Don't you just love a good buffet? Being able to choose all kinds of different foods is a game-changer. If you want soup, you got it, try some pizza right after, and then grab yourself some roast beef for dessert. I might actually be the only person on the planet who would consider roast beef a dessert. Being able to go back for seconds is the highlight of eating at a buffet. I always try and make sure to get my money's worth when visiting one of these places. Personally, I also enjoy not cooking or having to do the dishes, another plus of visiting a delicious buffet.

I've set out some rules when trying to find the "highest-rated" buffets in Iowa. I wanted to only find ones with a 4.0-star rating, on google reviews, or better, to make sure we got the best of the best.

16th Avenue Grill, Cedar Rapids Iowa

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16th Avenue Grill Received a 4.3-star rating according to google reviews. According to one reviewer, they have an "amazing breakfast and lunch, personal and warm greetings and you can hear who the locals are." On their website, they say "we're family here. Locally Owned and operated to serve the best food to customers." If you like breakfast 16th Avenue Grill is the place for you. They serve breakfast all day.

American Skillet, Cedar Rapids Iowa 

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The American Skillet is actually a recently owned restaurant. They've been family-owned since 2018 according to their website. This is another great establishment if you're looking for breakfast. "Find amazing food and amazing company at the American Skillet, Cedar Rapids’ best breakfast venue" and they also brag about having a "true home-cooked Iowan breakfast." According to this reviewer, his family eats their weekly. "We eat here weekly (or more). Food is dependably good."

Breitbach's Country Dining, Sherill Iowa

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Here's a heavy hitter when it comes to buffets in Iowa. Breitbach's Country Dining has been around since 1852 and is "Iowa's Oldest Bar & Restaurant." They have an amazing overlook of the Mississippi River and incredible food. One of my favorite things to eat is soup and according to this reviewer, you'll want to give it a try. "Tasty chicken noodle soup... homemade of course." 

 

Fuji Asian Buffet, Dubuque Iowa 

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This buffet has a huge variety of different foods to choose from. This reviewer says "Great food, plenty of variety: seafood, beefchicken, veggie, desserts." Sometimes you're just in the mood for some good Chinese food and you can find that here. From Sushi, Salmon, to fried rice. There will definitely be something for you to try when visiting.

Iowa River Power Restaurant, Coralville Iowa

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If you're looking for an amazing view, you'll want to make a visit to the Iowa River Power Restaurant. they are currently taking reservations for Side Patio seating. This might be a stretch when you're thinking standard buffet, but any restaurant that has a Grand Prime Rib Buffet I felt had to be included. This is also a fantastic place to go if you're planning any kind of party or big get-together. "Party planning is our specialty" according to their website.

Lucky Buffet, Independence Iowa 

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With a huge number of reviews to choose from, it's hard to narrow down to a select few. This establishment has a 4.3-star rating and 736 total google reviews. "Good price, good service and good food within a good, friendly clean atmosphere."

"We like their prices and menu and will continue to eat there."

If you're looking for a place with great food at an incredibly fair price, the Lucky Buffet is a great place to start. Not only that, their menu is ginormous. You can see it here.

Sally's On Broadway, Springville Iowa

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"Sally's is a Family-Friendly Restaurant that offers more." If you're looking for a home-cooked meal, Sally's should be your go-to. Everything they make is from scratch. They're also open 7 days a week, so anytime you don't feel like cooking, you can stop in and let someone else cook for you. Their dinner buffet is on Friday and Saturday evenings, from 5-8:30 p.m. According to this reviewer, they have a big variety to choose from. "Nice atmosphere, lots of food to choose from at the buffet, good service"

Tabooleh, Coralville Iowa

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Their specialty consists of serving with love, tasty products, and a wide range of flavors. Here is another place you can stop by any day of the week as they are open Sunday-Saturday. If you're looking for something a little different or have always wanted to try Mediterranean food you've got to visit Tabooleh. They can also accommodate any type of diet, from vegetarian, Halal, or vegan. This reviewer really enjoyed her family was able to hang out. "Great food, atmosphere, management, and a great place for a family to hang out."

 

Sometimes you don't want to cook and having a wide variety of different options to choose from just sounds good. I don't always know what I want to eat until it's in front of me and that's why I like going to the buffet, everything is in front of me. Don't forget, some of these establishments only have their buffet open on certain days or certain hours, so you'll either want to call ahead or check their websites to make sure the buffet is open before arriving.

 

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