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About Hawaii Prince - Hakone

Hakone, housed within the Hawaii Prince Hotel, serves fresh Japanese cuisine in its bright and modern restaurant overlooking the beauty of Kahanamoku Lagoon. While Hakone has a menu from which you may make your selection from items like tempura shrimp and vegetables and Wafu New York strip steak with a spicy wasabi soy sauce glaze, most diners elect to go to the extensive buffet. With tables laden with fresh and well-prepared sushi rolls, sashimi, meats and desserts, it is little wonder why. For one set price you may get your fill of crab legs, miso soup, a tantalizing array of noodle dishes, steamed veggies, chicken katsu and fried oysters, to name a few. Diners also rave about the dessert table, which is filled with decadent choices such as bread pudding, chocolate mousse cake and fresh fruit.

Hakone's scrumptious buffet offerings perfect compliment the paradisiacal setting.

100 Holomoana Street
Honolulu, HI 96815
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Japanese

Hours of Operation:

Dinner: Tuesday - Thursday: 5:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Friday - Sunday: 5:00 PM - 9:30 PM

Cross Street:
Ala Moana Blvd.

Dress Code:
Smart Casual

Price Range:
$50 and over

Payment Options
AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(808) 944-4494

Website:
http://www.princeresortshawaii.com/hawaii-prince-hakone.php

Parking Details:
Hotel self parking or valet parking available with restaurant validation.

Executive Chef:
Masami Shimoyama

Private Party Contact:
Dining Reservations: (808) 944-4494

Additional:
Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Wheelchair Access

Hawaii Prince - Hakone Ratings and Reviews

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4.2

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food

4.3

service

4.3

ambience

3.9

value

4.0

Noise

Moderate

90% would recommend it to a friend

Special Occasion (241)
Fit for Foodies (171)
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Scenic View (69)
Kid-friendly (51)
Neighborhood Gem (39)
Romantic (37)
Hot Spot (18)
Great for Brunch (11)
Great for Lunch (11)
Late-night Find (5)
Notable Wine List (2)
Good for Anniversaries (1)
Good for Birthdays (1)
Business Meals (1)
Comfort Food (1)
Fun (1)
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Local Ingredients (1)
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vip
 (Hawaii)·Dined on March 1, 2016

Wonderful, wonderful food!!! I went back to make reservations for next week and they're no longer on Open Table! I hope they will reconsider!.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion
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vip
 (Hawaii)·Dined on February 23, 2016

The buffet has great variety of excellent quality and tasty food, but the hand-made sushi was the highlight! Service is friendly, courteous and very timely. We were seated in the main room and the noise level got quite loud because we were next to a table of about ten young men who were partying. As seniors, we especially enjoyed the senior discount!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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 (Hawaii)·Dined on February 19, 2016

This was our first trip to Hakone and we will definitely be back. It has just become our favorite restaurant. The sushi is just incredible. The view of the harbor is great. The ambience is terrific and very quiet. All in all a great dining experience.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Scenic View, Special Occasion
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·Dined on February 17, 2016

Tasty Japanese food and service.

Tags: Special Occasion
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on February 12, 2016

We've been to Hakone many times. Great sashimi and sushi from the sushi chef. We would recommend this place to anyone!!

Tags: Fit for Foodies
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 (Hawaii)·Dined on February 6, 2016

Good overall experience. Friendly staff. Food was delicious. Just a bit pricey...

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Kid-friendly, Special Occasion
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 (Hawaii)·Dined on January 17, 2016

Food was so delicious. The quality of the seafood was so good. You could tell it was fresh. Ambiance was nice.

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 (Hawaii)·Dined on January 9, 2016

It was our first time there and I think we should have been given an introduction to the buffet. Didn't know how the Nabe (?) worked but saw others hold the meat in the hot broth to cook it. I was wondering where the sushi was and overheard the next table talking about the line. The line for that was long and they ran out of the uni. Had to wait many time for the tempura and sashimi and it was not that busy.

Tags: Special Occasion
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 (Hawaii)·Dined on January 9, 2016

First time at Hakone. Celebrated our 9th anniversary. I was a little skeptical of dining there because of some of the reviews that I read. I am so glad that I decided to go. Food was very fantastic. Buffet line was kept full and cold items were cold and hot items kept hot. Quality of sushi was awesome. There was a nice assortment of sushi... Uni was delicious! Ambiance was great. Good lighting, nice Japanese music playing at a comfortable volume. Service was outstanding. Service with a smile! It was worth paying the $$$ will definitely eat there again.
You got to just try it for yourself!

