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“Unimpressed” 3 of 5 stars
Review of Jumbo Buffet

Jumbo Buffet
2731 S Hurstbourne Pkwy, Louisville, KY 40220 (East Louisville)
(502) 495-0028
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Ranked #625 of 1,560 Restaurants in Louisville
Cuisines: Chinese
Neighborhood: East Louisville
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Neighborhood: East Louisville
Louisville, Kentucky
1 review
“Unimpressed”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2011

My boyfriend and I wanted to try something different for our Anniversary dinner. It was my first time coming here, and he was there for the last time about 8 years ago. It was very relaxing in there, and looked clean. The thing that bothered me most is how it wasn't very fresh! The lo mein noodles were very gummy and stuck together, and were just fairly "warm" The broccoli was the same way. My favorite food at a buffet like this is the egg rolls! Major let down with those also. Very bland, with NO flavor what so ever. They did have a lot to choose from but when it's not very fresh, why choose? Very mediocre...

  • Visited February 2011
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 2 of 5 stars Food
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Louisville, KY
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“Decent service, average food. Better than it used to be, though.”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 18, 2011

I've been to Jumbo Buffet a few times over the past years, the most recently being this past weekend (after not having been for the better part of a year).

The atmosphere is that flashy Chinese-New-Year type often found at Asian mega-buffets; lots of red, gold and green everywhere.

The service has improved somewhat this last visit; the server seemed more attentive and willing to handle any issues, and the cook at the Mongolian Grill part was friendly and efficient.

Now, for the food...

Jumbo Buffet is a Chinese mega-buffet, with seven buffet bars' worth of typical Chinese-American fare such as General Tso's Chicken and lo mein, seafood such as crab legs and shrimp, and kid-friendly American dishes such as pizza and macaroni & cheese. Along the rear wall of the buffet area is a bar with Mongolian Grill ingredients and sushi; at one end is a dessert bar with cake, cookies and soft-serve ice cream.

As you might expect from a buffet of this caliber, the food is mostly run-of-the-mill, with one or two exceptions. The Hot & Sour Soup is actually sour, instead of peppery like many Chinese buffets. The dim sum offerings are kept nice and moist, not dried out like at other places. The Mongolian Grill features fried tofu chunks, a bonus for vegetarians.

Even with these little touches, the rest of the food never manages to be of more than average quality. (It's better now than in past visits, though; I would have strongly advised against this place a couple of years ago.)

The price is about average for restaurants of this type. Hot tea is free with the meal. However, it should be noted that you may be charged 75 cents for a soft drink refill, as stated on a table placard. (We weren't charged for refills, but others' experiences may vary; I just wanted to point out that this might happen.)

I can recommend this only for large groups with varied preferences who are already in that area-- for example, about to catch a movie at the megaplex theatre next door. If you're looking for more authentic Chinese, go a little further north on Hurstbourne to Sichuan Garden or Yen Ching. If you're looking for a good Mongolian Grill experience, go around the corner from this place to Shah's Mongolian Grill (see my review for that).

  • Visited January 2011
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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“ok, i know this one gets...”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 31, 2009

ok, i know this one gets me a lot of flack, but if you want a plate full of sushi at a buffet price, this is your place. the staff are friendly, the service (keeping your drink refilled) is good, the sushi is quite acceptable, and you cannot beat the price. i love it. you'll probably see me there today!

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2008

It's pretty awesome for a buffet!

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“Great sushi at a chinese buffett”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2008

This place had real bad problems a year of so ago. Now its back in top shape. I like it because I like sushi and the rest of my family does not. They have a sushi chef making fresh suhi for the buffett all day long. There is a very good variety and quality of sushi.

The chinese buffett part of the meal is of a very good quality also, very clean and excellent service.

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