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“Not Your Same Old Shave Ice”

Matsumoto Shave Ice
Ranked #1 of 10 Dessert in Haleiwa
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: Hawaiian
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Good for: Local cuisine, Dining on a budget, Families with children, Kids
Dining options: Drinks, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Takeout, Wheelchair Accessible
Frederick, Maryland
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24 reviews
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“Not Your Same Old Shave Ice”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 4, 2013

Matsumoto's is one of our regular stops whenever we make it to Haleiwa. We again made a special side trip on our circle island drive to get a true shave ice treat. We were both disappointed by what we got. The line is long as always and the price is reasonable, but the taste and texture definitely wasn't up to Matsumoto's contemporaries on O'ahu. There was not enough flavor syrup to give you the to-be-savored sweet sensation we expected and had in the past. There was a slightly artificial aftertaste as well. It was disappointing and not worth the trip. We got far tastier shave ices in Honolulu at a festival in Kapiolani Park and at Wailoa Shave ice. My nephew and family had visited Matsumoto's about a week before we had. They had sampled shave ice on M'aui and the Big Island as well as on O'ahu. They had told us that Matsumoto's was not anywhere in their list of favorite shave ice stands. We were doubtful about their review but after trying it ourselves we heartily agree that Matsumoto's is no longer living up to their reputation.

  • Visited April 2013
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Honolulu
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“Does not live up to the hype”
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 2, 2013

I give this place props for being open for so long , it makes u remember about your childhood. There shave ice on the other hand has gotten sloppy and bad due to them just being lazy. Shimazu's is so much better in Kalihi. Better Syrup better Ice and the Portion to price is unreal.

Visited December 2012
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St. Paul, MN
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“It might be the original but not the best shave ice I've had”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 28, 2013

The wait is very long but the prices are very reasonable. They for sure have it down to a system with the way they take your order and then fill it. You get your shaved ice within a small stre that has cute things. Our daughter got a cute shirt that said "sweetest snow on earth." She lives in CO and skis so that was a nice souvenir. If you just want shave ice go somewhere else.

  • Visited April 2013
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40 reviews
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“Love It”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 27, 2013 via mobile

The shaved ice here is the best thing that I have ever eaten. I had real vanilla beans in it and the homemade flavors were unbelievably good.

  • Visited May 2012
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Huntington Beach, California
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“NS Bound Matsumoto Shave Ice”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 25, 2013

Matsumoto Shave Ice is located in the heart of Haleiwa town.This place is absolutely amazing. There’s about 40 flavors to choose from. Sugar fee syrup available too. My kids like the island/Hawaiian flavors which taste like real fruit. The store can get really crowded during peak hours, so make sure you go early.

  • Visited December 2012
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