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“Just not good anymore and dirty”
Review of Empire Buffet

Empire Buffet
Ranked #188 of 306 Restaurants in Johnson City
Cuisines: Chinese
Restaurant details
Jonesborough
Level 6 Contributor
121 reviews
79 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 55 helpful votes
“Just not good anymore and dirty”
Reviewed 18 August 2013

Though they have lots of choices, food is not that great. The temperature of the food is too low and the trays are not kept filled. Crab rangoon wasn't even close to what you can get at Asiana in Asheville - wish it wasn't over 1 and 1/2 hours away. The worst part were tears in the seating, cobwebs on the outside of the window which looked like it hadn't been washed all year. If these things are let go, I can imagine what might be let go in the kitchen. Yes, parking is fine but no prices listed. We went Saturday afternoon with friends at 4 p.m. and were charged over $56 not including tip for the 4 buffets, 3 sodas and 1 lemonade. I guess we will have to go back to Hibachi Grill in Johnson City next time or else take the drive to Asheville to Asiana.

  • Visited August 2013
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English first
Salt Lake, Utah
Level 6 Contributor
366 reviews
199 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 116 helpful votes
“Buffet to the Max”
Reviewed 14 March 2013

This has got to be one of the best Chinese Buffets I have ever eaten. The choices here were never ending- Sushi included. Everything looked and tasted so fres and the atmosphere was relaxed and comfortable whether your were a couple or the whole family-Grandma and Granpa included! The price was really reasonable. It is very easy to get to and to park. Great evening.

  • Visited February 2013
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Thank beachbird123
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Unicoi, TN
Level 3 Contributor
20 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“GREAT place for lunch”
Reviewed 13 March 2013

Love to eat lunch there. Wide variety of food at a very reasonable price. Lots of good chicken. Wish they had a few more vegetables.

Visited March 2013
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Thank raceman1
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Surfside Beach, South Carolina
Level 4 Contributor
31 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
“Empire Chinese Buffet”
Reviewed 2 March 2013

I have ate at most chinese places in this area, this is number one by far. Great location in North Johnson City on North Roan St. beside of perkins, plenty of parking. The largest selection of chinese food in the area. The service is outstanding and seating for private parties. They have the largest selection of food of any place I have been, whether it's american, seafood, chinese etc.. Prices also a great value, no place you can eat this selection for the price!

Restrooms newly remodeled,
The name of this place is "Empire Chinese Buffet".

  • Visited February 2013
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Thank Sam S
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TN/NC
Level 5 Contributor
74 reviews
57 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 94 helpful votes
“Far better than the rest”
Reviewed 19 February 2013

Tried it with fam and thoroughly enjoyed it. Even the oysters on the half shell were fresh and chilled. Vast array of steamed, fried, baked fish and Asian fare of all types. Also American items such as pizza and chicken nuggets for kids if they balk at asian choices. Unique in that made to order Hibachi buffet selections also available and included in the price. Tried that scenario on a repeat visit for lunch and it was delicious. Never made it to the desert area but abundant as well. No reason whatsoever to avoid this eatery. Very good. Would have given it five stars had the staff been a bit more gracious at checkout. Young woman's wearing glasses took the payment and said nothing. Same action upon repeat visit. She may not speak English for all I know!

  • Visited February 2013
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Thank GODEACONS
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