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Home Town Buffet

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265 Town Center Pkwy, Santee, CA 92071-5804
+1 619-562-1555
11:00 - 20:30
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Sun 08:00 - 20:30
Mon - Thu 11:00 - 20:30
Fri 11:00 - 21:30
Sat 08:00 - 21:30
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San Diego, California, United States
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11 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 2 September 2016

I enjoy Home Town Buffet. You know you will get what you like because you make your own choices from a wide variety of dishes and you can see them before you choose them.

Thank Ann G
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21 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 August 2016

Typical Home Town Buffet, lots of food selection to choose from and close to stores I go shopping at. They give military discounts so that is a plus for me. I usually get a very small portion of food initially, in case I don't like it then it would not be a big waste to throw away. If I like... More 

Thank Reg A
Santee, California
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110 reviews
76 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 65 helpful votes
Reviewed 7 May 2016

Just want everyone to know that this Fantastic Home Town Buffet...NO LONGER EXISTS! They closed their doors awhile back! They were great for families and wish they stayed opened! Our family misses this place!

Thank Dave A
El Cajon, California
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48 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 February 2016

This was a victim in the closures of Home Town Buffet. They said they were underperforming. Our family enjoying going there. I liked their krab salad. I will miss it.

Thank Cbarbie2000
San Diego, California
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68 reviews
51 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 October 2015

Hometown Buffet has undergone major transformations over the years!!! I like some of the changes such as smaller portions of freshly made specialties but often I have found them to be overcooked, barely hot and not always very tasty! I miss the basic pot roast dishes. I know you have to try new things to keep interest but I think... More 

Thank Karen-Kasey R
Lakeside, California
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41 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 June 2015

We had the worst experience there. The restaurant wasn't completely full. They were almost out of salad, just a spoonful left. Other condiments were almost low. They were out of several entrees. The dessert table also needed to be filled. For what they charge, it wasn't worth it. Oh! We also had to ask a person to clear the empty... More 

Thank Quiltingranny
Stockholm, New Jersey
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204 reviews
80 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 105 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 May 2015

WE have eaten here many times over the years. It is hard to beat for variety, quality and price. When our kids were in high school to was the place of choice to bring them and friends. We have never left disappointed.

Thank Sussex_County_Hiker
Santee, California
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78 reviews
44 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 50 helpful votes
Reviewed 22 April 2015

Good variety but BLAND. Ok to take kids but not if you want a nice atmosphere and interesting food. Cafeteria style. Desserts were good though!

Thank VirginiaRose
Stockholm, Sweden
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55 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 April 2015

The lunch we had was good. We enjoyed chicken, cornbread, carrots, seafood salad, My girls loved the molten chocolate cake with ice cream. I would go back the next time we are in the area.

Thank Beth L
Santee, California, United States
1 review
Reviewed 19 December 2014

We used to go to the Santee, CA HTB at least twice a month and loved it. With the new changes we stopped going. There are fewer choices and what choices you do have aren't replenished quickly. Used to love the ribs but they never have them. They no longer serve steak except for the few slices you get in... More 

Thank Deborah Z

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    3 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    3 of 5 bubbles
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Good for
Child-friendly, Groups
Open Hours
08:00 - 20:30
11:00 - 20:30
11:00 - 20:30
11:00 - 20:30
11:00 - 20:30
11:00 - 21:30
08:00 - 21:30
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 265 Town Center Pkwy, Santee, CA 92071-5804
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Santee
  • Phone Number: +1 619-562-1555

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