4 Types of Buffets

July 6, 2021 Off By Stephanie

Buffets are a popular attraction for people wanting to try a variety of foods. Whether you are looking for a wide range of foods or a more specialized cuisine, read about these four types of buffets.

1. All-you-can-eat

Perhaps the most popular style, all-you-can-eat buffets have patrons pay one fee up-front allowing them to return to the counter as many times as they would like in a single visit to the restaurant. Typically these buffets will have a wide selection of hot food merchandiser items, a salad bar and several desserts to choose from. If you come with a big appetite, you can get quite a bit of food for your money at an all-you-can-eat buffet. 

2. Cafeteria-style

Usually found in hospital or academic settings rather than in restaurants, cafeteria-style buffets have customers go down a line and select from pre-made soups, sandwiches, drinks and desserts. Unlike the all-you-can-eat buffet, cafeteria buffets require you to pay by the dish or per trip up to the counter. 

3. Catered

A catered buffet involves taking the food that is made at a particular restaurant and serving it at a different venue, whether for a wedding, business meeting or other special function. Catered buffets are a fast and efficient way to feed a large number of people in one setting, which is why they are popular with big parties and events. 

4. Family-style

With family-style buffets, a server brings large dishes of food to a table for the people at the table to dish out onto their own plate. Servers can refill these dishes if requested. This is a good option if you are looking for a more warm and inviting experience than other buffets. 

Depending on your appetite, one of these four types of buffets might be a good option the next time you want to go out to eat.