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791 South Jefferson Ave, Cookeville, TN
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10:30 am - 9:30 pm
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Hours:
Sun - Thu 10:30 am - 9:30 pm
Fri - Sat 10:30 am - 10:30 pm
Dining options: Takeout

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Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    3.5 of 5 stars
Better than most Chinese buffets

The Mandarin is first and foremost a buffet type restaurant. However they also offer a big menu of typical Chinese dishes and a pretty decent Mongolian BBQ and even a fresh sushi bar. All are included with your meal except items ordered off the menu. It is a very large and spacious place, clean... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed October 8, 2015
onegypsytraveler
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Grimsley, Tennessee
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2015 via mobile

Changed owners and quality is going down fast. Use to go there once a week, now we find other places to eat.

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Grimsley, Tennessee
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2015

The Mandarin is first and foremost a buffet type restaurant. However they also offer a big menu of typical Chinese dishes and a pretty decent Mongolian BBQ and even a fresh sushi bar. All are included with your meal except items ordered off the menu. It is a very large and spacious place, clean with friendly staff. The prices are... More 

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Thank onegypsytraveler
Culleoka, Tennessee
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2015 via mobile

New sign outside..."Super Hibachi Grill Buffet"...yep...more super inside. Great sushi and cook to order station right up front. Good was full, fresh, and tasty. Service was good. Nice upgrades!!!

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Thank PioneerTW
Dahlonega, Georgia
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 109 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2015

Clean buffet, well maintained and stocked. Decent variety of sushi. Overall, food was OK. Not bad for $10.53.

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Thank Travelingfrom865
Mesa, Arizona
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 97 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 6, 2015

Wow. Places like this amaze me. So for $9.95 pp adult dinner you can get pretty much any Chinese/Japanese/Sushi food you can think of...and good too? Huge grill where you can pick your steak, fish, veggies plus rice and have them cook it up in a few minutes. Very good variety. Would recomend. Ya luch is cheaper!

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Thank Bill85210
Metropolis Illinois
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 2, 2015

We were absolutely stuffed by the time we waddled out of this location. Our Days Inn clerk turned us on to this eatery, so glad we went here. Too much food to even chose from! Hibachi & Sushi also available for those looking for fresh as well.

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Thank acupateaacres
Huntington, Indiana
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 8, 2014

Lots of food to choose from. Lobby has a large pond with fish. You can purchase a cup of food to feed the fish. Friendly staff....English not first language. Recommend.

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Thank John G
Sparta, Tennessee
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 26, 2013

They have an impressive buffet lineup. Most of the different types of items to pick from are fresh and very tasty. The hot and sour soup is incredibly delicious. The egg foo young is probably my second favorite item on the bar. The one minus are the egg rolls. They are tiny and mostly bread.

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Thank cheesepleeze
Booneville, Mississippi
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2013

The food here was good Chinese food. The selection was good and varied. All was fresh and warm. There were no problems and the food was very enjoyable.

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Thank Clifton C
Clemmons, North Carolina
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2013

We were thrilled to pay $10.99 and the buffet included crab legs! We paid dinner price to get the crab legs even though we were there in time for lunch. We then went back another night and brought a friend and did the dinner again. We also paid for the four kids between us, making our bill over $80. When... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 791 South Jefferson Ave, Cookeville, TN
  • Location: United States  >  Tennessee (TN)  >  Cookeville

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Chinese, Asian, Japanese

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Families with children
Open Hours
Sunday
10:30 am - 9:30 pm
Monday
10:30 am - 9:30 pm
Tuesday
10:30 am - 9:30 pm
Wednesday
10:30 am - 9:30 pm
Thursday
10:30 am - 9:30 pm
Friday
10:30 am - 10:30 pm
Saturday
10:30 am - 10:30 pm

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?