I visit the Chumash Casino buffet a few times including around Christmas time-I was raised in the area and go with family and friends. It is a small buffet but it still offers a lot of tasty choices-salad bar, carving station, seafood, specialties and deserts. The service at your table is very good-they promptly bring you refills and clear your table. The seating area is comfy with booths and tables and an outdoor seating area.
Is it the best food on the Central Coast? Noooooo. But it is reasonably priced, offers tasty food, good service and comfortable seating. Does it qualify as a destination dining spot like Far Western Tavern or the Hitching Post? No. But if you are passing through Sovang or Santa Ynez and have never been to the Chumash Casino before it won't hurt to check it out.
P.S. There is a nonsmoking casino area with slot machines and dealers located just beyond the bathrooms on the second floor.
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