Island Buffet

Phone (808) 293-3333
3.5 stars from 6 reviews
Address 55-370 Kamehameha Highway, Laie, HI 96762
Buffet style dining at the Polynesian Cultural Center.

• Food Types: American • Food Types: Hawaiian / Plate Lunch
• Payment: Cards Accepted • Payment: Discount: Kama'aina
• Meals: Dinner • Service Type: Counter / Quick
• Style: Casual • Style: Family Friendly
• Offers: Buffet

About Island Buffet
Relax with your family in our Island Buffet and enjoy a flavorful selection of Polynesian-inspired, Asian and American cuisine. Dine like royalty in our grand Gateway Restaurant, the largest restaurant in the South Pacific.

Menu Highlights:
Sweet & sour pork, baked chicken with gravy, ocean-fresh mahi mahi cooked to perfection served with lemon wedges and tartar sauce, and more.
Full Description
The Island Buffet is located at the Polynesian Cultural Center and is located in the same building as the Prime Dining Buffet but is the less costly of these two buffet options.

Joined: Jul 2013
Reviews: 384
Likes Received: 14
Our group ate here at the Island Buffet. The food here is middle of the road American and Asian cuisine, meant to appeal to the masses. The fried chicken, mashed potatoes & gravy, and homemade Ranch dressing was delicious. I really loved the taro rolls! The pineapple bars and Haupia were also tasty. I was hoping for something more like you would find at a luau. Next time we should eat at the Ali'i Luau Buffet at the Polynesian Cultural Center.
Joined: Sep 2013
Reviews: 168
Likes Received: 4
Island Buffet is a restaurant in the Polynesian Cultural Center. It’s a huge dining room with a very high ceiling. It has beautiful murals depicting old Hawaii and new Hawaii similar to Aulani A Disney Resort And Spa. There were 4 food stations for the main entrees, all serving the same food. There were 2 salad and dessert stations and 2 drink stations.

The food was beautifully presented but as with any all-you-can-eat buffet, most of them were pretty bland and tasteless. I did like the local style fried chicken though. They also had herb and panko fish, pork roast, spaghetti, rice, and mashed potatoes. The salad bar was okay and it had fresh fruits which I liked. The dessert stations had chocolate cake which was tasteless. But I thought the pineapple bar and butter mochi were great. The service was excellent.
Tom T
Joined: Sep 2013
Reviews: 579
Likes Received: 33
The ambiance in the Island Buffet is lively and upbeat with lots of chatter in the large open space. The building is large and open with beautiful colorful murals that adorn the upper walls of the tall dining room. It's an impressive space.

The food at Island buffet is ideal for families with picky eaters - you really can't go wrong. It's simple and good - nothing scary like lau lau, poke, or poi. We're talking spaghetti with plain tomato sauce, mashed potatoes, and prime rib. Sort of reminded me of college cafeteria food.

During dinner, two students with ukuleles came by our table and asked if we’d like to hear a song. I joked that I’d love to hear “Vivaldi’s - The Four Seasons”. They looked at each other bewildered, but then I told them I was teasing and asked if they knew any Jason Mraz. They smiled and began plucking away to “I’m Yours”.

If you're on a date or would prefer a restaurant dining experience, you might want to head over to Polynesian Cultural Center in the Hukilau Marketplace. If you're looking to experience something a bit more local in flavor, set up dinner reservations for the Ali'i Luau Buffet at the Polynesian Cultural Center.
Joined: Jul 2013
Reviews: 30
Likes Received: 9
I liked some of the food here but the corn on the cob was the best and the rolls are very good too. The dessert buffet is full of tasty treats with a great pineapple cake dessert.
Joined: Jul 2014
Reviews: 47
Likes Received: 10
This restaurant has all kinds of good food and lots of yummy desserts. The fried chicken was my favorite food item. For desserts I enjoyed pretty much all of them, especially the jello with layers in it.
Matt A
Joined: Feb 2013
Reviews: 803
Likes Received: 111
The Island Buffet is pretty standard buffet food. Some of it was pretty tasty, other stuff was boring and bland. Rather than some tender kalua pork they had a roasted pork which tasted good but was too tough. The spaghetti sauce was bland and boring as if dumped straight from a can. On the other hand, the mashed potatoes and gravy were surprisingly good as were several desserts. Specifically, they had a pineapple bar dessert that was delicious.

It's all basically one large, loud room with lots of tables crammed in while everyone tries to eat and get their fill in the short time that they're open. There were four buffet lines, all with the same offerings, but it was just chaos every time I tried to get food. Tables too close to the food cause major traffic jams and delays in getting to and from your table. Every time I needed a drink refill I had to walk from one end to the other to get to the drink machine which as annoying as well.

Employees coming by to serenade us while we ate was a neat little touch as well. Bottom line, it's decent and I wouldn't mind eating here again but with the PCC owned Hukilau Marketplace right here I'd probably just eat over there in peace next time.
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