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Moku Kitchen, Honolulu, HI

Moku Kitchen

4.4
4.4
2713 reviews
$30 and under
Contemporary American
Due to COVID-19, with the exception of major holidays, Moku Kitchen is accepting MOSTLY walk-ins at this time. We are taking limited reservations each day, but walk-ins are being taken at all times. We have a new, fun, and most importantly, safe style of service where all food and drinks are ordered at the bar prior to seating.

While the Safe Access Oahu program is in effect, guests will need to show proof of vaccination + a valid photo ID or proof of a negative COVID-19 test taken within 48 hours + a photo I.D. Full details may be found at https://www.oneoahu.org/safe-access-oahu

Moku Kitchen is a chef-driven concept that brings Hawaii’s rich upcountry farming and ranching heritage to downtown Honolulu’s urban lifestyle. The upcountry way of life echoes a simpler time where food was locally-sourced and cooked over an open fire on the ranch. At Moku, we like to keep things simple and will serve Chef Peter Merriman’s twist on upcountry specials.

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2 people

20:00


Booked 80 times today

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Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Contemporary American, Hawaii Regional Cuisine, Gastro Pub

  • Hours of Operation

    Daily 11:00 am–9:00 pm Happy Hour Daily 2:00 pm–5:30 pm

  • Phone number

    (808) 591-6658

  • Payment Options

    AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress Code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive Chef

    Peter Merriman / Hannah Miller

  • Private party contact

    Dominic@mokukitchen.com: (808) 591-6658

  • Area

    Honolulu

  • Cross Street

    Keawe St.

  • Parking Details

    Guest parking can be found in the SALT parking structure parking on Keawe Street and in front of the restaurant along Ala Moana Boulevard. Additionally, street parking is available in the surrounding area.

  • Entertainment

    We feature live entertainment twice daily during Happy Hour and again during Dinner. Our artists embody the spirit of Aloha and feature music from contemporary Hawaiian to light rock.

  • Additional

    Patio/Outdoor Dining

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What 2,713 people are saying

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4.4
4.4 based on recent ratings
  • 4.4Food
  • 4.2Service
  • 4.3Ambience
  • 4.1Value

NoiseModerate

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  1. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Hawaii

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall3food4service3ambience3
    The food was good! The green beans and mushroom pizza are my favorites, but I was disappointed about the removal of the pumpkin ravioli. And unfortunately, the truffle fries one person ordered came so late, it was more like dessert as opposed to an appetizer or even with the meal. We had to ask twice before it finally came. I didn’t really like the new system where you open a tab at the bar and get your own drinks, then put in your food order with a server. So I guess the point is that the server doesn’t have to bring you drinks? I think it’s good for a bar-style experience, but doesn’t quite work for a restaurant. For that reason, I wouldn’t recommend going with a party of more than two.
  2. R

    Risa

    Hawaii

    6 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    6 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall3food4service3ambience2
    I enjoyed brunch much more than dinner. It's much louder and busier at dinner so the service was better during brunch.
  3. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    We are on Vacation in Waikiki and it was recommended by someone from Honolulu
  4. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Hawaii

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    Perfect for girls night out
  5. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    7 reviews

    3.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on 23 June 2022

    overall3food3service2ambience3
    Tried this restaurant for the first time as we’ve always been happy with other Merriman restaurants. The front desk staff were great, but our food was very disappointing. My ahi was so salty it was barely edible, and the rest of my family’s dinners were also sub-par. We had to wait 15 minutes to finally flag down our server to pay our check. Had another reservation for a different night, which I canceled.
  6. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Central Coast

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 23 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Get the sautéed ahi! so good. The Mai tai is always one of the best ones we’ve had on Oahu

    Moku KitchenResponded 3 days agoAloha! We greatly appreciate your feedback on your experience. One of our brand values is focused on high quality, socially conscious ingredients. This, paired with our awesome chefs, kitchen staff, and bartenders, provides us the opportunity to showcase these local ingredients to guests like you. To show our appreciation, we would like to offer you a $35 dining credit next time you join us! Please present this message to a server or any manager upon arrival. Mahalo nui!

