The Best Buffets Across the US That’ll Have You Going Back for Seconds
Whether you’re on a diet and your sanity is begging for a cheat meal or you’re just ravenous enough for an endless spread, buffets are the way to go. But usually, these self-serve smorgasbords are a hit or miss. To help you find the best buffets in your area—or when you’re traveling domestically—we’ve enlisted Yelp’s help.
Methodology: This is a list of the most popular buffet places in the United States, according to Yelp. All the businesses on this list are in the “Buffet” category on Yelp. “Best” is measured using an algorithm that looks at the number of reviews and star rating for a business.
Now that you know which buffets top the charts in the country, save your appetite and plan your next visit!
Terra Gaucha Brazilian Steakhouse—Jacksonville, Florida
Experience authentic Brazilian churrascaria in the cultural city of Jacksonville next time you head north from Miami. Terra Gaucha offers the full Rodizio experience, which comes with unlimited table-side service of flavorful meats, a gourmet salad bar, and mouth-watering hot side dishes.
India Table—Anaheim, California
Whether your cravings call for Chicken Tikka Masla or veggie pakoras, India Table’s got you covered. Their savory apps, clay-oven dishes, and sides are made fresh daily and served buffet-style, so you can sample India’s culinary endowments to your heart’s content.
Royal Tandoor—Santa Clarita, California
Yelpers rave about Royal Tandoor vegetarian dishes (hello, paneer peas!) and chicken masala. And who wouldn’t go back for a third round of crispy samosas?
Pruller Restaurant—Marlborough, Massachusetts
“This was a great find! I am so glad I tried this place and will definitely be back many more times. They have an excellent variety and everything was delicious. Everyone that works there is so friendly and kept wanting us to try more and more food! (there’s not a single bad option)” Yelper Xander B. exclaims, adding that he’s already planning his next visit to Pruller Restaurant.
Chutney Indian Restaurant—Columbia, Maryland
Chutney offers an array of scrumptious dishes hailing from land and sea. Next time you schedule a trip to the Old Line State, pen this bistro onto your to-do list…and don’t step out until you’ve tried the palak chaat.
Sofra Kebab House—Plano, Texas
Dreaming about a getaway to Cappadocia? Chances are you can’t jet off right now—but you can grant your taste buds a treat with a visit to the Turkish buffet at Sofra Kebab House. Lunch and dinner options are bountiful: The beef and chicken Adana kebabs and lamb stew over rice are go-tos. End the meal with a classic Turkish coffee served in a silver artisanal pot that makes for a great photo op.
Tropical Cabana—Orlando, Florida
When you’re in the mood for Latin cuisine, look no further than Orlando’s Tropical Cabana buffet. Whether you’re a local looking for a new lunch spot or vacationing in Disney, you’ll be lured in by this spot’s extensive menu, authentic eats, and affordable prices.
Jalapeno’s vast range of Mexican favorites (think quesadillas, homemade guac, and horchatas) proves that even if you’re not a fan of spicy food, this buffet will satisfy. DIY your own taco, and pair it with an icy cold Modelo.
New India Gate—Chandler, Arizona
“This restaurant is fantastic. The interior is immaculately clean and spacious, and that lunch buffet cannot be beaten,” Robo C. raves about New India Gate. Seriously, what can beat a good lunch buffet?
Tannoor Grill—Memphis, Tennessee
If you find yourself in the Southern state and crave a break from deviled eggs and pimiento, grab a seat at Tannoor Grill. The dimly-lit space makes for a more romantic atmosphere, meaning you can impress your date or just go for thirds worry-free. Because people won’t notice your multiple trips to the samosa station sans fluorescent lighting, right?
Bay Leaves—Tampa, Florida
“Rahul and his entire team of culinary wizards bring the essence of India and the foods of their native region to life at this establishment,” Brian F. writes about Bay Leaves. “The colorful, inspiring, and flavorful dishes, coupled with 5-star service, make for a perfect afternoon or evening out. Each dish is so singular in its flavoring, in its spice, and in its presentation.”
Steph’s Southern Soul Restaurant—Dade City, Florida
For true soul food—think tender oxtails, squash casserole, and decadent red velvet cake—Steph’s has you covered. Oh, and you can scoop gooey mac and cheese by the bucketfull. Need we say more?
The Secret Garden—West Columbia, South Carolina
The pros at The Secret Garden craft each dish with homegrown ingredients in the quaint greenhouse-turned-restaurant. The endless buffet includes garden-to-table yams, collards, stewed squash, and rutabagas.
Fonda Santa Rosa—Houston, Texas
Everything’s bigger and better in Texas, and this Mexican eatery, Fonda Santa Rosa, is no exception. Stick with safe picks such as the beef tacos piled high with housemade salsa, or go the experimental route with a dish of slow-simmered chilaquiles.
India House Restaurant—Buena Park, California
“This is truly a fantastic restaurant and a must-try if you love Indian food or are curious about Indian food. The very first time I ever tried Indian food was in the 90s at this very restaurant when they were located on Beach Blvd,” Chris D. writes. “The owner at the time was the current owner’s parents. The owner today is Kamal and is the most genuine guy who you can tell thoroughly loves what he does. He spends equal time with everybody and is happy to chat. I’m not really into buffets but this place has changed my mind. The $11.95 lunch buffet comes with naan and the buffet has equal amounts of carnivore and vegetarian choices. They rotate what dishes they serve too so if you come often you’ll see different items.” We definitely want to try India House Restaurant now!
