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Hodel's Country Dining

5917 Knudsen Dr, Bakersfield, CA 93308-2946
+1 661-399-3341
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  • Excellent49%
  • Very good33%
  • Average10%
  • Poor7%
  • Terrible1%
Travellers talk about
“brunch” (8 reviews)
“fried chicken” (24 reviews)
“cinnamon rolls” (12 reviews)
Open Now
7:30 AM - 9:00 PMAll hours
American, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
5917 Knudsen Dr, Bakersfield, CA 93308-2946
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Hodel's is huge restaurant with many rooms and a big parking lot. We had a brunch party on Sunday. The ambiance is basic but being surrounded by a lot of people adds a spirit to the place. It is open Buffett restaurant. They have omelette,...More

Thank Hany G
Reviewed 1 week ago

I haven't been here in almost 30 years so I decided to go in and check them out again.For $10 lunch was a choice of all the things I love...chicken, smoked brisket, salad bar and an amazing chili verde! It's not quite a Vegas buffet...More

Thank Sid k
Reviewed 1 week ago

Very good variety--the usual bacon and eggs, very good biscuits and gravy. Cinnamon rolls are fantastic. There are healthier choices like fruit. Ate so much I went home and went to sleep.

Thank Gary G
Reviewed 1 week ago

This place has been around for a very long time and there is a reason for it.....THE CHICKEN! They have some of the best fried chicken you will find in Bakersfield. When I am craving for tender juicy Fried Chicken, I think Hodels. This is...More

Thank Eric O
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We stopped by this restaurant for dinner and found fried chicken the only selection for meat. It was tasty, but nothing special. There was a large buffet of salad fixings.

Thank Randy L
Reviewed 5 weeks ago

Enjoyed the buffet which offered a wide variety of salads and fruits. The main course dishes included many of my home favorites. Meatloaf, turkey, fried chicken etc. Prime rib was sliced to order however I did not try the ham. Dessert bar was just OK...More

Thank pjzepp
Reviewed 15 October 2017 via mobile

I had lunch here recently, and the food was good. This place has been around since I was a kid, so over 40 years. They've expanded and the prices are fair for the amount of comfort food available. You won't go away hungry from here!...More

Thank cold1za
Reviewed 6 October 2017

I stopped at Bakersfield just for half a day on my way from Pacific Coast to Colorado. At Hodel's Dining I tried their salad bar, which includes a wide variety of fresh, crispy veggies, ready-to-eat salad choices, fruit, and sweets. The atosphere is cosy, everything...More

Thank Alena S
Reviewed 3 October 2017

Hodel’s has the best buffet in town and the food quality is hard to beat. Too many choices and so little time seems to be the rule. Food is fresh, hot and very tasty. I always look forward to eating here. Omelette bar has a...More

Thank Rocky K
Reviewed 3 October 2017 via mobile

I have been eating at Hodel’s restaurant since I was a little girl. The food is freshly prepared & there are a lot of selections. Buffett’s generally gross me out but Hodel’s is a very clean place to eat. The staff is super friendly too....More

Thank 10sLove93309
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Questions & Answers
16 March 2017|
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Response from kyotdawg | Reviewed this property |
Yes, but yo can order from the menu also--so its not just buffet---it is a wonderful place to eat---clean, great food and great service!!! Its a family restaurant, run by the Hodel Family!!
Debbie H
22 February 2017|
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Response from bugnurse56 | Reviewed this property |
They don't!!!!
Kevin U
15 January 2017|
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Response from Ghostwarrior67 | Reviewed this property |
I was there once and don't see patios anywhere. Forest H is right about service dog.
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$8 - US$12
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Child-friendly, Special Occasion Dining, Kids, Business meetings, Local cuisine, Groups
Open Hours
7:30 AM - 9:00 PM
6:00 AM - 9:00 PM
6:00 AM - 9:00 PM
6:00 AM - 9:00 PM
6:00 AM - 9:00 PM
6:00 AM - 9:00 PM
6:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 5917 Knudsen Dr, Bakersfield, CA 93308-2946
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Bakersfield
  • Phone Number: +1 661-399-3341
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