The first time I went to Zoopas in Tukwila was in 1993, I have always found it to be an enjoyable experience. The salad bar was really good, with lots of choices and they had a pasta bar with different sauces to choose from, baked potato both russet and sweet. breads and pizzas. the deserts were good with again lots of choices. I really enjoyed eating there. I went back in April 2013 and found it closed. Sorry to see that because it was a favorite place to go when you wanted a salad bar buffet.
Looks are deceiving.
Walking in, you think you've entered salad paradise. Things look neat, clean and well presented. So you grab a few plates and get started... you meander through the salad section, then the pasta salads and other selections before sitting down.
As your mouth eagerly awaits it's first bite, you are suddenly hit with an overwhelming sense of sadness. The dressing is so flippin' bland. "This is Thousand island?" You scream in front of the other patrons. The rest of the meal proves equally uninteresting. You've just loaded up on a giant circle of unhappiness.
At least the brownies are good. But really, that was about it.
Glad we tried it!!. Zoopa's is great. It's a salad, bakery, pasta buffet. There were tons of fresh veggies to put on the 4 different kinds of salad. You can purchase chicken breasts for $1.99-2.99 if you are so inclined. There is a cold pasta bar and warm pasta with several sauces too. There is a scrumptious sweet station with brownies, bread pudding, cobbler, puddings and freshly baked bread. You can also make a loaded baked potato. There is soft serve with toppings too. There were 5 or 6 soups to choose from also. Grandma's Chicken and Dumpling reminded me of Sunday dinner.My husband and I ate for @ $20. Definitely worth the trip. I highly recommend Zoopa's and will definitely go again.
Great salad buffet!. We dined here long time ago, and it was horrible. However, they have improved, and it is way much better than before. There are more variety, the veggie look fresh, the pastry are warm and actually good, the prepared salad is very tasty. It is hard to believe they have changed so much and actually improve a lot. I hope they have more selection for soup, like chicken soup or light soup instead of all hearty and thick soup. The best time to go will be any time before 7pm, when there are still plenty of fresh food. Overall, it's getting better.
You'll Wish You'd Stayed Home. Every salad buffet I've tried has been great... until I ate at Zoopa. Their tomato sauce is dry, their ice cream is hardly solid, and their beets are a pale pink and have a bland taste. The layout seemed a copy of another salad buffet I've eaten at, but the food is hardly comparable. Even their tuna salad, which I've always liked, tasted horrible at Zuppa's. And don't think you'll be getting any great deal - it's $10 for the awful food. Save yourself the money and It's a buffet, but with food like that, it's likely you won't come back for more.
Dont go after 8pm!!. This is my first review, I felt compelled after reading the other reviews to report my experience at Tukwila Zoopa also. We also arrived after 830pm (it states they are open until 9pm on the door, which to me should mean people could come in at 859pm and be able to get seated and have to eat...and since its a buffett....there should still be food available for AT LEAST 15-20 minutes after the closing time). Anyway, he came in at about 840pm, actually mentioned that it was almost closing time and the young man at the counter said that there was plenty of time. We got our drinks and found a place to sit, went back got our salad with the plan to go back and get pasta/baked potato/soup after eating the salad. Before we even made it to our table with food (so, 845pm) a staff person came around and told everyone (there were probably 8-10 tables) that in 10 minutes the food would be gone (so before 9pm). We ate our salad as fast as we possibly could, made it in time to get a bowl of soup, the desserts, bread and pasta were already gone and the 10 minutes were not up (not even close). This establishment is good for vegetarians, soups are also good (and some have a little meat), the pasta leaves a great deal to be desired and there is definitely not any significant meat. I saw the small size of the added chicken breast that is sitting in the salad bar all day for an extra charge and passed. Although I did find the staff unprofessional (in that they were not accurate with the food timing), we did complain to the manager about our experience and received 2 coupons for free buffett during our next visit.
Where's the Manager?. We got there at 845 pm with a three year old. and they didnt tell us anything about closing in 15 mins and when we finally got settled they came around telling everyone that they were taking the food away in 10 mins. If you havent been here before, its an all you can eat buffet. We paid 25 dollars and felt RUSHED. Then 5 mins later not 10 like they said they were taking the food away. And everyone who worked there were very young and there seemed to be no REAL manager available. As we were trying to hurry we heard all this yelping and carring on from the back area. If there were in such a big hurry to get us out why is it ok for them to mess around? We are not impressed as for not having any meat this is kinda true we are vegetarians and LOVE this place for the variety of foods we have to choose from. they only have bacon bits and meat sauce for the spaghetti and other things i guess that you can purchase seperately. We love this place only they need to fire all the people who work there and rehire people who are willing to DO THEIR JOB!!!!
If you like Meat.. DONT EAT HERE. I visited Zoopa's this evening and for 12.95 i received an all you can eat buffet of soup, salad and pasta. Now Im not a person to cause a scene but i looked around after paying to discover that they have no type of meat for you to select from. When i asked the cashier she stated that they have a grilled chicken breast for an additional 2 dollars. ok, Most other salad bars supply some type of meat like Pepperoni, Ham what have you but in this place when i asked the manager about this she acted like meat was BENEATH them and that they would have to lower their standards in order to include any kind of meat on their bar.. Or they would have to raise their prices. Well seeing as how Ive already paid 14.95 for salad and one VERY SMALL THIN piece of Very DRY Precooked chicken i decided that Id Much rather go to McDonalds where i can get a large salad and a decent size chicken breast for 6.95. If you ask me this place is NOT for anyone who wants or is expecting any kind of Meat.