Zehnder's of Frankenmuth

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Hospitality abounds with traditional family style chicken dinners and tantalizing breads and pastries in the world-famous Zehnder's of Frankenmuth restaurant.
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OT
Detroit
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 1food 2service 2ambience 3

A 10-year family tradition will change next year. No more overrated/overpriced chicken dinner for our family of 8. While staff was extremely friendly, that's where it ends. Dirty silverware, lipstick on a glass, 20 minutes to get a straw, dressing on a salad we requested no dressing on, "salad soup" for the other salad drowning in dressing, endless waiting for refills on the family-style dining option, lukewarm food for the other entrees ordered, running out of the ice cream flavors offered (chocolate, vanilla, orange, choc/vanilla twist offered to find out that only the vanilla or orange was available), chicken liver dinner plate was full of mostly just the scraps from the bottom (fried breading) instead of the actual livers (gross for most people, but when you like it you want what you order, not the bottom-of-the barrel, end-of-the-day leftovers)...need I go on? For $300 (not including any alcohol this time), we expected so much better of an experience. And this was not the first time, but it was the last straw.

F
Detroit
4 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Nick our server was fabulous. He was very attentive and always very pleasant.

DM
Detroit
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Good Chicken and the buffet has other meat options (Prime Rib this time but have seen Ham and Turkey in the meat carving area in past dinners)

M
Cleveland
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

Definitely a tourist attraction. The chicken is very salty but otherwise good.

DG
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 2

Food was very salty squash was cold server only filled my coffee cup once had to ask for the bill and 5 times for a container never got it

p
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Service was excellent. Dressing was better than Bavarian Rest. Chicken was excellent but appetizers fell short of Bavarian Rest. Thanks & would definitely come back.

M
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Becky was an amazing server. Very cheerful and friendly and was quick to give us whatever we needed.

KG
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

In the fall we like to go to Zehnder's on Sunday for the buffet. They have a wide variety of dishes to select from in addition to the normal family style dinner essentials. We've been going to Zehnder's for 35 years!

MB
Detroit
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was an especially nice occasion for my husband and me to drive to Frankenmuth to experience the autumn colors and enjoy a delicious lunch served by a very attentive waitress.

HR
Detroit
5 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A Michigan tradition! Zehnder's is always fun for a family style meal. Good food in a fun place.

OT
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 1

Basement is an awful place. We were not allowed to take in the stroller because of where our table was but another table was allowed to have a stroller. Tables were tight together so the lady behind us had to squeeze in behind the car seat. I guess this is not a family friendly place.

A
Detroit
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Good food, a little on the pricey side. Make a reservation to avoid waiting in line!

MC
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Love the family style dining availability. Wait staff was very friendly and attentitive. Would recommend dining to all family and friends that make the trip to Frankenmuth.

m
Toledo
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We have been coming to Zehnders for 25 years and when we moved 3 years ago we couldnt resist coming back. We flew in and made a fall weekend centered around getting chicken dinner :)

OT
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our server Angie was amazing! Best dinner and best service we ever had at Zehnder’s in our many years of going

DM
Detroit
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is my favorite celebration restaurant. Good food good people.

JA
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The family style dinner is always bountiful and delicious! We go to Zehnder's every year for my birthday and I always look forward to it. The family dinner menu is pre-set, however, there is so much food that if we know we aren't going to eat something (we don't care for pate for example), they simply don't bring it to our table so it isn't wasted. The service is fantastic, always polite, pleasant, and timely. The ambience is homey and friendly, but the table linens and superb staff make it feel a little fancy. Make sure you ask for containers to take your leftovers home!

KL
Detroit
3 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Zehnders never disappoints. Food was excellent as usual. Will be back.

Zehnder's of Frankenmuth
Responded 4 days ago

Hello, We very much appreciate the great review! We are so happy to see that you enjoyed your recent visit to Zehnder’s and we look forward to your next visit. Take care and have a great day!

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HB
Atlanta
3 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Arrived mid-week on a cold, rainy evening one-hour before our scheduled reservation and were graciously seated nearly immediately. We ordered the fabled chicken family-style dinner from a genuinely warm and welcoming waitress. The appetizer breads, relish, cottage cheese and slaw were tasty but not extraordinary. However, the stolen was worth the trip. Our entrees and sides were good, but the chicken was without flavor. We're from the South and it tasted flat to us, but we bear a regional bias.
The balance of the meal was well-prepared and savory, but he dessert soft-serve was more in keeping with Golden Corral than with a Bavarian eatery. Overall we had an enjoyable experience but thought that our chosen offerings were less than exceptional, and a little oversold.
We would recommend Zehnder's for their service and hospitality, but would steer clear of the chicken menu and try the Bavarian menu items in the future.

Zehnder's of Frankenmuth
Responded 4 days ago

Hello, Thank you for the review, we hope that you enjoyed your visit overall. If there is any additional feedback that you can provide for us to help us in our constant efforts to improve and provide the best guest experience that we can, please reach out to us. Have a wonderful day!

