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“First Mongolian buffet experience was a winner!” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Chen's Mongolian Buffet

Chen's Mongolian Buffet
1880 South Atherton St, State College, PA
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Ranked #7 of 213 Restaurants in State College
Cuisines: Mongolian
Description: Zip:16801
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Description: Zip:16801
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49 reviews 49 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 12 cities Reviews in 12 cities
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
“First Mongolian buffet experience was a winner!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 10, 2012 via mobile

We pulled into the parking lot of this place on a Friday night for dinner and it was the best decision we made all week.

Upon learning that it was our first time there, our server clued us in on how the dinner buffet worked. You pick your own veggies, meats, rice or noodles, then concoct your own sauce in which to have it cooked. Seemed confusing initially, but we hung back in line to observe others.

The options are good, particularly for vegetables. I made my own sauce by combining various others. It worked out very well.

It is a healthyeating option as nothing really is fried. I ate more vegetables in one dinner than I ate all week. My wife has to eat gluten free and there were many options for her to enjoy a full and satisfying meal.

The staff were friendly and extremely attentive.

It is all you can eat for under $12. They also offer take out and free delivery.

The only possible critique is the lack of atmosphere, but the kind staff and great food are what draw you here and will guarantee your return.

What a hidden gem tucked away in an unassuming location!

    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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New York
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82 reviews 82 reviews
68 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 30 cities Reviews in 30 cities
44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
“The place to go for Mongolian BBQ in State College.”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2011

I have visited this establishment several times with my wife. Service has always been friendly. Food has been delicious and is prepared in a prompt manner. You can see that the ingredients are of adequate quality while you are picking them at the buffet. Their sushi is not the best but is not bad (ie average) and is all you can eat! The only draw back is that the atmosphere is nothing special. Obviously lunch prices are cheaper than dinner. This is a place that we shall visit again.

  • Visited September 2011
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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“Healthy eat out plate”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2011

I loved the food. How can you go wrong with stir fry?
To be honest, this very much like Green Bowl. The options of veggies and the sauces are wider in Green Bowl than here. But competition is good for even the best of places. We loved the food. When we told the waiter that we were vegetarians, they cleaned out a section and cooked there. I appreciated this.
We didn't go at a busy time. We were seated immediately and the people were very courteous.

  • Visited August 2011
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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