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“Horrible! ” 1 of 5 bubbles
Review of Golden Corral

Golden Corral
Ranked #757 of 1,160 Restaurants in Knoxville
Cuisines: American, Steakhouse
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Good for: Groups
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Knoxville, Tennessee
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5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“Horrible! ”
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 April 2014 via mobile

I'm all for hiring people from other cultures but if your going to put them in a place where they need to speak to people then you need to make sure they understand English! We bought two waters and were charged for tea. I asked for it to be refunded and she only refunded me for one. She was clueless!!!! The food was horrible! My daughter is very picky and we chose the place because we know they keep pizza on the bar. Well you'd think with it being a busy day they'd have a pizza baking when the one on the bar gets about gone? Nope. They waited till the last slice was gone before they even started making another one. There were no ice cream toppings and the chocolate ice cream machine was broke. When we asked the girl about it she just smiled and walked away (it never got fixed). I think the only people who spoke English was the servers. Our server was amazing, poor girl felt like she had to over serve us to compensate for that horrible place (we did leave her gratuity since none of that was her fault). If you want to eat at a place where no one understands or even cares about you, over charging you, horrible food, well this is your place! Of and the buffet is $11.49 a person plus $1.99 a drink (and expect to pay $1.99 for water because those cashiers are dumb as bricks).

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  • English first
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English first
Simpsonville, South Carolina
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61 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
“Sadness.”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 February 2014

Folks were packing out this GC, as is the case with most of their restaurants. I guess it's the fact that you can get a variety of foods as often as you like in the quantity you want that draws the American into its doors. That has to be it. It couldn't have been the taste, as the food tasted overcooked, processed and dull. It couldn't have been the atmosphere, because you feel like you're going to be trampled by the masses of unsupervised children. I tried to be cautious with what I ate (the salad bar is actually pretty good), but I still managed to feel sick afterwards. All for the unbelievable price of around $14!! What?!?!? It's sad how these restaurants have increased their prices, yet have inversely decreased their quality.

I will say that the service folks were doing a great job.

  • Visited December 2013
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Awful place”
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 November 2013 via mobile

Nasty on the inside cold food bad service and the Manager said that Golden Corral stark sauce was the same as A1 sauce!! Worst place ever to eat!!

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Oak Ridge, Tn
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424 reviews
285 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 220 helpful votes
“Better Than Average Family Buffet”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 July 2013

Although there have been some ups and downs with this restaurant in the past, but this time the food was good despite a very large Friday night crowd. Several dishes were depleted when I arrived but the staff was working to keep all of the dishes filled. The waitress was very caring and kept the drink glasses full, the used plates hauled off, and even offered a complimentary cup of coffee for dessert.

Nothing fancy here, just a lot of family style dishes plus steaks, various ethnic dishes including some Mexican and Oriental dishes. Definitely family friendly with plenty of areas for large family gatherings too.

  • Visited July 2013
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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Frankfort, Illinois
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138 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
“golden corral knoxville”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 June 2013

The food was good and the service was excellent and friendly. I came with a group of twelve and we were seated right away. The only problem with this restaurant was that the washrooms needed a lot of cleaning.

  • Visited June 2013
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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