Dec 282010

Disclosure: I was invited out to do this review and my meal was provided by the restaurant.

Have you been down to Mystic Lake Casino recently?  Have you tried their Buffet? The menu at the Buffet changes every couple of months with seasonal items, so it is always fun to try the plethora of food items no matter what time of year you visit.

Today I will highlight the Winter “Holiday” Around-the-World Buffet, which runs through December and January.  Mystic Lake is offering a special Buy-One-Get-One-Free Buffet Dinner throughout the month of January, get the printable coupon here on their website.

Cuisine: American, European, and Pacific
Restaurant Features: All-You-Can-Eat, Hotel
Location: Prior Lake, MN
Address: 2400 Mystic Lake Blvd., Prior Lake, MN, 55372 (Mystic Lake Casino)

  • Mon – Fri Lunch:  11:30am – 2:30pm $9.95
  • Saturday & Sunday Brunch:  10am – 2:30pm $13.95
  • Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday Dinner:   4:30pm – 11:00pm $12.95
  • Wednesday  Seafood Night:  4:30pm – 11:00pm  $22.95
  • Saturday & Sunday  Dinner:  4:30pm – 11:00pm $16.95

Links: Buffet at Mystic Lake Website * Mystic Lake Facebook Page * Google Map

Atmosphere: The Buffet at Mystic Lake Casino is an International-Themed Buffet with three main stations: European, American and Pacific.  Each station is host to a variety of holiday foods found in that particular region of the world.  There are also two salad bars and a dessert station.

For the holiday season the Buffet is festively decorated with trees and lights but also displays these beautiful, elaborate Gingerbread creations by Marshall Rosenthal.

Menu: Salad Bar items include Mixed Greens, bean Sprouts, Mushrooms, Green peppers, Garbanzo beans, Broccoli, Shredded Carrots, Garden Peas, Julienne Red Peppers, Black Olives, Radish, Cucumber, Onion, Tomato Wedges, Chopped Eggs, Bleu Cheese Crumbles, Cheddar Cheese, Parmesan Cheese, and Sliced Beets.  Dressing include Caesar, Italian, Bleu Cheese, French, Ranch, 1000 Island and Parmesan Peppercorn.  Soups include Chicken Wild Rice, Asian Soup and a Soup of the Day

Other Salad Bar Items include Ham salad, Tropical Fruit Salad, Smoked Salmon, Pickled Herring, Green Olives, Grilled Vegetables, Baby Corn, Roasted Mushrooms, Cherry Peppers, Pepperjack, Cheddar, Swiss, Honeydew, Cantaloupe, Pineapple, Oranges, Pears, Peaches, Strawberries, Cottage Cheese, and Yogurt.

Items found at the American Holiday Station include Waffle Fries, Candied Sweet Potatoes, Beef Enchiladas, Stuffed Peppers in Tomato sauce, Alaskan Cod with Mushroom Dill Sauce, Acorn Squash with Apple Bacon Crumble, Rotisserie Chicken, Chicken with Banana Mango Chutney, Macaroni and Cheese, Broasted Chicken, Smoky Cowboy Beans, Vegetable Medley, Roast Beef (lunch), Prime Rib (dinner), Mashed Potatoes, Oven Roasted Turkey, Sage Dressing, Corn Niblets and Blackened Atlantic Salmon.

Items found at the European Holiday Station include Pork Saltimbocca with Fresh Sage and Brown Sauce, Ziti with Sundried Tomato and Pancetta in Basil Cream Sauce, French Peas with Mushrooms and Pearl Onions, Potatoes Au Gratin, Mahi Mahi, Beef Stroganoff, Tomato Provencale, Buttered Egg Noodles, Garlic Cheese Bread, Assorted Hearth Baked Pizzas.

Items found at the Pacific Holiday Station include Cream Cheese Wontons, Sesame Sedd Balls, Pork Egg Rolls, Sweet and Sour Chicken, Vegetable Lo mein, Chow Mein with Pork, Chow Mein Noodles, Dan Dan Noodles with Bok Choy, Mongolian Meatballs, Chinese Spare Ribs, Egg Fu Yung, Honey Seared Pork with Peppers, Steamed Rice, Vegetable Fried Rice, and Grouper in Black Bean Sauce.

