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Hodel's Country Dining

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5917 Knudsen Dr, Bakersfield, CA 93308-2946
661-399-3341
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7:30 am - 9:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun 7:30 am - 9:00 pm
Mon - Sat 6:00 am - 9:00 pm
Dining options: Lunch, Breakfast, Brunch, Dinner, Reservations

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  • 37
    Excellent
  • 27
    Very good
  • 8
    Average
  • 8
    Poor
  • 3
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Very nice buffet

Very nice country atmosphere. This restaurant is excellent for family gatherings. Can be a big noisy. Quite a variety of different foods. I was leary of the salad dressings.

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 8, 2015
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Bakersfield, California
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1 review
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2015 NEW

TripAdvisor rates this place as the #25 best place to eat in Bakersfield and I'm not sure why... the buffet is one of the smallest I have ever seen. While the salad bar is very large and fresh with a wide variety, the end bar is dedicated to waffles and omelets which not standard dinner fare. On the dinner buffet... More 

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Tehachapi, California
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2015 NEW

Maybe they were having an off-day. Not much selection, bland food. The salad bar was just so-so. The best part of the entire dinner buffet was the bacon. Service was pretty good, nice people working there. There are definitely MUCH better places to eat in Bakersfield! We won't be going back...

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2015

Food is ok but it doesn't change much, The food is the same every time I go.and the selection.is limited not the number one buffet in Bakersfield. .

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Tehachapi, California
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2015

It is a tired old outdated buffet. The breakfast was not good. Food sits in warmers for long periods of time. I would never go again, but had to try it after seeing signs everywhere. They need to take their marketing/advertising budget and put it into improving the place. Its huge, has big potential which isn't being reached. AVOID AVOID... More 

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DENVER
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2015

Very nice country atmosphere. This restaurant is excellent for family gatherings. Can be a big noisy. Quite a variety of different foods. I was leary of the salad dressings.

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Fresno, California
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28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 5, 2015

We love, love, LOVE Hodel's! We do know however, that it may not the healthiest choice for dining out. Regardless, we love, love, LOVE Hodel's! The food is a tasty, family style buffet. There is a very nice salad bar, a few soups and all the hearty main courses and side dishes that your heart (not your cardiologist) desires. Seriously,... More 

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Bakersfield, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2015

I've enjoyed eating at Hodel's many times, but I wish that desserts were included in the basic price. That is why I really prefer Hometown Buffet.Overall the food is delicious and well prepared, and the people who run it are good God-fearing Christians, oops, hope I didn't offend anyone. LOL

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Modesto, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2015

My husband and I ate here on our trip back from a recent road trip. My husband had eaten here before and liked his meal and wanted to try it again. I have to say that I am not a fan of buffets and normally do not eat at restaurants featuring buffets. The food tends to be of lower quality,... More 

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Ventura, California
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22 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2015

Fargo's screen duo, Margie and Norm Gunderson, were the queen and king of the 'all you can eat' buffet in Minnesota, but next time they visit California, they need to get some real 'home cookin'. Hodel's food was truly delicious, well-prepared, fresh, and flavorful. Never have I liked buffets, but I took Tripadvisor travelers' advice and stopped there on our... More 

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Clovis, California
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2015

While looking for a place to stop and eat, we made a wrong turn and found Hodel's. There were about 30 people waiting. We thought if people were willing to wait, it must be worth it. And we were right! We were called in after 7 minutes. Dining at Hodel's feels like someone invited you to their home for a... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 5917 Knudsen Dr, Bakersfield, CA 93308-2946
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Bakersfield
  • Phone Number: 661-399-3341

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 8 to 12
Open Hours
Sunday
7:30 am - 9:00 pm
Monday
6:00 am - 9:00 pm
Tuesday
6:00 am - 9:00 pm
Wednesday
6:00 am - 9:00 pm
Thursday
6:00 am - 9:00 pm
Friday
6:00 am - 9:00 pm
Saturday
6:00 am - 9:00 pm

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?