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May 15, 2008 03:42 PM

Seafood Buffet

Can anyone recommend a good Seafood Buffet? I was thinking of Khourys in Long Beach but seen bad reviews. Any good experiences there or anywhere else?

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  1. The ultimate seafood buffet would be at the Universal Hilton. It's Thursday through Sunday and costs approximately $40 per person. They have lobster thermidor, crab legs, shrimp, oysters, sushi, prime rib, and a lot of other stuff. This is definitely the best buffet in L.A.

    Another option is Cima at Pacific Palms. It's a bit more expensive, $50, and slightly less quality. But, the last time I went, they had an oyster bar where they shucked oysters for you. So, if you are into oysters, that's a good place. They also have shrimp, crab legs, and lobster.

    Finally, a cheaper but pretty decent option is Taps in Brea. They have a Sunday brunch for around $25, includes beer or champagne. They also have freshly shucked lobster and shrimp. I don't think they have crab or lobster, but the quality is pretty good for Sunday brunch.

    8 Replies
    1. re: WHills

      WHills, have you been to the Hilton one fairly recently? I've never tried it, but always see their giant poster boards for it when I have meetings at the hotel.

      From their site - see bottom of pg 1 on the link for short-hand menu and prices. I also believe that something happens different on Suns there on Thur/Fri/Sat but need an actual diner from the Board to comment further.

      1. re: gadflier

        I've been there within this year. The buffet on Thursday and Sunday nights is the same as the other nights but $5 cheaper. The Sunday brunch buffet, however, is different from the dinner buffet, and in my opinion, not as good.

      2. re: WHills

        According to their Web site, the Hilton charges $17 for allowing you to park your own car. Do they knock that down if you eat at the restaurant?

        1. re: Mel Gee

          It's been a couple of years, but I don't recall paying for parking when visiting the Uni Hilton Buffet on a weekend night. Maybe that's changed, dunno.

          1. re: Mel Gee

            I think you get validated for self-park. It might be free for the first two hourse, but in any case, I don't think it costs more than $5 for like 3 hours or so.

          2. re: WHills

            Do you happen to remember what kind of crab legs they have? hot alaskan style with butter or the cold ones that are normally eaten with the cocktail sauce?

            also, anyone tried China Buffet in West LA. I haven't but have thought of it, only for the crab, which i'd heard they serve.

            1. re: epop

              They have the cold ones with cocktail sauce. It is sliced in half so it is quiet easy to eat.

              They also have Asian seafoods, and they have dungeoness crab with ginger and scallions and cooked lobster thermidor.

              Most of the "Chinese" buffets, (i.e. Zen, China, etc.) are pretty disgusting. Low quality food at low quality price. The hilton buffet is more like the Hong Kong hotel buffets, not as good, but very close.

              1. re: WHills

                i was hoping to find a buffet that has the hot crab legs, all you can eat, with the butter. i don't know where they have that in LA. usually the food at such buffets isn't good but the crab can be very good, and that's all that i'm there for.

          3. In Long Beach, Khouri has some nice seafood buffet with a breath taking view.

            110 N Marina Dr, Long Beach, CA 90803

            1. Oh yeah, sorry forgot to add this part. The place is pretty good, but the big problem is that they only have it certain part of the day, but the Cafe Sierra at the Hilton is the other popular choice here.

              110 N Marina Dr, Long Beach, CA 90803

              Hilton Los Angeles/Universal City
              555 Universal Hollywood Drive, Universal City, CA

              1. I was at Cafe Sierra at the Hilton at the end of last year. During holidays like the Christmas season, Mother's day, they charge $46 and have specialty items like abalone. That's what I was there for. The abalone and shark's fin soup.

                They also have a sushi station, Chinese and American hot foods. A really good and huge buffet. If you do go, try to get an early seating, so you'll have time to eat from all the stations!

                For parties of 8 or more, they require a deposit--at least during the special holidays.

                1. Last time I was at the Universal Hilton for their buffet, there was all-you-can-eat (and very decent) shark fin soup! That's worth the price of admission alone, if you get enough bowls....