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Makino Japanese Buffet

8217 Kingston Pike, Knoxville, TN 37919-5448
+1 865-560-8878
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  • Excellent48%
  • Very good30%
  • Average3%
  • Poor4%
  • Terrible15%
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“sashimi” (9 reviews)
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Japanese, Sushi, Asian, Grill
$$ - $$$
8217 Kingston Pike, Knoxville, TN 37919-5448
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Reviewed yesterday

I was taken here by some friends. There was 9 of us. The selection of Sushi is amazing and it all tasted great. I ate way too much and regretted the rice bloating later that night. I also ordered fresh fish. The guy cooking it...More

Thank OvercomerKrissy
Reviewed 1 week ago

I stumbled on Makino during their grand opening over a decade ago and I was floored at how good the sushi was. Not going to detail that or the other entrees. Have to say that in all the times I have gone up to Knoxville,...More

Thank Y8922WLsusank
Reviewed 2 August 2017

I went to a private party at this place (the backroom can be reserved) and enjoyed ordering some sushi appetizers from a checklist to start. All was great until everyone in my party headed for the buffet line to join the other restaurant guests in...More

Thank Pete B
Reviewed 3 July 2017

When my husband and I crave sushi, this is where we go. If you visit at lunch, the sushi in on a buffet, if you go for dinner, you order off of a sushi menu. All freshly prepared to order. In addition to the all-you-can-eat...More

1  Thank Paula M
Reviewed 22 April 2017

I have not been a big fan of Asian buffets historically, but we decided to give Makino a try. It was Saturday lunch, and there was a good crowd, so that helped the food turn over quickly and keep fresh. I had soup for starters,...More

Thank Gatorgolfer
Reviewed 20 April 2017 via mobile

I'm usually not impressed with any buffet especially in the sushi category. This was the best sushi I've had since leaving California 25 years ago. The rice was still warm from the sushi chefs hand and the fish was ice cold. Generous portions of salmon,...More

Reviewed 5 April 2017

Only buffet I care to eat at, because it is clean and up to standards. My family enjoys going, especially on their birthdays. Yummy. God is good.

Thank virtuouswoman2016
Reviewed 25 March 2017 via mobile

We prefer lunch because the all-you-can-eat buffet has the sushi on the bar, allowing you to pick a few pieces of this and that. At dinner, you order from your table by the roll. The food was wonderful today, as always. The lighting is better...More

Thank Courtney P
Reviewed 20 February 2017 via mobile

Old place been here a long time. It looks updated inside. Very big buffet but not a large pre cooked area. Large selection of raw food for the hibachi chef to cook for you. This place has the largest sushi selection i have ever seen...More

Thank Sarah S
Reviewed 24 January 2017

As a sushi lover, I got tired of the crap "micro-sushi" that the other restaurants in Knoxville were serving at a premium price. Don't go to the elitist places in Knoxville for sushi and Asian cuisine, because Makino has got to be the best value...More

1  Thank webtrainer123
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Questions & Answers
9 February 2017|
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Response from Ben M | Reviewed this property |
You can order sashimi. Their sushi buffet is what they are known for. Very fresh. Sushi at dinner is served to order so it's even better.
Lasy P
2 July 2016|
Response from KarenFL | Reviewed this property |
I think it was 9.95
Marissa W
23 June 2016|
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Response from kevinolive | Reviewed this property |
Sushi is on the buffet for lunch. After 4:45pm it's made-to-order including specialty rolls and sashimi.
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$10 - US$15
Japanese, Sushi, Asian, Grill
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Reservations, Buffet
Good for
Child-friendly, Kids, Groups
Open Hours
11:30 - 22:30
11:30 - 21:30
11:30 - 21:30
11:30 - 21:30
11:30 - 21:30
11:30 - 22:30
11:30 - 22:30
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 8217 Kingston Pike, Knoxville, TN 37919-5448
  • Location: United States  >  Tennessee (TN)  >  Knoxville
  • Phone Number: +1 865-560-8878
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