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Dec 5, 2009 08:12 AM

Spectacular Weekend Brunch Buffets for $40 or Less

I love to go to brunch buffets on weekends and have about $40 dollars to spend per person. I am wondering which places I should give a try. So far, I liked a) Cafe Sierra at the Hilton in Universal City, b) the Castaway in Burbank, c) the Mission Inn in Riverside and d) Taps Fish House. Any other recommendations (including casinos)? Also, perhaps there are also more specialized (say, ethnic food) buffets that are good. So far, I liked Maison Akira in Pasadena.

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  1. A couple of other potential places you might like are the Odyssey in Granada Hills and Shanghai Red's in Marina Del Rey.

    Shanghai Red's
    13813 Fiji Way, Marina Del Rey, CA 90292

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    1. re: Servorg

      respectfully disagree with the recommendation of shanghai reds.
      the view is lovely
      the fruit and desserts they serve are fine.
      their fish is, imho, awful/vile.

      1. re: westsidegal

        Recommended it based solely on the OP posting above that they liked the buffet brunch at Castaway in Burbank. Shanghai Red's is, if not better than the Castaway, at least on par.

        1. re: Servorg

          please remind me never to try Castaway. . . .

    2. I have heard very good things about the brunch at the Four Seasons in Westlake Village. It might be above your price point, though.

      The Sunday brunch at the New Otani hotel downtown (Thousand Cranes) is supposed to be very good for Japanese food, including sushi and sashimi. The price I have heard quoted is $49 per person, so it is a little more than your estimate.

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      1. re: Jwsel

        Thousand Cranes used to offer a wonderful Sunday brunch, but when I returned last year (about 5 years after previous visit) it was clear that everything except the price had gone seriously downhill. The food selection was about half of what it used to be (no more okonomiyaki bar, for one thing) and most items seemed either rubbery or steam-tabled to death.

        1. re: Bradbury

          the former New Otani Hotel was sold "...Japanese-owned East West Development Corp. sold the property in August [2007] to the private, Beverly Hills-based firm 3D Investments..." and re-branded as the Kyoto Grand Hotel & Gardens and on/about December 1, 2007.

      2. for indian food, i nominate three:
        1) the india restaurant in artesia
        2) jaipur in west LA on pico
        3) in marina del rey

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        1. re: westsidegal

          The India Restaurant is WAY better than the other two. WAY better. I find the other two pretty mediocr-ish.

          1. re: mdpilam

            definitely agree that india restaurant has far superior food, but sometimes location comes into play.

          2. Any more suggestions? There must be many more good weekend brunch buffets...

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            1. re: jugglesmiles

              There are no more responses because I don't think you can find excellent brunch buffet for under $40. Just my opinion, I would love to be proved wrong.

            2. There's also Cima Restaurant at the Pacific Palms Resort in Industry Hills. I've never had the brunch there but have had the dinner buffet there a few times and supposedly it's comparable to the Hilton in Universal City (so you have a reference point), though I haven't been there.


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              1. re: thepoorfoodie

                Will they meet the price point of $40 or less?

                1. re: Servorg

                  I just called and asked
                  Champagne Brunch on Sunday from 10:30-2:30pm is $42.

                  I guess I'm over by $2. :0)