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The 9 best quality buffets in Houston

The all-you-can-eat buffet is the epitome of culinary decadence, and unsurprisingly, an American favorite. It came to the United States in the 1940s, when Herb McDonald formed the Buckaroo Buffet in Las Vegas, Matt Blitz of Food & Wine reported. Though the casino where it was born lost money on its dollar buffet, the goal of the creation was to keep people in casinos for longer.

But the buffet has since become its own beast. Today, there are more than 4,400 buffet restaurants in the U.S. alone.

Houston is home to its own range of buffet restaurants, which promise to satiate anyone who wants to eat their fill. The restaurants offer different type of cuisine at different price points, but one consistency you’ll find across our list is that these restaurants offer quality as well as quantity. Below are our top selections.

Jin Korean BBQ.

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3645 Cypress Creek Parkway Ste 110 Plaza, Houston

Cuisine: Korean

Cost: $17 to $26 for adults; $13 to $16 for kids

Jin Korean BBQ offers an assortment of Korean foods, including pork belly (Samgyupsal Gui), tilapia, tripe, spicy pork tenderloin and brisket (Chadolbaegi). The restaurant prepares these foods in a myriad of ways.

The restaurant stands out from other buffets with the freedom to you choose your meats and grill them yourself at your table. This is optional, of course, but it gives the restaurant an authentic Korean feel, since grilling your own food is common in Korea.

Star Pizza is among the rare pizza purveyors with quality pies and a buffet option. Courtesy Mary N/Yelp

Star Pizza is among the rare pizza purveyors with quality pies and a buffet option.

Courtesy Mary N/Yelp

Courtesy Mary N/Yelp

Star Pizza #1: 2111 Norfolk St., Houston 


Star Pizza #2: 77 Harvard St., Houston 

Star Pizza #3: 24210 Westheimer Parkway, Katy

Cuisine: Italian, Pizza

Cost: $8.95 lunch buffet

Star Pizza makes both New York-style and Chicago-style pizzas on whole wheat and white crusts.

These pizzas have become legendary, with Houston Press readers crowning them the best pizzas in Houston for 2021. You can taste as many of them as you want at Star Pizza’s lunchtime buffet.

12183 Katy Freeway, Houston

Cuisine: Chinese, Japanese, Asian, American

Cost: $11 to $17 for adults; $7 to $10 for kids

Since its opening in 2009, Hibachi Grill & Buffet has been a go-to choice for Asian buffets in Houston, earning rave reviews on Google. With 12 buffet bars and a seating capacity of over 600, it is also one of the most spacious restaurants in the city.

One of the benefits of having so many buffet bars is that the restaurant not only serves popular dishes; it also offers little-known delicacies. There are plenty of options, from General Tso’s chicken to authentic sushi and aromatic garlic shrimp.

The restaurant also has a Hibachi bar, where chefs stir-fry your selection of ingredients. To top everything off, Hibachi Grill & Buffet offers a chocolate fountain to delight your sweet tooth.

Roasting meat on full display in the front window of Fogo de  Chão.

Roasting meat on full display in the front window of Fogo de  Chão.

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8250 Westheimer Road, Houston

Cuisine: Brazilian

Cost: $40 to $56

Fogo de Chão offers some of the best cuts of meat you can find in Houston. It serves 18 types of meat, from spicy pork sausages to pan seared salmon, pork ribs, sirloin, beef ribs, ribeye and more. Instead of going from one buffet bar to another to indulge in the meaty delights, you can simply flip your card to green, showing the regularly circulating servers that you want more succulent meats.

Because of the quality of its food, Fogo de Chão is one of the best-reviewed restaurants in the city. That means it’s full rather often, so you might want to make a reservation before heading there.

Chamorro de Borrego (lamb shank wrapped in hoja santa, mole de olla, spring vegetables) at Xochi.

Chamorro de Borrego (lamb shank wrapped in hoja santa, mole de olla, spring vegetables) at Xochi.

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1777 Walker St., Suite A, Houston

Cuisine: Mexican, Latin

Cost: $34 for adults; $12 for children under 12

Xochi (so-chee) means to catch fire or bloom. Xochi restaurant comes from the H-Town Restaurant Group culinary team and the award-winning Chef Hugo Ortega. The founders’ goal was to recreate the taste and atmosphere of Oaxaca, Mexico, and patrons seem to agree they succeeded — Texas Monthly crowned Xochi the state’s best new restaurant in 2018.

The restaurant’s Sunday buffet is full of authentic delights, from tostadas to colorful salads, ceviches, chilaquiles, chiles rellenos, sumptuous meats and more. Xochi also has a rich selection of desserts that can quickly fill you up.

Dimassi's Mediterranean Buffet has 17 locations across Texas, all of them offering halal meat.

Dimassi’s Mediterranean Buffet has 17 locations across Texas, all of them offering halal meat.

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Multiple locations

Cuisine: Mediterranean

Cost: $14.77 to $18.47 for adults; $9 for kids

The American Heart Association once named Dimassi’s Mediterranean Buffet the best Mediterranean buffet in Texas. After indulging in its delicacies, you’ll find that easy to agree with.

The restaurant chain, with several branches in Houston alone, offers a range of healthy and sumptuous dishes like tabouli, falafel, vegetables, rice, fatoush and hummus. It also has meat skewers, lamb shanks, gyro, slow-cooked briskets and more.

Chama Gaúcha's specialty is its Picanha and leg of lamb.

Chama Gaúcha’s specialty is its Picanha and leg of lamb.

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5865 Westheimer Road, Houston

Cuisine: Brazilian, Steakhouse

Cost: $48.50 to $59.50 for adults; $18 to $36 for kids

Chama Gaúcha is a great alternative to Fogo de Chão, and it’s located just across the street. The steakhouse serves sizzling flame-roasted meats that include porco, bacon-wrapped filet, ribeye, marinated chicken drumsticks and their specialty, picanha (a prime sirloin cut).

If you’re a vegan, Chama Gaúcha has you covered. The restaurant has a salad bar with more than 30 options.

9108 Bellaire Blvd., Houston

Cuisine: Chinese, Vegetarian

Cost: $5.50 for lunch buffet on weekdays

Chinese buffets normally don’t have a huge number of vegan options — and that’s a gap Pine Forest Garden aims to fill. Using locally grown ingredients, the restaurant has a range of vegan meals such as tofu nuggets, hot pots, casseroles, soups, veggie burger patties and veggie chicken. It also has mock meals for those who miss the taste of meat, like Not Fish, Not Chicken Sesame Chicken, Vege Sea Food and more.

Pine Forest Garden is among the best destinations in Houston for anyone looking for a vegetarian buffet.

Mezban's specialty is food from the Punjab region in India and Pakistan.

Mezban’s specialty is food from the Punjab region in India and Pakistan.

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6655 Harwin Drive, #A108, Houston

Cuisine: Indian, South Asian

Cost: $12 to $17

Mezban Restaurant focuses on South Asian, Pakistani and Indian cuisines. Its halal buffet offers enchanting delicacies like biryani, karahi gosht, haleem, palak paneer and a puri station.

The restaurant also comes with a desi ambience to immerse diners into the Indian atmosphere and make them feel like they’ve been transported halfway across the world. For a taste of South Asia, Mezban is a stellar choice.