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RO
1 review
Dined on October 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Zehnder's of Frankenmuth is a must. We travel to Frankenmuth every few years and never miss a chance to enjoy the tasty food and great service Zehnder's offers.

Zehnder's of Frankenmuth
Responded 6 days ago

Hello, We very much appreciate the great review! We are so happy to see that you enjoyed your recent visit to Zehnder’s and we look forward to your next visit. Take care and have a great day!

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SB
Toronto
1 review
Dined on October 14, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

A great experience- we come back every time we are in Frankenmuth

Zehnder's of Frankenmuth
Responded 6 days ago

Hello, We sincerely appreciate the great review! We strive to ensure that our guests leave satisfied and eager to return and we are so happy to see that your experience went to our expectations and to your satisfaction. We hope to see you again soon and hope you have a great day!

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OT
Dallas
4 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had chocolate torte and coffee for my birthday. It was perfect.

Zehnder's of Frankenmuth
Responded 6 days ago

Hello, Thank you for the great review! We are very pleased to see that we hit the mark for you on your recent visit and we are so happy that you enjoyed yourself. We look forward to having the ability to host you and your family again soon and we look forward to having you!

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LS
1 review
Dined on October 14, 2019
Overall 5food 3service 5ambience 5

We were seated in the room by the bar. I think that was my favorite room so far! It was on the quiet side without a lot of the hustle & bustle of the larger dining rooms. We were able to talk and have a really good time. Our waiter was Nik and he was outstanding! He was very personable and we felt like he was a friend rather than just our server. He was very prompt with drink refills and anything else we needed. He really made us feel special. Our food was good as usual. Thank for a great dining experience!

Zehnder's of Frankenmuth
Responded 6 days ago

Hello, We kindly appreciate the excellent review! We are thrilled to see that your recent visit with us was so enjoyable and we can’t wait to be able to welcome you back to provide you with many more great experiences. Have a wonderful day and we hope to see you again soon!

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LB
1 review
Dined on October 14, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

What a lovely time we had. The server was so kind and helpful. The fellow who took us to our table was very friendly. It was quite busy and all the employees were quick to smile at the customers. The food was quick and tasty. We visit often all because every time we come all of the above happens. It is just what Zenders is apparently. We love it.

Zehnder's of Frankenmuth
Responded 6 days ago

Hello, Thank you very much for the excellent review! We very much appreciate the kind gesture and we hope to have the privilege of welcoming you and your family back again soon. Have a wonderful day!

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JD
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food is consistently delicious! I made reservations and was promptly seated. Food was ready quickly and served by a friendly waitress. Would highly recommend Zehnder's and their all you can eat chicken dinner! Reservations were very helpful and easily done online, I even made a change that was very easy to do!

Zehnder's of Frankenmuth
Responded 6 days ago

Hello, We very much appreciate the great review! We are so happy to see that you enjoyed your recent visit to Zehnder’s and we look forward to your next visit. Take care and have a great day!

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PL
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 5ambience 1

I made a reservation assuming it was for a normal table, not for the cafeteria style set up they have for the buffet. I was mistaken! We didn't want the buffet, I asked for a regular table in another area and was told more than an hour wait. We had friends from Utah with us and wanted to give them a nice dinner experience. We were seated in the basement, in a side room that had too many tables set up for the size of the room. It was at a long folding table that rocked with the least bit of pressure. I apologized to our friends but the whole experience ruined our dinner. When you pay that much for a meal, you expect a better experience. We won't be going back, next time it'll be the Bavarian Inn for sure.

Zehnder's of Frankenmuth
Responded 6 days ago

Hello, Thank you for the candid feedback, we are sorry to see that your recent experience with us was not an enjoyable one. Please reach out to us at your convenience and you have our word that we will make up for the less than satisfactory experience that you endured. Have a great day.

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b
Detroit
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 5ambience 1

first of all we do like Frankenmuth very much,,and we always eat at your restaurant ,,but this year some of the food was not that good,,(chicken tasted different,,prime rib was tough,,and the shrimp was terrible)potatoes and gravy were terrific,, I know it,s busy there but we did not like where we ate..(below), spending that kind of money on food was not good,,we will try another place next year

Zehnder's of Frankenmuth
Responded 6 days ago

Hello, We are sorry to see that your recent experience with us was not up to the standard that we both expect. We can assure you that this is not indicative of our normal procedures or standards. Please at your convenience reach out to us and we will do everything in our power to make things right. Have a great day and we hope to speak to you soon.

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DB
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Makayla was a wonderful waitress. Very friendly. Food was delicious.

Zehnder's of Frankenmuth
Responded 6 days ago

Hello, We very much appreciate the great review! We are so happy to see that you enjoyed your recent visit to Zehnder’s and we look forward to your next visit. Take care and have a great day!

