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“This place has issues! Especially as a brand new restaurant...”

Golden Oak Grill Buffet
Ranked #17 of 101 Restaurants in Oak Ridge
Cuisines: Sushi, Chinese, Japanese
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Tennessee, United States
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157 reviews
118 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
“This place has issues! Especially as a brand new restaurant...”
Reviewed August 16, 2013

There are some very key things that put me off about this place. First, when you walk into the lobby, they tried to bring in a nice asian vibe with a wall of water and a glass floor above a water feature, HOWEVER you are hit with a horrible odor from it and made me lose some of my appetite when I walked in. Next, they are trying to present an upscale environment, yet they completely took it away by adding strobing neon lights everywhere. Another major turnoff is that you pay BEFORE you sit down, and it's pretty expensive, so you already know how much you've forked out to eat here and you have this "pressure" to fulfill an expectation. There will be no opportunity to leave a tip if you've already paid with a card, so you better have cash on hand if a tip is needed. MOST IMPORTANTLY - the food was sub-par, especially at a premium price, Harvest Buffet is much better in my opinion. The restaurant was half full on a Thursday evening, yet I noticed several people trying to find an employee to either fill an empty tray on the bar or help them at the Hibachi station because the attendant was always missing. My wife has a sensitive stomach, and the food did not agree with her, and I personally didn't enjoy many of the items that I tried either. I don't think I'll ever go back.

  • Visited August 2013
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2 Thank Robert B
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Oak Ridge, Tn
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287 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 228 helpful votes
“Great Chinese in an Upscale Environment”
Reviewed August 14, 2013

The newest Chinese restaurant to come to Oak Ridge is the Golden Oak Grill Buffet. ​The staff and servers from the now closed Super China Buffet have moved into a beautifully redecorated facility (the building was a former chain restaurant) complete with a new entry way. The restaurant has a water feature in the foyer and hosts one of the prettiest and tastiest Chinese Buffets in town.

A hibachi grill chef will be happy to prepare your custom selected ingredients on a hibachi grill with your choice of meats, vegetables and sauces. A sushi chef is behind the serving line preparing multitudes of various kinds of sushi, sushi rolls, California rolls, and other raw fish delicacies. A variety of salads and fresh fruit selection comes next, and then you arrive at the dessert stations.

In addition to almond cookies, a perennial Chinese restaurant favorite, you will find those delicious, decorative chinese pastries, cookies, puddings, frozen soft serve yogurt and soft serve vanilla, chocolate and a mixed-swirl ice cream.

In addition to a new entry way, new seating has been added with padded leather-lined booths in addition to free standing tables and chairs. The bathrooms have been remodeled with state of the art touchless faucets, hot air hand dryers and beautifully decorated countertops and toilet facilities.

The servers now wear beautiful Chinese-themed blouses with a golden satin leapoard print and royal purple fabric. Open for lunch and dinner seven days a week, the restaurant also offers carry-out service for a meal to go.

  • Visited August 2013
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1 Thank Bryan L
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