This enormous Japanese buffet attracts a diverse crowd for all-you-can-eat sushi and tempura..
The first Todai Restaurant debuted in 1985 in Santa Monica, Calif., and has since opened in locations across the U.S. and in Hong Kong. The restaurant, with seating for up to 500 people, features a 160-foot seafood buffet offering more than 40 kinds of sushi, all made fresh. The salad selection ranges from Caesar to seaweed to red potato salad. Hot entrees include sukiyaki, teriyaki chicken, sweet-and-sour pork and udon noodles.
Rubberized sushi, salty hot food, tasty desserts.
I've tried Todai twice now, just to make sure my first visit wasn't a fluke. It wasn't.
You can expect very rubbery sushi, sometimes with a faintly unpleasant fishy (not fresh) odor... salty and fried hot food... generally decent fruit... tasty desserts.
Is it worth $14 for an all-you-can-eat lunch? If you're REALLY hungry, then it *might* be worth it. >$25 for dinner is definitely not worth it.
With that said... in contrast with other reviews I've read, I found the waitstaff to be quite friendly and helpful.
Garbage. This place is garbage! Little variety, unfresh sushi, food looks like it came outta the freezer, i bit into still frozen shrimp before, waste of $, went there once, gave them a 2nd chance n it was still garbage, epitome of garbage food, only thing todai is good at is cheating kids, i don't know why it's still in business, only people with no taste will ever keep going back, i won't even go on my bday, just gonna ruin it, spend your $ else where
Not worthy...... It charged $22.95 per person for weekday night. The varities of foods are just average and some of the foods are not really tasty, they are not taking good care of their taste at all. Only take reservation for party of 8 people. For the same price, you'll find better taste of sushi in other places.
Buffet. Recommended for average quality sushi for a good price. I went to the Daly City branch this evening and found out they discontinued the small lobsters as part of the food buffet. The new rules are: one per person per visit.
It's Back. Finally they bring back the free meal for anyone on their birthday with proof of id. For a time they gave out only a free meal coupon for the birthday person to use on the next visit. The price for the buffet is still over priced for the casual diner. You only get your money's worth if you starve yourself the whole day and then visit todai. Even then it cost more for dinner vs. lunch.
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