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weekday lunch buffets on oahu?

Anyone have any suggestions for a weekday lunch buffet? The only decent ones I can think of are Indigo and Prince Court. Makino's, Todai, Willows, Camellia, Fook Yuen were all the others that I can think of, but aren't very good at all. Just wondering if there are any choices that I am missing or forgetting about.

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Prince Court Restaurant
100 Holomoana St, Honolulu, HI 96815

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  1. I like the Willows depending on the day.

    What about Tsukiji Fish Market and Restaurant? You also didn't mention Oceanarium, although I an not a fan, it is there.

    There is also Camellia Buffet on McCully.

    I really miss when the Royal Hawaiian used to have a lunch time buffet of mostly local food.

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    Royal Hawaiian
    2259 Kalakaua Avenue, Honolulu, HI 96815

    Camellia Buffet
    930 McCully St Ste 3, Honolulu, HI 96826

    Tsukiji Fish Market & Restaurant
    1450 Ala Moana Blvd Ste 4250, Honolulu, HI 96814

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    1. re: scottca075

      Willows, the standard buffet I haven't enjoyed any of the times I have tried (which at last count stands at 10). At a private party there where they did a different menu, the food was pretty good. Tsukiji I forgot to mention, but nobody I know who went there enjoyed it. Oceanarium right now isn't doing a weekday lunch buffet, according to their website.

      1. re: killersmile

        I think if the Willows or Prince Court doesn't do it for you, then you are out of luck. They are two of the better lunch buffets that I can think of.

        1. re: curiousgeo

          I like the Prince Court buffet. I was just curious if anyone knew of any other options that I don't know of.

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          Prince Court Restaurant
          100 Holomoana St, Honolulu, HI 96815

      2. re: scottca075

        We saw Camellia Buffet, (in the taxi to Chef Mavro's, and Alan Wong's King Street) but probably only commented on it, as that is one of my Bulldog's name, however, she was named for hole #10 at Augusta National Golf Course.

        Have not dined there. Any comments?

        Mahalo,

        Hunt

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        Alan Wong's Restaurant
        1857 S King St Fl 3, Honolulu, HI 96826

        Chef Mavro restaurant
        1969 South King Street, Honolulu, HI 96826

        Camellia Buffet
        930 McCully St Ste 3, Honolulu, HI 96826

        1. re: Bill Hunt

          The two Camellia's used to be owned by the same family. First they had the kid's take over the McCully one, and I believe sold the one on Beretania. The Beretania one is currently closed, either a heavy duty renovation or perhaps out of business... signage is conspicuously absent. The McCully Camellia is primarily frequented by busloads of Korean Tourists. If you have ever been among a busload of American tourists being dragged to a 'western' restaurant, then I think you can guess the quality of food. In spite of it being in the same building as a bar I sometimes visit, I have only eaten there twice, and am in no hurry to go back. I lived in Seoul for 3 years, was frequently invited to co-worker's homes where wives or mothers went out of their way to show the Mei-guk what Korean food should taste like. Camellia isn't even close.

          1. re: KaimukiMan

            The times that we passed by (one to meet you), there were mini-buses in the little strip parking lot.

            I get the point.

            Still, we commented, due to Billy's Beautiful Camellia Blossom, back home. Since she was named for hole # 10 at August National, I figured that there was a different derivation in this restaurant's name.

            Mahalo,

            Hunt

            1. re: Bill Hunt

              In Korea, as in much of eastern Asia the camellia plant is very important. Whether for making tea, or for the oil used in cosmetics and food preparation, or for the beautiful flowers. Although the national flower is the Lavender Hibiscus (Rose of Sharon) Camellias are culturally significant. Pine Tree and Camellia are often incorporated into names for restaurants.

      3. The buffet at the Pagoda never fails to disappoint. There is a chinese buffet out near the airport, ive heard it's not all that either. The lunch buffet at Pyramids isn't bad, but it's not going to win any awards. Sadly the Willows buffet is not what it once was, pretty bad. There is a buffet in Waikiki at the old Perrys Smorgy location. I've heard its not bad, but thats by people who thought the Prince was excellent. The Kahala has a curry buffet on Wednesdays that is supposed to be good (at the Plumeria Cafe downstairs.) Duke's Waikiki has a lunch buffet, i haven't eaten it in some time, but it used to be fairly decent. I agree with curiousgeo, if the prince court isn't tickling your fancy then you are gonna be out of luck in Honolulu.

