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“After ten years of adequacy, it's now awful.” 1 of 5 stars
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Oriental Buffet
4458 Bee Ridge Rd, Sarasota, FL 34233-2502
941-377-6699
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Ranked #574 of 819 restaurants in Sarasota
Cuisines: Sushi, Chinese, Mongolian
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Sarasota
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14 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
“After ten years of adequacy, it's now awful.”
1 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2012

I've been eating here for about ten years, but never again. They've gone seriously downhill in recent months. Hot and sour soup was goopy and disgusting, crab legs are mediocre and extremely difficult to obtain because they bring them out 3 servings at a time. If you're not willing to stand around for 5 to 10 minutes, you probably won't get anything but scraps. After 45 minutes I finally had to ask the manager to refill the oysters because they were just empty shells. The BBQ ribs were the toughest and driest I've ever come across. The sushi is attractive but the rice was incredibly dense, so much so that it was nearly impossible to taste the other ingredients. The raw oysters alone might have compensated for some of the disasters but I tried so many things and they were the only item I enjoyed. Service was among the worst I've ever seen, drinks were not refilled until we flagged someone down and then were brought without ice. The server actually reached over my girlfriend while she was eating to grab something off the table. Aside from the sushi and kitchen guys stocking the buffet, the entire staff appeared to be angry and unfriendly. When we expressed our disappointment with parts of the meal, the owner simply stared at us and said nothing. The buffet on North Lockwood & University is so much better I'll drive 30 minutes to get there even though I live about a mile from this place.

  • Visited April 2012
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
    • 2 of 5 stars Food
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Sarasota, Florida
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3 restaurant reviews
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“Absolutely Sooooooooooooo Rude!!!”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2012

They have got to be the rudest people in Sarasota. We went their tonight, ate dinner - just one serving each plus some ice cream - and sat and talked for a while. they kept coming over and asking us if we were done, then told us we had stayed too long! It wasn't like we kept going back for food - we were just sitting enjoying each other's company. There was no waiting line - we were not keeping anyone else from sitting down. When we were on our way out the owner said "You here 3 hour - you stay too long." Well - they won't have to worry about that again - because we won't be going back. Rude, rude, rude!!!

  • Visited March 2012
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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“Quantity yes, Quality no ...”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 29, 2012

A wide variety of foods, but just a few were average to above average. Their banner sign inside the store claims that they were voted the best buffet in Sarasota for the last 12 years. Perhaps it's the best Asian buffet, but it is not the best buffet in the Sarasota area. Remember this restaurant is not located in the competitive markets of Toronto, San Francisco or New York City Chinatowns.

TIP: During the weekday at 4:00pm, the prices change from a lunch price to dinner pricing. It's almost twice as much for dinner. GO BEFORE 3:45 AND BUY THE LUNCH. Why 3:45 instead of 4:00, because we arrived 8 minutes before 4 o'clock and we were being charged the dinner price. When we headed for the door, we were offered a $2.00 off per dinner discount and decided to give this restaurant a try.

  • Visited February 2012
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 2 of 5 stars Food
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nokomis
1 review
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
“Eat all you can eat as long as it's not meat and crab legs”
1 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2012

Terrible customer service. Inability to understand what "All you can eat" means. They tried getting rid of the crab legs option and lost customers and now are rationing them out. Stay away, everything else is ordinary you can do better elsewhere.

Visited January 2012
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Sarasota, Florida
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“Don't go”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 24, 2011 via mobile

All was good . Typical Chinese buffet food but when I went to get ice cream for dessert a little roach ran accross the glass cover. I will never go back

    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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