Sushi draws a crowd at the new Makino Sushi and Seafood Buffet Restaurant in Irvine on Tuesday. (Photos by JUN NAGATA/Rafu Shimpo)

Makino Sushi and Seafood Buffet Restaurant opened its first location in Irvine on Friday, marking chef Kaku Makino’s return to the Southern California market.

Makino began his catering business in Marunouchi, Tokyo. He gained experience from serving 2,000 bento boxes a day for 15 years.  Applying his catering experience, Makino established Todai, a successful “all-you-can-eat” Asian fusion business in Los Angeles, prior to opening Makino Sushi and Seafood Buffet Restaurant in 1998. With his new Makino restaurants, he has developed the highest standard for buffet-style dining with a friendly staff and at a great value.

Kaku Makino

Makino offers 40 different kinds of sushi and rolled sushi made with high-grade fish; a variety of homemade appetizer-like gourmet salads; and selected Japanese specialty hot entrees, including tempura, sukiyaki, udon, and yakitori. It serves roast beef, snow crab, and oyster at the dinner service.

A sample menu of Makino’s buffet includes traditional nigiri made with tuna, salmon, or shrimp; original rolls as well as California Roll and Rainbow Roll; gyoza, short rib barbecue and teriyaki; cucumber salad, edamame, hijiki, seaweed salad, and tofu salad; ramen; crème burl, chocolate souffle, chocolate fountain, and ice cream.

Located off the 405 Freeway’s MacArthur Boulevard exit, at the corner of MacArthur and Main Street, the restaurant is minutes away from John Wayne Airport. The address is 1818 Main St.

Makino is open for lunch Monday through Thursday, 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., and Friday through Sunday and holidays, 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.; dinner every day (summer) from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. and every day (winter) from 5 to 9 p.m. Weekday prices are $15.95 for lunch and $24.95 for dinner; weekend prices are $16.95 for lunch and $25.95 for dinner. Discounts are available for seniors and children under 12. For more information, visit or call (949) 724-1204.

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  1. What a bizarre ass comment above. What is the ranter saying? He is concerned for their welfare or jusy trashing them? Guess what? Don’t go then! Clearly nobody will miss you.

  2. It is going to be 4 years. If They don’t reply it meansThey don’t care. I planned to take my firends there this month and I see this. We may try Kyoto in Brea.

  3. The new Makino in Irvine has to improve their service, the waiters are very rude, they are not in Vegas, specially the woman that answer the phone on weekends, super rude, with that attitude the restaurant will have serious problems, to be honest I preffer Hokkaido in Newport Beach the seafood buffet is good and less money only 15.99 THE MANAGER SHOULD GIVE A BETTER TRAINING TO THE WORKERS, here in Orange County we have excellent restaurants many to competition, so a new restaurant has to offer the best, in order to compete and be one of the good ones.