Todai Restaurant

★★☆☆☆
  • E109 Woodfield Shopping Center

    Schaumburg, IL 60173

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  • 847-619-1088

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WARNING: do not eat at this AWEFUL restaurant????

THE FOOD IS TERRIBLE. Employees are miserable and nasty.
THEY REFUSED TO SERVE ME SASHIMI even though the advertisement said they have both SUSHI and SASHIMI.
FOOD prepared hours earlier. NO FRESH FOOD COOKED. SITS UNDER WARMING LAMPS. GROSS FOOD.
SOUPS ARE COLD.
COMPLETELY GROSS RESTAURANT. EATING AREA SMELLS.

SUSHI is the worst I have ever had. There IS DIFFERENT quality of fish for SUSHI and SASHIMI. THEY SERVE THE LOWEST QUALITY OF FISH. AND THEY DO NOT SERVE ALL FISH. VERY LIMITED TYPES. They serve CHEAPEST cuts of fish. Caution eating raw fish. Poor sanitary standards.

*** MAJOR RIP OFF OF A RESTAURANT *** THEY CUT FOOD QUALITY.

THIS IS A DISASTER and should not be in business!!!

AND IF YOU TRY AND COMPLAIN or ask for a refund they make excuses and excuses and excuses.

ZERO STARS SAVE YOUR MONEY AND GO TO A REAL PROFESSIONAL SUSHI AND SASHIMI RESTAURANT.

AVOID THIS RESTAURANT or learn from your mistakes.??

UPDATE: it is my understanding that this GROSS restaurant was sold off from the TODAI corporate and now operates under a franchise agreement. THEY SHOULD LOSE THEIR FRANCHISE IMMEDIATELY. DISGUSTING PLACE TO THROW AWAY GOOD MONEY. CAREFUL NOT TO GET FOOD POISONING. THE SUSHI (fish) THEY SERVE PUTS YOU AT RISK.
BEWARE!!

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★☆☆☆☆

WARNING: do not eat at this AWEFUL restaurant????

THE FOOD IS TERRIBLE. Employees are miserable and nasty.
THEY REFUSED TO SERVE ME SASHIMI even though the advertisement said they have both SUSHI and SASHIMI.
FOOD prepared hours earlier. NO FRESH FOOD COOKED. SITS UNDER WARMING LAMPS. GROSS FOOD.
SOUPS ARE COLD.
COMPLETELY GROSS RESTAURANT. EATING AREA SMELLS.

SUSHI is the worst I have ever had. There IS DIFFERENT quality of fish for SUSHI and SASHIMI. THEY SERVE THE LOWEST QUALITY OF FISH. AND THEY DO NOT SERVE ALL FISH. VERY LIMITED TYPES. They serve CHEAPEST cuts of fish. Caution eating raw fish. Poor sanitary standards.

*** MAJOR RIP OFF OF A RESTAURANT *** THEY CUT FOOD QUALITY.

THIS IS A DISASTER and should not be in business!!!

AND IF YOU TRY AND COMPLAIN or ask for a refund they make excuses and excuses and excuses.

ZERO STARS SAVE YOUR MONEY AND GO TO A REAL PROFESSIONAL SUSHI AND SASHIMI RESTAURANT.

AVOID THIS RESTAURANT or learn from your mistakes.??

UPDATE: it is my understanding that this GROSS restaurant was sold off from the TODAI corporate and now operates under a franchise agreement. THEY SHOULD LOSE THEIR FRANCHISE IMMEDIATELY. DISGUSTING PLACE TO THROW AWAY GOOD MONEY. CAREFUL NOT TO GET FOOD POISONING. THE SUSHI (fish) THEY SERVE PUTS YOU AT RISK.
BEWARE!!

Pros: zero pros THIS restaurant should be out of business

Cons: 100% cons profile: THIS RESTAURANT IS BAD

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While going to the bathroom here, an employee was taking a leak next to me. He left without washing his hands. And later I saw him making California Rolls!!!

