The Zen Buffet Story

The primary goal of “Zen” is to attain enlightenment and we mean to enlighten our customers with our unique style of Japanese & Chinese buffet. As our founder once said “We mean to change the buffet world.” We do this with the way we cook our food and superior service. Zen Buffet cooks are trained with the mentality that they are cooking for family and friends.


The very first Zen Buffet location was opened in 2002 at the Long Beach Town Center. After a year of continued success with a very diverse customer base, a second one was opened in San Gabriel in 2003. The third Zen Buffet in Woodland Hills in 2005 and our Monrovia location opened in 2011.