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Hometown Buffet

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491 College Blvd, Oceanside, CA 92057-5435
+1 760-945-6080
08:00 - 21:30
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Sun 08:00 - 20:30
Mon - Thu 11:00 - 20:30
Fri 11:00 - 21:30
Sat 08:00 - 21:30
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Bonsall, California
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64 reviews
50 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
Reviewed 22 May 2016

This place is now closed for good reason. Was dirty... food was cafeteria style and while selection was amazing... quality and prep was poor. We ate here one time and swore we would never come back. A few weeks later it hit the newspaper.. that it had closed... and the employees found out when they showed up for work and... More 

Thank tpguess
Murrieta, California
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6 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 31 January 2016

Adults should go to food stations with kids and do their service. Most do not know how to hold a plate and properly put food on. Hands go into food at many times. They play around and slow others. Tghey waste on floors and seats and especially under tables. Washing hands is not a priority for some workers or people.... More 

Thank Zelda v
Oceanside, California
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82 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
Reviewed 24 June 2015

My family of six one being a 4 year old went there for dinner using a groupon coupon. I paid 30.00 dollars for 50.00 coupon. We happen to go on a Thursday night which is family night that means any kid up to 12 years old paid 1.99 with drinks included. I'm thinking I'm getting a deal wrong! I ended... More 

Thank Estacee
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79 reviews
69 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 June 2015 via mobile

Came in on a Saturday bathrooms were completely dirty. Even looked like someone got sick. Service was not a 10. Food was ok nothing really available. Mostly just side items. Not many main course items except like one or two. And they both were chicken.

Thank Scott S
1 review
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 21 January 2015 via mobile

Wow this place is bad everything was hard or cold or tasted gross . Those lil pot's pans are not working everything sit's there till it gets hard nothing was good at all dessert was bad too .. Never go back again!!!

1 Thank Chatis M
Oceanside, California, United States
1 review
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 13 October 2014

We have been going there for 20 plus years.This year with all the new changes,it has become a big disappointment.We had pretty much given up on it,but today we gave it another shot.NEVER again!! As we started there were no forks at the salad bar,then one whole side of the salad bar was empty,and it got worse from there.No dishes... More 

1 Thank Kathi D
Oceanside, California
Level Contributor
3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 22 July 2014

the food quality, selection and cleanliness are far from being what it use to be since it first opened. it just isnt for me anymore and wont go again

1 Thank barneyrub21
Oceanside, California
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 26 February 2014

They may have done some remodeling but they should have spent that Money on the food. Food is actually worse. We were regular customers three years ago. Tried it again 2/26/14 nothing has changed for the better. Food containers were empty and not being refilled. Dirty silverware coming back out as clean, the napkins are even thinner so you have... More 

1 Thank Theresa S
Meridian, Idaho
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29 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 December 2013

The food was outstanding for a buffet, but the atmosphere leaves more than a bit to be desired. Not only did the place feel dirty, there were A LOT of children, which would be fine, except that parents were letting them help themselves to the food. Too many kids were taking food, putting it back, trying food and putting it... More 

2 Thank mpatrick5454
Oceanside, California
1 review
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 28 November 2013

THIS WAS A VERY UNEXPECTED DELICIOUS WONDERFUL MEAL! WOW...WHAT CAN I SAY? We are from Chula Vista, we have eaten at Hometown Buffet there but this was far from the quality and selection they had there. Food was fabulous! I loved it! From the front door to the exit, the experience for Thanksgiving was great. Only thing that could have... More 

1 Thank poodaman

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    3 of 5 bubbles
    3 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3 of 5 bubbles
    3 of 5 bubbles
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Open Hours
08:00 - 20:30
11:00 - 20:30
11:00 - 20:30
11:00 - 20:30
11:00 - 20:30
11:00 - 21:30
08:00 - 21:30
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 491 College Blvd, Oceanside, CA 92057-5435
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Oceanside
  • Phone Number: +1 760-945-6080

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?