Dining Guide

The Nordic

Where you’re treated like royalty at a buffet fit for a king


178 East Pasquiset Trail, Charlestown | 401-783-4515

A One-of-a-Kind Experience

Famous for its endless all-you-can-eat bounty of premium seafood, steaks and desserts, The Nordic is so much more than its legendary buffet. Settled on 90 acres of beautifully landscaped, wooded grounds, The Nordic is an experience and a tradition that is enjoyed by visitors from all over New England and beyond. 

The food quality and selection is nothing short of outstanding. A literal “taste of Rhode Island,” no expense is spared to provide diners with a feast of the freshest seafood and best cuts of meats available. The service is equally unparalleled, where “you’re treated like royalty at a buffet fit for a king.” The lakeside grounds, which can be enjoyed before or after your meal, include hammocks, fire pits, fountains, alpacas and live outdoor entertainment on Sundays.

From Their Family to Yours

It all started in 1963, when the Persson family opened a restaurant that could only be accessed by a dirt road. Passed down from generation to generation, it’s currently owned by a trio of siblings: Lisa, Nancy and Steven. Eight of their own kids also work at the restaurant, where the entire staff is treated like family. With over 60 loyal employees, some of whom have been working there for decades, the owners take pride in being a sustainable small business in Southern Rhode Island.

The historic yet modern restaurant continues to receive international acclaim and has recently been titled Yankee Magazine’s “Best Feast,” featured on the Travel Channel’s Buffet Paradise and listed on Huffington Post’s “10 Belly-Busting Buffets Around the World.” A visit to The Nordic is so much more than a delicious meal. It’s a wonderful memory in the making.

Best Times to Arrive: Friday: Anytime between 5 and 8:30pm, Saturday: Anytime between 4 and 8:30pm, Sunday:  Anytime between 3 and 6:30pm. Please note that the buffets are open later; visit the “Best Times to Visit” page on their website for more helpful tips.

A Lakeside Adventure:  Everything about The Nordic is big. The expansive lakeside grounds here offers over 90 acres to explore, with hammocks, firepits, live music and al fresco appetizers and cocktails.

Sample Buffet Menu




Black Angus Prime Rib

Black Angus Filet Mignon

Teriyaki Tenderloin Tips

Fried Scallops

Shrimp & Scallop Scampi

Baked Stuffed Shrimp

Oysters on the Half Shell

Littlenecks on the Half Shell 

Sides and Appetizers

Jumbo Shrimp Cocktail

Lobster Bisque

Clam Chowder

Seafood Salads

Baked Stuffed Mushrooms

Scallops Wrapped in Bacon

Lobster Mac and Cheese

Garden Salads 


Mile High Chocolate Cake


Snickers Pie

Bourbon Pecan Pie

Strawberry Shortcake

Chocolate Covered Strawberries

Carrot Cake


Haagen Dazs Ice Cream Bar

Brownies and Magic Bars



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