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Best Buffets In North Bay

As you head away from San Francisco and farther into the depths of the North Bay, one begins to realize the food buffet opportunities just get better as you travel north. Buffets continue to thrive, granting the hungry and tired a place to revive their tastebuds and immerse themselves in several types of food heaven. Here are this year's best all-you-can-eats.
taj of marin
Photo Credit: Taj of Marin

Taj of Marin
909 4th St
San Rafael, CA 94901
(415) 459-9555

Price: $9.95 lunch buffet
Lunch Buffet: Mon to Fri - 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., Sat to Sun - 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.

While many Indian restaurants offer a lunch buffet, finding authentic flavor and spicy dishes can be difficult. Look no further: Taj of Marin. This Indian restaurant succinctly delivers traditional Indian flavors in its buffet offerings. Known for its lamb curry (bone-in), the dish is quick to go most lunches - and quick to be refilled. Taj of Marin also has a large selection of vegetarian options, with dishes representing both North and South India. The Bengan Bhartha, a spicy vegan eggplant dish, is a favorite.

namaste kitchen
Photo Credit: Namaste Kitchen

Namaste Kitchen
1390 North McDowell Blvd
Petaluma, CA 94954
(707) 664-9245

Price: $9.25 per person
Lunch Buffet: Mon to Sat - 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Tebali, Nepalese and Indian cuisines intermingle flavors in this kitchen founded in 2008. The two chefs at Namaste Kitchen have been cooking authentic Nepalese and Tibetan food for over 20 years and bring their homeland straight to you, where attention to detail is everything. Six types of naan and two types of wheat flatbreads are offered - and that's just the bread choices! The buffet list goes on to include traditional curries, biryani, korma and samosa, kebabs and chow mein.

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Photo Credit: Brix

7377 Saint Helena Highway
Napa, CA 94558
(707) 944-2749

Price: $38.50 for adults, $18.50 for children
Sunday Buffet: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Brix runs an exquisite buffet brunch on Sundays. The restaurant offers a true gourmet experience that sets a standard in the buffet world. Executive Chef Chris Jones runs the kitchen, and he showcases his skills in this gourmet buffet. Choose from a seafood bar with oysters, shrimp, salmon and clams; a wood oven for pizzas and quiches; a charcoal grill with housemade sausage and apple wood smoked bacon; or the cheese board, among others. Eat to your heart's content knowing you are tasting some of the area's finest cuisine. Once you've eaten your fill, take a stroll through the stunning nearby gardens. Reservations are recommended.

gaia's garden
Photo Credit: Gaia's Garden

Gaia's Garden
1899 Mendocino Ave
Santa Rosa, CA 95401
(707) 544-2491

Price: $6.95 for one time through the buffet
Buffet: Mon to Sat - 11:30 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Calling all vegetarians to Gaia's Garden. This international vegetarian buffet is on a mission to feed and satisfy customers' palates while providing sustainable meals for all patrons as well. The food is healthy, organic and delivered from sustainable farms. Enjoy soups and salads, main courses like gluten-free vegan curry, pasta or polenta, breads and dessert. Try Gaia's Dahl, offered each day. The Indian lentil stew is made fresh daily, along with a second soup of the day. Ample parking behind this restaurant is convenient. The 'Go Local' rewards card is accepted here for an additional $1 off each person enjoying the buffet.

Related: Best Indian Food In San Francisco

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Harvest Cafe
Cache Creek Casino Resort
14455 Highway 16
Brooks, CA 95606
(530) 796-3118

Price: $9.99 buffet; $19.99 Saturday buffet (with Cache Club Card)
Hours: Mon to Tues - 10:30 a.m. to 10 p.m., Fri - 10:30 a.m. to 12 a.m., Sat - 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Sun - 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.

This buffet is located within the Cache Creek Casino and is an all-you-can-eat dream. While your wallet may not like your newly formed gambling habit, it will definitely agree with the cheap buffet that caters to many food genres - Italian, Chinese, American, Mexican and a grill station. There are at least six dishes offered from each region to choose from. You will leave satisfied and energized. The food is good and hearty, and the atmosphere will make you believe you are at a Vegas buffet.

Mel Ball is the founder of, utilizing her background of 10 years in the beauty industry to promote, market, mentor, and build business for small salons and spas across the country. She links up quality salon or spa talented folks with businesses that need them, and supports the growth of all those in the service industry through her virtual knowledge networking site and real-world events. She resides in San Francisco. Her work can be found at


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