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Matsumoto Shave Ice

66-087 Kamehameha Highway, Haleiwa, Oahu, HI 96791
808 637-4827
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Ranked #19 of 59 restaurants in Haleiwa
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Good for: Families with children, Local cuisine, Dining on a budget
Dining options: Takeout, Dessert
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Good for: Families with children, Local cuisine, Dining on a budget
Dining options: Takeout, Dessert
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Salt Lake City, Utah
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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014 NEW

We visited for shave ice every time we came to the north shore on our vacation, probably 5 time in all. I love this place! The lines can get long in the afternoon. One day we went about 10:30am and walked right up to the counter. Even when the line goes out the door and past the building I think... More

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Littleton, Colorado
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6 reviews 6 reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014 NEW

Matsumoto Shave Ice is an island favorite of ours and we stop by whenever we are on Oahu! It has become even more popular as the years have gone by and that results in long wait lines at certain times of the day... but there is usually free parking nearby and most of the people in line are fun to... More

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Denver, Colorado
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97 reviews 97 reviews
53 restaurant reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014 NEW

I love Matsumoto's shave ice, but mostly because I have always gone there and it's unique and silly and the shave ice is good. Is the shave ice better than other places? I don't know and I don't care. It's a fun place to get silly souvenirs. The ordering process could drive someone nuts if you aren't used to it,... More

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Noosa, Australia
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72 reviews 72 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
49 helpful votes 49 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014

We were in the area so we stopped in, because we knew of this famous place. We lined up - the line was moving reasonably fast, we probably waited for 10 minutes - and ordered. My husband needed to go back to the car and get something so I ordered for him - and I added on beans. He's a... More

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Kansas City, MO
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241 restaurant reviews
92 helpful votes 92 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014

Wanted to try Matsumoto's again since I had heard about all the construction and things changing up in Haleiwa. There are definitely construction barriiers up and now you have to park across the street in the church until they get the new parking lot finished. The shave ice is still great -- things I like are: not expensive, they put... More

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014 via mobile

If a mouth full of cold sugar is your thing then you'll enjoy this shave ice. I didn't. Had the pineapple which when it came out in blue I knew it wasn't natural and all artificial. If this is the best shave ice on the island i'd hate to try the worst. I couldn't even finsh my small portion overwhelmed... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2014

As always, the best shave ice around. The atmosphere is old style Hawaii. I could settle for another place without a line though.

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8 reviews 8 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
48 helpful votes 48 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2014

I have been to Oahu 5 times and always bypassed Matsumoto's because the line was always so long I never wanted to wait. Well, this last time I came with a friend and said what the hell, I'm gonna go for it this time and let me tell u I am regretting all the times I never went when I... More

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Phoenix
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17 reviews 17 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2014

Great Shaved Ice; the line is a bit too long over the holidays but moves quickly. The only downside is the lack if sufficient space to enjoy the treat.

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Marietta, Georgia
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10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2014

The real deal. Great portions, great price and run well. The first time we tried to stop there must have been an hour line so we went to the place down the block. Big mistake as it was 50% more money and not that good. Luckily we tried again two days later with a much shorter line. Wish we could... More

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