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Seafood Buffet/Khoury's or Cafe Sierra???

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Looking to see which one chowhounds prefer better, regardless of the drive. Real chowhounds don't mind the drive as long as it's to a "worthy" place. In need of my seafood/lobster fix.

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  1. I haven't been to Cafe Sierra but I Khoury seafood offerings are whole Maine lobster, shrimp, salmon and on Sat nights, crab legs for $40 a person.

    1. I've never even heard of Khoury's, but I've been to Cafe Sierra for brunch. Lots of cold (sushi, crab, salmon, pate, oysters, caviar, etc.) and hot (shrimp, salmon, dim sum) seafood.

      1. what part of town are these places in?

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        1. re: carln

          Khoury's is located in Long Beach and Cafe Sierra is located in the Hilton Hotel in Unviversal City.

        2. OMG, seriously RUN away from Khoury's - this place is godawful. When I first moved to LA in 2001 I did not know any better and trusted the opinion of Merrill Schindler on his restaurant "review" radio program and went to Khoury's on his recommendation- NEVER AGAIN! The lobsters were as tough as rubber and the other food was awful as well. The place just screams low class and it turns into a "club" after a certain hour. I am not a snob but this place was completely trashy and disgusting. Granted I haven't been there in years, but I can't imagine they've improved the quality of the food or the environment much since then.

          1. I've heard that the buffet at the Universal Hilton is killer...I went once many, many years ago and remember it being very good..some of these "seafood" buffet places require some serious picking and choosing for seletions...I rarely find good lobster at any of them (file under the "you get what you pay for" category)...I like Todai for the sea urchin and salmon caviar, (buffet crabs legs are too salty for me), and their udon noodle soup is great!

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            1. re: cimero

              So would U folks say that the "Cafe Sierra Spread" is "Todai-ish"?

            2. From what I remember the Hilton Hotel Buffet was much MORE upscale than Todai. It was typical Sunday brunch, hotel buffet, but with a better selection and more Seasfood. Sounds like the Long Beach place is more Todai-ish. So I would go for the Hilton if I were you. If you do go, post what you think, because I'd love to know if I should make a special effort to go back. I liked it at the time, but I think I decided it was expensive and I really don't like to over-gorge myself on too much food...but if it's really worthy, then a periodic pig-out may be in order!!! LOL.

              1. Cafe Sierra is easily the best buffet in L.A. The best is their Friday, Saturday, Sunday seafood dinner. They have lobster thermidor, crab legs, shrimp, sushi, sashimi, a sushi roll station where they hand-make rolls for you, prime rib, lamb, Chinese style crab with ginger and scallions, clams, raw oysters, made to order pasta station, salmon, tons of dessert, and a chocolate fondue fountain. Soda is all included for $40 per person. You can't get a better deal anywhere else.

                1. We had a big party at Khoury's las year. The buffet was excellent. And the water view on Alamitos Bay cannot be beat.
                  Afterwards it, and the adjacent Buster's Longboard both turn into clubs. And you can take late night water cruises on Friday (Blues) and Sat nights w Reggae Boat Cruises which leave from the adjacent dock.

                  1. I also felt Khoury's was very bad. Lobster was tasteless and rubbery, and the rest of the offerings were mehhh. Big waste of money.