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DV
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service. Reservations are easy to make and wonderful for my elderly parents. Food was delicious and the service is outstanding. I will definitely do this again next time we visit. One of our favorite family places and now it is easy to reserve a spot so no one has to wait very long

Zehnder's of Frankenmuth
Responded 6 days ago

Hello, Thank you very much for the excellent review! We very much appreciate the kind gesture and we hope to have the privilege of welcoming you and your family back again soon. Have a wonderful day!

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OT
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Great food and drinks; Waitress provided excellent service; overall experience was awesome.

Zehnder's of Frankenmuth
Responded 6 days ago

Hello, Thank you very much for the excellent review! We very much appreciate the kind gesture and we hope to have the privilege of welcoming you and your family back again soon. Have a wonderful day!

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SP
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was very clean and was very nice to people. The breakfast was really big and very good.

Zehnder's of Frankenmuth
Responded 6 days ago

Hello, We kindly appreciate the excellent review! We are thrilled to see that your recent visit with us was so enjoyable and we can’t wait to be able to welcome you back to provide you with many more great experiences. Have a wonderful day and we hope to see you again soon!

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H
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

We went for our free birthday meals, it was decent food but would not pay the price tag they have on the menu for it.

Zehnder's of Frankenmuth
Responded 6 days ago

Hello, Thanks for the review! We hope that your visit was an enjoyable one, but we also see that there are some things that we could have done better. If at your convenience you'd like to send us any additional feedback we will utilize your comments to help us improve our guest experiences. Have a great day and we hope to hear from you soon.

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NS
Detroit
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Good service, good food, good evening! Even thought it was very busy we were seated on time and served right away.

Zehnder's of Frankenmuth
Responded 6 days ago

Hello, We sincerely appreciate the great review! We strive to ensure that our guests leave satisfied and eager to return and we are so happy to see that your experience went to our expectations and to your satisfaction. We hope to see you again soon and hope you have a great day!

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SB
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had an excellent waitress. We had family in from out of town. Made reservations ahead of time and it worked out perfectly.

Zehnder's of Frankenmuth
Responded 6 days ago

Hello, Thank you for the great review and recommendation! We are so happy to see that your recent visit left a positive impression and that you enjoyed yourself while visiting. We hope to welcome you back again soon and we look forward to having you. Have a wonderful day!

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PM
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

our server Jade, was the best. she made the whole experience a delight. food most outstanding. we are from Ontario, Canada 41/2 hours away, but 100 percent would come back to Frankenmuth just for your food and service. Thank you for such a wonderful experience. Patti Mcneill

Zehnder's of Frankenmuth
Responded 6 days ago

Hello, Thank you for the great review and recommendation! We are so happy to see that your recent visit left a positive impression and that you enjoyed yourself while visiting. We hope to welcome you back again soon and we look forward to having you. Have a wonderful day!

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DS
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was great as always other then expected wait even with reservations ,great food great value

Zehnder's of Frankenmuth
Responded 6 days ago

Hello, We kindly appreciate the excellent review! We are thrilled to see that your recent visit with us was so enjoyable and we can’t wait to be able to welcome you back to provide you with many more great experiences. Have a wonderful day and we hope to see you again soon!

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g
Toronto
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was great and the service outstanding!
Our only issue was they could not find our reservation that was made thru OpenTable
Not sure whose issue that is but they should get that fixed.

Zehnder's of Frankenmuth
Responded 6 days ago

Hello, We sincerely appreciate the great review! We strive to ensure that our guests leave satisfied and eager to return and we are so happy to see that your experience went to our expectations and to your satisfaction. We hope to see you again soon and hope you have a great day!

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CR
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 1ambience 4

Been coming for over 50 yrs and this was the first time the service was very slow and food not up to par. We will of course be back as we love you normally.

Zehnder's of Frankenmuth
Responded 6 days ago

Hello, We are sorry to see that your recent experience with us was not up to the standard that we both expect. We can assure you that this is not indicative of our normal procedures or standards. Please at your convenience reach out to us and we will do everything in our power to make things right. Have a great day and we hope to speak to you soon.

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JT
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Zehnder's is an institution, if you haven't been, you need to go. That said, the food average quality and significant in quantity. Oddly, the appetizers and soup were better than the chicken for which Zehnder's is known. The wait staff was very accommodating of a food allergy and did a good job explaining what was in particular dishes to avoid issues. The feeling of seeing so much food discarded was disheartening.

I recommend everyone go there and will probably return as part of a larger group.

Zehnder's of Frankenmuth
Responded 6 days ago

Hello, Thank you for the review, we hope that you enjoyed your visit overall. If there is any feedback that you can provide for us to help us in our constant efforts to improve and provide the best guest experience that we can, please reach out to us. Have a wonderful day!

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B
Detroit
14 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous meal, excellent service. The staff is outstanding. We love them!

Zehnder's of Frankenmuth
Responded 6 days ago

Hello, We very much appreciate the great review! We are so happy to see that you enjoyed your recent visit to Zehnder’s and we look forward to your next visit. Take care and have a great day!

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