I nearly vomited, told the manager and he just rolled his eyes, we left disgusted never to return.

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★☆☆☆☆

While going to the bathroom here, an employee was taking a leak next to me. He left without washing his hands. And later I saw him making California Rolls!!!

I nearly vomited, told the manager and he just rolled his eyes, we left disgusted never to return.

Pros: Can't think of any

Cons: Poorly made sushi, unsanitary kitchen workers

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Todai is always a treat. The variety of seafood is very good. From chilled shrimp, tempura shrimp & jumbo whole shrimp, to delicious dungeness crab, it's a big buffet. This isn't Four Seasons quality, nor is it an extravagant price for what you get. The variety of sushi rolls is good, and it includes some specials like salmon skin rolls, dragon rolls and dynamite rolls. You can order a hand roll to order, too! There were three sashimi options- salmon, tuna & tilapia, all tasty. There is also a variety of mussels, both cold and hot. The seaweed salad is delish, and there was a good ceviche option, too. There is a nice dessert buffet with delicious walnut tarts, mini crme brles, creme puffs and a crepe station. This is a cafeteria atmosphere and the service isn't grand, but I go back again and again for the variety and decent quality at a price you can't find anywhere.

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★★★★☆

Todai is always a treat. The variety of seafood is very good. From chilled shrimp, tempura shrimp & jumbo whole shrimp, to delicious dungeness crab, it's a big buffet. This isn't Four Seasons quality, nor is it an extravagant price for what you get. The variety of sushi rolls is good, and it includes some specials like salmon skin rolls, dragon rolls and dynamite rolls. You can order a hand roll to order, too! There were three sashimi options- salmon, tuna & tilapia, all tasty. There is also a variety of mussels, both cold and hot. The seaweed salad is delish, and there was a good ceviche option, too. There is a nice dessert buffet with delicious walnut tarts, mini crme brles, creme puffs and a crepe station. This is a cafeteria atmosphere and the service isn't grand, but I go back again and again for the variety and decent quality at a price you can't find anywhere.

Pros: Unlimited Unagi, Snow Crab, Dungeness Crab, Oysters

Cons: Cafeteria atmosphere, Perfunctory Service

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Here are the facts:

* $30 per person for dinner
* Pizza and sliced ham
* Sushi made by Mexicans
* School cafeteria environment
* Zero service
* Bathroom stench permeates buffet
* Run by a bunch of cheap Koreans

The last point explains a lot. Avoid this dump.

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★☆☆☆☆

Here are the facts:

* $30 per person for dinner
* Pizza and sliced ham
* Sushi made by Mexicans
* School cafeteria environment
* Zero service
* Bathroom stench permeates buffet
* Run by a bunch of cheap Koreans

The last point explains a lot. Avoid this dump.

Pros: None

Cons: Everything

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Avoid this place, the management is only out to make a fast buck off of you. This must be an independently owned/operated Todai, because this place is run-down and the quality is on par with hot dog vendor on the street - the only difference is the hot dog vendor will say "Thank You".

Prices are jacked up on holiday's from the "normal" dinner price of $28...

We should have read the bad numerous reviews on the Internet before going last weekend...

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★☆☆☆☆

Avoid this place, the management is only out to make a fast buck off of you. This must be an independently owned/operated Todai, because this place is run-down and the quality is on par with hot dog vendor on the street - the only difference is the hot dog vendor will say "Thank You".

Prices are jacked up on holiday's from the "normal" dinner price of $28...

We should have read the bad numerous reviews on the Internet before going last weekend...

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Very expensive buffet for lunch, food is not that great either. Either you love or hate sushi, and the sushi here is pretty low grade, sushi lovers will be disappointed.

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★☆☆☆☆

Very expensive buffet for lunch, food is not that great either. Either you love or hate sushi, and the sushi here is pretty low grade, sushi lovers will be disappointed.

Pros: Baby Desserts

Cons: Sushi and other "Food"

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We spent nearly $150 for a family of four, this was very pricey for the quality of food offered. The sushi buffet was limited and many plates/pieces were picked over. The hot food section had some basic fish dishes, most were luke-warm and not very tasty.

