J.A. Buffet

★★★☆☆

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My husband and I have been going to J.A. Buffet for lunch three times a week for 3 years now. We live 22 miles away and we go out of our way to come to JA Buffet. Their lunch meal is more like a dinner meal with the variety of food that they offer. Of course, they have Chinese food there but they also have American food. They have 6 different stations and at each station there are 12 different pans of food items. They only charge $8.49 for lunch, and theres no other place where you can go and get that huge assortment of food and drink for that price. The food is also very good. They have excellent cooks there. Their dinner meal is $13.99 and each night they have a specialty along with the regular food that they serve at lunch. Saturday for dinner and all day Sunday they also serve steak cooked to your preference. My husband enjoys it very much.
They are very receptive to feedback and will help to accommodate you. One example was a woman who couldnt eat pork. She told the staff and they made her special fried rice without pork. Everyone is so friendly and they are more then willing to help you and make your stay there enjoyable. They have booths or tables to sit at and they are always clean. JA Buffet is a very relaxing environment. I would recommend this place to anyone.

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★★★★★

My husband and I have been going to J.A. Buffet for lunch three times a week for 3 years now. We live 22 miles away and we go out of our way to come to JA Buffet. Their lunch meal is more like a dinner meal with the variety of food that they offer. Of course, they have Chinese food there but they also have American food. They have 6 different stations and at each station there are 12 different pans of food items. They only charge $8.49 for lunch, and theres no other place where you can go and get that huge assortment of food and drink for that price. The food is also very good. They have excellent cooks there. Their dinner meal is $13.99 and each night they have a specialty along with the regular food that they serve at lunch. Saturday for dinner and all day Sunday they also serve steak cooked to your preference. My husband enjoys it very much.
They are very receptive to feedback and will help to accommodate you. One example was a woman who couldnt eat pork. She told the staff and they made her special fried rice without pork. Everyone is so friendly and they are more then willing to help you and make your stay there enjoyable. They have booths or tables to sit at and they are always clean. JA Buffet is a very relaxing environment. I would recommend this place to anyone.

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Customers beware - Coupon RIP OFF

My wife and I went to this establishment on Sat. 3/3/12. We had recently (earlier in the same week) received a flyer in the mail with two discount coupons on it. The coupons had an expiration date of 3/31/12 (we still have the flyer with the breakfast one on it).

When we arrived my wife was told the coupon was expired. The person at the register did NOT return the coupon to her nor show her the date. They kept in their closed hand. My wife proceeded to pay the full price for our meal.

We discussed this and were suprised but didn't think any more about it until we got home and looked at the flyer where the breakfast coupon had the 3/31 expiration date on it.

On Sunday, my wife called the resturant and asked fro the manager. A female identifying herself as the manager, took the call. At first she tried to tell my wife the coupon had expired in March and since it was April it was no longer good. Mt wife had to tell her several times that it was MARCH and NOT APRIL and thus the coupon was good.

This person then said the coupon had expired 3/1/12. So she changed the date to meet her argument.

I got on the phone and had the same conversation about 3/3 is prior to 3/31 and therefore the coupon was valid. The person I was talking to was rude, talked over me, refused to let me finish. I finially hung up.

I don't see why. A. a flyer would be mailed out to be received at the time or after expiration., or B. why would the two coupons on the same flyeer have one expiring on the 1st of the month and the second expiring on the 31st of the month.

I must add that on the phone on Sunday the person did say they still had the coupon in question. I found this highly unlikly, and if they did have it was it the same one? Due to scheduling and travel, we could not travel all the way back to retreive the coupon in question.

Since the person did not give it back at the time we presennted it and did not show us the expired date, I have to conclude that this was nothing more than a scam and/or an action by someone to pocket the discount themselves. This is my personal preception.

My wife and I will not go back to this establishment and our friends have asked about our experience. We have told them and they also will not patronize this place. We and our friends try a place then let the rest know our experience before they go. This way a good experience is shared by all and otheres are spared a bad experience. Being money is tight these days, anything that can be done to minimuize a bad experience is helpfull.

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Customers beware - Coupon RIP OFF

My wife and I went to this establishment on Sat. 3/3/12. We had recently (earlier in the same week) received a flyer in the mail with two discount coupons on it. The coupons had an expiration date of 3/31/12 (we still have the flyer with the breakfast one on it).

When we arrived my wife was told the coupon was expired. The person at the register did NOT return the coupon to her nor show her the date. They kept in their closed hand. My wife proceeded to pay the full price for our meal.

We discussed this and were suprised but didn't think any more about it until we got home and looked at the flyer where the breakfast coupon had the 3/31 expiration date on it.

On Sunday, my wife called the resturant and asked fro the manager. A female identifying herself as the manager, took the call. At first she tried to tell my wife the coupon had expired in March and since it was April it was no longer good. Mt wife had to tell her several times that it was MARCH and NOT APRIL and thus the coupon was good.

This person then said the coupon had expired 3/1/12. So she changed the date to meet her argument.

