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About Cafe Sierra at Hilton Universal City

Enjoy an eclectic blend of culinary delights ranging from Californian to Mandarin cuisines. Open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. We are best known for our Vegas Style Seafood & Prime Rib buffet on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday nights that will tempt your taste buds. Our Culinary Team is dedicated to serving you the finest foods using the freshest ingredients. Reservations recommended. For parties of 8 or more, please call for reservations.

555 Universal Hollywood Drive
Universal City, CA 91608
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Californian, Contemporary Asian

Hours of Operation:

Breakfast:
Monday - Friday: 6:00am - 11:00am (Buffet and Al a Carte)
Saturday - Sunday: 6:00am - 10:30am (Buffet and Al a Carte)
Lunch:
Monday - Friday: 11:30am - 2:30pm (Al a Carte)
Dinner:
Monday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm (Al a Carte)
Friday - Saturday: 6:00pm - 10:00pm (Seafood and Prime Rib Buffet)
Sunday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm (Seafood and Prime Rib Buffet)
Weekend Brunch:
Saturday: 10:30am - 2:30pm (Buffet and Al a Carte)
Jazzy Champagne Brunch:
Sunday: 11:00am - 2:30pm (Buffet)

Cross Street:
Lankershim Blvd.

Dress Code:
Smart Casual

Price Range:
$31 to $50

Payment Options
AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(818) 509-2030

Website:
http://www.cafesierrahilton.com/

Catering:
Plan any special occasion at the Hilton Los Angeles/Universal City hotel. This stunning venue in the heart of the entertainment capital of Los Angeles will transform any occasion into an unforgettable event. From intimate gatherings to large galas, our flexible 16,000 sq. ft. ballroom can accommodate all needs. Our catering team will guide the entire planning process and manage every detail.

Parking Details:
Valet and Self Parking Available.

Public Transit:
Universal City Metro Station. Universal Studios Shuttle Available from Metro Station.

Executive Chef:
George Sit

Additional:
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cafe, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Outdoor Smoking Area, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Special Events & Promotions:
Hilton Los Angeles/Universal City's award winning staff will exceed your LA wedding expectations. As the day you have been dreaming of draws near, we will help turn the vision of your ceremony and reception into reality. We understand how important it is for your destination wedding in Hollywood to go according to plan. Our expert planners will work with you every step of the way to make sure this Los Angeles venue is the perfect backdrop for your important day.

Our staff offers personalized event touches, style and variety all with impeccable attention to detail. From polished service and culinary delights from around the world, to posh guest rooms and luxury suites, your expectations will certainly be exceeded.

Private Dining

Hilton Los Angeles/Universal City"s award winning staff will exceed your expectations. As the day you have been dreaming of draws near, we will help turn the vision of your ceremony and reception into reality. A popular destination for corporate, families, and leisure as well as meetings and events.

Cafe Sierra at Hilton Universal City Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

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food

3.9

service

4.1

ambience

3.9

value

3.5

Noise

Moderate

68% would recommend it to a friend

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Kid-friendly (7)
Fit for Foodies (5)
Great for Lunch (4)
Seasonal (4)
Worth the Drive (4)
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·Dined 7 days ago

Great sea food buffet. Quality of the food is great. Service was very good the waiter new it was my moms birthday and he rushed to get a cake with a plate that said happy birthday they sang to her and she loved it

Tags: Fun, Live Music, Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on January 8, 2018

Went for a Prime rib and Lobster buffet.. Lobster was ok.. Prime rib was cold and bland.. dessert was good.

Tags: Cozy
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 (San Diego)·Dined on January 7, 2018

The Sunday brunch was a bit pricey, but had a big selection of good food and desserts. The placement of the carving station outside of the dining area was a little weird, but the prime rib was excellent. The live band was pleasant to listen to while eating. The service at other tables seemed good at other tables, but my waiter was not very good.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Live Music, Casual, Good for Birthdays, Great for Brunch
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on January 7, 2018

We came here for my husband's birthday, he loves seafood, and he was happy with the selection. We had lobster, sashimi, poke, crab, even grabbed some tacos and crepes! It's a good spot for seafood lovers and people that loves to eat different things.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Casual
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 5, 2018

Stayed at the hotel for a couple of days and each time the same dish was prepped differently. Kids ordered Shirley Temples, no cherries. I ordered a Bloody Mary, no garnish at all. Ordered fries along with my sandwich and they were greasy, not crisp and I had basically the ends of the potatoes in tiny slivers, more like shredded potatoes, not fries. Horrible experience. Adjacent bar has the same menu and the service and ironically the same food was better. Go figure!

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·Dined on January 2, 2018

Charged $45 for the buffet. Very disappointed with their food selection. There may be 20 items max on the menu. We are talking about a buffet at the Hilton. Didn't think they prepared enough food either. The guy in charge of the taco/Mongolian BBQ station didn't even know how to cook. Definitely would not go again.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 31, 2017

Food was good, service was great. Price was expensive.