India’s Tandoori Halal Restaurant—Hawthorne, California
Yet another Indian restaurant graces our list of best buffets in the nation. The selection at India’s Tandoori Halal Restaurant ranges from vegetarian-friendly to meat lovers’ galore with dishes such as mushroom masala and lamb curry. And the superb customer service drives the ratings over the edge, deeming this spot a must-try.
Namaste Nepal Restaurant—Grand Junction, Colorado
Namaste Nepal emulates the Southasian destination with cultural tapestries and mouth-watering lunch options (such as a Vindaloo curry that Yelpers drool over). Don’t forget to pair your plate with garlic naan for dipping and chug it down with a sweet mango lassi.
Istanbul Shish Kabob Buffet—North Charleston, South Carolina
In between taking selfies by North Charleston’s outdoor sculptures and window shopping at Centre Pointe, you’ll want to load up on grilled kebabs at the Turkish buffet at Istanbul Shish Kabob Buffet. The chefs bake pitas in-house on the daily, which is enough temptation to order the shawarma sammy. While you’re at it, take a bite of the charcoal-grilled kebabs, too.
Flavors—Canandaigua, New York
Taking a weekend getaway to escape the Big Apple? You’ll want to bookmark Flavors for lunch. The mid-afternoon buffet is abundant with Indian favorites, from expertly-seasoned masalas to satisfyingly rich saag paneer. Trust us, you’ll need an extra side of naan for these saucy dishes.
Zemeta Ethiopian Restaurant—Rochester, New York
If Ethiopian food’s been on your bucket list for quite some time now, nix any chances of disappointment by paying a visit to Zemeta. While the eccentric dishes from the cubed beef in herbed butter to the garlicky split lentils will invite you to take a seat, small talk with the amicable owner will have you returning to her eponymous eatery.
Veggie Express—Frisco, Texas
“Vegan Asian Buffet for $8 a person that lets me live out my sesame/orange chicken fantasy and still be vegetarian? Count me in. This place is really great and affordable. Definitely a hidden gem,” Melanie D. writes about Veggie Express.
Crydermans Barbecue—Cocoa, Florida
Crydermans doesn’t believe in over-seasoning its meats—it relies on the sole magic of tank-sized wood-fired barbecues to cue the flavor. Owners Chad and Amy Cryderman pride themselves in serving up authentic BBQ in the heart of Florida’s beach-studded strip.
Don’t fret about leaving the table hungry or dissatisfied if you’re dining at Zaytoon. Besides the scrumptious Middle Eastern cuisine (hello, creamy baba ganoush and crisp falafel), this spot is clad with traditional decor and a subterranean cocktail lounge for dinner visits.
Afghan Kabob—Westminster, Colorado
“The [Qaabuli Pallow] that is advertised as Afghanistan’s most popular dish certainly deserves its billing! The lamb was fall-apart tender and the rice was absolutely savory. I loved it and I can’t wait to go back and try something else on the menu,” Ai Ling C. raves about Afghan Kabob.
Rc Mongolian BBQ Buffet—Rancho Cucamonga, California
Not sure what to tackle first at this Mongolian buffet? Just grab a bowl and head down the buffet to pile it high with meat, veggies, and noodles—all cooked on the spot at Rc Mongolian BBQ Buffet! If your indecisiveness kicks in among the surfeit of options, follow one of the recipes penned down on the wall, or ask one of the helpful staff members for tasty recommendations.
Himalayan Bistro—Baltimore, Maryland
“Extremely good Nepalese/Indian dishes. We got the Peshawari Naan: it’s basically Naan with some coconut flakes coated on the outside and butter/sugary syrup inside. Not too sweet! HIGHLY recommend. [We] shared the Chicken [Tikka] Masala and the Shrimp Biryani because how can you just choose one dish? Great decisions on our part [as] both dishes [were] equally scrumptious. We got plenty of large and juicy sized shrimp in our Biryani,” Eunice A. raves about Himalayan Bistro.
Spice Indian Grill—Orlando, Florida
Besides serving up some of the best eats in Orlando, Spice Indian Grill prides itself in pairing gourmet Indian food with meticulously selected wines. Here, you’ll find dishes indigenous to North and South India while sipping on a balanced Chardonnay.
Pick Your Plate—Hawthorne, California
Umma’s Lunch Box—Seattle, Washington
“I’ve been coming here 1-3 times a week for the past 2 months and I still don’t get tired of the food here. The selection hasn’t really changed much during this time, but I never seem to get tired of the food because everything here is solid, even the vegetables, which I’m usually not a fan of. Extra sauce is free so definitely get the house-made spicy sauce and Asian tartar sauce,” says Steven Z of Umma’s Lunch Box.
The Curry House—Franklin, Massachusetts
Take it from Yelper and MA local Melissa B.: “Best Indian food around! The takeout is always perfect but the interior of the restaurant is so homey too. The chicken tikka masala is top notch and a very easy dish for those who are new to the Indian food experience. Everything we have tried has been great.” We’re ready to load up our plates at The Curry House!