Todai

Todai is an upscale all-you-can-eat Japanese seafood buffet restaurant. Toodai restaurant is designed to create a unique family atmosphere that seats up to 500 patrons. In addition, Todai restaurant features a 160-foot seafood buffet counter with 40 different kinds of sushi, over 15 salads and hot entrees, and a dessert bar with over 20 different cakes and fruits.

Seafood Lover's Paradise

I must admit that I have never seen such an eclectic assembly of both hot and cold seafood delicacies as are offered at their dinner buffet. In addition to an impressive variety of fresh sushi and sashimi that is constantly replenished by a small army of chefs, their salad bar also features crab legs, New Zealand Green lip mussels on the half shell, 'peel and eat' shrimp and a variety of other tasty goodies from the sea that are regularly rotated based on market availability.

If you don't overdo it at the sushi bar, you might want to check out their hot foods in the adjoining room. Diners can expect to find anything from broiled salmon, steamed clams and fried calamari rings to delicate whitefish fillets, sauteed shrimp and slipper lobster tails topped with a rich, thermador-style sauce. A variety of other favorites such as mixed tempura and miso soup are also available. If this has not yet satisfied your appetite, there is also a classic Teppan Yaki bar located right next to the fresh fruits and desserts.

Although it may be difficult, most regular patrons of Todai make a point to save room for a trip through their famous dessert bar. This end of the buffet is festooned with a bevy of miniature temptations that range in variety from small chocolate chip cookies and some of the tastiest creme puffs that will ever melt in your mouth, to European inspired fruit tarts, homemade yogurts, brownies and cheesecakes. Slices of fresh melons and fruits also stand by to help ease the occasional troubled conscience that may be aroused by all of this unfettered indulgence.

Todai is a fast paced, well lit, cafeteria-style eatery with a lot of activity. The wait-staff is primarily involved in seating your party, bringing beverages to the table and removing the many empty plates that tend to accumulate at this magnet for seafood gourmets of all ages. Knowing this, those seeking a dark, intimate setting for their dining experience may want to look elsewhere. Having said that, you can be assured that Todai offers an extremely high quality product for the price, which is only a fraction of what one would expect to pay at a similar type of restaurant in Osaka or Tokyo, Japan. The lunch buffet costs even less, but has a more limited selection of items than are on the evening menu. They also provide a 20% Senior Discount during dinner hours, and a free meal on your verified birthday with parties of 4 or more.

Todai is a restaurant that was designed for devout lovers of seafood. If this sounds like someone you know who has never been there, you might want to pass on the good news!

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Restaurant Info

  • Address: 2828 Camino Del Rio South, San Diego CA 92108
  • Cross Street: I-805 Overpass
  • Location: Mission Valley & Clairemont | Mission Valley
  • Cuisine: Seafood | Sushi | Japanese |
  • Cost: $$ | Inexpensive | $25 - $50
  • Category: Buffet/All-You-Can-Eat
  • Star Rating:
  • Reservations: Unknown
  • Dress Code: Casual
  • Meals Served: Lunch | Dinner |
  • Parking:
  • Payment Options: VISA | Amex | MasterCard |
  • Corkage Fee: N/A
  • Staff:
  • Phone: (619) 299-8996

Business Hours

Monday
Main Dining Room | Lunch 11:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.
Main Dining Room | Dinner 5:30 p.m. - 9 p.m.
Tuesday
Main Dining Room | Lunch 11:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.
Main Dining Room | Dinner 5:30 p.m. - 9 p.m.
Wednesday
Main Dining Room | Lunch 11:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.
Main Dining Room | Dinner 5:30 p.m. - 9 p.m.
Thursday
Main Dining Room | Lunch 11:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.
Main Dining Room | Dinner 5:30 p.m. - 9 p.m.
Friday
Main Dining Room | Lunch 11:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.
Main Dining Room | Dinner 5 p.m. - 9 p.m.
Saturday
Main Dining Room | Lunch 11:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.
Main Dining Room | Dinner 5 p.m. - 9 p.m.
Sunday
Main Dining Room | Lunch 11:30 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Main Dining Room | Dinner 5:30 p.m. - 9 p.m.

Features

  • All You Can Eat
  • Healthy Options

Occasion

  • People Watching

 


F.A.Q. - Frequently Asked Questions

Yes, an international one.
Reservations are only taken for large parties. Walk-ins are always welcome.

