If you asked me when we started this review site whether I’d ever recommend an Asian buffet in Jacksonville I’d have told you, “The chances are slim to none and slim just left town.” Asian buffets are perennial favorites to be among the worst offenders on the health department’s violations list. Too often their food tastes bland or quality is sacrificed to obtain lower pricing. Additionally I never feel that I’m getting value for my money. I’m excited to share with you that we’ve found an Asian buffet we can confidently recommend. The new Sakura Asian Buffet blows away all the others in Jacksonville we’ve tried. Sakura offers pretty good food in a clean restaurant at a great price.
LOCATION: 9764 Atlantic Blvd, Jacksonville, FL 32225
One of my favorite ways to find new restaurants is to ask friends who’ve moved to the U.S. from another country about their favorite Jacksonville restaurant. Recently I asked a Chinese friend to tell me about his favorite Asian restaurant in Jax. He responded by telling me, “You won’t believe me but this new Asian buffet Sakura is my favorite restaurant in Jax.” I started laughing and incredulously asked, “Seriously?!!!! You expect me to believe that an Asian buffet is one of the best restaurants in Jax?” I’m here to tell you that seeing is believing.
Walking into Sakura you notice a few things immediately. First off, the place is huge. I counted and there are roughly 70 different ready to eat hot food options on the 10 buffet tables. There are also easily 75-100 tables altogether in the various dining areas. Secondly it is spotlessly clean. I’ve never been in a Chinese buffet that’s this clean. Maybe it’s because they just opened, but either way it’s nice to walk into a buffet restaurant where cleanliness is valued. Too often it falls by the wayside. Lastly the food quality is really good and most of the food appears to be kept pretty darn fresh. We don’t expect 4 star food at an Asian buffet but we do expect food that is fresh and stands up to the quality at a decent Chinese takeout spot. That’s pretty much what we got.
Seeing as how we tried nearly half of the food items on the buffet, we won’t go through each one. We’ll just hit the noteworthy aspects of what’s available at Sakura Asian Buffet.
Starting with your basic Chinese food options there are several buffets with varieties of chicken, beef, and seafood, including even cold and hot steamed crawfish options. There is a sushi buffet with 20 types of sushi or sashimi, plus seaweed salad. You can expect the basics like California and Philly rolls along with more elaborate sushi rolls with various sauces and topped with different cuts of fish. It’s not amazing sushi but it’ll do on a buffet at a great price given what all is included.
The real value included in Sakura is the cook to order hibachi buffet. On this buffet you will find a variety of raw ingredients from noodles and rice to a plethora of veggies to egg to meats. Steak, shrimp and chicken options are all available as far as meats go. Pile up your plate with whatever you want cooked on a grill table teppanyaki style, and hand it to the chefs to cook it up for you. There are several sauces the chefs offer to cook with your meal from soy or teriyaki to garlic to spicy pepper and a few others. The food cooks in a matter of minutes.
There are restaurants with this choose-your-raw-ingredients-and-we-will-cook-it-up-for-you thing as their entire concept. We don’t have any of those restaurants in Jax, unfortunately, so this option at Sakura is especially exciting.
For dessert they’ve got a soft serve ice cream machine and a variety of pastry type dessert and jello options.
The final piece of information you need to know is in regards to pricing. Sakura is a deal at $8.99 for lunch, $9.99 for dinner during the week, and $10.99 on the weekends. Kid meals are priced based on age. Show me another place in town you can get a huge plate of hibachi/teppanyaki fare for $10! You can’t beat this price for this quality of food anywhere else in town. For a hibachi grill dinner with just chicken or shrimp you’d pay more and the quality wouldn’t be significantly different. For a wide variety of Chinese food, sushi, cook to order teppanyaki/hibachi, and ice cream, Sakura provides a delicious dinner value.
Where is the restaurant located? I don’t see an address.
Hey guys… the location is 9764 Atlantic Blvd. The address in the review (unless it’s updated now), is wrong. It incorrectly gave the address of another Chinese buffet. Both are very close to each other, so probably the confusion on that.
LOCATION: 9569 Regency Square Blvd N, Jacksonville, FL 32225
I’m a bonehead!!! Address is updated. Apologies, and thanks for bringing it to my attention – the web guy
Okay. So Sakura Buffet- BEST ASIAN BUFFET EVER:
Clean Atmosphere? Check!
Tasty Food? Check!
Fresh Food/Seafood? Check!
Good Service? Check!
Good Dessert? Check!
They took the plates away promptly. Replaced old food even if it wasn’t empty. Not a spot on the silverware or plates. Great sauces, service with a smile, fresh seafood and food in general. Always asked if you wanted a refill. And our bill for two people on a Mon.-Thurs. night was only $26. Not to mention they had sushi and a hibachi grill option.
Definitely Recommended. Sadly, I didn’t see a seaweed salad 🙁 I love seaweed salad
Let’s see. Where do I begin. The food was cold. The service was horrible. Soup cups were filthy.
At the end of our meal the waitress Alex I. was inappropriately picking up my 4yr old daughter and asking her to go home with her and had her follow her away from our table. Extremely unprofessional and wrong. Putting ur hands in my child is a no-no. I’m extremely upset at this waitress. If something isn’t done now, someone’s child will be gone with her.
The waitress are friendly. I don’t believe your negative comments. That’s place is awesome. what you talking about????? I’m giving them 5 stares
The food is testy. I love love love everything. I never had good buffet like this. At list once a week I Have to visit. Unbelievable testy food. Yummy
Last 2 times we went. All dishes very greasy. Food on hibachi table not cold. Who wants to eat shrimp & poultry that’s not kept at proper temp? Can you say very sick. Some trays quite empty. & still hadn’t been replaced hour later. Attitude we’ll leave it out till you scrape pan clean, then we might put out fresh. Kids allowed to run around, & serve themselves from tables. Fingers in food,yuk DANGEROUS TO THEMSELVES & OTHERS.
I don’t want to be the person they cause to fall. NOT going back
I moved to our Pine Bluff community during August 2015. The ONLY thing I miss from Ohio is the Chinese Buffet in Dublin, Ohio.
I never thought I would find as good a buffet as the one I left back in the frigid north.
Saturday night, I had dinner at the Sakura Buffet in Jacksonville. The decor is beautiful, the atmosphere is relaxing, and family oriented, the food is absolutely outstanding in every respect and dress is casual. All of the people working there go above and beyond to take care of their guests.
It’s an “all you can eat” buffet, and the variety is enormous, including all you can eat Sushi, which appeared very fresh, and the dessert buffet is …well, wear your extra large outfits that have plenty of room for expansion. 😉
The prices are a little less during the week, but even on Friday and Saturday, the value is phenomenal (see prices below.)
Just wanted to share this with my neighbors. This place is a real treat.
9764 Atlantic Blvd.
Jacksonville, Florida, 32225
Child: (4-6) $5.99
Child: (7-10) $6.99
I was just there last night. I love going to that place. So good. There’s also a waitress that I always talk to and asked how her husband and little boy are doing. The prices are good, too!