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Best Buffet in Austin: Where To Chow Down 

When it comes to eating out, buffets are one of the most communal and fun ways to taste new dishes. The set-up encourages conversation, interaction, and adventurousness. Plus, it’s a great way to get a lot of food at an affordable price. Whether you’re looking for a brunch buffet where you can sip mimosas and eat french toast or an all-you-can-eat dinner buffet to prepare for a long night out, you’ll find the perfect spot in Austin. Here’s where to go for the best buffet in Austin.

Best Buffet in Austin: Top XX Spots for Indulging

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Buffets are a great way to try new foods and get a great bang for your buck. In a city like Austin that’s known for its food scene, buffets are a way to get a taste of the city’s flavors and style. From South Austin to the trendy east side, we’ve put together a list of the best buffet in Austin. Check out this list of brunch, lunch, and dinner spots next time you feel like dining out.

Editor’s Note: Due to the covid-19 pandemic, many restaurants made changes to their menu and dining practices — especially when it comes to buffets. While many of these restaurants are starting to reopen as normal, the buffet offerings may be limited or altered during this period and some establishments may be doing takeout only.

1. Fonda San Miguel

Fonda San Miguel is one of the best places for brunch in Austin. From 11 am to 2 pm, you can dine on tamales, ceviche, and omelets. There are also drink specials so you can pair your delicious meal with some craft cocktails or classic margaritas.

2. Jack Allen’s Kitchen

Another great spot for Sunday brunch (from 10 am to 2 pm) is Jack Allen’s Kitchen. The brunch buffet features a spread with jalapeno sausage, chicken and biscuits, plus migas and more. Enjoy $5 drinks during brunch including pomegranate sangria, screwdrivers made with fresh OJ, and fresh-squeezed greyhounds.

3. Grizzelda’s

On Sunday’s from 10:30 to 2:30, head over to Grizzelda’s to dive into a tasty Mexican brunch spread. Sip on bottomless mimosas for $20 or grab a michelada to kick last night’s hangover for a cool $5. The Mexican restaurant menu features TexM favorites including migas, tacos, chilaquiles, and our favorite menu item: horchata french toast.

4. Moonshine Patio Bar

Located at 303 Red River St, Moonshine Grill is arguably the best buffet in Austin. Their brunch buffet features Southern comfort food staples like mac n cheese, crispy grits, fried chicken, and waffles. Get a discounted bloody mary or another cocktail to kick a hangover. 

5. Buffet Palace

Buffet Palace features an array of Asian delicacies including Chinese, Japanese, and Korean favorites. The all-you-can-eat buffet features 30-35 different dishes including dumplings, stir fry dishes, and a sushi bar. In addition to hot entrees, you’ll find soups, salads, and freshly-made in-house desserts.

6. Charm Korean BBQ

Charm Korean BBQ offers three different all-you-can-eat menus. The Deluxe menu costs $33 and includes several meat dishes featuring chicken, beef, pork, and seafood as well as sides like kimchi. The premium menu comes with all of that plus several short ribs and beef tongue for $46. The Charm’s Special all-you-can-eat buffet will put you back $56, is by reservation only, and features premium quality beef and prime rib.

7. Asiana Indian Cuisine

Asiana is one of the best spots in town if you’re looking for a buffet featuring Indian specialties. The lunch buffet features authentic dishes including meat curries, masala, tandoori dishes, and freshly baked naan.

8. Dimassi’s Mediterranean Buffet

Dimassi’s features an all-day Mediterranean buffet for $15 to $19 depending on the time of day you visit. The all-you-can-eat buffet features a range of appetizers including cheese and meat pies, falafel, and pita bread. There’s a range of dips including hummus and mains with rice, veggies, and meat. Don’t miss the baklava and namoura for dessert.

9. Clay Pit

Clay Pit is an Indian restaurant offering both a-la-carte and buffet-style dining. Here, you’ll find dishes including goat curry, lamb roganjosh, and biryani. Their curried mussels are a to-die-for appetizer and don’t miss their chai-spiced creme brulee for dessert.

Eat Your Way Around Austin

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Next time you’re on the streets of Austin, Texas, stop by one of the joints on this list of the best buffet in Austin. At these buffet restaurants, you can dine on everything from breakfast staples like waffles and pancakes to dinner specialties including brisket, dumplings, and gyros. 

Plus, there’s a restaurant for everyone. Choose a bistro if you want a cozy and Instagrammable buffet brunch or head to a bustling dining room at a Chinese buffet if you want to savor Asian delicacies as part of a large dinner meal.

Looking for more places to stuff your face? Check out our list of the best Austin restaurants. And don’t miss our rundown of the best happy hour spots in Austin where you can snag a great deal. You may also want to take a look at our food guides based on cuisine including our guide to the best Indian food, Mexican restaurants, and the best Italian restaurants in Austin.

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Erika Marty

Erika is an avid traveler who has been to more than 60 countries where she finds food, activities, and hidden locales for touring like a local. When she’s not writing, she enjoys mountain biking, hiking, and planning her next adventure.

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