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517 Maine Mall Rd, South Portland, ME 04106-3250
207-775-2956
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7:30 am - 8:30 pm
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Hours:
Sun 7:30 am - 8:30 pm
Mon - Thu 11:00 am - 8:30 pm
Fri 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Sat 7:30 am - 9:00 pm
Dining options: Lunch

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  • 12
    Excellent
  • 24
    Very good
  • 9
    Average
  • 3
    Poor
  • 7
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    3.5 of 5 stars
AVERAGE FOOD & TEMPTING DESSERTS

HomeTown Buffet is in the location where Old Country Buffet was. It is under new management. The Ovation Brands chain owns both as well as Country Buffet, Ryan’s, and Fire Mountain. On a daytrip to Portland with a group of 18 friends, we ate at HomeTown Buffet before visiting the Southworth... read more

3 of 5 starsReviewed May 19, 2015
Maurene_K
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Dover, New Hampshire
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Dover, New Hampshire
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516 reviews 516 reviews
260 restaurant reviews
1,560 helpful votes 1,560 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015 NEW

HomeTown Buffet is in the location where Old Country Buffet was. It is under new management. The Ovation Brands chain owns both as well as Country Buffet, Ryan’s, and Fire Mountain. On a daytrip to Portland with a group of 18 friends, we ate at HomeTown Buffet before visiting the Southworth Planetarium at the University of Southern Maine’s Science Building.... More 

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25 reviews 25 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2015

Where to begun cold food empty pans not a lot of options other than chicken for meat it was not worth the price even the drinks lacked flavor the waitress was very attentive the only good part of our visit this will be the last time we come

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Maine
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31 reviews 31 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2015

My friend had never been here to eat so I told her be prepared to eat too much! There are so many choices. They lowered the price since my last visit and you could choose not to have a beverage. That was a good idea as I drink only water and it saved me a few dollars. The food was... More 

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Charleston, Maine
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35 reviews 35 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2015

This is a good buffet option from oriental. I go to this place every time we visit Portland. Very fresh food in most cases. We had one piece of over cooked fried chicken but on the whole it is well worth the 15 dollars per person.

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Saint Andrews, Canada
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13 reviews 13 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2015

We started coming to this buffet when our daughter was very young, as Mac & Cheese has always been one of the many items found in this buffet! Also, there are lots of salad items ,hot items, a carvery , and, of course, many deserts. Quick, nutritious, and good value . Thanks, Bob, Janet, & Jill.

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Peru, Maine
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28 reviews 28 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed February 5, 2015

Cold and Dry food that as out. Most trays were empty.Room was very cold.Only had two people removing empty plates.

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Senior Contributor
25 reviews 25 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

The food was cold and not at all what I expected. I have eaten there before and was expecting a much better experience. The waitress was very pleasant and courteous.

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Old Orchard Beach, Maine
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29 reviews 29 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

I had never been to Home Town Buffet before, so I stopped in for lunch one day. I was greeted by the cashier who was very friendly and answered all my questions very well. I then proceeded to find a table before I went to the buffet. A waitress named Susie came over and greeted me and asked me if... More 

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Houlton
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34 reviews 34 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 7, 2014 via mobile

The wife, and I travel to Philadelphia quite often, and we like to stop at this restaurant now name homemade buffet the food is good and of course you can eat all you want. I find if I stir the pan a little I find the food hotter near the bottom. Happy eating.

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Bow, New Hampshire
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112 reviews 112 reviews
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73 helpful votes 73 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 6, 2014 credit card Amex Card Member Review

working staff are a stretched thin but they do a good job. Its high average prices. good selection of salad through main meal. Dessert was below average choice and quality when i was there

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 517 Maine Mall Rd, South Portland, ME 04106-3250
  • Location: United States  >  Maine (ME)  >  South Portland
  • Phone Number: 207-775-2956

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 20
  • Cuisine: American
Open Hours
Sunday
7:30 am - 8:30 pm
Monday
11:00 am - 8:30 pm
Tuesday
11:00 am - 8:30 pm
Wednesday
11:00 am - 8:30 pm
Thursday
11:00 am - 8:30 pm
Friday
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Saturday
7:30 am - 9:00 pm

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