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Hometown Buffet

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517 Maine Mall Rd, South Portland, ME 04106-3250
11:00 am - 8:30 pm
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Sun 7:30 am - 8:30 pm
Mon - Thu 11:00 am - 8:30 pm
Fri 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Sat 7:30 am - 9:00 pm
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Dexter, Maine
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20 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

As many times as we've been to S.Portland it was our first time there. The prices were average compared to other restaurants. All of the buffet tables were hot! Great selection from salad bar,Mexican,Italian, American, soups, and desserts. The kids were happy about the drinks as well,slushies,and hot chocolate! The only down side was the conditions of almost all of... More 

Thank gayle b
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91 reviews
61 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This is a pretty typical all you can eat buffet. The food is not horrible but it's just ok. Generic and bland is pretty descriptive. If you sample everything you'll probably find something that you will enjoy. The Mexican section is something I would avoid.

Thank Craig C
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54 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

My daughter who is 11 loves eating here! There are so many food options you can please everyone. Plus it is a buffet so it's all you care to eat! Great fresh salads, lots of hot options and amazing deserts as well! Also great for kids.... Ice cream bar that you can do yourself!

Thank Stephie7001
Toronto, Canada
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17 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Buffet was kept fresh but often had to wait till items to be refilled. Food is pretty bland overall. Washrooms were not the cleanest. Not too impressed

Thank PDwoodgrn
Auburn, Maine
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6 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2016 via mobile

No AC. It's hotter inside the building than it is outside and that says a lot since it's an 82° day! Food choices were lacking. If you're doing there looking for chicken strips and burgers you'll be left wanting. It felt very run down and uninviting. Overall the food was not worth $35 for two adults.

1 Thank TSears01
1 review
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2016 via mobile

We went over for dinner at 6:30 Sunday, July 7. First thing we had to do is tell one of the servers there was no plates, other people were too. Then when we got them there was no food left. There was no potatoes veggies, macaroni and cheese,fish, chicken,or Roast. People that sat around us were really upset, and so... More 

1 Thank pampoo24
Fulton, New York
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87 reviews
49 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2016 via mobile

Took my mother here for mothers day because there are so many choices for everyone. Even though it was busy food was kept up with and everything was clean.

Thank Bard J
Salem, MA, United States
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6 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2016

This is a great place to take a group that's really hungry. The food is good, but not great. but if you are traveling with a group of kids or a sports team, this is your place to "CARB" up. Price is reasonable for all the options you have. It's typical buffet food but has some New England specialty meal... More 

Thank Jerry S
Brunswick, Maine
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5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2016

I have been here many times, have always found the food to be very good. The staff are great and very helpful! I come here often with my Red Hat Ladies, coming in for a party of 33, Sunday they have been very accommodating!

Thank Jacquelinedl
Whitefield, New Hampshire
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13 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2016

I have been to this place 4 times in the past few few years. The last trip went on March 19th. The place was busy and the selections of items were poor. It appeared the staff in the kitchen just could not keep up. The guy that was at the counter taking your money was helping in other ways possible... More 

Thank jimbo03598

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    3.5 of 5 stars
Average prices
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Seating, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Waitstaff
Good for
Families with children, Dining on a budget, Large groups
Open Hours
7:30 am - 8:30 pm
11:00 am - 8:30 pm
11:00 am - 8:30 pm
11:00 am - 8:30 pm
11:00 am - 8:30 pm
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
7:30 am - 9:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 517 Maine Mall Rd, South Portland, ME 04106-3250
  • Location: United States  >  Maine (ME)  >  South Portland
  • Phone Number: 207-775-2956

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?