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“The worst Golden Corral...”
2 of 5 bubbles Review of Golden Corral

Golden Corral
Ranked #281 of 477 Restaurants in Ocala
Cuisines: American
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Good for: Child-friendly, Cheap Eats, Kids, Groups
Dining options: Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Highchairs Available, Seating, Takeout, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Ackley, Iowa
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165 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 84 helpful votes
“The worst Golden Corral...”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 July 2014

Normally the Golden Corral restaurants are ok for buffet meals. This restaurant was the exception. The restaurant smelled horrible between the filthy carpeting, the bathrooms, and the people who can't figure out what deodorant is. Although most of the food seemed fresh and hot, very few of them tasted good. After watching an employee sweep things from the counter surrounding the food bowls in the salad bar area back into the food bowls I did not bother to eat anything from that entire section. Do you train these people what not to do with food? The dessert section remained almost empty the whole time and when I overheard one person ask about a piece of cake an employee got snippy with them. Clean this place, make it smell good, and train your employees better and maybe it would be ok. The only reason I gave this a poor rating and not a terrible is because some of the food was acceptable.

  • Visited July 2014
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Lake City, Florida
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“Maybe just the time of day...”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 May 2014

Our family was heading back home from a funeral in Bushnell and decided to stop somewhere that had enough variety that everyone should be happy. Sadly, we were fairly disappointed.
This was on a Saturday evening, so maybe that was a factor, but it just didn't seem up to par. It seemed less clean than expected and some of the food was in pretty rough shape possibly from sitting out a little too long. From the point of view from my kids, the chocolate fountains were severely disappointing as they seemed to not be functioning properly. The white chocolate in particular seemed very runny like it was watered down.
On the other hand, the steaks we got were quite nice (albeit somewhat small in my own case: My son got a portion that doubled the size of mine.) and cooked properly to order.
I think if it had not been so busy and the staff had more time, it would have been a better experience. As it was, it seemed messy, noisy, and generally less than fresh.

  • Visited March 2014
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Ocala, Florida
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23 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
“Buffet style restaurant”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 May 2014

It's a great restaurant for the family and you can eat all you can for a very reasonable price. The food is good and you can get a little of everything. The desserts are great also.

Visited May 2014
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Lakeland, FL
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483 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 141 helpful votes
“Best Golden Corral We've Been To”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 March 2014

We were traveling, in a bit of a hurry, and felt like buffet.
We had a bit of a problem finding this restaurant - but it turned out to be worth it.
Golden Corrals are pretty much "cookie cutter' dining, but every now and then, you find one that breaks the mold - in either direction.
This location did it toward the positive side.
Everything was hot and FRESH - just as it's supposed to be, but it also excelled in taste.
There were NO empty serving dishes, and no food slopped around.
The staff was visible, and doing their job.
Thanks, GC.

Oh, and BTW:
The young girl at the front with light hair and a pony tail...............................
She could stand a few classes at Charm School.
VERY brusque, and VERY detached.
Not at ALL a warm greeter.

  • Visited March 2014
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Boonville, Indiana
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22 reviews
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“Trip home from Fla. vacation”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 February 2014

We've gone to Golden Coral in several cities. It's always good food, reasonably priced, and quick to get in, eat, and get on the road again.

  • Visited February 2014
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