383 Gellert Blvd
Daly City, CA 94015
Moonstar is a higher end Asian Buffet in Daly City, a short distance from the Serramonte shopping center, and almost next door to Chinese food Mecca, Koi Palace. They used to have a location in San Francisco, but it closed years ago.
Todai pioneered the idea of charging more and serving sushi, sashimi, etc a couple years back, but Moonstar took the idea to a higher level. Many buffet restaurants have come and gone, like Hokkaido of Foster City, but this place soldiers on. Our last visit was in the middle of 2019.
Note that they now do not want people taking pictures or video. Lots of secrets? Pretty Lame in this era.
We like coming to Moonstar because the quality of most of the items is high. Moonstar Buffet, Daly City price: You can pay up to $29.88 for dinner on Friday, Saturday, or Sunday – holidays, but in return you get a wide selection of sashimi, crab legs, noodles, salads, Chinese cooked food, charcoal grilled items, roast duck, etc… The dessert selection is solid too! Five kinds of pudding, cakes, chocolate fountain, several kinds of Crystal ice cream, all sorts of puddings, jello, etc..
Lunch, during the week, costs $16.88 ($8.88 or $5.88 for Kids), $23.88 on the weekends. The price actually fell.
Dinner costs $27.88 from Monday through Thursday, $29.88 Friday through Sunday. $12.88 for kids 43″ to 60″ tall, $7.88 for 36″ to 42″, Free for those under 36″. Price includes Tea, Coffee, and Soda.
15% service charge for parties of 6 or more.
There were some changes on our most recent visit to Moonstar.
- The one dinner Daily Special ticket for half a lobster, abalone, lamb chops, or sharks fin soup was gone.
- Moonstar also added several new cooked items as well as grilled items.
- The place is packed on the weekends for dinner, so beware.
- They play a gong to celebrate people’s birthdays. Clearly a lot of people come here on their birthday to gorge out. Lots of families and big groups come here.
- Moonstar’s decor is clean and modern with a space age theme.
When you come in on your birthday with 1 guest you receive 50% OFF of one meal for yourself. When you bring 5 more guests you receive one FREE MEAL for yourself with Photo and cake. Must have proof of birthdate.
Salads are their weakest area with just three available. There is fresh fruit, melons, fruit cocktail, almond Jell-O, and mixed Jell-O in evaporated milk.
Moonstar has several types of dim sum available including several types of steamed buns, steamed dumplings, siu mai, har gow, all are average to weak. They used to have more Dim Sum in the past, move on… Soups have included a miso soup, Ginseng pork, hot and sour soup, Tom Yum Thai soup, Water cress soup (Very good), stewed papaya dessert soup, and a red bean dessert soup.
Deep Fried Alley included fried egg rolls, tater tots or fries, deep fried shrimp and dino nuggets, and deep fried fish.
A strong area: Hot dishes include fried rice, chow mein noodles, chow fun, giant clams in black bean sauce (Very good), stir fried crab, stir fried mussels, stir fried clams, sauteed eggplant, crispy pork belly, Chinese broccoli, beef with vegetables, pork belly, salt and pepper shrimp, taro scallop, crayfish, beef tenderloin, short ribs, beef sukiyaki, butter squash, curried chicken, sweet and sour pork, sticky Rice, cockles with chili, and many others. Selection varies from time to time.
Cooked Chinese food
Sometimes: Very good King Crab Legs, crack and peel Shrimp, oysters, mussels, crayfish, and langostino.
Custom made cooked to order Jook and Noodles at their noodle bar. Egg noodles, flat Rice noodles, udon, jook aka congee, wontons. Add-ons include chicken, crab, seafood, 1000 year-old eggs, Chinese donuts, green onions, minced pork. You have to wait in line for it to be made.
Black Bean Oysters
Moonstar’s selection of food varies each night but usually includes: Many Chinese hot dishes, custom made noodle soups, skewers of meat and seafood, roast beef, calamari, grilled yams, mushrooms on skewers, spare ribs, eggplant, several kinds of sashimi and sushi, crab legs, shrimp, mussels, lots of salads, several Chinese soups, chocolate fountain, cotton candy, many kinds of ice cream, tons of other desserts.
- Unlimited soda, tea, coffee, and coffee drinks.
Our favorite items include:
Roast Duck – Some of the best around. Decent Roast Pork with crispy skin too. Very surprising.
Steamed Giant Clams with vermicelli noodles.
Grilled items, most on a stick sometimes! Pork Skewer – Another surprisingly delicious item with lots of flavor. Be sure to return to this area as the selection changes. We have encountered pork ribs, sausage, chicken wings, corn on the cob, potatoes, pork skewers, stuffed tomatoes, quail, really good baked yams, under-cooked mushrooms, tomatoes, potato skins with bacon, Filipino longiso sausage and grilled mackerel.
Baked oysters with cheese, Taro Scallops, marginal garlic bread, and Indian fried bread were added on our last visit. Items change though.
In 2017 they had 2 different individual portioned steamed rice dishes in metal tins: Abalone with Chinese Sausage, Unagi with Chinese Sausage. While the meats were ok, the rice underneath was good. Do not miss them
A cooked to order thin ribeye steak, Salmon Steak, Lamb Chop, or Escolar Steak was added in 2013. Decent quality. 2 items per visit to the grill. Order the rib eye and ask to have it done medium rare.
Sashimi – Not tier one quality, probably frozen, but edible raw fish. A hungry guy can do some major damage here. You’ll find tilipia, albacore, tuna, and Salmon sashimi. They also have 10 kinds of sushi rolls, and tempura shrimp.
Ice cream selection included Crystal’s Halo Halo, Sesame, rainbow sherbet, chocolate, lychee, and a tasty but purple colored sesame ice cream. Add ons included strawberries, blueberries, and sprinkles. Mousse cakes, puddings, cheesecake, and other desserts were featured.
In 2017 had to order crepes were added back at dinner time.
They also have several Chinese style desserts including fresh almond cookies, sesame balls, coconut pudding, black sweet Rice with evaportated milk, coffee jello, egg tarts,and steam egg pudding with ginger.
Chocolate Fountain – Hit it before the kids fill it with crap. Moonstar uses a pretty sweet and pedestrian chocolate. They finally posted a sign teaching people how to use this beast with strawberries, marshmallows, and Rice Crispy treats.
Cotton Candy – As many as you can tolerate! Need we say more? No wonder kids want to come. Alas, they removed the cotton candy on our last visit in 2013. Boo hoo!
If you do not like Asian food, you should probably stay away from Moonstar and stick to the Vegas buffets like the one at the Wynn or Caesars Buffet. Moonstar Buffet, Daly City prices have remained steady for the last couple of years. Join the free VIP club on their website and get discounts and coupons that are pretty much useless unless you come during off-peak times. Kid’s Club for those 8 and younger allows them to eat for free with 2 paying adults. Special discounted prices for kids, that vary with height and age. (Free – $10.88) Charging full price for a 10 year old kid generates a ton of their profit. Tons of families with kids here because of this. Tuesday is senior discount day at Moonstar.
We like Moonstar in Daly City because you can quickly sit and eat what you want. The quality of the food is slightly better than other local buffets but not by much. Some feel the need to get their money’s worth and gourd themselves. The service was fair and overloaded. They mainly pickup plates and bring the bill.
The best buffets we have visited, remain: