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Matsumoto Shave Ice

66-087 Kamehameha Highway, Haleiwa, Oahu, HI 96791
808 637-4827
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Ranked #20 of 60 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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Tacoma, Washington
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15 reviews 15 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2014 NEW

Totally worth the wait...the line will be out the door it always is. They also have some pretty cool shirts and sweatshirts.

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Ormond Beach, Florida
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16 reviews 16 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2014 NEW

This little grocery store has the best shave ice on the North Shore. Aoki's is great too, but they are closed for now. Don't let the long line outside discourage you. The employees inside know what they are doing. They get everyone in & out quickly! Any flavor you want. And when you do take that first bite, you will... More

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3 reviews 3 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2014 NEW

Very cool place! Popular but worth the wait! Get the ice cream on the bottom...yummy! Do not go to Hawaii and not get shave ice at least once! Full of flavor and refreshing!

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New York City, New York
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5 reviews 5 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2014 NEW

Best shave ice on Oahu. Believe me, my kids made us try almost every place we saw. The small at 2.50 is huge. Drove back to the North Shore for one more ice before flying home.

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Ancaster, Canada
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90 reviews 90 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014 NEW

This place sets the standard for shave ice!!! Its famous everyone knows about it , movies reference it ya its just a treat but you can say "Ive Been There" and its the best shave ice I have had tons of shave ice this one is the best by far!! Its not overrated at all just have to wait a... More

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Lindenhurst, New York
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12 reviews 12 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014

The line looked long, but everything moved quickly. The people working here have the routine down to a science. Don't let the crowd stop you from experiencing this delight. There are suggestions of flavor combinations, or you can choose your own to top the shaved ice. I picked a tropical blend and they tasted like fruit juices or purees as... More

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Top Contributor
80 reviews 80 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014

Definitely worth the wait. There will be a long line but it moves pretty fast. This is so delicious and refreshing. My husband and I shared one because they are quite big. We opted to get some of the more local tropical flavors and we were very pleased we did. So so good. Must stop at this famous shave ice... More

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Richardson, Texas
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29 reviews 29 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2014

Don't get me wrong, Matsumoto Shaved Ice is quite good, but is it that much better than the shaved ice you get at the Aloha General Store? We didn't think so, and the lines are 4-5 times as long typically. If you've got time to kill, you likely won't be disappointed, but if you don't want to wait for your... More

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Shanghai, China
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20 reviews 20 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2014

The line can be intimidating, but it's worth the wait. Both times, the line moved fast (15 min wait) and we managed to get seats on the bench. The macha green tea with mochi and icecream was awesome, and my husband and kids swore by the yuzu-flavored ice.

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Fremont, California
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126 reviews 126 reviews
67 restaurant reviews
65 helpful votes 65 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014

This was the one place that I had Shave Ice on the island. We arrived right after lunch mid-week and there was a LONG line that took about 15 minutes to go throguh the ordering process and to have out icy treats delivered. It is very inexpensive, and there are a large number of flavors to choose from. My advise... More

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