5580 Clairemont Mesa Blvd, San Diego, CA | Directions 9211732.834221 -117.172614
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Neighborhoods: Northern, North Clairemont, Northern San Diego
I would not recommend, in fact I would recommend going anywhere but here. – Food: Below Average
Price: Way Over priced
Atmosphere: Bad Vibe
I heard great things about Buga and was excited to experience it first hand. I went with my brother and my girlfriend who is from a Korean Family. I can?t understand the positive reviews on this place; my experience was anything but positive. We showed up for our 9:00 Friday Night reservation. My first reaction was that it looked like a mix between a high school cafeteria decorated for some kind of international food fair and Denny?s. But, I?m there for the food so I got over that real quick. We were greeted by the host who explained to us that they stop serving at 9:30 and they close at 10:00; I was a little surprised that this was the first thing they said. Despite this comment, it was only 9:00 so we would have plenty of time to relax and enjoy our meal. Not the case. We ordered appetizers, soups and salads and we got it all at once with the main meal and even the desert ginger tea - yup all at once ? very strange. The server cooked as much of our food as possible all at once, (they did all the cooking) She then loaded our plates faster than we could eat it. I was still on my salad and she just dropped a handful of beef right on top of the salad -ridiculous. The management came over to our table a number of times before 9:30 to let us know they stop serving at 9:30 and then stood over us from 9:30 -10:00 telling us they are getting ready to close and we need to finish up. I asked if the pork was ready to eat, they told me no if will take a few more minutes and we could take it with us- Shocking.
Cook your own meal Korean style or feast on a variety of fresh seafood at the sushi bar. – In Short
The décor is simple, bordering on stark, but few diners seem to mind since all eyes are focused on the tabletop grills piled high with juicy meats. Short ribs are the house specialty but carnivores will find it hard to choose from marinated sliced beef, teriyaki chicken and spicy pork. Seafood lovers can savor pan-fried octopus with spicy sauce, crab, salmon and seafood pancakes.
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