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“Nice Japanese Buffet Restaurant”
Review of Hakone - CLOSED

Hakone
Price range: $41 - $60
Cuisines: Japanese
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Restaurant details
Dining options: Buffet, Reservations
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Neighborhood: Waikiki
Cross street: Ala Moana Blvd.
San Diego, California
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98 reviews
51 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 114 helpful votes
“Nice Japanese Buffet Restaurant”
Reviewed January 13, 2013

Very nice Japanese buffet restaurant. It's a bit small buffet, but it has wide enough variety, most of them in good/excellent quality. The cozy size of the buffet makes the place much less crowded and noisy in comparison to any other buffets. Sushi served through a separate booth.

Highly recommended for any regular occasions.. But don't forget to make reservations!
-quickboy78

  • Visited December 2012
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2 Thank Kunhyuk K
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English first
Anchorage, AK
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6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“Always Great”
Reviewed September 3, 2012

This is a high end Japanese buffet with very traditional Japanese food. And, sometimes lamb chops and steak. Sushi to order, plentiful sashimi, shrimp tempura and somethings I wasn't sure what they were. I tried some of the things I didn't recognize and they were good, whatever they were. Many Japanese tourists so you know it's good Japanese fare. I usually eat at Hakone whenever I'm in Honolulu.

Visited August 2012
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1 Thank DouginAK
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columbus ohio
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21 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
“Great Japanese buffet”
Reviewed May 3, 2012

With the wonderful experience we had at prince court, hakone is just on the other end, of course we were inclined to try it too, so we did. And they didn't disappoint either.
Food was good , staff was very friendly, the chefs too. Light , authentic Japanese food and suhi.
Would recommend it to anyone.

  • Visited April 2012
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1 Thank liz d
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Honolulu, Hawaii
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54 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 63 helpful votes
“Don't Waste Your Time”
Reviewed April 8, 2012

Went early (5:45 reservation) to celebrate my birthday. Bad choice on a lot of levels.
1. Waitress barely spoke English. Bowed and whispered the entire meal service. Big-time Fail on the service.
2. Small place (which is perfectly fine) but buffet awkwardly set up in main room.
3. Food generally unappetizing and bland. Was that really fresh crab legs, or a wet and tasteless imitation?
4. Asked for bright spotlight over table to be turned down. Twice. Finally the lights were toned down, but only for a few minutes. When we returned from the buffet line the high intensity lights had been turned up again.
5. Two of the four in our party (yes, I the birthday boy was one of them) got sick.

We are going to write a letter to the restaurant to let them in on what's going on at their place. (I would surely want to know if that was my restaurant).

  • Visited April 2012
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2 Thank Feeding_the_World
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Honolulu, Hawaii
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“The Best Japanese Buffet in Honolulu!”
Reviewed October 31, 2011

Hakone Restaurant has THE BEST Japanese Buffet in Honolulu! On Fridays, Saturdays, & Sundays, they serve a buffet dinner. It includes a sushi bar where you can order 6 pieces of sushi at a time (including items such as uni, ikura, hamachi, chu toro)...and you can return there as many times as you like. The buffet includes a variety of sashimi (maguro, hamachi, salmon, saba, etc.); shrimp & vegetable tempura; steak; crab legs; make-your-own shabu shabu and sukiyaki; sukui tofu; a variety of makizushi; a salad bar; items such a rakkyo-zuke, umeboshi, shiokara, etc.; and a dessert table (including zenzai, mitsumame, bread pudding, mochi, and various cakes and pies).

Over the years, my husband and I have taken family and friends to this buffet on a numerous special occasions. It always becomes their favorite place to return. It never disappoints.

  • Visited September 2011
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2 Thank shmellycat808
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