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        1. re: KaimukiMan

          I completely forgot about the Pagoda buffet. I used to go every week when I was a kid, but haven't been there in a while. But I don't think that the Pagoda offers a weekday lunch buffet anymore? The chinese buffet by the airport I think is Chan's Gourmet Buffet? I didn't realize that Pyramids had a lunch buffet either, good to know.

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          Chan's Gourmet Buffet
          3131 N Nimitz Hwy Ste 204, Honolulu, HI 96819

          1. re: killersmile

            yes, it is chan's... the same family as Little Village, clearly not the same menu. And you are right, no weekday lunch buffet. Only dinner and weekend Brunch. Thanks KS

          2. re: KaimukiMan

            Hey KM, sorry to hear that the Willows lunch buffet has gone downhill. Last time I was there, maybe 2+ years ago it was still quite good. Has the dinner buffet also gone down? That would be sad as it's such a nice, historic place.

            1. re: curiousgeo

              The last three times i was at the Willow's I was embarrassed to have invited people to eat there, lunch or dinner. And yes, its tragic, such a wonderful unique setting.

              1. re: curiousgeo

                I was at Willows two years ago as well-horrible buffet!!!! I miss the old Willows w the delightfully curry and all the condiments.

                1. re: curiousgeo

                  Oh no! Arriving HNL on Thanksgiving and have family reservations at the Willows for dinner. Tell me it's not true? Oh well, but anyway what would the better entree highlights if I had to look forward to since we're already booked? BTW, is it the same Chan's buffet as the one that was on King Street? It's been many years since I've been there. I thought it was OK back then but not stellar. There was another buffet AYCE at the Ward Warehouse second floor which was OK. Is it still there? Looking forward to going back home especially for the kau kau.

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                  Ward Warehouse
                  Buffet 100, Kakaako, HI 96814

                  1. re: Clinton

                    I think it is the same Chan's as the one that was on King Street. I can't remember because it's been awhile, but I think the one at Ward Warehouse was Buffet 100. That is long gone.
                    As far as the Willows goes, my advice would be to trust your eyes. Just by looking, you can pretty much tell which dishes you would be satisfied with. I still find the prime rib to be fine. Although, since you are going on Thanksgiving, the menu would be much different from the regular buffet menu. Like I said earlier, I have not been impressed with the regular buffet, but when I have gone to parties where they have a private custom buffet, I have enjoyed it. Who knows, you just might be pleasantly surprised.

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                    Buffet 100
                    1050 Ala Moana Blvd Ste 2200, Honolulu, HI 96814

                    Ward Warehouse
                    Buffet 100, Kakaako, HI 96814

                    1. re: killersmile

                      Someone told me that Buffet 100 moved to Westridge Center, not sure if it is still there, but I didn't hear anything good about it when it first opened. And yes, it is the same Chan's as the one that was on King in the very corner of Puck's Alley.

                      I agree with killersmile, see what looks decent at Willows, enjoy the setting and the company.

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                      Buffet 100
                      1050 Ala Moana Blvd Ste 2200, Honolulu, HI 96814

                    2. re: Clinton

                      I think killersmile is right...they are sure to have turkey and typical Thanksgiving choices on the menu that day, and probably prime rib too. We have friends who grew up here and always take us there when they visit from the Mainland, so I have to agree with the others...we don't go for the food, but the ambiance is unbeatable, and after just arriving, it would be a very pleasant place for a family Thanksgiving gathering, with the emphasis on family and atmosphere, not the food. Of course, that is often the case anyway on Thanksgiving, where the turkey may be dry and the gravy a bit lumpy.

                      As to Chan's Buffet, we were loyal fans when they started in Mo'ili'ili, I think where 4 Kings is now next to Kokua, then moved across the street to Puck's Alley. Had many enjoyable meals there until they turned it into a buffet and we quit going. Then they moved it to Nimitz. When they opened Little Village in Chinatown it was like a homecoming for a prodigal son and we have always enjoyed our favorites there.