We never saw our waiter and many tables around us were stacked sky-high with plates of partially eaten food - we were probably not the only ones disappointed.

We'll be looking else where in the future.

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★★☆☆☆

We spent nearly $150 for a family of four, this was very pricey for the quality of food offered. The sushi buffet was limited and many plates/pieces were picked over. The hot food section had some basic fish dishes, most were luke-warm and not very tasty.

We never saw our waiter and many tables around us were stacked sky-high with plates of partially eaten food - we were probably not the only ones disappointed.

We'll be looking else where in the future.

Pros: Green Tea Ice Cream :)

Cons: Sushi is not very yummy, very pricey :(

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TODAI GAVE ME A BAD CASE OF EXPLOSIVE DIARRHA

WILL NEVER GO BACK!!! BUYER BEWARE!!!!

Uhh... my stomach still hurts...

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★☆☆☆☆

TODAI GAVE ME A BAD CASE OF EXPLOSIVE DIARRHA

WILL NEVER GO BACK!!! BUYER BEWARE!!!!

Uhh... my stomach still hurts...

Pros: NONE

Cons: FOOD

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This place is a waste of money. Stay away. Many better places to eat at $30 a person.

This place is a Chinese buffet in disguise. Seating very tight and uncomfortable.

Go if your nuts about loading your plate with cheap crab legs and fried rice, but others who want value for their $$$, go elsewhere.

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★☆☆☆☆

This place is a waste of money. Stay away. Many better places to eat at $30 a person.

This place is a Chinese buffet in disguise. Seating very tight and uncomfortable.

Go if your nuts about loading your plate with cheap crab legs and fried rice, but others who want value for their $$$, go elsewhere.

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See that bump on the Yellow Guy's head? It's from all the angry customers beating on him for their money back.

Seriously, family of four will run you over 120 bucks!!! And it's not even good food... what a rip. Save yourself the money and pick-up sushi at Dominicks... it's actually better.

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★☆☆☆☆

See that bump on the Yellow Guy's head? It's from all the angry customers beating on him for their money back.

Seriously, family of four will run you over 120 bucks!!! And it's not even good food... what a rip. Save yourself the money and pick-up sushi at Dominicks... it's actually better.

Pros: LOTS OF "FOOD"

Cons: EXPENSIVE, $30-ADULT = RIP-OFF

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FOOD IS MEDIOCRE, PRICES KEEP GOING UP, MANAGEMENT IS THE WORST.

If not for a handful of cordial/hard working servers, there is absolutely no reason to go here. It is what it is... When it comes to the quality of the fare; An all-you-can-eat buffet. If it's quality you're looking for... keep looking! I've had better Supermarket Sushi. My family and I had been loyal customers since they first opened their doors 6 years ago. Until this year. Forget the rapidly declining quality (1st year was actually GOOD) and ever increasing rates, the service we were shown on our last visit has lost them an entire family of previously loyal customers. The BOY who claimed to be the Manager could not have been more rude and disrespectful. He obviously has no clue when it comes to service or restaurant management. The insults hurled at my mother who questioned some charges on the bill would have, in any other case, constituted an invitation to the parking lot. His attitude and demeanor was that of a PUNK on a power trip. Unless Ownership decides to better control their Management and staff, I will NEVER spend my hard earned money on that kind of service again.

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★☆☆☆☆

FOOD IS MEDIOCRE, PRICES KEEP GOING UP, MANAGEMENT IS THE WORST.

If not for a handful of cordial/hard working servers, there is absolutely no reason to go here. It is what it is... When it comes to the quality of the fare; An all-you-can-eat buffet. If it's quality you're looking for... keep looking! I've had better Supermarket Sushi. My family and I had been loyal customers since they first opened their doors 6 years ago. Until this year. Forget the rapidly declining quality (1st year was actually GOOD) and ever increasing rates, the service we were shown on our last visit has lost them an entire family of previously loyal customers. The BOY who claimed to be the Manager could not have been more rude and disrespectful. He obviously has no clue when it comes to service or restaurant management. The insults hurled at my mother who questioned some charges on the bill would have, in any other case, constituted an invitation to the parking lot. His attitude and demeanor was that of a PUNK on a power trip. Unless Ownership decides to better control their Management and staff, I will NEVER spend my hard earned money on that kind of service again.

