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Paul Bunyan's Northwoods Cook Shanty

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411 State Highway 13, Wisconsin Dells, WI 53965-8307
+1 608-254-8717
07:00 - 12:00
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Thu - Mon 07:00 - 12:00
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124 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

If you're in the area, you MUST stop here! The food and service are phenomenal! Don't let the long line to get in scare you away, they move people in and out quick!

Thank Mikayla E
Green Bay, Wisconsin
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42 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Everything is good, but the donuts and pancakes are exceptional!! But some donuts to go and heat them in your toaster oven for a fresh baked taste. They also have very cute things in the shop. I just wish they were open year round

Thank TinaB036
Jackson, Wisconsin
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93 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Okay, its not a five start restaurant, but its still a great place to have breakfast. All you can eat of basic breakfast foods and we love the donuts.

Thank John W
Chicago, Illinois
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36 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The oven fresh- warm sugared donuts is what keep us coming back. I love the family style breakfast here. Makes it feel like your eating at home. We traveled with a party of 7 and it was full of laughs and great food. We all enjoyed our experience very very much. Love the history of Paul Bunyan and giant statues.

Thank Diane F
Plainfield, Illinois
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12 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I had not been to Paul Bunyan’s since my youth. Every visit to the Dells, we would note the long lines for breakfast and made a mental note that we had to try this place. We showed up one morning and the line was about half way down the awning. I wish that I had started my stopwatch, but I... More 

Thank slider728
Lake Geneva, Wisconsin
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23 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 October 2016

If you've never been to a Paul Bunyan restaurant it's a must do. You pay a reasonable flat rate, are seated in an atmosphere like no other (northwoods mess hall) and the food is good! Breakfast is always fun and it starts with fresh warm donuts. You'll get food served family style with your choice of Scrambled eggs pancakes, potatoes,... More 

Thank superlean3
Chelmsford, Massachusetts
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30 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 October 2016

This would be good for a family restaurant. The food is served family style with a set menu for breakfast.

Thank 2CandC
Austin, Minnesota
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3 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 October 2016 via mobile

Fun place to eat and great home style food. We enjoyed visiting with our waitress from another country. Most of the staff are from elsewhere on summer breaks from college. Ours was going to be a doctor and was very personable.

Thank pathollund
Burbank, Illinois
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11 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 October 2016

I think the food is very average. The place was clean and are table service was ok. One of the items you get is biscuits and gravy. While eating one, I found a long thin thing that looked like a hair, very discussing. I told are waitress and it was like ok. We did ask for a chocolate milk, same... More 

Thank DonCusack
Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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104 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 October 2016

I just wanted to try what was that "family type breakfast" it was fun and very good tasting. Ham, sausages, eggs, potatoes, pancakes biscuits and gravy (no gravy for me) and homemade doughnuts. Everything was good and the service pretty attentive considering the amount of people. I really liked it

Thank maluferrari

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Dinner, Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Buffet
Good for
Groups, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Cheap Eats, Kids, Child-friendly
Open Hours
07:00 - 12:00
07:00 - 12:00
07:00 - 12:00
07:00 - 12:00
07:00 - 12:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 411 State Highway 13, Wisconsin Dells, WI 53965-8307
  • Location: United States  >  Wisconsin (WI)  >  Wisconsin Dells
  • Phone Number: +1 608-254-8717
For over 56 years and four generations later, Paul Bunyan's Cook Shanty welcomes your family to our family! Your Wisconsin Dells vacation would not be complete without a Paul Bunyan's Lumberjack meal. We take extreme pride in serving the freshest family style breakfast, lunch and dinner. With our ever-so-famous homemade buttermilk donuts made fresh every day, keeps our visitors coming from miles away just to pick up a dozen!

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