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880 S Jefferson Ave, I-40, Exit 287, Cookeville, TN 38501-4031
+1 931-526-1022
06:00 - 21:00
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Paris, Tennessee
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85 reviews
80 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 January 2017

Let me clarify "worst buffet"...There was a good variety of food on the buffet but several things I got were room temperature at best and this was SEAFOOD! Not only was it room temperature, some of it was like it had sit there all day, it was stale, dried out, and I just couldn't eat some of it. Thankfully they... More 

Thank Drfoodlover2
Knoxville, TN
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63 reviews
52 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 November 2016

We were travelling to West Tennessee and decided to stop at this Shoney's because we know this exit well and it is well-lit. We got there before 6:30am and they opened at 6:00am. Most of the dining room lights were dim and there were only a few people inside. We ordered the breakfast buffet thinking that it is always good... More 

Thank 7LifesATrip7
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 September 2016 via mobile

We had decided we didnt like shoney's for dinner/supper anymore a long time ago, but we hadn't given up on breakfast until now. First, the tables and floors were sticky and not just ours, but the people around us were complaining. Next the buffet was poorly stocked and it wasnt overly busy. The grits were cold. Service was slow checking... More 

Thank A TripAdvisor Member
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57 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 July 2016 via mobile

This trip to Shoney's was pretty bad. Cold pork chops, corn corn in cold biscuits. Salad bar was mediocre still charged about 25 bucks for the two of us. From now on, if I go to Shoney's it will be in Crossville there by far the best. Very disappointed in the Cookeville store. If I'm in Cookeville, I'll try I... More 

Thank Dale W
Cookeville, Tennessee
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175 reviews
153 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 May 2016 via mobile

I rarely eat at Shoney's but today's visit was good. I had the food bar which offered salad fixins, lunch option and breakfast option. I think they also had some dessert on the food bar. The food in general was good. Cleanliness: 4 out of 5. (floors needed cleaning) Food: 5 out 5. Most everything I ate was good and... More 

Thank TnOakTree
Nashville, Tennessee
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10 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 April 2016 via mobile

Impressed with the food and staff. Food on the buffet was fresh and very good. A good variety of choices, something for everyone. The service was impeccable. Also very clean including the bathrooms which the GM was cleaning himself. The only negative is the worn, outdated restaurant itself. The Shoneys Corp should be ashamed to let this building go the... More 

Thank Kim S
Brentwood, Tennessee
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191 reviews
136 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 53 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 January 2016

Have not had a meal at Shoney's in a long time and decided to stop here for breakfast bar while traveling. Arrived around 7:30 am on Friday morning, so there were not many patrons. Hostess and waitress were very friendly. Every piece of bacon was overdone and super crispy (almost burnt) and the hash browns were not cooked through...not worth... More 

Thank T M
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77 reviews
65 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 December 2015 via mobile

We had a post wedding breakfast party of 16 was sat right away no complaints of how big the party was our waitress was super nice the food was delicious we all had a great time!!!

Thank Carole D
Chattanooga, Tennessee
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18 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 November 2015

We stayed in Cookeville, Tennessee in early July of 2015. We first came to this restaurant for lunch. The buffet was outstanding and very well priced. Service was prompt and friendly. We thoroughly enjoyed the food, atmosphere, and customer service so much that we returned the next morning for a wonderful breakfast. If I ever found myself in Cookeville again,... More 

Thank USATravelAuthor
Edwardsville, Illinois
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50 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 March 2015

This Shoney's does NOT meet expectations that the chain as a whole enjoys. Had both a dinner and breakfast there and neither was to standard. Neither the food nor the staff earned my recommendation.

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    3 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3 of 5 bubbles
    3 of 5 bubbles
Breakfast, Dinner
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff
Open Hours
06:00 - 21:00
06:00 - 21:00
06:00 - 21:00
06:00 - 21:00
06:00 - 21:00
06:00 - 22:00
06:00 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 880 S Jefferson Ave, I-40, Exit 287, Cookeville, TN 38501-4031
  • Location: United States  >  Tennessee (TN)  >  Cookeville
  • Phone Number: +1 931-526-1022

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?