The staff were all very friendly and went out of their way for everything. I did enjoy the food for the most part, however, the 1 meat 1 time serving is a very strange concept. I do not understand why a 'buffet' has 5 meat selections sitting around in huge portions, and then only gives you one in a small portion, very strange and cheap. I did not enjoy hearing the restaurant gossip so close to my table either (with I am not sure an owner and some of the workers?) It made me feel uncomfortable. Like I said though the staff were very friendly and helpful, and just following the rules. I would not recommend going here, and would not return again simply because of the bizarre one small meat selection rule. Made me feel like I was in high school or something.
There was NOTHING that I could find wrong at Cook's. I have been in DeLand since I was a boy and this is just like it was 40 years ago. The food is fresh, prepared well and the salad bar is undescribable. The atmosphere and decor is inviting and warm. The staff are well trained and friendly. The restaurant is clean from rest rooms to dining room. I understand that you can take a tour of the kitchen anytime, but we are always too full when done to walk around. It says a lot about a restaurant that is not ashamed to show its kitchen to its customers. This restaurant shows the attention to detail and the love that was put into it. We will continue to celebrate special occasions there and enjoy an evening out with friends and family. Good luck.
Cook's Buffett is wonderful from walking in the door and being greeted by the cheery hostess, to sitting at your table and ordering drinks from your server. They have beer & wine, a nice selection of salad items on their salad bar, and a great selection of fresh carved entrees and hot veggies and side dishes too!Make sure you save room for dessert, you won't want to miss their home made cakes like, the Neapolitan Cake, it was delicious! You won't be sorry!
After years of pleasant experiences at (now) Cook's,across from Stetson, we had an unpleasant experience there the other night. Wilted lettuce,no cukes or tomatoes and no dark meat on the turkey. The roast beef had a green line running thru it. The carver was having trouble cutting it so he sharpened the blade but didn't bother to wipe it afterwards.Service was slow, apparently just short-handed. Upon paying with a credit cardI was asked if I wanted to add something for the waitress. I tip generously,in cash at the table, so I found the question insulting. I was told the machine couldn't total the bill until I answered the question. I've never encountered this anywhere else I used the card. Not sure we'll be going back
Even after reading some of the negative reviews on this restaurant, my family and I decided to go ahead and take our chances. Our first experience was nothing but good. We have come back many more times and have never been disappointed. Yes, we were seated quickly, but that was what we expected. The hostesses have always been great.. I do not understand why everyone expects "all you can eat, all inclusive" pricing. That is why we have an obesity problem in the USA. Personally, I appreciate the fact that I do not have to pay for a beverage or dessert that I do not want. We never go away hungry. The meat portions are large enough to even fill our growing teenagers.It is also wonderful to see that this is a family run business, with the owners son as manager. No where else can you go and get this top quality, well prepared food in a spotlessly clean restaurant for this price. Also, the atmosphere is beautiful and warm.I HIGHLY recommend this restaurant for any occasion.