Gone are the days where you could spot a buffet on every street corner in Victoria (anyone remember Uncle Willy’s?), and now the sacred form of ‘All You Can Eat’ is a little bit harder to find.
Though many of the sumptuous spreads took a hiatus due to the COVID-19 pandemic and never returned, there are few restaurants holding strong in their offerings, and we’ve compiled a few of the best here for you.
Without further ado, here are 7 restaurants in and around Victoria that still have buffets:
Serving up a unique lunch buffet everyday, The Mantra features 180 different traditional Indian dishes rolling out over a month. Fill your plate with delectable Indian cuisine accompanied by Naan served fresh to your table.
- 1015 Fort Street
- 3480 Tillicum Road
- When: Monday to Sunday, 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Thai Corner in Sidney prepares Thai cuisine that blends elements of Central and Northeastern (I-San) Thai traditions—they serve a variety of Thai curries, spicy salads and stir-fried delicacies. Their all-you-can-eat lunch buffet is available Monday to Saturday from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.
- Where: 2359 Beacon Avenue
- When: Monday to Sunday, 11:30 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Szechuan City Restaurant & Buffet serves up a traditional Chinese buffet. The all-you-can-eat buffet features a wide variety of dishes to choose from, and is available every weekend (Friday, Saturday & Sunday) for lunch and dinner.
- Where: 110 Burnside Road East
- Friday, Saturday & Sunday, 11:30 a.m. – 2 p.m. & 5 p.m. – 8 p.m.
Spice Valley Indian Cuisine
With a great selection of meat and vegetarian dishes, Spice Valley Indian Cuisine features a lunch buffet daily from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
- Where: 910 Esquimalt Road
- When: Tuesday to Sunday, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Green Cuisine is a buffet restaurant, cafe, and juice bar in the courtyard of Market Square. It features a bountiful, daily changing salad bar and hot food spread, hearty breads and bakery treats selection made with wholesome sweeteners and organic flour. Though not your traditional buffet, Green Cuisine offers self-serve style where your meal’s price is based on weight.
- Where: 560 Johnson Street, #5 At Market Square’s Courtyard
- When: Monday to Sunday, 11 a.m. – 7 p.m.
Purple Garden Chinese Restaurant
Sometimes you get a hankering for a classic all-you-can-eat Chinese buffet, and Purple Garden Chinese Restaurant most definitely delivers just that. Featuring a variety of dishes, this eatery is only open for dinner, but offers their dine-in buffet during that time.
- Where: 1551 Cedar Hill Cross Road
- When: Friday and Saturday, 4:30 p.m. – 8:45 p.m.
Royal Spice Fine Indian Cuisine
Royal Spice has big selection for Indian food lovers, and has always tried to provide an Indian dining experience that is unmatched. They’re known for their authentic curry, tandoori dishes and freshly baked breads, and feature a lunch buffet daily from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
- Where: 212-815 Cloverdale Avenue
- When: Daily, 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.
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