Evening meals are ~26 vs ~16 for lunch. For $26 you can partake in Pepsi soda products, watery sushi (seems to have sat too long in the freezer before being sliced up, and the rice isn't pleasant either. Not sure how you mess up rice but it tastes a bit stale). Overly sugary dishes so it will please the kids. Snow crab legs that seemed to have been sitting in salty ice water for too long. Has a small fruit bar which tonight was reasonable in terms of quality. Watermelon was quite tasty. I think rather than trying to appease the masses with variety of less than stellar food, they could spend some effort into the quality of a few items. One thing Todai does have going for it is the little desserts.. you can try a lot of different items because they have the tiny sliced desserts. Like most buffets they have an icecream/yogurt (not sure which) machine. They even have a crepe station (didn't try it). Again, I think the variety of choices causes them to have less quality. For the cost though, it's not something the average person can go and partake in. Kids do eat free up until next week. Apparently they are changing that policy.
One of the best todai. Also great place for birthday person. Get a free meal.
The food quality and the sevice is good. I would say this is worth the $$ you are spending. The sushi stalls are great.
I would like to see more variety in the future, as I have not seen any update the last few years.
Quality has dropped over the last 6 years or so. I remember during the grand opening, the quality of the sushi and food were spectacular...definitely worth the $24 spent for dinner. I went there last month....not so good anymore. There are a few select things I liked: the mongolian beef, and the custom noodle soup, and the dessert bar. The sushi has gone down considerably and the quantity of selection seems to have gone down too. For being a buffet, this place still out does Crazy buffet, but nothing like its original standards. Will probably stop coming here.
I was used to the excellent Todai locations in Southern California and hence might have gone in with higher expectations, but the Sushi was not good. There was also not much variety in terms of other options. I went at around 8 pm - so wondering if they ran out of all all the fresh food, but for $100 for three adults and a kid, I would definitely be expecting more.
My husband and I ate here for lunch on a Sunday. Our friends were holding a birthday party for their one-year-old son there that day, so we had reservations. My husband and I have eaten at this particular location before, but it had been so long, I forgot what the experience was like. I had a very good lunch on Sunday! Perhaps partly because we were the first ones there to start eating lunch (they open at 11:30), the food selection was excellent and the food was fresh. As always for Todai, there is a large selection of sushi, rolls, vegetables/salads, seafood, and desserts. Most of the cold food (salads, rolls) tasted was quite good. I don't eat raw fish, so I can't say how the sushi/sashimi tasted, but the other rolls (with cooked fish and/or veggies) were good. On a side note, maybe I got a wierd batch, but the few pieces of ginger I took tasted gross (strange tasting). I wasn't too impressed with the hot food entrees - I did, however, like the beef sukiyaki and the seafood soup. Those are both dishes I don't remember having at a Todai before, so maybe they are new. The dessert selection is varied but there isn't too much substance to them. I didn't like any of the cakes or cookies (most of which I think are store-bought), and the fruits were bland. The vanilla soft serve is tasty. I liked the banana/whip-cream/almond dessert too. I didn't have a crepe, but this location has made-to-order crepes with fruit for lunch (the Eastridge Todai didn't have crepes for lunch when we were there a few months ago). Overall the food is healthy, fresh, and for the most part, tasty. I would recommend going there early for the best selection. The restaurant is kept clean and the service is good. I think the food is pricey for dinner, but for lunch it's worth it (at this Todai location). We didn't pay for lunch at the party, but on the Todai website, it states lunch ranges from $12.95 to $16.95, and dinner ranges from $22.95 to $27.95. Overall a good place to go to if you love Japanese food and want to eat buffet style. Eat lots of sushi and seafood to get your money's worth, though! Don't forget that you eat free on your birthday (with an accompanying paying patron).
If you like seafood this is a place to go. Though I have to say it takes courage to name a place Todai that serves fish. I have heard people pronounce it To Die, which had me very leery at first about eating there. I am not a big seafood eater but even I found something good to dine on. This is definately a very busy place, it has a large Asian community so expect it to be crowded and watch out for small children running to and from the dessert buffet area.