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Golden Corral

  • 2.5

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Golden Corral
3737 McHenry Avenue
ModestoCA 95356
(209) 238-0885

Ages: 0 and up

Cost: prices vary

Parking: Yes - lot

Features: Kids Eat Free, Handicap Accessible, Highchairs, Take-out, Family Friendly, Changing Table, Changing Table

Golden Corral is an all-you-can-eat buffet of gargantuan proportions. Not only does the recently opened restaurant offer breakfast and dinner daily, but on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday mornings a breakfast buffet is offered, as well.

Children under three years of age eat free (up to two children per adult buffet purchased). Meal prices vary depending on age and which meal (breakfast, lunch, dinner) is being served. Dinner buffet (after 4pm) is $10.99 per adult, $5.39 per youth 9-12, and $4.49 for kids 4-8 years old.

Tuesday night is Family Night at Golden Corral. Fun includes a face painter, balloon artist, and opportunities to win a free meal passes and a special dessert!

Hours of operation: Monday - Thursday: 11am - 10pm; Friday - Saturday: 7:30am - 11pm; Sunday: 7:30am - 10pm

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April K

  • 2

Reviewed on 01/09/2012

I think Miss Birdie is too kind in her review. This place got our business once on a Sunday morning and that is exactly the number of times they will get our money: once.

Not only is it crawling with wall to wall people (not a way I enjoy spending my meals out, if I wanted that, I'd eat the DMV) but as Miss Birdie pointed out, the drinks are not included and there is no promise of a seat once you pay until someone leaves or cleans a table. It's overpriced for over processed food.

A family of 4 can eat better at Sizzler if they wanted an "all you can eat experience". Better yet, go to a nice enjoyable sit down restaurant, where they cook your food after you order it and it hasn't been touched by THRONGS of people, many have kids eat free days listed on this site!

Two stars are given by my 6 year old who thinks not waiting for your food is "awesome". Mommy and daddy disagree but give him his opinion.


Golden Corral


  • 3

Reviewed on 12/19/2011

Miss Birdie and her flock of three birdies (12, 8, and 6 years of age) and one husband-bird, dined at Golden Corral in December 2011. From a reliable source, we had heard that going Monday through Wednesday is the best bet, so a Wednesday night it was.

The all-you-can-eat buffet restaurant opened in August, with eager diners creating lines out the door. Upon entering, we realized why such a craze was stirred: directly in front of us stood the grill area where meats, poultry, and seafood aplenty were being sliced or even cooked-to-order. (Golden Corral actually plans the meal's menu to include 15 different proteins at a time!)

But let me pause: we still had not yet paid nor found a seat before this cornucopia of aromatics hit us. Mr. Birdie had already grabbed cups of frothy carbonated beverages before realizing they were not included in the meal price, which a customer would not know unless they had taken the time to read the television screen denoting the current meal's pricing and discounts based on age. As we met the cashier, I was frozen in a moment of panic, trying to recall the ages of my three kids, and under which pricing tier they would fall. $40 and two minutes later, we were still standing at the register, feeling like we were holding up the entire gaggle of hungry customers behind us, while an employee found us seats.

We had gone for dinner, and a late dinner at that. The restaurant was packed solidly, with a serious line queuing at the grill and the dessert bar. Greens before sweets, of course, but sadly, much of the salad bar was emptied of its bounty. The kids hit the one section of the hot foods area that could appropriately be titled "deep-fried goods" and stocked up on mini corn dogs, fried zucchini, and what they thought were chicken bites but turned out to be fried shrimp.

I, myself, am not a patient wait-in-line sorta gal, so I bypassed the exotic cuisines where a throng of people ogled foods through sneeze guards (Mexican and Asian fare is offered) and helped myself to a few tong grabs of romaine, spinach, and mushrooms, a slice of garlic cheese pizza bread, and the Cajun Potato Salad. Typically, I shy away from mass-produced, mayo-based salads — but this! —  this potato salad was the business! One of the stars in my review is dedicated solely to the potato salad.

Dedication of star number two goes to the dessert bar, where the self-serve chocolate fountain and made-to-order cotton candy was readily available. The kids were in awe of it all: cake, pie, crispy rice treats, soft-serve ice cream, hand-scooped ice cream... it went on and on.

I have to be honest here: Golden Corral is a buffet, not a high-end, white tablecloth type restaurant. What you see is literally what you get. The staff is always, always busy, either cleaning your empty plates away or cooking and restocking food with which you will fill your next plate. Everyone in your party — large or small — will certainly find something to eat at Golden Corral. You will not leave hungry!

Golden Corral