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Branson Buffets - 16 Places for Belly Fillin’ Fantastic Food!

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Branson Buffets - 16 Places for Belly Fillin’ Fantastic Food!

Few destinations deliver buffet dining quite like Branson, both in variety and in downright deliciousness!  We’ve shared lots of information on different types of cuisine, but we haven’t yet told you where to find all the best buffet food - this is one of the best ways to ensure that everyone in the family, your gang of friends, or all those who attended your destination class reunion, will find something they like for breakfast, lunch, or dinner.  (If you're partial to international cuisine: “Branson Has International Options for Dining? You Bet It Does!” Or, if a specific cuisine appeals to you while travelling…”Branson Dining - Delicious Mexican Cuisine in the Music City!” - “Branson Loves Barbecue - These 8 Places Prove It!” - “Branson MO - Finding Your Best Burger in Your Favorite Place!” - “Pizza in Branson - 25 Unique Options & Familiar Brands!” - “Branson’s Sweetest Eatin’ - 6 Unique Places to Satisfy Your Sweet Tooth!”)

This isn’t a complete list of every Branson area restaurant that offers a buffet, whether it’s their only or primary dining feature or accompanies a strong menu for ordering individual meals, but it’s the 16 eateries that are most often recommended by Branson guests and locals alike.  We’ve included both “Branson only” dining spots and brand-name favorites - we’ve separated the list just in case you’re most interested in places you won’t find back home, or looking for the familiar and comfortable. The list of dishes following each restaurant's name is just a sampling of buffet and/or menu items you’ll find there, every dining spot has much more to offer and can change out buffet and menu items from time-to-time.

Some helpful buffet (and dining out in general) tips:  

1. For vegetarians and vegans who are particular about food preparation, even if a buffet looks non-meat friendly, check with the kitchen folks and ask whether their veggie-friendly dishes are prepared in separate woks/pans or on a grill that’s been cleaned between dishes. (FYI - It’s a popular misconception that any Asian food without meat is vegetarian-friendly; for instance, the popular chain, Panda Express, warns that “no” food prepared by them is considered vegetarian-friendly, which means that grills are not cleaned between dishes and likely not cleaned until the end of the business day.)

2. Cashew Chicken lovers - if you’re from the North, or probably a lot of other places, you might not be familiar with the dish prepared in this area.  Here it’s known as “Springfield style” (as in Springfield, Missouri - just north of Branson) - the chicken is breaded and fried before being combined with the remainder of the dish’s ingredients.

3.  Buffet versus menu service can vary by restaurant - some may limit buffets to a specific meal time, or buffets can change for holidays, for example, Hong Kong Buffet will offer a “seafood dish only” buffet for some holidays, but will still serve their traditional dishes through menu service.

11 Buffets You’ll Find Only in Branson

1.  China Wok Super Buffet:  Chicken - Beef - Shrimp - Pork - Kung Pao - Garlic - Chow Mein - Fried Rice - Hunan - Chop Suey - Lo Mein - Szechuan

Location:  1315 West Highway 76

Hours:  11:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. daily

Features:  lunch & dinner - huge selection with several bars - American food items - hibachi grill for dinner - delivery service - lots of seating - a favorite with construction and other work crews for value

2.  Grand Country Buffet:  Fried Chicken - Meatloaf - Mashed Potatoes - Sausage Gravy & Biscuits - Ham - Sauteed Mushrooms - Macaroni & Cheese - Omelettes - Bacon

Location:  1945 West Highway 76 in the Grand Country Resort

Hours:  7:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. daily

Features:  breakfast, lunch & dinner - mostly American cuisine - large dining area - good for groups - popular salad bar - in complex with lodging, entertainment & shopping

3.  Great American Steak & Chicken House:  American Burger - Buffalo Chicken Sandwich - Fried Chicken Livers - Chicken & Dumplings - Smothered Chopped Steak - Southern Fried Chicken - Fried Green Tomatoes

Location:  2421 West Highway 76

Hours:  Monday through Thursday 8:00 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. - Friday 8:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. - Saturday 7:30 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. -  Sunday 7:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Features:  breakfast, lunch & dinner - buffet & menu - mostly American cuisine - large dining room - separate banquet room

4.  Jackie B. Goode’s Uptown Cafe:  Bacon - Eggs - Homemade Cinnamon Rolls - Grits - Homemade Waffles - Bone-In Ham - Sausage - Biscuits - Fresh Fruit

Location:  285 Highway 165 - just off Highway 76

Hours:  7:30 a.m.  to 11:00 p.m. daily

Features:  buffet for breakfast only - menu items for lunch & dinner - free live entertainment (specific times/menu) - soda fountain - retro 50s theme

5.  Hong Kong Buffet:  Egg Foo Yung - General Chicken - Bourbon Chicken - Cheesy Shrimp - Hunan Shrimp - Cashew Chicken - Green Pepper Steak

Location:  1206 West Highway 76

Hours:  11:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. daily

Features:  lunch & dinner - buffet & menu - wide variety of items - American items - seafood - combo specials - holiday buffet specials

6.  India Clay Oven:  Lasuni Gobi - Kadai Paneer - Vegetable Biryani - Lamb Korma - Ginger Chicken - Garlic Naan - Malai Kofta - Butter Chicken

Location:  2005 Highway 76 - Suite 209

Hours:  11:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. and 5:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.

Features:  lunch & dinner (buffet is lunch only and only on weekends) - Indian beer - excellent online ratings for food & service - intimate size - a favorite with Indian guests looking for authentic dishes

7.  Panda House:  Sesame Chicken - Beef Broccoli - Chicken Lo Mein - General Chicken - Cashew Chicken - Green Pepper Steak - Vegetable Fried Rice - Crab Rangoon

Location:  2130 Missouri Highway 248

Hours:  Monday through Thursday 11:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. - Friday & Saturday 11:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.