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vip
 (Hawaii)·Dined on December 27, 2015

Top quality sashimi (hamachi, ahi, and salmon) and sushi. However, we went at 5:45 pm (early) on a Sunday because we have been there at later times in the past and they have run out of uni. To our disappointment, they did not have any uni when we went. That is one of the main reasons we go, since our son loves uni. It's not worth the wait in the sushi line if they don't have uni. We go there 4-5 times per year, but we will unlikely go back if they no longer serve uni. The other food is great, though.

Tags: Good for Groups, Special Occasion
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 26, 2015

Hakone has been around for a number of years and never disappoints. The buffet is beautifully arranged and the ingredients are first rate. There is quite a variety from made-to-order sushi to sukiyaki to broiled steak. We love the atmosphere.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Hot Spot, Kid-friendly, Romantic, Scenic View, Special Occasion
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 (Hawaii)·Dined on December 23, 2015

The wait staff was very efficient and attended to our needs very quickly. The sashimi and nigiri were very delicious, some of the cuts were melt in your mouth good. That however was the best of the food that was available. The dessert was a little under what I expected the quality to be after tasting the fish. However, my family and boyfriend were quite happy and that's really what matters most to me.

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vip
 (Hawaii)·Dined on December 22, 2015

Everything was great but I was sad to find that there was no uni that night.

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vip
 (Hawaii)·Dined on December 15, 2015

I have wanted to try this for so long and expected a lot more for the price. Only 3 kinds of sashimi which were cut so tiny. It took them forever to refill the sashimi. Also I think there should have been more than one kind of roll. Additionally the dessert choices were bad and there were no signs to let me know what kind of dessert was even on there. However, the potato salad was awesome as was the egg tofu with mushroom and service was pretty good. I wouldn't do this again was too expensive for the food and the placement of the buffet made it crowded due to the closeness of the tables next to it. Nothing is better than Tokkuri Tei for Japanese in Hawaii.

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 (Hawaii)·Dined on November 25, 2015

Gracous hospitality combined with an amble variety of yumminess! The sashimi and sushi were melt-in-mouth fresh!

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 (Tampa)·Dined on October 31, 2015

Hakone located in a hotel charges $56 for their tiny buffet that has low quality meats, fish and limited selection.

I would not recommend this to anyone.

This buffet should be around $25 per person not $56 for what they have and the low quality of food.

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 (Hawaii)·Dined on October 18, 2015

The food is great. It is buffet style and Japanese food. The sushi is made fresh right in front of you. Also the service is really good. This is a good place to celebrate a birthday or anniversary.

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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 15, 2015

Hawaii Prince Resorts' Hakone is hands-down the best Japanese buffet on island. All of the food is prepared well and seasoned to please most tastebuds. The star of this buffet line is their sushi bar where a sushi chef is at your call to create nigiri, gunkan, temaki and maki sushi with fresh seafood. Even the quality of nori that is used to roll these specialties is toasted and has a good texture to not fall apart when bit into. Servers are attentive to your dining requests and routinely replenish or rearrange the assorted hot and cold dishes.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Scenic View
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 (Hawaii)·Dined on October 15, 2015

Going to Hakone is like going to Japan without buying the plane ticket. The selection is limited but every item has quality.

Tags: Fit for Foodies
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vip
 (Hawaii)·Dined on October 10, 2015

The Japanese food buffet at Hakone is delicious and has a good variety of authentic dishes. Many favorite Japanese dishes like tempura, sashimi, sukiyaki, as well as a "made to order" sushi are presented in a beautiful Japanese style dining room. The wait staff is very attentive and courteous which make for an enjoyable dining experience.

Tags: Good for Groups, Great for Lunch, Special Occasion
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vip
 (Seattle)·Dined on September 4, 2015

Better than normal buffet food. If you want quality over quantity, this is not the place. If you want an excellent buffet (esp. if you like Japanese food) then this is the place.