Pros: Lots of "food"

Cons: Service, Cost

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The restaurant is very good food-wise. The sushi, sashimi, tempura, teriyaki, oysters, mussels, crab legs, seaweed salad, kimchi, udon are all excellent! The food servers are all polite and courteous except for Ms. Park, the supposed to be crew manager or chief server. Ms. Park is very rude, unsmiling, always frowning and does not remember regular customers. She insists on checking senior citizen?s ID even though the customers are regularly dining almost every week. While we enjoy the food, we somehow feel unwelcome by the attitude of Ms. Park. We have witnessed some customers walking out of the restaurants after a confrontation with Ms. Park. If she could only change her attitude, the restaurant could attract more customers. Even her crew of food servers are not happy with her attitude and have been complaining.

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★★★☆☆

The restaurant is very good food-wise. The sushi, sashimi, tempura, teriyaki, oysters, mussels, crab legs, seaweed salad, kimchi, udon are all excellent! The food servers are all polite and courteous except for Ms. Park, the supposed to be crew manager or chief server. Ms. Park is very rude, unsmiling, always frowning and does not remember regular customers. She insists on checking senior citizen?s ID even though the customers are regularly dining almost every week. While we enjoy the food, we somehow feel unwelcome by the attitude of Ms. Park. We have witnessed some customers walking out of the restaurants after a confrontation with Ms. Park. If she could only change her attitude, the restaurant could attract more customers. Even her crew of food servers are not happy with her attitude and have been complaining.

Pros: Rude server crew manager (Ms. Park)

Cons: Good Japanese food and pleasant, polite servers

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Do not waste your time or money!
Very poor quality food and way over priced for what you get
Sushi dry - out on line too long
even the crab legs were second rate can get better crab at local food store
check was wrong over charged for child
Never again should have read the other on line reviews shame on me!

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★☆☆☆☆

Do not waste your time or money!
Very poor quality food and way over priced for what you get
Sushi dry - out on line too long
even the crab legs were second rate can get better crab at local food store
check was wrong over charged for child
Never again should have read the other on line reviews shame on me!

Pros: none

Cons: very many but cheap food for a high price

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I know some people might have reviewed negatives on their service but the service I experienced wasn't bad at all, It wasn't extraordinarily good either but it wasn't everything I would complain about. There food was fresh and it seems like they have everything you can imagine with sushi, and then some (including desert bar). I went early evening on a weekday so the it was half-price; I think thats the only way to go

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★★★★★

I know some people might have reviewed negatives on their service but the service I experienced wasn't bad at all, It wasn't extraordinarily good either but it wasn't everything I would complain about. There food was fresh and it seems like they have everything you can imagine with sushi, and then some (including desert bar). I went early evening on a weekday so the it was half-price; I think thats the only way to go

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I was at this place a couple years ago,the price was ~$20,the crab legs were steemed,the green tea was included and many more... Now: price $28 per person plus drink, plus tax 10%, plus gratitude 15%. For two of us we paid $78, and what we had: sushi,cold crab legs (on ice),and we have to wait fo it because they put out one tray and each person took a full plate of legs.They don't provide a leg crakers and you have to use your teeth or regular knife! We have to wait for 2-3 lines to get crab legs. Some fish. Meat menu very limited. Conclusion: It doesn't worse the money.

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★★☆☆☆

I was at this place a couple years ago,the price was ~$20,the crab legs were steemed,the green tea was included and many more... Now: price $28 per person plus drink, plus tax 10%, plus gratitude 15%. For two of us we paid $78, and what we had: sushi,cold crab legs (on ice),and we have to wait fo it because they put out one tray and each person took a full plate of legs.They don't provide a leg crakers and you have to use your teeth or regular knife! We have to wait for 2-3 lines to get crab legs. Some fish. Meat menu very limited. Conclusion: It doesn't worse the money.

