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12 Solid All-You-Can-Eat Meal Deals in Boston

When eating all that food is worth the money — and the pain

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All-you-can-eat Japanese barbecue at Gyu-Kaku
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Gorging is generally not the best decision one can make, but sometimes an all-you-can-eat situation is difficult to resist — some days, nine tacos are exactly the right amount of tacos. All-you-can-eat buffets and their all-you-can-eat deal counterparts are often mediocre at best, but there are a few worth spending your coins on.

Here are a dozen of the best all-you-can-eat buffets and deals in and around Boston.

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Redbones

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A meal at Davis Square barbecue joint Redbones is usually hefty — but especially so on Tuesday and Friday nights, when it’s time for the all-you-can-eat hot fried chicken deal. For $14.99, diners get unlimited hot fried chicken (Carolina Reaper hot) and two sides. Dine-in only.

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Winter is coming, so head to Redbones for hot fried chicken
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Oliveira's Steak House

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For under $30, eaters can head to Oliveira’s in Somerville and throw back as much braised oxtail or carne cozida as they wish. This Brazilian steakhouse has rodizio-style service — pay a fixed price, and an endless parade of servers will bring various cuts of meat to you until you flip a card from green to red to signal that you’re done — but there’s also a pay-by-weight buffet if you’d rather dine that way.

Oliveira’s Somerville
Eat so much Brazilian food — especially meat — at Oliveira’s
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Spring Shabu-Shabu

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Choose from a number of broths, vegetables, meats, and seafoods at this Lower Allston hot pot stop. The all-you-can-eat price ($11.95 for weekday lunch, $13.95 for weekend and holiday lunch, and $16.95 for dinner) covers a buffet of hot pot vegetables, fish cakes, rice, noodles, and the like; pay a la carte for various meat and seafood additions.

A hot pot spread at Spring Shabu-Shabu
A hot pot spread at Spring Shabu-Shabu
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Tin Tin Buffet

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Tin Tin Buffet is often maligned by Allston-Brighton hipsters, but if it’s serviceable American-Chinese cuisine you’re after at a dynamite price, look no further. Lunch is just $7.95 ($8.45 on Friday and Saturday), and dinner is $10.95 — and the selection exceeds 60 items. (A good thing to look for at Tin Tin is the sign in the parking lot that claims idling vehicles will be subject to a $2,000 fine. Always gets a laugh.)

The buffet at Tin Tin
The buffet at Tin Tin
Elizabeth H./Yelp

Sushi Factory

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This pretty new all-you-can-eat sushi spot is always hopping. About $22 gets you access to sushi, sashimi (at dinner), cooked items, and more for up to two hours. The sushi is solid, and if you forget to fill up your entire stomach, it’s adjacent to a number of other exquisite Allston bites (see here, here, and here.) Note: You will be charged $1 for each piece of sushi left uneaten.

A variety of sushi at Sushi Factory
A variety of sushi at Sushi Factory
Mingdong L./Yelp

Hot Pot Buffet

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This Chinatown restaurant is a favorite for hot pot (check out more great local hot pot options here.) Its all-you-can-eat deal costs $15.99 for lunch and $23.99 for dinner, including the meat and seafood — one of the best deals in town.

Hot Pot Buffet
Hot Pot Buffet
Jessica Y./Yelp

Yamato II

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All-you-can-eat sushi in the heart of Back Bay. Adults pay $19.50 for lunch ($21.50 on weekends) or $29.99 for dinner ($31.99 on Fridays, Saturdays, and holidays) for a wide selection of sushi and accoutrements. Order carefully: Like most all-you-can-eat sushi spots, this one’ll charge you for wasted food.

Sushi at Yamato II
Sushi at Yamato II
Yamato II/Official Site

Lolita Cocina & Tequila Bar

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Monday nights at Lolita (the Back Bay location) are for dropping $10 for the right to stuff your face with as many DIY tacos as you can. Have some tequila while you’re at it (not covered by the $10). Note: Patrons must purchase a drink (mocktails count) to get the deal.