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 (Vancouver)·Dined on August 28, 2015

Very good sushi bar but can only order 6 pieces at a time (appropriate ) but causes a line up. Food over all quie good with nice variety. Can get busy, reservations recommended.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Kid-friendly, Special Occasion
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 (Hawaii)·Dined on August 28, 2015

Excelent service! Even sang happy birthday to my wife 😀

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 (Hawaii)·Dined on August 27, 2015

The Uni sushi was wonderful! All the dishes were delicious and tastefully displayed.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Lunch, Hot Spot, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (Hawaii)·Dined on August 21, 2015

Server wasn't too attentive, (forget our drinks)but still friendly. Food was good and fresh. Overall a good find and may return on a special occasion in the future

Tags: Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (Hawaii)·Dined on August 18, 2015

Best Ahi and Hamachi sashimi at any restaurant buffet. They keep filling the tray and the fish is fresh. The sushi bar serves Uni that melts in the mouth and is so sweet.

Tags: Special Occasion
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 (Hawaii)·Dined on August 6, 2015

Have been to Hakone a number of times. Could always count on good service & food. Will not go again. Service was good as always but food presentation & quality very poor. Usually the tables have an abundance and wide variety of choices. This time tables were sparse, selection small & food did not seem fresh altho raw fish was good when available. Not worth the price.

Tags: Scenic View
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vip
 (Hawaii)·Dined on August 2, 2015

Nice Japanese buffet spread. I wish parking was not as costly. Already spending major bucks and even with validation, it costs a few more dollars. Hate to be nickel and dimed.

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 (Hawaii)·Dined on July 26, 2015

If you love fresh sushi and sashimi then Hakone is the restaurant for you!! Fresh good quality fish and sushi. Our server was very attentive and sweet. Our water glasses were refilled without asking and she even had a special dessert for us since we were celebrating our Anniversary. We will be sure to return again for some delicious sashimi and sushi. I'm still drooling over the Uni and Ikura sushi!!!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Scenic View, Special Occasion
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vip
 (Hawaii)·Dined on July 4, 2015

I was a little disappointed with the food, however the service was outstanding.

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 (Hawaii)·Dined on June 30, 2015

Hakone is so famous Japanese restaurant on the website, but food is not so special and delicious except the susi corner. Even the susi corner, there was not so many kinds. But I really appreaciate the the service from the staff is wonderful- kind, gentle.

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 (Tahoe)·Dined on April 9, 2015

I was looking for a good sushi place while staying in Waikiki. This restaurant is a Japanese food buffet with all you can eat sushi. It is also on the smaller side so make reservations first.

The sushi was amazing. It tasted fresh and had a buttery texture. Please note that they make hand rolls and nigiri style sushi. There is also a sashimi plate in the buffet with Tuna, Yellowtail and Salmon. The rest of the buffet was filled with items such as sukiyaki, shrimp tempura, miso soup with a crab base, and more. The food was delicious. Our server was very attentive during our restaurant experience.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Special Occasion
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 (Hawaii)·Dined on April 5, 2015

the food tasted great and the service was top notch. Theselection for the price was not. We spent 129$ for two of us, for that price I would go to mortamers.

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 (Orange County)·Dined on April 4, 2015

Really fresh on the sashimi, we have been there 2 times during my stay there, high quality buffet

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 (Hawaii)·Dined on March 21, 2015

Food was delicious and service was excellent - what more can you ask for?

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion
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 (Hawaii)·Dined on March 21, 2015

Service was impeccable. Willene, our server, was very attentive and recommended dishes that most people enjoy, since it was our first time. We watched the beautiful sunset and the food was very tasty, top quality. Atmosphere was intimate. Superb service, outstanding meal.

Tags: Scenic View, Special Occasion
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 (Hawaii)·Dined on March 21, 2015

Great place and the best Japanese buffet I have ever had.

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 (Hawaii)·Dined on March 13, 2015

Delicious selection of expertly prepared dishes in an elegant setting. There is something for everyone in this delightful buffet.Stan

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 (Hawaii)·Dined on March 10, 2015

Great selection of simple Japanese foods!

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vip
 (Hawaii)·Dined on March 4, 2015

We went for the buffet which was very small and limited for $57 per person. The food trays were
always empty and the quality of some of the dishes were very disappointing. I really was
expecting better tasting and better quality but it tasted very low quality.

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