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“Happy - NOT! - Buffet” 1 of 5 stars
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Happy Buffet
1000 N Davis Rd, Salinas, CA 93907-1944
831-771-9898
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Cuisines: Chinese
Dining options: Buffet
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Dining options: Buffet
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“Happy - NOT! - Buffet”
1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2012

Run away! This place is REALLY bad. We hit a fair share of Chinese Food buffets when we travel - they are fairly reasonable, and everyone in the family can find something they like. We usually set our expectations at "clean, and hopefully tasty." (It is after all an "all-you-can-eat" place. If you went to an "All-you-can-eat French cuisine for $9.99" what would you expect?)
This place set a new low. Lots of empty trays and other things like a full tray of limes and a full tray of croutons and a full tray of crackers (but no soup left - not even the lowly wonton). Dirty plates left on our table, and even better, dirty plates left on tables where there were no longer people (i.e. there were at least 4 tables with no people at them, but loads of empty plates and food on them.) In the mean time it is us and one other couple in the place and the waitress is sitting at a dirty table sipping a juice box (I kid you not).
Then the real home run - we spot a large bug running around among the food trays. Sooo...we decide we are done. I tell the person at the front (the owner?) "What’s with the bug up at the food? Perhaps if you cleaned up a bit, you might have fewer bugs." This gets a, "We are clean."
"No," I reply, "you are using a swifter to clean fallen food off a carpet that is sticky. That will not do the job."
That comment just got me a grunt.
Go someplace else, go anywhere else. Go to a vending machine and get chips. You will still be better off.

  • Visited July 2012
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 1 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
    • 1 of 5 stars Food
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English first
1 review
“The food was extremely salty. We could...”
1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2010 via mobile

The food was extremely salty. We could barely eat anything and unfortunately had to waste food on the plates as most things we tried did not taste good. The cooks did not understand or speak English and when we tried to explain to them the high salt content we were not successful in doing so. To improve my taste I had an ice cream which tasted more like ice water-cream. There was also a fly hovering around the fruits. We decided never to go there again!

    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
    • 1 of 5 stars Food
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San Ramon
1 review
“Nice food with excellent value”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2009

This buffet offers $9.99 for diner (6.99 for lunch) and kids free, an excellent value for someone looking for Chinese/Japanese/Asian buffet. A lot of shrimp, crab, and oysters and fresh fruits, ice cream, and soup, sushi, etc. enough seats available. The owner are nice too.

    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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ishioye
1 review
“Happy Buffet”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2009

I was a little skeptical about the deal they have for the buffet : $6.99 for all you can eat buffet including ice cream, salad bar, fresh fruits, oysters, lots of shrimp and crab legs? No way!!! But, IT IS TRUE, the food was fresh and tons of variety, incredible place to eat for your buck!!!

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