Tags: Sunday Lunch
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 31, 2017

Universal Hilton has changed and NOT for the better, I have been having brunch and recommending the Universal Hilton for many years (20) and I won't be doing so again. The remodel has made the selections fewer, and the seating far less comfortable and inviting. Many favorites are gone now. I cannot imagine what they added to make this worth $65 per adult ( Holiday Flair) for New Years Brunch. The email and poster said they began at 10:30, food wasn't ready until 11:20... we were seated at a very dirty table, and the floors were still littered with sausage links, napkins, and various breakfast refuse ...
The shining star? ALLEN, our server made this all more palatable. Thank goodness they hired Allen who was a very attentive server and a bright spot in very disappointing and expensive morning.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 29, 2017

Overpriced for a mediocre meal. Specifically, the buffet. My daughter, 12, was charged as an adult. She had a small serving of Caesar Salad, 2 steak tacos and half of a slice of chocolate cake. Not worth the price.

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 (Vancouver)·Dined on December 28, 2017

This reservation was cancelled within the time frame required by OT’s policy. Also, tried for an hour to do so without success for a reservation for another restaurant booked through OT…and sent a letter about it. Cancelled that reservation finally by personally going to the restaurant to avoid the penalty charges. Very reluctant to use OT again. And, if a charge shows up on my credit card, will be even more annoyed, if that is possible.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 26, 2017

Over priced, being seated in a room without any decorations, the food quality and selection is like a $20 buffet restaurant. ruined my Xmas. Will not go to this place anymore.

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·Dined on December 26, 2017

Not so much food to choose from. Not worth $65 per person. Made a reservation but still had to wait for 30 minutes to be seated. Worse than the Vegas Seafood Buffet

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 26, 2017

It must have been the holiday is very busy and food was not good that day . Not worth the $65 per person

Tags: Fit for Foodies
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 25, 2017

I have been here several times before - this is a seafood & prime rib buffet though there are plenty of vegetarian optons. The Buffet was extremely well organized and the food very good. Stations have changed location so look around before indulging!

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Casual, Kid-friendly, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Groups, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Great for Brunch, Fun
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·Dined on December 25, 2017

It must have been the holidays. Food and service was subpar. Definitely not worth 65$ per person

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 24, 2017

The remodeled dining room and food areas are an improvement over the previous facility. Service has never been very good here. It’s a lot of old timers who really are just phoning it in but we expected that. We keep returning for the seafood and the proximity to Universal.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 17, 2017

Pricey brunch with not enough options. At $65 per person I expected much a wider offering of dishes, entrees, etc., Castaways, Queen Mary and Cima are much better options at a lower price. Won't be returning.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 17, 2017

Food was good, wish they had more variety. Lobster and King crab legs were A+! Service was excellent!

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·Dined on December 11, 2017

I had been to Cafe Sierra at least three times in the past few years. However the quality of the food especially the desserts section has gotten worse each time. Most entrees tasted salty, cold and/or not fresh. My husband didn’t feel well after tasting the poke and I after the salmon. The steamed lobster was the only thing that made this visit worthwhile. We’ll not be returning to the cafe unless steamed lobsters are on the menu.

Tags: Seasonal, Pre/post Theatre, Good for a Date, Worth the Drive, Good for Anniversaries, Casual, Good for Groups, Kid-friendly, Special Occasion
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·Dined on December 10, 2017

Awful! Not worth the money. It was so loud, crowded, the food was NOT tasty at all.
The waiters had an attitude.
Such a downgrade frim last year.
And not worth 80 per person with tax and tip.
Never again!

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 10, 2017

Great time and food!

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·Dined on December 9, 2017

I've had brunch here multiple times and this was absolutely the most disappointing yet. In my reservation I stated this was a birthday for my husband and not only did they not mention it or have anything special for him, they gave him the bill at the end of the meal. The cold dishes were mostly empty- just trays of ice. The carving station/omelette station was not attended to. I stood there waiting for 5 minutes before simply grabbing fruit and returning to my table. This was my husband's first time at the Sierra Cafe and he was so unhappy we will not be returning. The waiter was very attentive and the only saving grace.

Tags: Scenic View, Seasonal
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·Dined on December 9, 2017

Such little selection, the buffet was only a quarter full of the normal selection. It felt like they were closing down, when really they had just started Saturday brunch.

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 (Phoenix)·Dined on December 4, 2017

Feeling like a second class citizen. When we checked in the hostess asked if we were here to celebrate anything. I said we are here to celebrate an anniversary. During dinner we saw wait staff bringing out desserts to celebrate other diners special occasion. We didn’t not have anyone in the restaurant acknowledge our special day.

