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1500 W Fayette Ave, Effingham, IL 62401-1900
+1 217-342-3188
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
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Sun - Thu 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Fri - Sat 11:00 am - 11:00 pm
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Granite City, Illinois
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59 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

I had read the reviews stating the food was average but was sorely disappointed that it wasn't even close to being average. Most of the food was stale and any of the fried foods were so greasy that you couldn't eat it. Wwith the variety of restaurants offered in Effingham, eat anywhere but here.

Thank Linda E
Clinton, United States
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4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 16, 2016

This is the worst Chinese food restaurant I have ever eaten in and I eat this type of food a lot. It was 6:00pm on a Friday night when I ate there. The first clue that I should not have eaten here is the fact that you have to pay before eating. The second clue is that there were only... More 

Thank B9447KKthomas
Woodlawn, Illinois
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110 reviews
78 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 26, 2016

Several good choices here, the old favorites are present also. Seating could use some updating, but the price is right if you want a quick bite.

Thank Michael P
New Port Richey, Florida
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404 reviews
278 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 87 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 10, 2016

This place is adjacent to a couple of hotels, one of which I resided for the night. The evening menu starts at 3:00 p.m., thus the price goes up. Within it is open and spacious much in keeping with many Chines Buffets. The place was quite empty at just after 3:00 p.m. The cuisine and menu options, again are in... More 

Thank Shooster365
Hamilton, New York
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135 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 21, 2016

We actually tried the place next door but they were overloaded and we had a child with us so we wanted a quiet place. The food was great and replenished often!

Thank Christine B
Effingham, Illinois
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31 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 16, 2016

Come during meal times, to ensure hot, fresh choices on the buffet. Otherwise, save your time and money! I no longer frequent this restaurant, due to needing a restroom within 2 hours after eating here, every time. My parents still seem to enjoy and never complain of needing the restroom after. The food is only ok, nothing special at all.... More 

Thank Naisy88
St. Petersburg, Florida
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569 reviews
343 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 134 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 28, 2015 via mobile

We stopped at this buffet before leaving town; our only criteria was the location near the highway. Not a good idea! Any restaurant where you must pay before sitting down certainly can't be fine dining. Additionally, the attendant behind the cash register said he wanted cash, not a credit card, because the phones were out. Within 90 seconds he was... More 

Effingham, Illinois
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204 reviews
93 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 119 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 14, 2015

If you want Chinese American buffet this is will fit the bill. Food very heavy on sauce. Vegetables are not over cooked but food does stay under heating lights. Large variety and some American dishes included. Establishment could be cleaner. Service is indifferent.

Thank bettyIllinois
Penn Run, Pennsylvania
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385 reviews
164 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 150 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 28, 2015

Paying first made me wonder what I was getting into. The buffet was well stocked and the food was decent. Not outstanding not horrible. Somewhere in the middle! Bathrooms weren't great but again served the purpose.

1 Thank Elaine M
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16 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 15, 2015

The buffet had a nice setting and atmosphere, but they had you pay first then were seated and then allowed to go to the buffet. The entrees were somewhat limited. Several chicken, dishes, fried rice and salad bar. Most of the food we took seemed like it was overcooked, or had been sitting in the buffet too long. Nothing really... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    2.5 of 5 bubbles
    2.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    2.5 of 5 bubbles
    2.5 of 5 bubbles
Chinese, Asian
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Buffet
Open Hours
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1500 W Fayette Ave, Effingham, IL 62401-1900
  • Location: United States  >  Illinois (IL)  >  Effingham
  • Phone Number: +1 217-342-3188

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?