Apr 102011

Cuisine: American, Asian, Dessert
Restaurant Features: All-You-Can-Eat, Lunch Buffet, Dinner Buffet, Hotel
Location: Hinckley, MN
Address: 777 Lady Luck Drive  Hinckley, MN 55037   800-472-6321

Sunday 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. & 4 to 8:30 p.m.
Monday 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. & 4 to 8:30 p.m.
Tuesday 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. & 4 to 8:30 p.m.
Wednesday 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. & 4 to 8:30 p.m.
Thursday 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. & 4 to 8:30 p.m.
Friday 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. & 4 to 10 p.m.
Saturday 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. & 4 to 10 p.m.

Links: Grand Buffet Website * Grand Casino on Facebook * Google Map

Atmosphere: The Buffet is sits in the back center, surrounded by a very large dining rooms.  The Buffet itself is divided into different sections: Grand Harvest, Oriental, Entree, International, American Bounty, Homestyle and Desserts.

The seating area


Menu: Items available during the Prime Rib Buffet on Saturday and Sunday nights include:

American Bounty Station: Fried Cod, Ham, Broasted Chicken, Sausage and Sauerkraut, Wild Rice, Corn Bread, Baked Beans, Pizza and Calzones.

Homestyle Station: Corn, Green Beans, Green Bean Casserole, Potatoes Au Gratin, Mashed Potatoes, Stuffing, Gravy.

International Station: Fish, BBQ Ribs, Buffalo Wings, Sesame Wings, Garlic Wings, BBQ Wings, Baked Potato Bar

Oriental Station: Szechuan Beef, Noodle, Fried Rice, Chicken and Broccoli, Egg Rolls, Wontons, and Potstickers.

Desserts: Soft-Serve Ice Cream and Sundae Bar, Bananas Foster, Peach Cobbler, Bread Pudding, Apple Crisp, Churro, Cannoli, Cheesecake, Chocolate Mousse Pie, etc.

Full Salad Bar

Grand Buffet Weekly Specials

Lunch Buffet
Monday through Friday – 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. for $8.99.
Always plenty of variety; hot and cold entrées, delectable side dishes, fresh salads, pizza, and great desserts. Breakfast items served until 1 p.m.

Weekend Brunch Buffet
Saturdays and Sundays – 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. for $10.99.
Pastries, fruit, chef-made omelets, waffles, breakfast meats, salad bar, chef-carved ham and turkey, chicken, fish, dessert, and more!

Crab Crackin Buffet
Sunday, 4 to 9 p.m. for $19.99
Opilio Crab highlights the Crab Crackin Buffet – other offerings include chef carved prime rib, BBQ Ribs, Peel & Eat Shrimp, smoked salmon. Full Salad bar with all the fixings, Asian station with house favorites and a dessert station that features a wide selection of cakes, pies, and sweet treats.

Classic Dinner Buffet
Mondays – 4 to 9 p.m. for $12.99.
Featuring traditional favorites such as chef-carved turkey and ham, broasted chicken, succulent ribs, baked cod, delicious and varied side dishes, our always loaded salad bar, and dessert options galore.

Seafood and Prime Rib Buffet
Tuesdays – 4 to 9 p.m. for $22.99.
Our lavish Seafood Buffet showcases sweet snow crab, shrimp, scallops, oysters on the half shell, mussels, clam strips, cod, salmon; along with shrimp scampi, prime rib, full soup and salad bar, and much more – it’s the ultimate feast for the seafood lover.

Smokehouse Buffet
Wednesdays – 4 to 9 p.m. for $14.99.
If you love barbecue, you’ll love this buffet! Featuring our St. Louis style ribs, smoked turkey, apple wood smoked chicken, pulled pork, Southern style brisket, smoked meatloaf, and Cajun cod; along with distinctive side dishes and regional favorites specially chosen to complement the barbecue theme.

International Buffet
Thursdays – 4 to 9 p.m. for $12.99.
Selections from around the world – carved corned beef brisket, jerk pork loin and our German sausage roll. Entrees included an assortment of Asian entrees, Italian favorites such as lasagna and straw and hay, and traditional items like Yankee pot roast and pan fried cod.

Prime Rib Buffet
Fridays and Saturdays – 4 to 10 p.m. for $15.99.
Our delectable, all-you-can-eat prime rib is hand-seasoned, slow-roasted to perfection, and then chef-carved to order. As always, you’ll find plenty more to choose from – a great variety of hot entrées and side dishes, peel & eat shrimp, our Wok station where all your choices are fresh-made as you watch, and of course, our wonderful handmade desserts.

Buffet menu and prices are subject to change. Grand Traditions Buffet is served on most holidays. Please contact the Buffet for more information.



What I ate: I visited on a Saturday night during the Prime Rub Buffet.  My first stop was at the American Bounty where I tried a calzone and a piece of pizza.  Nearby at another station I found marinara sauce and since I love tons of red sauce, I took a ton for my calzone.  Best idea ever, the calzone with the extra sauce was one of the things I liked the most.  I also tried one of the Buffalo Wings, pretty basic.

Next I tried a plate from the Oriental Station which included Szechuan Beef with Noodles, fried rice, fried potstickers, cream cheese wontons and an eggroll.  Typical mediocre chinese buffet food, nothing stood out as anything special.

I tried a few bites of the Tomato Basil Soup, which was creamy and flavorful.

