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“Pleasant Surprise ”
Review of City Buffet

City Buffet
Ranked #8 of 47 Restaurants in Seffner
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Reviewed 26 September 2017 via mobile

While on business in the Tampa area we were looking for a quick and flavorful meal. Reading reviews on trip advisor I ran across City Buffet and we decided to give them a try. Upon arriving at the restaurant, which is located in a strip mall we started to question our decision. There were few cars in the parking area nearest the restaurant and upon entering only three other tables in use and this place can seat well over a hundred people, it's very large. Still, we were there and decided to see if they deserved either high praise or not.

First, there is a buffet line that has good variety of items that are replenished in small quantities to keep each dish fresh. One of the staff was constantly monitoring the food while another was constantly wiping the buffet line to keep it clean.

There is also a pretty good offering of fresh sushi at a dedicated sushi line, there were at least 15 types of rolls to choose from. The spicy tuna roll was spot on.

If the Buffet or sushi aren't enough for you there is a third option at the Mongolian grill. You pick your ingredients and the chef fixes fresh then delivers right to your table.

To compliment the main course lines there is a well stocked fruit and salad station. To finish up your meal there is the normal institutional dessert offerings and a soft serve ice cream station.

I've never been to a five star Chinese/Asian Buffet, but for what one would want in this food category and buffet dining this one comes close. So if you are in the Tampa area, venture out a bit and give them a try, you just never know what "Diamond" in the rough you might find.

Thank sbear1324
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Reviewed 3 June 2017

Very tasty, well prepared American Chinese food in small batches in Buffet line.
Food items are replaced in clean new containers instead of existing containers refilled with food. This keeps food fresher and tastier. My favorites is low mien, fried rice, sweet and sour chicken, beef and broccoli, pork ribs, fresh fruit.
Many choices to make everyone happy!
Good Service! I visited 5 days in row for lunch while at The River Church bible school.
This restaurant is a MUST VISIT. Very good food.

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Thank cookiebythesea
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Reviewed 15 May 2017

Found this little hidden gem and boy were we surprised. The price is reasonable and the food is better than most Chinese restaurant. It seemed fresh and always being refilled. The sushi was amazing. We are willing to make the drive again soon.

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Thank lyllala
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Reviewed 16 April 2017

Not all buffets are the same and this place proves it. Let's start with the food. The chefs here use the freshest ingredients and constantly prepare great selections. It is Chinese/American style so you can expect to find all your favorites. Plus there is so much more that you wouldn't expect. There is egg drop soup, sweet and sour soup and won ton soup. Lots of vegetables, chicken, beef, fish, shrimp, and so much more. Try the steak and asparagus made with real steak. Also, they have pizza, egg rolls, donuts, sweet plantains, and the list goes on. There is a huge salad bar, fruit bar, and desert bar. Plus frozen custard with chocolate or strawberry sauce. Wait, there's more. They have lots of sushi and rolls to choose from including fresh seaweed salad and edamame, wasabi, two types of pickled ginger and spicy mayo. They also have a Mongolian BBQ so you can select the ingredients for your own dish and they will cook it for you. On the weekends, they have Alaskan Snow crab legs. From time to time, they have special dishes like baby octopus, sashimi, coconut shrimp, ginger blue crab, etc. Soft drinks are included in the price. The staff is very personable and quick to clear your plates or fill up your drinks. All this for less than $15 per person? You'll say, "No way!" but trust me, if you go there once, you will be hooked just like me.

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1  Thank Michael Z. L
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Reviewed 11 April 2017

Unlike some buffets we have been to the food quality here is very good. They are basically a Chinese buffet, but also have some American items. The fruit, salad, dessert and sushi bar are very nice. You can also build your own Asian meal and they will cook it for you while you wait. They have many items from which to choose.

Thank Rollingst1
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