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·Dined on December 3, 2017

I have been going to this buffet for a few years, unfortunately im not going back, due to the selection of food has changed..They used to have alot more selections of seafood, and now nothing is there.. Im not satisfied at ALL.. especially for what they charge..$$$$

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·Dined on December 3, 2017

Amazing LOBSTER buffet!! The best i've ever had . I highly recommend this for all big parties , get together and seafood lovers.

Tags: Great for Brunch
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on November 25, 2017

I love Café Sierra's Prime rib buffet and Sunday Brunch. I'll go with friends and family when I have a reason: birthday, anniversary, holiday, friends get together.....yeh~~~just love it ^.^

Tags: Seasonal, Casual, Tasting Menu, Live Music, Authentic, Fit for Foodies, Cozy, Business Meals, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Groups, Creative Cuisine, Fun, Good for Birthdays, Great for Brunch, Kid-friendly, Special Occasion
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on November 24, 2017

Overrated ! Food is not that good! You can get a better buffet in a lot lesser price! Lots of people, high traffic! It's a free for all! Not a good experience for my family! I even checked in the hotel thinking it would be a nice experience for us! 😡A BIG DISAPPOINTMENT!

Tags: Afternoon Coffee, Quick Bite
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 24, 2017

For the past decade, my family has dinner buffet there every time we make our annual visit to Southern California. We had the worst experience this Thanksgiving Day.

We got there on time and it took 10 minutes of wait at the counter before someone had time to tell us to line up somewhere in the hotel lobby to check in.

We didn't get seat until 8:40 for a 7:30 reservation. I can live with that for good food.

By the time we were seated, most hot food were dehydrated. Salad were gone. Lobster were no more. Oysters were still there probably because they did not look fresh. Hence I didn't take the risk. To give Sierra credit, they brought out more salad and lobster later, but not other hot food.

Had to ask the staff for crab crackers and I witnessed something really AMAZED. He grabbed two from a table in front of us, wipe it with a tablecloth and gave to us. The problem was the table was waiting for clean up after diners. I forgot whether the table cloth he used was from the table or it was actually his apron. Either case, those were not something he should use. Cafe Sierra, if this is your general practice, at least not to do it in front of your customers.

I lost my appetite since then....

At the end, I was charged adult price for my 10 years old kid. That got corrected.

Sorry, you lost a long time customer.

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·Dined on November 24, 2017

Thanksgiving. Lots of choices, a madhouse of eating.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on November 23, 2017

They over estimated the volume of people and possibly overbooked thanksgiving because they gave us a cafe size table for 5 people. We were crammed in and seated very far away from the actual buffet area and everything was a mess

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on November 19, 2017

The Sunday brunch is great, must taste everything. The service is excellent

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·Dined on November 13, 2017

The service was awesome, but there were limited sushi selections as well as desserts.
Overall: The food is not worth the price.

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·Dined on November 12, 2017

Delicious food with a large variety. It was busy so the service was not the best BUT, it’s a buffet, so no big deal really. The hostess was absolutely lovely. She came to our table (and others) multiple times to make sure everything was going well and even remembered our names. She offered my kids sparkling apple cider since they couldn’t have Champagne which was a hit and then made sure they each brought home a cotton candy. Very wonderful brunch. Will be back.

Tags: Special Occasion, Sunday Lunch, Kid-friendly, Great for Brunch
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·Dined on November 6, 2017

Seafood was on point and did not disappoint . Lobster was fresh as if it was just caught . To end the night we had dessert and let me just say they have so much variety you find yourself trying every single one .

Tags: Worth the Drive, Special Occasion, Good for a Date
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on November 5, 2017

This would have been a good value at $35 but not $55. At $55 it is overvalued.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on November 5, 2017

This is probably one of the best brunch / buffets I've had in Los Angeles. The food was fresh and exceptional considering the volume. There were lots of items to choose from. I was surprised by the amount of selection and quality on par with some of the Vegas buffets. Overall it's a wonderful brunch to have to family gatherings and special occasions.

Tags: Great for Brunch, Special Occasion, Good for Groups
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·Dined on November 5, 2017

I brought my Grandma who was visiting from out of town. My mother has been raving to my whole family since I took her here this past Mother's Day. The food was great and the spread Cafe Sierra puts out is jaw dropping. They even had new menu items like the whole Maine lobster. Everything was so great !

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine, Great for Brunch, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on October 29, 2017

This is my first time trying the Hilton Sunday Brunch however I was disappointed in the assortment of food that was being offered. The lack of seafood and dishes compared to dinner is unbelieveable. Even though the price is similar, dinner has a lot more variety such as peking duck, ginger crab and lobster. I suggest you try other venues if you are hoping for a premium buffet

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on October 29, 2017

Service is amazing! They have live music on Saturdays, it was fantastic!

Tags: Good for Groups, Fun, Live Music
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