Taco Mondays at Lolita
Taco Mondays at Lolita
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Fogo de Chão Brazilian Steakhouse

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Like Oliveira’s above, this ritzy Brazilian steakhouse chain offers rodizio-style dining. There are a variety of pricing options, but the full dinner experience (without special add-ons) rings in at $56 for adults and includes the endless meats and unlimited access to the market table and feijoada bar.

Fogo de Chao
A meaty buffet awaits
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Gyu-Kaku Japanese BBQ

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Gyu-Kaku is a chain with local outposts in Brookline and Cambridge, with Dorchester coming next. This Japanese barbecue joint offers three different all-you-can-eat menus alongside its regular menu, with adult prices ranging from $35 to $60 depending on the day and the chosen deal. Within a 90-minute limit, choose as much as you can eat from a 35-, 52-, or 67-item selection. Get the pork belly shio, whatever you do.

Gyu-Kaku
All-you-can-eat Japanese barbecue
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Darryl's Corner Bar & Kitchen

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Darryl’s Corner Bar & Kitchen is a perfect spot for jazz, R&B, and a variety of other musical stylings. It’s also a perfect spot for all-you-can-eat Sunday jazz brunch ($25). Grits, fried chicken, ribs, and more.

Part of the brunch spread at Darryl’s
Part of the brunch spread at Darryl’s
Darryl’s Corner Bar & Kitchen/Facebook

Mangia Mondays at Mida mean endless plates of pasta. Though at $35, the Mida version is a little steeper than Olive Garden’s, it gets you all-you-can-eat house-made pasta, salad, and bread. Don’t miss this deal — Mida is one of the best Italian restaurants in town.

A spread of food at Mida
A spread of food at Mida
Mida/Facebook

Redbones

redbones bbq
Winter is coming, so head to Redbones for hot fried chicken
Redbones/Facebook

A meal at Davis Square barbecue joint Redbones is usually hefty — but especially so on Tuesday and Friday nights, when it’s time for the all-you-can-eat hot fried chicken deal. For $14.99, diners get unlimited hot fried chicken (Carolina Reaper hot) and two sides. Dine-in only.

redbones bbq
Winter is coming, so head to Redbones for hot fried chicken
Redbones/Facebook

Oliveira's Steak House

Oliveira’s Somerville
Eat so much Brazilian food — especially meat — at Oliveira’s
Oliveira’s/Facebook

For under $30, eaters can head to Oliveira’s in Somerville and throw back as much braised oxtail or carne cozida as they wish. This Brazilian steakhouse has rodizio-style service — pay a fixed price, and an endless parade of servers will bring various cuts of meat to you until you flip a card from green to red to signal that you’re done — but there’s also a pay-by-weight buffet if you’d rather dine that way.

Oliveira’s Somerville
Eat so much Brazilian food — especially meat — at Oliveira’s
Oliveira’s/Facebook

Spring Shabu-Shabu

A hot pot spread at Spring Shabu-Shabu
A hot pot spread at Spring Shabu-Shabu
Spring Shabu-Shabu/Facebook

Choose from a number of broths, vegetables, meats, and seafoods at this Lower Allston hot pot stop. The all-you-can-eat price ($11.95 for weekday lunch, $13.95 for weekend and holiday lunch, and $16.95 for dinner) covers a buffet of hot pot vegetables, fish cakes, rice, noodles, and the like; pay a la carte for various meat and seafood additions.

A hot pot spread at Spring Shabu-Shabu
A hot pot spread at Spring Shabu-Shabu
Spring Shabu-Shabu/Facebook

Tin Tin Buffet

The buffet at Tin Tin
The buffet at Tin Tin
Elizabeth H./Yelp

Tin Tin Buffet is often maligned by Allston-Brighton hipsters, but if it’s serviceable American-Chinese cuisine you’re after at a dynamite price, look no further. Lunch is just $7.95 ($8.45 on Friday and Saturday), and dinner is $10.95 — and the selection exceeds 60 items. (A good thing to look for at Tin Tin is the sign in the parking lot that claims idling vehicles will be subject to a $2,000 fine. Always gets a laugh.)

The buffet at Tin Tin
The buffet at Tin Tin
Elizabeth H./Yelp

Sushi Factory

A variety of sushi at Sushi Factory
A variety of sushi at Sushi Factory
Mingdong L./Yelp

This pretty new all-you-can-eat sushi spot is always hopping. About $22 gets you access to sushi, sashimi (at dinner), cooked items, and more for up to two hours. The sushi is solid, and if you forget to fill up your entire stomach, it’s adjacent to a number of other exquisite Allston bites (see here, here, and here.) Note: You will be charged $1 for each piece of sushi left uneaten.

A variety of sushi at Sushi Factory
A variety of sushi at Sushi Factory
Mingdong L./Yelp

Hot Pot Buffet

Hot Pot Buffet
Hot Pot Buffet
Jessica Y./Yelp

This Chinatown restaurant is a favorite for hot pot (check out more great local hot pot options here.) Its all-you-can-eat deal costs $15.99 for lunch and $23.99 for dinner, including the meat and seafood — one of the best deals in town.

Hot Pot Buffet
Hot Pot Buffet
Jessica Y./Yelp

Yamato II

Sushi at Yamato II
Sushi at Yamato II
Yamato II/Official Site

All-you-can-eat sushi in the heart of Back Bay. Adults pay $19.50 for lunch ($21.50 on weekends) or $29.99 for dinner ($31.99 on Fridays, Saturdays, and holidays) for a wide selection of sushi and accoutrements. Order carefully: Like most all-you-can-eat sushi spots, this one’ll charge you for wasted food.

Sushi at Yamato II
Sushi at Yamato II
Yamato II/Official Site

Lolita Cocina & Tequila Bar

Taco Mondays at Lolita
Taco Mondays at Lolita
Lolita/Facebook

Monday nights at Lolita (the Back Bay location) are for dropping $10 for the right to stuff your face with as many DIY tacos as you can. Have some tequila while you’re at it (not covered by the $10). Note: Patrons must purchase a drink (mocktails count) to get the deal.

Taco Mondays at Lolita
Taco Mondays at Lolita
Lolita/Facebook

Fogo de Chão Brazilian Steakhouse

Fogo de Chao
A meaty buffet awaits
Fogo de Chão/Facebook

Like Oliveira’s above, this ritzy Brazilian steakhouse chain offers rodizio-style dining. There are a variety of pricing options, but the full dinner experience (without special add-ons) rings in at $56 for adults and includes the endless meats and unlimited access to the market table and feijoada bar.

Fogo de Chao
A meaty buffet awaits
Fogo de Chão/Facebook

Gyu-Kaku Japanese BBQ

Gyu-Kaku
All-you-can-eat Japanese barbecue
Gyu-Kaku/Facebook

Gyu-Kaku is a chain with local outposts in Brookline and Cambridge, with Dorchester coming next. This Japanese barbecue joint offers three different all-you-can-eat menus alongside its regular menu, with adult prices ranging from $35 to $60 depending on the day and the chosen deal. Within a 90-minute limit, choose as much as you can eat from a 35-, 52-, or 67-item selection. Get the pork belly shio, whatever you do.

Gyu-Kaku
All-you-can-eat Japanese barbecue
Gyu-Kaku/Facebook

Darryl's Corner Bar & Kitchen

Part of the brunch spread at Darryl’s
Part of the brunch spread at Darryl’s
Darryl’s Corner Bar & Kitchen/Facebook

Darryl’s Corner Bar & Kitchen is a perfect spot for jazz, R&B, and a variety of other musical stylings. It’s also a perfect spot for all-you-can-eat Sunday jazz brunch ($25). Grits, fried chicken, ribs, and more.

Part of the brunch spread at Darryl’s
Part of the brunch spread at Darryl’s
Darryl’s Corner Bar & Kitchen/Facebook

Mida

A spread of food at Mida
A spread of food at Mida
Mida/Facebook

Mangia Mondays at Mida mean endless plates of pasta. Though at $35, the Mida version is a little steeper than Olive Garden’s, it gets you all-you-can-eat house-made pasta, salad, and bread. Don’t miss this deal — Mida is one of the best Italian restaurants in town.

A spread of food at Mida
A spread of food at Mida
Mida/Facebook

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