostly in Ohio, Michigan and Pennsylvania.

In the Orlando area there is only one Ponderosa Steakhouse left, which is on US Highway 192.