I got on the phone and had the same conversation about 3/3 is prior to 3/31 and therefore the coupon was valid. The person I was talking to was rude, talked over me, refused to let me finish. I finially hung up.

I don't see why. A. a flyer would be mailed out to be received at the time or after expiration., or B. why would the two coupons on the same flyeer have one expiring on the 1st of the month and the second expiring on the 31st of the month.

I must add that on the phone on Sunday the person did say they still had the coupon in question. I found this highly unlikly, and if they did have it was it the same one? Due to scheduling and travel, we could not travel all the way back to retreive the coupon in question.

Since the person did not give it back at the time we presennted it and did not show us the expired date, I have to conclude that this was nothing more than a scam and/or an action by someone to pocket the discount themselves. This is my personal preception.

My wife and I will not go back to this establishment and our friends have asked about our experience. We have told them and they also will not patronize this place. We and our friends try a place then let the rest know our experience before they go. This way a good experience is shared by all and otheres are spared a bad experience. Being money is tight these days, anything that can be done to minimuize a bad experience is helpfull.

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To the Coupon Beware author - first of all - you left the coupon there which clearly had the expiration date torn off. You tried to cheat a business - do yourself a favor - stay home and eat. If it was my business - I wouldnt want you as a customer.

To the Skook that doesn't like when they walk around - they do this in order to remove your empty plates quickly. So - you can be a pig and get more. The print on the ticket just asks that you don't take what you don't plan to eat. I have seen plenty of people fill thier plates - only to discard half the food. Must be nice to live in a world that we can just throw away food. Cook at your home, only eat half - and throw the rest away - since you can afford to do so.

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★★★★★

To the Coupon Beware author - first of all - you left the coupon there which clearly had the expiration date torn off. You tried to cheat a business - do yourself a favor - stay home and eat. If it was my business - I wouldnt want you as a customer.

To the Skook that doesn't like when they walk around - they do this in order to remove your empty plates quickly. So - you can be a pig and get more. The print on the ticket just asks that you don't take what you don't plan to eat. I have seen plenty of people fill thier plates - only to discard half the food. Must be nice to live in a world that we can just throw away food. Cook at your home, only eat half - and throw the rest away - since you can afford to do so.

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On Friday, 8/5/11 my wife & I decided to visit J A Buffet in spite of some of the negative reviews posted. We were totally amazed at the delicious taste and the abundent quantity of the food on the menu. Every employee, including Management, could not have been more congenial. Without exception, every item was always available, hot and taasty. Even the alaskan crab legs were continually replenished, which is not always the case at other Chinese buffets. The fruit station also offered ripe and flavorful items. Even the ice cream is served by an employee which is so much more hygenic than having so many different people scooping their own. Other buffets pale in comparison and should pattern themslves after J A Buffet,. They also offer a breakfast menu on Saturday & Sunday. We are sure that if you try this buffet, you will definitelty return again & again. This restaurant is a welcome addition to the Hamburg area and is a total first class establishment! Bon appatite!!!!!!!

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★★★★★

On Friday, 8/5/11 my wife & I decided to visit J A Buffet in spite of some of the negative reviews posted. We were totally amazed at the delicious taste and the abundent quantity of the food on the menu. Every employee, including Management, could not have been more congenial. Without exception, every item was always available, hot and taasty. Even the alaskan crab legs were continually replenished, which is not always the case at other Chinese buffets. The fruit station also offered ripe and flavorful items. Even the ice cream is served by an employee which is so much more hygenic than having so many different people scooping their own. Other buffets pale in comparison and should pattern themslves after J A Buffet,. They also offer a breakfast menu on Saturday & Sunday. We are sure that if you try this buffet, you will definitelty return again & again. This restaurant is a welcome addition to the Hamburg area and is a total first class establishment! Bon appatite!!!!!!!

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This restaurant moved from a tiny location where the limited buffet was 6.95 to 9.95 on weekends. The food was hit or miss. Nothing like authentic city chinese food, but the same cut-and-paste entrees most buffets have . Only here there'd be only one kind of rice, some entrees/sides would go empty for the duration, and any battered meat (almost all of it) entrees would be chewy and of questionable meat content. Mandarin oranges were rancid on two occasions. But you could always find enough of something to make a meal out of it. An acceptable option for the price of a large hoagie.

I tried the big new location with high hopes. At the new Tilden Ridge shopping center, they have to satisfy folks from out of the area (coming to Cabela's from all over the eastern part of the country). People from NYC, Philly, Balt-Wash etc. are best kept happy if this place is going to pay its mega-$$ lease. The place is now larger, nicer, and has a made-to-order hibachi.

I do not eat seafood so can't speak for it-- which is a big part of the menu. I didn't have the time to wait for the the hibachi lines. I like chinese chicken entrees, and filled my plate with Kung Pao chicken, sesame chicken-- ALL the chicken entrees plus a beef or two. Again, we have the battered meat nuggets-- that I assumed would improve now that this buffet costs 5 bucks more. What the heck? It actually seemed worse. It was so chewy I couldn't even chew through the whole nugget, and there's little to no real meat inside-- more like a by-product. The beef I tried was not battered but it was still rubbery as could be. I littered the table with napkins full of unchewable food. No time to wait for the hibachi, so I loaded up at the salad bar. The salad bar has lots of fruit, pasta salad, and other goodies-- it was the only saving grace. I was not happy, having to wait in line for a seat (Saturday) and leave $15 behind after tax, tip, and drink.

