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“Could have easily been excellent” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of Joy Luck Buffet

Joy Luck Buffet
Ranked #732 of 2,874 Restaurants in Saint Louis
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: Chinese, Sushi, Asian
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Restaurant details
Good for: Dining on a budget, Large groups, Families with children, Kids
Dining options: Brunch, Dinner, Lunch, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
St. Louis
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79 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 71 helpful votes
“Could have easily been excellent”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 26, 2013

Christmas Day 2013. Friendly, polite and attentive service. Clean and tidy dining area. Large buffets lines (5, I think), including sushi. The food was very good and the selection is large. We would have liked some classic Chinese vegetables. Menu service as well and several tables were ordering the self-preparation wok at their table. A server dropped some food on the floor and returned it to a plate. I think we thought it O.K. because it was to be cooked at the table....but still?

  • Visited December 2013
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Food
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Date | Rating
  • English first
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English first
Dixon Missouri
Level Contributor
89 reviews
57 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 53 helpful votes
“Typical Fare”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 13, 2013

I was hoping for fantastic Chinese buffet experience since we were in St. Louis area, but was disappointed as it was like any other Chinese buffet in the middle of nowhere, any state. It wasn't bad, as I have had bad, but it wasn't anything that I would go back to the next time in St. Louis.

  • Visited November 2013
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Service
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Food
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Thank moxieme63
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Monroe, Louisiana
Level Contributor
109 reviews
64 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
“Hit and miss”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 8, 2013

It's your typical chinese buffet. I used to go here a lot until one day when I started feeling sick while eating there. It's hard to say or explain, but it just felt like the chicken I was eating off the buffet was not chicken or piece of it I wouldn't want to eat. I mean - I cook a LOT of chicken at home and I know what all parts of the chicken should taste and 'feel' like when you're eating them - and this just seemed WAY off.

They have some good items on the bar, their egg drop soup is really good and they have like a honey chicken that I was referring to above that was good until that day...wish I knew what was going on there. They had a red pepper chicken with some serious heat that was good.Good fried wings too.

The service was very hit and miss....some days were better and some days worse. Sometimes getting a refill of tea was really a struggle.

Stopped going after the chicken incident - haven't been back.

  • Visited December 2012
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Service
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Food
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Thank Vexter1
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6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Great food for great price”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 27, 2013

Great food & for 5 of us to eat Buffett & drink water it was $52 + tip. When you have 3 teenage boys, it is hard to fill them up for that. Very friendly service & clean.

  • Visited September 2013
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Food
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Thank Cruising73
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Chicago, Illinois
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26 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“Great Chix wings at a Chinese buffet!”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 9, 2013

Dinner with a large group, june 1, post visit to St Louis Zoo, Art Museum,etc.. Large enough selection with a variety of vegetable dishes(some in group were semi- vegan). Surprised by chix wings in buffet - generally, wings @ a Chinese restaurant are bland and stringy. These tasted like those sold in places where they specialize in wings. Crisp skin, flavorful, juicy meat. Sushi offerings, average in flavor, somwhat limited variety. Ice cream offerings lacked green tea flavor, disappointed. Decor, dark wood, nondescript. Well lit buffet tables, food kept warm enough, no steam escaping from steamer pans (always a risk). Food items replaced quicly once about a quarter empty, except for fried okra, seemed to take a while to replenish the pan. Maybe item is ot as popular, but I liked it and reminder server that the pan was almost empty. Would come back if we were in the area again.

  • Visited June 2013
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Food
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Thank rcgelono
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