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Looking for seafood buffet in San Diego area

Lushie Sep 3, 2008 07:36 AM

We are headed to San Diego (my fave place) in a few weeks and I have been given the job of finding a real seafood buffet. Something affordable ($$) and safe! I have looked into 'Crazy Seafood' and 'Todai' (two different ends of the spectrum from what I understand) but I feel like I'm missing something! I'm looking for a 'buffet'! Surely some restaurant must still have an old fashioned seafood buffet? Maybe at a seafood market? It's too far to travel to Rincon or Barona or any other casino (we're staying in Pacific Beach).

Any help would be greatly appreciated!

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    butterbutt Sep 3, 2008 07:40 AM

    I think the La Jolla Shrores Lodge does one.. maybe on only Friday nights? I seem to remember..

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    1. re: butterbutt
      littlestevie Sep 3, 2008 10:50 AM

      Since the shores changed their menu around, they don't do the buffet anymore. That would have been my 1st choice as well.

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      STevenGarsson Sep 3, 2008 07:47 AM


      Not sure exactly what you have in mind, but the Bali Hai has a very nice Sunday brunch with salmon, shrimp, crab, sushi rolls, and other seafood treats AS well as prime rib, which is pretty good.

      Todai is popular 'round here, as is VIP Oriental buffet. WAY too bad you don't want to travel to the casinos, Valley View has an all-you-can-eat Maine lobster buffet.

      As far as "Surely some restaurant must still have an old fashioned seafood buffet?"...short answer for what you are looking for in San Diego, AFAIK.....no, unfortunately...."old fashioned" being the key, and sadly operative, word.

      Best Regards,

      STeven Garsson

      Good Luck!

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      1. re: STevenGarsson
        Ewilensky Sep 3, 2008 09:03 AM

        I cannot vouch for how good it is but the Westgate Hotel does a Seafood Soiree on Friday nights.


      2. Pablo Sep 3, 2008 11:21 AM

        I have never been but I hear The Four Seasons Aviara has a decent one on Friday nights.

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          P Macias Sep 3, 2008 02:33 PM

          This one is worth the drive and the price. Excellent. I love anything out of the sea and this will definitely satisfy your seafood craving. Good quality fresh seafood and replenished often. I have qualms about buffets in general but especially seafood but this one is particularly well done. I haven't been to any other seafood buffet in San Diego. But...why? Let us know if you try it.

        2. foodiechick Sep 3, 2008 11:53 AM

          La Valencia has one on the patio on Friday evenings when there is not a wedding (call ahead). I have not tried it, as I'm not a fan of any buffet and I think it is pretty pricey.

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            P Macias Sep 3, 2008 03:09 PM

            Oops, I forgot to mention, and am surprised no one else did. I think the original is near Manhattan Beach. It's huge with a great variety of both hot and cold Japanese style seafoods, also salads and desserts. Might be priced right if you have a large party. Please avoid Todai at all costs. Where are you coming from?

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              P Macias Sep 3, 2008 03:14 PM

              Please forgive me and this is my final post on the subject.

              Onami is the name of the mystery restaurant.
              Onami Restaurant

              1640 Camino Del Rio N # 341
              San Diego, CA 92108
              (619) 295-9774

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              1. re: P Macias
                littlestevie Sep 3, 2008 04:04 PM

                Is there really that big of a difference in those all you can eat sushi places? They always seemed kinda the same to me, though I have only been once.

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