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Carnation Buffet

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5020 Academy Ln, Bessemer, AL 35022-5249
205-425-6100
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11:00 am - 9:30 pm
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Hours:
Sun - Thu 11:00 am - 9:30 pm
Fri - Sat 11:00 am - 10:30 pm
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Seating, Takeout, Waitstaff

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  • 6
    Excellent
  • 5
    Very good
  • 6
    Average
  • 1
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  • 5
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    3.5 of 5 stars
Not the best

I live in Florida and we have several that are much better then this. My family is from Thailand so I eat things like this a lot at home so I know that this could be better. The only saving grace is the hibachi, which was very very good. The service was really good, he kept the table clean... read more

3 of 5 starsReviewed January 6, 2016
JessicaStaysTravelin
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Lakeland, Florida
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Lakeland, Florida
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51 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2016 via mobile

I live in Florida and we have several that are much better then this. My family is from Thailand so I eat things like this a lot at home so I know that this could be better. The only saving grace is the hibachi, which was very very good. The service was really good, he kept the table clean. Don't... More 

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16 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed December 23, 2015 via mobile

When this place first opened we enjoyed it very much. It declined as the years have passed but we tryed again. Seemed as if the heat wells were not working or not set high enough....food was not very hot-something that was plain to everyone when the health dept visited after that and they got a very low score for food... More 

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Thank hoover101
Huntsville, Alabama
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377 reviews
281 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 166 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 1, 2015 via mobile

We had lunch at the Carnation Buffet. The food was good, fresh, and edible. The selection was vast...every dish looked like something we had had at similar Chinese restaurants...no innovation whatsoever. The price was a bit on the high side...on the other hand, where can you get unlimited food for &7.59 a person?

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Thank Helga H
Columbus, Mississippi
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66 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2015

Typical buffet with a grill if you choose. Sunday dinner had a nice selection. Our server was nice. Location was great because I was traveling through and it was an easy off and on to the interstate.

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1 Thank hyperrcng
Chino, California
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2015 via mobile

This buffet is fresh great taste, the food is good and the restrooms clean freshly cooked sturfry is available, and if you like Chinese buffets this one is great in the area, only thing to note is the server can be rude, and mumbles in Chinese when you ask for extra napkins, or drink refills other than that recomrndavble place,..

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1 Thank Erik R
Bessemer, Alabama
1 review
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2015

My boyfriend and I have been coming every weekend for at least a year and usually have a fine experience. We always come to get a to- go box not dine in, and always get the same thing and our total is usually always around $20 - $25 but this last time and tonight a new girl has been at... More 

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3 Thank postellamy
West Blocton, Alabama
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63 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 12, 2015

Had lunch here and the buffet is always great. Service is good and clean. Love to have the fresh bar cooked to order food on the grill.

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1 Thank DMcCrary35184
Birmingham, Alabama
1 review
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2015

Went in the evening because my wife wanted the crab legs on the buffet. Pan was empty when we arrived and when we left 1:15 hours later was still empty. Complained to owner but he gave no apologies. I tried the steak buffet and had to throw it away because it tasted spoiled. Frozen dinners will be a better use... More 

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2 Thank jdw1112
Tennessee
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39 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2015

We've seen their parking lot packed before so we thought we'd give them a try. Should have known it wasn't going to be good when I saw the mini hot dogs being refilled instead of other dishes. My husband liked the potatoes, black pepper chicken and Mongolian pork. The lo mein noodles had zero taste, and the egg drop soup... More 

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1 Thank 4Hobbits
Greensboro, North Carolina
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24 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 3, 2015

While visiting with my daughter, and grands during the Holidays, they took me to this Restaurant for lunch. It was clean, pleasant atmosphere, a nice variety of food, and a real enjoyable experience. I would have given them a "five star" review, but I love the one we have here in North Carolina best.

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 5020 Academy Ln, Bessemer, AL 35022-5249
  • Location: United States  >  Alabama (AL)  >  Bessemer
  • Phone Number: 205-425-6100

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Chinese, Japanese, Asian
Open Hours
Sunday
11:00 am - 9:30 pm
Monday
11:00 am - 9:30 pm
Tuesday
11:00 am - 9:30 pm
Wednesday
11:00 am - 9:30 pm
Thursday
11:00 am - 9:30 pm
Friday
11:00 am - 10:30 pm
Saturday
11:00 am - 10:30 pm

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