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Jun 3, 2011 11:36 PM

Buffet dinner in Bay Area.

Does anyone know of a place that surves buffet dinner? my husband likes buffet style but not Sunday Brunch. It can be simple like Golden Corral (closest one is Sacramento or Tracy) or fancy or something in between and that is what he wants for his birthday.
We live in San Bruno and would be willing to travel an hour to 2 hours. San Jose, Livermore or the East Bay. would be great. Thanks Brenda

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  1. If your husband is a serious meat eater, you might consider a Brazilian steakhouse in San Francisco or San Mateo called Espetus. (I've only been to the one in San Francisco.)

    It's not exactly a buffet dinner but a large buffet salad bar and all-you-can-eat meats. I found the meats to be quite decent, but as always, the value of an all-you-can-eat dinner depends a lot on your appetite. Don't know if that's the kind of place you'd be looking for, but I thought I'd mention it as a suggestion.

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    1. re: nocharge

      There's a rodizio in San Bruno, too.

      Cleo's Brazilian Steak House
      451 El Camino Real, San Bruno, CA 94066

      Espetus Churrascaria
      710 South B Street, San Mateo, CA 94401

      1. re: Robert Lauriston

        Went to Cleo's for lunch a few years ago as it is much cheaper than Espetus. The selection and quality of meats were horrible. Needless to say, I haven't been back.

        1. re: Civil Bear

          Oh, well. I think Espetus is the only all-you-can-eat place I've been to that had really good food.

        2. re: Robert Lauriston

          Pampas in Palo Alto. Also AYCE, but quite pricey. Nice quality.

          1. re: bbulkow

            If you go to Pampas - be sure to try the grilled chicken hearts - they are really delicious - and be sure to make a reservation - they often rent out a large amount of space for company or Stanford events and we have learned the hard way to reserve ahead :)

      2. If Golden Corral is acceptable, Kome in Daly City is an option. It is Asian buffet, so a crazy mix of hot Chinese food, raw Japanese sushi/sashimi, and also raw/cooked seafood. Not much steak though. Birthday boy can eat free too. It is economical, don't expect top quality, but the restaurant is so busy I'm sure they are fresh.

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        1. re: hedge_hog

          Along the lines of Kome, there's also Moonstar Buffet in Daly City. Never been there for dinner, but I thought their lunch was pretty good, particularly for an Asian buffet. I hear it gets really crowded at night though, so you might have to suffer lots of elbowing from other diners.

          Moonstar Restaurant
          383 Gellert Blvd, Daly City, CA 94015

        2. If you go late enough on Sunday, Souls Restaurant in Oakland has a Sunday dinner buffet (I think they switch if from brunch to dinner around 2 p.m. or so). It's your full spread of Southern meats and veggies. It's okay quality for what it is - definitely not like you find in the actual South, but better than Golden Corral, that's for sure. The place is sparkling clean and has its own secured private lot.


          1. I'm trying to remember/search for indian buffet dinners. It looks like Tumeric has buffet on Friday and Sat. Passage to India used to have it some nights. Mayuri has buffet Wednesday.


            2230 El Camino Real, Santa Clara, CA 95050