I’ve been here 4 different times with 4 different groups. One time from the Asian meetup, another from a group of friends who heard good things about it, my supervisor who treated me out to lunch for my birthday, And the Yee, Toy, Fong association for an appreciation lunch. All of these instances have one thing in common: Asians love this place.
Pacific Seafood Buffet is what it sounds: an all-you-can-eat seafood restaurant that has about 60 items to choose from. Though they tout seafood as their best, they also have a grill, a build-your-own Mongolian noodle place, some “dim sum”, legitimate Chinese dishes, Chinese American dishes, a salad bar and some decent desserts.
Hands down the best part about Pacific Seafood Buffet is the quality of sushi. Infact, I would say their quality of sushi outweighs literally everything else at the place. Located in the front of the restaurant, the sushi bar has one or two live sushi chefs continuously making rolls for everyone. You have so much variety here from 10 different rolls, like 5 different sashimi combos, hand rolls, tempura, you name it, a whole sushi bar is here. At least for lunch, you could honestly have your fill of sushi three times over compared to a regular restaurant.
Assortment of Chinese food
Quite average for a Chinese buffet. I like to judge the beef and broccoli and green beans usually to see how bright their vegetables are as a sign of quality. In general, they do a very good job brightening up their veggies. There is authentic Chinese food like hot and sour soup, steamed pork buns and a bunch of other stuff but I find these inferior in quality.
You have sweet buns, pork buns, rice and a few other things. At about 8 items, the dim sum selection is ok and it does taste like they buy it pre frozen at a store.
A bit sad but has a nice selection. You can have beef, pork, or shrimp and a bunch of vegetables. I found the noodles very slippery and when stir fried together, they separate out.
The Grill Items
I would say this would be the second best part of this restaurant. The freshly grilled stuff is easy to grab and deliciously charred enough to eat. The best part is that they serve fresh kalbi, or Korean ribs and it’s actually quite good. I would rate it one step lower than kalbi you find in original Korean restaurants. If I were you, I would honestly take advantage of the kalbi because it probably costs them a lot price per pound, probably more than your actual lunch ticket.
I don’t like Pacific Seafood deals with cooked seafood but some people love it. Maybe I’m not a fan of cooked seafood myself. In any case, they have an impressive collection of seafood including crawdads, mussels, raw oysters, and of course, everyone’s favorite, the king crab legs.
Who eats salad at a buffet?
For the record, I dislike crab because it’s hard to eat and these taste especially dry.
A standard dessert of store-bought cakes, cookies and jello is up for grabs. I like ice cream after my buffets so I just got sherbet. They have a selection of 8 different ice creams and sherberts where you can help yourself in.
If you’ve ever been to any Chinese all you can eat buffet, you know that they pretty much all feel the same. You have the typical entrance with the fountain/gong/Asian statue and then walking in, you see the golden buffet and the leathery diner seats. TRhe exterior of the restaurant has a nice Asian temple feel but the inside is exactly what to expect for an Asian buffet. And that’s ok.
I don’t get why this place doesn’t have drinking fountains but whatever. Waiteresses will refill your water and take away your dishes. You have the option to tip them and I do leave a small tip (10%) for filling my water and picking up the dirty dishes.
According to their website:
Overall, it’s very cheap and worth the price for eating the seafood alone.
Served Monday – Friday, 11:00am – 4:00pm
- Adults – $9.88
- Kids (3 – 6 years) – $3.88
- Kids (7 – 9 years) – $5.88
- Kids (10 – 11 years) – $8.38
- Seniors – 10% Off
Served Monday – Thursday, 4:00pm – 9:30pm
- Adults – $16.88 (Monday – Thursday Only)
- Kids (3 – 6 years) – $4.88
- Kids (7 – 9 years) – $7.88
- Kids (10 – 11 years) – $10.88
- Seniors – 10% Off
Friday Dinner – 4:00pm-10:00pm
Saturday & Sunday Dinner Menu All Day
- Adults – $17.88
- Kids (3 – 6 years) – $5.88
- Kids (7 – 9 years) – $8.88
- Kids (10 – 11 years) – $11.88
- Seniors – 10% Off
In my opinion, there is a sweet spot in selection when it comes to buffet selection. Not only that, but the diversity has to be unique. I feel that Pacific Seafood Buffet does a great job in their selection. Though the quality isn’t that good, they do have some decently authentic stuff. If you’re into traditional, they have that. If you have kids and they want French fries and cake, they have that. If you like Mongolian bbq, fresh grilled meat, and “dim sum”, they have that too.
Most importantly are the people who love seafood. A friend of mine invited a whole bunch of us because she wanted to eat seafood and heard this place has the biggest and relatively cheapest selection. I didn’t enjoy the cooked seafood that much but the sushi there was amazing so I decided to gorge myself on that.
With a huge selection of options to choose from, there’s a reason why four different Asian groups recommend Pacific Seafoiod Buffet. The selection of sushi, grills, dim sum, buffet food, and dessert makes it so there is something for everyone. What I admire the most about this restaurant is the staff that work here to make sure your sushi and grilled items are of good quality. I’m sure the chefs who make the buffet food also deserve some credit too.