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October 11, 2015

Story By: Christina O Connor | Photos by: Anthony Consillio

Alaskan Snow Crab Legs (part of buffet)

Alaskan Snow Crab Legs (part of buffet)

There’s just something about buffets. Maybe it’s that you can pile your plate with as much food as you’d like (and then return for seconds), or that often they offer a range of different types of cuisine. Those things certainly are the case at Crab House Makino, which opened in May on Ala Moana Boulevard.

Its buffet is loaded with options that combine Japanese, Chinese and American influences, meaning that diners can indulge in dishes such as noodles, tempura, New York steak, ribs, sushi and salad — all in one meal.

“We try to cater to all different groups,” says manager Jefferson Roldan.

As of last week, Crab House Makino has opened for breakfast ($10) from 6:30 to 10 a.m., adding to its existing lunch and dinner services. Lunch costs $16.98 daily, and dinner is $22.98, Monday-Friday, and $23.98 on Saturday and Sunday. Senior and kamaaina discounts also are available.


As its name suggests, Crab House Makino boasts a heaping selection of crab, available for lunch and dinner, including Alaskan Snow Crab Legs, which manager Jefferson Roldan says is a customer favorite. Just be sure to save room for dessert, as the restaurant also includes a dessert bar, where pastry chef Gary Cioffi creates more than 30 handmade treats daily. While he says that it’s hard to choose a favorite, he is a big fan of Chocolate Marble Cheesecake with a Graham Cracker Crust. It features cheesecake with a chocolate swirl atop a graham cracker bottom.

Crab House Makino

1910 Ala Moana Blvd., Waikiki

Breakfast: 6:30-10 a.m.;
 Lunch: 11:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m.;
Dinner: 5:30-9:30 p.m.

Honolulu, HI 96815

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