We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.
The latest reviews. The lowest prices. The perfect place to shop for hotels.

Green Emerald Buffet

Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
Get directions
1016 29th St SE, Watertown, SD 57201-9120
More Info
Add Photo Write a Review

16 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

Traveller rating
Traveller type
Time of year
Showing 15: English reviews
Redwood Falls, Minnesota, United States
Level Contributor
3 reviews
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 February 2017 via mobile

Food is typical off the Asian delivery truck food. As mentioned in other reviews food temp is hit and miss but there is one thing very consistent and that is the rudeness of the "lady" at the register.

Thank Pam S
Florence, South Dakota
Level Contributor
10 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 January 2017

If you get there when everything is hot, it is pretty good. Later than that no so much. I do like the fact that they added the habachi grill

Thank Schwing57235
Fargo, North Dakota
Level Contributor
4 reviews
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 July 2015

There is nothing I liked about this restaurant. I've been to plenty of Chinese restaurants in many states and this one by far stands out as the worst one. The staff was yelling at each thru the restaurant. You have to pay first which I find out of the ordinary. (Too many dine and dashes I guess, should have been... More 

Thank WorkTravelEat
Sisseton, South Dakota, United States
Level Contributor
28 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 March 2015

Many foods are cold because there is not enough water under the pan on the steam table. Glass dividers between booths are very streaked and dirty, food left on walls and seats. Food OK, prices very high.

Thank 849SDBiker
Watertown, South Dakota
Level Contributor
73 reviews
47 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 November 2014

The food is past its prime and the furnishings are very worn. Cleanliness is not on the menu we tried it a couple times and there was no improvement.

3 Thank Don H
Level Contributor
84 reviews
72 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 May 2014 via mobile

The food was ok, but the service was horrible. Barely had my name written on tick and she was pulling it away from me. They didn't greet as I walked in, just assumed what I wanted. Have only been here once in over a year of living in Watertown.

4 Thank Philip M
Henry, South Dakota
Level Contributor
3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 February 2014

I once loved this place and the happy smiling girl who greeted us when we walked in is gone. Now all they have is grumpy people who appear to speak very little English and main person in charge is an Asian woman with a major attitude problem. I will just echo what others have posted ... The place is run... More 

1 Thank lolajean1951
Pierre, South Dakota
Level Contributor
88 reviews
55 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 January 2014

Took the family here for a late supper after a long day's drive. Very roomy restaurant with several food bars to choose from. Large selection of food available, I thought it was great, my wife was less impressed. I would eat here again otherwise I'd rate it 5 stars.

Thank Thankyouhaveaniceday
Sioux Falls, South Dakota
Level Contributor
38 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 December 2013 via mobile

We've eaten here a few times because my family likes Chinese. Unfortunately it's the only choice in Watertown. The staff is absolutely oblivious to their customers. Downright rude and don't speak or even smile. The food is mediocre. If you hit it at the right time you will get hot food. Most times it's just warm and blah. Now the... More 

2 Thank L L
Cincinnati, Ohio
Level Contributor
17 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 November 2013

I had a wonton and egg roll, managed to choke the cold bland food down, then got rice and noodles, took two bites and just gave up, it was cold and awful! It was not worth trying anymore. The $19 something dollars for two meals (plus tip which I paid ahead) and the equivalent of half a plate of food... More 

2 Thank Stephanie L

Travellers who viewed Green Emerald Buffet also viewed


Been to Green Emerald Buffet? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Is This Your TripAdvisor Listing?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing
Improve this listing

Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    2 of 5 bubbles
    1.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    2.5 of 5 bubbles
    2 of 5 bubbles
Chinese, Asian
Restaurant features
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1016 29th St SE, Watertown, SD 57201-9120
  • Location: United States  >  South Dakota (SD)  >  Watertown

Questions & Answers

Questions? Get answers from Green Emerald Buffet staff and past visitors.
Posting guidelines
Typical questions asked:
  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?