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“Culture and Food” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Buffet at the Kimbell

Buffet at the Kimbell
3333 Camp Bowie Blvd., Fort Worth, TX 76107 (Cultural District)
817-332-8451
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Ranked #84 of 1,269 Restaurants in Fort Worth
Price range: $0 - $20
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Good for: Scenic view
Dining options: Outdoor Seating
Neighborhood: Cultural District
Cheshire
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“Culture and Food”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2012

Visited the art gallery although not really a big art fan, but because we had heard about the buffet lunches at the Kimbell. First things first the art is fantastic even for people like ourselves who are not experts. You can get audio equipment describing what to look for in paintings and this is well worth doing. It really opens your eyes to what the artist is trying to portray.

Anyway onto the food. As others have said it is a cafeteria style where you pay according to plate size and then basically help yourself. The quality is excellent and it is very fresh. Although technically you can pile your plate as high as you want it was nice to see most people were sensible about this and ate for quality not quantity.

We were there on a Sunday when it seems that many locals come to visit. However although the queues (lines for American readers) were initially long if you timed it right to say around 1.30 pm then there was virtually no one, and a complete choice of tables inside or outside was available.

If in the area you should go there - it makes a nice change from eating steaks served in the majority of Fort Worth restaurants.

  • Visited November 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Fort Worth, TX
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42 restaurant reviews
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31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
“Wonderful light lunch…”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2012

The Kimbell Museum Buffet restaurant is something like a hidden treasure. During the week, it’s only open for lunch (11:30 to 14:00; Fridays and Sundays: 12:00 to 14:00). However, on Fridays they also are open for a dinner buffet (17:30 to 19:30).
Closed on Mondays, because the Museum is closed on Mondays.

The set-up is cafeteria-style: you line up, and order/pick and choose.

The menu is simple, but exquisite: soup (choice of one of two), “entrée” (choice of sandwich of the day, or a piece of quiche), salad.

One pays according to the size of the plate, onto which you heap everything: “small” ($9.00); “medium” ($10.00); “large” ($11.00)… yes, it has gone up a bit.

It just comes down to how much of the salad offerings (choice of three salads) you want to pile onto your plate.

Today, the choices were: for soups, chicken soup or cream of carrots (the latter is served cold, just right for a hot sommerday); quiche or chicken-salad sandwich; a variation of Cesar’s salad, tabbouleh, mixed salad. I went for the cream of carrots soup, sandwich, and got myself a good helping of salads.

The soup had a very nice, subtle flavor; taste of the chicken-salad sandwich was very well balanced; I loved that Cesar’s salad of theirs, with slices almonds and pine nuts mixed in. Tabbouleh was good but in my opinion lacked a bit of lemon juice.
One also can get wine by the glass (I did) but that’s on the expensive side: $5.00.

Coffee, tea, lemonade are self-serve and included in the price. The selection of wines is rather limited but adequate.

When the restaurant is pretty much full, you will have to line up twice: once to get a table; then to get your food. It’s particularly crowded on week-ends and holidays.

Being a cafeteria-style restaurant, there are no waiters to serve you, but there is constantly personnel around: to lead you to your table and put your name card on it so that you don’t lose your table while you are lined up to get your food (only done when you had to line up to get a table); to ask you if you need anything else; to clean tables… all in an unobtrusive way.

The atmosphere is very pleasant, with mosaics from the Middle East, and a huge Mayan relief on the wall. You also have a nice view on the court yard (where you have tables if you desire to eat outside).

  • Visited September 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Oklahoma City, Ok
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“Wonderful way to start or finish your touring of the Kimbell”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2012

Delightful buffet of light lunch food. The quiche and sandwiches are delicious. The diversity of tasty salads made me wish my plate was bigger. As it turned out, the size was perfect.
Blueberry carrot cale sounded fabulous but was only good.
The only drawback was the acoustics made it very noisy and hard to talk and hear anyone farther than sitting next to you.

    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Seattle, Washington
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66 helpful votes 66 helpful votes
“Fit it on the plate”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2012

You pay by plate size & then you can ask for whatever you like - a slice of quiche, a cup of soup, some salad, etc - as long as it will fit on the plate. I think a beverage was included in the price as well. I had coffee, of course. There were plenty of vegetarian options, the serving ladies were exaggeratedly friendly, and the dining room is decorated with real Roman mosaics.

Visited December 2011
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Fort Worth, Texas
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23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
“Nice place to have lunch.”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 29, 2012

Our friends live close by. We went with them to Kimbell for lunch. Atmosphere more "business-casual", than romantic. It's just a place to eat. But the food was good.

Visited March 2011
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