Dessert Station Items include Sugar-Free Carrot Cake, Sugar-Free Cheese Cake, Sugar-Free jello, Apple Spice Cake, Caramel Custard, Ice Cream Sundae Bar, and many more.

What we ordered: We first started at the Pacific Station where we tried a little bit of everything.  The Mongolian Meatballs were a spicy-sweet bite of meaty awesomeness, the Chinese Spare Ribs were very sweet and tender, the Dan Dan noodles were packed with flavor, and the sweet and sour chicken, fried rice, lo mein, eggrolls and cream cheese wontons were also very tasty.  My favorite item from the Pacific Station was the Grouper in Black Bean Sauce.  Yum!

Our next stop was the European Station where everything looked so good we tried it all!  The French Peas with Mushrooms and Pearl Onions was very tasty, as was the Tomato Provencale, which was stuffed with Parmesan Cheese and Italian Seasonings then baked.  The Mahi Mahi was decent and the Pork Saltimbocca was full of flavor from the sauce it was cooked in and the prosciutto baked on top.  The Garlic Cheese Bread was full of buttery-garlic goodness with bubbly baked cheese on top.  Delish! Our second plate from the European Station included the rich, meaty Beef Stroganoff, Ziti in Sun-Dried Tomato Basil Cream Sauce, Buffalo Chicken Pizza and the Stuffed Pizza.  Everything was very good.

We made a couple of trips to the American Station where we tried everything that was offered. I made a traditional “Thanksgiving” plate with Roasted Turkey, Rotisserie Chicken, Sage Dressing, Candied Sweet Potatoes, Mashed Potatoes. Everything was excellent, I must have eaten it all before I took a photo… sorry!
Feast your eyes on this gorgeous cut of Prime Rib from the American Station. Incredibly tender,  juicy and fairly lean.  I could eat at the Buffet for Prime Rib alone!

Other items we tried at the American Station were the Macaroni and Cheese which was very creamy and cheesy but not at all clumpy like mac and cheese can get sometimes.  The Smoky Cowboy Beans were as good as any I have had, and the Alaskan Cod may have been my favorite fish that I tried at the Mystic Lake Buffet, the sauce was flavorful and the fish was not at all fishy.  The Blackened Salmon was also good.

I didn’t have much room for dessert but wanted to see what the Sugar-Free Desserts were all about.  So glad I tried both the Carrot Cake and the Cheesecake because both were delicious, even sugar-free!

I tried one last dessert before I was too full too move, the Caramel Custard.  I love custard and thought this was delicious! It was smooth, creamy and the caramel was just the right touch without being too rich.

Service: We were able to get a table right away and were greeted almost immediately by our server who quickly took our drink order and kept the refills coming all night.  For a Buffet, I thought Mystic Lake did a great job with service.  The Manager stopped to greet us, as he did with nearly every other table of guests, to make sure the food was enjoyed by all.

Overall Impression: The Buffet at Mystic Lake is the perfect place to go if you want a HUGE selection of All-You-Can Eat International foods at a very reasonable price.  I highly recommend you take advantage of the January BOGO Buffet coupon offer! Print your coupon now. Even better would be to have lunch or dinner at the Buffet, then stay the night at Mystic Lake Hotel and try Il Premio Italian Steakhouse the following Night!
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  14 Responses to “Buffet at Mystic Lake Casino ~ Prior Lake, MN”

    Sunday brunch is now about $22 bucks!


    I read it, went there & got ripped off.

  2. It’s better then most buffets in Las Vegas….Be Realistic…..You get what you pay for……Compared to the steak house there…..It’s nirvana! that’s bad! A pretend, fine dining room……

  3. I went to the site to print out the 2 for 1 January buffets, but it did not give me the option to print that. How do I get the coupons?

  4. Would be nice to have a turkey dinner, on Thu, the 28th.and then gamble at little 6 casino. question is how to guarantee seat in the tiny, restaurant, thank you. Also, thank you all cashiers, Hiedy, the 2 Roys, daniel, shannon, for making the casino fun, happy holiday to all.

  5. What time do you guys open? :)

  6. I only eat at the seafood buffet. I just love it. I eat tons of crab and caramet custard. Nothing in life finer than this.

