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Mud Hen Water

4.7
4.7
1031 reviews
$30 and under
Contemporary American
A Hawaiian Sense of Plate

We are in compliance with Honolulu's Safe Access Hawaii Covid-19 protocol. https://www.oneoahu.org/safe-access-oahu

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2 people

19:00


Booked 27 times today

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  • Order online

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Contemporary American, Hawaiian, Hawaii Regional Cuisine

  • Hours of Operation

    Brunch Sun 9:30 am–2:00 pm Weekday Dinner Tue–Thu 5:00 pm–9:00 pm Weekend Dinner Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–9:30 pm

  • Phone number

    (808) 737-6000

  • Payment Options

    AMEX, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress Code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive Chef

    Ed Kenney & Alika Chung (CDC)

  • Private party facilities

    Our adjacent sandwich shoppe, Kaimuki Superette, is closed in the evenings and can accommodate private cocktail/dinner parties of up to 35 guests.

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What 1,031 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.7
4.7 based on recent ratings
  • 4.7Food
  • 4.7Service
  • 4.6Ambience
  • 4.5Value

NoiseModerate

Diners' Choice Awards

  • Hawaii

    Neighbourhood Gem

  • Hawaii

    Contemporary American

  • Oahu

    Fit for Foodies

  • Oahu

    Neighbourhood Gem

  • Oahu

    Contemporary American

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  1. l

    localdiner

    Las Vegas

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Professional wait staff… friendly, knowledgeable, passionate…. All good…. Always
  2. AS

    AmyS

    Toronto

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything was delicious - we loved the farm to table and waiters suggestions.
  3. n

    nataliek

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Best culinary experience we’ve had in years. We can’t wait to come back and see what’s offered on the menu next time. Mahalo.
  4. G

    Gingerroot

    Hawaii

    17 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Town was my favorite restaurant and I’ve missed it. Being at Mud Hen Water tonight reminded me of why I loved Town so much. We ordered family style and highly recommended it. Bold flavors, local ingredients, delicious food. Will be back soon.
  5. N

    gregN

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 4 August 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Really innovative and satisfying cuisine
  6. VL

    ValL

    San Francisco

    10 reviews

    2.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on 31 July 2022

    overall2food2service5ambience2
    I felt quite disappointed by the food here. We did the family meal for four and I only enjoyed a few of the dishes. The chicken was delicious and well prepared. The meat was moist and tender, and the skin was crisp but not too greasy. We also enjoyed the brownie with sesame ice cream. Aside from those two dishes, everything else was just okay. A couple of the items were quite salty— the clams and the pohole. Unfortunately, I would not return to this restaurant and would not recommend it to friends.
  7. L

    Lucinda

    Hawaii

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 31 July 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience3
    Go early for parking which is limited. Bench seating outside, but quite loud due to Waialae traffic--inside seating is very nice. 5 star food and service.
  8. MF

    MarciF

    Los Angeles

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 30 July 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Valentina Rocks! Don’t lose her!
  9. o

    opalaa

    Hawaii

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 29 July 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Server was amazing; helpful, knew all the details of each dish. Atmosphere was great, music interesting and fit the vibe of the place. Dishes were unique and loved that they used a lot of local, "exotic" ingredients. The desert was a highlight.
  10. HS

    HassanS

    London

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on 24 July 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Overall cute place with good food. We had a small mishap with the chicken dish but was immediately addressed and were offered 2 free deserts which were delicious.
  11. TG

    TheGaloppingGormond2022

    Hawaii

    166 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    166 reviews

    Dined on 23 July 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    One of the most creatively authentic restaurants in Honolulu. Kaimuki is a culinary treasure chest and MHW is it's crown jewel. Go with a group and order everything on the menu. Way underrated bar...
  12. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 20 July 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fam. Thanks
  13. DT

    DrTraciP

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 16 July 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This is my favorite restaurant on Oahu! It’s farm to table, so supports sustainability and local farmers. Furthermore, it is the best of quality ingredients, nurturing nutrition (if you make wise choices), culinary creativity, beauty and amazing flavors! Check it out!
  14. CT