I also tried some of the Prime Rib.  The initial cut I got was very well done, so I asked for a different piece.  The chef who was carving it then cut into a whole new roast so I could get a slice that was medium rare.  This cut was far better and while the slice wasn’t very thick, the meat was very tender.  It took me many years to get to the point of eating my steaks at a maximum of medium temperature but it tastes so much better when it is still tender and juicy. Cooking beef until it is well done is ruining the meat!

I piled up a plate of different desserts and took only a few bites.  The bananas foster and the bread pudding were both very good.

Service: We made it to the buffet after 9pm on a Saturday night, less than an hour before they closed.  Our server was a quite strange and made very weird comments to various members of my party, but drinks were refilled at record pace and dishes cleared almost as quick.
Overall Impression: The food at Grand Casino Buffet was decent but nothing special; not nearly as good as the Buffet at Mystic Lake.  I’d eat here again if I happened to be at the Casino but I wouldn’t drive out of my way just for the food.

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  15 Responses to “Grand Casino Buffet ~ Hinckley, MN”

  1. The Grand Buffet has been closed for renovations for several months. Not sure it will still be buffet when it reopens.

  2. I went last year for my birthday and I have to say it was amazing. The cashier was kind of to herself but other then that I had a great experience.

  3. I was at this buffet today. I drove 1h20minutes to get here. Totally, a diss appointed,never ever, come here again. At 5h30 I had a wait ticket number 30, which currently, serving ticket number 6. Then walked around around around at that dumb casino for 2 and half hours, the seat ticket moving up to 14th some has left. That means during that 2 and half hours only 8 or 5 wait ticket has been called. what a slow serving. In order for me to eat there I have to wait addition more hours to be seated. I was really hungry then left with a totally anger over their tactic to make you lose money. They have tons of empty table, but they just don’t want you seat in there . They want you to walk around around around and wait wait wait or want you to gamble so they can take your hard earn money away. Hinkley casino buffet suck a totally loser and horrible services. I would rather wait at mistic lake but the line moving 100 times faster and the food is much better more choices and variety. Good bey hinkley.

  4. I went to the Grand buffet today, what a total disappointment, I will never go back. I was looking forward to the smokehouse but. Because it was the 4th it was supposed to be, brat and hamburgers and of course the usual. I was unable to find the hamburgers and brats, when I went up to the buffet to look for them I found charcoal burnt round balls, you had to search for them in they were in a little pot, hard to find and no buns. The place is dirty and very nauseating. I was there 1 other time and thought it might have just been me over reacting until I went today and found the same issues again. I will not go there again as this must be a usual for this place. NOT worth the money.

  5. I was at the buffet in Hinkley two days ago. First of all, I was very surprised there was no line on a Saturday at 5:30. The cashier was about as unfriendly as possible without actually being rude. Although it was not busy, it took a long time to be seated. The drink server was friendly and promt with our refills. The food was NOT impressive at all. I’ve been going to the buffet since the casino opened. I don’t go often, maybe once or twice a year. In my opinion, the buffet used to be a “10”. Now I would probably give it a “3”. The prime rib was too pink and I like my prime rib pink. It was almost unchewable. Most of the food was dry as if it was sitting there too long. The pizza was actually curling up around the edges. I will never go there again. It was my Birthday and I wish we would have gone to Winds instead.

  6. I agree the buffet was so bad that we stopped going and drove to treasure island and their food was excellent! And cheaper, by 7 dollars per person!!!
    I don’t think the casino cares at all hence why they don’t change, except foe their pricing…which went up! They have quantity not quality! Sad, but again I feel they don’t care.

  7. My wife & I went to The Grand Casino Hinckley last evening (Sea Food Buffet) for my 55th birthday. I was appalled by the lack of flavor in the food! Most was dry, flavorless, poorly prepared and for the costly price of $24.00 per person outright outrages!! I would have been off going to White Castle and purchasing a dozen double cheeseburgers with fries & a coke. Bad, bad, bad!!

    • How disappointing! I hope you had a nice birthday otherwise. I haven’t tried the seafood buffet but overall the Grand Casino Buffet is nothing special. I prefer the buffet at Mystic Lake!

  8. I wish I had seen this before I drove 50 minutes for my birthday. The food was ok but not really worth the drive. The soup was good really that is about it. The service was fast. A lot of the food appeared crusty and overcooked. My husband said the lasagna was terrible but the chicken was good.

  9. Every comment made is so true,wouldn’t you think they would do something? but still I return and try it again, same o same o, not terrible if I keep returning I guess,

  10. Food that is not so Good for you, but what Buffet is??
    Wondering if there was any seafood offered… sushi, crab legs, shrimp or a fish, usually the healthier alternative. How was the salad bar?

  11. Mystic is tough to beat.In fact for a buffet–nothing can beat Mystic Lake in Minnesota. A lot of times the Grand Casino Buffet is very old. I am surprised you did not comment on the drying food that surrounds the edges of the buffet dishes? I rarely miss seeing that.
    You were also fortunate to receive a a fresh slice of Prime Rib from a new roast. I have asked for rare before and have been told we have to wait until the old roast is gone. Prime Rib is meant to be rare:)
    Great to see an unbiased review! TY

  12. Did you have to endure the smell of cigarette smoke as with most casino restaurants and buffets?

    • I do not recall smelling any cigarette smoke……. that would drive me insane while eating!!! It was very late though, we closed the buffet down!

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