How Much Does Golden Corral Cost Per Person?

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Golden Corral is an American chain of restaurants that serves breakfast, lunch, dinner as a buffet style and is a privately-owned company with 480 restaurants in 41 states in the United States.

Because it is a buffet setting, as you may know, it is all-you-can-eat for everyone in your party.

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How much does it cost to eat at the Golden Corral buffet?

Dinner and lunch at Golden Corral will cost you around $7 and $14 per person.  The costs are going to depend on the time of the day, geographical location, and whether or not any promotions are going on.  Breakfast usually varies depending on the location of the outlet, but it usually costs less than $10.  Kids, who are 3 years and younger, are not charged for breakfast.  Breakfast for kids who are older than 3 cost $6.95.  They also offer dinner promotion and golden deals at reduced prices for couples during certain periods of the year.

BuffetPrice Average
Breakfast (Saturday & Sunday Until 11AM)$9
Lunch (Monday - Saturday 11AM - 4PM)$9
Dinner (Monday - Thursday 4PM - Close)$12
Dinner (Friday - Saturday 4 PM - Close Sunday 11 AM - Close)$14
Kids Under 3FREE
Kids Ages 4-8$6
Kids Ages 9-12$7

NOTE:  Senior citizens pay about $1 less than the adult prices mentioned.  Use this as an estimate only as the prices may be slightly different at your location.  Also, these prices may increase during special promotions during major holidays such as Thanksgiving, Christmas or Easter, for example.

If you want to take out food to go, they will charge about $7 per pound, according to those who took food to go.

According to some forum members on this forum thread, they were charged anywhere from $7.95 to $11.99 per person for dinner.

Golden Corral buffet overview

The endless breakfast buffet will feature made-to-order omelets, pancakes, sausage, bacon, fruit, French toast and more.

The endless lunch buffet features a wide variety of home-style classics, including meatloaf, chicken, mac and cheese, mashed potatoes, salad and dozens of other random choices, depending on the time of year.

The endless dinner buffet, again, depending on the current promotion and time of year, can include grilled-to-order steaks, pork, shrimp, chicken, seafood and vegetables.

All buffets include freshly baked bread, rolls, cakes, pies, cookies, brownies, pastries and ice cream.

To see what’s available as menu choices right now, refer to the official Golden Corral menu options page.

What are the extra costs?

Drinks are normally considered an additional charge as the buffet prices do not include drinks.  Drinks will typically cost $2 to $3.

While optional, a tip will not be included in the buffet pricing.  Most people tip a little bit less at a buffet since the waitresses do not do as much work.  However, remember that they still serve and refill your drinks as well as clear your table of dirty dishes any time it needs to be cleared.

Tips to know:

For large groups, you can always book a reservation in advance through their website, and you can find exact locations of any of its restaurants using the Golden Corral location finder.

Every November, they hold an appreciation dinner for the military.  They also have special offers for kids and club members during their birthdays, including appetizers and cakes.  If you go enough, it’s best to sign up for their email newsletter.

Golden corral nutrition can be found by using the drop-down menu on the official website here.

How can I save money?

Consider buying discounted gift cards online via  For example, at the time of this writing, we were able to find gift cards for up to 10%+ off.

From time to time, you may be able to find printable coupons or discounts online via a simple search. For example, with one deal, you can fill out their card on their website, and after enrolling, you can get a coupon via your email.

Senior citizens always get discounts at the restaurants.  They also run senior early bird specials and loyal customer program.

You can also find coupons via local newspapers and/or coupon circulars, or you can purchase coupons online on eBay.  Before you get a coupon, always check the restrictions and look at the fine print.

Try to get to the restaurant before they switch over to dinner, which is usually before 4 p.m. at most locations.  While the lunch selection may be smaller, the costs are up to half off.

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