Great authentic Chinese food served in clean attractive surroundings. The wait help was happy to describe the dishes to us - there are so many noodle dishes their suggestions were both necessary and welcome. After he had gone over the menu selections our waiter listened to what we wanted and found some pan fried noodles that met our meet our needs with just a little tweaking. I am very partial to the skinny noodles that can be difficult to find in Arizona. Seafood seems to be a specialty of the house. They have tanks of living seafood in the restaurant, so you're guaranteed it is fresh. The roast duck was cooked to a turn and had very tasty crisp skin. We also ordered a medium spicy eggplant dish that was delicious. The house fried rice had BBQ pork, chicken, shrimp and vegetables in it - yummy. At lunch carts loaded with dim sum tidbits circulate throughout the restaurant. The servers will spend time describing the dumplings and other goodies to you. Everything we tried was wonderful. The tiny custard pies were the perfect way to finish off our meal.
I have been eating at Abacus Inn for the past 20 years. In that time, this restaurant has gone through several owner ships. The food is of superb quality, and of very large portions. Their prices remaining in a lower level range with the economy ( reasonable ). They have had a considerable staff turn over in the past couple of years. But for good reasons. To answer the below reviews, The food can be prepared anyway you like it. This being said, ( extra veggies, spicier, more wontons in the soup, more sauce, sweeter , just about any way you prefer it . Just ask your waiter. The restraunt is very clean, and the owner will listen to any legitimate complaint . He also takes care of them. Try Abacus Inn, You will not be disappointed. Also, they have the best Chinese soup in the city of phoenix. Especially their Hot and Sour soup. Their delivery service is tops. Just remember to ask and thou shall receive. Twains3007
I was very surprised at the last review because I have never experienced anything like that at this buffet. My husband and I are huge Chinese Buffet fans, but when we found this one, we were sold. They have the Sushi bar that always has a guy there making food fresh, along with all the favorites that you can expect from an Asian buffet. Their prices are definitely reasonable, at $6.99 for lunch and $10.99 for dinner. Dinner also includes all my husband's favorite sea foods, such as crab legs, muscles, oysters and many more. The service has always been helpful for us and actually friendly on top of that! The food quality is very high and I have yet to be disappointed by it. I have been to many of these Asian buffets all over the valley with my husband, but ever since we discovered Shanghai Buffet, we never go anywhere else!