10 Best Buffets in Minnesota

Sometimes a menu can be constraining. So, why not skip it altogether? Buffet restaurants allow you to sample a little bit of everything. Whether you’re looking for a buffet with a bent toward a particular cuisine or just a place with a huge variety, you’re sure to find a place to fill up in the North Star State. Try one of these—our favorite buffets in Minnesota.

Q. Cumbers, Edina, MN

The venerable Q. Cumbers buffet has had such a long run because of its focus on fresh ingredients and generally-healthy fare (don’t worry—they have dessert!). It is a superb option for vegetarians and omnivores, alike. Their house-made soups are particularly worthy of a visit.

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Grand Buffet, Hinckley, MN

The Grand Buffet—at Grand Casino in Hinckley—is especially noteworthy because it combines flavors and cuisines that aren’t typically found at a resort buffet in the Upper Midwest (chicken tinga, barbacoa, Asian noodles) with the salads, potatoes and beef you may otherwise expect to see. They also offer special themed buffets—shrimp-lovers, seafood, prime rib, and smokehouse—on a regular rotation.

Cornerstone Buffet & Restaurant, Melrose, MN

In the central Minnesota towns of Melrose and Sartell, hungry folks belly up at Cornerstone Buffet and Restaurant. Everyday, they offer salad, sides, dessert and all-day breakfast. Their entrees vary based on daily themes—like “comfort food day"—throughout the week.

Black Bear Casino Resort, Carlton, MN

The buffet at Black Bear Casino Resort near Carlton is popular not only for their weekly theme nights—Asian, Italian, seafood, gourmet, “south of the border,” and “Northland favorites”—but also because their dinner buffets feature prime rib every night of the week. What’s more, they also offer daily breakfast buffets, as well as weekday lunch and weekend brunch buffets. It’s like being on a landlocked cruise ship!

Marhaba Grill, Minneapolis, MN

Marhaba Grill offers a unique twist—for Minnesota, anyway—on the typical buffet with Greek and Mediterranean flavors. Inspired flavors composed from fresh ingredients make Marhaba a popular buffet destination for both lunch and dinner. 

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The Buffet at Mystic Lake, Prior Lake, MN

Perhaps the biggest in Minnesota, the Buffet at Mystic Lake is certainly a crowd pleaser. They offer lunch or brunch, as well as dinner, seven days a week. Their various offerings range from “All American” and “Comfort Classics” to omelet stations, Mongolian grill, seafood night, and the inevitable prime rib dinner.

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Super Moon Buffet, St. Louis Park, MN

Hungry Twin Citians who crave a pan-Asian dining experience beat a path to Super Moon Buffet in St. Louis Park. This huge Asian buffet features everything from egg rolls and noodles to Szechuan and sushi. This is one instance in which you will not be hungry after eating Chinese food.

Tradewinds Buffet, Welch, MN

Rochester (and southeast Metro Area) residents will find a fantastic selection of food at Tradewinds Buffet, which is Treasure Island Casino’s all-you-can-eat restaurant. The buffet is open for lunch (brunch on weekends) and dinner daily, with special features like seafood and prime rib Thursday through Saturday.

Gandhi Mahal, Minneapolis, MN

Gandhi Mahal, a perennial favorite among food critics both local and national, also happens to have one of the best midday buffets in the state. Its Bangladeshi proprietors pride themselves on the freshest locally-sourced ingredients to make their sumptuous daily selection of Indian and Bangladeshi dishes.

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Seasons Buffet, Morton, MN

Folks in the western part of Minnesota can get their buffet fix at Seasons Buffet at the Jackpot Junction Casino Hotel. The buffet is open seven days a week, with a nightly dinner service, as well as lunch and weekend breakfast buffets. The themes and dishes rotate regularly and plenty of featured specials—like all-you-can-eat lobster tails—take place throughout the year.

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