Golden Corral Buffet & Grill | International Franchise Association
Golden Corral Business Ownership

With more than 40 years of success and nearly 500 locations, Golden Corral is recognized by Nation’s Restaurant News as “America’s #1 buffet and grill.”

This concept is a proven winner—a high-value, family-oriented lunch and dinner buffet served daily and breakfast every weekend. Golden Corral is the first-choice franchise brand for savvy restaurant operators looking to expand their local dining market share or successful franchisees seeking to diversify their portfolio with a proven high revenue restaurant brand. The longevity and strength of the Golden Corral brand can be attributed to strict adherence to the restaurant’s founding mission: “Making Pleasurable Dining Affordable.”®

With national brand recognition, best-in-class food offerings and value pricing, there is still plenty of growth potential.

Golden Corral can help you take advantage of long-standing relationships with more than 40 of the nation’s leading lenders who provide financing options directly to qualified franchisees. 

Golden Corral’s directors, management team, and franchisees, have set a course of development that will allow Golden Corral to continue to be the leader in the family restaurant segment in communities throughout the United States.


Two Golden Corral building design options are available— the GC-11S and GC-11M— to match the building size and land needed to meet market potential. Both designs require free-standing sites with sufficient parking, a minimum traffic count fronting the site, a strong daytime population, and total populations of over 50,000 in the immediate area.

Ranking & Awards

#1 in the Buffet Restaurant Category 2011-2016 Entrepreneur Magazine

#1 Grill-Buffet Segment for 14 years Nation’s Restaurant News


Business Established: 1973
Franchising Since: 1986
Franchised Units: 436
Company Owned Units: 53
Start-up Cost: N/A
Total Investment: $2,168,419 to $6,602,513
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