Mar 102009
 

Cuisine: Chinese
Restaurant Features: Lunch Buffet, Dinner Buffet, On-Site Parking

Locations: Maplewood & West St Paul, MN
Addresses & Maps:

Maplewood- 2950 White Bear Ave Maplewood, MN 55109 (651) 704-9801

West St Paul- 1200 South Robert St.  West St. Paul, MN 55118 (651) 554-0558

Hours: Sun-Thur 11am-9pm  Fri-Sat 11am-10pm

Atmosphere: Both the Maplewood and West St Paul locations are located within strip malls.  Each restaurant has a large, open space for the dining areas.  Silk Kimonos adorn the walls and here and there you will see silk plants as well.  Rectangular-shaped wooden tables are placed close together throughout the space, easy to accommodate larger groups.

GreatMoonBuffet-inside1000 There are four large buffet islands, with additional tables for dessert and also a separate stir-fry section at the West St Paul location.  Each buffet island has about 10-12 food items.

GreatMoonBuffet-buffet1000 The West St Paul location also has a custom stir-fry area.  Similar to Khan’s, choose your frozen sliced meats, Vegetables and sauces and the chef will cook it up in front of you on the Mongolian BBQ.

GreatMoonBuffet-Stirfry1000

Menu: Appetizers include Egg Rolls, Cream Cheese Wonton, Cheesey Potatoes, Sweet Biscuits, Sesame Cakes, Pork Sausages, Egg Foo Young, Roast Duck, BBQ Ribs, and Steamed Dumplings.

Soups include Hot & Sour and Wonton.  There is also Lo Mein, Fried Rice, White Rice, Rice Noodle and String Beans.

Chicken dishes include Black Pepper Chicken, Roast Chicken, Sesame Chicken, Moo Goo Gai Pan, Chicken with Broccoli, Chicken Chow Suey, General Tao’s Chicken, Sweet & Sour Chicken, Chicken Wings, Chicken Sticks, and Chicken with Cashew.

Pork dishes include Mopo ToFu, Hunan Pork, Butter Potato, Double Cooked Pork, Hunan Triple Delight, Pork with Mushrooms, and Boneless Ribs.

Beef dishes include Beef with Broccoli, Mongolian Beef, Beef with Mushrooms, Peppered Beef, and Beef Ribs.

Seafood (most items served at dinner only) items include Mussels, Fried Codfish, Salmon, Popcorn Shrimp, Butterfly Shrimp, Salted Shrimp, Coconut Shrimp, Shrimp with Lobster Sauce.

Desserts include Soft-Serve Ice Cream, Cake, Fresh Fruit

Price guide: Lunch Buffet $8-9  Dinner Buffet $11-12
What I Ate: My visit was at lunch time with a group of colleagues, but I still wanted to try a selection of foods.  I had Cream Cheese Wontons, Boneless BBQ Ribs, Steamed Dumpling, General Tao’s Chicken, Sweet & Sour Chicken, Fried Rice, and a Rice Noodle dish with veggies.  The cream cheese wontons were the biggest I have ever had! They were stuffed full of a cream-cheese mixture that was slightly sweet.  The steamed dumplings were very good, with a flavorful pork/onion mixture.  The meats that I tried were okay, but I would not say these use high quality meat.  The Sweet and Sour as well as the General Tao’s Chicken was kind of fatty and gristly and the batter was soggy.

GreatMoonBuffet-myplate1000 I wasn’t quite satisfied with what I actually ate from my first plate, so I opted to wait in line for my own custom stir-fry.  I chose beef, broccoli, pineapple, onions, pepper and mushrooms with noodles and several scoops of all the different cooking sauces.  There is only one cook making stir-fry and he only cooks one dish at a time, so I had to wait at least 10 minutes for my plate.  I was only able to get a few good bites in before it was time to head back to work, but I was very happy with my stir-fry dish.

GreatMoonBuffet-stirfryplate1000Service: At Great Moon you must pay for your meal before you enter the dining room but from that point forward, there are many servers ava
ilable to take drink orders, clear plates, etc.
Overall Impression: Huge buffet with many options, but I would say food is just slightly better than mediocre in taste and quality.  Make-it-yourself Stir-Fry option at West St Paul is a big bonus.
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  18 Responses to “Great Moon Buffet ~ Maplewood & West St Paul, MN”

  1. If you love sushi, the Great Moon Buffet has a HUGE sushi bar with the most delightful selection I have ever tasted. Highly recommend!!

