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“Gotta stop here” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Matsumoto Shave Ice

Matsumoto Shave Ice
66-087 Kamehameha Highway, Haleiwa, Oahu, HI 96791
808 637-4827
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Ranked #17 of 61 Restaurants in Haleiwa
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Good for: Families with children, Local cuisine, Dining on a budget
Dining options: Takeout, Dessert
San Jose, Costa Rica
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26 reviews 26 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 12 cities Reviews in 12 cities
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
“Gotta stop here”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2014

Well even when it's just shave ice.. It's a good one.. We got there and got our ice in a bit but then we noticed a long line to the store.. Not sure if the wait is really worth it but it seems to be a tradition to go here when you are visiting the north shore so, why not?

Visited January 2014
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Vancouver
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25 reviews 25 reviews
Reviews in 17 cities Reviews in 17 cities
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
“Brings back childhood memories….”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2014

Heard a lot about this place while at the north shore and decided to try it out, long line up out the door but moves quickly, a lot of flavors available to try and the one we chose had ice cream at the bottom of it makes it that much tastier.

Really enjoyable on a hot sunny day. Last time I had shaved ice was when I a kid so this definitely brought back memories from the childhood. Loved it & great service.

  • Visited May 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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San Francisco, California
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59 helpful votes 59 helpful votes
“Stop by - for the experience”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2014

You have to really love shave ice to take a pilgrimage here. Otherwise, it's a good historical north shore stop so you can say you've been here. Go for the exotic flavors. Super sweet!!

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San Francisco, California
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“Lots of Hype”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 18, 2014

Quite an institution - and we were told we should not miss it. We stood in line for a bit for our shave ice, which turns out to be, just shaved ice (with colored flavorings). Not being connoisseurs, we had no comparisons, but agreed at the end that we really don't like shave ice. However, there is a bean/ice cream concoction at the bottom of the cone that was quite good (after we had dumped out or shave ice). Everyone else seemed to love the shave ice and the place, t-shirts etc, so go for the experience.

  • Visited January 2014
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 2 of 5 stars Food
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Austin, TX
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“Nice on a hot day”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 15, 2014

The shave ice here is quite good. Over all, their flavors are good, but you must get the shave ice with a snow cap and ice cream - it's the best. It really is a nice refreshing treat on a hot day. Matsumoto's reputation may be a bit over hyped as there are a lot of good shave ice places around, but if you get there when the lines aren't too long, it is worth a visit.

Visited April 2013
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