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 40 years later, Golden Corral® is well known as America's #1 buffet and grill with over 480 restaurants open in 41 states.
Entrepreneur magazine named Golden Corral the #1 franchisor in the U.S. among family steakhouses in 2016 for the 20th year. In 2011, Nation's Restaurant News ranked Golden Corral #1 in the grill-buffet segment for the 14th year.
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 ethnic tastes and flavors that include Asian, Hispanic, and Italian influences. Fresh—never frozen—USDA Sirloin steak maintains top billing as Golden Corral’s signature dinner product. As a complement to its excellent 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, hand-cut bacon, freshly-ground sausage, buttermilk pancakes, crispy waffles, 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.
To see how our values extend to the community at large, please visit our community involvement page. To date, Golden Corral restaurants have provided over 4 million free meals for active duty and retired veterans and contributed over $11.6 million to the Disabled American Veterans organization during our annual Military Appreciation Monday event. All Golden Corral restaurants nationwide participate in this event to honor our military heroes, past and present.
Our vision remains to be the leader in the family restaurant segment by making pleasurable dining affordable for every guest, at every restaurant, every day.