  7. S

    Scout

    Hawaii

    14 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on 22 June 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience3
    was a little awkward checking in, ordering and then finding a table to sit, and this was with a reservation. food is tasty and place seems clean.
  8. DG

    DeniseG

    Los Angeles

    10 reviews

    3.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on 21 June 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience3
    The food was good and there was live music which was fantastic! We did not love the cafeteria aspect of ordering food and drinks at the counter and picking our own table and not being able to sit at the bar. We were able to ask for a waitress and she was good but a had to ask again for a glass of wine when it never came. I think it should be clear ordering at the counter is optional.

    Moku KitchenResponded 3 days agoAloha Denise! Feedback from guests like you go a long way; thank you for sharing your experience. We apologize for any confusion, as our style of service has evolved into offering both counter and table service alike. We do, however, ask guests to start their tabs at the counter. We are thrilled to hear that you enjoyed the entertainment and food, and would love to offer you a two entrees and a dessert upon your next visit as a token of our appreciation. Thank you, again!

  9. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Hawaii

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 21 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Took advantage of the happy hour and tried almost everything small plates. They were delicious.
  10. KL

    KerriLynn

    Hawaii

    17 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on 20 June 2022

    overall3food4service3ambience3
    Miss table service. I made a reservation but it’s open seating so not sure it’s needed. Food is good. Menu has a good selection. Go early before it gets super crowded.
  11. g

    gtkyl72

    Hawaii

    148 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    148 reviews

    Dined on 20 June 2022

    overall3food5service2ambience3
    Let me get the bad out of the way first … the service was not up to my expectations. First off, having to open a tab at the front before finding your own table is strange. I wanted a bottle of wine and the cashier had to find me a wine list. I ordered a bottle of Frog's Leap Cabernet. This is an interesting winery with an even more interesting motto “Time’s fun when you’re having flies!”. Anyway, we received a number (13) and found a table at the far end of the restaurant, close to Ala Moana Blvd. and waited, and waited, and waited. About 15 minutes later, our wine arrived. Beforehand, our server (listed on the bill as Christopher but it was a she) took our food order and brought glasses, utensils and a carafe of water (which I had to pour myself). I told my fellow foodie that if the food arrived before the wine, we were going to switch to cocktails. Things were looking dim for a good evening. The wine finally arrived; the server said they had a little trouble finding this bottle; it was the most expensive red on the list ($120) but it’s a good value as it costs $66 or more in a store. Being a 2019, it needed a lot of time to open up. We ordered the Szechuan Stir-fried Green Beans ($12), Garlic Truffle Oil Fries ($9.50), Ribeye Steak Tacos ($21) and the Upcountry Special, mac nut crusted lamb loin with farro risotto ($39). The green beans were crunchy with a chili, ginger, garlic and oyster based sauce. The fries were crispy (my only requirement) and came with a house made ketchup and whole grain mustard aioli. The taco was delicious, with flavorful steak, sliced radish, salsa fresca and more. I wanted two tortillas because the filling was so juicy, the single tortilla couldn’t cope. The nut crusted lamb loin was prepared medium rare, perfect! The highlight was the farro risotto with cremini mushrooms, Maui onions and a Calamansi gremolata. What did we think? This is 4-plus quality food with less than 3 star service. I’ll give it a guarded recommendation.
  12. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Hawaii

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on 20 June 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience4
    Food was good, service was very slow.
  13. D

    Djembek

    Los Angeles

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 20 June 2022

    overall3food3service2ambience4
    It felt a little like self-service, but the atmosphere and live music was nice. The food was ok. Duck tacos were good!
  14. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 18 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Everything we ordered was excellent. But a little too noisy for dinner conversation.
  15. ED

    EstelaD

    San Francisco

    12 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on 18 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always great happy hour choices
  16. PT