    CharlieT

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 9 July 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing food and service! Reminded us of home which was a welcome change after bar food for two weeks
  15. l

    lemming

    Vancouver

    17 reviews

    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on 7 July 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    We are a couple staying in Waikiki for a work thing who don’t like tourist stuff. So happy that our research turned up this cool little place. The food was delish! The cocktails are great. The peanut tofu is out of this world. I’m not completely sold on the beet poke but the fish sandwich is a hit. Go! It’s a quick $17 Uber ride from the Waikiki strip and well worth it.
  16. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Hawaii

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 7 July 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Meatballs are heaven
  17. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 3 July 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing spot. Highly recommended!
  18. N

    Northstar

    Hawaii

    12 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on 2 July 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Date night! We sat at the bar and the service was excellent and friendly. All of the dishes were delicious as usual. The Szechuan lotus root dish is amazing. We’ll order it every time!
  19. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 1 July 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fabulous food and drinks and amazing service. Well worth the visit!
  20. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Melbourne

    1 review

    vip
    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on 26 June 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    Closed when our booking was
  21. GO

    GrandmaO

    Hawaii

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 26 June 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    Excellent taste for most except laulau could use a bit more salt. We added the leftover salt/five spice from the friend chickpeas. Great waiter, answered our questions politely. Also asked our feedback to help them improve.
  22. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 24 June 2022

    overall3food5service2ambience3
    had reservations for bar for 2. asked if possible to get a table instead and they said all taken. i watched the entire restaurant and there were at least 4-5 tables empty throughout our dinner stay, which we could’ve sat at.
  23. RD

    RaynaD

    Indiana

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 22 June 2022

    overall3food4service3ambience3
    The food was great. I enjoyed the small plates. What I didn’t enjoy was my son waiting an hour for his food while everyone else ate and it was only brought out AFTER I asked about it. Honest mistake? Yes.
  24. AM

    AMJJ

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 22 June 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Brought guest from out of town. They enjoyed it.
  25. SY

    ShelleyY

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 19 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Loved the Hawaiian Japanese fusion! A bit overpriced but delicious.
  26. EY

    EleanorY

    Hawaii

    22 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on 12 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The friendly service was outstanding and the food was very delicious
  27. TG

    TheGaloppingGormond2022

    Hawaii

    166 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    166 reviews

    Dined on 5 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    MHW - It had been a long time and we were happy to be back. All of the favorites are still on the menu- the beets, the roasted banana, the chicken, and the lau-lau. Amazing cocktails. Great service. We miss the fire-pit cook station- hope that comes back eventually. Nonetheless, this is a very special restaurant and we look forward to coming back...
  28. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Western NC

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on 3 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    A wonderful experience. Inspired small plate creations featuring local farmers, Hawaiian traditions and modern culinary touches. Service was outstanding and the open, indoor/outdoor seating was very enjoyable. Great cocktails and beer/wine selections too. A memorable Honolulu experience
  29. MR

    MichaelR

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 1 June 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience5
    Took my wife here for our 14th anniversary. Much to our surprise we were offered complimentary proseccos right off the bat. The wait staff was attentive and knowledgeable about the dishes. The big winner of the night was a twice baked banana described as a "baked potato" which was garnished with bacon bits, boiled egg and a curry sauce. Sounds off, but it so magnificent we ordered two. They have a fun play on drinks as well, my wife enjoyed the "Vishnu's Vice" a spicy drink with black pepper and tumeric, but worked very well in its flavor profile. Mud Hen Water is the type of place that reminds me of San Francisco. A quaint neighborhood elegant eatery that people uber to. Glad I took a risk and booked here instead of the normal anniversary fare. The price was surprisingly reasonable as well.
  30. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Hawaii

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on 29 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great spot in Kaimuki! Lots of natural light. Food was delicious and reasonably priced. We went for brunch but definitely want to go back again to try the dinner menu.
  31. T

