Red Apple Buffet - Norwood Park

4.2
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$30 and under
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Polish
Red Apple Buffet Restaurant Chicago is an all-you-can-eat buffet restaurant with a long tradition of serving great tasting traditional and contemporary Polish and international food. Our goal is to satisfy every kind of appetite! We know that even the best food shouldn’t come at sky-high prices. That’s why Red Apple is a budget minded restaurant where everyone can enjoy a great meal!
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CH
Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall3food2service3ambience3

The ambiance was okay, the staff very courteous, the restaurant clean & the buffet had a great variety of dishes. Even though the place was less than half full, the buffet items were constantly being replaced by fresh trays. I am Polish with wonderful memories of great food that relatives cooked. I have no complaints about the quantity of available foods. Some dishes were quite good, although I was not not at all impressed with others. Most of the dishes I tasted were bland. The chicken noodle soup was hot & tasteless. Overall I rate the restaurant just fair & won’t return, but keep looking for a better experience elsewhere.

SM
1 review
Dined on September 5, 2019
Overall2food3service2ambience4

The wine glass were small and the waitress fill it only half way. We literally had to paid the bill at the cashier because the waitress forgot to give us the bill when we were finished with our dining experience.

AB
Chicago
13 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Fresh and abundant polish food. Great coffee options! Quiet and comfortable atmosphere.

OT
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was so good, my mom and I are going to go here for our Polish food fix whenever we need it!

YA
1 review
Dined on August 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very delicious food items, big selection of home made fresh polish/russian dishes that returned me to my childhood. And all for very reasonable charge. Would highly recommend this place!

JL
Naples
52 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Excellent menu Ethnic Polish food made fresh and served buffet style. We love it !!!

C
Chicago
13 reviews
Dined on July 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Looking for great Polish food? This is the place! From the sausages and sauerkraut to the cabbage rolls and strawberry pirogies, everything here was delicious. Highly recommended!!

SS
1 review
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Best potato pancakes I’ve ever had! Stuffed cabbage and pierogi excellent.

SS
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Went there for Father's day as we've done for several years now was quite surprised about a $15 hike in food having said that though it could be justified because they had lobster crab shrimp and other things that they never had on the menu before obviously they need to be compensated I wish we would have known that before we got there FYI they do not take credit cards there is some sort of ATM machine there for a fee what I'm saying it's always very good it just would have been nice to know that much of a price increase

OP
Chicago
18 reviews
Dined on May 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

This was their 50th anniversary dinner and it was great. Lots of varieties of excellent tasting food.

TM
Chicago
16 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Just as good as Grandma made it! Serious comfort food.

BZ
1 review
Dined on March 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was wonderful. We were celebrating our daughters 49th birthday. Our daughter, son, and their spouses all loved it as much as we did.

Y
Chicago
1 review
Dined on March 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Delicious home-style cooking. A great experience and very friendly service staff

R
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on February 24, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

A little confusing getting our large group in, but by and large this is an AMAZING spot. Great food well-priced. Really kind wait staff.

LC
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food was absolutely delicious! Our only criticism is that it was a little over $100 for 4 people to eat. And yes, it is an all-you-can-eat buffet, but the food is very rich and heavy and none of us could eat a lot of it. But, that will not stop us from coming back again and again!

OT
Chicago
137 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great selection of Eastern European specialties in a fun setting.

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Food was awesome!

TM
Chicago
16 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Almost as good as Grandma’s kitchen. Thank goodness my kids like the place almost as much as I do.

TM
Chicago
16 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Just like Grandma made! Every trip I find something new that I’m excited to see. It’s hard to not stuff yourself to the point of being uncomfortable. I’m very happy my kids seem to like it as much as I do.

m
Chicago
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2018
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Great food and drinks. Clean and spacious. Staff was very friendly and atmosphere was comfortable and child friendly.

AP
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2018
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Seems odd that the same food should cost more on weekends. Still, tasty, plentiful. I left in a food coma. But go during the week and save a few bucks.

f
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Very authentic polish cuisine. Not all the varieties of pierogi are out, you just need to ask your server for what kind you want and how many and they will bring them to your table. Very good.

