Golden Corral’s first 175-seat, 4,800-square-foot family steakhouse first opened in Fayetteville, NC, in 1973. The chain grew steadily during the next decade, principally in smaller cities from Virginia to Texas, offering our guests wholesome foods in a family-friendly atmosphere at a great value.
In the mid-1980s, guests’ requests for additional entrees and expanded salad bar prompted Golden Corral to “reinvent” itself by introducing a 400+ seat,11,000+ square-foot “Buffet & Grill” building design, with food preparation performed in full view of the dining area to emphasize product freshness and quality.
The focal point was the Golden Choice Buffet® which featured 160 hot and cold items; a carving station for roast beef, roast pork, ham, sausage and turkey; plus The Brass Bell Bakery® and Dessert Café along with its selection of homemade yeast rolls, muffins, cookies, pies, and cakes.
More than 45 years later, Golden Corral® is well known as America's #1 buffet and grill with over 480 restaurants open in 41 states.
Along with home-style buffet favorites such as pot roast, fried chicken, mashed potatoes, and steamed vegetables, today’s endless Golden Corral buffet experience offers guests a wide variety of tastes and flavors. Fresh—never frozen—USDA Sirloin steak maintains top billing as Golden Corral’s signature dinner product. As a complement to its heritage hot buffet food products, each Golden Corral features a market-fresh salad bar where guests may build their own salads from dozens of ingredients.
Our bakery and dessert buffet are filled with freshly baked breads, like our famous yeast rolls, homemade cakes and pies, delicious cookies, brownies, pastries, and ice cream.
On weekend mornings, Golden Corral invites guests to rise and shine for its legendary, endless breakfast buffet, which features cooked-to-order eggs and omelets, bacon, sausage, buttermilk pancakes, crispy waffles, melt-in-your-mouth homemade cinnamon rolls, fresh-cut fruit, and a variety of juices.
From a development perspective, Golden Corral’s test kitchen team produces “best in class” results and has some 30 new food items are undergoing consumer evaluation in restaurants at all times. New recipes emphasize bolder flavors, ethnic tastes and unique new products that highlight the freshness and scratch-made quality of Golden Corral offerings.
Our commitment to our guests doesn't stop with our food. We believe in providing outstanding hospitality too. Being the best in class is what we are all about... and that is a direct tribute to all the men and women who work here, who strive each day to deliver a pleasurable dining experience for families across America.
With more than 45 years of success, Golden Corral ® is recognized as “America's #1 buffet and grill*.”
Our concept is a proven winner - a high-value, family-oriented lunch and dinner buffet served daily and breakfast every weekend.
We are the first-choice franchise brand for savvy restaurant operators looking to expand their local dining market share or successful franchisees seeking to diversify their portfolio with a proven high revenue restaurant brand.