All-you-can-eat in Los Angeles isn’t just Korean barbecue.
If you’re like me you probably assumed L.A.’s best AYCE spots are all concentrated in the heart of K-Town, tucked away in nondescript strip malls between Wilshire and Santa Monica.
The truth is Los Angeles County offers all-you-can-eat specials in a wide variety of both cuisines and neighborhoods.
From Ethiopian to Japanese, Brazilian to Mexican, the sheer volume of options will both surprise and entice you.
My job here? To download you on the best of the best in your search for the anthesis of moderation.
Ready… set… gorge!
1. Cafe Sierra (Universal City)
Inside Hilton Universal City is Cafe Sierra, a long standing buffet spot for tourists and locals alike. Head over on the weekend for their Seafood & Prime Rib Buffet . There you will find a bounty of fresh seafood, hot stations, hand carved prime rib, leg of lamb, bbq ribs and a Mandarin area with crispy Peking Duck, dim sum and Dungeness Ginger Crab.
Details: Every Friday & Saturday from 6-10 p.m. Sunday 5-9 p.m. $54 per person
2. Bella Vista Brazilian Pizza (Culver City)
Bella Vista serves AYCE Brazilian style pizzas right at your table. The meal comes with unlimited savory and sweet pies plus Cesar salad. Slices are proportioned to a give you more milage so you can try all the classics and some unique flavors like Stroganoff, chicken & corn, fried garlic and guava.
Details: Lunch: $12.99 (weekdays) $17.99 (weekends) from noon-2:30 p.m. | Dinner: $15.99 (weekdays) $17.99 (weekends) from 6-10 p.m.
Chris Oh’s hit Culver City Korean BBQ spot offers three AYCE menus seven days a week. The lunch menu includes seven meat items to choose from while the dinner menu includes 12 with a option of 18 items. Menu can include items like beef tongue, garlic chicken, bulgogi, calamari and spicy shrimp. AYCE guest can request lettuce wraps, rice, cheese fondue, steamed buns and sauces to accompany their meal.
Details: Lunch: $17.99 (7 items) Dinner: $24.99 (access to 12 items) or $29.99 (access to 18 items). Time limit of 120 minutes. All parties must order from the same menu.
4. Rajdhani (Artesia)
Vegetarians rejoice! This Gujarati restaurant located in Little India offers a AYCE menu with around a dozen items to choose from. Servers come around refilling your thali (plate) with delicous vegetable fritters, salad, rice, curries and a rotating menu of traditional vegetarian Indian dishes. Guest get to choose one complimentary dessert at the end of their meal.
Details: Lunch & Dinner everyday $14.99
5. M Grill (Koreatown)
At this Brazilian churrascaria gauchos come up to every table slicing a variety of fire grilled meats right on to your plate. Your AYCE option gives you access to the salad bar and hot buffet where you can find Beef Stroganoff, fried plantains and more.
Details: Lunch: $29.99 Dinner: $53.99
6. Happy Family Restaurant (Monterey Park)
This Chinese vegetarian restaurant offers a extensive AYCE menu where tapas sized plates come to your table. Dishes include: faux chicken nuggets, garlic eggplant, lettuce wraps, fried tofu and noodles. Each diner gets a fried steamed bun to accompany their meal too!
Details: AYCE dinner and lunch $15.50. Dishes come two at a time per person and you can’t take home the leftovers.
7. La Paz (Calabasas)
La Paz hosts three separate buffets at their Calabasas restaurant. On Fridays their lunch buffet consist of a taco bar, ceviche, fajitas, Yucatan style pork and more. Sunday Brunch gets more festive with free Champagne and Margaritas (3 per person!), a Mariachi band and over 30 items at the buffet including prime rib, BBQ goat and chicken mole. But the best buffet deal is the FREE appetizer buffet during Happy Hour where you can grab some popcorn shrimp and taquitos to accompany your discounted Margarita ($5.50).
