HUGE BUFFET WITH CARVING STATION?
Bet bets for a Vegas-style buffet is Cafe Sierra in the Hilton Hotel Universal City or CIMA in Pacific Palms Resort in City of Industry.
Hilton Universal City
555 Universal Hollywood Drive
Pacific Palms Resort
1 Industry Hills Parkway
City of Industry
I am also a big fan of Fogo de Chao in Beverly Hills. Most buffets are just a lot of so-so food. This is not only the best salad bar in Los Angeles but a steak and meat lovers all you can eat dream. Over 10 different carving items all carved table side. Great food in a classy setting, Great service too. Your plate will never be empty.
Fogo De Chao
133 N La Cienega Blvd, Beverly Hills, CA 90211
Not been but I believe that one of the restaurants at Trump National has a lavish Sunday buffet which includes a carving station and champagne--presumably pricey though. You might also want to check what sort of buffet the restaurants at Terranea (there are 8 of them) might offer. RPV would be considered close to Torrance.
Rancho Palos Verdes, CA, Rancho Palos Verdes, CA
Trump National Golf Club Los Angeles
1 Ocean Trails Drive, Rancho Palos Verdes, CA
Yelp is your friend for this sort of thing.
A quick search suggests that the El Torito Grill in Torrance has a carving station at their Sunday Brunch.
If it doesn't have to be Torrance you might also try the Reef near the Queen Mary, and possibly the QM as well.
Terranea does offer some type of seafood buffet for Fridays, I believe, but not a weekend buffet as far as I know.
Trump National LA has a $70++ Sunday seafood brunch with carving stations. You can check their online calendar to be sure it is on.
If you just want scads of meat there is also a churascarria in Long Beach, Green Field Churascarria, near Rec Park.
Can't help with giant buffet - that's what I do on vacation, not so much where I live - but we have been to Noir repeatedly and fully intend to do it again. And again. The people are professional and welcoming, the little plates are fun to share if you're into that, and just as much fun (maybe more) to eat all by yourself. The shrimp and the lamb are my faves, but everything I've tried has been good, although I thought a crab cake was underwhelming and the grits are soupy (and what do French guys know about grits anyway?). Lots of excellent wines in the affordable range; pinot noir is both my favorite and theirs, so of course I'm always happy with the selection, but Mrs. O and her mom were both pleased with the available bubblies. Not cheap but not really expensive either, and it's a nice space unless you're next to some guy who can't talk below a bellow. But that's a problem everywhere …
re: Will Owen
Okay, Will, I'm lodging a formal complaint (unless you've reviewed this place already and somehow I missed it?) for dereliction of CH duty! ;-D>
ADD: Never mind...how could I have missed this on my first search? Probably because I used the CH search engine and not Google is how! http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/656133
Hey, man, I have in fact gone on and on (in my usual footloose manner) about this place on this board, starting a couple of years ago after they'd first opened. On our first visit one of the owners was playing host because all the hired hands were busy, and Chef Beltran himself took our breadbasket back for a refill for the same reason. That kind of lack-of-attitude, plus the nice solid furniture and the really good $7-per-glass pinot noir, told me that we'd found a very fine little joint. As I wrote.
Just had the brunch at the Hilton Waterfront in Huntington Beach (Beach Blvd. and PCH) yesterday. We were comped, so had to go to the website to find out the price per person is $30. We also had comped valet parking, but one can park at the beach and walk across.
1. They had an omelet station with lots of fresh ingredients - I did not have it.
2. Large cold salad station - lots of different cheeses, giant prawns (a very spicy cocktail sauce), lots of crab legs, smoked salmon, different types of smoked fish, variety of sushi, 4 different types of cold salads.
3. Hot buffet station - yesterday they had chicken breast with barbeque sauce, potatoes (two different types), eggs benedict, pasta in cream sauce.
4. Carvery - this was roast beef with creamed horseradish
5. Large dessert station - I had the creme brulee (forgettable), flan (good), a bread pudding with pecans.
6. Fresh champagne and orange juice refills.
While none of the items would be something to gush over, overall a great experience - sitting poolside in the sun, right next to the beach, and enjoying SoCal in all its glory!
Went to the Smoke House champagne brunch Sunday.
Not bad for the price ($20). Kind of Las Vegas style with carving station (turkey, ham & beef), made to order omelettes and crepes and pasta made to order. Opilio crab legs, peel & eat shrimp, raw oysters, mussels and seared ahi tuna round out the seafood selection. Of course their famous garlic bread.
Smoke House Restaurant
4420 W Lakeside Dr, Burbank, CA 91505