Local Dining Universal Hilton’s Cafe Sierra offers a sumptuous feast

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By Laura Voeth

The folks at Cafe Sierra in the Universal Hilton Hotel care about us. That’s right, us, their neighbors in the Toluca Lake, Studio City, Burbank and surrounding areas, who live and work here year round. That’s one of the reasons why they have launched an Early Bird Prime Rib Buffet special Monday through Thursday. Reservations made for seating from 5pm to 6:15pm will enjoy two hours of complimentary self parking. That’s fantastic!

Upon arrival at Cafe Sierra, one is greeted by a genuinely friendly staff. The newly renovated dining room is sleek but warm and elegantly appointed. The buffet area sets the stage, and instantly invites perusal. However, if a member of your party would prefer to order from the dinner menu while you indulge in the unlimited buffet, not a problem. Cafe Sierra is ready to accommodate just about any scenario.

For prime rib connoisseurs, this is the real deal: rich, juicy and truly prime. For those who want to sample a variety of dishes, you are in the right place. There are crisp salads, fresh garden vegetables, authentic Mandarin cuisine (prepared by Mandarin-trained chefs), Mongolian “create your own” stir-fry, made to order tacos, Korean barbecue, pasta, homemade soups, (the white bean was outrageous) and a variety of desserts, artfully displayed and yummy. There is even a soft serve ice cream station for the young and young at heart.

The main dishes rotate daily, but the prime rib is always available, and all are limited only to your capacity. It’s an incredible value for only $32.50 per person.

Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights, Cafe Sierra offers their award winning Seafood and Prime Rib Buffet, which includes Dungeness and King crab legs, oysters, mussels, Lobster Thermidor and shellfish ceviche-all fresh, and all scrumptious, and all for only $58 for adults and $28 for children (ages 5-10). There is also a Saturday Brunch buffet from 10:30am to 2:30pm, and on Sunday you can pig out on the Champagne Brunch, between 11am and 2:30pm, for only $55 for adults and $28 for children.

Just want a quick bite on the way home from work? Visit the Atrium Lounge, across from the dining room, for Happy Hour Monday through Thursday from 4pm to 6pm and sample from their small bites menu.

Hosting a large group? The adjoining Orchid Room seats up to 130 people. Cafe Sierra also has special events just about every other month. Up next is the “Tequila Dinner” on Tuesday, August 29, featuring Codigo Tequila, a five course dinner and cocktail extravaganza.

Gluten free menu also available. For reservations and hours of operation call (818) 509-2030 or visit CafeSierraHilton.com. Cafe Sierra is located at 555 Universal Hollywood Dr., in the Hilton, in Universal City.  

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