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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: Dinner, Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch, Reservations, Seating, Takeout, Waitstaff

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  • 42
    Excellent
  • 32
    Very good
  • 9
    Average
  • 10
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  • 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
Buffet

This restaurant is a buffet. However it is not the usual. Everything is homemade and the selection is good but not huge like some buffets. We really liked the food and the freshness. Everything was Hot like it should be or Cold like it should be. Beautiful Salad bar. Cooked to order omelets.. Fried... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
Sally J
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Manteca, California
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Bakersfield, California
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8 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
2 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

The food was lukewarm and nothing special. I could probably make whatever they serve at the restaurant in my own home. Staff isn't very helpful or attentive

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Thank lillydia678
Ojai, California
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14 reviews
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

I don't know if this review will help anyone decide whether you want to try it or not. But in my opinion, this is one of those quirky "Bako" things you hear about. You can't really put your finger on it... So, you just have to write it off to "weird" or "Bako." Sorry Bako, I have lots of relatives... More 

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Thank J B
Manteca, California
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291 reviews
100 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 146 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

This restaurant is a buffet. However it is not the usual. Everything is homemade and the selection is good but not huge like some buffets. We really liked the food and the freshness. Everything was Hot like it should be or Cold like it should be. Beautiful Salad bar. Cooked to order omelets.. Fried chicken was delicious. Lots of desserts.... More 

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Thank Sally J
Bakersfield, Ca
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47 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This is the old fashioned chicken place...just like grandma's. Mashed potatoes, rolls, salads, beef, shucks, you name it and Hodels has it on the buffet. Breakfast lunch and dinner are all delicious with different selections. I go there at least once a month with friends. Recently, 12 of us went and we are all over 75, so the place they... More 

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Thank Barbara M
Sanger, California
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22 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

I saw the advertising signs about this place, so my son and I agreed to try them out. It turned out to be the best choice instead of getting a hamburger or going some other place. The food was excellent and fresh. We both were impressed with how good the food tasted and those pastries .... OMG. If you haven't... More 

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Thank Jose1056
Honolulu
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22 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2016

Sure do miss the Garden Spot. Hodel's is the closest we've found since then. Good line-up of fresh veggies although the prepared salads are a little heavy on the mayo. Also has meats and sides as well as breads and pastries.

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Thank IslandTraveler73
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13 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 19, 2015 via mobile

Surprisingly fresh and delicious cooking. Food served put in small batches so always hot and fresh. Very reasonable prices. The fried chicken was sublime tasted like it had been properly brined and lightly fried with a seasoned breading.

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Thank Datsunguy
Granger, Indiana
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52 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2015

Normally my nephew's family prepares dinner for Thanksgiving. But circumstances wouldn't allow that this year. We were from out of town and wanted time to be with them and have a good Thanksgiving meal as well. We met a Hodel's and were not disappointed. Although it was a large buffet and lots of people, we were able to get in... More 

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Thank LBWoody
Orange County, California
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9 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2015 via mobile

All I have to say is cinnamon rolls yum!!! Fresh products good customer service we eat here every sunday and will continue to We love you guys

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1 Thank Kelly J
Bakersfield, California
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30 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2015

We've eaten here for years and the food is consistently great. There are choices of salads, vegetables, and meats. It's a great place for the family and friends. Everybody can pick their favorites. It's a buffet and you can eat as much as you want.

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Thank Tawni P

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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 - 12
  • Cuisine: American

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Families with children
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 have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?