The food is always good, and sometimes even great. no its not gourmet, but then if you want that pay say $51+ per person instead that of for a group, then you have something to say! I know because I dine at both, especially during business trips. For the price, the selection is great, and a great variety. Food is alot better than that I've had at peoples' homes, potlucks etc. and its affordable to bring a bunch of kids, teenagers who can eat alot! I've also eaten other buffets in Lane county and this is far better, in taste, quality, and selction. Plus most buffets put out alot of cheap starches and things from packages. At Empire, the food is from scratch and they don't skimp on dishes and quality ingredients. Like seafood. Where else can you get all you can eat seafood, crab legs, basic sushi, shell fish, shrimp, and a vairety of other proteins!!! This is my second favorite restaurant around, and definitely favorite buffet! I've never seen a good quality Asian and Seafood inspired buffet below $25 before!! How they can afford it, makes me think they have very little profit margin. So, yes, its a great place to dine, with a group, after church, or perfect for teen and college students! Also, service is nice, the staff are always smiling and nice.
Give it a try, a local owned business. They also always accomodate last minute groups as best as they can and birthday gatherings. We've never been turned away and I've seen people show up in groups without notice, and they try to accomodate. Plus if you have small children they price by age, so its cheap to bring the whole family! What a deal! This is where I like to bring a bunch of kids of all ages, because its affordable. Last year, I gave my son his birthday dinner at Buffet, and because of price, he was able to invite plenty of friends, and it was affordable. Instead of lots of work and cooking at home, it was easy for host the dinner there and everyone had something to eat they liked! If we went to a traditional restaurant, it'd cost me hundreds of dollars to feed a group that size. It worked out great, he was happy, his friends were full and happy, and so was my wallet!
A friend took me to this place months ago and it's been a favorite of mine ever since. The service is quick, personal and friendly, and the food is so flavorable and GooooooD!! At one time, I went with a friend of mine once a week! I also like how there is seafood, consisting of mussels, clams, king crab legs, etc. Even a small selection of sushi is available!!! The dessert and salad bar is provided with a very good selection and I have - at times - nibbled on grapes or other items - while walking around filling my plate. The food selection sometimes changes from lunch to dinner but I like both!! I have tasted the soups and it is not only VERY HOT but tasty as the rest of their foods! I don't live any longer in Eugene but visit occasionally and this place is always on my list of places to GO!! Spacious parking lot so never a need to go searching for a spot. Close to the university so students and families find it convenient. The buses and trams (EMX also) run right in front so very available even w/o a car!
Let me tell you this place is the best buffet in town!! They have salmon, boneless pork ribs, their potstickers are great, kungpao chicken is the best and great cheese wontons too! This is only to name a few items. If you don't have a lot of money but you want to get full this is the place to go.
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