Pros: Fast food, sushi in a bulk

Cons: Expensive, dirty washrooms,coocing staff doesn't look friendly

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Let me start off by saying that I've never been to other Todai's, so I don't know if I can speak for this location living up to it's namesake. But I have been to Minado (PA & NJ), which are similar to this location.

Sushi is such a varied experience depending on the diner's expectations and perceptions. (ie authentic, trendy, neo-sushi, yuppie, supermarket etc)

- The location wasn't quite the hell hole the previous reviewers make it out to be
- That being said this IS a sushi place for people who want sushi in bulk. Take that statement for what it is. All the good, bad, and indifferent implications that come with it.
- The hot food bar was nothing spectacular
- I found the sushi rice in the maki(rolls) a bit mushy. Seems like either they used too much water to cook the rice, worked with it while it was hot, or used way too much pressure when rolling.
- Fish seemed fresh enough
- Knife skills of the chefs could be better.

If it seems like I'm bashing this place in this review, please remember my previous statement. "This IS a sushi place for people who want sushi in bulk."

- On the plus side there were alot of asians at the restaurant. This may sound weird, but a good way to gauge whether a restaurant is decent is to assess whether the indigenous people of the associated cuisine actually eat at the restaurant.

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★★★☆☆

Let me start off by saying that I've never been to other Todai's, so I don't know if I can speak for this location living up to it's namesake. But I have been to Minado (PA & NJ), which are similar to this location.

Sushi is such a varied experience depending on the diner's expectations and perceptions. (ie authentic, trendy, neo-sushi, yuppie, supermarket etc)

- The location wasn't quite the hell hole the previous reviewers make it out to be
- That being said this IS a sushi place for people who want sushi in bulk. Take that statement for what it is. All the good, bad, and indifferent implications that come with it.
- The hot food bar was nothing spectacular
- I found the sushi rice in the maki(rolls) a bit mushy. Seems like either they used too much water to cook the rice, worked with it while it was hot, or used way too much pressure when rolling.
- Fish seemed fresh enough
- Knife skills of the chefs could be better.

If it seems like I'm bashing this place in this review, please remember my previous statement. "This IS a sushi place for people who want sushi in bulk."

- On the plus side there were alot of asians at the restaurant. This may sound weird, but a good way to gauge whether a restaurant is decent is to assess whether the indigenous people of the associated cuisine actually eat at the restaurant.

Pros: Lots of seating, good for large groups who want sushi in bulk

Cons: Bulk sushi trades off with quality (obviously)

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We love Sushi & were blown away by the idea of all you can eat in our backyard! The first yr this place was open it was great. We even heard from others it was right up there with other Todai's in other area's. Then the quality started to slide. Maybe it was when they stopped offering Ahi Poke our fav to half the roll offerings constantly being unrefilled. One of our last visit's we sat for over an hour before we saw our waiter, we could have just walked out on the check for all they cared... come to think of it we probably should have since we did not get our moneys worth from the food or service. The last straw for us was how smelly the bathrooms were, if they couldn't even keep them clean??? We were going to eat raw fish here???

This place used to be good, not anymore. There are several better Sushi restaurants in the area for a comparable price.

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★☆☆☆☆

We love Sushi & were blown away by the idea of all you can eat in our backyard! The first yr this place was open it was great. We even heard from others it was right up there with other Todai's in other area's. Then the quality started to slide. Maybe it was when they stopped offering Ahi Poke our fav to half the roll offerings constantly being unrefilled. One of our last visit's we sat for over an hour before we saw our waiter, we could have just walked out on the check for all they cared... come to think of it we probably should have since we did not get our moneys worth from the food or service. The last straw for us was how smelly the bathrooms were, if they couldn't even keep them clean??? We were going to eat raw fish here???