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Restaurant Address: 2828 Camino Del Rio South, San Diego CA 92108

User Reviews

What a great place!  

I'd heard about it for years but the first time I went was the other nite with a group from work. They have a little of everything, from the sushi to the hot food to the salads and desserts. You can't beat it just for the all you can eat sushi but then the crab,shrimp and lobster(even though they only serve the lobster every half hour).I highly recommend this one!

Mmmm mmm good!  

If you are a lover of anything seafood, this restuarant is the place to go to! Such a great selection of seafood dishes, hot or cold. The atmosphere is very laid-back, none of that stuffiness that you find at other high-end restuarants! The decor is very welcoming and the buffet line is endless! Two thumbs up... now go!

Iraishamaseh (welcome)!  

I love Japanese food, especially SUSHI. I've eaten at many Japanese restaurants including some in Tokyo. This place is awesome! There are Todai's all over now (I usually ate at the one in Orange) and this one was the best. Get there early (5:30pm) and you get the warmest greeting from the servers/host and the cooks. I've eaten at the imitation (O-Nami) by the mall and Todai provides superior service, bit more selections and their desserts are "to-die" for (creme brulee and "real" green tea ice cream). This is paradise for sushi/seafood eaters and I highly recommend it. I only wish they would transport it and place it where O-Nami is so its easier to find. Arigato Todai!

The Best  

My husband and I dined at the resturant during our vacation and we love our sushi. This was the BEST sushi resturant that we have ever dined at, we are from Sacramento and there is no place here that even comes close the the quility of food and service we had here at Todai. We are really hoping that you do open one here in Sacramento, if you do you will have a regular customer. The service was excellent and so was the food, there was nothing we tried that we did not like. Everything was just Excellent. You would not be disappointed at dinning at the resturant.

Yummy  

Although I absolutely love seafood, I have never been a big fan of sushi. As a matter of fact, anytime I've had sushi, I pretty much want to gag. However, I decided to give Todai's sushi a chance because my fiance insisted that it is delicious. To my amazement, I really liked the sushi. The next day I had an urge to eat sushi (which has never happened before). I went to get sushi, and it was not the same. Todai has the best sushi!!!In addition, the food was tasty and the service was good. Highly recommended place for sushi lovers and haters =)

Lunch is Best  

I love to eat at Todai for lunch. In comparison getting suishi anywhere else is far more expensive. They have a great lunch selection as well.

over rated  

I must admit, the hot food is quite delicious. Otherwise, the sushi is highly over rated! Majority of the sushi is dry. Im not sure if that is the way they make it, or if it is because it is laying out in the open for some time. If you have a big appetite, you do get what you pay for especially if you eat at all the sections including deserts. The only time I would come back is if I had to for a special occassion. Onami even has better sushi. It is a nice big restraunt, and waiters are helpful, but food just isnt as expected.

Great first timmer sushi place..  

A bit expensive for dinner but a great place to taste all the sushi. It's all you can eat so don't worry about wasting your food, take a bite and move on to the next one. Service isn't bad for drinks either.

Todai/Onami/Toru--Same restaurant  

This is ridiculous. I've looked at the reviews for here and for Onami and I must say those of you who are saying one is better than the other are incorrect. They are the same restaurant. I've been to both in the past. On a visit to Todai some odd years ago the placemats and plates said "Onami". Some locations still go by the old name, others by the new "Onami", but both have the same foods, same drinks, same desserts, same price. There is NO difference between the two except maybe decorations. Food may be different, but only because one location might run out of a particular ingredient a roll requires. I don't doubt that "Toru", the "new Onami" will be more or less the same as it's two predecessors. The only difference might be how much alcohol they serve.

never  

went there a couple months ago. there's a lot of choices but the taste were blah. ive been to other buffet place with better taste of food. your eyes will feast on the huge selection but the taste of the food is not that good.

Not as good as I thought  

Okay here is my Review....My husband and I just recently went to Todai last weekend...We usually go to ONAMI'S but since everyone we knew was rippin and raving about the place and how good it was we deceided to go...I have to say the food at Todai is not so great comparing it to ONAMI...the sushi was O.K except the fact that the sushi looked like they were made w/no care-shashimi was great but food was poor. And dessert? Oh goodness how can you call that dessert? It was so dry that I did not finish it...But I give them 2 thumbs up for the Green tea ice cream which our son also loved...I will give Todai another try in the future but for now we are just going to stick to ONAMI...Now thier dessert are to die for! because everything is moist and so flavorful.