Features:  lunch & dinner - vegetarian friendly - popular with locals - drive-through window

8.  Paradise Grill & Steakhouse:  French Dip - New York Strip Steak - Country Fried Steak - Pork Tenderloin Sandwich - Grilled Chicken Sandwich - Paradise Smothered Chicken

Location:  3250 Shepherd of the Hills Expressway

Hours:  4:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. daily

Features:  dinner - full bar - voted Best of Branson for steak in 2018 -  fruit & salad bar - popular with locals for steak

9.  Stage Door Restaurant:  Pizza - Grilled Pork Flat Iron - Ozark Mountain Chicken - Chicken Fried Steak - Omelette - Buttermilk Pancakes - Onion Rings - Fried Shrimp

Location:  1984 State Highway 165 in the Welk Resort

Hours:  7:30 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. daily

Features:  breakfast, lunch & dinner - outdoor seating - music theater, lodging, indoor waterpark, & gift shop in resort - full bar

10.  Starvin’ Marvin’s:  (Dinner Buffet) Fried Catfish - Fried Butterfly Shrimp - Southern Fried Okra - Homemade Jambalaya Pasta - Cajun Dirty Rice (Lunch Buffet) Alfredo Pasta - Salsberry Steak - Chicken Tenders - Red Beans & Rice - Fried Catfish (Breakfast Buffet) French Toast - Smoked Sausage - Yogurt - Hash Browns - Grits

Location:  3400 West Highway 76

Hours:  Sunday through Thursday 7:30 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. - Friday & Saturday 7:30 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.

Features:  Dinner 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. - Lunch 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. - Breakfast 7:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. - independently family-owned since opening in 1984 - specializes in Cajun dishes (owners from Louisiana) - all-you-can-eat seafood buffet

11.  The Wheelhouse Catfish & Wings:  Catfish Buffet with Sides - French Fries - Fried Corn - Hushpuppies - Cole Slaw - Baked Potato - Okra - Potato Salad

Location:  3100 Green Mountain Drive - less than a block from Highway 165 - about a mile from Highway 76

Hours:  Monday through Saturday 4:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Features:  dinner - tap & bottled beers - full bar - large selection of wing styles: hot or mild buffalo, garlic parmesan, sweet bourbon glaze, Caribbean jerk, BBQ or Honey BBQ, mango habanero, sweet Thai chili, Cajun seasoning - live entertainment

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12.  CiCis Pizza:  Meat-Eater Pizza - Supreme Pizza - Cheese Pizza - Veggie Pizza - Pepperoni & Jalapeno Pizza - Spinach Alfredo Pizza - Hawaiian Pizza - Pasta Salad - Tossed Greens Salad - Cheesy Bread - Fudge Brownies

Location:  3460 West Highway 76

Hours:  11:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. daily

Features:  lunch & dinner - catering - game room - party room - BBQ wings (separate from buffet)

13.  Godfather’s Pizza:  All Meat Pizza - Bacon Cheeseburger Pizza - Taco Pie Pizza - Humble Pie Pizza - Veggie Pizza - BLT Pizza - Cheesy Bread - Pasta - Macaroni & Cheese - Potato Wedges

Location:  1026 West Main Street (aka Highway 76)

Hours:  11:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. 6 days (closed Sunday)

Features:  lunch & dinner - original/golden/thin crust options - convenient location near Highway 76 exit from Highway 65

14.  Golden Corral:  Fried Chicken - Pizza - Macaroni & Cheese - Bourbon Chicken - Mashed Potatoes - Hot Rolls - Steamed Vegetables - Fried Catfish - Burgers - Steak - Fresh Fruit - Cake - Cookies

Location:  3551 Shepherd of the Hills Expressway

Hours:  10:30 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Monday through Thursday - 10:30 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. Friday - 8:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. Saturday - 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Sunday

Features:  breakfast (Friday - Saturday - Sunday,) lunch & dinner - largest buffet in chain - catering - meeting room - party room - large salad & dessert bars - special items on some holidays - popular with groups

15.  Pizza Ranch:  Cuban Pizza - Texas Taco Pizza - Bronco Pizza - Chicken Ranch Pizza - Tuscan Roma Pizza - Mac & Cheese Pizza - Fried Chicken - Garden Greens Salad - Cole Slaw - Potato Wedges - Biscuits

Location:  1464 Missouri Highway 248

Hours:  11:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. daily

Features:  lunch & dinner - to go meals - Funzone arcade - variety of crust & sauce options - gluten sensitive options - community rooms - catering - fundraising program - famous for fried chicken

16.  Shoney’s:  Butterfly Shrimp - Biscuits & Gravy - Eggs - Meat Loaf - Sliced Ham - Steamed Vegetables - Mashed Potatoes - Pancakes

Location:  1950 West Highway 76

Hours:  7:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. daily

Features:  breakfast, lunch & dinner - catering - meeting room - hand dipped milkshakes - phasing out plastic straws - bakery

Well, if you’re a big buffet believer, then Branson has you covered!  If not, you might want to give a Branson buffet a try, especially those 11 places unique to the area.  If you’re one of those travelers where good dining and shopping go hand-in-hand, here’s a couple of helpful posts:  “Your Branson Shopping Center List of Stores & More!” - “Branson’s Biggest Shopping - 5 Big Places for Retail Therapy!”  If you want some helpful information while planning your visit: “Branson - 11 Good Things to Know Before You Go!” And to save some money…”FREE in Branson - 20 of the Best No-Cost Things to Do!