    PomaiT

    Hawaii

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 15 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Happy Hour is great with drinks and prices for most groups. The most delicious items are...the lilikoi foam that tops off their MaiTai cocktail AND the lilikoi pie...OMG the flavor was heavenly. The "new" process of ordering first at the bar and them finding a seat is a bit confusing. We were lucky that we had a great server that was attentive...Vai
  17. HL

    HeatherL

    San Diego

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 14 June 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    It was yummy and the music was really wonderful. Very low key and fun!
  18. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 12 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Never disappoints
  19. y

    ymanipon50

    Hawaii

    10 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on 12 June 2022

    overall4food3service4ambience3
    Prices were very expensive for the quality of the meal.
  20. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Sacramento

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 12 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food and drinks! Service was great and we loved the live music!
  21. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Las Vegas

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 12 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great variety on the menu! Loves the fries, pizza, pot stickers and pie as well as the atmosphere.
  22. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 11 June 2022

    overall5food5service3ambience4
    Made a reservation for our girls evening out. Still had to wait a few minutes for a table but check in and parking validation was easy enough. Food was good and came out fast. They were super busy and only had four severs working but still checked on us a few times. For Honolulu food, prices were decent. I had the truffle fries and duck tacos. Both were delicious. Live music was great and not overpowering. Will be coming back again.
  23. m

    musicmix

    Hawaii

    4 reviews

    2.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 10 June 2022

    overall2food1service2ambience2
    I hadn’t been since they first opened a few years ago. That experience wasn’t so good and this visit matched my expectations. You now have to order at the bar or the hostess stand in front and they will bring out your food to your table. The lady taking orders couldn’t have been slower it wasn’t until there was a line of people that stretched out the door, waiting to order, before they opened the second ordering stand. This was at the peak of lunch hour. Once we finally ordered, it was a race to find a table, as it is now “open seating”, so good luck to you. I tried to keep the order simple-Peter’s (allegedly) favorite Caesar salad with an added $9 “baked” chicken breast. My companion ordered a steak frites and I also added Parmesan truffle fries. What arrived at the table was mind blowing. Not in a good way. What they passed off as a salad was literally about five leaves of lettuce cut in half and doused in dressing. The lettuce was wilted from either being overdressed or old. Plopped down next to it was a skinless, grayish looking lump of chicken with(maybe?) pesto on top. I think it was boiled or maybe sous vide because it had no flavor and no seasoning. Absolutely unforgivable. This is a salad folks. If, at almost $25, you can’t make this right, I cringe at what else comes out of that kitchen. Which brings me to the fries. A giant, soggy mess of potatoes in a service cup. Not even gonna waste characters to describe it to you. Don’t get them. My companion was less than enthused with his steak, as well. I didn’t try it. I couldn’t bring myself to do that. It’s been a few years between visits , but I’m not inclined to ever go back again. Learn how to make a salad, first.
  24. S

    Shap23

    New York Area

    47 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    47 reviews

    Dined on 10 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great format, great staff, great music, great food, great drinks! We stumbled upon Moku kitchen by accident and can’t wait to go back! Call my husband last iMessage is for five years and he has he said hands-down one of the best restaurants he’s ever eaten at. We are a big farm to table/handcrafted cocktail foodies and we just think this place is fantastic!
  25. JT

    JudiT

    Hawaii

    30 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    30 reviews

    Dined on 10 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Went for Happy Hour. So glad we made a reservation! This place is popular.
  26. IP

    IsaiahP

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 9 June 2022

    overall4food3service4ambience4
    Moku is a great place to eat. Good food, good vibes, good parking.
  27. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 8 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    A big shout out to the lady who took her order yesterday. I enjoyed her energy! Shoes definitely passionate about what she does and the food that was on the menu. The food was delicious well seasoned and the drinks were great. My fish tacos were cold but still giving a five star because of the great customer service we received!
  28. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Hawaii

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 8 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It was wonderful! Food was great, and the service was awesome
  29. YB

    YBen

    Hawaii

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 7 June 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience3
    Really disappointed in the process now, having to order from the bar.
  30. MO