I will give it one more chance with the hibachi sometime. But honestly, your best best is to go load up on shrimp and crab and salad stuff. Aside from that, for what you're going to spend, you will do much better at neighboring restaurants: Cracker Barrel, Logan's roadhouse, or even Five Guys. I love chinese food and like having one nearby, but I still have to drive to Reading to get what I want, and know it'll be good.

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★★☆☆☆

This restaurant moved from a tiny location where the limited buffet was 6.95 to 9.95 on weekends. The food was hit or miss. Nothing like authentic city chinese food, but the same cut-and-paste entrees most buffets have . Only here there'd be only one kind of rice, some entrees/sides would go empty for the duration, and any battered meat (almost all of it) entrees would be chewy and of questionable meat content. Mandarin oranges were rancid on two occasions. But you could always find enough of something to make a meal out of it. An acceptable option for the price of a large hoagie.

I tried the big new location with high hopes. At the new Tilden Ridge shopping center, they have to satisfy folks from out of the area (coming to Cabela's from all over the eastern part of the country). People from NYC, Philly, Balt-Wash etc. are best kept happy if this place is going to pay its mega-$$ lease. The place is now larger, nicer, and has a made-to-order hibachi.

I do not eat seafood so can't speak for it-- which is a big part of the menu. I didn't have the time to wait for the the hibachi lines. I like chinese chicken entrees, and filled my plate with Kung Pao chicken, sesame chicken-- ALL the chicken entrees plus a beef or two. Again, we have the battered meat nuggets-- that I assumed would improve now that this buffet costs 5 bucks more. What the heck? It actually seemed worse. It was so chewy I couldn't even chew through the whole nugget, and there's little to no real meat inside-- more like a by-product. The beef I tried was not battered but it was still rubbery as could be. I littered the table with napkins full of unchewable food. No time to wait for the hibachi, so I loaded up at the salad bar. The salad bar has lots of fruit, pasta salad, and other goodies-- it was the only saving grace. I was not happy, having to wait in line for a seat (Saturday) and leave $15 behind after tax, tip, and drink.

I will give it one more chance with the hibachi sometime. But honestly, your best best is to go load up on shrimp and crab and salad stuff. Aside from that, for what you're going to spend, you will do much better at neighboring restaurants: Cracker Barrel, Logan's roadhouse, or even Five Guys. I love chinese food and like having one nearby, but I still have to drive to Reading to get what I want, and know it'll be good.

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We came in at lunch time and were pleased. The food was fresh and varied and the staff were friendly. The waitress was great about refilling drinks and taking away empty plates. The atmosphere was quiet and everything was clean, which I can't say about every buffet I've been to. The Hibachi bar had four men attending, although by the time I made it through the buffet area I was too full to examine it further.

Don't go in expecting authentic gourmet Chinese, but the food is good and so is the service. I hope this place makes it and will give them my business again.

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★★★★☆

We came in at lunch time and were pleased. The food was fresh and varied and the staff were friendly. The waitress was great about refilling drinks and taking away empty plates. The atmosphere was quiet and everything was clean, which I can't say about every buffet I've been to. The Hibachi bar had four men attending, although by the time I made it through the buffet area I was too full to examine it further.

Don't go in expecting authentic gourmet Chinese, but the food is good and so is the service. I hope this place makes it and will give them my business again.

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Reasons you should NOT go to this restaurant:

1) You have to pay before you eat!
2) You are given a printout with warnings stapled to your receipt:
Do not take more than you can eat.
Taking any of your food is theft.
No refunds for any reason after 5 minutes.
3) The owner walks around and watches everyone as they eat.
4) The owner watches what you take at the buffet tables
5) No one was at the Hibachi to cook
6) Not all foods were refilled
7) Some fried foods were old and dry
8) You have to ask for your ice cream, and they dip it.

I will NEVER go into this buffet again, and will tell everyone I know to avoid it.
Travelers may go there, but Schuylkill County diners will consider all of these things highly offensive, and if they do wander in, they will never come back a second time.

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★☆☆☆☆

Reasons you should NOT go to this restaurant:

1) You have to pay before you eat!
2) You are given a printout with warnings stapled to your receipt:
Do not take more than you can eat.
Taking any of your food is theft.
No refunds for any reason after 5 minutes.
3) The owner walks around and watches everyone as they eat.
4) The owner watches what you take at the buffet tables
5) No one was at the Hibachi to cook
6) Not all foods were refilled
7) Some fried foods were old and dry
8) You have to ask for your ice cream, and they dip it.

I will NEVER go into this buffet again, and will tell everyone I know to avoid it.
Travelers may go there, but Schuylkill County diners will consider all of these things highly offensive, and if they do wander in, they will never come back a second time.

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