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500 S Taft Ave, Mason City, IA 50401-1510
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Iowa
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122 reviews
63 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 October 2016

After eating chinese food all over this country, and a majority being buffets, I can say this place wasn't bad, but it certainly wasn't very unique. I didn't really understand why the hibachi chef made such a fuss about separating food, never seen that at chinese bbq before. The price was really good, and included drinks (self-serve). It was $10-$15... More 

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Belmond, Iowa
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22 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 September 2016 via mobile

We had not eaten here for seven or eight years now. It has changed dramatically for the better. A little bit of everything from Chinese to American to Pizza, etc. Price of about $8 includes drink and ice cream and other desserts. The service was good about removing used plates & napkins. Everything was tasty good.

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Thank Jim G
Eagan, Minnesota
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44 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 September 2016

My wife, younger grandson & I ate dinner at China Buffet on September 2, 2016. It was recommended by the desk clerk at our hotel (Carlson Country Inn & Suites). The restaurant was very clean. Workers kept buffet areas clean and well stocked. There was a very nice selection of hot and cold foods, including some varieties of sushi (grandson... More 

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Thank John G
Alexander
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29 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 August 2016

In Mason City there is always a big competition with Chinese food and china buffet has been around for well over 20yrs while other Chinese food restaurants have come and gone when they shut down I thought they had then thrown in the towel also; but when I got wind that they had remodeled and where back opened I had... More 

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Thank tamaram651
Iowa
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133 reviews
94 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 August 2016

China Buffet was closed for a few months while they remodeled and thought I would try it again once they reopened. Big improvement on the looks of the place. More seating, laid out better, and most important, clean!! Looks like they have added a party/meeting room of sorts That being said I was disappointed in the offering of food choices,... More 

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Thank k-and-3j
Columbia, Missouri
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17 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 July 2016

So in the book in the hotel room there was a list of local restaurants that deliver. China Buffet was one of those so I called and placed an order. The total was 28 dollars and change. I gave the guy two twenty dollar bills. He pulled his wallet out of his pocket and opened it and showed me it... More 

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Thank mark h
Mason City, Iowa
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36 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 May 2016

Great food and fresh. Love going in to stuff myself and can't wait til they reopen. Alway get hot & sour soup with sweet & sour chicken. Fried rice is really good too.

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Oelwein
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250 reviews
163 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 96 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 October 2015

The restaurant is pretty much self serve including the drink which is fine with me. It offers a varied menu so there would be something for everyone.

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Thank Steven S
Mason City, Iowa, United States
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31 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 September 2015

Large variety of foods with some being American style for those who don't care for Chinese. They have some larger tables for a family group.

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Thank Tip P
Omaha, Nebraska, United States
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7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 August 2014

Food was COLD! Service non existence , personal not seen, self service in place.....most china buffets get your drink and greet your table....not here ! I left a whole plate of food on table as it was cold meat, afraid I would get sick! Not worth the time or money to go again.

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    3 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    3 of 5 bubbles
Cuisine
Chinese, Asian
Meals
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating
Good for
Groups
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 500 S Taft Ave, Mason City, IA 50401-1510
  • Location: United States  >  Iowa (IA)  >  Mason City

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