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Asian, Chinese, Sushi
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Lunch, Dinner
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Takeout, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible, Reservations
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Reviewed February 25, 2023

Years ago, this was our favorite. Back then, the different things on the buffet tasted like different dishes. But then it started going downhill, and the last time I reviewed it, I titled it Disappointed. That was in 2017. The restaurant has been closed for...a while now, due to a fire. When we saw that it had re-opened, we thought maybe we'd try it again, maybe having to physically re-vamp the place would have made them re-think the menu. Well, sadly, the food was still pretty bland and one dish tasted like the next. The service is still good however.More

Date of visit: February 2023
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Reviewed December 9, 2022

Clean, cheerful, friendly staff and multiple choices on buffet, enjoyed our visit,. Happy to see them open again.

Date of visit: December 2022
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Reviewed August 29, 2022

We have enjoyed many evening meals over the past 3 years. It has been closed for remodeling (fire) Hope you can open soon.

Date of visit: August 2022
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Reviewed February 11, 2020 via mobile

Whenever she comes over, a dinner at East Garden is a must. Sometimes twice. Its very clean and the variety of food is good. I also go there at least once a month for take out.

Date of visit: January 2020
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Reviewed September 3, 2019 via mobile

Place has gone downhill since our last visit. The food quality and temperature was average the selection of items was boring and not refilled very quickly. The host and hostess both sitting at a table watching something on their phone most of the time. Patrons...had to go up and ask them for water refills etc. Our waiter/waitress was nonexistent never did refill any of our drinks. Will be looking for a new place in the future.More

Date of visit: September 2019
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Reviewed April 30, 2019 via mobile

Food was cold, salmon over cooked, food not being restocked...1:30pm. Wait staff barely speak. Never returned to ask if you would like more to drink. Water or tea. Donut desert not put out til time to leave. Third visit where senior discount had to be...requested when it is advertised. We go frequently. Sometimes the food is outstanding and sometimes below average. You never know what you will find! The wait staff are not helpful. Maybe they don't speak English or maybe they have no instructions on being an adequate wait person. Won't be going for a while.More

Date of visit: April 2019
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Reviewed April 17, 2019 via mobile

Always consistent, good service, descent choice on buffet. Never had to wait to get in for lunch so works out great if you have only a little time for lunch.

Date of visit: April 2019
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Reviewed January 13, 2019

Get there early for lunch. Always fresh and always great flavors. Shrimp and crab lovers won't be disappointed. Love their pepper chicken, pepper steak, General Tso chicken, sesame chicken and everything else that I've tasted is excellent too. Small and unassuming place on Pantops is...rockin the food!More

Date of visit: October 2018
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Reviewed August 17, 2018 via mobile

So often Chinese buffets can be downright scary. This buffet was fresh, clean, and right on target. Food was very fresh and while there may not of been a huge variety, the things you expect were there and were well-executed. Lots of chicken dishes, sweet-and-sour,...really good pepper chicken, Spare ribs, good potstickers, And delicious sweet and sour soup.More

Date of visit: August 2018
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Reviewed April 12, 2018 via mobile

Tried every chicken, nothing was dry. Some sauces were a little heavy getting some soggy peices. But for a buffet above average quality with food. Typical buffet quality (or lack there of) of benches and furniture.

Date of visit: April 2018
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Reviewed March 4, 2018

This review based on three trips (Feb/March 18) to this buffet place. Alas-probably my last. First let me say I know this is an all you can eat Chinese style buffet bar – so not expecting French cuisine or black tie service. I would expect...trays of a variety of foods served hot, displayed appealingly and not be empty or near so at 2pm. Having waitresses sitting upon arrival, seeming more concerned about preparing silverware packets for the next week that seating me was disheartening and set the bar low for service staff. Inattentive service seems to be the norm from both the argumentative manager and the wait staff. Food is basic – no real showstoppers – nothing out of the ordinary. The best thing on the bar is the plain white rice. Most sushi is good- some not as fresh and could be. Overall a good place to stop and try – but wouldn’t drive across town with high expectations..More

Date of visit: February 2018
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Reviewed September 25, 2017

Excellent service and the food is fresh. They are constantly refilling the buffet with fresh items and a huge variety. We could barely finish a plate of food before the table was cleaned and fresh drinks brought to the table. Great service!

Date of visit: September 2017
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Reviewed July 9, 2017

This has always been our "go-to" place for asian buffet, but I don't think I'll be rushing back anymore. The last time we were there, I was feeling that it wasn't so good as usual, and today's visit confirmed that. The food all seemed bland...and tasted the same. Before, they had a Thai basil chicken that was excellent, that was gone. They used to have some spicy pork that was really spicy, also gone. They do have General Tso's chicken, listed as spicy, but it wasn't. They seem to be cutting back on the meats and have more vegetable dishes, cutting back on costs? The food was also cold. Their soups are still good, both the hot and sour and egg drop. I'd hoped to get an egg roll and dip in hot mustard to get some spice, but all they had were shrimp spring rolls, and I can't eat shrimp. The place is showing it's age too, the ladies room is in need of some fixing. What a shame, this place used to be in a class of it's own, now it seems to be like any asian buffet.More

Date of visit: July 2017
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Reviewed May 28, 2017

Went early on Saturday so I could be back hom to watch Chelsea FC. Great good at this time and if they keep it this fresh throughout the lunch you will enjoy!

Date of visit: May 2017
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Reviewed April 25, 2017

Had no idea prices for a Sunday was higher then the other days. My first time there. Food was good but since a buffet as a senior I could only eat so much. Price was a bit higher then I would like.

Date of visit: April 2017
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  • Food: 3.5
  • Service: 4
  • Value: 3.5
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