  2. I used to love this restaurant so this was very disappointing… Ever since Hibachi buffet moved in to West St. Paul we had been going there and loved it however, the other night we decided to support the smaller establishment as we had done in the past. We got there about 5:45 on a Tuesday night and had a 7:00 appt to make, no big deal. My 8 year old daughter decided she really wanted the mongolian grill and went up for some plain noodles, chicken and a mild sauce. I let her know she would be there for a while and kept her company most of the time. When it was her turn, 20 mins later she followed a huge plate of jalapenos (and a few other things) and the chef did not clean the stove. She attempted to eat her plate after the long wait and it was very, very spicy. In an attempt to not waste food she ate it (slowly) anyway leaving herself no time for dessert – we had to run! So I asked the waitress for a small to go cup and filled it half full of ice cream – BIG MISTAKE! I was ambushed as though I were stealing from them! Keep in mind we paid in full upon our entrance. I tried to explain to the waitress that my little girl did not get her dessert and we had to make an appt. They were having none of it, we were treated very rudely they were loudly demanding $2 for the small cup of ice cream and embarrassed us – I set it on the table and we left, daughter in tears. OK, I get it – you can’t take things to go at a buffet and I guess I was just foolish enough to think i could grab that ice cream to go – I mean it could have been a cone right? wouldn’t they let us walk out with a cone? I don’t know but how rude. And, big surprise that ice cream was going to be tossed. I said we won’t be back and we will not! Oh did I mention I never got a refill?

  3. There’s a guy that works at this buffet, his name is Sabastian or Charlie I think. He was serving the crab legs that evening at the end of one of the buffet tables, when everyone lined up for the crab legs, he served them but a few other people had come to him on his right side where there was no line formed and he served them, later when I had done the same thing, he told me to get to the back of the line on the left, then the same people had come to his right side again and he served them. I will tell you this, I feel this was racially motivated because I am a colored person and everyone who had white skin got served with a smile whether they were on the left or right of him, anyone who was a person of color had to be in the specific left side of the line. I still go there and see him working there. I observed him once on a different day to see if I was just over thinking this whole thing, I wasn’t! He refilled drinks for all the white people and did refill drinks for any other tables where there were people of color. This person is an asian male with glasses. Very low, very humiliating behavior for this restaurant and very racist.

  4. Captain absolutely loves this place! Lots of variety to eat., and one can eat to their heart’s content!
    I like the food too, especially the salad bar. Lots of toppings for the varities of lettuce they serve. Not just iceberg, but Ceasar, and Mixed greens.
    VERY noisey is my only gripe. Price is okay. I would hope that their lunch prices wouldn’t have gone up( now they’re $8-10) so much though. $6.99 seems more appropriate., and that should INCLUDE the drink. Lots of kiddos and heavy eaters. Noise. The place is usually pretty clean, lots of windows, music is ok too, not too loud.

  5. Our family ate at the West St. Paul buffet last Dec. and we are looking forward to eating there again during our next visit up from Florida during the holidays. I have eaten Chinese food over most of the U.S., the UK and Europe and I must say this is about the best I have eaten. Of course you can do better at a custom order restaurant, but you will definitely enjoy their food as long as you remember it is, after all, a buffet.

  6. i love great moon buffett and i brought my friends to it and they loved it

  7. Great Moon Buffet is the worst Chinese buffet I’ve ever been to. Asian food in Minnesota sucks.

  8. I love great moon! Especially now that they have an awesome SUSHI BAR!!!!! I loved it before, but now I LLLOOOVEEEE IT!

  9. OMG! I love their sushi and their food is the effen bomb!

  10. My family has enjoyed the Maplewood resturant for many years. But since going to the one in St Paul we prefer this one. We come from Wyoming-North Branch area just to eat there. With me being dietbetic the freshness of the BBQ (and the few minute wait) is worth the drive. And the price is just right for all that they serve. Anyone would be foolish not to try it.

    • Hi. You should try Mongo’s in Maple Grove. It’s closer to you and it’s super healthy with a lot of choices. About the same price.

  11. I love you pople

  12. great moon is one of my favorite restaurants, the service is great and so is the food although i perfer the one in maplewood sin ce tnhey now hav a new sushi bar and the service is better and the food taste better, and they also serve crab legs every friday night.

  13. Old Country Buffet has been renamed to the Slop Hole. They have the worst food in town. All though the one in Roseville is quite good. But I would still go to Great Moon Buffet, at least there I know what I am eating.

  14. dont hate on this asian food buffet! i think great moon tastes better than old country buffet! because of the variety =)

  15. I love great moon me and the fam eat there 2x a week. When we walk in they no that we are the family that want the circle booth in the back.

    • I only not like because not only do i work there i have to clean u mess up. i never have problem until u come so please stay away!!!!!

  16. I used to go to this place in Maplewood when I worked right next to it. I never really liked it and considered it to be the Asian version of Old Country Buffet, being that the quality of food is not that great, but I always like the variety of buffets.

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