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Asian, Chinese, Japanese, Steakhouse, Seafood, Sushi
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Lunch, Dinner
FEATURES
Takeout, Wheelchair Accessible, Seating
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Reviewed 22 June 2023

If you like barely warm food, this is t h e place for you. Have been there several times, always barely warm.

Date of visit: June 2023
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Reviewed 21 July 2022

This restaurant was a pleasant surprise. The buffet was very extensive and we enjoyed the items that we picked. Lots of choices, but we stuck mostly to the Asian options. The price was extremely reasonable which was also a pleasant surprise as we hadn't even...asked when we came in. If you are looking for a great inexpensive meal, this is a great choice.More

Date of visit: July 2022
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Reviewed 1 January 2022

this place rocks, the food was very good and the service was good also, will eat here again. the only negative was that i noticed they charged a service charge on the bill which i assumed was a tip included. im glad i noticed this...or i would have tip even more, but if they are going to do this without informing me its their lossMore

Date of visit: December 2021
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Reviewed 25 December 2018

I stopped into the Royal International Buffet restaurant for dinner, The place was large and clean. The selection of buffet items was small, most items were warm, not hot. What was available was good but does not compare to other buffet type Chinese restaurants in...other areas. It's not a bad place, but certainly not memorable. I would not come back again when in town.More

Date of visit: December 2018
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Reviewed 12 November 2018 via mobile

The family decided to go antique shopping at the Danville shops. We had a very good day shopping. We decided to have our dinners at this China restaurant. The restaurant follows the design of many buffets. Tables and booths in the center with dividing walls....The buffet lines offer the usual selections. Service was below average. The selections were lukewarm. Overall an average visit.More

Date of visit: November 2018
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Reviewed 11 November 2018 via mobile

Great food, usually always fresh. Go early, love their peanut butter chicken, sweet and sour chicken, General Tso, always full as a tick when we leave.

Date of visit: November 2018
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Reviewed 3 August 2017 via mobile

I love Chinese food and this place has it all including a chocolate fountain. I always check out the bathroom and it was clean. Will definitely go back.

Date of visit: August 2017
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Reviewed 7 July 2017 via mobile

My fiancée and I visited the Royal International last night for a quick bite to eat. We arrived at about 8:30pm. The buffet advertised it's closing time (both online and on the signs outside the store) as 9:30pm, so we expected to have plenty of...time to eat. When we got inside, the very first thing the host told us was that the buffet would be closing in 15 minutes, but that we would be allowed time to finish our meals (how gracious!). We were confused by this, and asked why the buffet wasn't open until 9:30pm. The host explained that they were closing early (presumably because they weren't very busy), but that they still had all of their usual food options on offer if we wanted to stay. We took a quick look at the food, and found that, in reality, there were very limited options available. Staff were already cleaning away some of the food, and the "fresh" counters for sushi and hibachi food were both closed. As you might expect, we took our custom elsewhere. If you still want to try this place, consider calling ahead in advance to see if they've actually bothered opening their doors.More

Date of visit: July 2017
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Reviewed 16 May 2017 via mobile

Excellent assortment of sushi, seaweed salad, and all your Chinese favorites. I always find their food good, and people are very pleasant. There's a very wide range of choices on their buffet.

Date of visit: May 2017
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Reviewed 10 May 2017

I went here with my family around Dinner time and had the worst experience ever, The food was very dry and some was burnt I went to get some ice cream and the spoon appeared to have mold on it for the price they charge...per person I'd expect way better quality food and that was not what we got. I addressed the issues with the cashier and told her my concerns and her response to me was WHAT EVER!!! I asked her for the manager and she expressed to me that she was the manager, I asked her if that was how she talked to all her customers and she said yes. She told me there was nothing wrong with the food and that's how they always serve it and never had any complaints and that I was the only one that has complained. I asked for a discount and she wasn't wanting to give me one until I told her I was going to call the health department. My bill was over $40 and She only discounted me $7. I guess anything is better then nothing. I will not be coming here anymore and I do not advise anyone spending their hard earned money on this poor serves/poor quality of food. I'd say they are the worst Chinese restaurant in The Decatur IL areaMore

Date of visit: May 2017
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Reviewed 16 October 2016 via mobile

This place has all your favorite Chinese dishes as well as sushi and seaweed salad. My son from Chicago said that it's the best Chinese buffet he's been to. Lots of choices and they're all good

Date of visit: October 2016
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Reviewed 3 September 2016

Got there just as they opened but most of the staff seemed to be getting their own lunch. Most of the food was lukewarm and some it had no taste at all. Thought I would be OK getting some ice cream , but when I...went to get the ice cream scoop out of the water, there was mold or something black in the bottom of the water container. When I told the guy about it , he dumped a little bit of the water out and put the scoop back in. The scoop had seen better days and some of the finish had worn off and it was down to the base metal. Won't be going back again . :(More

Date of visit: September 2016
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Reviewed 19 February 2016

cheese on so much stuff, soggy egg rolls and spring rolls. so many dishes barely attempted at being palatable. creating dishes that were made from others combined. waitresses arguing over customers. waited 10 minutes to pay and leave. I was the only one at the...counter. wont be there long. quality.....well lets say none. when the last business started here the quality was great.More

Date of visit: February 2016
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Reviewed 9 September 2015

We have been going to this restaurant for nearly 20 years. About a year ago it changed management. It has gone downhill from there. The food is not fresh and the recipes have changed. It has a wide variety to choose from. We feel the...price increase was too substantial. It's so disheartening after so many years of great food and service. We literally watched the owners children grow up and miss our friends.More

Date of visit: August 2015
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Reviewed 28 August 2015

Wednesday, 26 – August, 2015 I had the disappointing experience of dining at the Royal International Buffet. Unfortunately for Decatur, Illinois the Royal International Buffet is the only remaining Chinese buffet in the city. The food is typical Americanized Chinese fare with limited variety. The...hibachi grill fare was sparse and looked like it was left over from the previous day. I would not feed the available sushi to my neighbor’s cat, that I despise, let alone eat it myself. The lack of a liquor license compounds the situation by adding the inability to wash the taste of the bad food out of your mouth.More

Date of visit: August 2015
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Royal International Buffet is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travellers:
  • Food: 2.5
  • Service: 2.5
  • Value: 2