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on August 29, 2018
Overall2food1service1ambience2

My wife was very disappointed with the food

EV
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2018
Overall3food4service4ambience2

Good food but highly overpriced. When you go on the weekend it ends up being roughly $32 per person because they charge you gratuity. Also, its cash only and they don't mention that on their website!

TM
Chicago
16 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Just like Grandma’s kitchen. An amazing place to get all the comfort foods you grew up with.

CH
Orange County
11 reviews
Dined on June 24, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The wonderful authentic polish food on this buffet is prepared with love and the restaurant is beautifully maintained.

KA
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Truly dazzling array of authentic Polish cuisine -- for every course -- in all-you-can eat buffet. Food was attractive and well seasoned, spanning rich sauces to light and fresh. There is something for every palate. Potato pancakes are outstanding, and refreshed regularly. Loved the coffee meringue cookies. Pleasant, clean ambiance and excellent, friendly and professional service. Great value, great time.

JL
Naples
53 reviews
Dined on June 13, 2018
Overall4food4service4ambience3

We very much enjoyed our dinner and birthday celebration at the Red Apple. The wait staff made the birthday special with a song, cake, and a candle. Delicious food for a reasonable price - cash only though.
I highly recommend for comfort food buffet.

K
1 review
Dined on May 13, 2018
Overall1food1service1ambience1

So upset, and disappointed. I invited my mom and my wife,and my children for dinner. I made reservation for 5pm. We came 4.45pm....we patiently waited for 45 min.....we were told that table will be ready in 5 min. We waited.....and then other people came and they got table right away, then next group came and also got table....so we just left.......hungry.....but what every we had very good time and other restaurant

1
Chicago
26 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious good and delightful service! Go very hungry.

M
Chicago
12 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2018
Overall4food3service4ambience3

Food was yummy. Servers were friendly. I will be back.

MT
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on April 20, 2018
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Super friendly and helpful waitstaff. Delicious food, potato pancakes are outstanding. Good value, food is way above average "buffet" food. Parking lot is tiny but street parking on Milwaukee. They take cash only, I wish that was a little clearer before we booked a group.

DY
1 review
Dined on March 4, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Everything was great, the service was amazing. We will be back soon.

SD
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on February 24, 2018
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Group if six. Sat in the back and we we loud and laughing. Good food good times.

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 21, 2017
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Soda should always be included in buffet price and not extra. Don't think a 15% gratuity shouldn't be added to the bill. After all, it's a buffet, customer's serve themselves

R
New England
121 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2017
Overall2food2service4ambience2

Went there because the reviews were very good. Top 10 buffet in the country !! WOW.
Had to try it.
The service was good. Our waitress was very attentive and pleasant.
The food...some items were very good, some were just OK.
Items I liked: Pork Cutlet, Vegetable rice, Flan, Ham Hock, brisket, sausage.
Other items were just average.... like the chicken noodle soup, schnitzel, lamb, chicken wing, potato pancake, pierogies, most pastries, etc.
It was a good experience, but I enjoyed some salad bars much better at half the price.

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on May 13, 2017
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Food was authentic. Good. Service was good. Cash only!!!

NF
Chicago
32 reviews
Dined on May 13, 2017
Overall2food3service3ambience3

Found this restaurant through the open table app. Disappointed when the price for the buffet wasn't listed anywhere. (Should have asked!). It was $24 per person which seemed a little high. When it was time to check out, at first unwilling to take credit card. Said they only accept cash. Told them OpenTable said they took credit cards. The lady then wanted to charge a $1 service fee. Told her it was out first time there and she waived the fee. Not sure I would return. Wasn't worth the amount of money paid and the check out lady was rude.

c
Chicago
10 reviews
Dined on March 18, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience3

There were 4 of us and we really enjoyed the food. Good, wholesome and fattening.

G
Chicago
23 reviews
Dined on February 11, 2017
Overall3food4service4ambience3

Good Polish food, just like Grandma used to make. This is a buffet restaurant but the buffet has many options to choose from. Establishment itself is not fancy and finding a place to park was difficult.

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