clock menu more-arrow no yes

9 of Chicago's Best All-You-Can-Eat Options

View as Map

Gluttony has its price, but in Chicago eaters don't always have to sacrifice quality for quantity and low prices. All-you-can-eat once triggered red flags of restaurants who compromised their cuisine by making it suffer under the harsh temperatures of a heat lamp. Although chain buffets continue to deliver questionable quality, other restaurants are attempting to shed that label. The buffet can give an eater a safe entry to cuisines they've never tried or provide a family with a no-frill way to feed their clan.

Here's a map of nine of Chicago's best all-you-can eat options.


—Ashok Selvam

Read More
Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Fogo de Chão

Copy Link
661 N La Salle Dr
Chicago, IL 60654
(312) 932-9330
Visit Website
The Brazilian steakhouse is a familiar staple for big cities, but what makes Fogo different is the salad bar. If you have a vegetarian in tow that doesn’t mind being around meat, the salad bar is so good that carnivores could feel comfortable shunning the gauchos.

2. Lao Sze Chuan

Copy Link
2172 S Archer Ave
Chicago, IL 60616
(312) 326-5040
Visit Website
Tony Hu’s empire continues to evolve with the offering of unlimited hot pot service at his family of Chinatown restaurants. Hot pots involve boiling broth brought to your table and a selection of raw meats and veggies that eaters submerge into the broth and cook.

3. Red Apple

Copy Link
6474 N Milwaukee Ave
Chicago, IL 60631
(773) 588-5781
Visit Website
If you’re interested in traditional Polish cuisine, complete with a genuine Chicago carving station, look no further than Red Apple. Pierogi is just the surface, as the menu at this place is gargantuan with something for everybody.

4. RJ Grunts

Copy Link
2056 N Lincoln Park W
Chicago, IL 60614
(773) 929-5363
Visit Website
RJ Grunt’s is the original Lettuce Entertain You entry, and its longevity means you might wait in long lines for its extensive weekend brunch buffet.

5. United Center Chicago Stadium Club

Copy Link
1901 W Madison St
Chicago, IL 60612
(312) 455-4500
Visit Website
If you have club level access and make a reservation before your event, you can forgo the UC’s standard fare and opt for the royal treatment with a prime rib carving station and assorted fondue desserts.

6. Chicago Curry House

Copy Link
899 South Plymouth Court
Chicago, IL 60605
(312) 362-9999
Visit Website
Indian and Nepalese buffets can be a drag with dried-out naan sitting under a heat lamp. Chicago Curry House remedies that with made-to-order bread delivered to your table apart from the buffet.

7. Duke Of Perth

Copy Link
2913 N Clark St
Chicago, IL 60657
(773) 477-1741
Visit Website
A haven for Catholics during lent, this Lakeview "Scottish" pub continues to deliver with its all you can eat fish and chips on Wednesdays and Fridays.

8. Chief O'Neill's Pub & Restaurant‎

Copy Link
3471 N Elston Ave
Chicago, IL 60618
(773) 473-5263
Visit Website
Children of the 80s may still be reeling from the loss of Wendy’s Superbar, but Dave Thomas never had a build-your-own Bloody Mary bar like the Chief does on Sundays.

9. Flat Top Grill

Copy Link
30 S Wabash Ave
Chicago, IL 60603
(312) 726-8400
Visit Website
The old Mongolian barbecue concept was perfected at the many Flat Top locations. The fresh meats and veggies alongside a myriad of sauces makes this a no-brainer for those interested in stuffing themselves with southeast Asian food.

Loading comments...

1. Fogo de Chão

661 N La Salle Dr, Chicago, IL 60654
The Brazilian steakhouse is a familiar staple for big cities, but what makes Fogo different is the salad bar. If you have a vegetarian in tow that doesn’t mind being around meat, the salad bar is so good that carnivores could feel comfortable shunning the gauchos.
661 N La Salle Dr
Chicago, IL 60654

2. Lao Sze Chuan

2172 S Archer Ave, Chicago, IL 60616
Tony Hu’s empire continues to evolve with the offering of unlimited hot pot service at his family of Chinatown restaurants. Hot pots involve boiling broth brought to your table and a selection of raw meats and veggies that eaters submerge into the broth and cook.
2172 S Archer Ave
Chicago, IL 60616

3. Red Apple

6474 N Milwaukee Ave, Chicago, IL 60631
If you’re interested in traditional Polish cuisine, complete with a genuine Chicago carving station, look no further than Red Apple. Pierogi is just the surface, as the menu at this place is gargantuan with something for everybody.
6474 N Milwaukee Ave
Chicago, IL 60631

4. RJ Grunts

2056 N Lincoln Park W, Chicago, IL 60614
RJ Grunt’s is the original Lettuce Entertain You entry, and its longevity means you might wait in long lines for its extensive weekend brunch buffet.
2056 N Lincoln Park W
Chicago, IL 60614

5. United Center Chicago Stadium Club

1901 W Madison St, Chicago, IL 60612
If you have club level access and make a reservation before your event, you can forgo the UC’s standard fare and opt for the royal treatment with a prime rib carving station and assorted fondue desserts.
1901 W Madison St
Chicago, IL 60612

6. Chicago Curry House

899 South Plymouth Court, Chicago, IL 60605
Indian and Nepalese buffets can be a drag with dried-out naan sitting under a heat lamp. Chicago Curry House remedies that with made-to-order bread delivered to your table apart from the buffet.
899 South Plymouth Court
Chicago, IL 60605

7. Duke Of Perth

2913 N Clark St, Chicago, IL 60657
A haven for Catholics during lent, this Lakeview "Scottish" pub continues to deliver with its all you can eat fish and chips on Wednesdays and Fridays.
2913 N Clark St
Chicago, IL 60657

8. Chief O'Neill's Pub & Restaurant‎

3471 N Elston Ave, Chicago, IL 60618
Children of the 80s may still be reeling from the loss of Wendy’s Superbar, but Dave Thomas never had a build-your-own Bloody Mary bar like the Chief does on Sundays.
3471 N Elston Ave
Chicago, IL 60618

9. Flat Top Grill

30 S Wabash Ave, Chicago, IL 60603
The old Mongolian barbecue concept was perfected at the many Flat Top locations. The fresh meats and veggies alongside a myriad of sauces makes this a no-brainer for those interested in stuffing themselves with southeast Asian food.
30 S Wabash Ave
Chicago, IL 60603

Related Maps