This place used to be good, not anymore. There are several better Sushi restaurants in the area for a comparable price.

Pros: If you never had better you might like it

Cons: everything from price, cattle call like waiting area, poor selection, bad quality, not very clean & horrible service

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My wife and I ate here for the first time tonight and brought some visiting relatives. We went here specifically because we wanted crab legs, so I called ahead and verified that they had crab legs for dinner. I neglected to ask if they were steamed (or heated in any manner) so we were disappointed when we got there to find that the snow crab legs were on ice. This also meant that they were very watery. They did have hot dungeoness crabs on the buffet line, but they were a little heavy on the butter for our taste and not extremely flavorful. I am not a sushi expert, so I won't go in depth on that. I thought the sushi was OK, but I wasn't overly impressed. Nothing that we had from the buffet line was worth mention. We were at least somewhat pleased with the deserts. They weren't something that would draw us to a restaurant, but each of us did have several of the small desert portions. The service was pretty good, in that they cleared plates quickly and kept our drinks topped off.

In conclusion, we did not feel that meal we got was worth the price. We may be somewhat spoiled since we recently visited Phillip's Seafood Buffet in Washington D.C. The meal we had there was incredible and the cost was nearly identical. All things considered, we don't plan on returning to Todai.

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★★☆☆☆

My wife and I ate here for the first time tonight and brought some visiting relatives. We went here specifically because we wanted crab legs, so I called ahead and verified that they had crab legs for dinner. I neglected to ask if they were steamed (or heated in any manner) so we were disappointed when we got there to find that the snow crab legs were on ice. This also meant that they were very watery. They did have hot dungeoness crabs on the buffet line, but they were a little heavy on the butter for our taste and not extremely flavorful. I am not a sushi expert, so I won't go in depth on that. I thought the sushi was OK, but I wasn't overly impressed. Nothing that we had from the buffet line was worth mention. We were at least somewhat pleased with the deserts. They weren't something that would draw us to a restaurant, but each of us did have several of the small desert portions. The service was pretty good, in that they cleared plates quickly and kept our drinks topped off.

In conclusion, we did not feel that meal we got was worth the price. We may be somewhat spoiled since we recently visited Phillip's Seafood Buffet in Washington D.C. The meal we had there was incredible and the cost was nearly identical. All things considered, we don't plan on returning to Todai.

Pros: A variety of deserts

Cons: Cost, snow crabs legs on ice rather than steamed

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They're money hungry people that work there or maybe it's just the company. They charged me for being there and I didn't even get to eat. My husband and son did, but I couldn't and they still charged me!!!! First time there and Never going back! The wait was long, the service sucked ...they took too long...had to ask for drinks three times. When we confronted them about the bill they just said " We can't do anything about that, we've already put it on the bill".

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★☆☆☆☆

They're money hungry people that work there or maybe it's just the company. They charged me for being there and I didn't even get to eat. My husband and son did, but I couldn't and they still charged me!!!! First time there and Never going back! The wait was long, the service sucked ...they took too long...had to ask for drinks three times. When we confronted them about the bill they just said " We can't do anything about that, we've already put it on the bill".

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I went there for the first time and it was horrible. The staff rushed us and was very rude to us. My son was crying a whole lot and just making a big scene. I thought that it would be better if my son and I left, so we did out of respect for the restuarant and its costumers. When my older son and my husband was done eating and got the bill. We were charged for all three of us. I did not get to eat, but just because I stepped into the damn restuarant we got charged for it. I thought that that was wrong and this restuarant is just plain money hungry! I asked why and that's what they told me..." We can't give you a refund back, we already charged you for eating here." What kind of answer is that? I was too furious to argue back, and I hate making big scenes, so I left it at that, not only that my son was crying non-stop and we needed to leave right away. I will never go back there again and I will never give this place a good review or give any recommendations.