  7. Waited in line 1 hour and 40 minutes!! Not worth it!! DON’T BOTHER!

  8. We have been going to the buffet for years. We love it. We just made a reservation overnight just to go and enjoy the buffet. My hubby loves the pool/hot tub and I just do the casino. We have great fun. The people are fun to talk with. Mystic Lake, here we come. ( – : Jean

  9. I’m inclined to agree with poster #1. Poster #2 sounds like a shill IMO.

    Delete the pictures here, the food never looks like that. I’ve been to Mystic probably 50 or more times since I moved to the TC 3 years ago. Majority of those trips included the buffet. Not because it was there, but because it was a cheap..13 bucks on certain days, before member discount. Thats all it is, a trough to fill your stomach.

    The first guy was right. Unless you get there right when they open, the food is always dry. The salad bar, I can’t believe anyone would rave about it, as it is short of BASIC. Lettuce, cheeses a couple veggies and dressings. That’s great? HAHA. Deserts all look fake/plastic. Taste them, and you’ll believe they are. Do they even have a pastry chef at this place, Me thinks they have a mass production button labeled “GO” kicking these concoctions out. yeah yeah its a buffet and a high volume one at that, but if desert at McD’s is better there is something wrong. I couldn’t read all of the lol review up top, but i saw the author mention the great viet meatballs. yes they do taste good, and they should, considering a good percent of it is FILLER. All of the dishes are Uber salty, even for a buffet. Oh, did I mention the salt? When you first sit down, make sure to order 2-3 drinks from the server because 1. the food, all of it, is that salty and 2. you won’t see your server again for 15-20 minutes. This is consistent and I did time it several times. Once, a server failed to show up at all, I had to go track one down. You’d think that would be a rare happening and give them a mulligan, except then it happened again on subsequent visit.
    The manager’s aren’t visible. In all the times I’ve been to the place, I have had a manager of his own free will come interact with my table ONCE. If they do float around it is when known whales are dining and they are protecting Mystic Lakes revenue streams.

    The other casino buffet south but near the TC is vastly superior to this one. If you want to gush about salad bars or dessert selections, go there. Mystic lake is the Hardees of the buffet industry…hard to believe they are still around.
    Oh and I have never ever seen anyone get a slice of prime rib like that in the picture. Try about 1/4 the thickness and quadruple the fat and gristle. Cheers!

  10. I personally love the Mystic buffett, i’ve only been there a few times because I live kinds far from there, but I love the prime rib and if it’s not cooked to your liking they have a grill right there to throw it on alittle longer for you if you’d like. The salad bar is wonderful and huge and the desserts! It’s like which one do I choose from. It’s crazy. Also wondering whe we can expect to see some more buy one get one free coupons for dinner. My girlfriend and I are thinking of driving down from Forest Lake for dinner so, but with gas prices being so high alittle break on dinner would be great. Thank you very much for your time.

  11. great buffet, restaurant uden

  12. On Thursday Jan 20, 2011 weate at the buffet and had the best salad. Asked the chef and he said it was cucumber-mango salad. Wish I could get the recipe for this as its the best salad that I have ever tasted.

  13. Apparently Greg expects the world from buffet food. As far as buffets go, Mystic’s is one of the best there is. But in the end it is still a buffet, and you just can’t expect the food to be fresh all of the time.
    That said, Mystic does a far better job than most at doing just that. Rarely have I been disappointed.

    Plus, unlike Treasure Island’s buffet, Mystic’s at least has some more adventurous offerings. TI’s buffet is okay if you like Old Country buffet. I personally do not.

  14. apparantly, they knew you were coming. i frequent the casino quite often and every time i eat at the buffet i feel like i’m at a trough on a farm. it never looks like the photos you put up. most of the food is over cooked from sitting out too long in chafing pans and as for the “prime” rib…its nowhere near as good as the standing rib roast i purchased from byerly’s and cooked x mas eve. try and sneak in unanounced next time and see what its really like when its not staged for you. next time , try the weekend brunch!!! overcooked eggs and chewy pancakes/french toast that have hardened in the pan…yum yum. best thing about brunch is hash browns and minestrone soup. the rest is fodder for the farm animals. check out harrahs buffet in council bluffs iowa…you’ll be pleasently surprised by their quality, but stay away from diamond jo in northwood iowa unless you want ptomaine poisoning.

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