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Apr 22, 2007 10:20 PM

Cheap Buffets in SD?

Can anyone recommend any good, cheap buffets in San Diego? My boyfriend and I have been craving a good buffet. So if you have any info please send it this way....Thanks!

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  1. Try the casinos. Viejas or Sycuan are supposed to have pretty good buffets for not a lot of $$$

    1. Barona's has the best buffet for the nearby casinos.
      its about 15$ if you go sign up for a players card on m/t/w/f. On Thur/Sat/Sun its 20$, but on thursdays they have prime rib and steamed crab legs.

      beware there will be a line!
      (lil more info)

      1. VIP Oriental Buffet on Clairemont Mesa Blvd just west of the 805. $11.25 for dinner, but some editions of the Pennysaver have a $3 off coupon making it only $8.25, good Mon-Thu only.

        1. I'm a huge casino buffet fiend, so I've been to most of the casino buffets in the area. Right now, my favorite is the one out in Valley View. It's east of Escondido and quite a drive, but if you don't mind it, it's worth it. They're undergoing some major renovations right now, so the buffet is transitioning from one location to another, but the food is consistently good. It's pretty basic food the occasional interesting twist, but it's always good. Join the players club and your first buffet is free with subsequent buffets being $3 off.

          Locally, there's Sunrise Buffet on the Convoy St. It's in the same strip mall as Nijiya Market. The food was pretty good and it's decently priced.

          6 Replies
          1. re: geekyfoodie

            i'd definitely go to Sunrise buffet over VIP oriental by FAR.

            1. re: clayfu

              I would pick East Buffet on Miramar Road over the both of them.


              1. re: pbhomey

                yes, i would too. except its about 15 minutes farther from the two of them =P

                1. re: pbhomey

                  Disagree. East's Buffet's execution and selection has gotten progressively weaker over the years. I think Sunrise is better by a wide margin now. Also Crazy Buffet (which is newer, cleaner and has outside dining) also on Miramar Rd. easily beats the comparatively dingy East Buffet.

                  VIP Buffet always struck me as catering more to the local Occidental retirement clientele rather than Asians. I found most of their food to be phenominally boring.

                  1. re: mikec

                    i haven't been to East buffet in over a year, i just remember it being better than Sunrise which i go to often at lunch with my friends =P good to see i'm going to the right place

                    1. re: clayfu

                      I've been to all three, as well as a few unfortunate others. East is our favorite hands-down. They occasionally have a bad night, but even then it's more like what I had at Crazy the only time I went. East has the best coconut shrimp (none of that nasty mayo white sauce on them), shu mai (for a buffet), har gow, and others . . . plus we love those crystal dumplings. Their fried goods come out crispy and stay that way longer. They keep the crab legs coming, too.

            2. I have to agree with geekyfoodie. I typically steer clear of buffets, but the Valley View one has some GOOD STUFF!! I mean, you can't beat a chocolate fountain 7days a week!! They rotate what they serve, so check them out online to make sure they're serving what you're craving :)

              The BEST breakfast buffet I've been to is at Bellefleur in the Carlsbad Premium Outlet Mall. I think they only do it on Sundays, but it's $19.95, and you get unlimited champagne/Mimosas. They have a raw bar, custom omelette station, waffles, pastries, etc. Plus, it's excellent people watching and the service is great.