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“We won't return” 2 of 5 stars
Review of Cook's Buffet, Cafe & Bakery

Cook's Buffet, Cafe & Bakery
704 N. Woodland Blvd., DeLand, FL 32720
+1 386-734-4339
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Ranked #17 of 151 Restaurants in DeLand
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $7 - $14
Cuisines: American
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Dining options: Breakfast, Buffet, Reservations
Description: The restaurant in an old home, built in 1910. It has recently been restored to accentuate it's original beauty and craftsmanship. It is warm and homey, just like home. The beautiful stained glass windows are the homes original windows. The grounds are landscaped with lush green and colorful plants.
Sioux City, Iowa
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26 reviews 26 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 16 cities Reviews in 16 cities
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
“We won't return”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2013

I don't like to write negative reviews, but this was our worst dining experience in Florida, and worth noting. We walked in due to its proximity to a university we were visiting, and regretted it. This may be a favorite of locals but it is not the place to go if you are visiting. Our waitress offered a variety of buffet options: you can have salad but not soup, you can have meat but only one serving, and no dessert or soup...by the time we heard all of the "can't haves" in a buffet offering, we were ready to walk out the door! Of course, you can have everything offered, but the price goes up with each addition. Our son ordered the one meat option and could not have soup. My husband and I took the salad and soup selection, and could not have meat. The soup was good but the salad offerings on the buffet were less than average. When we visit our son on campus in the future, we will drive to a nicer restaurant because this one is not worth the walk across the street.

  • Visited March 2013
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 1 of 5 stars Food
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Daytona Beach, Florida
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53 restaurant reviews
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38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
“Great local place!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2013

Love the food here.....staff are friendly and efficient. Be sure to try the Chicken Velvet soup and their Turkey Salad sandwich.

Visited February 2013
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Ormond Beach, Florida
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34 reviews 34 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 17 cities Reviews in 17 cities
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
“best down home cooking”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2013

whether you choose the perfectly seasoned veggies, the delicate fish or the perfectly done roast beef- you will have a wonderful meal in a well restored old building with character. Next time we will try the tasty looking desserts

  • Visited March 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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North Fort Myers
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“Experienced Resturant!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2013 via mobile

When we travel we like to select & support the local entrepreneurs - and this was an excellent choice! It is a buffet & the food selection offered would fit anyone's diet (salad/entrees/dessert bars). It's an old southern Resturant that is clean, not crowded & only the waitress bothers you to refill your beverage. We didn't eat the desserts due to diets but they looked like they "popped" out of a Food Network's show. Was told by the waitress the lady in the back comes in each morning & bakes these gems. The cakes must have been at least 10 inches tall - unbelievable! Oh, and the meat selection for your entrees were ample: fish, turkey, roast, ham, etc. Highly recommend & would go back again.

    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Orange City, Florida
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12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
“Not Impressed!!”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 7, 2013 via mobile

Had passed it several times on our way through Deland. Decided we would try it for dinner. I had the turkey/ dressing which didn't 't have much of a flavor to it. I was surprised at how few options for the vegetables they had. The salad bar looked good but wasn't in for a salad. Our waitress needed to sharpen her waitressing skills. She was asked several times to refill out beverages and we had to ask for bread. They don't serve warm rolls or bread just garlic bread!!! Save your money and go a little further down to Holiday House!!!

    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 2 of 5 stars Food
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