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★☆☆☆☆

I went there for the first time and it was horrible. The staff rushed us and was very rude to us. My son was crying a whole lot and just making a big scene. I thought that it would be better if my son and I left, so we did out of respect for the restuarant and its costumers. When my older son and my husband was done eating and got the bill. We were charged for all three of us. I did not get to eat, but just because I stepped into the damn restuarant we got charged for it. I thought that that was wrong and this restuarant is just plain money hungry! I asked why and that's what they told me..." We can't give you a refund back, we already charged you for eating here." What kind of answer is that? I was too furious to argue back, and I hate making big scenes, so I left it at that, not only that my son was crying non-stop and we needed to leave right away. I will never go back there again and I will never give this place a good review or give any recommendations.

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The perfect place for a sushi connoisseur and even more so for the newby. The variety was unbelievable! Pronounced "Toe Die". The atmosphere is quaint and unassuming. And you will have to wait your turn to be seated but it is well worth it. This is great even for someone who wants American food. All you can eat crab legs, shrimp, oysters and clams. Delicate traditional sushi - tuna, salmon, california rolls and what you would expect find at a commercial vendor or grocery. And then, oh my, everything else- squid, octopus, catamari, eel - prepared to taste in several versions and lots of creative combinations. The person who knows what they like will find it, but for someone who wants to learn sushi it is a great playgorund. Then, afterwards, the dessert buffet is to die for. The minature creme broulet and other debutantes allow you to have multiple finishes. And save room the for Green Tea ice cream on the way out!

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★★★★★

The perfect place for a sushi connoisseur and even more so for the newby. The variety was unbelievable! Pronounced "Toe Die". The atmosphere is quaint and unassuming. And you will have to wait your turn to be seated but it is well worth it. This is great even for someone who wants American food. All you can eat crab legs, shrimp, oysters and clams. Delicate traditional sushi - tuna, salmon, california rolls and what you would expect find at a commercial vendor or grocery. And then, oh my, everything else- squid, octopus, catamari, eel - prepared to taste in several versions and lots of creative combinations. The person who knows what they like will find it, but for someone who wants to learn sushi it is a great playgorund. Then, afterwards, the dessert buffet is to die for. The minature creme broulet and other debutantes allow you to have multiple finishes. And save room the for Green Tea ice cream on the way out!

Pros: A feast to behold!

Cons: Plain surroundings

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The place is packed on Saturday Evening, and the fish is replaced quickly and it is fresh. It is a buffet, but is the best sushi buffet I have been to on Saturday. The soup and the hot items were ok. For the price, and all you can eat sashimi and sushi, it is a good value.

Went again on Tuesday July 2006, and it was the most disgusting and miserable experience I have ever had at a restaurant. Todai was nearly empty, and I still had to wait 20 min to be seated. Staff was rude. No one came to offer me a beverage, so I had to get water myself from the waiter station. All buffet items, hot and cold were sitting out too long. Tempura was greasy, cold and soggy, teriyaki was dried out on the edges, sushi was too warm and skimpy on the fish, and the sashimi looked like some pieces had grey funky edges. I will never eat here again.

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★★☆☆☆

The place is packed on Saturday Evening, and the fish is replaced quickly and it is fresh. It is a buffet, but is the best sushi buffet I have been to on Saturday. The soup and the hot items were ok. For the price, and all you can eat sashimi and sushi, it is a good value.

Went again on Tuesday July 2006, and it was the most disgusting and miserable experience I have ever had at a restaurant. Todai was nearly empty, and I still had to wait 20 min to be seated. Staff was rude. No one came to offer me a beverage, so I had to get water myself from the waiter station. All buffet items, hot and cold were sitting out too long. Tempura was greasy, cold and soggy, teriyaki was dried out on the edges, sushi was too warm and skimpy on the fish, and the sashimi looked like some pieces had grey funky edges. I will never eat here again.

Cons: at a mall, rude service, stale food

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This place offers a huge variety, but the quality is very mediocare.

If you are planning to go there to eat sushi, my advice to you - do not! Spend another $30 bucks per couple, and go to a decent place.

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★☆☆☆☆

This place offers a huge variety, but the quality is very mediocare.