    Tiffannf

    San Diego

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 29 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything was delicious! Get the chicken rice croquettes and the brownie👌🏼… there was also live music playing (we went on a Saturday) which was really nice.
  32. d

    dininggal

    San Francisco

    26 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    26 reviews

    Dined on 25 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food at mud hen water was extraordinary! The flavors were so surprising and everything tasted like home. We got the Szechuan lotus roots and I couldn’t stop slurping up the sauce. We ordered the sourdough bread just to soak up the sauce. It was Szechuan flavored but without all the heat that makes it hard to taste! We also got the veal meatballs and the flavors were Indian inspired and the naan that went with it was probably the best naan I ever had! We also got the miso clams which were rich and buttery and full of umami. We finished with the fried chicken which was tender, juicy and crispy all at the same time. Apparently they sous vide the chicken first then fry it. This was likely one of the best meals I’ve had in a long time! So inventive and creative and just downright delicious. I can’t wait to go back again when I’m back in honolulu.
  33. S

    Stephanie

    New York Area

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 22 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience3
    The mapo tofu and the sausage and clams are two dishes I will be thinking about for a long long time. Woke up craving them. Everything was delicious and the service was delightful.
  34. RF

    RuthF

    New York Area

    8 reviews

    4.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on 19 May 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience5
    Very good. Not disappointing at all. Nice ambiance. Nice service. While the food was solid and tasty it was not overly memorable.
  35. SG

    SamG

    Raleigh

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 19 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything about this place is fantastic. The staff, ambience, cocktails, and food are perfection.
  36. JB

    JessB

    Vancouver

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 18 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fantastic meal made even better by a very knowledgeable server! My sister is celiac and rainy out can be tricky, and our server didn’t skip a beat and knew all the choices she could have without modification, and those she could with one. The food was AMAZING and we were able to try so much as there were many options for her! Thank you again, truly was a treat!
  37. N

    Nanmc

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 15 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Nudge water has an eclectic menu. We had four different menu items. They were all delicious!
  38. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 14 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fresh local ingredients used in innovative ways. Great staff and delicious meal.
  39. EG

    EleeleGirl

    Hawaii

    43 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    43 reviews

    Dined on 8 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We enjoy Mud Hen Water so much more every time we go there. We are especially glad to see staff who are still there. The guava sorbet with ume is fantastic and we hope they keep it on the menu.
  40. B

    Brian

    Las Vegas

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on 8 May 2022

    overall1food2service4ambience1
    The pictures of the food on yelp didn't match and what the restaurant offered were way different . Very limited, small and not a great value menu. We tried 5 items and nothing was great.

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitising

    • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers
  • Physical distancing

    • Limited number of seated diners
    • Distancing maintained in common areas
    • Extra space between tables
  • Protective equipment

    • Waiting staff wear masks
    • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
    • Proof of vaccination required to dine indoors
    • Contact tracing information collected

FAQs

You can order delivery directly from Mud Hen Water using the Order Online button. Mud Hen Water also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (808) 737-6000.

Mud Hen Water is rated 4.7 stars by 1031 OpenTable diners.

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

Make a booking

2 people

19:00


Booked 27 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Other options

  • Order online
Google Map for Mud Hen Water

3452 Waialae Avenue, Honolulu, HI 96816

Additional information

  • Cross Street

    9th Avenue

  • Area

    Honolulu

  • Hours of Operation

    Brunch Sun 9:30 am–2:00 pm Weekday Dinner Tue–Thu 5:00 pm–9:00 pm Weekend Dinner Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–9:30 pm

  • Cuisines

    Contemporary American, Hawaiian, Hawaii Regional Cuisine

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress Code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking Details

    and ample street parking if the lot is full

  • Payment Options

    AMEX, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive Chef

    Ed Kenney & Alika Chung (CDC)

  • Additional

    Patio/Outdoor Dining

  • Phone number

    (808) 737-6000

  • Private party facilities

    Our adjacent sandwich shoppe, Kaimuki Superette, is closed in the evenings and can accommodate private cocktail/dinner parties of up to 35 guests.

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