    MillieO

    Hawaii

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on 7 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great Happy Hour ~ still don't care for the order at counter then find a table system, especially when you have reservations. Only tables open were reserved (and seated 6). I had to wait for a party to leave.
  31. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Hawaii

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 7 June 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience3
    Brought our ten month old. We expected live music but it was so loud with you couldn’t even hear the music OR the person next to you! Great burger - doesn’t come w fries. Over all 4/5.
  32. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Hawaii

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 6 June 2022

    overall3food2service2ambience3
    I really wanted to love this place but the food was very average and it was not a a great dining experience overall. When we are arrived, the host at the door was not friendly and kind of annoyed when explaining that you have to order your own food and drinks at the bar and then take your number to your table. I found that this part of the dining experience was strange and rushed as this is what you would expect from a fast food place and not a sit down restaurant. We love eating out so we were disappointed that the food is very average and not very exciting. Our pizzas were very boring for $19. I had a mushroom pizza and it literally only had mushrooms and cheese; it needed something else as it kind of seemed sad. We also ordered garlic truffle fries and could not taste the garlic or truffle at all so it was basically just fries. There are many amazing restaurants on the island providing great service, delicious food and a friendly environment. Unfortunately, this is not one of them.
  33. PS

    PaulaS

    Hawaii

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on 6 June 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    The food was amazing and everyone at my table said they were surprised by the tastes! Shrimp deviled eggs were yummy and the dumplings had some shockingly delicious flavors. Everyone loved their entrees except I had to switch with my husband because my fish tacos were too hot for me.
  34. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Hawaii

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 5 June 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    Good food, strong drinks, and great live music
  35. BF

    BarryF

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 5 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    All around great experience - went several times during our time in Waikiki. B the bartender was a pleasure.
  36. JK

    JinK

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on 5 June 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience2
    The food & service were terrible. Unbelievable and disappointing!!
  37. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 4 June 2022

    overall5food4service4ambience4
    Went for lunch and it was a nice that it wasn’t crowded
  38. CD

    CharlesD

    Hawaii

    2 reviews

    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 3 June 2022

    overall2food1service2ambience1
    Not interested in ordering before being seated at table. Not interested in carrying drinks while trying to locate a table. With a reservation I expect to be taken to my table. Entrees were cool that should be hot. Fish and chips - chips were soggy, greasy and cold, same as we experienced years back when Moku Kitchen first opened. Overall not a relaxing environment for lunch or dinner.
  39. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Hawaii

    16 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on 3 June 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience3
    Don’t really like the new set up where you order when entering then self seat. It’s a bit more chaotic than usual and just prefer the other way.
  40. AM

    AMDM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 3 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Was a little confused about having to order our first drinks and food at the counter but it worked out, everything was good

FAQs

You can order delivery directly from Moku Kitchen using the Order Online button. Moku Kitchen also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (808) 591-6658.

Moku Kitchen is rated 4.4 stars by 2713 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a booking

2 people

20:00


Booked 80 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Other options

  • Order online
Google Map for Moku Kitchen

660 Ala Moana Blvd Suite 145 Honolulu, HI 96813-5400

Additional information

  • Cross Street

    Keawe St.

  • Area

    Honolulu

  • Hours of Operation

    Daily 11:00 am–9:00 pm Happy Hour Daily 2:00 pm–5:30 pm

  • Cuisines

    Contemporary American, Hawaii Regional Cuisine, Gastro Pub

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress Code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking Details

    Guest parking can be found in the SALT parking structure parking on Keawe Street and in front of the restaurant along Ala Moana Boulevard. Additionally, street parking is available in the surrounding area.

  • Payment Options

    AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive Chef

    Peter Merriman / Hannah Miller

  • Entertainment

    We feature live entertainment twice daily during Happy Hour and again during Dinner. Our artists embody the spirit of Aloha and feature music from contemporary Hawaiian to light rock.

  • Additional

    Patio/Outdoor Dining

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