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Hometown Buffet

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636 Lancaster Dr NE, Salem, OR 97301-4732
+1 503-585-8163
11:00 - 20:30
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Sun 08:00 - 20:30
Mon - Thu 11:00 - 20:30
Fri 11:00 - 21:00
Sat 08:00 - 21:00
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22 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 22 December 2016

Buffets are a crap shoot. Quality can be all over the place. The goal is to provide a lot of food for a low price. There are many corners that can be cut in this category, however, in my opinion, this Hometown Buffet has nailed it. The food is nowhere near gourmet and that’s just fine. Hometown is all about... More 

Thank lyonj
Eugene, Oregon
2 reviews
Reviewed 4 November 2016

my husband and i go there when we are in salem, we have never had any problems with the food, except today the chicken was rather dry,, i exspect its because it sits under the heat lamps, other than that we love going there ,its friendly atmosphere and yummy deserts. and the price you just cant beat.

Thank jesse1Bandon_Or_
woodburn, or
Level Contributor
53 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 November 2016

A great variety of foods, drinks and desserts. Close to a large mall. Staff very helpful with handicap visitors.

Thank ken m
Lincoln City, Oregon
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109 reviews
85 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 August 2016

My wife and I have eaten here quite a few times in the past. This visit was a bit disappointing for a couple of reasons. The meatloaf had a texture more like sawdust than meat, and the carrots were so overcooked that they were mushy. On the good side, their baked chicken was really good and their clam chowder was... More 

Thank oregoncoasters
Meridian, Idaho
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16 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 13 July 2016

I have been here several times as my elderly mom likes it. I would not go here on my own. Her nickname for it is the Trough. The nickname pretty well explains it. The food is edible and well stocked. The last time we visited the place smelled like a bad nursing home, not an appetizing smell. There were a... More 

Thank Kori G
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12 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 25 June 2016

I do go there often enough to know if it's consistent or not. There has been a time when the mashed potatoes have been runny and the chicken too dry or bloody at the bone. Although these things have happened,i have spoke up and they were quickly taken care of with apologies. And yes at times the buffet line runs... More 

Thank Linda M
Portland, Oregon, Usa
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32 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 May 2016

Cost is prohibitive for the quality of the food. Food quality is poor and definitely is industrial. There does not seem to be any thought in its preparation or presentation. Buffet area is not cleaned regularly. Avoid this restaurant, if possible.

Thank Chuck C
Vancouver, Washington
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 22 April 2016 via mobile

I went there with my grandaughter I used to go there a lot but never again. The place was filthy the bathroom had wet towels laying around on the floor. Nothing was clean I didn't want to touch anything. Then during dinner I looked at the light fixtures they looked as if they never been cleaned. The chocolate milk machine... More 

Thank faithnu20014
Salem, Oregon
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34 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 24 February 2016 via mobile

Home town buffet is well... A buffet. They hire very nice people. The food is edible but for cheap Buffett style, I really can't understand how some people criticize a buffet like a dining establishment. They could swap some out some food a little more often I will agree. With me being a smaller patron at 180 or so I... More 

Thank catalinakuna
Cicero,New York
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84 reviews
74 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 October 2015 via mobile

We recently traveled from our Eastern home to visit long time friends. They treated us to a wonderful afternoon at a delightful buffet near their home. The food choices were really wonderful and something for everyone We had chicken noodle soup, sweet and sour chicken, meatloaf, several kinds of vegetables and a variety of salads and fresh fruits and vegetables.... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    3 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    3 of 5 bubbles
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Seating, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Cheap Eats, Groups, Child-friendly
Open Hours
08:00 - 20:30
11:00 - 20:30
11:00 - 20:30
11:00 - 20:30
11:00 - 20:30
11:00 - 21:00
08:00 - 21:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 636 Lancaster Dr NE, Salem, OR 97301-4732
  • Location: United States  >  Oregon (OR)  >  Salem
  • Phone Number: +1 503-585-8163

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