Review of Denny’s - Wisconsin Dells Pkwy S

by StevenHelmer

My wife and I took the kids here for dinner this past weekend. Read to find out why I wasn't impressed.

Business Description: Denny’s restaurant located at 1090 Wisconsin Dells Pkwy S in Lake Delton, WI and serving a variety of food ranging from breakfast items to dinner entrees 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. My family and I ended up stopping at this restaurant the evening of Friday, June 26 for dinner while vacationing in the Wisconsin Dells area that weekend.


When my family and I went searching for dinner while visiting Wisconsin Dells, we didn’t intend on eating at Denny’s. Instead, there were a couple local restaurants we were interested in but ended up having to avoid because of the long lines outside the buildings (my kids were getting hungry and tired by that point and I had no interest in making them wait to eat longer than necessary).

 In fact, the only reason we ended up picking this particular Denny’s was we happened to spot it while trying to get turned back around to go back to our motel and realized it was one of the few restaurants that didn’t have a long line out the door. As it turns out, there was probably a reason for that.

This Denny’s had a 50s theme to it, complete with some 50s icons out in front of the building, that seemed pretty neat. Well, at least it did at first, until we saw the statues weren’t well-maintained and, for some reason, their 50s icons included the Blues Brothers. The rest of the restaurant, fortunately, seemed to be in better shape. But, once we ordered our food, the theme really did lose some of its luster.

The Blues Brothers?
The Blues Brothers?
Steven Helmer

As I mentioned before, the restaurant wasn’t overly busy. In fact, compared to most of the restaurants we had to reject on the way there, it was practically deserted. Yet, it took forever to get service. We sat in our booth for several minutes, at least, before we even saw our server and could have driven back to our motel, ordered a pizza and had our food in less time than it took them to cook up our order. Yes, our server was very friendly. She just wasn’t overly quick and didn’t act very interested in doing her job.

The food itself was also kind of disappointing. We’ve eaten at other Denny’s restaurants in the past and enjoyed our experience. This time around, there really wasn’t anything overly special about what we got. My omelet was very peppery and my wife’s eggs were seriously undercooked. And, the only reason we didn’t complain then and there was we were getting very tired and honestly didn’t want to wait forever to get more food.

The kids, to be fair, did seem to enjoy their dinners. However, both were very tired and hungry at that point and probably would have eaten just about anything we put in front of them without complaining. Plus, it would be pretty hard to screw up chocolate chip pancakes.

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Final Opinion

I appreciated the fact we were able to find a restaurant that didn’t have a waiting list. However, as I mentioned, I’m not convinced I wouldn’t have been better off just going back to the motel and ordering a pizza because the slow service and less-than-average food just didn’t win us over.

My Grade: C

Updated: 05/03/2019, StevenHelmer
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DerdriuMarriner on 03/05/2022

StevenHelmer, Thank you for practical information, pretty pictures and product lines.
That's so wrong to be that way around such a tourist attraction as Wisconsin Dells! It's nice that you all's two daughters enjoyed their food.

So I must remember to check out the chocolate chip pancakes if I'm ever at a Denny's!

Were you all ever able to figure why the service was slow when the restaurant was not being patronized like the others in the area?

StevenHelmer on 07/01/2015

Normally, as I've said, I have enjoyed food from this chain. This restaurant was definitely an exception to that.

Mira on 07/01/2015

I'd never heard of this chain. It appears I didn't miss much :)

CruiseReady on 07/01/2015

We have a fine local Denny's, sans any special decor. They're almost always busy. However, like you, I've found varying quality with them when traveling.

blackspanielgallery on 06/30/2015

Short lines usually are a good indicator. And, I have had long waits at other Denny's.

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