Are You Nuts  

I cannot believe that Todai is not only on your top 10 list of seafood restaurants but that it is rated #1. The second you walk in to one of those joints your instantly assaulted by a smelly wave of fish. That is not what I want to smell when I walk into a sushi restaurant. All of the sushi is subpar...it is dry and the rice is never very sticky...I gave it a one because the price is fine to go stuff your face with poor quality sushi. The fact you actually would put a all you can eat sushi bar on your top 10 best list for seafood restaurants makes me really wonder who is putting together these lists....Oh by the way I got a monkey that needs a job.

Really? $30 for cockroaches?  

I expect a lot more for $30 dollars a person. When I want to eat dinner with a cockroach crawling on the wall I'll go to Bob's taco shack. Up until that point the food was completely average. Not much different from any other buffet. Not worth the money I paid even before the wildlife came out to greet me. Next time, I'll go to Applebee's or something equally generic where my money will at least buy me a couple margaritas to go with my meal and i won't find roaches crawling on the walls

TACKY DECOR, GROSS LOBSTER, DISAPPOINTING SUSHI  

All Todais are not the same. I moved to San Diego from Houston, and enjoyed the Houston Todai very much. I would easily give the Houston Todai 4 of 5 stars. Fresh sushi, upscale atmosphere, and well-dressed patrons. The San Diego Todai could not have been more different. It gets a big fat 0 from me. The whale-themed decor accented with plenty of Christmas lights looked like it was created for a junior-high dance. There were several ghetto families there who were taking advantage of the pay-by-height options (apparently children under 4 ft tall eat for free or something). The sushi was old and room-temperature. And if you are going for the all-you-can-eat lobster tails like most people, DON'T BE FOOLED. It was like chewing on a used condom. Tough and rubbery, with some kind of sweet white cheese sauce on top that tasted like regurgitated candy. In summary - The SD Todai is the worst restaurant in the universe. Only go there if you think warm raw fish is safe, if you need to feed your midget kids for cheap, or if you enjoy chewing on used condoms.

THE WORST FOOD EVER  

I just ate at Todai with my father, both love seafood and sushi. This restaurant was by far the worst food we both have ever had. There was no taste to any of the food. The fish and seafood was NOT Fresh, but freshly frozen. The best thing that we had there was the water! I will never go there again. IT is over priced, poor value food that does not stand up to their claim, "upscale All-You-Can-Eat Japanese Seafood Buffet Restaurant w/ affordable prices paralleled with taste and quality." It's more like pricey food with poor quality and no taste. I don't recommend eating here.

THE WORST FOOD EVER  

I just ate at Todai with my father, both love seafood and sushi. This restaurant was by far the worst food we both have ever had. There was no taste to any of the food. The fish and seafood was NOT Fresh, but freshly frozen. The best thing that we had there was the water! I will never go there again. IT is over priced, poor value food that does not stand up to their claim, "upscale All-You-Can-Eat Japanese Seafood Buffet Restaurant w/ affordable prices paralleled with taste and quality." It's more like pricey food with poor quality and no taste. I don't recommend eating here.

Don't bother  

I hoghly recommend that you skip this terrible version of "supposed" Japanese food. The crab legs are tiny and served with Movie butter like at the theatre, whaer it's yellow oil-yuk! If you are seeking quality Japanese food, go across the street at the Mission Valley mall to ONAMI! Wonderful service, real food, and quality! Todai and Onami are priced the same but there sure is a huge difference in the quality of food. Don't waste your time or money.........

IT SIMPLY A RIP -OFF  

THREE PEOPLE $125 DOLLARS? NOTHING EXTRA. THE MEAT WAS TOUGH. THE SALAD BASIC. THE ATMOSPHERE A FAT ORIENTALS CONVENTION. ENDLESS CRAB LEGS OF SPIDER CRABS PREVIOUSLY FROZEN... THE SUSHI STALE. WE WERE HIGHLY OFFENDED BY THE PRICE. WE HAVE EATEN IN LA CHINA DISTRIC WITH FAR MORE FOOD FOR ONE THIRD OF THE PRICE. THREE PEOPLE $125 DOLLARS. COULD NOT BELIEVE IT.