Best Buffet Restaurants in America 2021

Looking to stuff your face without unstuffing your wallet? Well, we’ve got some of the best buffet restaurants in America — all-you-can-eat deals to fit any appetite and wallet. This won’t necessarily be healthy fast food, though you can stock up on salad if you want. But if overeating and underpaying is your idea of money well spent and a life well-lived, then you’ll want to try the following buffet restaurant chains.

We’ve posted quick links at the bottom so you can find a location near you.

Golden Corral

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Golden Corral tops almost everyone’s list of yummy food, affordable prices, and all-you-can-eat deals. If you go Monday through Thursday after 4 pm, you can fill up your plate as many times as you want for just $13.49. It’s only a dollar more for Friday and Saturday after 4 pm! While everyone has their favorite dishes, the internet seems to be in agreement that their hot buttered rolls are to die for.

Cicis

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Why settle for an ordinary buffet when you can eat a pizza buffet at Cicis. For just $5.49, you too can try your hand at being a pizza connoisseur. Add $1.89 for a fountain drink and you’re set for the night. Pick from a variety of pies that they have to offer. You can look at this as your chance to finally decide if pineapple actually belongs on a pie.

Old Country Buffet

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For $11.99, enjoy an adult dinner at Old Country Buffet. It’s even cheaper if you’re a senior or military member! This chain restaurant is great if you love traditional American dishes. They have everything from fresh made Mac N’ Cheese and fried chicken to mashed potatoes and gravy. For dessert, you can make your own sundaes and select from a variety of pies, cakes, and other baked goods. One extra touch here is that Old Country Buffet’s menu also caters to diabetics, low carb-conscious diners, and those following a low-fat diet.

Golden Chick

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The pandemic hasn’t stopped Golden Chick’s expansion. This new fast-food chain has 200 stores currently and is planning on adding another 40 in 2021. Their biggest expansion is to open 20 stores in Las Vegas as well as move into the Gulf Coast area. You can get an 8 piece chicken meal with rolls for under $15 here. Throwing a partying or having lots of people over? Get 25 Golden Tenders for about $37 dollars. These meals also come with several sides and rolls.

Gyro Shack

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If you’ve ever walked down the streets of Manhattan with a lamb and rice gyro, you know how filling these “snacks” can be. It’s not surprise that someone would decide to turn these street food meals into a fast food chain, welcome to Gyro Shack. This relatively new company was able to adapt quickly to the pandemic and about 80-85% of their business comes from online orders and drive thrus. Get a Colossal Gyro for $6.50, a Supreme Gyro for $6, and if you’re really hungry, you can order their Ultimate Gyro for about $10.

Best Buffet Restaurants in America — Quick Links

Find locations near you on their websites.

Golden Corral
Cicis
Old Country Buffet
Golden Chick
Gyro Shack