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Carnation Buffet

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5020 Academy Ln, Bessemer, AL 35022-5249
11:00 am - 10:30 pm
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Sun - Thu 11:00 am - 9:30 pm
Fri - Sat 11:00 am - 10:30 pm
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Prattville, Alabama
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92 reviews
63 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 1, 2016

Outside needs attention and the food does too. Lots of choices, but none are very fresh looking or tasting. The egg roll and Hot and Sour soup were especially poor. The sushi was acceptable. The young woman up front and the server were both friendly. Pricey for the low quality

Thank Bruce H
Columbia, South Carolina
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58 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 4, 2016

You basically get what you expect when you go to an oriental buffet restaurant. There is plenty of parking and space inside. There are multiple buffet tables that include the expected fare plus sushi and, for dinner, a grill area. One bonus is a table full of traditional American food if you have a group that includes people not interested... More 

Thank drdon100
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19 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 17, 2016

The food was fresh, and tasted good. The environment was good and server was helpful. May be somewhat pricey for what they offer.

Thank scootmg
Oakman, Alabama
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40 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 2, 2016

Have been a few times to this place and it can really be hit and miss. Times the food is great and times it is just bad. The one saving grace to this place is the hostess and the servers, they are really good at their jobs. Everytime I have been you have to run down the chef at the... More 

Thank 5d4w
Gatlinburg, Tennessee
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7 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 3, 2016 via mobile

The food was not as good as the price suggested. The bar was not well stocked. While I was at the bar I watched as a man traded the warming pans. He scraped the food out into a new pan and placed it back on the bar. He did not add more food. Just changed the pan so it appeared... More 

Thank Betty R
Porter, Indiana
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35 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 28, 2016 via mobile

Would give 0 rating if I could. Cannot recommend at all. Have heard same opinion from many of my colleagues. Only good thing I heard is the health department has them on their radar

Thank indianajoes2015
Lakeland, Florida
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54 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 6, 2016 via mobile

I live in Florida and we have several that are much better then this. My family is from Thailand so I eat things like this a lot at home so I know that this could be better. The only saving grace is the hibachi, which was very very good. The service was really good, he kept the table clean. Don't... More 

Thank JessicaStaysTravelin
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18 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 23, 2015 via mobile

When this place first opened we enjoyed it very much. It declined as the years have passed but we tryed again. Seemed as if the heat wells were not working or not set high enough....food was not very hot-something that was plain to everyone when the health dept visited after that and they got a very low score for food... More 

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Huntsville, Alabama
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457 reviews
344 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 177 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 1, 2015 via mobile

We had lunch at the Carnation Buffet. The food was good, fresh, and edible. The selection was vast...every dish looked like something we had had at similar Chinese restaurants...no innovation whatsoever. The price was a bit on the high side...on the other hand, where can you get unlimited food for &7.59 a person?

Thank Helga H
Columbus, Mississippi
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86 reviews
54 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 8, 2015

Typical buffet with a grill if you choose. Sunday dinner had a nice selection. Our server was nice. Location was great because I was traveling through and it was an easy off and on to the interstate.

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
Chinese, Sushi, Asian, American
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Open Hours
11:00 am - 9:30 pm
11:00 am - 9:30 pm
11:00 am - 9:30 pm
11:00 am - 9:30 pm
11:00 am - 9:30 pm
11:00 am - 10:30 pm
11:00 am - 10:30 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 5020 Academy Ln, Bessemer, AL 35022-5249
  • Location: United States  >  Alabama (AL)  >  Bessemer
  • Phone Number: 205-425-6100

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?