Minnesotans know good food when we taste it. Great-tasting grub comes in many forms: dine in, take out, delivery, and – of course – home-cooked. But one overlooked type of eatery? The buffet! Where else can you get such a wide variety of cuisine in just one location? Whether you’re craving pizza, comfort food, or BBQ, we’re here to tell you where to find some of the best buffets in Minnesota!
1. Dave's Pizza - Hermantown
Next time you're in the Duluth area, be sure to hit up Dave’s Pizza for your next lunch up on the hill. This all-you-can-eat lunch buffet includes pizzas, a salad bar, pasta, breadsticks, soup, chicken wings, and meatballs. It's one of the most expansive pizza buffets you'll ever visit. After you’re done eating, rent some bowling shoes for another few hours of fun!
Address: 4894 Miller Trunk Highway, Hermanton, MN.
2. Cornerstone Buffet & Restaurant - Sartell
Central Minnesota is full of great restaurants, and Sartell's Cornerstone Buffet & Restaurant is one of them. Their 14-foot salad bar features an assortment of fresh greens, toppings galore, and a huge selection of their original recipe salads. After a salad course, be sure to check out the hot bar where every day of the week features a different special. All of that is great, but make sure you save room for dessert! The dessert bar boasts a multitude of made-from-scratch cakes, cookies, pies, and more.
Address: 101 7th Street North, Sartell, Minnesota.
3. Olives Mediterranean Restaurant - Mankato
Don’t let the location of this amazing eatery scare you off! Situated within a lovely hotel, this restaurant is packed full of people watching - and delicious food. Come during the lunch rush for amazing buffet choices at Olive’s. You’ll find six different salads, three pre-made sandwiches, and assortments of cheese, meat, and bread to make your own sandwich. Try the homemade soup of the day for a warm bite to add to your meal! If you’re looking for a large meal of great food, you can’t go wrong with the buffet at Olive’s Mediterranean Restaurant.
Address: 20 Civic Center Plaza, Mankato, MN.
4. Q. Cumbers - Edina
Veggie lovers rejoice! Minnesota-grown vegetables are on the menu at Edina’s Q. Cumbers restaurant. But if you’re a carnivore, don’t let that scare you away. There are plenty of options for meat lovers, too. What makes Q. Cumbers so special is their 50-foot-long salad bar. It’s packed with so many vegetables and salad toppings you won’t know where to start! But if you’re craving something hot, Q. Cumbers still has you covered. They also offer up hot homemade soups, fresh bakery items, and many weekly entree specials.
Address: 7465 France Avenue South, Edina, MN.
5. India Palace - Duluth
Don’t let this restaurant’s unassuming building fool you. India Palace has great food! Many diners have said the sweet lassi is the best they’ve ever had. As for the naan, the garlic flavor is to die for. If you’re new to Indian food, this great buffet is a nice way to try it out. Taste many different dishes, and you’re bound to find something you like. If you’re hoping to find a quick, inexpensive buffet with exceptional food, look no further.
Address: 319 West Superior Street, Duluth.
6. Iron Skillet - Albert Lea
Located within a truck stop in Albert Lea, Iron Skillet is a little-known dining option. But trust us, this is an amazing place to satisfy your hunger no matter when you pull up. Feast on breakfast, lunch, and dinner buffets featuring a variety of meats roasted on the open wood-fire rotisserie. After you eat, hit up Trail’s Gift Store for nearly anything else that your heart desires.
Address: 820 Happy Trails Lane, Albert Lea, MN.
7. Mama Shiela's Soul Food Kitchen - Minneapolis
Who says you can’t find great soul food north of the Mason-Dixon Line? At Mama Sheila’s, you’ll find Southern-style comfort foods galore. With options from meatloaf to mac and cheese, fried fish to pork chops to black-eyed peas, their menu is absolutely delicious. After one visit, their extensive buffet will be your go-to spot for a filling lunch. Don’t leave without trying a dessert! The peach cobbler is absolutely scrumptious.
Address: 3744 Bloomington Avenue South, Minneapolis.
Have a favorite that didn’t make our list? Be sure to let us know in the comments below!