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700 San Pablo Towne Ctr, San Pablo, CA 94806
+1 510-965-1788
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11:00 - 21:30
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Middletown, Ohio
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45 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 February 2017

Decided to grab some Chinese to take back to my hotel room. I should have gone further. The staff wasn't friendly. The buffet was slim on pickings - it just seemed that the selections were not that great and the pans were almost empty (so how long has that food been sitting there?). This may be better early in the... More 

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Thank RU4Real2
Pinole, California
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11 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 December 2016 via mobile

My family of four came around 8 p.m. with just under an hour before "closing time." The staff was not friendly, nor did they speak English well or offer a 'warning' of the time remaining to get food. Other than the crab, which my wife & son, liked, their selections were not labeled clearly, nor were they very hot or... More 

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Thank Kirt E
Shreveport
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11 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 October 2016 via mobile

Pros: Variety, good flavors.It was your good standard Chinese/Asian dinner buffet. ($15) Cons: Soft shell crab was too greasy. Some of the eggs rolls and fried shrimp had too much batter

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Thank Ilovehappythings
Lisbon, Portugal
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28 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 June 2016 via mobile

Visiting the area from Europe,someone suggested it for an Asian meal. I wasn't disappointed. Enjoyed the meal....and service. I would stop by next time I am in the area.

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Sacramento, California
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66 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 September 2015

I have noticed lower ratings by other people, you can surprise me; every time we go the placed is packed. The food is fresh and plenty of food to eat. If you go away hungry it is your fault. As for us we will be back soon.

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Thank Al A
San Pablo, California
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 April 2014 via mobile

I'm a Crabaholic! The fried crab is delicious and I enjoy the sushi as well. There are a variety of other foods there: rice, veggies etc., and I love it all! Good variety of food for the price paid.

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San Pablo, California
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16 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 January 2014

We were heading to another restaurant and choose Empire Buffet after noticing it. The food was good, a variety of choices, and spacious.

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1 Thank Mildredhh
Albany, California
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 January 2014

If you like Chinese buffet then you will probably like this one too. Overall it's good quality. Lots of seafood, veggies, meat, fruits, BBQ, lo mein, etc.

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Thank ALBANYCAL
Huddersfield, United Kingdom
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806 reviews
355 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 323 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 September 2013

I was greeted with a friendly smile and taken to my table, the waiter then took my drinks order and I got up to survey the buffet. I have never seen a buffet in the UK with such a selection. I love Seafood and have never seen so large baked oysters as well as mussels natural and baked plus Lobster,... More 

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Thank Yorkie1948
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 April 2013

The food is very good but the the server watch your every move. who can eat in peace when they are watching you like you will steal something!! they need to be more friendly to customers because we go and spend money with them. thats how they are getting paid!!!

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Thank lovelysusan

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    3 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
Cuisine
Chinese, Sushi, Asian, Seafood
Meals
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Wheelchair Accessible, Seating, Waitstaff
Open Hours
Sunday
11:00 - 21:30
Monday
11:00 - 21:30
Tuesday
11:00 - 21:30
Wednesday
11:00 - 21:30
Thursday
11:00 - 21:30
Friday
11:00 - 21:30
Saturday
11:00 - 21:30
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 700 San Pablo Towne Ctr, San Pablo, CA 94806
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  San Pablo
  • Phone Number: +1 510-965-1788

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?