The impressive 180-foot long buffet at this place features fresh seafood with a Japanese flair. The dinner spread includes 40 kinds of sushi, Maine ... More
Todai Restaurant Waikiki
The impressive 180-foot long buffet at this place features fresh seafood with a Japanese flair. The dinner spread includes 40 kinds of sushi, Maine lobster, snow crab legs, scallops on the half shell and a 20-foot oyster bar. Hot specialties include sukiyaki, fresh salmon, shrimp tempura and fried scallops. There are even 20 different desserts. The lunch menu offers somewhat fewer items. Beer and wine is available at $5 per glass. Children's meals are priced according to height.
Bad experience. Food is flat $30 per person, plus higher than average cost for beverages. Chicken: a lot of gristle. Beef, a lot of gristle. Sushi: some of it tasted like it had mold or some other foreign substance in it. Calamari was hard and rubbery Mashed potatoes: watery. Noodles: strange taste. We tried several different dishes trying to find something edible, and my significant other gave up. We attempted to discuss a refund with the manager, who was more determined to debate our experience than to learn from it or negotiate with us. Because the discussion was in front of others at the entry way, the manager basically told us to quit discussing the refund and to leave or she was calling 911. This place seems to be frequented by locals, and we weren't quite clear what they saw in it. We had eaten at another sushi place just two blocks away and had wonderful food for a tiny fraction of the price.
My family and I visited Todai while on our vacation this past Oct. 2010. After reading some of the reviews, I wonder if those people went to the same restaurant. We were there mainly for the sushi, but once we started trying the various rolls, we didn't eat anything but sushi. It was phenomenal. I've lived in Japan and the sushi here was just as fresh and delicious as sushi in Japan. The service we received could've been better, but that is always a gamble when you eat out. It's a buffet, so to expect 5 star service is pretty unreasonable. It was fine for a buffet. The selection and quality of the sushi was top notch!
I wasn't going to give this place any stars but it made me give at least one. This place is over priced for what they offer. It took my table of four 10 minutes to be able to order our drinks and then another almost 20 to receive our drinks so we had been to the buffet and back to eat twice before we received our drinks. There also wasn't that great of a selection of food, wasn't any lobster and there was about 5 different desserts. The SEAFOOD IS NOT FRESH. Our bill was over 100 dollars. We will not be returning here.
I was recommended by family and friends to try out this Todai in Waikiki. The selection of foods was not that great and would not go back to this location again! Also, when we were seated, the hostess asked if we have any seniors in our group and they needed to check ID. When IDs were presented, they said seniors discounts only offered to HI residents and since we are from out of state that does not applied - feel discriminated and it was a wasted of time to show IDs!!!! There was no lobsters and not very many desserts! It was suck compare to Todai in CA or LV. DO NOT GO HERE AT ALL!!!!!!
Tried it, won't go back!!!
the servers were not helpful or friendly. They had no forks avail. and when I got back to the table and told the waiter he just said it's self serve you have to go find your own. THANKS, there were none. The crab legs came straight from the fridge and were cold. Not worth the money.
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