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Makino Japanese Buffet

$$ - $$$
Japanese, Sushi, Asian, Grill
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8217 Kingston Pike, Knoxville, TN 37919-5448
+1 865-560-8878
11:30 - 22:30
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Mon - Thu 11:30 - 21:30
Fri - Sun 11:30 - 22:30
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Knoxville, Tennessee
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727 reviews
501 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 254 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

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, which was good, then about 10 different sushi items, mostly rolls, which we quite good.... More 

Thank Gatorgolfer
McMinnville, Tennessee
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24 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago 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, tuna and sea bass etc. Presentation was perfect but that's not why it was amazing... More 

Knoxville, Tennessee
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12 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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
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29 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 weeks ago 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 in the room to the right of the door if you have low vision.

Thank Courtney P
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7 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
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 on a buffet. I tried 1 piece of every sushi on the buffet and i... More 

Thank Sarah S
Knoxville, Tennessee
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18 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 25 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 in a ten-state region. In my many travels, I used to have all-you-can-eat sushi at... More 

1 Thank webtrainer123
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 December 2016 via mobile

We drive from Crossville to eat here. This is our favorite restaurant the best Asian food I have ever had. The sushi is amazing and they have at least 20 different kinds.

Thank Victoriar2004
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 8 December 2016

We come all the way from Chattanooga to this sushi restaurant! We are from north, this is the best one we've found by far in our area!

Thank 970gerrys
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22 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 November 2016 via mobile

Many types of Sushi, Maki, Chinese dishes, deserts including green tea ice cream. Grilled flounder is excellent and my favorite. Food quality is excellent and good price with seniors discount. Service are excellent!

1 Thank mjkglenview
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18 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 October 2016 via mobile

Large buffet full of choices, from sushi to hibachi which they prepare to order. There is something for everyone on this buffet. If you can go for lunch the price is way lower so it's really worth it. I will go here again.

1 Thank Alex G

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
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
Groups, Kids, Child-friendly
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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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?