NAICS CODE 722514 - Cafeterias, Grill Buffets, and Buffets

Industry Sector

Accommodation and Food Services

Total Companies


Est. Employment



This U.S. industry comprises establishments, known as cafeterias, grill buffets, or buffets, primarily engaged in preparing and serving meals for immediate consumption using cafeteria-style or buffet serving equipment, such as steam tables, refrigerated areas, display grills, and self-service nonalcoholic beverage dispensing equipment. Patrons select from food and drink items on display in a continuous cafeteria line or from buffet stations.


NAICS Code 722514 - Cafeterias, Grill Buffets, and Buffets is a final level code of the “Accommodation and Food Services” Sector. There are 27,634 companies classified in this industry in the USA with an estimated employment of 107,460 people.

Industry Examples

Common types of examples within NAICS Code 722514 - Cafeterias, Grill Buffets, and Buffets are:

  • Buffet eating places
  • Cafeterias


For some business types, there may be a similar industry to NAICS Code 722514 - Cafeterias, Grill Buffets, and Buffets that is a better classification match. Establishments primarily engaged in:
  • Providing food services to patrons who order and are served while seated and pay after eating: classified in U.S. NAICS Code - 722511 - Full-Service Restaurants.
  • Providing food services where patrons generally order or select items and pay before eating, other than cafeterias, grill buffets, buffets, and snack and nonalcoholic beverage bars: classified in U.S. Industry722513, Limited-Service Restaurants.