Details: Friday Lunch: $10.99 from 11 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Sunday Brunch: $35 from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Happy Hour: Monday-Friday from 4-7 p.m.
8. Sushi Aru (Rowland Heights)
Sushi Aru’s AYCE sushi is served with minimal rice which makes this place a hit with diners looking to eat their weight in fish. You get three rounds of ordering. Uni and oysters can only be ordered once per person. Green tea ice cream is complimentary at the end of the meal.
Details: Lunch:$18.99 Dinner: $24.99
9. Mayura (Culver City)
South Indian restaurant Mayura could be the most famous Indian restaurant in all of L.A. Plastered with photos of famous folks like A.R. Rahman, Frieda Pinto, Joseph Gorden Levitt and even the President of India this is a must try for those who love a good Indian buffet. Availble only at lunch the buffet has well over a dozen rotating dishes which include fish curry, chicken tandoori and a wide variety of vegetarian dishes with unlimited nann, dosa and mango lassi.
Details: Lunch buffet $13.95 Tuesday through Friday and $16.95 Saturday through Sunday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
10. Fogo De Chão (Downtown & Beverly Hills)
Traditional Brazilian churrasqueiro Fogo De Chao is known for slicing endless skewers of grilled meats right at your table side. Get the Full Churrasco Expereince for AYCE meat and access to the Market Table (salad bar) and Feijoada Bar.
Details: Lunch (weekday only) $36.95 Dinner: $58.95 Sunday Brunch: $39.95
11. Rahel Ethiopian Vegan Cuisine
This all-you-can-eat buffet includes access to the salad bar and unlimited injera, a flat sour dough bread that helps sponge up the food when eating with your hands.
Details: Lunch buffet for $12.95, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Saturday. Sundays features a brunch buffet from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. for $13.95.
12. Oo-Kook Korean BBQ (San Gabriel)
Oo-Kook’s AYCE Korean BBQ menu offers a fine selection of premium meats and seafood. Choose from brisket, pork belly, bulgogi, pork jowl, shrimp and more with the addition of unlimited steamed egg and tofu soup. AYCE dinners also have access to the salad bar filled with a variety of banchan, hot foods and braised short rib.
Details: Lunch: $23.99 Dinner: $28.99 You can order three plates of meat at a time per person.
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13. Hummus Bar & Grill (Tarzana)
This Middle Eastern restaurant offers unlimited assortments of around a dozen Mediterranean salads including spicy eggplant, chopped liver, babaganoosh and tabouleh.
Details: Available all day for $7 with a purchase of an entrée or $12 without.
14. Fonda Don Chon (West Covina)
Fonda Don Chon draws crowds on both weekdays and weekends, so be sure come early to put your name on the waitlist. Although portions are on the smaller side, items get restocked constantly and every dish packs a remarkable level of flavor for a buffet. Don’t miss out on the handmade tortillas, or my personal favorite, the hardshell potato tacos.
Details: Lunch Buffet $10 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
15. Shin-Sen-Gumi (Monterey Park)
The Monterey Park location of this popular Japanese chain Shin-Sen-Gumi serves a lunch buffet stocked with sushi, yakitori, salads, sides, hot appetizers, desserts and even comes with your own shabu shabu.
Details: Weekday Lunch: $18.50 Weekend Lunch: $20.50 from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. 90 minute time limit.
16. The Sushi By Jin (North Hollywood)
The AYCE option gives you three rounds of ordering anything off the menu including appetizers. The sushi will come in smaller portions so you can order a variety of fish and rolls. Pace yourself they will charge you for dishes unfinished.
Details: Lunch: $22.99 Dinner: $27.99 One hour limit for AYCE.
17. Road To Seoul (Harvard Heights)
Road to Seoul serves quality meat and tasty banchan in a lively environment. They have three different AYCE tiers that range from 24 items to 32 items.
Details: Lunch and Dinner prices are the same. AYCE option A $21.99 for 24 items, option B $24.99 for 27 items and option C $29.99 9 for 32 items.