If you are planning to go there to eat sushi, my advice to you - do not! Spend another $30 bucks per couple, and go to a decent place.

Pros: fast, kid friendly

Cons: qulity of food

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I go to this place every once in a while with my friends for dinner. It's always busy, but the line goes fast and you can definitely get your money's worth. The food is good and the sushi is okay (as good as you can expect considering everything is buffet style).

PROS: Good value for the money
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★★★★☆

I go to this place every once in a while with my friends for dinner. It's always busy, but the line goes fast and you can definitely get your money's worth. The food is good and the sushi is okay (as good as you can expect considering everything is buffet style).

PROS: Good value for the money
CONS:

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This place has all you can eat sushi. It is served buffet style, so you can eat as much as you want and stay as long as you want. They have a lot of variety and everything is served in small portions, so you can try a lot of different types of foods without wasting it. The price is a little high for dinner (about $20 per person), so I recommend going for lunch when it is half the price but there is still plenty of selection. Drinks are not included in the buffet price.

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This place has all you can eat sushi. It is served buffet style, so you can eat as much as you want and stay as long as you want. They have a lot of variety and everything is served in small portions, so you can try a lot of different types of foods without wasting it. The price is a little high for dinner (about $20 per person), so I recommend going for lunch when it is half the price but there is still plenty of selection. Drinks are not included in the buffet price.

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Okay, so it's a buffet; obviously the sushi is not going to be gourmet, top-of-the-line tasting sushi. But it's still good & they have a very wide variety to pick from - maki rolls, nigiri, sashimi. You can try all sorts of things you haven't tried in other restaurants, that's the whole point of this seafood buffet. The cooked foods side is just as decent - dungeness crab, fried rice, scallops, calamari, shrimp, chicken, & teriyaki steak to name a few. Not to mention the seafood and miso soups, tempura, and dessert bar, yum! In other restaurants you'd be paying just as much if not more for all this great food! So go eat and enjoy!

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Okay, so it's a buffet; obviously the sushi is not going to be gourmet, top-of-the-line tasting sushi. But it's still good & they have a very wide variety to pick from - maki rolls, nigiri, sashimi. You can try all sorts of things you haven't tried in other restaurants, that's the whole point of this seafood buffet. The cooked foods side is just as decent - dungeness crab, fried rice, scallops, calamari, shrimp, chicken, & teriyaki steak to name a few. Not to mention the seafood and miso soups, tempura, and dessert bar, yum! In other restaurants you'd be paying just as much if not more for all this great food! So go eat and enjoy!

Pros: Worth the price, LOTS of variety

Cons: , Sometimes too crowded

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I don't understand why this Japanese version of a Country Buffet is so popular, other that you can eat till you burst. There are plenty of selections, that's for sure....Japanese, Chinese, and other Asian, but none of it is very good. There's just lots of it.

I'm a sushi nut, so maybe I'm too critical, but I must say that although the sushi looked alright, the fish was not all fresh, the sushi rice was absolutely awful, and some of the fish was cut wrong.

This might be a good place to introduce someone to sushi and Asian food, but why not take them somewhere better and more authentic? Good place, though, for kids...very accomodating in that regard.

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★★★☆☆

I don't understand why this Japanese version of a Country Buffet is so popular, other that you can eat till you burst. There are plenty of selections, that's for sure....Japanese, Chinese, and other Asian, but none of it is very good. There's just lots of it.

I'm a sushi nut, so maybe I'm too critical, but I must say that although the sushi looked alright, the fish was not all fresh, the sushi rice was absolutely awful, and some of the fish was cut wrong.

This might be a good place to introduce someone to sushi and Asian food, but why not take them somewhere better and more authentic? Good place, though, for kids...very accomodating in that regard.

Pros: kid friendly, buffet, so no waiting, large selection

Cons: terrible sushi, other food mediocre

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The first Todai Restaurant debuted in 1985 in Santa Monica, Calif., and has since opened in locations across the U.S. and in Hong Kong. The restaurant, with seating for up to 500 people, features a 160-foot seafood…

 

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