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Hometown Buffet

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517 Maine Mall Rd, South Portland, ME 04106-3250
+1 207-775-2956
11:00 am - 8:30 pm
Open now
All hours
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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Scarborough, Maine
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26 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Went for Thanksgiving. My wife received some turkey that was still pink. Turned her off from eating anything more. I love the taco fixings.

Thank Don T
New hampshire
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56 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The home town buffet was good at one time. It is now disgusting. I will not go back there. It was dirty . The food on the buffet didn’t even look tempting. I hate to say this but the customers were disgusting too. Let me just say very low class. Not that I am high class. The restroom reeked of... More 

Thank lovetotravelandread
Kittery, Maine
2 reviews
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 26, 2016

I've been to this Buffet more than 8 times, and every time there was something that was disappointing. The first time I went, the line was extremely long, and they charged my son who's 4, for a 8-11 meal price. He doesn't even eat very much, he's just taller then usual kids his age. The second time, every stall in... More 

Thank NancieRobrts12
Oakland, ME
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67 reviews
49 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 4, 2016

Not impressed. Below average food (even for a buffet). Some things undercooked while alot overcooked and dried out. It was clean, though.

1 Thank DCNewsMan
Dexter, Maine
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20 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 20, 2016

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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96 reviews
65 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 10, 2016 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.

1 Thank Craig C
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56 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 9, 2016 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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19 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 9, 2016

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 10 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles 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.

2 Thank TSears01
1 review
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
1 of 5 bubbles 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

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Seating, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Waitstaff
Good for
Large groups, Dining on a budget, Kids, Families with children
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: +1 207-775-2956

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